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HAMMERFEST – Metal Marauders

March 30th, 2015

Hammerfest VII – Metal Marauders

Hafen Y Mor, Pwllheli, North Wales

Photographs and Overview by Mia Metall

On the road again! This was my second year attending Hammerfest and the 3.5 hour trip to our cosy caravan by the sea had begun on Thursday Lunchtime.

The festival has seen some changes from it previous formats and has now involved HRH. Hammerfest used to be spread across to stages in the main concert hall and the Boardwalk but instead this year was moved to the pub down in the Caravan Park leaving the HRH part of the festival to take on the main stage and HRH Stoner, Sleaze and Doom to take over the Boardwalk.

We pulled into Hafen Y Mor campsite just after teatime eager to get checked in. Hammerfest is no normal metal festival. The festival takes places on a Haven Holiday site with the stages that normally stage men in tiger suits and over excited children’s entertainers, instead hosting the very best underground metal bands!

The Boardwalk

The Boardwalk

Each party gets a static Caravan, Apartment or Cabin to share with their rocking pals and it is all very civilized with a nice Bedroom, shower toilet and Kitchen don’t even get me started on the Living room, Fire, TV and DVD player! HEAVEN!

We arrived just in time to head back to The Mash and Barrel pub that hosted the Hammerfest stage, to see RSJ.

RSJ

RSJ

RSJ are a band from York with a groovy metal sound. The band brought energy to the traveling metalheads, with fast beats, powerful vocals and a energetic performance.

RSJ

RSJ

RSJ

RSJ

Appearing animated on stage, their punchy brand of dissonant riffs, grimy riffs and vocal diversity was an alarming way to open.

RSJ

RSJ

After a few beers and pizza from the on site Papa John’s the next band up was Blitzkrieg.

Blitzkrieg

Blitzkrieg

Blitzkrieg

Blitzkrieg

Blitzkrieg are initially from Leicester formed in 1980. The current line-up is Brian Ross (vocals), Ken Johnson (guitar), Alan Ross (guitar) and Bill Baxter (bass) .  Mick Kerrigan (drums) has recently parted ways with the band and they are due to make an announcement soon regarding his replacement.

Blitzkrieg

Blitzkrieg

Blitzkrieg

Blitzkrieg

Ross is the only remaining member from the band’s founding. The old school performance included many songs from the 1980s  and also their namesake tune famously covered by Metallica.

Blitzkrieg

Blitzkrieg

Melodic NWOBHM vocals and crunchy proto-thrash riffing led to beers raised in approval by the old school brigade.

Blitzkrieg

Blitzkrieg

Next up this weekend for me was Winterfylleth.

Winterfylleth

Winterfylleth

Winterfylleth

Winterfylleth

Following some technical difficulties the band opened their set with a wailing violin present throughout their set creating plenty of atmosphere along with the dark green stage lighting and the black metal riffs of the Manchester band.

Winterfylleth

Winterfylleth

New guitarist Dan Capp fitted in well with the aesthetic created by the plain black t-shirts and swirling heritage sounds of England.

Winterfylleth

Winterfylleth

Elvenking livened things up with their folky power metal, complete with violin and face paints! The band’s mixture of genre kept a varied set which was well received.

Elvenking

Elvenking

 

Elvenking

Elvenking

Elvenking

Elvenking

Their unique makeup added some interesting variation compared to what had been seen earlier that day, and the Italians certainly impressed and won over some new fans

Elvenking

Elvenking

A chilly stroll from the pub, up through and past the sites lakes, complete with pedal boats shaped like swans and zip wire.

Over to the Boardwalk where the Doom night was in full swing. The Boardwalk also held the “metal market” an array of stalls including New rock and retailers of Patches and Merchandise, Kreepsville and banned, handmade and silver jewellery.

Diesel King played the doom stage.

Diesel King

Diesel King

Diesel King

Diesel King

With a blend of dirty sludge and down tempo heavy metal, the band played tracks from Concrete Burial and acid-tarpit.

Diesel King

Diesel King

It is great festival music, with their heavy, crushing beats and cutting guitars that could have well sliced some ear drums in half!

Diesel King

Diesel King

 

After a rainy few days the weather cleared nicely for a Sunny start to Saturday. After sampling the delights of VIP Caravaning and a sausage sandwich made my way upto the Main stage HRH to catch some White Widdow

White Widdow

White Widdow

Next on the HRH stage was Reach.

