M O U F L O N – D I S Q U I E T – G R A C E L E S S

P60 Amstelveen
25 September 2020
Door: Jeanny Petrocchi

Afgelopen vrijdag waren we bij P60 in Amstelveen voor een show met drie metal bands waar we bijzonder van hebben genoten: MOUFLON, DISQUIT en GRACELESS.

De reden voor dit feestje was het 20 jarig bestaan van de webzine van onze collega’s van ZWARE METALEN. Voor deze eerste concertreeks hadden Zware Metalen en P60 alles heel goed georganiseerd en kon er weer een metal avond plaats vinden in een Corona-proof setting. Het was een uitverkochte evenement waar maar 60 personen zich zo gelukkig konden prijzen om deze waardige acts te mogen bewonderen.
Tijdens de optredens moest je op je plek blijven zitten. Bestellingen werden gedaan via de app en de drankjes werden aan tafel geserveerd. In de pauzes waren toilet bezoekjes toegestaan, evenals een sigaretje roken of merchandise scoren. Juichen, klappen, headbangen mocht allemaal, maar wel zittend op je stoel.
De bezoekers waren hoe dan ook blij dat ze weer eens naar een metal concert konden; dat dit zittend was mocht de pret niet drukken.

Graceless on stage

Graceless on stage


Mouflon was de eerste band die dit bijzondere evenement mocht openen. Deze Arnhemse band is al een tijdje in de death metal scene bekend. Gewoon lekker spelen en knallen met z’n allen. Hun stijl kun je omschrijven als old school death metal met wat doom invloeden. Een goed begin van de avond dus.
Na een korte pauze, van een kwartier, was het de beurt aan de heren van Disquiet, uit Utrecht, om op het podium plats te nemen. Er waren wat technische geluids-storingen, maar ze hebben zich gewoon als professionelen herpakt en van begin tot eind, met veel enthousiasme, een show vol energie neergezet. Disquiet is vooral bekend door hun unieke moderne stijl, trash met een melodic touch!

En toen was het aan Graceless om het laatste uur van dit deze metal avond in te vullen. Deze Leidenaren zijn geen onbekenden in de Nederlandse metal scene, ze hebben al veel uurtjes gedraaid bij Nailgun Massacre, Xenomorph en Soulburn. Afgelopen maart hebben ze een nieuwe plaat uitgebracht, ‘Where Vultures know your name’ en konden we dit werk voor het eerst LIVE horen. Echt een geniaal album voor de DM liefhebbers, LIVE was het de kers op de taart. Keiharde old school death metal gedrenkt in een stevige dosis doom met intens treurige death growls van Kreft.

Helaas mochten we bij dit concert geen fotoreportage maken, wat begrijpelijk is in deze bizarre tijden. We illustreren dit review daarom met een mobiel kiekje, gemaakt vanuit de stoel.

Mits de Corona maatregelen het toelaten zal er de komende tijd iedere maand een metalconcert bij P60 plaats vinden, om zodoende stil te staan bij het 20 jarig bestaan van Zware Metalen. Het tweede concert uit deze reeks is op 30 oktober 2020. Dit wordt een black metal avond met Terzij de Horde, Doodswens en GGU:II. De kaartverkoop hiervoor start morgen (2 oktober 2020) en is wederom beperkt dus zorg dat je er op tijd bij bent !!!

Churches take over: Moontowers – Asphyx

Report and photography by Jeanny Petrocchi, Metalphoto

Due to the Corona outbreak, as you probably know, this year all concerts and festivals have been cancelled. But venues and even churches are currently bringing some innovative ways for metalheads to attend corona-proof concerts.
Tastes differ however: in events of this kind, lots of music fans rather enjoy the music standing up or want to release their frustration or happiness in a moshpit instead of watching the whole show seated. But in times of Corona, we all have to be sensible by following the guidelines and supporting our favorite bands in these difficult times.

In a big church with limited capacities for visitors, we experienced a great performance with a ‘celestial’ touch.

Death metal in a church: Asphyx and Moontowers in Essen (2020)

Death metal in a church: Asphyx and Moontowers in Essen (2020)

Kreuzeskirchen – Essen, Germany
18-09-2020

This church session was sold out in no time. Outside the church people were offering €200 euros for tickets. But as die-hard fans, no one wanted to sell their ticket even for that amount!
Moontowers, a heavy metal band from Koblenz that was formed in 2017, was the opening act of this church session. This band consist of great musicians from Blueside, Secutor, Metal Inquisitor and Desaster. We have enjoyed a few songs of ‘’Crimson Harvest” their latest album that was released in April this year.

