MARDUK: Lyric video for “Werwolf”

MARDUK revealed new lyric video – “Werwolf“.  The song is taken from the album “Viktoria”, out June 22nd, 2018 via Century Media Records.

MARDUK are:
Mortuus – vocals
Morgan – guitars
Devo – bass
Fredrik – drums

Marduk

Marduk

Marduk and Taake at Stockholm Slaughter 2018

Vienna Metal Meeting 2018

Final line-up of Vienna Metal Meeting 2018 and warm-up show details

We have all the info about the second edition of the indoor festival Vienna Metal Meeting 2018, organized by District 19. The event takes place at the infamous venue “Arena” in Vienna in May.

The festival is on 12th May, but there is also a warm-up show the day before – 11th May. It’s one day festival with 16 bands in total, playing at two stages: one called Arena Stage and the other District-19 Stage, named after the booking agency arranging this Metal holiday for us!

Here are some of the bands of the line-up for Vienna Metal Meeting in 2018: ABBATH, MARDUK, TIAMAT, NIFELHEIM, GAMA BOMB, ENTRAILS, GUTALAX, DESASTER, RAGNAROK, DOOL, DISHARMONIC ORCHESTRA, DEMONICAL

We can now also enjoy the official final artwork for this year’s event made by Mr. Paris “Metastazis”.

Vienna Metal Meeting 2018

Check the final poster of VMM18 here:

Vienna Metal Meeting 2018

You can find the Running Order (also available on image) below:
Arena Stage:
15:00 – 15:30 DARKFALL
16:00 – 16:40 GUTALAX
17:10 – 17:55 DESASTER
18:20 – 19:10 OBSCURA
19:40 – 20:30 NIFELHEIM
21:00 – 22:00 TIAMAT
22:30 – 23:30 ABBATH
00:00 – 01:00 MARDUK

District-19 Stage:
14:30 – 15:00 THEOTOXIN
15:30 – 16:00 DISTILLATOR
16:40 – 17:25 DEMONICAL
17:55 – 18:40 RAGNAROK
19:10 – 20:00 DISHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
20:30 – 21:20 ENTRAILS
22:00 – 23:00 DOOL
23:30 – 00:20 GAMA BOMB

Vienna Metal Meeting 2018

But before we head to this over 10 hours headbang marathon on 12th, we are invited for another special Metal evening at Viper Room Vienna (Landstraßer Hauptstrasse 38, 1030 Vienna, Austria) for the Vienna Metal Meeting Warm-Up show! It has a headline: “Celebrating 30 years of Smut and a new Pungent Stench Album” and it marks the anniversary of the greatest Viennese band EVER PUNGENT STENCH and the release of their loooooong awaited indeed new album “Smut Kingdom”!

The bands taking part in the pre-party are: SCHIRENC PLAYS PUNGENT STENCH, SPASM, EPSILON, DHARK – where SPASM are replacing TOTENMOND who are not able to make it due to illness as announced earlier.

Tickets for the warm up: Öticket / Jugendinfo / www.metalticket.at

Tickets for the festival here: http://www.metalticket.at / Jugendinfo / Öticket / Sentinel Records (PayPal) and www.viennametalmeeting.com

We’ve already got ours long ago! How about you? Hurry up, don’t be the fool hanging outside Arena when metal madness takes over us inside the venue…

Submitted by Albena Tsolova-Beta

Jonas from PUTERAEON: World of insanity and the fear of the unknown, ruled by the old gods

Swedish Death Metal band PUTERAEON released their new album, named “The Dunwich Damnation”, on April 16, 2018. Jonas (guitars/vocals) answer to the questions of Mrazek.

Hail! Introduce yourself in depth…

– Hi! Jonas from PUTERAEON answering your questions. We are a Death Metal band from Sweden. We’ve been around a couple of years now and have released a couple of demos albums, splits and EPs.

What are the news from PUTERAEON?

