The Roadhouse, Zwarte Cross 2017

Lichtenvoorde, July 14, 2017
By: Chérie

The Roadhouse at the > Zwarte Cross Festival offers the stage to modern hard rock in the setting of a barn.

The first band we saw performing here, at the Friday of this Edition of the Zwarte Cross, was Lookapony from The Netherlands who treated the fresh audience to a mixture of rock and roll and garage pop. King Hiss from Belgium the played a mixture of melodic metal, hard rock, and stoner rock with hardcore.

King Hiss

King Hiss

Because of a short but heavy rainfall we sought shelter elsewhere on the festival premises and therefore unfortunately missed the Swedish band The Kendolls.

The Vintage Caravan

The Vintage Caravan


After the shower we returned to the barn to listen to the Dutch hard rock band Black Bone, who had attracted a huge numbe of fans. Psychedelic Rock was then served to us by The Vintage Caravan from Iceland.
Unknown to the Dutch audience there was not a big crowd to cheer them, but those not present had made a big mistake. This band is very worth listening to. They have just been signed by Nuclear Blast, the label that is known to have a nose for highly potential metal bands.

We left the Roadhouse after having enjoyed a dose of hard rock by Fleddy Melculy from Belgium, together with an enthusiastic crowd in the packed venue.

Fleddy Melculy

Fleddy Melculy

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Dong Open air 2016

July 14-16, 2016 @ Neukirchen-Vluyn , DE

Photo report and text by Jeanny Pettrocchi

This 16th edition, with the theme ‘INTO THE POTT’, was an absolute blast – just like like the previous years. Dong Open Air is one of the most interesting small festivals in Germany, in a breathtaking scenery. At this festival there is ample opportunity to get to know underground bands. Many and various were the opinions concerning the performances of several bands, that’s why we’re not going into details. For such is mainly a matter of personal preference and taste. However, we will emphasize on the atmosphere in general.

Amorphis at Dong

Amorphis

There was a great variety of metal genre this year, trash, death, folk and melodic deathmetal. Many of the visitors came to see the big boys such as AMORPHIS, FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, BLOODBATH and TESTAMENT. But there were also other fine underground bands that rocked everyone’s socks off, like CAN OF WORMS, RAVEN WOODS, apRon and DUSTBOLT! One band that stood out was KRYPTOS, an old school metal band from Bangalore, India.

Indian heavy metal band Kryptos at Dong

Kryptos

Their show was very energetic and entertaining. They needed no warming up at the start: they trashed every second! Currently they are having their ‘In for the Kill’ tour in Germany, until August 13th next. Kryptos is the first metal band from India to be signed by an international label. Their new album ‘Burn up the night’ will be released on September 23rd. We had a little taste of this new album at Dong Open Air. I’d say: check out their single ‘Full throttle’ and be prepared for old school metal madness!

Compared to other festivals, there were not only greasy bites to consume, at DOA. There was a large variety of delicious foods to choose from. And not to mention the large cold beers that were being served! DJ Benne should not be missed neither. Like every other year he was THE man of the afterparty. The visitors were headbanging on Glam metal hits, dancing on schlager music and screaming their lungs out on Slayer tracks.

Dong Open Air Festival premises

Dong Open Air Festival 2016

A large improvement compared to the previous years was the service of the shuttle busses, kuddo’s to that.
We thank the whole Dong Open Air crew for all the hard work in organizing such a great festival.

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Thursday: RAGE, AMORPHIS

Friday: KRYPTOS, ANOTHER PROBLEM, DELIRIOUS, BURDEN OF GRIEF, GLORYFUL, FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE and BLOODBATH.

Saturday: KADAVRIK, CAN OF WORMS, RAVEN WOODS, APRON, DUST BOLT, HACKNEYED, SKYCLAD, HAGGARD and TESTAMENT.

Dokk’em Open Air 2016

DOKK’EM OPEN AIR 2016 June 24 & 25 Fryslan, The Netherlands
By Jeanny Petrocchi

For this 11th edition of the metal festival DOKK’EM OPEN AIR, the entire Dokkem organisation has done their utmost effort to compile a great and varied line up. With names such as Testament, Soilwork, Dragonforce, Moonspell and Doro.

