Posts Tagged ‘GHOST’
Copenhell Festival 2015
Tags: A Day To Remember, Adrian Erlandsson, AT THE GATES, Bloodbath, Body Count, CANNIBAL CORPSE, Copenhagen, Copenhell Festival, Dan Lilker, Denmark, Exodus, GHOST, gojira, HAMMERFALL, Ice-T, Kreator, Life of Agony, Live Nation Denmark, Mike Cyco, Mille Petrozza, nick holmes, Nuclear Assault, PRETTY MAIDS, Primordial, Red Fang, Refshaleoen, Ronnie Atkins, Steve Souza, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, The Darkness, Tompa Lindberg, TurboNegro
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Sweden Rock 2015
REVIEW AND PHOTOS BY ARTO LEHTINEN, MARKO SYRJALA AND PATRICK CLEMENT
The Finnish Metal-Rules.com commando team made their annual road trip to Sweden Rock. Metal-Rules.com has covered Sweden Rock since 2001. The 2015 line up presented a wide range of metal and hard rock. Over 70 bands offered one hell of an experience for the attendees during the four day festival. Sweden Rock has been successful during the past ten years always being sold out. This year wasn’t an exception as the fest was sold out despite the lousy economic situation worldwide. It has become quite logical for us to give an in depth article of several bands performing at Sweden Rock to all the readers out there. The weather was tremendous, despite being quite windy and cold on the opening day. But we were there for bands, not for having some beach party crap. Unfortunately, we are not able to cover every bloody band, but hopefully you will have a pleasant reading experience… Rock on!
Tags: ACE FREHLEY, Airbourne, Backyard Babies, Bloodbath, brent fitz, CHILDREN OF BODOM, DEF LEPPARD, Dokken, EVERGREY, Exciter, Exodus, Extreme, Five Finger Death Punch, GHOST, Grim Reaper, HARDCORE SUPERSTAR, Hell, john lawton, Judas Priest, lucifer's friend, MARDUK, MICHAEL MONROE, Motley Crue, Myles Kennedy, Nuclear Assault, Rage, refuge, richie scarlet, Riot, Rock Goddess, slash, Sweden Rock, Tony Carey, Wolf
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Alice In Chains + Ghost + Walking Papers
@ Alexandra Palace, London
9th November 2013
Review by Anna Dumpe
Photography by Nikki Ryan
On a cold and grim November evening in London, UK, over six thousand rock and metal fans made their way up to Alexandra Palace, which is an astonishing venue situated quite a journey away from anywhere in the world and at one of the highest points in London. But there ain’t no mountain high enough, if you know that you’re about witness Seattle’s grunge veterans Alice In Chains play Alexandra Palace alongside Ghost and Walking Papers.
Alice in Chains announced that they will be returning to UK soon after releasing their latest album The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, so there was no doubt that any grunge or heavy metal fan would miss an opportunity to experience what seemed to be the loudest gig of the year.
Copenhell Festival 2013
Refshaleoen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Reviewed and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall
Guest contributor: Ulrika Henriksson
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 »
Tags: Accept, ALESTORM, Alice in chains, Copenhell Festival 2013, Denmark, Down, Elliot White, GHOST, God Seed, Illdisposed, IN FLAMES, KING DIAMOND, Live Nation Denmark, NEWSTED, Parkway Drive, Refshaleoen, Sabaton, Testament
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Hellfest Festival 2013
@ Clisson, France
21st– 23rd June 2013
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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Tags: Accept, Anti-Flag, AT THE GATES, Bad Religion, Black Spider, Coal Chamber, CRADLE OF FILTH, Danko Jones, Danzig, DEF LEPPARD, Down, Europe, Finntroll, GHOST, gojira, Hellfest Festival 2013, Helloween, Hellyeah, Kiss, Korn, Kreator, LORDI, MORBID ANGEL, My Dying Bride, NEWSTED, NOFX, P.O.D, papa roach, Prong, Red Fang, Saxon, Sick Of It All, Skindred, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, Stonesour, Testament, Twisted Sister, Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, VEKTOR, VoiVod, VOLBEAT, Whitesnake, WINTERSUN, ZZ Top
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Download Festival 2013
@ Donington Park, UK
Review by Anna Dumpe
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
Tags: 2013, 30 Seconds To Mars, 5 Finger Death Punch, Airbourne, Alice in chains, Asking Alexandria, Black Moth, BLACK STAR RIDERS, Bullet for My Valentine, Cancer Bats, Coal Chamber, DEVIN TOWNSEND, Down, Download, Fred Durst, GHOST, Gogol Bordello, GRAVEYARD, Hacktivist, Iron Maiden, Korn, Kvelertak, Limp Bizkit, MASTODON, Motorhead, papa roach, Parkway Drive, Queens of The Stone Age, Rammstein, Slipknot, Stone Sour, The Algorithm, THE SWORD, URIAH HEEP
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June 14th – 15th 2013
By Ellen Norvang
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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Ghost & Gojira with The Defiled & Feed the Rhino
@ Brixton Academy
24th March 2013
Review by Ashlinn Nash
Photography by Graham Hilling
The theme of most Jagermiester tours is that of the eclectic, mixing a variety of bands together that make for an interesting and diverse show. Ranging in style with previous line ups with bands such as Skindred, Therapy? , Black Spiders, Slayer and Korn among others. Tonight the line up diversity is no different, with bands from Feed the Rhino right up to the occult heavy Ghost. The Brixton academy’s lush interior dripped in Jagermiester banners, along with a crowd clutching as many Jagermiester shots as possible, all ready for a metal party.