Reach

Reach

Reach are a hard rock band from Sweden seemingly with all kind of influences, particularly Europe! But the roots are mostly 70-80s hard rock.

Reach

Reach

The band seem quite fresh faced but the foundations are good if a classic hard rock sound is your thing.

Reach

Reach

Gleeming pop melodies may not have struck a chord with the more extreme attendees, but meant that the songs stuck in the minds of all newbies to the band

Reach

Reach

Sedulus are from London.

Sedulus

Sedulus

They have their own mix of stoner rock/ psychedelic space rock and progressive rock and metal and were well suited to the Stoner stage in the boardwalk.

Sedulus

Sedulus

Hypnotic guitars were molded together by free, jazzy drumming before being layered by a unique, atmospheric vocal style.

Sedulus

Sedulus

The song “Pilgrim” was especially memorable for it’s grungy sound.

Sedulus

Sedulus

Sigirya are a Stoner metal band from Swansea. The songs are mostly about time, space and earth.

Sigirya

Sigirya

Sigirya

Sigirya

Sigirya

Sigirya

A walk back across to the Mash and Barrel to watch  Skalmold.

Skalmold

Skalmold

Skalmold

Skalmold

Skalmold are a viking folk metal band. A catchy and energetic set went down really well with the audience and must of won the band many new followers who soon caught onto the lyrical content and joined in with the traditional folk like see shanties.

Skalmold

Skalmold

Amongst the pipes and typical folk elements, the guitars added a more doomy, dissonant flavour, with various vocal styles showing a range of influences from the orthodox to the extreme.

Skalmold

Skalmold

Lead melodies broke up any cliches and chugging riffs suggested some power metal tones in the mix aswell.

Skalmold

Skalmold

After a short break, and a Burger King, yes the site even has Burger King, I dropped back into the Stoner stage to watch Hang the Bastard

Hang the Bastard

Hang the Bastard

The West London metallers combined the best of fuzzy riffing and wicked themes whilst still showing a forward thinking approach.

Hang the Bastard

Hang the Bastard

Their next show is at London’s Desertfest so if this sounds like your bag, catch them there!

A quick jog back over to the Hammerfest stage to catch me some Raging Speedhorn 

Raging Speedhorn

Raging Speedhorn

Originating back to 1998, the Corby sludgercorers are now the most popular they’ve been in a long time.

Raging Speedhorn

Raging Speedhorn

Kicking off with “Knives and Faces”, grabbing the audience who were soon well into the set and enjoying Dungeon Whippet, a hardcore metal band, formerly riding the new metal wave of the early noughties and are well worth checking out again.

 

Raging Speedhorn

Raging Speedhorn

Orange Goblin followed their pals onto the stage to carry on the audiences good vibes.

Orange Goblin

Orange Goblin

Orange Goblin

Orange Goblin

Orange Goblin

Orange Goblin

Their doomy stoner metal went down amazingly as usual and even now on their 8th studio album, the band continue to go out there and make the stage their own with humbling thanks and excitement.

Orange Goblin

Orange Goblin

Joe Hoare’s dexterous riffing provided the basis for some soaring, festival perfect vocals to soar over.  Bluesy solos also broke up the more moody sections that were awash with choral guitar work and some fluent drumming

Orange Goblin

Orange Goblin

With all the excitement, someone somewhere got something wrong and we were left without water! So after nipping back to the “house” to use that wonderful en suite I ventured back out for the closing

A smoke filled stage started the evening with the usual theatrics for Hell.

Hell

Hell

The occult metal bellowed through as David joined the stage, whip in hand, covered in blood and with a crown of thorns.

Hell

Hell

Epic keyboards and guitars, supported by prowling beats and chromatic riffing won over fans in the ritual like atmosphere created by the elaborate as usual stage props and eccentric front man.

Hell

Hell

Despite having a few years on some of the other bands playing, they showed more than ample energy!

Hell

Hell

It wasn’t long before he was up on the crowd barriers casting out the sins of audience members.  The band took to the stage to thank everyone for turning out, making the joke of it being a Haven site…. and they are Hell… It’s Haven and Hell!

Hell

Hell

Hell

Hell

Hell

Hell

Hell

Hell

The theatrics continued with explosions, billowing smoke and lights.

Hell

Hell

Hell

Hell

All in all the weekend was a lot different to the usual Hammerfest set up, but the metal acts still made it a really enjoyable weekend and of course the happy little metal community enjoying their spring holiday on the beach.

