JUDAS PRIEST’s irrevocable Epitaph and the Resurrection of K.K.Downing

The New Moon at the end of November brings release of the tribulations around Judas Priest in the past two years. K.K.Downing has issued the following statement:

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It seems Judas Priest’s choice to cover up pervading toxicity had sucked the oxygen from their pond, until K.K.Downing was urged to stir it. Rightfully so – having left the band in 2011 amid unresolved conflict, and prior to Priest’s supposed farewell tour, he is not just attached to the band – he formed and helped mould it out of his own creative body over the course of 40 years.
His conflict being primarily with Glenn Tipton, he wrongfully but logically presumed that, once Glenn announced his Parkinson’s diagnosis and stepped down from active touring, Priest would rush to re-incorporate the other half of the axe duo that constituted the band’s essence.

K.K.Downing

K.K.Downing with “MegaPriest” at KK’s Steel Mill, Wolverhampton, 3rd November 2019

Little did he know that Judas Priest had already made other calculations.
Nothing had to change.
Judas Priest had established themselves as “gods” and “legends”, and in the words of Ian Hill, “heavy metal may now be cliche, but we invented it”. Ta-da.

K.K.Downing

K.K.Downing with “MegaPriest” at KK’s Steel Mill, Wolverhampton, 3rd November 2019

Heavy Metal as a genre, with enough exceptions that still confirm the rule, has long given up its revolutionary connotations and become a bastion of conservatism with an odour of bellicosity, a refuge for frail identities. (One proof is the comments’ section of the heavy metal news site, blabbermouth, where commenters seem mostly concerned with “shutting up” their idols, alongside any critical opinion.) There is some “truth” in metal, but it is that of a party line, a uniform, a brand holding the imagined power to provide fanatics with a sense of belonging. It’s a trap for both parties, those being sucked and their sycophants – a perversely intricate construct, given this is only rock’n’roll.

K.K.Downing

K.K.Downing with “MegaPriest” at KK’s Steel Mill, Wolverhampton, 3rd November 2019

It’s been such a backlash, such hostility KK Downing has had to endure from “fans” (coupled with that of his former colleagues), for simply relaying his own version of events in a dicreet and gentlemanly manner. It may sound like a storm in a glass to the outsider, but Priest’s struggle has been fierce to preserve the myth and keep up the facade, pleasing their (albeit dwindling) hordes of fanatics, to whom they openly refer as “maniacs”.
What the “maniacs” receive in return, are the full pyrotechnics for which they are prepared to part with their hard-earned dollar. Music and deep creatvity play second fiddle to this. Could Priest nowadays do a concert on a minimal stage, in black shirts, with no effects, and still be as impactful? Let’s leave the question open – but it seems to matter little to their fans that a fantastic guitarist such as K.K. Downing, whose name alone is an accolade, is no longer in the picture. Many of their concert attendants, reportedly, think Richie Faulkner is K.K, and leave the concert happy. Personal, challenging guitar style? Improvisation, soul, character? It’s all lost in the screens, smokes, and techically-enhanced screams. The Firepower fanboys want to be “blown away” and “get their ass kicked”, not to think, feel, and truly experience.
But that’s the case, to some extent, even in classical music today. Intimate, authentic concerts, where every note of the soloist is suffered, compete with productions where Paganini is turned into a hollow spectacle.
The latter are keywords, perhaps. Rob Halford has promised the Judas Priest 50th anniversary tour (minus K.K.) to be an “amazing spectacular”. He has also intimated that he finds the Ronnie James Dio hologram a “most beautiful, wonderful thing”.
Judas Priest is currently promoting a 2020 tour, booked through to the end of next year, featuring Glenn Tipton. While our hearts go out to Glenn, common sense wonders whether a late-stage Parkinson’s sufferer, whose only appearance in 2019 was a brief, painstaking struggle, could make it next year.
What if not? A further “spectacular” addition to the already giant screens? A “beautiful” hologram?

