MICHAEL SWEET’s ‘One Sided War’ Enters Billboard Chart

September 8th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

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Stryper frontman Michael Sweet continues to grow musically. His latest release One Sided War, released via Rat Pak Records, made a massive impact on the charts this week. The latest solo album from Sweet landed at #77 on the Billboard 200 with over 8300 units sold and was also #1 on the Hard Rock Albums and Top Christian Albums charts. One Sided War was also the #4 on Top Rock Albums, #6 on Independent Albums and #21 on Top Current Albums charts. The album was also #1 on the Amazon Hard Rock chart for 3 weeks. The album is available via physical retail and all digital providers including iTunes, Amazon and Google Play. Physical bundles can also be purchased via Rat Pak at: http://ratpakrecordsamerica.com/michaelsweet.

“I’m not only humbled by the amazing numbers on the release of One Sided War, but I’m also blessed by the fact that it placed at #77 on the Billboard Top 200! We (Stryper) have always used the number 7 (Gods number) and it’s a reminder to me that God is still in it. I’ve been doing this my entire life and although it’s been a tough road at times, I’ve never lost my faith or my passion for music,” explains Michael Sweet about his solo chart debut.

Michael Sweet has released two music videos from One Sided War. One is for the fast and furious album opener “Bizarre” that can be seen here: https://youtu.be/I31Sw_654rg. The other is for the song “Radio” and is look at growing trend of rock stars making a switch to country music. That video can be seen here: https://youtu.be/JdR_P-UZDSQ. Michael’s solo band is comprised of Whitesnake guitarist Joel Hoekstra, Evanescence drummer Will Hunt, bassist John O’Boyle and East Coast shred-master Ethan Brosh. One Sided War was tracked at Spirithouse Recording Studios in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Sweet is best known as the singer, guitarist, songwriter and producer for Christian rock pioneers Stryper, selling over 10 million albums worldwide. In addition to Stryper, Sweet has had a successful solo career, and he served as the guitarist and co-vocalist for the legendary classic rock band BOSTON from 2007-2011. The future remains bright for a man who has endured heartbreaking tribulations throughout his life and career, including the 2009 passing of his wife of more than 22 years, Kyle. In 2010, Sweet remarried to Lisa Champagne-Sweet, a woman he describes as “a Godsend and the one who fits perfectly by my side.” Sweet continues to record and tour with Stryper, as well as touring and recording as a solo artist.

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“Terror” New Music Video About 9/11 From THE GREAT KAT Coming Soon

September 8th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

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The song “TERROR” was written by The Great Kat immediately after 9/11 in New York City! Video Filmed September 2016 to Commemorate the 15th Anniversary!

The Great Kat completed filming “TERROR” Music Video in 4K Video, featuring The Great Kat Shredding Guitar with her All-Male Army Band & J.S. BACH’S famous “TOCCATA AND FUGUE” INTRO!

“Terror” Music Video Available Soon with Free Streaming on Amazon Prime & Apple Music & on Upcoming New Great Kat DVD!
Listen to “TERROR” NOW!:
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/5QSjtvkjl8lA90oxchtvYT ,
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/terror/id384716310?i=384716409,
Napster: http://us.napster.com/artist/the-great-kat/album/wagners-war/track/terror

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Frank Bello of Anthrax – “We are hungrier now as a band than I can remember!”

September 7th, 2016
by Metal Rules

Interview by Robert Cavuoto

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After 35 years, Anthrax bassist Frank Bello is still humbled and appreciative of fans paying him a compliment. The band’s career has never been easy as they have weathered the storm despite member changes, the introduction of grunge, and the downturn of the record industry. With dedication and hard work, the band has prevailed; overcoming all the challenges that have been hurdled at them. After speaking with Frank about the band’s career he seems to take things in stride, chalking his resilience up to being a New Yorker who loves the pressure – in fact he thrives on it.

Since the band Big 4 Tour in 2010 with Metallica, Slayer, and Megadeth; Anthrax has found its stride, gained momentum, and feels rejuvenated. To prove it, they release a monster CD Worship Music in 2011 which was met with critical acclaim and sales. In 2016 they released, For All Kings which could possibly be the band’s best work to date. I’ve interviewed countless musicians and rock star and found Frank to be a regular guy; grounded quite possibly by his modest Italian upbringing. A guy that knows what is important and they follows it through. With his partners Scott Ian [guitar], Charlie Benante [drums], Joey Belladonna [vocals] and newest member Jon Donais [lead guitar], the band is playing better, writing better, and working harder than ever before. He sums up his career in Anthrax in one statement – “We’ve rolled with the punches and we never went down!”

I caught up with Frank prior to leaving on a 7 week tour of the US with Slayer and Death Angel to talk about the band’s career and the legacy they have forged!

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Calgary Metalfest To Host Live Charity Auction (Sept 14-17) For Make-A-Wish Foundation

September 6th, 2016
by J P

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Calgary Metalfest To Host Live Charity Auction (Sept 14-17) For Make-A-Wish Foundation

2016 Line Up w/ Annihilator, Exciter (original line-up), Razor, Sacrifice,
Toxic Holocaust, The Exalted Piledriver And More!

Tickets & VIP Passes On Sale here

Download Calgary MetalFest Posters here

 

Since 2013, Calgary Metalfest has raised $4000 for Make-A-Wish Southern Alberta! This year they plan to shatter that record and raise $10,000 to sponsor an ENTIRE wish for a child.

This auction is a live one that will occur between band sets during the fest at all venues. You must be there to be part of the auction.

The following items will be available for auction with more to come!

The list so far:
– Jeff Waters of Annihilator will be donating one of his guitars!!!

– Tony Iommi signature model Epiphone SG donated by Ross Ingall of Too Metal For Church on Metal Nation Radio

– An amazing nightscape print on metal donated by the impeccableMonika Deviat of Deviant Optiks Photography

– Each night’s respective 4’X6′ poster will be signed by all the bands and auctioned off. Donated by Creative Factor and Big Nate Productions

– A signed Tenacious D photograph donated by Daryl Buchanan of superstarphotos.ca

– A signed photo of you and your favourite band, taken, printed and signed that night. Donated by superstarphotos.ca

-Tickets to other festivals through the Western Canadian Metal Festival Alliance. Donated by Armstrong MetalFest – AMFLoud As Hell Festivaland others.

IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW WOULD LIKE TO DONATE ITEMS TO THE AUCTION, SEND AN EMAIL TO calgarymetalfest [at] gmail dot com ATTN Charity Auction 2016

Schedule and more items to come! For more info, follow here.

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On Saturday, September 17th, 2016 at Flames Central, Big Nate Productions Proudly Present: A Historic Night of Canadian Metal! International touring act ANNIHILATOR will perform a blistering 75 minute set, their first show in Western Canada since 1993. Also appearing will be the recently reformed and original lineup of speed/thrash metal pioneers EXCITER, their first Western Canadian performance since 1985. The show will be opened by thrash veterans RAZOR and SACRIFICE. These bands are all hot off the heels of multiple critically acclaimed festival performances in the US, Europe and South America. Calgary’s GATEKRASHÖR will provide last call entertainment. A real collection of thrash metal pioneers, this bill has never happened anywhere in the world! Info here.

Tickets and VIP Passes on sale through https://calgarymetalfest.com and at Sloth Records in Calgary.

New this year, VIP packages will be offered and include sound check viewings, band meet and greets, and autograph sessions. Check out http://calgarymetalfest.com and http://bignateproductions.com for more info!

Friday, September 16th at Dickens Pub, Portland-based TOXIC HOLOCAUST will headline their first Calgary appearance since 2011. Support by DISCIPLES OF POWER, THE ORDER OF CHAOS, FORNICATION, BLACK PESTILENCE and CONCRETE FUNERAL. Info here.

Thursday, September 15th at Distortion sees THE EXALTED PILEDRIVER in their first ever Western Canadian performance with support from CRYSTAL MESS, SAVAGE STREETS, PROFITS OF CRIME and ACCOSTAL. Info here.

Wednesday, September 14th Kick-off Party at The Ship and Anchor, FREE SHOW with THE CADAVOR DOG, W.M.D., IN/VERTIGO, BLACKBIRD ELECTRIC, OUTLETS BAND. Info here.

About:

Calgary Metalfest, in its fifth annual year, started in 2012 by Nathan “Nate Reno” Renaud after his experiences working at Monsters of Rock in 2008 and as Stage and Production Manager of Noctis Metalfest from 2008 to 2013. Nate also founded and plays bass in KYOKTYS and is a live and studio audio engineer with over forty titles and hundreds of shows to his credit. Check him out at http://bignateproductions.com.

Through its live charity auction, Calgary Metalfest has raised a total of $4000 for Make-A-Wish Southern Alberta and is shooting to sponsor an entire $10,000 Wish this year! Auction items will include autographed posters, guitars, art, festival tickets, and more.

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Vagos MetalFest-Day Two by Keith Devereux

September 6th, 2016
by J P

Vagos MetalFest 2016, Day Two

Quinta do Ega, Vagos, Portugal

Review and photos by Keith Devereux

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Following an excellent first day, expectations were high for the second and sadly final day of the new Vagos MetalFest. On Saturday, the quality of bands had been exceptional and the whole venue, from the ‘village’ of shops and tents outside the stage area to the people waiting for the first band of the afternoon, Godvlad, were relaxed and waiting for the show to start.

As on the first day, the festival started promptly at 17:00 and there was a good sized crowd waiting to welcome the local gothic metal band from Aveiro, Godvlad. Fronted by the charismatic and beautiful Vanessa Cabral, the band also featured Sérgio Carrinho on bass and vocals, Hugo Ribeiro on drums, Pedro Miranda and Nuno Fontes on guitars and Paulo Martins on keyboards. For a band that has been around since 2006, Godvlad only have three discs behind them; the self-titled Godvlad (2011), the EP Bipolar (2014) and their 2016 album Dark Streets of Heaven, but they handled opening the second day of the festival with dash and vigour. Dancing around the stage with boundless energy, Vanessa’s angelic voice echoed around the venue, contrasted with the guttural growling of Sérgio. The guitar work of Pedro and Nuno was just excellent, backed up by powerful drumming by Hugo Riveiro. Being a local band, they seemed to have brought a vocal fan club with them, but their excellent rendition of songs from Bipolar and Dark Streets of Heaven surely made them many more.

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Setlist: Keep on moving, Urban Tribes, Satisdiction, Bipolar, Praise Your Queen, Game Of Shades, Broken.

Aside from the day’s headline act, Helloween, the most anticipated band of the day for me was the next on stage, the dark/gothic metal band Heavenwood – although Godvlad had done such a good job that I still wanted to hear more from them. Also a local Portuguese band, from Vila Nova de Gaia near Porto, Heavenwood have had a difficult history, having formed in 1992, broken up in 2001 then reformed in 2003, they have released five studio albums including their most recent album, The Tarot of The Bohemians.

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The appearance by Heavenwood was greeted rapturously by the crowd, and their powerful start with ‘The Arcadia Order’ from their 2011 release Abyss Masterpiece got them off to a great start. Growling out two songs from The Tarot of The Bohemians, Ernesto Guerra’s strong vocals then gave us ‘Rain of July’ from their second album Swallow (1998) much to the delight of the crowd who cheered and sang along to the chorus. Unsure how they would top that, Ernesto then introduced Sandra Oliveira, from the Portuguese band Blame Zeus, as ‘The High Priestess’ who performed an excellent version of the song of the same name from The Tarot of The Bohemians.

The disappointing thing about these festivals is that the sets are often far too short – especially for the bands on early in the day – and although the band were visibly pleased with the affection shown by the crowd, delivering an enthusiastic and energetic performance, their set had to come to an end. After delivering a robust and energetic performance of ‘Emotional Wound’ from their first album, Diva, they finished their show with ‘Suicidal Letters’ from Swallow. All too soon, this rare performance from one of Portugal’s great metal bands was over.

Setlist: The Arcadia Order, The Empress, The Juggler, Rain Of July, The High Priestess (with Sandra Oliveira), Emotional Wound, Suicidal Letters.