Getaway Rock Festival
Gasklockorna, Gavle, Sweden
5-7/7 – 2012
Reviewed and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall
Guest contributor: Ulrika Henriksson
This is a review of the third edition of Getaway Rock Festival that was held in Gavle, Sweden during three hot days in July. The festival has a new organizer – the German FKP Skorpio – and we were eager to see how the festival was planned this year. We got to see some exclusive Swedish performances by Suicidal Tendencies, Nightwish, Venom, Manowar, Ministry and Yngwie Malmsteen to mention a few. Other acts that performed were Mustasch, Saxon, Finntroll, Satyricon, Behemoth, Devin Townsend Project and Ghost. Read more about the festival down below.
Tags: AMON AMARTH, BEHEMOTH, Devin Townsend Project, Finntroll, FKP Scorpio, Getaway Rock Festival, GHOST, GRAVEYARD, Kvelertak, Manowar, MESHUGGAH, Ministry, MUNICIPAL WASTE, Mustasch, Nightwish, Raubtier, Satyricon, Saxon, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, Venom, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN
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METAL HAMMER GOLDEN GODS AWARDS 2012
Review by Hal Sinden
Photography by Ashlinn Nash
Despite its reputation for a tricky commute and arguably eyesore appearance (don’t confuse familiarity with satisfaction, fellow Londoners), the O2 Arena is a fantastic venue space for the Golden Gods and ample notice that metal is still as healthy as it ever was, showing no signs of bowing to austerity measures.
What would we do without this yearly event?
Well, for a start we’d probably have healthier livers and better hearing in our later years, however many would also be deprived of their chance to postpone their Download hangovers or simply be given a reason to wash off this year’s festival mud and watch some of the scene’s glitterati forget about their day jobs for an evening. Metal Hammer Magazine’s annual schmoozefest is upon us, and with it a dazzling array of leather, lip gloss & limp fringes.
Tags: Anthrax, Bill Bailey, BIOHAZARD, DEVIN TOWNSEND, GHOST, Iron Maiden, Joey De Maio, LAMB OF GOD, Manowar, METAL HAMMER GOLDEN GODS AWARDS, Rammstein, Robb Flynn, Sabaton, Saxon, The Defiled, The Master Mastodon, Vinnie Paul, Watain
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The 4th of June 2012
The massive touring Sonisphere festival landed in Finland for the fourth time in a row. The first two Sonisphere festivals were arranged on the other side of Finland. For financial reasons the festival was moved to the capital, Helsinki, last year when Slipknot headlined the one-day event with several support acts. Obviously the turn-out at last year’s festival didn’t please the organization and for this year Metallica were recruited to headline. Nearly 50,000 tickets were sold like hot cakes when the line-up of Sonisphere was announced. Besides Metallica, Machine Head, Amorphis, Gojira, Ghost, and finally Hardcore Superstar had been booked to appear at the one-day festival on one stage. Of course, the celebration of Metallica’s multi-million selling BLACK album was the main bait to attract the audience.
Article by Arto Lehtinen and Marko Syrjala
NEW SINGLE – “DRY BONE VALLEY” – IMPACTS RADIO FEB 14TH
January 31st, 2012 – (Burbank, CA) – Grammy nominees Mastodon have announced that they will hit the road for a spring North American tour in support of their current album The Hunter, which was released by Reprise Records in September. The tour kicks off on April 4th in Portland, ME, and visits more than 30 cities in the U.S. and Canada before wrapping up with a hometown show at Atlanta’s Masquerade Music Park on May 12th. These shows will feature an amazing night of powerful music featuring a dream bill with Swedish metal band Opeth as co-headliners, with special guest Ghost providing support on all dates. Collectively Mastodon has stated: “We’re excited to co-headline this tour with Opeth for whom we have great respect and admiration. Having Ghost along as well will make this tour a special event.” Tickets go on sale February 3rd and 4th. Visit www.mastodonrocks.com for details. There will be a Fan Presale scheduled to begin at 3pm local venue time on Wednesday, February 1stavailable only at www.mastodonrocks.com
Mastodon have recently posted a very special video for their new single “Dry Bone Valley,” created by noted fine artist Tim Biskup, a long-time friend who has amassed a cadre of loyal fans and collectors of his painting and sculpture. Watch the new video here.