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Martin Walkyier’s Viking Funeral – Legendary Vocalist To Perform SKYCLAD Material For The Last Time

July 18th, 2013
Martin Walkyier's Viking Funeral - Legendary Vocalist To Perform SKYCLAD Material For The Last Time

Martin Walkyier’s Viking Funeral – Legendary Vocalist To Perform SKYCLAD Material For The Last Time

This September brings Martin Walkyier’s Viking Funeral; a string of shows that marks the final time Walkyier will perform classic SKYCLAD material live in the UK. Intended as a swansong that will allow the legendary vocalist to close the book on Skyclad and focus his attention on THE CLAN DESTINED, Martin Walkyier’s Viking Funeral will consist of three shows in London, Birmingham and Dublin.

Italian melodic folk metallers ELVENKING will back the singer up on stage as well as make their live UK debut on the tour. Direct support will come from DEVILMENT, the new project featuring CRADLE OF FILTH vocalist Dani Filth. Portugal’s premier melodic death metal band WE ARE KILLING OURSELVES (WAKO) join the bill as they start to develop their fanbase in Europe. The opening slot will be filled by Devil’s Clause Records newest signing HELGRIND.

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ELVENKING: “Track-by-Track” Video for new Album online

September 5th, 2012

Italy’s leading folk power metal band, ELVENKING, returns with their new studio album “Era” on September 14th.
In an extensive “Track-by-Track” (Part 1 and Part 2) vocalist Damna and guitarist Aydan tell you everything you need to know about the new songs. “Era” will be available as CD and limited edition digipak (2 bonus tracks).

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ELVENKING To Release Seventh Studio Full-Length Via AFM Records

August 24th, 2012

Long-running Italian power/folk metal heroes ELVENKING will triumphantly unleash their next musical saga, Era, in North America on September 25th.

Era, ELVENKING’s mammoth seventh studio full-length, follows-up their Red Silent Tides album, released in 2011 to rave reviews from fans and media alike, the album moving in a slightly cleaner, rock-oriented direction. Now in 2012 the band have forged another new path with Era, retracing some of their steps to sounds from their previous albums but boasting a bold, modern sound, recorded in Helsinki, Finland, at Sonic Pump Studio with producer Nino Laurene (Omnium Gatherum, Sonata Arctica, etc.). Era bears twelve new tales, clocking in with nearly an hour of material, as always full of the vibrant, poetic and epic presentation ELVENKING’s fans have come to expect and embrace with each album.  The band also brought in the legendary Jon Oliva (Jon Oliva’s Pain, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, ex-Savatage) as a guest vocalist on two of the anthems on Era!

View multiple new videos on the making of Era, including interviews with the band, studio footage, a lyric video for the track “Poor Little Baroness” from the album and more at ELVENKING’S OFFICIAL YOUTUBE PAGE.

 

Era Track Listing:

1. The Loser

2. I Am The Monster

3. Midnight Skies, Winter Sighs

4. A Song For The People

5. We, Animals

6. Through Wolf’s Eyes

7. Walking Dead

8. Forget-Me-Not

9. Poor Little Baroness

10. The Time Of Your Life

11. Chronicle Of A Frozen Era

12. Ophale

 

 

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SECRET SPHERE, ELVENKING Members Join Forces In HELL IN THE CLUB

October 28th, 2010

HELL IN THE CLUB

HELL IN THE CLUB

HELL IN THE CLUB, the new band featuring members of two of the biggest Italian metal acts, SECRET SPHERE and ELVENKING, will release its debut album, “Let The Games Begin”, in December through Red Pony Records in Italy. According to the group’s official bio, HELL IN THE CLUB is “a big new rock ‘n’ roll band that knocks down your soul and takes you right into a hellride of fun, power and emotions with a big dose of hard rock!”
HELL IN THE CLUB is:

Damnagoras (ELVENKING) – Vocals

Andrea Buratto (SECRET SPHERE) – Bass

Federico Pennazzato (SECRET SPHERE) – Drums

Andrea Piccardi – Guitar
For more information, visit www.myspace.com/hellintheclub.