– The latest news is that we are about to release a 5 song EP called “The Dunwich Damnation”. We will release it digital on the 16th of April and a little later it will be released on vinyl through Growls From The Underground. Same label that released our previous EP “The Empires of Death”.

Puteraeon

Puteraeon

I am listening “The Dunwich Damnation”… It’s amazing! Tell me more about this edition.

– I think it’s a natural development since our last EP “The Empires of Death” wich was released last year on HP Lovecrafts 80th death day. This EP contains as i said 5 songs, very Lovecraft inspired horror and competent oldschool death metal. We’ve worked alot with the material and i think it together with the last EP is our best work so far. In a way, the last EP was a taste of things to come. This one is more diverse than “Empires”. I think the songs are really strong on “The Dunwich Damnation” and it’s packed with the energy we deliver live.

Where and how it was recorded?

– It was recorded in studio Hatecraft with Daniel Vandija behind the knobs. Mixed and mastered by Dan Swanö at unisound. And it sounds really fuckin good.

Tell me more about your lyrics in it? Concept? Who is their writer? H.P. Lovecraft?

– I write all the lyrics and they are heavily inspired by the works of HP Lovecraft. They deal with topics like insanity and the fear of the unknown. Engulfed with by the old gods.

Let’s return deeper in the past: PUTERAEON – what is the story behind that name?

– When i started the band i wanted to have a name that was not already taken. “Puteraeon” means something like “Rotten aeon” or as we joke “forever rotten”. It’s a statement to ourselves to never change drastically, to always deliver music that has this special touch and feeling. It’s meant to be that way, and it is also a promise to the listener, that we will evolve, but we will never let go of the rotten nerve that penetrates our music.

How do you describe the music style of the band? What kind of Death Metal?

– Our influences stretch from bands like ENTOMBED, DISMEMBER, CARCASS, NAPALM DEATH, DEATH, PESTILENCE, AUTOPSY to that oldschool 60’s, 70’s and 80’s horror movie soundtrack, but there are also some Thrash here and there. The influences has always been the same throughout the years.

You play more in “Florida style”, not in “Swedish manner of Death Metal”, but what is your opinion about these antagonisms?

– Many people would call us and have been calling us Swedish Death Metal. I guess that is correct since we are from Sweden. But as i said in the earlier question, our influences are from around the globe. Obviously Florida has spawned lots of good Death Metal bands, but we don’t really care where the bands come from. If it’s good it’s good. I think we mix it up pretty good with the influences. The goal is to deliver good songs and i don’t think that much about if it sounds Swedish or not.

Puteraeon - The Dunwich Damnation

Puteraeon – The Dunwich Damnation

Are you self released band? What about to find a label?

– We had a label previous. We released 3 albums. But when they were having financial problems and offered us a deal we thought was less good, we talked and decided to release our stuff ourselves. It’s a tricky thing with labels. And even though i think a bigger label might be interested at first we might not be the ideal band to sign. We want to do stuff the way we want, not like someone else perhaps. We are not able to go on longer tours without proper payment etc. That was the main reasons not to get signed after our old labels contract.

What is your vision upon nowadays extreme metal scene? What is the situation in Sweden? Any new bands with young members?

– There are alot of bands. Some good and alot not so good. There’s not much young people in bands nowadays, not like in the 90’s. Back then everybody had a band.

Do you know something about Bulgarian Metal scene?

– Nothing. Can you recommend some bands i need to listen to?

Do you have any invitations to play here, in Bulgaria?

– I think there has been some talk, but i don’t know the status really. Hopefully we can do like a mini tour or something in the future. We would love to do it.

What are your personal plans for the future?

– We have a few gigs booked or in the booking, other plans right now is to release “The Dunwich damnation”, do some videos and promotion for it.

Did I forgot to ask you something?

– I don’t know heheh. Thank you very much for the interview and for showing interest in our band!

