Wacken Open Air 2021 is Postponed to 2022


Once again, the grandaddy of the metalfests, Wacken Open Air has had to put off their sold-out festival for the second year in a row, following global conditions resulting from the pandemic. The organizers posted to the website and social media that the festival simply couldn’t take place this year after the German government declared that no massive gatherings, like music festivals, can take place before August 31st. The new dates for the festival are 04.08. – 06.08.2022. In 2019 Wacken had sold out all 75,000 tickets within 24 hours after going on for the 2020 fest. Slipknot, Judas Priest, Amon Amarth, Mercyful Fate, and many others were announced.

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Amon Amarth, Heaven Shall Burn, Testament, Jinjer, Candlemass, Orange Goblin Booked for Dynamo Metalfest 2021


Dynamo Metalfest, one of The Netherlands’ best metal festivals, is 100% on for this summer, 2021. Although they lost a few international bands, the fest is rocking forward with headliners Amon Amarth, Heaven Shall Burn, along with Testament, Jinjer, Candlemass, Jinjer, Orange Goblin, Decapitated, Dress The Dead, LIK, and more! The fest takes place August 21st and 22nd and tickets are on sale now at the link below.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Therion – Leviathan


Having successfully navigated their way around the many obstacles and challenges thrust into their path by the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, Christofer Johnsson and his Swedish symphonic act Therion return with their seventeenth studio album Leviathan (Nuclear Blast).

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ALBUM REVIEW: Warkings – Revenge


A four-piece band of indeterminate origin (their home town is listed merely as “The Home of Kings”), Warkings are an international – presumably European based – supergroup who like nothing more than to cosplay while singing about such diverse subject matter as fighting, marching, combat, battles, warfare, and conflict.

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Amon Amarth to Stream Documentary and Full Headline Set from 2017


Epic Viking Metallers Amon Amarth will share borh their documentary, The Pursuit of Vikings: 25 Years In The Eye Of The Storm and their entire Main Stage Headline Set From Summer Breeze 2017 featuring live chat with band members in the comments throughout the broadcast. It will air Airing Friday July 31st, 12 pm PDT/3 pm EDT at the Knotfest website.

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Mayhem Festival Comeback Pushed Back to 2021 Due to Coronavirus


In a story Ghost Cult broke several months ago, Mayhem Fest co-founders Kevin Lyman and John Reece had been in talks about bringing the fest back and confirmed by Lyman on social media. However, now due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic outbreak, those plans are on hold until 2021. No further details had been shared yet about a new version of Mayhem Fest, but the rumor of the Megadeth/Lamb of God Tour being the headliners was debunked by Lyman and the bands. Reece even polled his fans to see if they wanted it back AFTER our news story broke. The final Mayhemfest wrapped in 2015 with Slayer and King Diamond co-headlining. Lyman’s Warped Tour celebrated 25 years last summer with a final few all-day festival dates, but not a cross country tour. Reece and Lyman were also responsible for The Uproar Festival Tour and A Taste of Chaos Tour as well. Perhaps Mayhem Festival will return as an all-dayer or an all-weekend destination fest like Lollapalooza did. The traveling summer-time metal festival was the metal answer to Warped Tour, also co-founded by Kevin Lyman and John Reece and saw Slipknot, Slayer, System of a Down, King Diamond, Five Finger Death Punch, Amon Amarth, Mastodon were among the many headliners over the years. Continue reading


PODCAST: Episode 81: Daniel Erlandsson of Arch Enemy Talks Covers and New Music


In a throwback to late last year, we caught up with legendary drummer Daniel Erlandsson of Arch Enemy, as they were winding down their tour with Amon Amarth, At The Gates, and Grand Magus. We chatted about the bands recent covers album, Covered In Blood, (Century Media), the decision to represent the entire career of the band on the release, reflections of 2017’s Will To Power album and tour cycle, the job Alissa White-Gluz has done since replacing Angela Gossow, comparisons to his brother Adrian (At The Gates) new material the band is already working and whether Jeff Loomis will get to contribute to the songwriting! Interview by Keefy, with sound production (and final question help) by Omar Cordy. Continue reading


Slipknot’s Jim Root and Mick Thomson Named “Best Metal Guitarists In The World.”


According to a poll on the Music Radar website, Slipknot’s Jim Root and Mick Thomson have been named “Best Metal Guitarists In The World.” The pair received over 17,000 votes, beating out such names as James Hetfield (Metallica); James “Munky” Shaffer and Brian “Head” Welch (Korn); Olavi Mikkonen and Johan Söderberg (Amon Amarth); Richard Z.Kruspe and Paul Landers (Rammstein); Phil Sgrosso and Nick Hipa, Sean Long and Mat Welsh (While She Sleeps); Kerry King and Gary Holt (Slayer); Adam Dutkiewicz and Joel Stroetzel (Killswitch Engage); and Alexi Laiho and Daniel Freyberg (Children Of Bodom) in a vote by fans of the site. Slipknot’s new album We Are Not Your Kind released on August 9th via Roadrunner Records/Elecktra. Continue reading


GHOST CULT’S ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Steve Tovey: Top 20 of 2019


2019 seems an odd year for me to be writing a post about my albums of year, and to have so many albums I want to name-check or mention. See, early in the year I stepped down from my role within Ghost Cult – nothing the Cult did wrong, just a question of life and balance. Stepping back from direct exposure to every rock, metal or alternative release should have meant I had fewer albums to care about, but, actually, it’s afforded me more time with each of the albums that I have connected with.Continue reading


LIVE REVIEW: Amon Amarth – Arch Enemy – Hypocrisy: Live at Birmingham Academy


There’s a wonderfully surreal moment in The Simpsons when Abe Simpson inexplicably proclaims, “the Swedish are coming! The Swedish are coming!”. Well, tonight in frosty Birmingham, that’s exactly what’s happening. Hailing from the land of Abba, Ikea, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, three of the finest exponents of melodic death metal have landed in Blighty to bang heads and kick bottom.Continue reading