There has been quite some talk regarding the fact that the legendary Accept would be the support act of the current European Tour of Sabaton. At first, I was also bewildered and stunned by the news as the overall contribution of Accept in the heavy metal genre is huge and undisputed while Sabaton’s equivalent contribution…well, let’s just say that the gap between those two is chaotic. In addition, it is no exaggeration at all if we’d say that most likely Sabaton wouldn’t even exist if Accept hadn’t started its career back in the late 70s. All these assessments are fair and quite honestly self-evident. Can it be true, though, that the essence of the whole argument lies somewhere else? Can it be that this isn’t a matter of contribution and quality comparison?
Blues Pills were created in 2011 when the former rhythm section of Radio Moscow, the half brothers Zack Anderson (bass) and Cory Berry (drums) met Elin Larsson from Orebro (home of the gods Witchcraft as well). When they met, while touring, the miracle guitar player, the 16-year old French Dorian Sorriaux, they moved to Sweden and were officially named Blues Pills (from the blog of their friend Jens Heide, BluesPillz).
Delain’s two main characteristics is a steady climaxing course and freshness in their music. Coming from Within Temptation since they were formed by Martijn Westerholt, after he left from today’s titans, they followed the same recipe, which judging by the result can be considered as successful.
Many years now Amon Amarth are one of the best metal bands. They achieved that after a lot of hard work and now they enjoy the love and respect of many metal fans, even from ones who generally don’t like extreme metal.
Just before Flotsam & Jetsam return to Greece for two shows in Athens and Thessaloniki we take a look on some known and some not very well known facts from their 30-plus history. Some you may know, some you may don't but what's for sure is that this shows-just like the past ones- are guaranteed to offer you good fun!
Winger must surely be the most unappreciated band in the US hard rock genre as they became the target of constant mockery and unfair criticism from the hardcore metal fans and the musical press of the early 90s. That was the time when grunge movement was emerging from Seattle and the hard rock sound was entering a difficult and commercially irreversible phase.
Marc Steven Bell started up with hard rockers Dust in 1971 with whom he recorded two albums and I am sure you’ve heard “Pull Away/So Many Times” somewhere. Later punk took over and he came close to become New York Dolls’ drummer, but the band picked Jerry Nolan. He ended up in Richard Hell & The Voidoids and recorded the legendary “Blank Generation” that was released in 1977. In 1978 Ramones approached him…
Everybody knows Dee Snider. I am sure that everyone has heard at some point in their lives the timeless hits “I Wanna Rock” and “We’re Not Gonna Take It”. But the thing that most people didn’t know –at least up until the arrival of the internet- was the fact that Dee Snider attempted to recapture the glory of his Twisted Sister days with two bands: Desperado and Widowmaker. Eventually, those two outfits didn’t achieve their goal and unfortunately disbanded after a while. The good thing is that in the meantime they managed to produce three excellent records (although the Desperado material remained shelved for years) and it’s not scarce to meet fans claiming that the debut Widowmaker album is as good as the classic Twisted Sister records. In addition, Dee Snider always stated that the songs that he had written during his Desperado days are some of the best of his entire career.
We live in a time and age where the phrase “end of an era” pops up much more frequently in the various articles and the casual chats among the music fans all over the world. After all, the recent huge loss of such legendary artists as Lemmy, David Bowie, Jimmy Bain, Glenn Frey, Scott Weiland etc. filled us with grief and troubled us all in regards with the future of our beloved music. We had underlined in the past the inevitable artistic and biological end that was imminent as many stars are approaching (if not surpassed) the age of 70.
Since Draconian are visiting Greece for the second time on February 14th, we take a chance to remember their best album. They come from Sweden and were founded back in 1994 by the name Kerberos. They were playing something entirely different from what we know, a style of melodic death metal with black metal influences, but all this was about to change some months later when their vocalist (and keyboardist until 1999) Anders Jacobsson joined the band. They changed their name and style and released several demos until their first full-length (“Where Lovers Mourn” – 2003). And so we arrive at 2005, when they release this masterpiece.
The amazing cover gives you an idea for what’s about to come, until the first drops of rain in the opening track “A Scenery Of Loss” set the mood before their music steps in. They call themselves gothic doom metal and there is not better description than that. The album goes on with the magical “Daylight Misery” and shows that these guys aren’t joking. Mournful tunes, excellent atmosphere, brutal vocals from their leader and beautiful clean from the enchanting voice of Lisa Johansson (sadly, she quit the band in 2011). No hope, no happy melodies, no light at the end of the tunnel.
If you listen in during the summer, the sun will disappear and everything around you will freeze. This is not the album that you will hear while you are doing the dishes, when you are on the bus, when you have your mind somewhere else. Listen to it under the right circumstances and you will love it. “Arcane Rain Fell” concludes with their best (maybe) song, the fantastic “Death, Come Near Me”. 15 minutes of perfection for a song that whatever I say about it, it won’t be enough. Draconian couldn’t release a better or even equal album than this. Maybe they didn’t want to. “Arcane Rain Fell” is one of the best atmospheric doom/death album of all times. So simple.
(the album was released in 2005 by Napalm Records)
20 years have passed since the release of “These Days”; 20 years since the release of the darkest, most introspective and why not best Bon Jovi record in the past two decades.
When in June 2007 Anneke was leaving The Gathering after thirteen years of significant presence in the band, everybody was talking about the beginning of the end for the band and Anneke Van Giersbergen’s personal stake for her future career.
Thoughts about both the above issues were justified by general consent.
White Widdow, the Australian hard rock sensation, is about to pay a second visit to Greece for yet another unique show on the 6th of March in Athens. I am sure that everyone who was lucky enough to have attended the band’s first live show in Athens, a few years ago, was left under the most vivid impression by White Widdow’s energetic performance.
Praying Mantis is one of the most beloved bands in Greece with a loyal and supportive fan base. Unfortunately, they never managed to achieve fame and commercial success which is really a shame because they so rightfully deserved it.
You’ve heard and read countless great things about records like ‘Dopes to Infinity’ or ‘Powertrip’. In the turn of the millennium (the album came out in 2000 in Europe and 2001 in the US) Monster Magnet were supposed to exploit the