Last words? Your message for the readers of The Other Side…

– Thank you for reading this. Check out PUTERAEON on spotify, etc. We have a website www.puteraeon.com, we also have a youtube page with all our videos and a facebook and instagram page. Cheers!

PUTERAEON are:

Jonas Lindblood – Vocals/Guitar
Anders Malmström – Drums
Daniel Vandija – Bass
Rune Foss – Guitar/Backup vocals

Stockholm Slaughter festival is this weekend!

Heavy Metal maniacs, as Stockholm own Metal festival Stockholm Slaughter is about to happen in a day, we sum it up for you: final poster, timetable and… some mandatory Metal sightseeing.

City/country: Stockholm, Sweden

Date: 27th – 29th April 2018

Age limit: 18 years old (no restricted alcohol areas)

Location for 27th and 28th: Fryshuset Klubben/ Arenan (Mårtensdalsgatan 2-8, 120 30 Stockholm, Sweden)

Location for 29th- it’s a secret one, not yet unveiled.

Tickets: www.tickster.com

Stockholm Slaughter 2018 final timetable

Bands performing by days:

Friday 27th: SEPTICFLESH, AURA NOIR, HALLATAR, TSJUDER, THYRFING, DEMONICAL, COUNT RAVEN, ASAGRAUM

Saturday 28th: ENTOMBED A.D., MASTER’S HAMMER, SWALLOW THE SUN, ARKONA, SINISTER, ENFORCER, ONE TAIL, ONE HEAD, DOOL, OCTOBER TIDE, FEJD, ALFAHANNE

Sunday (early shows) 29th: MARDUK, TAAKE, FIDES INVERSA

Marduk and Taake at Stockholm Slaughter 2018

For the timetable for 27th and 28th please check the image below.

Stage times for Sunday (MARDUK, TAAKE and FIDES INVERSA, The time schedule for) are as follows:

11:30 Doors open
12:15 FIDES INVERSA
13:30 TAAKE
15:00 MARDUK

Here is the final poster for Stockholm Slaughter 2018 after the line-up changes (ENTOMBED A.D. added to it!) and the shitty political intervention due to which the shows of MARDUK and TAAKE had to be moved to a different venue.

Stockholm Slaughter 2018

Once you get to the mighty metal mecca Stockholm, make sure to visit the legendary record store Sound Pollution and all the local metal bars you could. Also try to find time to go to “Skogskyrkogården”, Stockholm’s Forest Cemetery, hosting the famous stone cross so to take picture in front of it just like Entombed as seen in their “Left Hand Path” album!

We are proud to be part of this event as we have few metalheads from Bulgaria attending. Our country is among the nearly 30 countries presented at the festival this year at it’s second edition! Now that’s a great job, District 19!

Cheers and see you for some serious headbang this weekend!

Please check the other events, organized by this same professional promoter District 19:

Vienna Metal Meeting 12th May 2018

Vienna Metal Meeting 2018

Vienna Metal Meeting 2018

Eindhoven Metal Meeting 14th-15th December 2018

Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2018

Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2018

Submitted by Albena Tsolova-Beta

JUDAS PRIEST’s Heavy Duty: Clash of the Metal Gods

An attempt to navigate their recent turbulence while flying the flag for Glenn Tipton

“There’s good and bad news about TWISTED SISTER”, said Dee Snider prior to their retirement, “we look like aging drag queens, but we’ve always looked like that”.
To everyone’s dismay, the golden years of glamorous metal titans from the other side of the pond, JUDAS PRIEST, could currently benefit from such tedium.