From gothic metal to death metal, as the Swedish band Tribulation took to the stage. Right from the start, when during the sound check large sticks of incense appeared on each side of the stage, we knew that we were in for something special. When Tribulation finally appeared, pale made-up faces and androgynous theatricality from guitarist Jonathan Hultén, they were a breath of fresh air – certainly not to detract from the previous bands, but Tribulation were setting us up for an excellent evening of metal.

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Concentrating on songs from their most recent album, The Children of the Night, Tribulation – with Johannes Andersson on bass and vocals, Adam Zaars and Jonathan Hultén on guitars and Jakob Ljungberg on drums – delivered a blistering performance. Theatricality aside, the band was filled with excellent musicians which had the crowd reacting as Tribulation encouraged them to dance and cheer along with the music.

Setlist: Strange Gateways Beckon, Melancholia, Rånda, Ultra Silvam, The Motherhood of God, When the Sky is Black With Devils.

Next on stage was Discharge. A musical revelation for Vagos since these guys are more punk than metal. Discharge have been around since the heady days of punk, formed in the UK in 1977 by ‘Rainy (Royston Wainwright), ‘Bones’ (Anthony Roberts) and ‘Tezz’ (Terence Roberts), they have been through many changes and now feature, as well as the three founding members, ‘Proper’ (David Caution) on drums and ‘J.J.’ (Jeff Janiak) on vocals. Discharge were awesome. They never stood still and pounded out rapid anarchic songs one after the other, ‘Proper’s’ rapid and incessant drumming barely paused as they leapt and bounced around the stage, and the guitars literally ground out their sound across the venue. All the while J.J., hardly pausing for breath, shouted out his lyrics with undisguised glee. The Vagos crowd loved their aggressive breakneck music, jostling one another in circle pits, nearly overwhelming security with crowd surfing and cheering along to songs that anyone could barely understand. As if suddenly remembering the crowd they were here for, guitarist ‘Tezz’ dedicated a song to the late great Lemmy and when J.J. screamed at the crowd: “are we metal enough for you?” I think he should have been asking, “are you punk enough for us, Vagos?” From the reaction and mayhem in the crowd, the answer could only have been … ‘yes’.

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After Discharge, everyone was quite breathless as to what could come next, though we did not have long to wait as Fintroll took to the stage. This Finnish folk metal band, made up of ‘Vreth’ (Mathias Lillmåns) on vocals, ‘Skrymer’ (Samuli Ponsimaa) and ‘Routa’ (Mikael Karlbom) on guitars, ‘Tundra’ (Sami Uusitalo) on bass, ‘Virta’ (Aleksi Virta) on keyboards and ‘Mörkö’ (Heikki Saari) on drums, brought a little faerie whimsy to Vagos, with their long pointed ears, armour and painted faces. Truly the Finn-troll of legend.

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Following the raw energy of Discharge, the folk metal of Finntroll with their screaming guitars counterpointed with Vreth’s growling vocals behind his large custom microphone, almost obscuring his face, raised the spirits of an already excited crowd. In front of the stage circle pits formed, and even a huge wheel as the crowd danced and partied away. Finntroll presented nothing new, and the songs were mainly from their most recent album, Blodsvept (‘Shrouded in Blood’, 2013) but their music was mischievous, infectious and energetic and their closing performance of ‘Under bergets rot’ (‘Beneath the Mountains Root’) from their 2010 album Nifelvind (‘Underworld’s Winds’) was the culmination of an excellent performance. Probably by that time of the evening the best performance on an afternoon that was packed with excellence.

Setlist: Blodsvept, Mordminnen, Nattfödd, Solsagan, När Jättar Marschera, Svartberg, Skogsdotter, Häxbrygd, Jaktens tid, Trollhammaren, Under bergets rot.

And then it was Helloween. We knew we were in for something special during the sound check as the drum kit was raised above the level of the stage and a giant inflatable Halloween pumpkin Liberty was raised behind the platform. Sure enough, Helloween was a lesson and Vagos was well and truly schooled in the best classic metal from this German power metal band.

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Accompanied by ‘Walls of Jericho’ from their debut album of the same name – itself a variation of ‘London Bridge is Falling Down’ – vocalist Andi Deris, who has been with the band since 1994, was joined on stage by Michael Weikath and Sascha Gerstner on guitars, Markus Grosskopf on bass, and Daniel Löble on drums. With sixteen albums behind them since their formation in 1984, Helloween gave us the full range of their greatest songs, whether it was ‘My God-Given Right’ (My God-Given Right, 2015) with Deris encouraging the crowd to sing along to the chorus, to the 1990s ‘Where the Rain grows’ and ‘Power’ (from Master of the Rings [1994] and The Time of the Oath [1996], respectively).

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After several songs, each one more rapturously received than the previous, Dani Löble treated us to an excellent drum solo, and finally the show came to an end with a medley of ‘Halloween’/’Sole Survivor’/’I Can’/’Are You Metal?’/’Keeper of the Seven Keys’. But the crowd was not finished with Helloween and they returned for a short encore. First onstage was Sascha Gerstner with an excellent guitar solo and the rest of Helloween joined him for ‘Future World’ (Keeper of the Seven Keys: Part I, 1987) and ‘I Want Out’ (Keeper of the Seven Keys: Part II, 1988). As the stage faded to black the packed festival breathed a collective sigh of disappointment. Helloween, with their perfect sound and lighting were a lesson of how bands should be presented; their use of spotlights counterbalanced with an excellent light show and a perfectly blended use of recordings (‘Walls of Jericho’ and the closing ‘A Tale That Wasn’t Right’ as the band left the stage) and absolutely perfect sound.

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Vagos MetalFest 2016

Setlist: Walls Of Jericho, Eagle Fly Free, Dr. Stein, My God-Given Right, Steel Tormentor, Waiting for the Thunder, Straight Out of Hell, Heroes, Drum Solo, Where the Rain Grows, Lost in America, Power, Halloween / Sole Survivor / I Can / Are You Metal? / Keeper of the Seven Keys. Encore: Guitar Solo, Future World, I Want Out.

As on the previous evening, the show wasn’t over, but again, with the final performance starting at well past midnight not everyone, including your intrepid reporter, was able to stay. So I missed the final show of the evening, from the Portuguese gothic metal band, Moonspell.

