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Summer Breeze 2014 – Dinkelsbuhl, Germany

November 3rd, 2014

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Metal, beer and bratwurst are the unholy alliance at German metal festivals. Those festivals are those things that every banger has to experiment once in lifetime. Even though festivals are packed by those obvious and quaranteed bands on the bill, but missing the true metal feeling is something. Summer Breeze has grown tremendously and gained the monumental status amongst several other metal festivals in Germany. The main headliner of this year was without any doubts Machine Head. The Summer Breeze festival is the well organized metal festival in Southern Germany. Even though most of bands appeal to the metal public, but some strange German acts such as JBO were on the bill. However, Summer Breeze was a great success, despite the horrible weather. Here is the brief article of the fest.

By Arto Lehtinen and Jani Koskela

Pic by Arto Lehtinen

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Noisey Presents NOLA: Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou Episode 2

September 25th, 2014

NOLA

Today Vice Magazine’s music portal, Noisey, presents the second episode of NOLA: Life, Death And Heavy Blues From The Bayou, a seven-part series examining the people and the culture that helped spawn bands like Down, Eyehategod, Crowbar, Acid Bath and so many others.

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Philip H Anselmo and The Illegals with support on Technicians Of Distortion – European Tour 2014 at Kulturbolaget Malmo, Sweden

September 4th, 2014

Philip H Anselmo and The Illegals

Technicians Of Distortion – European Tour 2014
Darkane – Special guest
Mörbultad – support act

Kulturbolaget, Malmo, Sweden
24/6 – 2014

Live review and pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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Bloodstock Open Air 2014

August 29th, 2014

Bloodstock Open Air 2014

@ Catton Hall Derbyshire

7th- 10th August 2014

Review by Ashlinn Nash

Photography by Michelle Murphy 

Bloodstock 2014

Bloodstock 2014

Bloodstock has become something of a staple holiday for many metal heads, with its fine selection of musical delights, the drinking until dawn, great company, dressing up and of course the bin jousting! What more could you want besides all of this?

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Philip H. Anselmo

September 16th, 2013

Philip H. Anselmo

Interview by Celtic Bob

Philip Anselmo, Brazil, April 2013

Philip Anselmo, 2013

This interview took place this summer just after the LP came out. It began as a late night/early morning talk while watching Philip’s interview with Loyola University on You Tube and how he would be very interesting to talk to. Shortly thereafter, I was on the phone talking to him about the new album, his label Housecore Records, his book, his film & music festival and Pantera’s POWER METAL album.

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Copenhell Festival 2013 Refshaleoen Copenhagen,Denmark

July 31st, 2013

 Copenhell Festival 2013

Refshaleoen, Copenhagen, Denmark
14-15/6 2013

Reviewed and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall
Guest contributor: Ulrika Henriksson

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For the fourth year in a row, it is once again time for this years edition of Copenhell Festival. The festival is the largest metal/hardrock festival in Denmark and located in the outskirts of Copenhagen. The organizers, Live Nation Denmark, had  outdone themselves this year and booked more bands than ever. They had also branched out music-wise and this year was not only dedicated to the more extreme forms of metal but also to traditional metal. The bands that performed included: In Flames, Ghost, Accept, Sabaton, Testament, and the Danish metal legend King Diamond who’s show closed the festival at Saturday night. Read about the great festival below. Read the rest of this entry »

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HELLFEST 2013

July 17th, 2013

Hellfest Festival 2013

@ Clisson, France

21st- 23rd June 2013

Review by Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs
Photography by Tess Donohoe  Hellfest

It may be some people’s epitome of hell, Michael Buble fans I’m looking at you, but for the metal/rock community Hellfest’s towering gateway looks positively pearly. This year’s line-up is so jam-packed that I was looking for the little glass jars and labels. You’d make a fortune if you could bottle any number of the diverse scope of bands on the bill, with the riffs left in natch, but I’d like them to play their sets first.

Once inside that gateway the layout is much the same as last year, and that isn’t meant in a well-they-clearly-couldn’t-be-arsed sense, because Hellfest could teach most others a thing or 20 on how to put together a fan-friendly festival. Except when it comes to the number of toilets on site that is.