After listening a few classic tracks from the DJ like ‘God is dead’ from Carnivore, among others, it was the turn of the Dutch death metal masters to make their appearance on stage; Asphyx.
There never was a dull moment. Everyone was headbanging while seated on the powerful drive of guitar riffs and Van Drunen’s pain suffering death growl, having the time of their lives.
Enjoy our pictures of this concert, they speak for themselves.

Satyricon @ Patronaat

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Frontman Satyr of Satyricon

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March 6, 2018 was the start of the 2nd lag of Satyricons European Tour. On stage, in the packed smaller of the two venues of Patronaat, Haarlem, the band looked and sounded fresh and energetic. To the extreme joy of the audience after the new opening song Midnight Serpent, not only songs from the new CD Deep Calleth Upon Deep were played. Far from that, many great hits passed by, all sang along by the gathered Dutch fan base. Such as Repined Bastard Nation and Now, Diabolical.The routined band of frontman Satyr obviously was very aware of what the audience likes and the atmosphere was very enjoyable indeed. We were exited for the full hour and 50 minutes that this fascinating performance lasted.

To view our photo report klick here.

Set List:
• Intro (tape)• Midnight Serpent • Our World, It Rumbles Tonight • Black Crow on a Tombstone • Deep Calleth Upon Deep • Ageless Northern Spirit • Repined Bastard Nation • The Wolfpack • Now, Diabolical • To Your Brethren in the Dark • Black Wings and Withering Gloom • Walk the Path of Sorrow • Transcendental Requiem of Slaves • Mother North
Encore:
• The Pentagram Burns • Fuel for Hatred • K.I.N.G.

Satyricon on stage

Satyricon

For those who missed this event: Satyricon will be back in The Netherlands on June 1-2 to play at Fortarock in Nijmegen.

Zwarte Cross 2018

ZWARTE CROSS LUIDT NIEUWE JAAR IN MET KERSVERSE METALACTS VOLBEAT & ELECTRIC EEL SHOCK

Vandaag vult de Zwarte Cross het programma aan met onder andere de Deense toprockers van Volbeat als hoofdact op vrijdag, spectaculaire hardrock uit Japan, een Achterhoekse house DJ én het leukste sportprogramma van Nederland komt naar Lichtenvoorde.
Dit zijn de 24 nieuwkomers die acte de présence zullen geven op het festival welke plaatsvindt van 12 tot en met 15 juli in Lichtenvoorde en verspreid over 32 podia gaan vlammen: Volbeat (DK), Electric Eel Shock (JAP), Heavy Hoempa, Lady Virea, Bureau Sport, Huub van der Lubbe, Hoe word ik miljonair – Corné van Zeijl, Giant Tiger Hooch, Feuerengel (DE), Warboel, BZB, Russkaja (OOS), BloYaTop, The Skints (GB), Kingston Soul, New Kingston (VS), DJ Tommi, Panko (ES), Trobi, De Theatertroep – Vaudeville, Marino Punk (BE), Johan Kampman, Picto Facto (FR), Goeie Tukkers zijn geen Motherf*ckers.
Geschiedenis schrijven

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In november 2017 ging de voorverkoop van start. Bijna 90% van de kaarten werd binnen 24 uur verkocht. Na het bekendmaken van Volbeat vlogen ook de vrijdagkaarten de tent uit en dat bewijst wel hoe groot deze band is. “De zanger heeft een kuif als Elvis, de stem als James Hetfield, kan een uitstekend moppie Johnny Cash spelen en heeft net zo’n uitstraling als ik. Volbeat is daarom dé ultieme Zwarte Cross band en ik ben dan ook beretrots dat we ze hebben weten vast te leggen voor deze nu al legendarische 22ste editie!”, aldus Tante Rikie. De kans bestaat dat vóór aanvang van het festival ook de vrijdag uitverkocht raakt. Dit betekent dat de Zwarte Cross voor het eerst in de geschiedenis op voorh and en voor het derde jaar op rij helemaal uitverkocht is. De stand op donderdag 18 januari: nog zo’n 8000 vrijdagkaarten beschikbaar. De organisatie benadrukt overigens om uitverkochte kaartsoorten alleen via Ticketswap te kopen.