Judas Priest 2020 tour poster

Judas Priest 2020 tour poster

All of the above is a bit exaggerated, and not all Priest fans are zombies – although the ones who seek pure music and genuine identity, may be quick to regroup in the K.K. camp. Even those who were fond of the myth and their childhood heroes, might agree the balloon has popped. But K.K. has emerged from the dysfunctional rock’n’roll bubble rejuvenated and vigorous.
The fans were already enthusiastic at his Bloodstock appearance in August this year; but his full Priest-classics concert in Wolverhampton on November 3rd, featuring Les Binks, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Megadeth’s Dave Ellefson, and second guitarist AJ Mills, is described thus by a fan:
“I think the best 50th anniversary celebration “Priest” could present already happened, and it was in Wolverhampton a few weeks ago.”
K.K. had the brisk demeanour of a child, coupled with mature sensitivity, bringing his wonderful takes and twists to Priest solos.
We do hope he forges on with new material, emerging from self-imposed obscurity and the swamp of non-resolution. The myth has been debunked, and fare well to Judas Priest on their 50th anniversary sail with two replacement guitarists. Hold your metal prayers that not too many in your congregation see the preacher naked.

Judas Priest on their 2019 Firepower Tour

Judas Priest on their 2019 Firepower Tour

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ENTOMBED A.D. and ABORTED Co-headlining tour “Hell Over Europe III” coming next month

The legendary Swedish Death Metal act ENTOMBED A.D. have announced a tour with their brothers in crime ABORTED. The bands are going on “Hell Over Europe III” and will be joined by BAEST. (See the complete list of show below.)

Entombed A.D. and Aborted Co-headlining tour "Hell Over Europe III

ENTOMBED A.D. have just released their 3rd album entitled “Bowels Of Earth” through Century Media Records. The record official release date was 30th August and was followed by a kick-ass show at the Romanian festival Posada Rock Fest on 31st, where the guys performed two tracks of the album which were well embraced by the audience.

ABORTED are touring in support of their latest offering “TerrorVision” (2018) and BAEST will have their second effort “Venenum” out on September 13th.

The “Hell Over Europe III” tour starts October 18th in London and ends on November 17th in Hamburg. Get your tickets for this ball breaking tour package now!

Hell Over Europe III
ABORTED & ENTOMBED A.D.
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18/10/2019 UK London – The Dome
19/10/2019 DE Paderborn – Metal Inferno Festival
20/10/2019 DE Leipzig – Taubchentall
21/10/2019 CZ Prague – Futurum
22/10/2019 SK Bratislava – Randal club
23/10/2019 PL Warschau – Proxima
24/10/2019 LT Vilnius – Kablys
25/10/2019 LV Riga – Melna Piektdiena
26/10/2019 EE Talinn – Tapper
27/10/2019 FI Helsinki – On The Rocks
29/10/2019 SE Stockholm – Slykhust
30/10/2019 SE Gothenburg – Pustervik
31/10/2019 NO Oslo – Jon Dee
01/11/2019 DK Copenhagen – Vega
02/11/2019 DE Kassel – Goldgrube
03/11/2019 DE Mannheim – MS Complex
04/11/2019 IT Milano – Legend club
06/11/2019 ES Murcia – Garaje
07/11/2019 ES Malaga – Paris15
09/11/2019 ES Bilbao – Stage Live
10/11/2019 FR Toulouse – Metronum
11/11/2019 FR Niort – Camji
12/11/2019 FR Rennes – Ubu
13/11/2019 FR Savigny Le Temple – L’Empreinte
14/11/2019 BE Antwerp – Zappa
15/11/2019 NL Haarlem – Patronaat
16/11/2019 NL Sittard – Volt
17/11/2019 DE Hamburg – Kulturpalast

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Brutal Assault 2019: DIMMU BORGIR, GODFLESH, ANTHRAX and SACRED REICH join the festival

Let’s open this mega update with Black Metal stormblast! Over seven years, deathlike silence has filled the halls of the world’s biggest Black Metal forge, whilst powers have been gathering to resurrect the band right in time for their 25th anniversary. And now DIMMU BORGIR have finally returned with a vicious work of art that is their latest album Eonian and they are coming to storm the main stage at Brutal Assault!

Wicked aural filth comes from the islands with GODFLESH, who are highly regarded as one of the pioneers of Industrial Metal; they took industrial to the next level with their fuse of heavy guitars and mixing it with slow drum loops and effects and their unique approach has spawned several musical styles since their conception.

