Wacken Open Air 25 Photoreport

Wacken (DE), July 31- August 1 & 2, 2014

by Jeanny Petrocchi

Wacken Open Air 2014

Wacken Open Air 2014

Germany does not only have one of the best soccer team in the world, but it also has world’s biggest metal festival: Wacken Open Air.
This year, on their 25th anniversary, Wacken offered the usual vast variety of metal. Over 100 bands performed at this huge, three days, festival. Among these bands were headliners such as Motorhead, King Diamond, Slayer, Arch Enemy, Behemoth, Emperor, Megadeth, Kreator, Sodom and Amon Amarth which made their appearance on the Black Stage and True metal Stage. Also there were many other great bands that performed on the wet stage, headbanger stage and party stage.
Apocalyptica

Apocalyptica

We also have the results of the 10th edition of the International metal battle finals. The winner this year is In Mute from Spain. 2nd place Dirty Shirt from Rumania. 3rd place Huldre from Denmark. 4th place Evocation from China and 5th place Convivum from Sweden.

Check our photo report of some impressions at the Wacken village and several bands that performed at this annual event.
Bands that are already confirmed for 2015 are:
Transiberian Orchetstra – Savatage – Running Wild – In Flames – In Extremo – U.D.O. – Sabaton – Amorphis – Death Angel – Powerwolf – Ensiferum – Kataklysm – Cannibal Corpse – Sepultura – Thyrfing
Sad news for the ones that didn’t get a ticket yet: the Wacken 2015 tickets are already sold out for the 10th time in a row and in less than 24 hours!

Wacken Open Air 2014

Wacken Open Air 2014

Zwarte Cross Festivalverslag 2014

Na jarenlang verwend te zijn met drie dagen van de beste metal op het Aardschok Podium moesten de metalheads op de Zwarte Cross het vorig jaar doen met een redelijk leuke Meltdown. Toch was de sfeer er … laten we zeggen… anders. In 2014 gooide De Feestfabriek het bij de Zwarte Cross over weer een andere boeg, namelijk met een intiem podium voor Underground Rock en een beetje Metal: The Roadhouse.Zwarte-Cross-Logo Op zich geen slechte zaak, want de grote namen uit de metalwereld doen ons landje al vaak genoeg aan op andere podia. The Roadhouse is een intieme schuur (Barn) waar slechts een paar honderd man in passen. Er trad veel Nederlands talent op, te beginnen op vrijdagmiddag, waaronder de indruk wekkende Nijmeegse stoner-achtige rock band Navarone. Maar er waren ook veel Amerikaanse bands op bezoek. Zoals op vrijdagavond de alternatieve Country Punk Rockers Slim Cessna’s Autoclub uit Denver, die onze absolute favoriet was gevolgd door de New Yorkse punkband Dirty Fences en om middernacht stond als hoofdact hun stadgenoot Jon Spencer Blues Explosion op het podium, met alternatieve rock.
Op zaterdagavond was o.a. de Finse hardrockband Santa Cruz te zien en de Amerikaanse Red Fang uit Montana, maar ook het internationaal bekende Nederlandse trio De Wolff, bekend van o.a. PinkPop 2010. Dit blues trio trad overigens ook eerder die avond op op het Hoofdpodium; om die tijd concurreerden ze met The Pheromones in The Roadhouse. Voor ons geen moeilijke keuze, The Pheromones rockten meer naar onze smaak.
Op zondagmiddag speelde, na een warming up door o.a. het Nederlandse Traumahelikopter -die we helaas misten doordat de cross een te aantrekkelijk programma bood – en de enthousiasmerende Spaanse hardrockband 77, het razend populaire Eindhovense Peter Pan Speedrock, voor een volgepakte schuur. Het daarop volgende Utrechtse Birth of Joy (bekend van DWDD en PinkPop) boeide een uur lang met hun unieke sound van moderne psychelisch aandoende rock. Dit trio bestaat uit de energieke frontman vocalist en gitarist Kevin Stunnenberg, bijgestaan door organist, Gertjan Gutman, die bij tijd en wijle de sound van Ray Manzarek (Doors) feilloos weet op te roepen en drummer Bob Hogenelst . De grand finale was voor de Zweedse heavy rockband Truckfighters maar toen waren wij, na 3 dagen uiterst geslaagde festiviteiten, helaas de terugtocht al aangevangen.

Op de website van de Zwarte Cross staat nog het programma van The Roadhousee waar je ook naar muziekfragmenten van alle geprogrammeerde bands kunt luisteren.

Dong Open Air

17-18-19 July Neukirchen-Vluyn

by Jeanny Petrocchi

Last weekend we were at the Moshmore Hill for Dong Open Air.
When we arrived we were told that we can take a shuttle to the hill. After 2 hours waiting, we decided to climb the hill and carrying our backpack and cameras. We were very exhausted and almost dehydrated because it was 35 degrees. Therefore, because of these circumstances we’ve missed a few bands on Thursday. Besides the shuttle service, everything was well organized. It’s a cozy festival were you can eat well, and drink delicious Desperados. Because of two days of excessive warmth, the volunteers were spraying everyone with water to freshen up. There were firemen and Red cross volunteers at the premises to intervene in case of an accident or injuries.
Click HERE for a full photo report of the performing bands:
Thursday: MOTORJESUS and GRAVE DIGGER.
Friday: SKILTRON, THE SCALDING, KATALEPSY, GRAILKNIGHTS, MILKING THE GOATMACHINE, ANNIHILATOR.
There was a great after show on Friday from PAPPE OF DESTINY. They performed a great Rammstein playback show and ofcourse combined with fireworks.
Saturday: THE CRIMSON GHOSTS, MAAT, CONTRADICTION, NEGATOR, SATAN, HAIL OF BULLETS and ARCH ENEMY.
After the show we spoke to our colleagues from the press and several Arch enemy fans to hear what they think of the new singer Alissa White-Gluz. Well of the 30 people we have talked with, only 1 guy said that he was blown away. The other opinions were ‘’She’s ok. But she’s not Angela Gossow’’.
Personally I think she did a very good job. With time she will feel more comfortable on stage and dealing with a huge fan club will be a piece of cake for her. Vocals and stage presence were really great. It’s not easy to even or top a great female singer such as Angela Gossow. We think she will be soon there delivering as much as energy as the former singer of Arch Enemy but in her OWN way, no doubt about it. It’s just the beginning!
Last but not least a very special thanks for the entire crew of Dong Open air! Up to next year!