Whilst the Hellfest tree still dominates in its stark simplicity, the hidden beer gardens have gained a snazzy gateway of their own, which invites you into the woodlands. Instead of a fairytale monster at the end of the path though, you’ll find a winebar, which is win-win really. And at night the scrap-metal merch stands and bars still glow with their own rooftop fires.

Stage-wise we’ve got Main Stage 1 and 2, which continue their staggered times so that as one plays, the other sets up, and vice versa. The result is no waiting around for soundchecks or bands to start, just back-to-back bam-bam-bam metal. A similar set-up is in place at the Altar and the Temple, where you can find black metal, death metal and the like, then there’s the Valley which is home to the stoner and doom types, and the Warzone where the punk and hardcore drops.

Hellfest 2013 – it’s like being welcomed home.
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DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL 2013

July 17th, 2013

Download Festival 2013

@ Donington Park, UK

June 13th-15th

Review by Anna Dumpe

Download 2013

Download Festival is known as one of the most exciting rock/metal festivals all over the world. It’s usually one of the first events to kick off the festival season and it never disappoints. For eleven years in a row, Download has booked some of the biggest names in rock and metal music scene and 2013 was no different. Three acts to headline the Download weekend of June 13th-15th included Slipknot, Iron Maiden and Rammstein. However, many other bands appeared on five different stages across the weekend and we were there to catch as many of them as possible. So we offer you to read about our Download 2013 adventures and see what you missed out on, if you weren’t there.

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The excitement that kicks in once you arrive to the arena is inconceivable. You see first bands hitting the stage and thousands of heavy metal fans arriving and gathering together. The sun is shining and beer is flowing signalizing the beginning of one of the most exciting weekends of the year.

We’re at Download 2013. This is happening…

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Download 2013

The first band we get to catch when arriving to the arena is Asking Alexandria.
While the legendary Uriah Heep are performing on the Second (The Zippo Encore) stage. It’s an easy decision, so we quickly pass the Main stage to kick off our Download 2013 with some good old “Easy Livin’”.

Uriah Heep put on a great show and it’s a pleasure to be watching such a classic band still going strong. They’re still sounding tight and perform some of their greatest tunes they’ve ever written, like “Sunrise,” “Gypsy,” “Look at yourself” and, obviously, “Easy Livin’”.

After a great set by Uriah Heep, we head back to the Main Stage to see Papa Roach.
We wonder if there are still people out there that genuinely love this band, taking that their streak of luck happened quite a while ago. About a minute later our question is answered when we’re nearly swept off our feet by thousands of Papa Roach fans, running head over heels, just to fight their way through the crowd and get to the front of the stage. True story, ladies and gent. It was crazy.

Papa Roach set is everything you’d expect from it. It’s energetic, fun and a bit ridiculous when singer Jacoby Shaddix jumps off the stage to dive in the mud. …but that’s what you do when you’re at Download Festival, right?

Not everyone’s a fan of this band, but trust us on this one. When it comes to hits like “Between Angels and Insects,” “Scars” and “Last Resort,” not a single person in the audience is able to stand still.

After a good shot of energy delivered by Papa Roach, we head over to The Pepsi Max Stage to witness The Sword blast out some epic riffs in the best retro-metal manner. Coming all the way from Austin, Texas to perform material off their new album ‘Apocryphon’ and throw in some good old classics, like “Freya,” The Sword guys prove themselves as a great bunch of professionals that manage to sound live as great as they sound on the record.

Back to the Main Stage and it’s time to see Down.
Phil Anselmo and the boys have chosen to perform a great selection of tunes turning their set into an absolutely ripping performance. Songs like “Witchtripper,” “Lifer,” “Ghosts Along the Mississippi,” “Stone The Crow” and “Bury Me In Smoke” go down exceptionally well.

Best comments in-between songs and the funniest facial expressions delivered by the one and only Mr. Phil Anselmo; there is no stage too big for that man.

Next up on the main stage are Korn with a thrilling and rather challenging set, as they mix all the well-known classics with some fresh material off their latest album The Path Of Totality. Dub step inspired tracks, like “Narcissistic Cannibal” and “Get Up!” go down surprisingly well and the audience seems to be having a blast.

Songs like “Falling Away From Me,” “Coming Undone”, “Did My Time” and “Freak On A Leash” are sounding as powerful as ever and takes us on a sentimental trip back to the 1990’s when nu-metal and dreadlocks ruled the charts and were a part of every teenager’s life.

