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PREVIEW: Download Festival UK 14-16th June 2019


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UK’s biggest rock/metal festival is back for 2019, here is our look at some of the best bands you should be checking out over the weekend taking place on the 14-16th June 2019, there is plenty of choice as always!

Friday 14th June

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Classic English hard rockers Whitesnake are still going strong after nearly four decades and their new album ‘Flesh & Blood’ is testament to this with new fan favourites like steamy rock anthems like ‘Shut Up & Kiss Me’, they will go down a treat in the festival setting with everyone singing along and having a great time. The band put everything into this album and it shows, you don’t want to miss their big comeback!

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Steelfest Open Air 2019 Is Soon Upon Us


It’s almost that time of year again, Finnish metal festival season will be opened, once again, by the most anticipated underground black/death/obscure metal festival in Finland: Steelfest! Located in the heart of Hyvinkää, this year the festival has included an official camping area for those who would rather not be confined to the walls of a stuffy hotel. They also posted on Facebook that a few gracious locals who are attending the festival are offering a couch (or dark corner) to sleep in for those coming from far away.

This festival has really become a globally known legend. Based on a poll posted on social media, people are hailing from over forty different countries, not including the bands, to experience such an epic event here in the cold, dark (but hopefully not too cold or dark during the festival) north.

The festival will begin with a sold out Pre-party at Crafters the Thursday before the festival at 20:00 featuring Havukruunu & Kalmankantaja.

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As for the lineup – Seigneur Voland (Fra) not only will be performing for the first time in Finland but will perform an excluive 20th anniversary show based on material from 1999-2019).

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Marduk (Swe) will also be performing a 20th anniversary show to celebrate “Panzer Division Marduk”’s 20 year existance. This performance will only happen once, it cannot be missed!

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Vital Remains (US) will also have their debut appearance in Finland!

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We will also get a double shot of Mr.Spellgoth himself with appearances by both Horna and Trollheims Grott.

Along side these legendary performances, the lineup includes:

  • Mysticum (NOR)
  • Immolation (USA)
  • Mgła (POL)
  • Nargaroth (GER) 
  • Belphegor (AUS)
  • Naglfar (Swe)
  • Gaahls Wyrd (NOR)
  • Odium (UKR)
  • Asphyx (NED)
  • Vargrav (FIN)
  • Antimateria (FIN)
  • Grave Miasma (UK)
  • Deiphago (CRC)
  • Monarque (CAN)
  • Evil (BRA)
  • …And Oceans (FIN)
  • Einherjer (NOR)
  • Trollheims Grott (FIN)
  • Deletere (CAN)
  • Totalselfhatred (FIN)
  • Aeternus (NOR)
  • Advent Sorrow (AU)
  • Morgal (FIN)
  • Myrkskog (NOR)
  • Arkhon Infaustus (FRA)

Here is the day schedule as of right now:

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More information  can be found form their Facebook Page or their Official Website

Tickets can be purchased from KVLT Records or Tiketti.

Check out our Spotify playlist to get hyped!

Desertfest, Antwerp October 12-14, 2018 Preview


Desertfest, Antwerp 2018 Preview

12-14 October, Trix, Antwerp, Belgium — The time and place to be for one of the greatest doom, psychedelic, sludge, stoner and heavy rock highlights of the year.

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PREVIEW: BRUTAL ASSAULT – AUGUST 08-11, 2018


What festivals do you plan to attend this year?

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In a little bit more than one month we can expect the start of one of the best extreme metal festivals in Europe, maybe in the world according to many, taking place in the heart of Europe in Czech Republic and Josefov​ fortress. This will the twenty-third Brutal Assault festival which starts on August 8th – 11th, with a warm up party on the 7th.

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I am always amazed by the lineup. Before the festival, I usually do not dig too much into bands playing there and kinda like surprises or new revelations. Last year I have visited the festival mainly for the Czech black metal legend Master‘s Hammer who started to play live recently and for Polish Batushka.

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BATUSHKA: Photography by: Pavel Kovalančík / Dark Art Conspiracy

As you can see I am bound to the various black metal acts and its subgenres. I was surprised by other bands I discovered, liked or listened to some long time ago. For me, another great bands were doomy classic Tiamat with the Wildhoney songs. I think they have built up again their reputation regarding their criticized performance earlier. Finnish music was presented by Swallow the Sun and what an experience. Although they ruled smaller Metal Gate stage only, it was flawless. Ighly suggesting to check their late trilogy album. Such an opus. At the opening at the small oriental stage, there was sludge/doom presented by Cough from northern Virginia. Hell, what a start… Then Ultha, which I did not know before, but it was so good. Fresh blood in modern black metal waters, although the musicians have rich experience from other projects. The classic act was Mayhem with their legendary interpretation of De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas. Of course, there was much more. But this preview should be aimed towards this year. So what do we have here now?

