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.

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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.

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

SPARTAN- The Fall of Olympus

Rotting Christ fans zullen op de CD The Fall of Olympus onmiddellijk de invloeden horen van de genoemde Griekse black metal iconen. Spartan is echter een Nederlandse band, die muzikaal weliswaar heel duidelijk door Rotting Christ geïnspireerd is en evenzo d oor de verhalen uit de Griekse mythologie, maar ook andere muzikale invloeden heeft geabsorbeerd.
Net als in Rotting Christ’s Aelo, is de onlangs uitgekomen CD The Fall of Olympus een concept album; het onderwerp is de Griekse mythologie. De muziek wordt gekenmerkt door death metal vocalen, waarin epische verhalen verteld worden.
Het eerste nummer, The Age of Men en het nummer Titanomachy, gaan over de Titanenstrijd tussen de Ttitaanse reuzen o.l.v. Kronos tegen diens zoon Zeus, die op de Olympus zetelt. Alom bekende verhalen zoals dat van Helena en het paard van Troje en de Minotaur passeren de revue. Oorlog in de Griekse oudheid is een rode draad door het verhaal.

Album cover The Fall Of Olympus

The Fall Of Olympus

Spartan wordt geschaard in het melodisch death metal genre maar dat kenmerkt het geluid op deze CD slechts ten dele. Wat we horen is een basis van beukende old school death metal drums met daarop een mix van swingende metalcore gitaar riffs oversausd met heel veel melodieuze heavy metal /power metal solo’s, en, in de verschillende nummers afwisselende vocalen, balancerend tussen thrash, black en death metal (zoals bij Rotting Christ) met een enkele power metal inbreng.
Chaotisch? Niet meer dan functioneel is voor een CD die over zo’n complex thema verhaalt als de ondergang van de goden van de Olympus.
Mijn favoriete nummers zijn Immortal en Titanomachy, power metal ritmiek en dito gitaarsolo’s met black/death metal vocals: een krachtige combinatie, die we op meer nummers op deze CD terug vinden.

Spartan is in 2013 op tour geweest met Griekse black metal legende Rotting Christ (samen met Twilight of the Gods, Negura Bunget en Implode), met wie ze in Nederland, Duitsland, Oostenrijk, Zwitserland, België en Frankrijk hebben opgetreden.
Als resultaat van deze gezamenlijke muzikale reis bevat The Fall of Olympus gastvocalen van power metal zanger Henning Basse (Metalium/Sons of Seasons/MaYaN) op Breaking the Chains of the Olympus (nr.4), van de Haarlemse rock/metal zangeres Hadassa Kosten (theNAME) op het mede door haar geschreven Euredyce’s song (nr. 12). Door deze cleane zang wordt het dynamisch bereik van de vocale klank van Spartan aanzienlijk uitgebreid. Dit geeft de CD nét die sprankeling extra die het extra opmerkelijk maakt.
De derde gastbijdrage, na een gepaste stilte… last but not least, is van Sakis Tolis (Rotting Christ) op het slotnummer (13), Sons of Sparta. Waarmee de meester zijn zegen lijkt te geven aan dit uitstekende album.

De CD is prachtig afgewerkt, met een fraai hardcover en boekje. Het bezienswaardige artwork is van de hand van Roderique Arisiaman (Dracorubio) en Richard Terborg.
Ik vroeg me aanvankelijk af waarom gekozen was voor een anachronisme: de Griekse strijders die in het boekje staan afgebeeld zijn de bandleden, in contemporaine spijkerbroeken gekleed, maar voorzien van historisch strijdmateriaal. Later begon het me te dagen hoe sterk dit de inhoud van de CD weergeeft: 21e eeuwse metal over Griekse mythologie: briljant gekozen!

Wil je een indruk van de CD krijgen luister dan hier naar wat samples:

De CD kun je hier bestellen.

Het volgende Live optreden van Spartan is op 2 januari 2016 in P60 in Amstelveen

Spartan (opgericht in 2007) zetelt in Haarlem en bestaat uit: Jeffrey Rademakers – Vocals, lyrics, Pieter Vink – Guitars, composer, Nick van Beusekom – Guitars, composer, Mike van Bekkum Bass guitar, Frank Bos– Drums, some lytrics.

