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

Satyr

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.

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)

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.

Click on the links below to view the full photoreport of:

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.

Moonspell’s Road to Extinction Tour

Metropool, Hengelo, March 31, 2016

By Jeanny Petrocchi

Moonspell’s ROAD TO EXTINCTION TOUR started last month. Thursday March 31, was the day that Moonspell hit the Dutch turf once more. This Portuguese band performaned succesfully at the Metropool venue in Hengelo. It was quite an outstanding show with smoke, fog and foam and last but not least the output of these talented musicians.

The band went on stage with ‘Breathe’ and then followed by ‘Extinct’, both songs from their latest album EXTINCT. Several songs of their very first album WOLFHEART were also on the setlist. This album was a huge succes 20 years ag, for the then unknown band. The subsequent album IRRELIGIOUS got the band a large fan base in Europe. Songs of these two albums were the highlights of the evening. Songs as ‘Opium’, ‘Awake’, ‘Raven Claws’ and ‘Full moon madness’ could not be left out.

Stage shot of the Portugese black metal band Moonspell, headbanging whilst playing music.Moonspell’s Road to Extinction Tour

The scenery was suitably bathed in red light during the song of ‘Vampiria’. Fernando Ribeiro appeared on stage with a long red velvet cape. People had come to hear the old Moonspel land they’ve got a glimpse of it. Especially during the songs ‘Alma Mater’ and ‘Opium’ the audience went totally crazy.

The concert ended with the classic ‘Full moon Madness’. For those who couldn’t make it to Metropool and Baroeg, Moonspell will be performing again at Dokk’em Open Air this year.

Obrigado Moonspell for a dazzling show. See ya´ll at Dokk’em Open Air!

Setlist Moonspell: Breathe, Extinct, Night Eternal, Opium, Awake, Domina, Last of us, Ruin & Misery, Raven claws, Malignia, En nome do Medo, Vampiria, Ataegina, Alma Mater, Everything Invaded, The future is dark, Full moon madness.

Click HERE to see the full photo report of this dazzling show !!

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.

DARK RISE – UNGOD TOUR in BAROEG

Morgoth - Incantation - Dark Rise European Tour Poster 2016

Morgoth – Incantation – Dark Rise European Tour Poster 2016

Op 18 april a.s. is er een gaaf bruut death metal concert in BAROEG Rotterdam (NL). Headliners zijn het Duitse Morgoth en Incantation uit de USA. Daarnaast spelen het Zwitserse Dark Rise en Omophagia en het Italiaanse Methedras. Deze Zwitserse en Italiaanse metallers zijn voor de meesten in Nederland nog onbekend. Maar dat zal voor Dark Rise zeker niet lang meer duren. Dit reeds 16 jaar oude kwintet uit Lausanne, heeft inmiddels 5 langspelers op zijn naam staan. Onlangs, 18 maart 2016, werd de CD Fear, Hate and Corruption uitgebracht. Voor de promotie van deze CD is deze tour bedoeld. Metalphoto heeft het schijfje beluisterd en is helemaal weg van hun stijl, die old school Death metal mengt met hardcore invloeden en punk en trash beats. Vooral het eerste nummer van de CD: Do or Die ligt superlekker in het gehoor. Het vierde nummer “Cold” munt uit in vingervlugge gitaarriffs en strakke beats. In het daarop volgende “Blinded” komt de band helemaal goed op stoom, met een super swingende sound, vette gitaarsolo’s en lekker snel drumwerk. De CD moet het verder vooral hebben van de consequent-brute sfeer die overtuigend wordt neergezet. Ook de lyrics zijn serieus aandacht waard. De CD hoes inlay met de loodzware, maatschappijkritische, teksten is HIER TE DOWNLOADEN.
De CD Fear, Hate and Corruption omvat tien nummers, duurt 47 minuten en is geproduceerd in de Parlour Studio in Engeland, onder leiding van producer Russ Russell bekend van Napalm Death, Dimmu Borgir, Evile e.v.a. Hij is uitgebracht onder het label Punishing records uit Lausanne, CH.

De volledige CD is op YouTube te beluisteren:

en HIER te bestellen.

Tribulation – The Wailing Dead Tour 2016

by: Chérie Photography, Metalphoto

Our contributor Russell is Metalphoto´s walking Metal Encyclopedia. Not only that, he has a nose for spotting emerging talent. Like when Wolves in the Throneroom was unknown in Europe, he introduced me to their music. When Ghost was still singing off pitch in obscure venues, we went there together and, unlike me, hé saw their great commercial potential . And the list is much longer, dating back almost two decades, but I will not bother you with it, my point has been made clear, I think.

When TRIBULATION was announced to play in pop temple Doornroosje, in Nijmegen (NL), and Russell told me to go and see them, I did not hestitate to follow his advice . Because he said to me that they are hot and – what appealed to me most – they sound very much like my favorite band Dissection .
The EP Melancholia, that I listened to in preparation, already confirmed this description and so did their life performance at Doornroosje. One particular phrase came to my mind that seems appropriate to describe my experience in short : ‘we have just had the pleasure of witnessing an emerging star that is going to be great, very great in the near future’.

Swedish metal band Tribulation

Tribulation

Tribulation is a Swedish metal band that is currently touring Europe with their “The Wailing Dead” Tour. The band was founded in 2004. It’s members are Johannes Andersson – Bass and Vocals, Adam Zaars, Guitars Jonathan Hultén, Guitars and Jakob Ljungberg, drums.

The voice of the vocalist is very much like that of his late Swedish colleague, the legendary and infamous Jon Nödtveidt of Dissection; the melodic lines and guitar riffs and guitar solos with the typical sound of the Gibson Les Paul, remember us of Dissection, but the execution is more sophisticated. The atmosphere the band creates on stage is both dark mystical and vibrant. The dim lighting and burning incense support the music well. Unlike the relatively static and detached performances of the late great Dissection, this band’s guitarist Jonathan Hultén jumps around merrily and lively on stage, seeking contact with the audience, while doing so. His peers follow this behaviour but more subdued.

Jonathan Hultén of Tribulation on Guitars

Jonathan Hultén


Only a select audience of some 250 people was present in Doornroosje. These metal fans knew what they were coming for, they were dedicated and very focussed on the performance. This made the atmosphere in the club intimate and pleasant. The bands mystical auro therefore could come into full play. We highly enjoyed this act and we compliment the Dutchbooking agent Fortarock with their excellent choice of programming.
Check out the exclusive photo report of the show by clicking here.

Further shows on this European tour are:
19.01.2016 Nürnberg (Germany) – Club Z-bau
20.01.2016 Innsbruck (Austria) – Weekender Club
21.01.2016 Vienna (Austria) – Viper Room
22.01.2016 Budapest (Hungary) – Durer Kert
23.01.2016 München (Germany) – Backstage
24.01.2016 Aarau (Switzerland) – Kiff
25.01.2016 Colmar (France) – Le Grillen
26.01.2016 Paris (France) – Glazart
27.01.2016 Hasselt (Belgium) – Muziekodroom
28.01.2016 Leiden (The Netherlands) – Gebr De Nobel
29.01.2016 Essen (Germany) – Turock
30.01.2016 Leipzig (Germany) – Werk2

Leter this year this band will also tour North America and Japan.
See more at: Century Media