So the first Vagos MetalFest was over and the question that needed to be asked was: how was it? According to the organisers and the mayor of the Municipality, who came to announce that there would be another festival next year, over 10,000 metal-heads attended over the two days, although there were certainly more people there on the second day. Overall the atmosphere of the festival was great, certainly much more relaxed than previous years, and the programming from Amazing Events was excellent, with inspired choices of Vektor and Fleshblood Apocalypse on the first day and Discharge and Helloween on the second. It is also of credit to Amazing that they were able to put together such a quality festival in three or four months. The idea of having a little ‘village’ outside the main festival area was great, as it gave much more space in the festival area itself, though a few seats and tables would certainly have been welcomed. Security, on the whole, were great, although they were certainly unprepared at the start for crowd surfers arriving in the pit and this needs to be part of their training next year. One disappointment for many fans was the lack of an autograph booth, although there was a nice little hut that seemed to have been prepared just for that and I caught many of the band members wandering around, signing autographs and taking selfies with fans after their performances. During the press conference they did admit that not everything they wanted was achieved so hopefully next year the organisers will be ready for that, too.

On the whole, the first Vagos MetalFest was a great success and it’s time to raise a glass to Amazing Events and the Vagos Municipality for making 10,000 metal-heads welcome, and to the second MetalFest in August 2017. Hope to see you there.

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Vagos MetalFest-Day One by Keith Devereux

September 6th, 2016
by J P

Vagos MetalFest 2016, Day One

Quinta do Ega, Vagos, Portugal

Review and photos by Keith Devereux

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Vagos MetalFest 2016

This year we approached Vagos with some trepidation. For whatever reason, the original promoter of Vagos Open Air had decided to relocate Vagos’s metal festival down south, near Lisbon. This left a lot of very unhappy metal heads up north, as well as the Vagos Municipality itself, bemoaning the loss of yet another music festival to Lisbon. Recognising the need to continue the festival (aside from the local ‘festa’ Vagos Open Air was always the most exciting thing to happen in the town all year), the local Municipality called on another promoter, Amazing Events, to organise and run a metal festival. With only a few months to run a weekend festival, the Facebook page for Vagos MetalFest and then the website started to take shape. Bands were regularly announced and word of mouth started to spread: Come to Vagos, where metal lives on.

 

So here we were, sitting in the afternoon sun waiting for festival to start. As usual we left plenty of time to get to the venue and get our bracelet, and there was the first change. Unlike previous years the organisation seemed less hurried and friendlier, the entrance to the Quinta – the little park where the festival was held – was fenced off but everything was easy to find. Getting to the stage itself we passed shops selling merchandise, portable food stalls and cafés – even an ATM machine. It was a breeze this year getting through security, there was much more open space with just a merchandise stall, a few beer and drinks stalls and the sound/lighting deck in the middle. There was also a nice little box for the autograph sessions, but more of that later.

 

The show started right on time at 17:00 with the Portuguese melodic rock band, Correia. Formed by two brothers, Apolinario (‘Poli’; Devil In Me, Sam Alone) and Miguel (Mike Ghost) Correia (Men Eater, More Than A Thousand), Correia has only been around for a year but the brothers have a history in metal stretching back ten years or more and their powerful melodic rock got the festival off to a great start. Although they began their set with the arena half full, as the crowd trickled in they delivered a powerful selection of songs from their debut album, Act One, such as ‘Deliver Us’ and ‘Down By The Lake’ and by the time they pounded out their latest single, ‘Deceivers Of The Sun, they were being well received by an appreciative crowd.

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Setlist: Architect, Seekers of Light, Down By the Lake, Untitled (from “Act One”), Deceivers of the Sun.

After a melodic start to the afternoon, which was even then setting out to be an excellent weekend, the peace was shattered with the Parisian symphonic deathcore band, Betraying the Marytrs. Founded in 2008 and fronted by Englishman Aaron Matts, Betraying the Marytrs have two studio albums and an EP behind them and are Victor Guillet on keyboards and vocals, Baptiste Vigier and Lucas D’angelo on guitar, Valentin Hauser on bass and Boris Le Gal on drums.

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From the start the band were clearly delighted to be at Vagos, pounding out songs like ‘Life is Precious’, from their debut album Breathe in Life, and ‘The Great Disillusion’, the new single from their as yet untitled and unreleased new album. Driving an increasingly receptive crowd into a frenzy, Aaron dashed and leapt around the stage, literally jumping in the air on a couple of occasions, and we were shocked to find the angelic­-voiced Victor suddenly start grinding out dirty deathcore vocals as he whirled around the stage with his keyboard (and not one of those portable keyboard’s, either).

Vagos MetalFest 2016

Vagos MetalFest 2016

For the first time in the afternoon the crowd spontaneously formed into a circle pit, and during a lull in the action Aaron paused to pay tribute to the Portuguese firefighters who had been battling wildfires in the weeks before the festival, which received a rapturous cheer from the audience. They also pointed out this was their first time in Portugal and they were loving the country, the people and the beer! With a set that included songs from their 2014 album, Phantom (‘Legends Never Die’) and their debut album, Breathe in Life (‘Because Of You’), Betraying the Marytrs raised the hot afternoon temperature even further. Near the end of the set Aaron encouraged the crowd to form a wall of death, and as they danced away Betraying the Marytrs launched into an unexpected deathcore version of ‘Let It Go’ from the Disney film, Frozen.

Next up was the American thrash metal band Vektor, fronted by founder and guitarist David DiSanto and with Erik Nelson on guitar, Frank Chin on bass and Blake Anderson on drums. With three albums behind them, most recently the 2016 release Terminal Redux, Vektor are known for fusing hi octane metal with science fiction themes and they grabbed the crowd’s attention straight away with ‘Charging the Void’ from Terminal Redux.

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Soon the frenzied crowd were dancing around, forming walls of death and screaming for more with hands raised in devil’s horns. We also had the first crowd surfers, something security – provided by a company more used to transporting money or policing football (real football) matches or shopping malls – were totally unprepared for. As the first crowd surfers headed for the pit, security moved towards the barrier separating the crowd from the stage. When the first metal-head was tipped over the barrier a security guard, with fear in his eyes, grabbed him and bundled him away, almost looking like he was going to arrest the guy. Laughing, our intrepid metal-head pulled himself away and dashed back for more. After a few more exchanges, security seemed to understand that crowd surfing was completely normal at a festival like this and although they never completely seemed to grasp the fun of crowd surfing there were no more incidents.

