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.
The bands of tonight are Dutch Epica and Finnish Apolcalyptica with their guest vocalist Franky Perez. It will be ‘Symphonic Power Metal’ in one way or another: In a rather classic sense of the term that we have long known from Epica and Metal powered by all but symphonic cellos the way only Apocalyptica can deliever. Support act of the tour and third band are Finnish prog-metalists Wheel but read yourself...
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.
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.
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.
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!