“Dry Bone Valley” is the second single from Mastodon’s critically acclaimed album The Hunter, which found its way onto several Year End/Best Of critics’ lists, including those compiled by Rolling Stone, Spin, Revolver, Decibel and many more.
Released on September 27th, The Hunter entered the Billboard Top 200 Album chart in the Top 10. The first single, “Curl of the Burl,” has been nominated for a 2012 Grammy Award for “Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance.” Radio play for the track brought even Mastodon to the attention of the mainstream masses by rocketing into the Top 15 of the Billboard charts resulting in their greatest radio presence to date. By comparison, “Dry Bone Valley” is already accelerating with more immediate impact on radio waves. The press also continues to pledge their commitment:
“Mastodon exists as one of the most crucial and challenging acts working today.” – The Los Angeles Times
“Zeus be praised! Mastodon streamlined their molten thrash into a taut thwump that doesn’t pull back one bit on their natural complexity of innate weirdness.” – Rolling Stone’s Best of 2011
Mastodon is currently immersed in an extensive tour of Europe and Australia. At the conclusion of the tour, Mastodon will fly directly to Los Angels to attend the Grammys as “Curl Of The Burl” has captured a nomination for “Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance.” Have a look at the official video for “Curl Of The Burl” here. The 54th Grammy Awards Show will take place in Los Angeles on February 12th and be broadcast on CBS stations.
Tour dates as follows:
(M) Indicates Mastodon closes the show
(O) Indicates Opeth closes the show
04/04 Portland, ME State Theater (M)
04/05 Boston, MA Orpheum Theater (O)
04/06 Montreal, QC Metropolis (O)
04/07 Toronto, ON Sony Centre (O)
04/09 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory(M)
04/10 Wallingford, CT The Dome (M)
04/11 New York, NY Roseland Ballroom (M)
04/13 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre(M)
04/14 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection (M)
04/15 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE (M)
04/16 Knoxville, TN TN Theater (O)
04/18 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom (M)
04/19 Dallas, TX Palladium Ballroom (O)
04/20 San Antonio, TX Back Stage Live (O)
04/21 Corpus Christi, TX Concrete Street (O)
04/23 Denver, CO Fillmore Auditorium (O)
04/25 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues (M)
04/26 Los Angeles, CA Gibson Amphitheatre (O)
04/27 Oakland, CA Fox Theatre (O)
04/28 Reno, NV Grand Sierra Resort (M)
04/30 Seattle, WA The Paramount (O)
05/01 Vancouver, BC Orpheum Theatre (O)
05/03 Edmonton, AB Edmonton Events Center (O)
05/04 Calgary, AB MacEwan Hall (M)
05/05 Saskatoon, SK The Odeon (O)
05/06 Winnipeg, MB Burton Cummings Theatre (O)
05/09 Washington, DC The Fillmore (O)
05/10 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore (M)
05/11 Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues (M)
05/12 Atlanta, GA Masquerade Music Park (M)
More Mastodon information to be announced soon.
GHOST is pleased to announce their return to the States for their “13 Dates of Doom” tour featuring direct support from Toronto, Ontario witch rockers Blood Ceremony with Austin TX death rockers Ancient VVisdom opening the tour. The “13 Dates of Doom” tour marks the Ghouls’ first return to the States since their now infamous stops at Maryland Death Fest and The Studio at Webster Hall in NYC after some last minute complications with the Ghouls’ visas prevented the band from performing on the recent Enslaved tour.
The Ghoul with No Name comments “It is with an evil haunting chuckle that we are announcing that we are finally coming to North America. In the name of Satan, we will conduct thirteen rituals in thirteen different cities throughout the United States and Canada and now we are summoning all of our devotees to partake in these blasphemous eves of black magic.”
GHOST cult leader “The Ghoul with No Name” and his anonymous ghouls will be touring in support of the band’s debut album Opus Eponymous, which has been called “must have stuff” by Blistering adding that “Ritual is one of the best classic metal songs in recent memory,” while Alarm Press calls out the album as “wildly catchy and full of melodic twists.” Read below to see what else press has had to say about GHOST’s debut full-length Opus Eponymous.