All the while Vektor were pounding out tracks from Terminal Redux: ‘Cygnus Terminal’, ‘LCD (Liquid Crystal Disease)’, ‘Psychotropia’ and ‘Pillars of Sand’. Finally their set came to a definitely premature end, and as they announced their last song of the afternoon, ‘Hunger for Violence’ from their debut album, Black Future, the crowd were visibly disappointed, screaming for more.

Setlist: Charging the Void, Cygnus Terminal, LCD (Liquid Crystal Disease), Psychotropia, Pillars of Sand, Hunger for Violence.

Next to the stage came Portuguese metal royalty. Formed in 1989, R.A.M.P. (from the initials of the bands founders: Ricardo, António, Miguel and Paulo) released their last album, Visions, in 2009 (and a compilation, XXV, in 2013 celebrating 25 years of the band). Aside from that, R.A.M.P. have made few public appearances, although members of the band have worked with other bands and artists over the years.

 

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So there was great anticipation as to what R.A.M.P. would provide. No one need have worried, from their entrance and a powerful rendition of ‘In Sane’, from their 2003 album Nude, to their closing number, ‘Hallelujah’, from their 1998 album Evolution, Devolution, Revolution, R.A.M.P. captured the crowd. Rui Duarte’s powerful vocals echoed around the festival while flamboyant lead guitarist Tó Pica ground out song after song. The crowd cheered every song, singing along with the choruses to ‘How’ and ‘Dawn’ (also from Evolution, Devolution, Revolution), jostling one another in circle pits and cheering along to one of the best performances of the afternoon when R.A.M.P. launched into ‘Blind Enchantment’, from Visions.

Vagos MetalFest 2016

Vagos MetalFest 2016

At the end of the performance, the crowd was breathless for more, though sadly the show had come to an end. As drummer José Sales threw his sticks into the crowd, guitarists Ricardo and Tó Pica leapt off the stage into the pit and ran along the barrier, shaking hands and pausing for selfies. It was clear from the crowd’s reaction that R.A.M.P. was as popular as ever with the Vagos audience and they are sorely missed on the live circuit.

Setlist: In Sane, (Unknown), How, Dawn, Follow You, (Unknown), Blind Enchantment, (Unknown), Hallelujah.

As the sun began to set behind the stage, following the old school metal of R.A.M.P. the Italian symphonic/operatic death metal band Fleshgod Apocalypse came on stage. Founded in 2007, Fleshgod Apocalypse are Tommaso Riccardi and Veronica Bordacchini on lead and operatic vocals, respectively, Cristiano Trionfera on guitar and vocals, Paolo Rossi on bass, Francesco Paoli on drums and Francesco Ferrini on keyboard and effects.

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Standing alone on a darkened, empty stage, operatic vocalist Veronica Bordacchini pounded a staff into the floor as the band walked onstage to ‘Marche Royale’ from their most recent album, King, before launching into ‘In Aeternum’. Sadly the lighting and the sound were not ideal for the first few songs, and the lighting guys insisted on using strobes throughout the show, which, for me, distracted from the power of the performance. Also, the guttural lead vocals of Tommaso Riccardi were lost for the first few songs among an otherwise excellent musical performance.

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Vagos MetalFest 2016

Covering songs from their most recent album, King and from previous albums, Oracles (2009), Agony (2011) and Labyrinth (2013), Fleshgod Apocalypse ground out heavy performance after heavy performance, with Veronica Bordacchini supporting each song with a powerful operatic chorus. Finally, she was given the opportunity to stretch her lead vocals with ‘Epilogue’ before the show concluded with the jolly ‘The Fool’ and a venue-shattering performance of ‘The Forsaking’ from the album Agony.

Setlist: Marche Royale, In Aeternum, Gravity, Pathfinder, Cold as Perfection, The Violation, Epilogue, The Fool, The Forsaking.

From eighteenth century Italy, with Fleshgod Apocalypse, Vagos was transported to … well Mordor, probably, with the appearance of the Swedish death metal band Dark Funeral. Founded in 1998, Dark Funeral are ‘Heljarmadr’ (Andreas Vingbäck) on vocals, ‘Lord Ahriman’ (Mikael Svanberg) and ‘Chaq Mol’ (Bo Karlsson) on guitars and ‘Dominator’ (Nils Fjellström) on drums.

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As ‘we are here to collect your souls’ boomed across the festival, which is probably what happened to their luggage and instruments which were lost by the airline on the way to Vagos, Dark Funeral emerged onto a darkened stage to the intro track from The Secrets of the Black Arts, ‘The Dark Age Has Arrived’, and immediately wowed the audience with ‘Unchain My Soul’ from their most recent album, Where Shadows Forever Reign. Death metal is not my preferred brand, but Dark Funeral were fabulous, their performance filled with energy as they rocked songs like ‘Open The Gates’, from their 2005 release Attera Totus Sanctus (literally Latin for ‘Destroy All the Holy’), to ‘The Secrets of the Black Arts’, the title track to their debut album of the same name.

Vagos MetalFest 2016

Vagos MetalFest 2016

Setlist: The Dark Age Has Arrived (intro), Unchain My Soul, The Arrival of Satan’s Empire, Open the Gates, Atrum Regina, The Secrets of the Black Arts, Temple of Ahriman, Hail Murder, Vobiscum Satanas, As I Ascend, Nail Them to the Cross, My Funeral, Where Shadows Forever Reign.

Choosing a death metal band to headline the first night of Vagos MetalFest was an unexpected but surprisingly inspired choice by the programmers, with the Quinta packed for their performance. It was disappointing, therefore, to see so many people have to leave, myself included, before the last show of the evening from the Portuguese industrial metal band, Bizarra Locomotiva, but for many starting the last performance at 00:30 was just too much. Quite frankly it would have been better to have either started the festival an hour earlier, at 16:00, or have one less band perform on the day. Having said that, the quality of music was so strong for the first day it would have been difficult to have to choose which band to not include.

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Leather and David T. Chastain in concert one more time!

