FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Inferno Metal Festival 2018

 

The spring festival season kicks off in earnest this weekend in Oslo, Norway with the amazingly kvlt experience that is Inferno Metal Festival. The four-day festival of extreme music and culture takes over one of the birthplace cities of heavy music in the world. The fest is sold out once again, adding to the excitement. It’s great to see this scene surviving and thriving after many years.  Continue reading

Shining (SWE) Replaces Katatonia At Inferno Festival 2018

Enigmatic Swedish metal band Shining has been added to Inferno Festival 2018, as a replacement for Katatonia, who canceled their appearance after going on hiatus. Shining is still touring in support of their tenth album X , Varg utan flock (Dark Essence/Season Of Mist) from 2016. Inferno Metal Festival is the longest-running and most extreme metal festival in Norway and one of the most important extreme metal festivals in the entire world. The festival still has 8 more bands to add between now and March 29t,h. When the fest kicks off. Continue reading

Schammasch Books European Headline Tour

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Swiss avant-black metallers Schammasch has booked a full tour of Europe, kicking off next week. Direct support will come from Batushka and Trepaneringsritualen, making for a thrilling bill for lovers of kvlt and extreme music. Schammasch are creating their new album for release later this year, have also has dates booked for the upcoming Inferno Festival in Norway this March and Hellfest in France as well. All dates for the tour next week are below. Continue reading

Schammasch – The Maldoror Chants: Hermaphrodite

It’s been a strange trip for Schammasch.  Starting as a not-entirely-successful mash-up of Black Metal and Stoner Doom, they scored an underground break-out with 2014’s Contradiction.  That rarest of rarities – a double album that’s interesting all the way through and isn’t Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds – it swaggered out of the gates like a prog-infused Behemoth, all muscular Black/Death Metal riffing combined with effective atmospherics and some genuinely skilful songwriting, and had many professional opinion-givers cautiously predicting them as the Next But One Big Thing. Continue reading

Roadburn Festival Kicks Off Today, John Baizley Of Baroness Curates The Weekend

 

The Roadburn Festival, the world première event for all things heavy, diverse, avant-garde, and underground begins today in Tilburg, NL  at various venues, under the watchful eye of founder Walter Hoeijmakers. John Dyer Baizley of Baroness curates this years’ fest and performs with his band as well. The fest is nearly a sellout with some limited tickets available for Sunday. Full details below. Continue reading

Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2016 – Part II

Part II Saturday

Starting even earlier today, we managed to be just in time to catch Der Weg Einer Freiheit. The German atmospheric black metal trio might be one of the biggest surprises of the entire festival. From their small, fragile dreamscapes to the frenzied, loud black metal riffing, their show journeyed the entire spectrum and made it beautiful. The compositions were so convincing that the lacking bass player was hardly noticeable. A very, very good show to start off the day. Continue reading

Roadburn Adds Whores, Integrity, Bongnzilla, Oathbreaker, Cobalt, Disfear, Trans AM And More

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Whores, by Jonathan Arevalo Photography

This year’s Roadburn Festival just gets better and better. The fest has now added twenty new bands such as Whores, Integrity, Cobalt, Bongnzilla, Disfear, Big Business, Trans AM and more. More details below: Continue reading

Roaburn Festival Pre-Sale Party – Live At 013 Club

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Like every year, when the Roadburn tickets go on sale, there is a small gig at the 013 venue. Tickets go on sale a few hours early here, and with the exciting announcements made so far for Roadburn 2017, tickets will be going steadily. Playing tonight are Ortega and Gomer Pyle. Continue reading

Ulver Added To Roadburn 2017, Tickets On Sale Now

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Roadburn Festival held their annual on-sale party last night, as they kicking off the 2017 festival with a party, bands Ortega and Gomer Pyle., and tickets going on sale at Tilburg’s 013 Club. The festival has also announced Ulver to play a special performance at Roadburn. Details below:  Continue reading

Baroness, Coven, Warning, GNOD, Schammasch, Les Discrets, Oranssi Pazuzu Booked For Roadburn 2017

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The ultimate underground music and culture festival of Europe will return next year as Roadburn Festival has made its first announcement of bands for 2017. Continue reading