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BEHEMOTH: Photography by: Pavel Kovalančík / Dark Art Conspiracy

For me, the headliner and main reason to get there are Behemoth from Poland. Loved by many for their energy when playing live or different sound on each album. Hated by others for their „big commercial stuff around“ which is „no no“ for underground. No one can argue though… They are great musicians, and what they do goes directly from their innerselves with furious power ad no compromises. Nergal is like some imp on fire while one stage, what a performer! At BA there will be also their Polish brothers of Hate and Azarath which is the project Behemoth‘s drummer Inferno is involved in.

The big surprise to me was seeing Arkhon Infaustus at the roster. The band split up for some time and now playing again. As a fan of French musical movement I really, really look forward to this. So much sweet memories from so many years ago, while I listened to them. Again this is the band with every album so good, evolving to more adult and polished form while maintaining their ferocity and furious energy. It does not matter if you listen to Filth Catalyst or Orthodoxyn. Everything is full of dark perfection and steamrolling energy.

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As I could not see them yet this year, BA will be great opportunity to see another Swedish classic, Marduk. Speaking of which, you might wanna check Mortuus‘s/Arioch‘s new album Hekatomb from his solo project Funeral Mist which was released recently this year. Another rebelious act which shall be seen is Carpathian Forest. I am looking forward to their dirty grotesque „We do not give a f**k“ attitude and wondering if they can be on par with the show seen on We‘re going to hell for this.“ From near Germany, the mighty Belphegor shall sing their odes full of blasphemy and heresy. I have seen them a few times and there was no disappointment at all, ever. I expect the same this time. I also look forward to Czech industrial black metal Gorgonea Prima.

For some slowdown, fans of darker stuff that enjoy some calmer and not that extreme melodies will surely enjoy act of Myrkur or majestic Wardruna. Those were main bands I am looking forward to myself but let‘s not forget about some other stuff…

As we do not want to discriminate against other genres, if you prefer more death metal there will be veterans Cannibal Corpse and Dying Fetus. Dead Congregation is another one. You might be interested in Czech bands Godless Truth, Anime Torment or Cuttered Flesh. Modern stuff playing this year inspired lot by death metal are Black Dahlia Murder, Carnifex, Origin. Another more progressive and atmospherical band can be Harakiri for the Sky. „Depression lovers“ could find a some pleasure while listening to doomy Coffins or local classic Silent Stream of Godless Elegy.

If you are into thrashy stuff, you should be pretty happy too. Municipal Waste, Ministry or blackened Aura Noir shall make your neck hurt. A lot.

Is that all?! Hell, no! There will be much more good stuff from various extreme genres. You cannot be disappointed. It is magical. Every year, I think the line up cannot be beaten next year. And every year it is just better. More days, more stages. I must not forget about great kiosks with various beverages or food. Everyone will be happy. Ordinary meat eaters or vegans as well, everyone will be satisfied at BA.

I cannot say how much I am excited about this year and cannot wait to bring you photographies with some reviews. Thank you for reading. We might see each other at the Brutal Assault 2018. 🙂

Brutal​ ​ Assault,​ ​ 8.​ ​ -​ ​ August​ ​ 11,​ ​ 2018,​ ​ Fortress​ ​ Josefov​ ​ -​ ​ Jaroměř www.brutalassault.cz

VISTA TO RELEASE NEW SINGLE ‘ALLEGIANCE’ 5/19


Listen to the “Allegiance” preview

“Comparisons to bands like PVRIS and Paramore are likely inevitable but… VISTA are holding their own with ease and “Henchmen” is proof of that. The single is a big, anthemic, and energetic testament to what this band is capable of and we expect the potential to continue paying off as their name rises to the top; a beautiful view indeed.” – Substream

LONG ISLAND, NY | APRIL 28TH, 2017 – Coming off the release of their latest single “Henchmen,” VISTA continues to spread a message of unity with the announcement of the release of their upcoming single, “Allegiance,”on May 19th, 2017. Introducing listeners to a metaphorical black and blue color-schemed oasis, the band emits a powerful statement in the track, urging their audience to join their own allegiance. A continuation of their previous single, “Allegiance” highlights lead vocalist Hope Vista’s haunting vocals and her undeniable performance chemistry with guitarist and vocalist Greg Almeida. “Allegiance” will serve as the lead single off of their upcoming sophomore EP.

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Coined one of Rock Sound’s “On The Radar” bands just months after their resurrection, VISTA was derived from the decade-long solo career of frontwoman Hope Vista. Rounded out with bold guitarist and vocalist Greg Almeida, the duo experiments with long-loved stadium influences to create and define a new, modern-day sub-genre in the alternative scene: anthem rock. VISTA most recently set out to write and record “Henchmen,” their first 2017 offering as a powerhouse single, written as an anthem for the oppressed. Since it’s release, the band has supported Fueled By Ramen artist Against The Current at Irving Plaza, been featured in 3 Alternative Press articles, sold out their first two headlining shows, and is in heavy rotation on idobi.

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