September 6th, 2016
by EvilG

David T. Chastain and Leather Leone will perform together live for the first time in over 25 years on October 8th at Bogart’s in Cincinnati, Ohio. This special performance will be part of the CJSS ‘Last Show on Planet Earth 2’ concert.

Leather says: “To be on stage with David T at Bogarts where it all began for me …there are no words…just incredible anticipation. It will be like coming home. To share music with all of those fans again is of the utmost importance to me”

David adds: “Last year was suppose to be CJSS’s ‘Last Show on Planet Earth’ but the fans and Bogart’s convinced us to do one more ‘Last Show.’ As far as I know this will be the last CJSS show. Once the date was confirmed I asked Leather to come and play a set as I wanted her to experience the Bogart’s environment one more time. Leather will be singing all of the CHASTAIN ‘hits’ such as Ruler of the Wasteland, Angel of Mercy, For Those Who Dare and The Voice of the Cult just to name a few. We will also play at least one of the newer songs off the recent CHASTAIN albums Surrender To No One and We Bleed Metal. Our last cross country tour together was in support for the ‘For Those Who Dare’ album. That tour seems like centuries ago but then again it feels like it was just last year. The passage of time is quite perplexing!”

To view the latest CHASTAIN videos go direct to youtube at:

‘Evil Awaits Us’

‘All Hail The King’

‘I Am Sin’

‘Rise Up’

‘Save Me Tonight’ Fan Video!

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SLAYER Premiere “Pride In Prejudice” Video

September 6th, 2016
by Celtic Bob

A convicted prisoner on death row…a cookie-cutter, white-bread family unit putting up the Christmas decorations… two worlds, lightness and darkness colliding…white supremacists…ruthless murders…Slayer’s “Pride in Prejudice” music video.

Directed by BJ McDonnell
Produced by Felissa Rose
Edited by Ed Marx and Andrea Porter
Director of Photography – Eric Leach
Tony Gardner/Alterian FX for Special FX Makeup
Jason Trost (“Hatchet III”) – Wyatt
Danny Trejo (“Machete,” “From Dusk Til Dawn”)
Bill Moseley – the Dad (“House of 1000 Corpses,” “The Devil’s Rejects”)
Caroline Williams – the Mom  (“Sharknado 4:  The 4th Awakens”, “Hatchett III”)
Richard Speight, Jr. – returning as the ultimate Bad Guy  (“CSI,” “Jericho,” “Supernatural”)
Filmed during the winter of 2016 in the mountains of Wrightwood, CA

“I’m particularly excited about this third video,” said McDonnell, “because we played with stylistic differences with the trilogy.  Where one video plays like an action film, this third one is more of a dramatic piece.   The final story takes us into a world that is especially sinister in tone, with the dark and the light colliding.  The conclusion is visually cinematic and harsh, with Slayer conducting us through it all with ‘Pride In Prejudice.'”

“It was a pleasure working with BJ on this project,” said Slayer’s Kerry King.  “Slayer is notorious for letting the artist be the artist, the producer be the producer, and the director be the director, etc.  By doing this we get a completely unique perspective that never really strays far from our own.  Get ready for video three.  It’s my favorite!!”

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Win tickets to see STEEL PANTHER in Copenhagen on September 20th

September 6th, 2016
by EvilG

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Thanks to ICO Metal-Rules.com is pleased to be giving away 2 tickets to the Steel Panther show at VEGA in Copenhagen on September 20th. To enter simply fill in the below form and we will randomly select the winner from the entries on September 13th and email you!

Contest is now closed. Contrats to the winner, Martin H. 

 

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Testament ‘Brotherhood Of The Snake’ new video available!

September 2nd, 2016
by EvilG

Watch the lyric video for Testament’s ‘Brotherhood Of The Snake’ below!

Legendary bay area thrash metal giants Testament have released the title track for their upcoming 12th album, “Brotherhood Of The Snake”, which will be released on October 28, 2016 via Nuclear Blast Records.

The album is now available for pre-order in various formats (Digibook, Limited Box Set, Limited Mailorder Box Set, Vinyl: black, clear, bi-colored, orange, splatter, silver, brown) here:http://nblast.de/TestamentBOTSNB

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THE GREAT KAT’s “Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody #2” Video on iTunes

September 2nd, 2016
by Celtic Bob

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https://itunes.apple.com/us/music-video/liszts-hungarian-rhapsody/id1148738451

Classical SCREAMING into the FUTURE with Insane Guitar/Violin Shredding & All-Male Hunk Band:
The Great Kat’s NEW LISZT’S “HUNGARIAN RHAPSODY #2” Music Video on iTUNES VIDEOS & AMAZON!
iTunes Videos: https://itunes.apple.com/us/music-video/liszts-hungarian-rhapsody/id1148738451
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01L3G60EY

The Great Kat’s new insane Liszt’s “Hungarian Rhapsody #2” music video features rapid speed action — twin Kats, all-male stud band, fast guitar/violin finger-work, Vlad the Vampire, gypsy bacchanal, and more — from upcoming new DVD. Video available now on iTunes videos, Free on Apple Music at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/music-video/liszts-hungarian-rhapsody/id1148738451  and Free on Amazon Prime at: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01L3G60EY.

http://www.greatkat.com

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Metal Legends SAXON Reveal Live Performance Video of “Wheels of Steel” Cut from Upcoming Double Album

September 2nd, 2016
by Celtic Bob

British NWOBHM legends SAXON will unleash Let Me Feel Your Power, their 10th live album, on October 7 via UDR Music. The 16 track album was recorded in Munich during November 2015 and Brighton in January 2016, with bonus materials from Chicago in September 2015, Let Me Feel Your Power will be available in several formats, including DVD/2CDs, Blu-Ray/2CDs, digital download and a deluxe vinyl version which will also include the Blu-Ray and 2CDs (limited to 1500 copies).

Today, BraveWords is streaming an exclusive live video of SAXON performing “Wheels of Steel”, cut from the upcoming double album. Watch here: http://bravewords.com/news/exclusive-saxon-premier-wheels-of-steel-video-from-upcoming-live-album

Stay tuned for more exclusive Let Me Feel Your Power performance clips premiering soon.