Next up on the Main Stage are Bullet For My Valentine.
Apologies to all their fans, but no, thank you.

We leave the Main stage to catch the upcoming and in-every-aspect-awesome-and-mind-blowing French trio The Algorithm. They’re on at The Red Bull Studios Stage and deliver a killer of a set. Songs like “Trojans” and “Access Granted” are the right party anthems to officially kick off this Friday night. As amusing it might seem to see hundreds of metal heads bounce around to electronic music mixed with proper metal breakdowns, it’s also incredibly satisfying to see so many people that seek variety in heavy metal genre and are here to support upcoming artists, like The Algorithm.

Just before it’s time to head to the Main stage for tonight’s headliners, we wander off to the Second Stage and catch a bit of Gogol Bordello’s on-stage shenanigans.

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Download 2013

Bringing a full band of eight people with him, he puts on a show that’s as entertaining as hectic and chaotic. There’s a mad party happening on-stage and within the audience, as the band performs hits like “Wonderlust King,” “Break The Spell” and “Start Wearing Purple”.

Gogol Bordello is a gypsy punk band you must see if you’re familiar with or a fan of Eastern European and Russian culture, as hearing their music will make you want to down vodka, dance a little stupid and swear in Russian. What a band..!

After a nice day of watching lots of great bands and drinking beer with your mates, it seems that it doesn’t get any better than this, but just because we’re at Download, it does, in fact, get a lot better.

It’s Friday night at Download 2013 and 90’000 people are here in Donington Park to witness Slipknot headline the Main stage for the first time since 2009. The crowd is buzzing with excitement, as we prepare to be blown away by their performance.

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Download 2013

Slipknot take the stage with an incredible amount of energy and they manage to own the crowd within seconds.
Opening their set with “Disasterpiece,” Slipknot manage to shake the grounds of Donington like a thunderstorm. Blasting out a hit after hit, they seem to have managed to put together a set list to please any kind of Slipknot fan. Classics like “Wait and Bleed,” “Dead Memories,” “Sulfur,” “Psychosocial” and “Duality”, which is dedicated to Paul Gray, really make the crowd go nuts.

There’s mosh-pits, circle-pits, crowd surfing and random human bodies flying around the place. The performance is stopped twice during songs “Before I Forget” and “Left Behind”, as the safety barrier in front of the stage collapses twice. It’s an absolute madness, but it’s also the best fun we’ve had in a long time.

The band appear to be in a great shape and are sounding superb. Corey Taylor’s vocal parts are sounding immense and Joey Jordison’s drumming is, as always, spectacular and a real entertainment to watch. Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan is a great entertainer, as she smacks the hell out of his percussions while spinning up in the air.

After finishing their set with “Spit it Out,” Slipknot return to stage for an encore of “(sic),” “People = Shit” and “Surfacing”.
The band really put their heart and soul into this performance and you would struggle to find a single member of the audience that was left unsatisfied.

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PHILIP ANSELMO’s Great Expectations For His Fans

July 12th, 2013

Philip Anselmo has put together a series of, well, intimidating but humorous video clips in anticipation of his “Technicians of Distortion” tour that kicks of July 31.  The clips instruct fans as to what Anselmo expects of them at the shows.  So far, two have been made available, and you can see them here: Read the rest of this entry »

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COPENHELL Festival

June 30th, 2013

Copenhell Festival

Copenhagen, Denmark

June 14th – 15th 2013

By Ellen Norvang

Copenhell

There is not much rotten in the state of Denmark this sunny Friday afternoon as the metal festival Copenhell, for the fourth time, is about to take place in the heart of the capital Copenhagen. 10.000 metal-fans are fitted into a playground of everything related to the Scandinavian metal-scene; Vikings, burning churches and a small cemetery for your resting pleasure. The gates to hell have once again opened and this year with an ever so growing and bigger line-up than the previous years.
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Rex Brown on Pantera reunion with Zakk Wylde filling in “…there’s no truth to that”

June 24th, 2013

down10.JPGFormer Pantera bassist Rex Brown has been speaking to Big Music Geek about his recent musical dealings, as well as the prospect of a Pantera reunion. According to Brown, rumors that the famed metal group may be getting back together with Zakk Wylde replacing the late Dimebag Darrell are completely unfounded:

“People actually believe in blogs. They read that and it becomes a myth and then people think that it’s actually true. And that’s what kills me about some of these editorial social networks. That actually have nothing better to do but give you stuff that’s not true, ya know? Something that’s really not happening, ya know? They’re like ‘Here comes the three-legged dog’. What the fuck? That’s not news. Tell me something good, ya know? There’s nothing else to tell.