Judas Priest

What should be a whole separate article, this drama is underscored by the somber fact of Glenn Tipton’s progressively deteriorating condition.
It would appear he’s been living with Parkinson’s for at least ten years, while carrying on his heavy duties like a hero. In his candid soft-spoken manner, Glenn crushed us with: “Guys, my brain is telling my hands to do something and they’re not doing it”, while demonstrating genuinely upbeat humour – a relief for those who love him and inspiration to others. (Full interview at Guitar World)

Judas Priest

Judas Priest, London, Hammersmith Apollo, 26 May 2012; Photo by Diana Chavdarova

Judas Priest

Judas Priest, Utrecht, TivoliVredenburg, 14 June 2015; Photo by Diana Chavdarova

Considering Glenn Tipton the anchor of JUDAS PRIEST, I’ve stumbled across opinions that “Glenn is extremely underrated in rock’n’roll, metal, and music entirely”, which cannot be more puzzling.
Rooted in blues, his clarity of phrase exudes almost fragile vividness, and culminates in the immersive ecstasy of this string-caressing sensuous master. He combines traditional blues modes and classical ones with the blend of precision and unrelenting expressiveness that came to characterise the band. In later years his tone eased out, while assuming a deeper, more demure form.
It must also be noted that Glenn has always interacted with the audience as naturally as the heavyweights of blues, yet so intensely, his gaze seemed intent on stopping our heart.
“This isn’t just JUDAS PRIEST”, he said, “It’s an event in which we’re together, and nothing in the world can compare.”

An immediate answer might be that the ferocity of KK Downing, his tonal sharpness and apt improvisation, merged with Halford’s insane crescendos, epitomised Metal to the PRIEST fan.

Equally understandable was KK Downing’s astonishment, conveyed in late February, that he wasn’t considered Glenn’s replacement for the upcoming tour.
As a consequence, this eloquent gentleman and founding member had to suffer what seem ill-accusations and attempts to diminish his legacy.
During a radio interview, Rob Halford all but erupted, deeming KK’s emotive publication “superfluous” and “insinuative”.
If anything became clear to the audience, it was how deep tension ran between Halford and Downing, whatever the reason. KK followed up with a brief clarification, dispersing a possibility of being misinterpreted.

It should be allowed that KK Downing could have approached the band privately. The band has been in denial, however, for ignoring the obvious option of Downing assuming his original role, in lieu of Tipton. Fans needn’t be made aware of PRIEST’s dealings, but they ought to have been considered while making such a crucial decision.

Members of the band proceeded to release statement upon statement of how surprised they were that KK would fathom the possibility of his return, culminating in: “We lacked energy towards the end of KK’s era” – precisely why KK said he left.

We have Downing’s autobiography coming up in September:

Judas Priest's Heavy Duty

“As the band approaches its golden anniversary, fans will at last be able to delve backstage into the decades of shocking, hilarious, and haunting stories that surround the heavy metal institution. In ‘Heavy Duty’, guitarist KK Downing discusses the complex personality conflicts, the business screw-ups, the acrimonious relationship with fellow Heavy Metal band IRON MAIDEN, as well as how JUDAS PRIEST found itself at the epicenter of a storm of parental outrage that targeted heavy metal in the ’80s. He also describes his role in cementing the band’s trademark black leather and studs image that would not only become synonymous with the entire genre, but would also give singer Rob Halford a viable outlet by which to express his sexuality. Lastly, he recounts the life-changing moment when he looked at his bandmates on stage during a 2010 concert and thought, ‘This is the last show.’ Whatever the topic, whoever’s involved, K.K. doesn’t hold back.” (Pre-order link)

The argument that KK had quit, and his return was unthinkable, does not hold water not only due to the drastic change of circumstances following Tipton’s withdrawal, but because a similar situation had occurred before:

Halford in 1998:
“I would never do it” (referring to a PRIEST reunion), “I’m not just saying that now and five years from now I’m gonna be on stage with PRIEST again. I value my personal creativity and my integrity more than a few dollars in the bank. It’s never the same the second time around, especially when there’s something more attached to it than the music. Reunions smack of big dollars, instead of people feeling that they want to go out and play music together.” (Read full interview)

Halford sounds slightly more unwavering there, than Downing more recently:
“I think today I’m a better player than I was yesterday or five years ago when I left the band, because I’ve had a chance to relax a little bit and take in and absorb stuff that I’ve learned and practiced, as opposed to learning something and zipping off somewhere and having to do this, that and the other.” (Full interview)

KK’s move seems logical in light of Glenn’s illness, of which he must have been somewhat aware: “I wasn’t happy with the band’s live performance. I thought it could have been better, not that the fans would notice. To me, Priest was always a stealth machine and that’s what I liked about it.”

