Returning to the Effenaar venue on day two of Eindhoven Metal Meeting, logistical issues with trains sadly meant I missed the opener on the main stage, Izegrim. As I arrived I decided to do my best to at least catch Dervaza, but it quickly becomes apparent today is the “meat” of the fest for most people, and somehow it is even busier than the day before. Watching the bodies trying to squeeze into the small room, a line forming of metalheads craning their necks to see the band, I’m left to strike pretty much everything I wanted to cover in the small room off my itinerary today.
December, for most a time of going home and seeing family, retrospectives, lists and copious amounts of food. However, for many in the European metal community, it’s also the time for the magnificent Eindhoven Metal Meeting. For many it’s the final party of the year, a place to see friends, network, hang out and lift the horns up one last time before the dead space at the end of the year when we all ascribe to the forced merriness we call the holidays.
As every year, the line to get in trails quite a way before the doors even open. It’s cold this year though, and very much sold out solid. It has been for several weeks. Progress inside is somewhat slow because security meticulously checks everyone. But once we get inside the familiar maze of the Effenaar venue the pace quickens, at least for now. Continue reading
Less than a month away, Eindhoven Metal Meeting (EMM) is coming up fast on Friday 14th & Saturday 15th of December 2018 as the famous Effenaar venue in The Netherlands. With the lineup secured, the fest has announced their full running order, which you can see below, along with the full lineup and links to tickets, and other information. Continue reading
Kontinuum, on the strength of their recent album No Need To Reason (Season of Mist), have been added to the bill for Eindhoven Metal Meeting (EMM). Taking place on Friday 14th & Saturday 15th of December 2018, the Icelandic post-metal troupe joins the 10th-anniversary lineup along with Triptykon, Marduk, Solstafir, Moonsorrow, Septicflesh, Shining, Urfaust, Wiegedood are among the bands. The full lineup and links to tickets, expected to sell out as usual, can be found below. Continue reading
The finale for the European Metal Festival Season is the legendary Eindhoven Metal Meeting (EMM), in Eindhoven, NL at the world famous Effenaar venue. Taking place on Friday 14th & Saturday 15th of December 2018, the 10th-anniversary lineup looks like a banger with Triptykon, Marduk, Solstafir, Moonsorrow, Septicflesh, Shining, Urfaust, Wiegedood are among the bands. The full lineup and links to tickets, expected to sell out as usual, can be found below. Continue reading
Eindhoven Metal Meeting has made their first announcement for 2018 and it’s a big one! Triptykon, Benediction, Necrophobic, Possession, Darvaza, and Izegrim will play the tenth anniversary of the festival this year. More bands announced soon. Taking place on Friday 14 & Saturday 15th of December 2018, at the Effenaar in Eindhoven, NL. Early Bird tickets are already sold out, more combi-ticket options can be found below. Continue reading
Crystal Viper may not be new to the heavy metal scene as they have played multiple European festivals and extensive touring but they are a welcome addition. Fans of heavy metal fashion will recognize that Marta Gabriel is also involved with heavy metal through her popular clothing line, Thunderball Clothing. The band has created an engaging album that also features vocalists from other bands such as Jag Panzer and Desaster.
Possession (AFM Records) begins with a very dramatic and operatic opening, ‘Zeta Reticuli’. While it is only 55 seconds long, it prepares the listener for a diverse and fun musical journey. It instantly leads into the crushing riff of ‘Voices in My Head’. The track sounds much like an Iron Maiden one and Gabriel sings it like a female version of Bruce Dickinson. It is a trend that holds throughout the album.
‘Fight Evil With Evil’ is the track which features Harry Conklin known for his work with Jag Panzer among other bands. His presence only makes the song better and assists Gabriel and the band in the story they are trying to tell rather than overshadowing them. This is a lot easier in theory than in practice and indicates that Crystal Viper are capable of holding their own in the world of heavy metal.
‘Why Can’t You Listen’ is where the theme of the album seems to come through the clearest. Much like the album suggests, the album is based around a concept that there is a young girl going on journey filled with struggles against evil. I won’t give too much away, but it is less cheesy than it sounds. It is at this part that the main character finds her voice.
‘Prophet of the End’ is a great closer where guitarist Andy Wave shows that he can do more than just shred. Up until this point, his riffs were slowly getting more repetitive. Thankfully he has a few tricks up his sleeve that make for an ending that neatly ties the story and leaves the album on a similarly epic note that it started on.