Pre-order Let Me Feel Your Power here:
Vinyl: http://hyperurl.co/o7z7cv
CD/DVD: http://hyperurl.co/30v3g3
iTunes – get “Wheels of Steel” as an instant grat!

Let Me Feel Your Power track-listing:
BATTERING RAM (LIVE IN MUNICH)
MOTORCYCLE MAN (LIVE IN MUNICH)
SACRIFICE (LIVE IN MUNICH)
DESTROYER (LIVE IN MUNICH)
POWER AND THE GLORY (LIVE IN MUNICH)
20000FT (LIVE IN MUNICH)
THE DEVILS FOOTPRINTS (LIVE IN MUNICH)
HEAVY METAL THUNDER (LIVE IN MUNICH)
QUEEN OF HEARTS (LIVE IN MUNICH)
PRINCESS OF THE NIGHT (LIVE IN MUNICH)
WHEELS OF STEEL (LIVE IN MUNICH)
DENIM AND LEATHER (LIVE IN MUNICH)
CRUSADER (LIVE IN MUNICH)
EYE OF THE STORM (LIVE IN BRIGHTON)
BATTALIONS OF STEEL (LIVE IN BRIGHTON)
REQUIEM (LIVE IN BRIGHTON)

The bonus material track-listing:
MOTORCYCLE MAN (LIVE IN CHICAGO)
BATTERING RAM (LIVE IN CHICAGO) *
THIS TOWN ROCKS (LIVE IN CHICAGO)
SACRIFICE (LIVE IN CHICAGO)
POWER AND THE GLORY (LIVE IN CHICAGO)
SOLID BALL OF ROCK (LIVE IN CHICAGO)
DALLAS 1 PM (LIVE IN CHICAGO)
HEAVY METAL THUNDER (LIVE IN CHICAGO)
ROCK THE NATIONS (LIVE IN CHICAGO)
THE EAGLE HAS LANDED (LIVE IN CHICAGO)
WHEELS OF STEEL (LIVE IN CHICAGO)
BACKS TO THE WALL (LIVE IN CHICAGO)
JUST LET ME ROCK (LIVE IN CHICAGO)
STRONG ARM OF THE LAW (LIVE IN CHICAGO)
747 (STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT) (LIVE IN CHICAGO)
PRINCESS OF THE NIGHT (LIVE IN CHICAGO)
CRUSADER (LIVE IN CHICAGO) *
DENIM AND LEATHER (LIVE IN CHICAGO)

[*only available as video content; not available on CD or digital]

The format breakdown is as follows:
DVD+2CDs (digipack format)
BluRay+2CDs (digipack format)
Deluxe Vinyl Version, (Double vinyl plus BluRay+2CDs) limited to 1.500 units
Digital

Technical Information:
Bluray:  NTSC 16:9; 1920×1080 Full HD; Region Code: FREE; Length: 183 Minutes; Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0, PCM Stereo
DVD: NTSC 16:9; Region Code: FREE; Length: 183 Minutes; Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0, PCM Stereo (Brighton: PCM Stereo; Chicago: PCM Stereo)

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WEDNESDAY 13 Is Returning To The Road

September 2nd, 2016
by Celtic Bob

Wednesday 13, who mixes punk rock and metal with kitschy horror imagery and who is formerly one-half of The Murderdolls braintrust, is back on the scene and there is lots of activity taking place in his blood-spattered world.

Wednesday 13 will embark on a tour this fall, traversing the U.S. in September and October. One-Eyed Doll will serve as direct support for the entire tour. Open Your Eyes will appear from September 8 through September 29, while Gabriel and the Apocalypse will join the tour October 9 through October 22.

In addition to this heavy duty touring schedule, Wednesday 13 has been in the studio with producer Chris “Zeuss” Harris to work on the seventh Wednesday 13 album Condolences, which is the follow up to 2015’s Monsters of the Universe.

Deen Castronovo, formerly of Journey, laid drums on a few tracks.

Condolences is slated for an April 2017 release.

WEDNESDAY 13 TOUR DATES:
9/8 — The Pin  Spokane, WA
9/9 — El Corazon | Seattle, WA
9/11 — Falls Venue | Idaho Falls, ID
9/13 — Pub Station | Billings, MT
9/14 — Sunshine Studios | Colorado Springs, CO
9/15 —  Marquis Theater | Denver, CO
9/16 — Gabes | Iowa City, IA
9/17 — Diesel Lounge | Chesterfield, MI
9/18 — The Agora Theater | Cleveland, OH
9/19 —  Emerson Theater | Indianapolis, IN
9/20 —  Skully’s Music Diner | Columbus, OH
9/22 —  Rockpile | Toronto, Canada
9/23 —  Rockpile | Toronto, Canada
9/24 — The Brass Monkey | Ottawa, Canada
9/25 — Harmony House | Webster, NY
9/27 —  Marlin Room at Webster Hall | New York City, NY
9/28 — Middle East | Cambridge, MA
9/29 — Brighton Bar | Long Branch, NJ
9/30 — Tubby’s Nightclub | Duncannon, PA
10/1 — Hard Rock Cafe | Philadelphia, PA
10/2 —  SHOCK FEST  | Sinking Spring, PA
10/4 — G|Boones | Boonesboro, MD
10/5 — Amos’ Southend | Charlotte , NC
10/6 — V Club | Huntington, WV
10/7 — The Concourse at The International | Knoxville, TN
10/8 — Ground Zero | Spartanburg, SC
10/9 — Purgatory at The Masquerade | Atlanta, GA
10/11 — Jack Rabbits | Jacksonville, FL
10/12 — Sidebar Theater | Tallahassee, FL
10/13 — The State Theatre | St Petersburg, FL
10/14 — Club LA | Destin, FL
10/15  — The Korova | San Antonio, TX
10/16 — Scout Bar, Houston, TX
10/20 — Juggernaut Lounge | Gallup, NM
10/21 — Club Red | Mesa, AZ
10/22 — Vampd | Las Vegas, NV
10/31 — Whisky A Go Go | West Hollywood, CA (with Michale Graves)

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SHIRAZ LANE Release Video For “Momma’s Boy”

September 2nd, 2016
by Celtic Bob

Earlier this year Frontiers Music Srl released the debut album from SHIRAZ LANE, entitled “For Crying Out Loud”.  The band is pleased to share their new video for the song “Momma’s Boy”.