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ELVENKING – New Red Silent Tides Teaser Available

September 11th, 2010

Italian metallers ELVENKING have released a new teaser from their new album, Red Silent Tides, due out on September 17th in Europe, on November 9th in North America and in Japan in October (date still to be confirmed). Check out the video below:

Elvenking’s new video for the Red Silent Tides track ‘The Cabal’ is also available below:

Here are the details of all the different editions of the album:

Standard jewel case edition:

‘Dawnmelting’

‘The Last Hour’

‘Silence de Mort’

‘The Cabal’

‘Runereader’

‘Possession’

‘Your Heroes Are Dead’

‘Those Days’

‘This Nightmare Will Never End’

‘What’s Left Of Me’

‘The Play Of The Leaves’

ELVENKING “RED SILENT TIDES”. Cover artwork by Samuel Araya.

ELVENKING “RED SILENT TIDES”. Cover artwork by Samuel Araya.

Two-CD digipack special edition, including the legendary one and only To Oak Woods Bestowed demo (the very first recording of the band that goes back to year 2000 and which has been sold out since years), in a very special elegant packaging:

CD1

‘Dawnmelting’

‘The Last Hour’

‘Silence de Mort’

‘The Cabal’

‘Runereader’

‘Possession’

‘Your Heroes Are Dead’

‘Those Days’

‘This Nightmare Will Never End’

‘What’s Left Of Me’

‘The Play Of The Leaves’

CD2 – To Oak Woods Bestowed (2000)

‘To Oak Woods Bestowed

‘White Willow

‘Banquet Of bards

‘Oakenshield

‘Under The Tree Of Us’dum

Japanese edition:

‘Dawnmelting’

‘The Last Hour’

‘Silence de Mort’

‘The Cabal’

‘Runereader’

‘Possession’

‘Your Heroes Are Dead’

‘Those Days’

‘This Nightmare Will Never End’

‘What’s Left Of Me’

‘The Play Of The Leaves’

‘Skywards 2008’ (bonus track)

Special limited picture vinyl edition:

Side A

‘Dawnmelting’

‘The Last Hour’

‘Silence de Mort’

‘The Cabal’

‘Possession’

‘Your Heroes Are Dead’

Side B

‘Runereader’

‘Those Days’

‘This Nightmare Will Never End’

‘What’s Left Of Me’

‘The Play Of The Leaves’

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ELVENKING – Red Silent Tides Album Artwork, Tracklisting Revealed

July 22nd, 2010
ELVENKING “RED SILENT TIDES”. Cover artwork by Samuel Araya.

ELVENKING “RED SILENT TIDES”. Cover artwork by Samuel Araya.

Italian metallers ELVENKING have revealed the artwork and tracklisting for their forthcoming new album, Red Silent Tides.

Red Silent Tides (artwork at right) will feature the following tracklisting:

‘Dawnmelting’

‘The Last Hour’

‘Silence de Mort’

‘The Cabal’

‘Runereader’

‘Possession’

‘Your Heroes Are Dead’

‘Those Days’

‘This Nightmare Will Never End’

‘What’s Left Of Me’

‘The Play Of The Leaves’

Produced and mixed by Dennis Ward (ANGRA, PINK CREAM 69, PRIMAL FEAR), the successor to 2007’s The Scythe will show once again Elvenking’s songwriting abilities, a high taste for great melodies and the will to break the boundaries and push the band to the next level.

The release date (as well as different edition details of the album) will be announced soon.

In other news, Elvenking will promote the new album supporting metal commandos PRIMAL FEAR in the first leg of their European tour, together with German band KISSIN’ DYNAMITE.

Here are the dates confirmed:

September

21 – Aschaffenburg, Germany – Colos Saal

23 – Koeln, Germany – Underground

25 – Bari , Italy – Demode

26 – Rome, Italy – Black Out

28 – Woergl, Austria – Komma

29 – Nurnberg, Germany – Hirsch

30 – Osnabrueck, Germany – Lagerhalle

October

1 – Burglengenfeld, Germany – VA Zentrum

2 – Bad Arolsen, Germany – Outback

Elvenking’s brand new track, ‘The Cabal’, is currently streaming on the band’s MySpace page.

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Aydan of ELVENKING

May 11th, 2009

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Aydan of Elvenking

Interviewed by EvilG

Interview questions by EvilG & Shaq

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Elvenking are an Italian folk/power metal band that emerged in the late 90’s and shook the underground with the release of the now cult classic HEATHENREEL in 2001. I spoke to the band’s guitarist, Aydan, about that monumental album, the bands changes since then and about their latest acoustic album TWO TRAGEDY POETS (…and a Caravan of Weird Figures).

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