Explosie van muziek, theater, cross en stunts
De Zwarte Cross draait om bijzondere contrasten en gekke tegenstrijdigheden. Nat worden kan op het festivalstrand Playa Gasolina maar ook bij de crossbaan, wanneer het angstzweet je uitbreekt door de spectaculaire stunts. Laat adrenaline razen in één van de vele kermisattracties en laat het weer zakken tijdens een intiem concert voor 30 mensen in de Tipi. Verwen jezelf in restaurant Le Carburateur met een sterrenmaal of verwen het publiek met een optreden van jezelf bij het Open Podium. Kijken kan bij de finale van de Dutch Masters of Motocross, de pan uit dansen mag bij de 32 podia die het festival rijk is. Het complete programma zal ook dit jaar uit zo’n 250 bands en meer dan 1000 theaterartiesten bestaan. Iedere drie weken maakt de Zwarte Cross een overzicht met nieuwe acts bekend, de volgende lijst komt op 8 februari.
Al eerder werden bekend gemaakt: De Dijk, Triggerfinger (BE), Gogol Bordello (VS), Millionaire (BE), Death Alley, Nieuwegrond, Mike Williams, The Band of Heathens (VS), Gummbah en Leonard Bedaux – Sexboerderij Het Gouden Kalf, The Goat Roper Rodeo Band (GB), Thijs Kemperink, Silvester Zwaneveld – Een kleine geschiedenis van bijna alles, Bas Nijhuis en Eddy van der Ley – Niet zeiken, voetballen!, Mr. & Mr. Burn (GB) – explosief fysiek straattheater, Douwe Dijkstra en de sneue vertoning, clownesk straattheater van Fraser Hooper (GB), Høken met de Heinoos, Boh Foi Toch, Reverse Cowgirls, Certain Animals, Hilltop Howlers, Bökkers, De Motorband, Pé Daalemmer & Rooie Rinus, Kadavar (DUI), Frequencerz, Het Syrène Saxofoonkwartet, Baron Otto von Tounix, Dub Pistols (GB), The Dirty Daddies, Tusky, Switch Bones, Los Paja Brava, The Mauskovic Dance Band, Crooxs, Small Time C rooks, The Mourning Glories, Samora, Ooostblok, Mr Rizzo’s Miniatuur Fotostudio, Rider Mo, The Slampampers, St Joan’s Ambulance by Stickleback Plasticus, De Stijle, Want… – Toni Ronaldoni, Two left feet by Stickleback Plasticus, WC Experience, Plork en de Aannemers.

Thuiskomen bij Tante Rikie
Met de strijdkreet ‘Leven Vóór De Dood!’ maakt festivaldirectrice Tante Rikie zich hard voor een positieve mindset in het hiernumaals. Haar advies luidt dan ook: ”Niks terug of vooruit kijken, het is nú te doen!” Tante Rikie voegt uiteraard daad bij woord en opent de poorten naar het hiernumaals vanaf 12 juli aanstaande. Iedereen is welkom en dit wordt onderstreept met het thema ‘Welkom Thuus’, geïnspireerd op het feit dat een weekend Zwarte Cross voor veel bezoekers voelt als thuiskomen.

Blind Guardian, Cirrha Niva @ Lucky

The beautiful and friendly venue Lucky, close to the German border, is not far from Blind Guardian’s home town Krefeld. Blind Guardian is extremely popular not only in Germany but especially in this part of The Netherlands too. Exactly 10 years ago, and his succesful power metal band Blind Guardian, performed on this same stage at Lucky. I myself and many fans with me still remembered how mesmerized we had been, back then, to hear the new songs from A Twist in the Myth.Therefore it was not surprising that the venue was sold out.

Blind Guardian's Audience @ Lucky

Blind Guardian’s Audience @ Lucky

The concert started with a very good performance of the Dutch prog metal band Cirrha Niva, who have not been around as longs as BG, but still for a respectable 23 years. The experience showed: Cirrha Niva gave a very well balanced and musically sound performance.

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When BG finally entered the stage, all fans were excited to welcome the aimable singer Hansi Kürsch and his fellow musicians after a much too long period of absence. The enthusiasm was mutual. Hansi reveiled that Lucky is his favorite stage in Holland. Many of the popular songs of the 2006 concert were on the set list now as well. Of course with some later additions.

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The audience sang along most of the songs with Hansi and the atmosphere in the hall became very intense and overwelmingly pleasant. The band was called back on stage twice and played an impressive 2 hours and a quarter.

