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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Submited by Albena Tsolova – Beta

ARKONA unveil details about their upcoming album “Khram”

“Khram”, is the Russian word for temple – and the upcoming title of ARKONA‘s hotly anticipated, eighth studio album, set to be released on January 19th 2018 via Napalm Records.

A “Khram” is a temple shrouded in natural mysticism slumbering behind nocturnal treetops, yet open to everyone. The sincerity and depth that binds all five band members together resonates in the sumptuously dark cover artwork and leading lady Masha`s lyrics that are written in her own blood (which is also part of the artwork)! ARKONA may have used sound samples in their early days, but nowadays cellos, brass parts, wind instruments and throat singing are recorded live meticulously and flow naturally into the band’s harsh metal tunes.

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Arkona

Now Russia’s leading Pagan Metal band has unveiled the stunning album artwork for “Khram”.

Arkona - Khram

Arkona – Khram

The track list will read as follows:

1. Mantra (Intro)
2. Shtorm
3. Tseluya zhizn’
4. Rebionok bez imeni
5. Khram
6. V pogonie za beloj ten’yu
7. V ladonyah bogov
8. Volchitsa
9. Mantra (Outro)

In support of their upcoming album, ARKONA will be heavily touring in early 2018.

Make sure to catch them live and on the following dates:

01.02.2018 – SI – Winter Days of Metal Festival
02.02.2018 – HR – Zagreb / Boogaloo
03.02.2018 – RS – Novi Sad / SKC Fabrika
04.02.2018 – RO – Cluj Napoca / Form Space
08.02.2018 – GR – Athens / Kytarro Live
09.02.2018 – GR – Thesalonniki / Eightball
10.02.2018 – BG – Sofia / Mixtape 5
11.02.2018 – RO – Bucharest / Fabrica
28.04.2018 – SE – Stockholm Slaughter

with KORPIKLAANI, HEIDEVOLK & TROLLFEST:

15.02.2018 – BE – Antwerpen / Trix
16.02.2018 – DE – Hamburg / Markthalle
17.02.2018 – DE – Oberhausen / Turbinenhalle 2
18.02.2018 – NL – Amsterdam / Melkweg
20.02.2018 – FR – Paris / Elysée Montmartre
21.02.2018 – FR – Nantes / Stereolux
22.02.2018 – FR – Toulouse / Le Bikini
23.02.2018 – ES – Madrid / Sala BUT
24.02.2018 – ES – Barcelona / Salamandra 1
25.02.2018 – FR – Lyon / Transbordeur
27.02.2018 – DE – Aschaffenburg / Colos-Saal
28.02.2018 – DE – Berlin / Columbia Theater
01.03.2018 – CZ – Prague / Meet Factory
02.03.2018 – DE – München / Backstage
03.03.2018 – DE – Stuttgart / LKA
04.03.2018 – CH – Pratteln / Z7
05.03.2018 – IT – Milano / Magazzini Generali
07.03.2018 – AT – Graz / Orpheum
08.03.2018 – AT – Vienna / SIMM City
09.03.2018 – DE – Leipzig / Hellraiser
10.03.2018 – DE – Geiselwind / Musichall
11.03.2018 – DE – Hannover / Capitol

SKANDAL with tour on Balkans

The London based Doom’n’Roll band SKANDAL are  back to Balkans region with tour that consist of 18 dates in Greece and Bulgaria. The duo takes road again to promote their last EP  „Year of the Cicada”. They will perform songs from their forthcoming album as well.

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Skandal

The tor dates are:

Thursday​ ​12​ ​Τ.Β.Α.​ ​@
Friday​ 13​ ​ ​Volos​ ​@​ ​Argoriders​ ​MC ​ Clubhouse​
Saturday​ ​14​ Larissa​ ​ @​ ​ Stage​
Sunday​ ​15​ ​Trikala​ ​@​ ​Andromeda
Monday ​ 16​ ​ Xanthi​ ​ ​@​ ​Nostos ​ Live​
Tuesday​ ​17​ T.B.A.​ ​ @​
Wednesday​ ​18​ Plovdiv​ ​ @​ ​ Post​ ​ Culture​ ​ Stage​
Thursday​ ​19​ Burgas​ ​ ​@ ​ Bar​ ​ Bez​ ​ Ime​
Friday​ ​20​ ​Sofia​ @​ ​ ​Adams ​​Bar
Saturday ​ 21​ ​ Thessaloniki​ ​ @​ ​ Silver​ ​ Dollar​
Sunday ​ 22​ ​ ​Thessaloniki ​ ​@ ​ Silver​ ​ Dollar​
Monday​ 23​ ​ ΤΒΑ​ ​ @​
Tuesday​ ​24​ ​Corfu​ @​ ​ Graal​
Wednesday​ ​25​ ​Ioannina ​ @​ ​ Factory​ ​ of​ ​ Sound​
Thursday​ ​26​ ​Arta​ @​ ​ Cult​ ​ Bar​
Friday​ ​27​ ​Patra​ @​ ​ University​ ​ of​ ​ Patra​ ​ ​Student ​ ​Union
Saturday​ ​28​ ​Pyrgos​ @​ ​ ​Melrose​ ​Rock​ ​Bar
Sunday ​ 29​ ​ Athens​ ​ @​ ​ Blackbird​ ​ UMS​

Skandal

Skandal