Besides at the ROCK HAND stage, one could also enjoy a piece of Dokkum at the PARTY stage. There was plenty of room for entertainment thanks to bands like SLEEËR, THE HELL PATROL, D.R.D, KKKKHHHRROME, MANU ARMATA and of course the exciting show of the fire-spitting sexy ladies of the DRAGON GIRLS.

Fire spitting artists Dragon Girls on stage at Dokk'em Open Air

Fire spitting artists Dragon Girls on stage at Dokk’em Open Air

There was never a dull moment with the traditional games of ‘Wheel of Steel’ and ‘Grunting for Tokens’. And if you missed that, there always was Metal Karaoke to show off your talent or you could play an air solo on inflatable guitars.

Right after the ‘Night of Dokkem’ metalheads, in large numbers, went to the field to be fueled with more metal. It was a beautiful and sunny day! 13 STEPS, played at noon, being the first appearance of the day. Followed by BLIKSEM, HEIDEVOLK, RAVEN, GRAVE, PRIMORDIAL, and SOILWORK. The headliner on Friday was the legendary band from the San Fransisco Bay Area (USA), TESTAMENT. They made their first appearance in 2013 at this festival and this year they returned to trash the hell out of DOA again. But unfortunately, due to a technical malfunction, TESTAMENT couldn’t perform on the main stage. In no time the Dokkem crew moved everything to the Party stage so that they could play there. A ‘huge’ and highly talented band on a small stage. A sight that is forever etched in our memories !

After a successful Friday and a hell of a midnight party at the Frisian Metal bus, metalheads gathered again on the campingfield for coffee and BLASTBEATS FOR BREAKFAST. They have been served a generous portion of metal and energetic vibes, which proved to be an awfully good remedy against a hangover! The Frisian band KJELD was the opening act of that rainy saturday, followed by the Dutch killing machine IZEGRIM.

Austrian trash metal band Insanity Alert

Insanity Alert

INSANITY ALERT was the surprise of the day! A trash band from Austria with S.O.D., D.R.I., Nuclear Assault influences. They trashed Dokkem out like no other with their hits ‘Glorious Trash’ and ‘Run to the Pit, mosh for your life’.
The lovers of HM2-sound also had a piece of swedish old school death metal from the giants of ENTRAILS and ENTOMBED.

MOONSPELL has put down a smashing show, like we’re used from these Portugese stars. After their performance the men gathered backstage to watch the exciting soccer match of Portugal against Croatia. We can conclude that they went back to Portugal very satisfied, after a great deliverance at Dokkem and the fact that their country classified for the EU’s quarter finals.
The British power metal band DRAGONFORCE, was less fortunate. They performed an excellent show for all their fans. Only on the way back home, The British Airways lost all Herman Li’s guitars at Amsterdam Schiphol. We hope they will be returned to him soon without damage.

DORO and FINTROLL were the headliners on Saturday night.

Doro on stage at Dokk'em Open Air 2016

Doro on stage at Dokk’em Open Air 2016

Finally DOA has managed to bring The Queen of Heavy Metal to Dokkum. Doro Pesch has been in the heavymetal scene for over 30 years , has sold millions of albums, has given numerous concerts worldwide and has worked with great and legendary artists like Lemmy, Ronny James Dio, Amon Amarth, Tarja Turunen, Judas Priest and Twisted Sister. Fans enjoyed songs like ‘Für immer’, ‘We are the Metalhead’ and ‘All we are’. Another pleasant surprise was a rousing and incredibly awesome cover of Judas Priest ‘Breaking the Law’ in a Doro jacket.

The 11th edition of Dokk’em Open Air on June 25th would be the last, as previously divulged by the organisation. We are keeping our hopes high for this great festival to continue. Thank you Dokk’em for all those years of fun and metal madness.

Click here to go to the full photoreport with 200 pictures of Dokk’em Open Air 2006 by photographer Jeanny Petrocchi of Metalphoto.

Elsrock 2016

Elsrock 2016 Rijssen, The Netherlands

By: Jeanny Petrocchi

”Do you know Jesus?” Those were the welcoming words from preachers we’ve got when we set foot at the premises. The bitter history of Elsrock is still etched in our memories. A few years ago Elsrock was one of the greatest festivals on dutch soil. The last open air festival was in 2011 with great acts such as Asphyx, Nuclear Assault, Grave, Grand Magus and so on. They booked a succesful and well attended edition.