BAROEG OPEN AIR

Saturday, September 20, 2014: Baroeg Open Air
Festivalterrein Zuiderpark, Rotterdam (NL)

Free Metal Festival

Flyer Baroeg Open Air

– Main Stage:
Bolt Thrower (UK old school death)
Clan Of Xymox (NL gothic / wave)
Amenra (BE sludge)
De Raggende Manne (NL rock / punk)
Elle Bandita (NL rock / alternative)
Naam (US stoner / psychedelic rock)
Black-Bone (NL classic rock / hardrock)

– Electronic Stage:

The DJ Producer (UK Crossbreed)
The Hard Way (NL breakcore / drum ‘n bass)
Memmaker (DK cyber / EBM)
This Morn’ Omina (BE tribal industrial)
FFF (NL breakcore / jungle – Popunie Live)
Ambassador 21 (BY digital hardcore)

-Talent Stage:
Ecocide (NL old school death)
Illusionless (NL progressive / groove metal, winnaar Metal Battle)
Thin Pillow (NL psychedelic 60’s / 70’s rock, Metropool regio)

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Checkout Metalpho’s report afterwards, with photo’s by Chérie and Jeanny !

Metal op Nijmeegse Vierdaagse Feesten

Op zaterdag 12 juli 2014 zijn de fameuze Vierdaagse Feesten in Nijmegen begonnen en ze trapten deze avond meteen goed af met een portie metal.
Tussen alle activiteiten zijn er wat weinig metal concerten

Through the Struggle

Through the Struggle


Metalphoto maakte foto’s van de volgend bands op podium Voerweg, Valkhofpark Nijmegen.:
19 – 19:30 uur: Through the struggle
Through The Struggle is de winnaar van de Roos van Nijmegen 2014. Na in 2010 begonnen te zijn als hardcoreband hebben ze het roer wat omgegooid en zijn ze naar een meer dynamisch en melodische sound gegroeid.

21:30 – 22:30: Monomyth:
Monomyth uit Den Haag laveert met het grootste gemak tussen psychedelische rock, spacerock, krautrock en stonerrock. (Foto’s volgen nog)
23:15 – 00:15: Pro-Pain
Het New Yorkse Pro-Pain werd begin jaren negentig opgericht en laten sindsdien overal een verpletterende indruk achter met hun unieke, ongehoord strakke en energieke mix van hardcore met metal. (Foto’s volgen nog)

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Dokk’em Open Air 2014 Metal Festival

Dragon Girls

Dragon Girls

Dokk’em Open Air 20 & 21 June 2014 Again this year we went to Dokkum, located in the county of Friesland, The Netherlands, for a two days festival of the Dokk’em Open Air Metal Festival. The festival and camping were jam packed with metalheads. They all came to see an incredible line up with a wide range of variety of metal that DOA had to offer this year again.

Besides music for all ears, there were special fire acts by the sexy Dragon Girls and funny but very entertaining music of “De boodschappers van het algemene nut” which means “The messengers of the public benefit”.

On the 2nd day, unfortunately TROLL had to cancel and in a short time the organization of DOA managed to replace them with a Dutch black metal band called Cirith Gorgor.
Other bands on this day were Nocturnus AD, M.O.D., Freedom Call, Mayan, Arkona, Napalm Death, Gamma Ray, Death DTA and Metal Church.

Big thanks go to the entire organization of DOA and last but not least the volunteers which makes this festival possible. Up to next year!

Click here for the full photo report of the performing bands Carach Angren, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Vicious Rumors and Annihilator on Day One and Cirith Gorgor, Nocturnus AD, M.O.D., Freedom Call, Mayan, Arkona, Napalm Death, Gamma Ray, Death DTA and Metal Church and their enthusiastic audience.

Audience Dokk'em Open Air

Audience Dokk’em Open Air


Photography by Jeanny Petrocchi, Metalphoto

Kings of Black Metal Festival 2014

Alsfeld, DE, April 5, 2014 by Chérie

_FAL2860Burning Stage Concerts had once more created a Black Metal event that attracted fans from all over Europe, to the charming medieval city of Alsfeld. Nobody else than BM legends Mayhem were headlining this 2-day festival. But many more illustrious bands, from all over the world, were on stage that were just as exciting to see and hear.

Where in the world can one leisurely hang out in the city center, enjoying great music by famous underground bands, zipping beer with one’s peers in the public parking lot, smoking, getting drunk and stoned, fall asleep on the pavement, under the guidance of caring paramedics and in the security of private guards and kind policemen in surveillance vehicles?

No, this is not a fairy tale … this is Alsfeld in 2014. Check out the full photo report of Kings of Black Metal! Continue reading