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Roadburn Festival 2016 - Day 2: Bruises And Meditation

Che: Following the relentless onslaught of amazing bands that occurred on the first day of Roadburn, it was time for Day 2. I woke up at Marcel's place in Utrecht with an intense bangover, but after a good meal with Rod and Zaphod at the Bagels & Beans right down the street, I was feeling wide awake, re-energized, and ready to continue the odyssey.

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Posted: 13.05.2016 by Apothecary | Comments (13)

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Roadburn Festival 2016 - Day 1: The Overload

You were with us in 2014, even though you weren't. You were with us in 2015, even though you weren't. And now, from afar, even though you weren't with us when it actually happened, you're about to take the journey through Roadburn Festival once more this year through the personal retellings of Apothecary and Mr. Doctor. Strap on the Big Boy undies: we're entering the portal yet again.

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Posted: 01.05.2016 by Apothecary | Comments (34)

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Hellfest - Starting the Second Decade

Ahhh, Hellfest… The biggest French metal festival, and for a time the only one. We here in the MS towers have quite a few fond memories of it. We weren't here last year for this tenth anniversary edition, but by all accounts it was a success.
And, as you'll have guessed, we (well, at least I) will be there, so expect a report about it sometime during July.

Now, I won't really introduce y'all to Hellfest once again - there's this two-years old but still relevant article, and a string of reports with a shitload of galleries for that . But for those too lazy to check, here are a few numbers:

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Posted: 28.04.2016 by Darkside Momo | Comments (9)

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Amon Amarth, Entombed A.D., Exmortus - House Of Blues, Boston, MA - 23 Apr 2016

I've only taken two pictures at a concert before, both of Sabaton. One is a black square and the other is blue with some white, swirly shapes. I can't entertain you with visuals, but I do know how to put words next to each other, so I figured I'd give this "concert report" dealie a proper go.

I had been looking forward to this concert for months and months. Not only had I (positively) reviewed the new albums from each band on the bill, a circumstance which I found mildly interesting, but this was to be the first time I got a proper shot at experiencing Amon Amarth in concert. I had seen them twice previously: first at Mayhem Fest 2013, during which I found myself bound to a seat (albeit in an excellent location, front and center), and second at the House of Blues back in 2014, when I procrastinated and got stuck with a mezzanine ticket. Amon Amarth completely burned the house down on both occasions, and I remember those shows very fondly, but finally, for this third voyage, I had secured passage to the general admission area, where I could receive all the beatings and catapulted beverages and accidental hair-pulling I had been waiting for.

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Posted: 26.04.2016 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (9)

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Magrudergrind, Primitive Man - Klub Gromka, Ljubljana, Slovenia - 08.03.2016

If you are up for some dirty, bursting, orgasmic live experiences, you should not overlook this package of hardcore bands. Combining Magrudergrind and Primitive Man as touring companions makes a fine recipe for the explosive metal night, each of them presenting themselves in their own extreme direction.

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Posted: 02.04.2016 by Abattoir | Comments (2)

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Getting Into: Anaal Nathrakh

The articles in this series begun by our own Baz Anderson are designed to give a brief overview of a band's entire discography, so as to provide a clear point of entry for the uninitiated. It offers a different approach from the typical review format, for the curious newcomer to a well-traveled band.

Anaal Nathrakh
Black metal, grindcore, industrial metal
UK

Musical Armageddon rarely finds such coherent forms as those that Anaal Nathrakh spews forth from the gaping maw of hell. This English duo constantly seeks to integrate any destructive musical measures possible, paying no heed to the boundaries of genre. Mick "Irrumator" Kenney's rabid instrumentation builds up massive walls of sound to annihilate everything within range, with gut-striking riffs, wailing solos, and insatiable drum machines. Dave "V.I.T.R.I.O.L." Hunt, meanwhile, constantly pushes the envelope with his vocal experimentations, leaving no style untouched; his demonic utterances range from the growling of hellhounds to the hysterical cries of the damned to some unsettling baying that can be described with nothing more specific than "sounds." In any discussion of terrifying, destructive, or just plain brutally misanthropic music, Anaal Nathrakh must be included.

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Posted: 30.03.2016 by ScreamingSteelUS | Comments (17)