After 5 years of absence, the organization decided to do a comeback. Metal fans from all over the region went massively to Rijssen to support our local dutchies. What a way to start the resurrection of Elsrock with our own talented musicians by pulling a varied line-up and a great atmosphere. All the ingredients of a metal festival were there! From greasy bites and an endless flow of beer to band merchandise and of course good LOUD music, guaranteeing a day of absolute fun and metal mayhem.

Headliner Martyr at Elsrock 2016

Headliner Martyr at Elsrock 2016

Bands that made their appearance at Elsrock’s resurrection are: Infantry, Anarchos, Deadly Alliance, The Heritance, Roadcrew, 3rd Machine, Caedere, Tarragona and Martyr as headliner.

A big thank you goes out to all of the volunteers who helped to make this event a great succes, the bands for giving all their brutality on stage, the audience for their great support and last but not least the organisation of Elsrock for rising from the ashes!

Until next year: on June 10 2017 there will be another edition of Elsrock!

Check out Jeanny’s photo report on Elsrock 2016 through this link.

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Amsterdam Metalfest

Another succesful edition of a sold out Amsterdam Metalfest took place last weekend at the Melkweg venue located at the heart of the Dutch capitol Amsterdam. Under the metallized tunes and growling vocals of the bands that performed that evening the audience did what they knew best. They took their most daring and extreme attempt to slam dance and to create a small wall of death.

Head shot of the singer of Dutch metal band Carach Angren on stage

Carach Angren

Click HERE to see our photoreport of the following bands: HERDER, GOD DETHRONED, CARACH ANGREN and DECAPITATED.

The next edition of A.M.F. will be on October 15th. Bands will be anounced later on their facebook page.

Speedfest 10th Ed

by Jeanny Petrocchi

On November 21, 2015, SPEEDFEST celebrated its 10th edition at the ‘’clock building’’ in Eindhoven. No wonder the festival was sold out with such a great line up: Carcass, Napalm Death, Danko Jones, Peter Pan Speedrock, Obituary, Voivod, Pro Pain, Refused, High on Fire, The Hip Priests, Death Alley, Crobot, Avatarium and many more.

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Unfortunately, as is well known, The Eagles of Death Metal cancelled their European tour and didn’t perform here. The festival took one minute of silence to commemorate all the victims of the tragedy in Paris.

DJ ‘’De Rooie Neger’’ entertained all the visitors at the foodcourt with tracks from Dolly Parton to Slayer, from Snoop Dog to Bob Marley and all the oldest dutch songs you can ever think of. At Speedfest everything is possible: We saw visitors, who wore the most brutal metal shirts, singing and dancing on popular tunes from the 60’s to the 90’s. This DJ offered something for everyone and surprised everyone with well- and lesser-known old school music in so many genre. Thanks to the organisation for this amazing festival, all the volunteers and of course a special thanks to Peter Pan Speedrock!

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Speedfest 10 – Programma wijziging

Nu de Amerikaanse band Eagles Of Death Metal (EODM) vanwege de aanslagen afgelopen vrijdag in Parijs zijn Europese tournee heeft geannuleerd en dus ook niet op de tiende editie van Speedfest zal spelen, krijgt het programma van dit internationale festival logischerwijze enkele wijzigingen. De jubileumeditie vindt zaterdag 21 november plaats in het Klokgebouw te Eindhoven.

Uiteraard is Metalphoto aanwezig voor een spetterende fotoreportage. Bekijk de foto’s van Jeanny na afloop op deze site.

speedfest 10
Mede-organisator Peter Pan Speedrock-frontman Peter van Elderen: “We zijn nog steeds aangeslagen en ontdaan door de bizarre gruwelijkheden die er in Parijs zijn gepleegd. Het is onbevattelijk wat daar is gebeurd. We snappen heel goed dat Eagles Of Death Metal, die zijn merchandise-verkoper Nick verloor, de tournee heeft afgebroken. We gaan niet krampachtig op zoek naar een alternatief. EODM is immers niet zo maar een groep, maar een uniek en niet te vervangen fenomeen. Het voelt voor ons bovendien ook ongepast om op die plek nu een andere band neer te zetten. Uit diep respect voor EODM en ter nagedachtenis voor Nick en alle andere slachtoffers en hun nabestaanden, houden we zaterdagnacht om 00.10 uur één minuut stilte in het hele Klokgebouw. Dat tijdstip was namelijk de oorspronkelijke starttijd van de show van EODM. Daarna zullen wij als gastheer en mede-organisator zélf de ereplek van Speedfest bekleden. En reken maar dat we veel lawaai gaan maken om te laten zien dat we niet – nooit!- toegeven aan angst en terreur. Samen met 5000 andere rock motherfuckers gaan we een onvergetelijk mooi feestje bouwen om samen het leven te vieren.”