GHOST “13 Dates of Doom” Tour featuring Blood Ceremony & Ancient VVisdom
Wed/Jan-18 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
Thu/Jan-19 Washington, DC Rock N Roll Hotel
Fri/Jan-20 Boston, MA Middle East Downstairs
Sat/Jan-21 Montreal, QC Corona Theatre
Sun/Jan-22 Toronto, ON The Mod Club
Tue/Jan-24 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge
Wed/Jan-25 Minneapolis, MN Station Four
Fri/Jan-27 Denver, CO Marquis Theatre
Sat/Jan-28 Salt Lake City, UT The Vertigo
Mon/Jan-30 Seattle, WA El Corazon
Tue/Jan-31 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater
Wed/Feb-01 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill
Thu/Feb-02 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy
In addition to “The Ghoul with No Name,” GHOST is: Guitar – ???, Bass – ???, Drums – ???, Keyboards – ???, Chants – ???.
“the semi-anonymous Swedes compel on pretty much every sensory level…it’s only when half the room sings along to set-closer ‘Ritual’ that you realize just how shockingly universal their appeal is.” Decibel Magazine
“I’m in their fan club. [Laughs] I had no idea what they looked like until I saw the video. I heard the music first and I thought it was very great — very unique, very melodic and a breath of fresh air for metal. It reminded me a bit of ’70s kind of rock that I liked as well. So yeah, I love the band.” James Hetfield, Metallica
“the best new live act in the underground scene. Not only was the band super tight and the tunes rock-solid, the Nameless Ghoul proved to be a natural frontman; he has more charisma and swagger than anyone out there!” GuitarWorld.com
“All fans of true cult heavy metal should go apeshit over this. Sometimes you just have to admit that the devil has the best tunes.” Verbicide
“A roaring debut that gives psychedelic rock a kick in the pants with a heavy sound and lyrics that will piss off the ultra-religious.” About.com
“GHOST is Swedish, heavy, and tasked with slicing your soul to bits–or at least your ears.” Village Voice
• Catchy melodies supported by harmonious guitars and a vocalist with fantastic range.
• Band’s love of psychedelic rock comes through in each note played.
• Crisp production highlights the skills of each musician.
• None” About.com
“There isn’t a weak song to be found. Every muscular riff, delicate yet charismatic vocal line, and guitar solo is absolutely pristine. Most importantly, GHOST captures the spirit and quality of classic metal” Apeshit.org
“wow, is this one a monster…This is one of those rare albums that reminds you why you listen to rock and metal in the first place…undeniable, infectious charm” TheMetalRegister.com
“If spiritual leanings aren’t an issue for you, you’ll find Opus Eponymous a primer on the creation of melodic hard rock.” BigTakeover.com
“Opus Anonymous is a potent cocktail of early metal like Black Sabbath or Judas Priest, ’60s psychedelic atmosphere reminiscent of Pink Floyd, with riffs and melodies clearly inspired by devil-rockers like Mercyful Fate.” Fearnet.com
“Opus Eponymous has spread through the music world like a zombie plague, its catchy songwriting infecting the hearts of hard rock and pop fans almost as often as legitimate metalheads.” The Washington Times
“Now I’ve usually got a pretty low threshold for shtick, but dammit, GHOST’s debut Opus Anonymous totally gets it right. Combining NWOBM sensibilities with psychedelia and stoner riffs, GHOST has the musical chops to back up the theatrics.” Metal-Rules.com
“Opus Eponymous is an extraordinary debut that slowly peels back surprise after surprise as you delve into its 35 minutes of music. Sure, the style is old-school, but it’s musically very rich, often more subtle than riff-oriented, and as closing instrumental Genesis proves, capable of moments of disarming beauty.” PopMatters.com
“Probably the top true metal effort of 2010. Invoking the musty atmosphere of Angel Witch, Witchfinder General, Pagan Altar, Witchfynde and early Mercyful Fate, this is an arcane occult feast”. Metal Hammer (9/10 points)
Hellfest – Clisson France
17-18-19 June 2011
Hellfest arrives for its 5th edition. The French festival has been growing incredibly huge and very fast. This year it traditional location in the sport facilities of Clisson couldn’t take anymore of the mass of metalheads coming to this small part of France from all over the world.
This year’s crowd-moving, main acts where none less than Rob Zombie, Scorpions, Ozzy, and Judas Priest, with tons of other goodies in between. An excellent line-up as usual, as it’s part of the winning formula that gave success to the organizers of this event, nowadays already one of the biggest metal fests in the European summer.
The weather won’t be the most pleasant ever, but on the other hand it could have been way worse than just some strong wind and rain here and there, and the sun has been lighting the fields from time to time, still giving the impression to be in summer, after all. But as this festival is amazingly fun if you are among the beer-drinking hellraisers in the audience, you can somehow understand the “hell” part when you have to keep up with the insanely long queues to get into the photo pit, along with running all over the festival area from stage to stage, trying not to fall over some boozer laying on the ground. Oh well… running is good for your health!
Article and pics by Marco Manzi