Brutal Assault 2019

Brutal Assault will also present a combo of iconic thrashers that need no introduction, ANTHRAX and SACRED REICH will make it to the fest alongside upcoming crossover Thrash ministry IRON REAGAN and a staple name of the genre PRONG. Elusive French synth mastermind CARPENTER BRUT draws its influences from 80s TV shows and B-movies loaded with cheap thrills and sharp synthesizers. The mysterious and discreet man behind the pentagon – or the Brutagram as his fans would call it – evokes an encounter between Justice beats and the universe of John Carpenter. Into the brutagram at BA 2019! Through parted flesh, mental scars and waning health – from misfortune and adversity that would have broken lesser men, comes another black metal legend that almost doesn’t perform live… Welcome French titans ANTAEUS, come to your condemnation and witness Satanik Audio Violence! For the fans of modern death metal and hardcore amalgamation we are gonna have glowing hot Brits VENOM PRISON, their returning fellow countrymen ANNOTATIONS OF AN AUTOPSY and Australia‘s own THY ART IS MURDER who are on fire right now! Anglophone domination over the genre will be contested by Japanese metalcore sensation CRYSTAL LAKE, who just set an impossible bar to leap over with their latest output Helix. If you think it’s enough incredibly energic music for now, then we beg to differ because we are also gonna have vigorous Metal Hardcore of GET THE SHOT and American Noise Rock kings DAUGHTERS, who are doing one of their rare live appearances at BA 2019!

Equally rare live are CULT OF LUNA and these Swedish visionaries have been praised for their live performances for a long time and Brutal Assault will host one of their few appearances in 2019. You shouldn’t miss this opportunity to witness a shattering audio-visual feast of iconoclastic proportions! Other thoughtful bands for thinking audience on the list are the German musician collective THE OCEAN with their immersive audial experience, US progressivists AFTER THE BURIAL and Norwegian masters of stellar Avant-Garde MANES. You can also look forward for rising stars of Danish scene SLÆGT, who play an epic blackened heavy metal but without any kind of limitation when approaching the style, their compatriots TAPHOS with their gut-wrenching death metal and progressive heavy metal outlet of Dutch singer Anneke van Giersbergen under the moniker VUUR. Gloomy rock doom in the end, the very godfathers of the genre THE OBSESSED who were formed already back in 1976 by Scott “Wino” Weinrich are back from the dead to perform for you at BA 2019!

In the end, we have some band news – A PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH are unable to perform on Brutal Assault, because of the technical difficulties.

So far the line-up goes: ABORTED, AFTER THE BURIAL, ALIEN WEAPONRY, AGNOSTIC FRONT, ANNAL NATHRAKH, ANATHEMA, ANNOTATIONS OF AN AUTOPSY, ANTAEUS, ANTHRAX, CARCASS, CARPENTER BRUT,COUNTING HOURS, CRYSTAL LAKE, CULT OF LUNA, CYTOTOXIN, DEICIDE, DAUGHTERS, DESTRUCTION, DIABLO SWING ORCHESTRA, DIMMU BORGIR, EKTOMORF, ELECTRIC WIZARD, GET THE SHOT, GODFLESH, GUTALAX, HEILUNG, HIGHER POWER, HYPOCRISY, IMMOLATION, IRON REAGAN, JINJER, JUNGLE ROT, KRISIUN, LIONHEART, MANES, MESHUGGAH, METAL CHURCH, MGŁA, MIDNIGHT, MYRKUR, NAPALM DEATH, NECROS CHRISTOS, OF MICE & MEN, OCEANS OF SLUMBER, PERFECITIZEN, PRONG, RAISED FIST, ROTTING CHRIST, SACRED REICH, SAOR, SHAPE OF DESPAIR, SLÆGT, TAAKE, TANKARD,TAPHOS, TESTAMENT, THE OBSESSED, THE OCEAN, THY ART IS MURDER, TOSKA, UNFATHOMABLE RUINATION, VARGRAV, VENOM PRISON, VUUR, WINDHAND, WOLFBRIGADE and WOE UNTO ME.

Timetable for Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2018

The cult indoor extreme music festival Eindhoven Metal Meeting celebrates 10 years anniversary in 2018! The event will take place on Friday 14th & Saturday 15th December 2018 once again at the reputable Effenaar in Eindhoven, NL.