Wijziging programma Speedfest #10
Het wegvallen van EODM heeft als consequentie dat het programma wijzigt. De belangrijkste aanpassing is dus dat Peter Pan Speedrock de plaats van EODM op de Demolition Stage net na middernacht opvult en dat alle andere bands op dat podium die dag wat later beginnen. Van Elderen: “Speedfest kent drie podia – Wreckers, Demolition en Thrashers – in evenzoveel zalen waar 27 bands komen rocken. Plus de Food Court waar DJ De Rooie Neger de boel op stelten zet. Voornamelijk het programma op de Demolition Stage wordt nu aangepast; in die andere twee zalen en in de Foodcourt zullen de wijzigingen vooralsnog miniem zijn.

Speedfest #10 new time table
Extra beveiliging Speedfest #10
De organisatie stelt tevens alles in het werk voor een maximale beveiliging en scherpt die vanwege de recente gebeurtenissen in Parijs komende zaterdag nog eens extra aan. Frontman Peter: “We gaan adequaat handelen en de veiligheid via diverse wegen tot een maximum ophogen, zonder dat onze bezoekers er direct iets van zullen merken. We zijn er helemaal klaar voor.”

Dong Open Air – Metal Festival Germany

Neukirchen (DE) July 16 – 18, 2015
By Jeanny Petrocchi, Metalphoto

‘’Party all night Dong” – with this motto almost 3000 metalfans from all over Germany and The Netherlands attended this festival which took place in Neukirchen – Vluyn near Krefeld on the top of the Dongberg (Halde, Northern Germany). The audience came this year to celebrate the festival’s 15th anniversary. For the metalfans from the region, Dong Open Air is the highlight of the year. The festival on the Mushmore Mountain in Neuerkirchen-Vluyn is an underground festival which was launched in 2001. This year as usual great headliners and co-headliners participated at this event such as Debauchery, The Black Dahlia Murder, Gamma Ray, Kissin’ Dynamite, Eluveitie, Fiddler’s Green, Die Apokalyptischen Reiter, Carcass and other impressive acts of bands like Insanity, the mexicans of War Kabinett, Excrementory Grindfuckers, The Prosecution, Wulfpack, the frenchmen of Acyl, Wizard and so on…..

Go to our photoreport by clicking on this link.

Miseo

Miseo


The Germans defintely know how to party all night dong! From Thursday afternoon until late Saturday night hours, Neuenkirchen transformed into a camping city with great music, lots of König bier and Desperados and of course lots of fun. You can also enjoy the spectacular view at Dong and even take a bier or two at the Sky Lounge to make new friends or just to hang out with your mates. It has been our second year at this festival, and for sure we will be there again in 2016 to be Donginized.

Stonehenge Metal Festival 2015 – gone with the wind

Steenwijk (NL), July 25, 2015
by Jeanny Petrocchi, Metalphoto

One of the coziest festivals in The Netherlands, STONEHENGE, unfortunately, went up into smoke. After a year of preparations, the worst summer storm ever in Dutch history brought it, cruelly, to a premature end. The organizers had to cancel the festival for safety reasons. Also other festivals and carnival activities in other places in the Netherlands were cancelled. Some of the bands got stuck on the road because of the storm, other bands didn’t want to perform anymore because it was too risky. Fortunately most people responded positively on the decision that has been made. But others seemed not to understand the priorities of the organization to promptly cancel this event. Lots of metalheads went home dissapointed, several people went to the city of Stonehenge to grab a bite and others went to the after party at Cafe de Zwetser to enjoy Resistance, Player and Nervosa. We sincerely hope that the financial damage that Stonehenge has suffered can be settled and that we can celebrate another edition of Stonehenge next year. We wish the organziation much strength and wisdom.

Hirax

Hirax


Meanwhile enjoy our photoreport of Smothered, Wrath, Sabiendas, Inquisitor, Dictated, Fleshless, Hirax, Diabolical, Ingested and Cytotoxin by clicking here.
As you can see: it was fun while it lasted!