Album: The Fall Of Olympus

http://www.metal-archives.com/albums/Spartan/The_Fall_of_Olympus/541896

Released by Into The LimeLight Records – NL
UPC: 8718868631114

1 The Age of Man
2 Helena
3 Immortal
4 Breaking the Chains of Olympus
5 Elysium
6 The Labyrinth
7 At the Dawn of War
8 Titanomachy
9 Written in Sand
10 Glory Awaits
11 A Beautiful Death
12 Eurydice’s Song
13 Sons of Sparta

Wacken: Open: Air 2015 – world’s largest, funniest and muddiest metal festival

By Jeanny Petrocchi, Metalphoto

Wacken Open Air July 31st – August 2nd Germany

Wacken’s premises were a total chaos this year. The field has turned into a swamp of mud. It had been raining for days and that had resulted in knee-deep puddles of mud. On Wednesday the organization spread the news on social media to stay at home and to come on Thursday instead. For two days the towing services had their hands full towing cars out of the mud. But, beside all that, the ambience, the great performances and beer, made this festival once again a great succes.

People struggling through muddy terrain at Wacken Open Air metalfestival

Wacken Open Air 2015


Wacken Open Air festival attracts all kinds of metal music fans from all around the world. For three days great bands made their performances on different stages such as Savatage & TSO, Annihilator, Black Label Society, Dream Theater, Judas Priest, Cradle of Filth, Rob Zombie, Oomph!, Opeth, Queensrÿche, Sabaton and many more.

Danny Filth on stage

Cradle of Filth

Impressive was ‘’The original Rock meets Classic’’ act. The musical director Mat Sinner merges the boundaries between Rock and classical music with its international high-caliber “Mat Sinner band” and the symphonic Power of Bohemian Orchestra Prague. Great musicians were invited to give a hell of a show with this orchestra. We’re talking about Joe Lynn Turner singing songs of Rainbow, Michael Kiske singing songs of Helloween and Dee Snider singing classics of Twisted Sisters and AC/DC.

Rock meets Classic on stage

Rock meets Classic


This year, again for the 11th time in a row, in less than 48 hours the tickets of Wacken 2016 where sold out. The 75,000 metalheads that already have a ticket can look forward to the following bands performing at the W:O:A 2016: Blind Guardian, Ministry, Steel Panther, Eluveitie, Dragonforce, Callejon, Axel Rudi Pell, Legion of the Damned, Orden Ogan, Orphaned Land, Borknagar, Eskimo Callboy, Henry Rollins Spoken Word, Therion, Unisonic, Kylesa and Pyogenesis. More acts for the line-Up 2016 will be published in September next.

Click HERE for the full W:O:A: 2015 photoreport of the Wacken field, headbangers and the following bands: At the Gates, Blaas of Glory, Bloodbath, Cannibal Corpse, Cradle of Filth, Dreamtheater, Exumer, Nuclear Assault, Opeth, Queensrÿche and Subway to Sally.

Into the Grave 2015 Metalfestival

Leeuwarden, August 8, 2015
By: Jeanny Petrocchi, Metalphoto

For the fifth time in a row the Oldehoofster-Graveyard in Leeuwarden was jam-packed with metal fans. Into the Grave festival is steadily growing in popularity! Approximately 7,000 visitors attended this sold out festival, mainly to witness great performances of the big three: Obituary, Cannibal Corpse and Sepultura.

Sepultura is celebrating their 30th anniversary this year. This immensely popular Brazilian band is doing an extensive European tour in July, August and November. On this tour they will perform a special setlist featuring songs they usually don’t play live. Sepulfans at Into the Grave were lucky they took part of this celebration and sang a long all the classics this band has released for the past 30 years like; Troops of Doom, Inner Self, Dead Embryonic Cells, Arise, From the Past Comes the Storm, Propaganda and Territory. Other songs they performed that evening were; Kairos, Apes of God, Breed Apart, Convicted in Life, Under my Skin, Choke, Cut-throat, Ratamahatta and Roots Bloody Roots.

Sepultura's frontman Derick Green performing on stage

Sepultura

We absolutely enjoyed Avatar as well, they did an outstanding stage presentation from the beginning till the end. They brought everyone on the Graveyard into life with their catchy riffs, you could literally feel the ground under your feet trembling like an earthquake. Also Sabaton should not be underestimated. This Swedish headliner closed the festival with the thundering sounds of power metal, supported by heavy artillery fireworks, confetti cannons and flamethrowers.

Metal band Avatar's guitar player

Avatar


The first name for the 6th edition of Into The Grave has already been announced: EXODUS! Presale has started already. More acts for the line-up 2016 will be published later this year.

Click HERE for the full photoreport of Into The Grave of the following bands: Audrey Horne, AvatarAvatar, Cannibal Corpse, Ensiferum, the always friendly guys of Obituary, Sepultura and Sabaton.