The new PRIEST record, Firepower, is accepted shockingly well, with superlatives like “better than Painkiller” or “as good as Defenders”. To me it’s unfortunate evidence – JUDAS PRIEST have arrived at the house of IRON MAIDEN, with perhaps MANOWAR, ACCEPT and some METALLICA, roofed by solo HALFORD, and sprayed with SABBATH, PURPLE, and more 70s and 80s gloss. It spells safe and archaic, and leaves me wondering whether I’d have enjoyed it in 86.
There’s “everything” in this record, which explains its wide appeal. It’s almost a contemporary pop-formula: remotely catchy tunes one cannot quite put their finger on, alas nothing original or infectious. The tune Flamethrower at least is sexy, with a twist reminiscent of the successful HALFORD solo efforts.
Here again, I tend to advocate KK Downing for leaving after the magnificent Nostradamus.

Judas Priest - Firepower

Judas Priest – Firepower

A reason for the accolades of Firepower might have been given in that same 1998 Halford interview, strikingly relevant today:

“What’s going on with this whole “Metal Nostalgia” movement right now? RATT [mid-’80s Glam Metal band] and TWISTED SISTER are touring again, the KISS reunion, the VAN HALEN debacle; JUDAS PRIEST has a new disc out…

Rob Halford of TWO:
It’s a human necessity; it’s affection. You establish yourself as something that you look back on as you move forward. You think of a moment in your life when you felt right and you identify with that moment. You want to keep that moment living inside you emotionally. And the best way to do that is to have the thing happening in front of you on a stage or on a record.”

The recent PRIEST tour is going well, with HALFORD having been rejuvenating almost as much as Glenn had been declining in the past ten years (said with affection and sadness). When I saw PRIEST in 2008, I thought that was the end of them with Rob’s less than stellar form; today, his melody is overflowing, having attained the solidity and scope he perhaps always sought. He reportedly sees no reason why PRIEST should retire anytime soon.

Halford is an icon and vocal phenomenon who should by no means leave the spotlight; it’s difficult however to swallow PRIEST without the duel of Tipton’s and Downing’s complementing each other axes, let alone neither of them being present.

Throughout the years, Halford has expressed desire for artistic freedom, ranging from a dance record to black metal, and, most recently, a collaboration with Toni Iommi – which should work out splendidly, judging by how Halford fronted SABBATH. Doom, the blues of metal, might suit him fine in his maturity.
Should he fly on the flag of PRIEST, however, reconciling with Downing is necessary.
It’s that unrelenting zest of KK Downing that PRIEST needs now to sharpen their blade, with Rob still on form.

After all, this is the band who molded “Heavy Metal”, and who epitomise and symbolise the genre – as concurred by the musician perhaps most influenced by BLACK SABBATH, Tom G “Warrior”:

“JUDAS PRIEST – Stained Class
An album that shaped my understanding of Heavy Metal – I actually purchased it when it came out. I had seen pictures of JUDAS PRIEST, but I hadn’t actually heard any music. I’d read they were a fantastic band but I didn’t really know what I was in for. Then I put on Stained Class and what I heard was a completely unknown brand of surgically precise modern metal – there was no other band that had this absolute metal style. That was really the invention of metal, even though of course BLACK SABBATH were before, but PRIEST really reinvented themselves with Stained Class, and they also reinvented the entire genre of Heavy Rock – this album was a true revelation. I remember very distinctly when I listened to it in 1978 I actually had to get used to it first. It was almost too modern for me at that age. As fantastic as the early albums are as well, on Stained Class they had this inexplicable groove – they had a really distinctive style of writing songs, and they were so precise.”

