Druids – Monument

When Iowan trio Druids‘ EP Spirit Compass (Self-release) hit my ears sixteen months ago, I was staggered by the apparent ease with which the bandmelded the darkness of Sabbath and the violence of Mastodon with the joyous, Summery Grunge of Blind Melon. It made for a heady mix and new offering Monument (The Company) promises the same excitement amid a paradoxically heavy flexibility. Continue reading

Rockharz Festival 25 Is Totally Sold Out!

This year’s Rockharz Open Air is sold-out, faster than ever before. As preparations begin to host the 25th edition of the festival, it will take place from July 4th to July 7th, 2018 in Ballenstedt.  The fest is headlined by In Flames, Powerwolf, Kreator, Hammerfall, Eisbrecher, Paradise Lost, Amorphis, Knorkator, Schandmaul, Cannibal Corpse, Alestorm, Ensiferum, Exodus, Sodom, Equilibrium, Die Apokalyptischen Reiter, Finntroll, Battle Beast, Amaranthe, Bannkreis, Gloryhammer and many more. You can see the final poster below. Continue reading

Sanctuary Touring Europe With Overkill

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The 2014 comeback album, The Year The Sun Died, from the legendary Seattle band Sanctuary took the metal world by storm. The four original band members – Warrel Dane (vocals, ex-Nevermore), Lenny Rutledge (guitars), Jim Sheppard (bass, ex-Nevermore) and Dave Budbill (drums) – proved to be still on top of the game with an album that pleased every old fan without sounding old fashioned. Now they will be touring Europe with Overkill and have announced Nick Cordle will be part of their live lineup.

Lenny Rutledge comments:

“Brad Hull has recently parted ways with SANCTUARY. We are excited to welcome Nick Cordle from ARCH ENEMY and ARSIS to the SANCTUARY team. Nick is an amazing musician and we believe he will bring a fresh energy to the line-up. You can see Nick Cordle with SANCTUARY this March touring Europe on the Killfest tour.”

Nick Cordle adds:

“It’ll be a great pleasure to join SANCTUARY on tour in Europe! I’ve admired the band for a long time and ‘The Year The Sun Died’ is a breath of fresh air. It’s a welcome challenge to work up these songs and I’m excited to get moving!”

SANCTUARY live:
Mar 03: Underworld – London (UK) (supported by METASOMA and MONUMENT)
Mar 04: Meiers Music Hall Braunschweig (DE) (supporting OVERKILL)
Mar 05: Hell Raiser – Leipzig (DE) (supporting OVERKILL)
Mar 06: Kaminwerk – Memmingen (DE) (supporting OVERKILL)
Mar 07: Komma VZ – Worgl (AT) (supporting OVERKILL)
Mar 08: Szene – Vienna (AT) (supporting OVERKILL)
Mar 09: Dom Omladine – Beograd (SRB) (supporting OVERKILL)
Mar 10: Kino Sisak – Ljubljana (SLO) (supporting OVERKILL)
Mar 11: Tvornica – Zagreb (HR) (supporting OVERKILL)
Mar 13: Club 202 – Budapest (HU) (supporting OVERKILL)
Mar 14: Mega Club – Katowice (PL) (supporting OVERKILL)
Mar 15: B90 – Gdansk (PL) (supporting OVERKILL
Mar 17: Hedon – Zwolle (NL) (supporting OVERKILL)
Mar 18: Les Trinitaires – Metz (FR) (supporting OVERKILL)
Mar 20: Eightball Club – Thessaloniki (GR)
Mar 21: Gagarin205 – Athens (GR)
Mar 22 – 24: – Rock Hard Festival – Gelsenkirchen (DE)

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