The timetable for Netherland’s longest running indoor Extreme Metal festival Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2018 is now available. Check it below and make sure to mark your highlights prior you get to Effenaar! It will be a hard headbaning weekend!

Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2018 schedule day 1

Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2018 schedule day 2

The festival tickets are sold out.

The festival weekend starts with the Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2018 Warm-Up Party, which will be hosted by Effenaar on Thursday 13th of December! The bands that will perform are AURA NOIR, DEMONICAL, OBLITERATION and VORBID. Tikets cost 13,50 euro (for EMM ticket holders – show your ticket at the booffice) and 18 euro (excl. service fees). Buy it here: ticketmaster.nl

Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2018 Warm Up Party

Here is the time-schedule for the official afterparty:
01:30 – 02:20 THE MONOLITH DEATHCULT
02:45 – 03:30 SIBIIR

Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2018 Afterparty

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Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2018: Festival’s final poster; Warm-Up Show and Afterparty line-up; The tickets are sold out

The cult indoor extreme music festival Eindhoven Metal Meeting celebrates 10 years anniversary in 2018! That makes it the the longest-running extreme metal indoor festival of the Netherlands (Black/Death/Thrash/Doom Metal & Grindcore)! The event will take place on Friday 14th & Saturday 15th December 2018 once again at the reputable Effenaar in Eindhoven, NL.

The line-up for the 2018 edition is as follows:

ARCHGOAT (FI)
ATTIC (DE)
BENEDICTION (UK – “Transcend The Rubicon” setlist)
CARNATION (BE)
CHRIS HOLMES MEAN MAN (US)
DARVAZA (NO/IT)
DEAD HEAD (NL)
DESASTER (DE)
FLESHCRAWL (DE)
GAMA BOMB (IE)
HARAKIRI FOR THE SKY (AT)
IMPALED NAZARENE (FI – special “Suomi Finland Perkele” setlist)
INHUME (NL)
IXXI (SE)
IZEGRIM (NL)
KETZER (DE)
MANDATOR (NL)
MARDUK (SE)
MOONSORROW (FI)
MORTUARY DRAPE (IT)
NECROPHOBIC (SE)
OFFERBLOK (NL)
POSSESSION (BE)
SEPTICFLESH (GR)
SHINING (SE)
SISTERS OF SUFFOCATION (NL)
SLÆGT (DK)
SÓLSTAFIR (IS)
TRIPTYKON (CH)
URFAUST (NL)
VALKYRJA (SE)
WIEGEDOOD (BE)

Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2018

With the surprise addition of KONTINUUM, who SÓLSTAFIR are bringing to Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2018, the line-up for the festival in 2018 is now complete.

The festival tickets are sold out.

The festival weekend starts with the Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2018 Warm-Up Party, which will be hosted by Effenaar on Thursday 13th of December! The bands that will perform are AURA NOIR, DEMONICAL, OBLITERATION and VORBID. Tikets cost 13,50 euro (for EMM ticket holders – show your ticket at the booffice) and 18 euro (excl. service fees). Buy it here: ticketmaster.nl

Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2018 Warm Up Party

In other news, with the addition of THE MONOLITH DEATHCULT the line-up of the EMM official afterparty is complete. It has free entrance and starts shortly after the program of the first festival day is over!

Here is the time-schedule:
01:30 – 02:20 THE MONOLITH DEATHCULT
02:45 – 03:30 SIBIIR

Eindhoven Metal Meeting 2018 Afterparty

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Netherlands Deathfest IV is approaching!

The annual extreme indoor festival Netherlands Deathfest IV attracting fans from around the globe will take place between May 3-5, 2019 at 013 Poppodium, Tilburg, Netherlands.

Deathfest IV

The bands confirmed by now are as follows (by alphabetical order): 7.H. TARGET, ANAAL NATHRAKH, AUROCH, BETHLEHEM, BUTCHER ,ABC, CENOTAPH, CRYPTOPY, DEICIDE, ELECTRIC, WIZARD, ENCOFFINATION, EXTINCTION OF MANKIND, FATHER BEFOULED, GRAVE, MIASMA, GRAVEYARD, GUTALAX, HOLOCAUSTO CANIBALINCANTATION, INTESTINE BAALISM, JUPITERIAN, KRYPTS, MGLA, MORTA SKULD, NAGLFAR, PESTILENCE, PHLEBOTOMIZED, POSSESSION, PROSTITUTE DISFIGUREMENT, REVENGE, RIPPIKOULU, SEVERE TORTURE, UNLEASHED, VISCERA INFEST, VOMITORY.