“I haven’t talked to Zakk Wylde about any of this stuff. In fact, I have talked to him about the situation and we just laugh, ya know? No, there’s no truth to that.”

While Brown states that he would never say never to a reunion, he questions whether it would be right to reform without Dime, or his brother Vinnie, who is currently not on speaking terms with the other band members:

“Look, I never say never. Phil [Anselmo] and I have opened our arms up to Vinnie many a times and without Vinnie and without Dime, it just ain’t right. Especially without Dime, ya know? It’d be a hard place to fill … I was watching a video this fan sent me yesterday. I clicked on the link and checked it out. I don’t watch the old stuff. I like to move on with my musical journey, but I went back and watched this thing and it kind of got me teary-eyed, ya know? That’s just how bad ass this band was.”

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PHILIP ANSELMO Says Original PANTERA ‘Behind The Music’ Special ‘Smeared’ His Name

April 2nd, 2013

down17.JPGAn updated version of VH1’s “Behind The Music” documentary on PANTERA, “Behind The Music Remastered: Pantera”, will premiere on VH1 Classic in the U.S. on Saturday, April 6 at 9:00 p.m. EST. The new version contains fresh interviews with those who also lost loved ones the night PANTERA guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott was murdered in Columbus, Ohio, as well as with PANTERA members Philip Anselmo (vocals) and Rex Brown (bass), and Dimebag’s longtime girlfriend, Rita Haney.

The original “Behind The Music” episode on PANTERA had its premiere in May 2006. The program included interviews with the surviving members of PANTERA — Anselmo, Vinnie Paul Abbott (drums), and Brown — along with appearances by Guy Sykes (tour manager), Walter O’Brien (manager), Terry Date (producer), several members of PANTERA’s/DAMAGEPLAN’s crew, and Haney.

“Sorry for your fucked up, retarded, asinine program that smeared my name to the goddamn toilets of every house in America,” Anselmo says about the original show in one of the newly filmed interview clips that is included in the “Remastered” version of the episode. “You motherfuckers didn’t have to live with it, I did. I resent it — still resent it.”

Philip claims that since PANTERA ended, he has become a totally reformed character.

“Believe me, I’ve taken a good, cold, long hard fucking stare in the mirror,” he says. “I know who the fuck I am, I know the mistakes I’ve made. Therefore, I can move on.” Read the rest of this entry »

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DOWN ANNOUNCES MAY HEADLINE TOUR DATES

February 12th, 2013
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DOWN IV PART 1 TO BE RELEASED ON VINYL FEBRUARY 26

Heavy metal icon collective DOWN has announced that they will perform a handful of headline dates this May. Kicking things off on May 23 in Birmingham, AL – the band will stop in 7 cities in the Southeast including Baltimore’s Maryland Deathfest, and wrap things up with a hometown show in New Orleans on May 31. Tickets go on sale to the general public on February 16 and include VIP Packages with opportunities to meet the band and hang out at soundcheck. For more information, visit DOWN-NOLA.com.

The band just wrapped up a nationwide headline tour with Warbeast, receiving overwhelming acclaim for their larger than life live show with the Houston Press declaring them “the undisputed kings of the heavy metal scene…all eyes in the room were on Anselmo. The man effortlessly commands Texas metal crowds like no one else can, and he drew huge cheers just scratching his elbow.”

DOWN is touring in support of their latest release, Down IV Part I. The 6-song EP will be released on vinyl on February 26 (Down Records/ADA). The EP – a collection of dark, dangerous and decisive metal tracks – debuted at the top of the Hard Music Album Chart and sat comfortably at the #1 spot on Metal Radio for several weeks upon its official release last September. The release was critically acclaimed, with Rolling Stone praising “a typically aggressive Anselmo vocal against a twisting, grinding musical backdrop,” while Noisecreep proclaims “Down specialize in the kind of Saint Vitus-kissed grooves and vocal hooks that get stuck inside your head long after it leaves your stereo.” Additionally the band was featured on the January cover of Decibel.