Here’s the allure of JUDAS PRIEST: beyond the gleaming surface of being surgically sharp, there’s the underscore:

“We don’t play it clean”.

There’s the insatiability of rock, amplified. The grit, the hint of grotesque, the encompassing lust… the vow of being alive. PRIEST are the trailblazing abstract expressionists of Metal, except that music can never be abstract. As the lines of Rothko go in the play “Red” by John Logan:

“HOW ARE YOU?!… HOW WAS YOUR DAY?!… HOW ARE YOU FEELING? Conflicted. Nuanced. Troubled. Diseased. Doomed. I am not fine. We are not fine. We are anything but fine… Look at these pictures. Look at them! You see the dark rectangle, like a doorway, an aperture, yes but it’s also a gaping mouth letting out a silent howl of something feral and foul and primal and REAL. Not nice. Not fine. Real. A moan of rapture. Something divine or damned. Something immortal, not comic books or soup cans, something beyond me and beyond now. And whatever it is, it’s not pretty and it’s not fine… I AM HERE TO STOP YOUR HEART‬!”

We’ll see JUDAS PRIEST on European soil this summer, following their US tour.
We place our hopes in yet another meeting with Glenn, to whom we extend our fervent well-wishes.

Diana Chavdarova

Judas Priest

PUTERAEON: new album and video

Swedish Death Metal band PUTERAEON will release their new album, named “The Dunwich Damnation”, on April 16, 2018 and revealed a video to the song “The Living Inferno”.

The abominable Cult frequently named PUTERAEON, was spawned in the year of the plague 2007. Since then this disease has given unholy birth to a number of ghastly demos, albums, splits etc.

The band hails from the deserted worn down town of Alingsås in the haunted outskirts of Gothenburg. Many are the tales of this god forsaken region and it’s halfbreed of inhabitants. In this darkness something festers at night and the battering of drums combined with chainsaw can be heard across the deserted plains. Stay too long and it will get to you. Engulfed in shadows, PUTERAEON stir the old cauldrons of death blending the darkness of Master H.P. Lovecraft into the deadly stew. Touch the darkness and taste its splendour.

Puteraeon

Puteraeon

PUTERAEON are:

Jonas Lindblood – Vocals/Guitar
Anders Malmström – Drums
Daniel Vandija – Bass
Rune Foss – Guitar/Backup vocals

Puteraeon - The Dunwich Damnation

Puteraeon – The Dunwich Damnation

Fans from 13 countries arrive at the Varna Mega Rock Festival this August

After placing Kavarna on the world rock map, the Metal Mayor is about to do the same for the city of Varna. The new Varna Mega Rock Festival, organized by Tsonko Tsonev with the support of Varna Municipality, provokes considerable interest abroad.

For a month and a half since ticket sales started, fans from Austria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Malta, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom have already booked their tickets to Varna Mega Rock and will join Bulgarian rock fans at the festival. 36% of tickets sold through eTicketsMall have so far been bought by fans who will travel to Bulgaria especially for Varna Mega Rock.

Varna Mega Rock 2018

The festival will be held on 18 and 19 August at Port of Varna. The stage will be raised right next to the sea and the view will be stunning! The bands that we will see at the festival are:

August 18: Glenn Hughes with B.T.R., KAMELOT, KIKIMORA and KROSSFIRE
August 19: NIGHTWISH, APOCALYPTICA, KONKURENT and BENDIDA

Tsonko Tsonev said that the space at Port of Varna is limited, so it is highly recommended that fans book their tickets on time if they don’t want to risk missing this festival.

Buy ticket for Nightwish on Varna Mega Rock 2018

BULGARRITORY with debut album in April

“Sound” is the first album of BULGARRITORY, the second new band of Stoian Kaev. The date of issue is not specified but will be in April. The edition includes 14 songs and has a special theme, some of the songs are dedicated to Roman emperors and generals.

Bulgarritory - Sound

Bulgarritory – Sound