Early July 2023, the metal community has already seen the first festivals this year, small ones like RMD’z at Oschersleben, or mid sized like Metal Frenzy Festival, Gardelegen in Germany or Graspop Metal Meeting in Belgium and many more with Rock Harz Festival in plain sight. This year marks the 30th anniversary and promises the best line-up ever with some surprise acts for about 25.000 spectators.
We can call it a successful festival 2022, resulting into an already sold out festival 2023. The date is 5th to 8th July 2023 with the possibility to arrive from 4th on. It is the place which creates legends and tales to be told at the campfire from generation to generation of headbangers!
The Dark River Festival is a unique metal festival and as such deserves a report outstanding from the mass of exchangeable reviews - this time in form a letter to one of the founders of the DRF: Lauri. Enjoy sharing the letter with him.
The Ultima Ratio Fest caravan delivers a set of gems, no, actually of most exquisite crown jewels of harsh metal to our door-step venues in Europe these days. Finnish melancholic metal wizards, Insomnium and the Portuguese gothic metalists of Moonspell share their co-headlining tour in the finest company of Borkagar, Wolfheart and Hinanyana.
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!
Interview with BRHG’s guitarists Joni and Lauri (and somehow also their vocalist Jarkko) during the Dark River Festival in August 2020 on how the new line up changed the creative processes for their new album, corona, future and plenty more.
The virus has stopped the world but not the Kymi crew from preparing and hosting their Dark River Festival. Read about the magical line up, a most resilient and resourceful crew and how they have made work against all odds!