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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Nasty Drops New Video For “666 AM”, New Album Incoming


Belgium’s hardcore punk maniacs Nasty have signed with Century Media and will release their label-debut album Menace, 14-tracks of pure, pummeling musical violence on September 25th. The band has been crafting punishing metallic hardcore, since 2014. Fans of bands like Hatebreed, Knocked Loose, Kublai Khan, The Acacia Strain, and Vein; this will be your new favorite band and the band has toured with Suicidal Tendencies, Terror, Madball, Strife, Evergreen Terrace, Ramallah and played festivals such as Wacken Open Air, Hellfest, Graspop Metal Meeting, With Full Force, Resurrection Fest and more. The album cover was created by artist Michael Shantz (Bring Me The Horizon, Architects, Your Demise). The band just shared their new video for “666AM”! Check it out

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Bloodywood Shares Their “Raj Against The Machine” Tour Documentary


Global Heavy Metal and World Music sensations Bloodywood has shared their new tour documentary film, Raj Against The Machine. Known for pioneering a sound that seamlessly fuses Indian folk instruments with metal to devastating effect, the band has been gaining millions of fans and global acclaim while on their 2019 Raj Against The Machine, which included an appearance at Wacken Open Air. The film follows the band on their barnstorming tour of Europe and UK. Watch it now! Continue reading


Wacken Open Air to Host Global Streaming Event Wacken Worldwide


Wacken Open Air has recently announced the biggest Wacken ever together with long-term partner Telekom: Wacken World Wide. The digital streaming event will host the biggest mixed reality metal show in the world and will bring a completely new Wacken experience to the fans‘ homes. Wacken World Wide will take place in the originally scheduled festival period from July 29 to August 1, 2020. The fully digital approach creates mixed reality show concepts exclusively designed for a virtual stage never seen before. With its innovative design and technical implementation, this is set to be a world premiere in the live music business! This special event is live and available for free online and via app on wacken-world-wide.com, MagentaMusik 360 and Magenta TV, as well as channel #DABEI!

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Wacken Open Air, Rock Am Ring, Rock Im Park, and Bang Your Head Festivals are All Canceled Over Coronavirus


 

Germany is home to the greatest metal festivals in the world including Wacken Open Air, Rock Am Ring, Rock Im Park, and Bang Your Head Festivals and now they are all canceled after the German federal government banned all major events in the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic. German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced tentative steps to slowly start returning the country to normal, explaining that no large events such as soccer matches, concerts and festivals will be allowed before the end of August at the earliest. This comes in addition to personal lockdown, which has been extended through May 3. Wacken posted a message on their Facebook announcing the cancelation. Continue reading


Slipknot Books More Headline Dates for Their 2020 Headline Tour


Slipknot have announced two more headline dates in Germany in August 2020. The band will perform at Cologne’s Stadium on July 31st and at Berlin’s Waldbühne on August 7th. These are in addition to the already announced three shows in Hamburg, Berlin, and Dortmund in February. They will also perform at Wacken Open Air on August 1st. Tickets for the two new shows will be available via Samsung/Telekom pre-sale from 10am CET on Thursday 19th December, via Ticketmaster pre-sale from 12pm CET on Thursday 19th December, and will then go on general sale at 10am CET, Friday 20th December. The band recently announced Knotfest UK and Knotfest At Sea for next Summer as well. Continue reading


PODCAST: Episode 66 – Alex and Nishod of The Offering Make Music Their “Home”


Ghost Cult caught up earlier in the year Alex and Nishod of the up and coming genre smashers The Offering. Unabashedly blending every major style of heavy music, Death Metal, Thrash, Progressive, Hardcore and even Nu Metal, and doing it well, the band displays all their many talents on their debut album Home (Century Media). We chatted about how the band formed, the making of their album, working with producer Fredrik Nordström (Opeth, Arch Enemy, Bring Me The Horizon, Architects), how they write music, the groups take on arranging music, performing at Wacken Open Air, and much more. This definitely a young band worth checking out! Check out the podcast and purchase and stream the album here. Continue reading