DOWN’s notorious dark and unique southern-infused brand of hard rock/metal consists of lead singer Phil Anslemo’s (Pantera) gut-wrenching vocals, Pepper Keenan (C.O.C.) and Kirk Windstein’s (Crowbar) grinding guitar riffs, Jimmy Bower’s (Eye Hate God) thunderous drums, and Pat Brunder’s (Crowbar) blasting bass cords leave even the most dedicated and hardcore of fans in complete shock and awe. DOWN are back with a vengeance, and intend to show everyone exactly why they are one of heavy metal’s most iconic figures.

DOWN TOUR DATES:

May 23, 2013 – Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco

May 24, 2013 – Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre

May 25, 2013 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar – Maryland Deathfest

May 27, 2013 – Augusta, GA @ Sky City

May 28, 2013 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works

May 30, 2013 – Broussard, LA @ The Station

May 31, 2013 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues

Be sure to visit DOWN online:

Official Website l Facebook l YouTube l MySpace l Twitter l Spotify

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DOWN and WARBEAST Announce 2013 U.S. Tour Dates – “The Weed & Speed Tour: West Coast Throwdown in the Year of XIII”

November 15th, 2012

New PHILIP ANSELMO / WARBEAST Split EP ‘War of the Gargantuas’ Hits Stores January 8, 2013

WARBEAST Set to Release New Full Length Album ‘Destroy’ in Early 2013

 Louisiana heavy metal marvel DOWN and Texas thrashers WARBEAST are pleased to announce several U.S. tour dates in 2013. The upcoming tour, dubbed “The Weed & Speed Tour: West Coast Throwdown in the Year of XIII”, will kick off on January 11, 2013 in Houston, TX at Warehouse Live. The tour will make its way through several states, coming to a close on February 1st in Chattanooga, TN at Track 29.

Before the start of the tour, WARBEAST will headline the War of the Gargantuas release party show on January 5th at The Rail Club in Fort Worth, TX. See directly below for all currently released tour dates.

DOWN and WARBEAST 2013 U.S. Tour Dates:

1/5 – Fort Worth, TX @ The Rail Club (WARBEAST ONLY, War of the Gargantuas Release Show)

1/11 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live – Ballroom

1/12 – San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live

1/14 – Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee

1/15 – Las Vegas, NV @ Fremont Country Club

1/16 – West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club

1/18 – Anaheim, CA @ City National Grove of Anaheim

1/19 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades

1/20 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom

1/22 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox at the Market

1/23 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater

1/24 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House

1/26 – Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall

1/28 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue

1/29 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave

1/30 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s

2/1 – Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29

 

 

DOWN vocalist PHILIP ANSELMO and WARBEAST recently announced that they will be releasing a new split album entitled War of the Gargantuas. The split will be released on January 8, 2012 via Housecore Records and will include two songs from each artist. This album serves as the first release of any solo work by PHILIP ANSELMO during the span of his nearly 30-year legacy. Also, the two WARBEAST tracks on the split feature former bassist Alan Bovee before his amicable departure from the band. Since then, Dre Karst has joined on bass.

 

WARBEAST also recently announced the upcoming release of their second full-length album, Destroy. The album is scheduled to be released in early 2013 via Housecore Records and is currently in the mastering stages. Stay tuned for more information on Destroy coming very soon.

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DOWN @ The Roundhouse, London

October 28th, 2012

Down, Orange Goblin and Warbeast

@ The Roundhouse, London

21st October 2012

Review by Rhiannon Marley

Photography by Michelle Murphy



If the power of the riff compels thee, tonight should be the metal equivalent of a pilgrimage to Mecca. New Orleans, London and Dallas are pulling Southern cream out in abundance for the ‘In the Year of XII’ tour. Down, Orange Goblin and Warbeast are set to storm the Roundhouse, in a sold-out fiesta that sees beards, leathers and one confused fellow in a Black Veil Brides t-shirt struggling through the door. Poor chap has clearly lost his way…

I’m yet to witness the supergroup headliners in the flesh, but the last time I saw Goblin was at Bloodstock Open Air 2012. After several bottles of rum, I might add, and in complete abandonment to the awesomeness of the festival vibe. They were terrific then, and on hearing that they were main support to Down this time around, I terrorized the world wide web to gain access.

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