Check out the full photo report of this concert by clicking here or here to buy photo’s (link is valid until 14-02-2017)

W:O:A 2016 preview

We have been covering quite some summer festivals this season already. Both in The Netherlands and across our eastern border with Germany, metal music is alive, like never before. All these metal festivals have something special, something cosy to it. But the climax of all these gatherings of the metal community is of course the annual largest metal festival week in the beginning of August, in the tiny village of Wacken in northern Germany. Wacken Open Air is not a local party, like all the others – no W:O:A is a true jamboree and we would not want to skip attending one year!
In the photo below, that we took last year, you can see why.

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Can you already feel the magic in the air, of all these people celebrating their love for metal together?
Even if you have never been to Wacken Open Air, you can catch a small gasp of it, from our photo reports, we hope. Just 17 more days and then we all go loose!
So… what can you expect from Metalphoto at W:O:A this year?

Well, hopefully no more mud slides – we hope the rainy season will be over by then.
Looking at the vast program it will be hard to choose, but of course we will be true to our nature and you will see us at the stages filled with black and death metal mostly and of course to cheer our Dutch musicians.
What does our menu suggestion look like?
We start getting settled on wednesday evening while cheering at the Dutch band BLIKSEM. On Thursday there’s a bunch of appetizers on the Black Stage: Saxon, Whitesnake and Lemmy. And then you have Tsjuder and Marduk – black metal on the W:E:T stage, Vader on Headbangers stage before the main dish is served at the True Metal Stage with IRON MAIDEN !!!

Any other festival would be a big succes with this line up alone, but for W:O:A: this is just warming up day. After a good night’s sleep at the VIP camp ground intend to start the next day fresh at 1 pm with our own Dutch Legion of the Damned on the Black Stage. This is where we’ll linger the rest of the day to see Entombed, Eluveitie,Tarja and Ministry. Unfortunately this will make us miss Equilibrium, but we might take some strolls over to the W;E;T stage for 1349 and to the Headbangers stage to enlighten our spirits with Orphaned Land (maybe), Alcest and Ihsahn (certainly). Meanwhile we’ll also watch Blind Guardian at the true metal stage and maybe, just maybe, if we can stay awake, we’ll also go and watch Kampfar and Testament, in the small hours.

Testament on stage

Testament


On Saturday we’ll probably be roasted, but Dragon Force will certainly get us back in our dancing shoes: party time at noon!
Dragonforce on stage

Dragonforce

Later followed by Devil Driver at the Party Stage.Meanwhile we’ll check out Wackinger Village and the Metal Market.
Then, in the evening we’ll enjoy Auro Noir before banging our heads off at ARCH ENEMY!

Well this is just our plan; because you need one when there’s too much to choose from. We’ll probably see a lot of other bands that are just as great but still unknown to us. Beacuse Wacken has been the cradle to many metal stars. We hope to see some being born this year as well.
So check out our report later! See you at WACKEN from August 3-6, 2016.

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.

CANCELLED: TERROR at METROPOOL

UPDATE: UNFORTUNATELY TERROR’s TOUR HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO MEDICAL REASONS (planned surgery of one of the band members)

Hard core lovers in The Netherlands and surroundings are strongly advised to travel to Hengelo (OV) on August 24, 2016.
Los Angeles’ hard core band TERROR comes to the Mid-east of the Lowlands for a unique show in the wonderful venue METROPOOL, accompanied by Angel Crew and Cornered: hard core from our own turf.

Poster Terror at Metropool

Poster Terror

Come and join us in the mosh pit but please do not crush our photographer(Jeanny)’s camera!
Metalphoto will reward you with a bad ass photo report from the floor, shortly afterwards.

DONG OPEN AIR 2016

From July 14-16 2016 the cosy and affordable annual metal festival DONG OPEN AIR will be held again in Neukirchen-Vluyn am Niederrhein. Situated just half an hour’s drive across the Dutch-German border at Venlo (NL), in the direction of Moers/ Duisburg and north of Krefeld, this festival is known to attract an international audience from Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands and often far beyond, such as the UK and Austria.
This year’s headliners include the bands Rage and Amorphis on Thursday night, Equilibrium and Bloodbath on Friday while Haggard and Testament close the festivities on Saturday night. Also interesting is that the festival is host to the German Final of the famous Wacken Metal Battle! (Starting on Thursday at 2 p.m.)

Dong Poster 2016

Dong Poster 2016

With tickets for only €35 and a free campground at a very short walking distance to the stage, good beer at a fair price and a huge tent stage against the weathergods, who can deny this proposition?

Metalphoto’s photographer Jeanny certainly could not and she will be reporting shortly after D:O:A. See you there and have fun!!!

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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