Early spring 2022 Nervosa and Burning Witches are on the road with their European Double The Metal tour and the paths also lead them to Frankfurt Rock City, the well-known cellar club Nachtleben in the middle of the city.
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Mjatt Lee is part of a circle of young musicians from the deep South of Taiwan who work on different musical projects together. One of them being Abyss of Gehenna, which has signed with the Ukrainian label Reality Fade for the release of their debut album. Another of these projects is a slam band Emasculated Vituperation which has signed with the Indonesian label Brutal Mind and is making a splash in the extreme world with their debut album.
A wunderkind he is, Nikhil, engaged in several projects such as Bludgeoned, Theurgy or Undeciphered. But then there also is his solo project Anal Stabwound and playing gigs with different jazz and rock bands.
Dust In Mind come from Strasbourg to shred in peace but to bring “CTRL”, already released in autumn 2021, on glamorous stages. The five Alsatians add a fine selection of pieces from previous albums to their set - a neat package for their first European headlining tour.
Reflecting the reaction of the metalverse to the war in Ukraine and attempting to differentiate between morals and politics. War shifts priorities and reveals commercial interests above the moral of anti-war songs. Who is good and who is evil. It’s complicated!
What have we learned from 2020/2021? What can we expect from 2022? With threats of an even graver war and the re-growing pandemic, can we still look away? Or expect a blooming festival summer and a tidal wave of bands touring to promote the ocean of new albums and nailing us to our favourite clubs?
Metal is war and war is metal – in the ears of the mainstream, but also on a psychological level. Then again metal is also a child of the hippie era, a revolutionist and has always been highly political. Follow us on this journey into the war in metal.
Sonata Arctica's "Acoustic Adventures Volume One" is an amazing album and even more an essential landmark in roaring turmoil! It is an reinvention of their classics and a statement against the fast-track life cylce in the metal biz.
Meet Míra Holly aka Amon, guitarist of the Czech EBM band Insanidroid. He took the opportunity of the pandemic pause to come up with a set of finest cinematic instrumental songs released under the alias of Míra Holly’s Synthwaver.