“This groovy blast of energy is sure to blast off your ear wax and get your fist thumping. This is one of the most aggressive songs on our album regarding the lyrics and the overall atmosphere, which might contribute to making it one of our personal favorites to play live. Give it a spin and prepare for a musical punch in the face to get you going,” says the band about the song and video.

Formed in 2011, SHIRAZ LANE is a young, energetic, ambitious, authentic hard rock group from Vantaa, Finland. Although wearing inspiration from big masters like Aerosmith, Skid Row and Guns N’ Roses on their sleeves, the band has a sound and style all their own. Members of some of the biggest bands in Scandinavia – The 69 Eyes, Amorphis, Children Of Bodom, Lordi and Sonic Syndicate among others – have all described SHIRAZ LANE as being one of the most entertaining bands they have ever seen in the underground music scene, bringing something new to the table in terms of both music and live performance! Notwithstanding their young age (the band members are all in their 20’s), the guys are already veterans of the underground circuit in their homeland and have developed a reputation for being uncompromising, loud and genuine. “For Crying Out Loud”, proves that the band has learned all the tricks in the book and they’re now ready to take on the world.

Finnish Dates:
3.9. Vantaa, Vernissa
9.9. Kuopio, Henry´s Pub
17.9. Tampere, Jack The Rooster
24.9. Järvenpää, Blackpool
30.9. Hämeenlinna, Suisto

Europe & UK Dates With Lordi
01.10.16 D-Markneukirchen – Music Hall
02.10.16 D-Leipzig – Hellraiser
04.10.16 HU-Budapest – Barba Negra
06.10.16 AT-Dornbirn – Conrad Sohm
07.10.16 AT-Graz – Explosiv
08.10.16 AT-Traun – Spinnerei
09.10.16 SK-Bratislava – MMC
11.10.16 D-Aschaffenburg – Colos Saal
12.10.16 CH-Pratteln – Z7
14.10.16 BE-Kortrijk – De Kreun
15.10.16 D-Bochum – Zeche
16.10.16 D-Berlin – Columbia Theater
19.10.16 SK-Kosice – Multihala Sports Hall
20.10.16 CZ-Ostrava – Garage
21.10.16 CZ-Hluk – Sports Hall
22.10.16 CZ-Prague – Meet Factory
23.10.16 D-Ludwigsburg – Rockfabrik
25.10.16 D-Nuernberg – Hirsch
26.10.16 D-München – Backstage
28.10.16 D-Memmingen – Kaminwerk
02.11.16 NED-Amstelveen – P60
04.11.16 FR-Nancy – Zenith
05.11.16 ITA-Borgo Priolo – Dagda
06.11.16 ITA-Padova – Bullet
07.11.16 ITA-Rome – Planet
09.11.16 IE-Dublin – Button Factory
10.11.16 IE-Galway – Monroes
11.11.16 UK-Basingstoke – Stage
13.11.16 UK-Swansea – Scene
14.11.16 UK-Edinburgh – La Belle Angele
15.11.16 UK-Newcastle – O2 Academy
16.11.16 UK-Doncaster – Diamond
18.11.16 UK-Liverpool – Krazyhouse
19.11.16 UK-Bristol – Bierkeller
20.11.16 UK-London – O2 Academy

SHIRAZ LANE
Hannes Kett – Lead Vocals
Jani Laine – Lead Guitar
Miki Kalske – Rhythm Guitar
Joel Alex – Bass
Ana Willman – Drums

For More Info Visit:
www.facebook.com/ShirazLane
www.frontiers.it

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The 7th Annual GWAR B-Q Breaks All Records…And Bones!

September 2nd, 2016
by Celtic Bob

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Once again, last weekend Bohabs and music fans alike descended on beautiful Richmond, Virginia to attend the 7th Annual GWAR B-Q at Hadad’s Lake.  Once again, the legendary GWAR found themselves lounging atop the bodies of the thousands of GWAR B-Q attendees, swilling massive amounts of GWAR Beer, mainlining “Arctic Snow” Vodka, and stinking up the joint by chain-smoking the band’s own premium limited edition CiGWARs.

The 2016 GWAR B-Q broke all previous records for, death count, casualties and utter devastation. Every band that performed kicked so much ass that GWAR spared their lives, although the “members” of several groups were severely beaten and humiliated in a series of no holds barred wrestling matches. The 2016 lineup goes toe-to-toe with any other festival performance anywhere, on any day: GWAR, LAMB OF GOD, AGAINST ME!, DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, AUGUST BURNS RED, AMERICAN NIGHTMARE, EYEHATEGOD, LAGWAGON, MURPHY’S LAW, BRAIN TENTACLES, MOBILE DEATHCAMP, OCCULTIST, SAWYER FAMILY, and THE DEATH OF ROCK AND ROLL.

The sights were spectacular! There was the real life ROCK STAR moment when DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN made a fan’s dream come true… Cool Romanian vampire types gleefully lost their composure upon meeting LAMB OF GOD’S RANDY BLYTHE and WILLIE ADLER (seriously, it was like watching someone meet The freakin’ Beatles) and, with a dangling cig in his mouth, PHIL ANSELMO even performed a Bohab wedding! WHAT? Oh, and there were blood soaked Heavy Metal Jesus sightings everywhere too. It was like we were blessed and couldn’t lose!

But of course, the main event of this and every GWAR B-Q was the jaw-dropping, eyeball-popping exhibition by the annihilators of the human race, our Lords and Masters, the Scumdogs of the Universe, GWAR! Those in attendance witnessed a blistering set that featured the Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump fighting to the death for control of the American government, as well as GWAR defending their belts for the “Intergalactic Wrestling Championship.”

You never know what’s going to happen at GWAR B-Q but everyone seems to agree, this festival is unfolding as a MUST EXPERIENCE EVENT!

Another successful GWAR B-Q is now in the books and the human slaves that organize it are incredibly grateful and already gearing up for next year’s event, which is slated to be even bigger and better display of carnage, mayhem, and GOOD TIMES than this year!

For More Info Visit:
http://www.gwar.net

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