More bands will be announced soon!

Tickets (weekend passes) at the price of 123 euro are now on sale at eventbrite.com

Metal Gates Festival 2018 will take place in Bucharest

Metal Gates Festival returns in 2018 with the second edition organized by Final Step Productions held and taking place in Quantic Club.

20 bands from 10 countries will perform live this year, the headliners being ROTTING CHRIST, SHINING and DRACONIAN.

The poster artwork is done by the talented local artist Costin Chioreanu.

Metal Gates Festival 2018

Here is the final lineup:

Friday (November 16th):

MACHIAVELLIAN GOD (RO)
TENEBRES (RO)
DARKEST HORISON (DE)
ADIMIRON (IT)
VULTURE INDUSTRIES (NO)
SHINING (SE)
DOOMAS (SK)

Saturday (November 17th)

OCEAN OF GRIEF (GR)
DISTORTED FORCE (GR)
A TASTE OF FEAR (IT)
ABIGAIL (RO)
OCTOBER TIDE (SE)
DRACONIAN (SE)
CRIMENA (RO)

Sunday (November 18th)

DAMAGE CASE (RO)
WHEN PLAGUES COLLIDE (BE)
AEONIAN SORROW (GR)
1914 (UA)
CLOUDS (UK/RO)
ROTTING CHRIST (GR)

Tickets can be found on IaBilet  and Festicket.

3 days passes:
– first 50 tickets / 100 RON (~21 EUR) – SOLD OUT
– until May 1st / 130 RON (~28 EUR) – SOLD OUT
– until September 1st / 150 RON (~32 EUR) – SOLD OUT
– until November 16th / 170 RON (~36 EUR)
– after the festival starts / 200 RON (~43 EUR)

1 day tickets (limited to 100 tickets/day)
– until November 16th / 90 RON (~19 EUR)
– after the festival starts / 100 RON (~21 EUR)

Timetable for the 3 days of the event are also now on.

Metal Gates Festival 2018

SPECTRE OF SANITY: debut single and video

The new Bulgarian band SPECTRE OF SANITY presents their debut single. The song is entitled “Monologue” and will a part of their debut ЕР, scheduled for release in the early 2019.

The video is done by Plamena Vladimirova, the vocal parts were recorded in Pepinio Records with Vasko Raykov, the mixing and mastering are done by Dimitris Athanasiou.

The first live performances of SPECTRE OF SANITY will happened:
24.11 Plovdiv – Post-Culture Stage
25.11 Sofia – Live & Loud

Spectre of Sanity

Spectre of Sanity

A limited amount of single-day tickets for Varna Mega Rock will be available only from June 1st to June 11th

Due to the numerous inquiries and interest in single-day tickets for Varna Mega Rock, the organizers will give all fans who want to see and hear their favorite bands the opportunity to get single-day tickets only from June 1st to June 11th 2018. Single-day tickets number is limited to 3000 and their price will be BGN 60 (approx. EUR 31). Tickets available worldwide at eTicketsMall.

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

Tickets for both festival days are available at the special price of BGN 90 (approx. EUR 46) until July 17th and a month before the festival their price will be BGN 120 (approx. EUR 61).

Free entrance for kids under 12 years of age.

Fans from 14 countries have already booked their summer vacations and will join is at Varna Mega Rock Festival! Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Malta, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom will be represented. Who else is coming?

Buy ticket for Nightwish on Varna Mega Rock 2018

Meet & Greet at Vienna Metal Meeting 2018

district 19 is inviting you to meet the bands and get your CDs, vinyls etc signed and take a picture with members of TIAMAT, MARDUK, GAMA BOMB, OBSCURA, ENTRAILS, RAGNAROK or GUTALAX!

Here are the times for upcoming Saturday 12th May at Arena, Vienna and the Running Order:

Vienna Metal Meeting 2018 siging session

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…

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