A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of seeing Knife at the Rock & Metal Day'z festival. I had a little chat with singer Vince Nihil and he mentioned the "soon to be released" new album. The wild speed metal performance of Knife convinced me quite a lot, so here it is, the review of "Heaven Into Dust", to be released on 25th August 2023.
After a long wait the progressive black metal eccentrics Dødheimsgard are back with an LP titled “Black Medium Current”. It is great to see the band consistently putting out great music even after almost thirty years of existence. It can be a bit much to take in at a first listen, however, repeated listens are rewarding - which is kind of what prog-metal music-nerds who write and read reviews like this seek anyway… So kick back and dive into this monumental piece of blackened/progressive metal art.
While most visitors to concerts and festivals concentrate on the obvious only, the bands on stage, I often like to take a closer look behind. Who are the people working hard for it since we know, Pink is not there for our entertainment? What goes on backstage, who is in charge? How much work is behind a three days’ event? At least, who are those people who seem to play a role in front of stage as part of the audience? Here is a little insight from the Rock and Metal Day'z, Whitsun 2022.
Meeting Zornheym after their MOA festival gig was impressive. They grand us a full tour through the Zornheim mental asylum, the universe the band calls its home. Let’s dive back into the memories of their amazing gig and a world of mental conditions ruling music.
The early summer sun has burned the metalheads while they celebrated the first wave of festivals. You might now think of Metalfest Plzen or much bigger and more mainstream, Rock am Ring and im Park with 85,000 spectators as the first ones to come up. Cut the last two zeros. I’m talking about a much smaller, laid-back festival, the Rock & Metal Day'z at Oschersleben nearby Magdeburg.
Meet Kimmo Korhonen, main creative force of Solacide, but as guitarist known also from Waltari, Amberian Dawn or Barren Earth (live). He and Matti Jauhola founded Solacide as teenagers in 1996. But Kimmo tells us also about his other and former bands, how they work and what he learned from playing with them.