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  CHRIS DALE'S METAL MELTDOWN
SCREAM FOR ME SARAJEVO PART 2
A Mission To Play Heavy Metal In The Bosnian War, December 1994
2nd July 2012


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Chris Dale is a Heavy Metal bassist. He is currently the bass player in TANK whose recent live DVD, 'WAR MACHINE' is out now. He has previously played with lots of Metal bands and projects, most notably a two year stint in Bruce Dickinson's solo band.

Chris fronts the pop-group Sack Trick, DJs occasionally on Bloodstock Radio and in his spare time works on tour as a roady for anyone going to a hot climate...

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Re-Cap: In Part 1 of this feature I was telling the rambling tale of the time I went to Bosnia with the Bruce Dickinson band during the Siege of Sarajevo. In Part 2 we pick up at dawn just outside the besieged city...

Click here for Part 1...

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Major Morris and our Serious Road Trip Truck on the outskirts of Sarajevo

Daylight revealed that many of the buildings we'd passed had been riddled with shell and bullet holes. We were now among a small grouping of partially demolished houses at a Bosnian Army checkpoint. Soldiers and civilians shuffled around in the mud looking exhausted. There had been fighting here last night.

This is where we were being met by the UN.

While we waited, Bruce signed a photo for some Bosnian soldiers and him, Roland and Bob shared the last of the vodka from the truck with them and some locals in an old cabin.

The Bosnian soldiers were mostly scruffily dressed in khaki green, wrapped up against the cold as a mild snow had settled here overnight. One of them, a teenager with a Kalashnikov, sniffed at our half emptied case of beer.

"Piva!" he shouted and his eyes lit up. I shook my head at him (trying to follow the earlier advice of not to speak) and looked the other way. Luckily he shrugged and sauntered off. I wasn't going to argue with an armed child for half a case of beer. It was his if he'd insisted.

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Loading the Armoured Personnel Carrier at the second Bosnian Army Checkpoint

Meanwhile we'd been met by Major Martin Morris (who'd organised this whole event) and a pair of UN armoured personnel carriers. An armoured personnel carrier, or APC, is a bit like a tank but without a turret and with a bit of seating room inside.

An NBC television crew turned up to record our arrival but caused instant offence to the Bosnian army by filming at the checkpoint.

We were told that taking photographs in a war zone was not a good idea, especially if any of the subjects could be identifiable military targets. As you can see from this feature, we didn't take that advice particularly seriously at the time.

Andy and Bob got our guitars, drums and amps in one APC and we mostly squeezed in the back of the other for the journey into Sarajevo itself. This was quite exciting. Bruce was right. We were going in a tank after all!

Sponder had borrowed a Kevlar helmet and was looking out of the open top of the APC. I had a peak too but a soldier inside called me to sit down.

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A view out the top of our APC with a Danish armoured car escorting us

"I wouldn't poke my head out there without a helmet if I were you" he said earnestly. "They (the Serbs) sometimes snipe around here. They're watching us all the time. Never forget that."

I instantly lost all interest in looking outside, not least because the view of rows of burnt vehicles and shelled out houses with civilians huddled over open fires in them did nothing to cheer me up. I chatted to the British soldier instead.

"I read in the papers," I started curiously, "that the British army has killed 16 Croatian soldiers and 32 Serbs out here".

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He laughed "Yeah, and the rest. Those will probably be the reported ones. The thing is when we get fired on we have to identify a target before firing back according to the rulebook. Then when we've disabled the target we have to go up into the hills to confirm it before reporting the incident."

"Personally, after emptying a magazine into a hillside the last thing I want to do is check up there to see how the guy on the receiving end is getting on, let alone his mates."

That wasn't quite what the Telegraph had reported. I asked him generally how it was going keeping three sides apart.

"Three? No, there's four warring parties here with us trying to calm it down in the middle. The Serbs, Bosnians, Croats and the French."

He's got muddled up, I thought, "But aren't the French part of the UN peacekeeping force?"

"You tell them that," was his answer. "Everyone else is held back by all this UN red tape but the French are on the offensive. They're not messing about here. They took the airport by storm."

It was through the airport area that we travelled, one small link between Bosnian and UN (or in this case French) territory that the Serbs did not command.

I know the French got a lot of international criticism for not taking part in the more recent Iraq war but there's little doubting when they do go into action they play to win.

Another soldier I later met told me that at one point in the Yugoslav Wars, the Serbs had kidnapped a few French troops to hold for ransom or to use as human shields.

Rather than negotiate, the French immediately armed and scrambled a helicopter squadron from France without waiting for UN approval. They were already en route when the Serbs wisely released their prisoners. That wasn't in the papers either.

And besides, the French were going to prove very useful to us later in the story. Anyway, I'm getting ahead of myself here...

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A typical house on the outskirts of Sarajevo

We went in our APC to a UN base in the city centre for a welcome breakfast of... bread and butter with some black coffee. Nothing else. Everything was in short supply and even the UN were on strict rations here.

But we didn't care about the lack of variety, we were hungry, it was lovely and we stuffed ourselves. Then we were straight off to the venue to unload the gear for the gig, while Bruce and Roland went off to do press with Reuters, NBC and a local radio station (Wall Radio, I think they were called).

I've seen a lot of load-ins in my time but this was the only one I'd seen from an armoured personnel carrier, so me and Alex Dickson stood around in the street to watch in interest as the tracked beast reversed up to the loading doors.

There was a British soldier fully armed and in kevlar armour watching with us. He was a friendly type and pointed out some local sights of curiosity.

"See that horizontal brown line up on the hillside over there?" he gestured up into the distance, "with that white, blue and red flag flying?"

"Oh yeah," we'd spotted it.

"That's the Serbian frontline trenches. They're always watching. They're watching us now. They sometimes snipe down into this street. If I were you..." We didn't hear the end of his sentence. We were already inside.

The whole city lived under this state of siege, with the ill-equipped Bosnian army inside defending its half demolished capital and the stronger Serbian army surrounding, sometimes letting vehicles and supplies in, sometimes not. Sometimes they sniped at Bosnian civilians queuing for food or water, sometimes they fired an artillery shell or two into town. Some days were better than others, and some days were worse.

This had gone on for years. The siege officially lasted from April 1992-Feburary 1996. We played there in December 1994. It was the longest siege in modern military history, three times longer than Stalingrad.

In 2003 the prosecution at the trial of the Serbian Major-General Stanislav Galic described the Siege of Sarajevo as "an episode of such notoriety... that one must go back to World War II to find a parallel in European history."

"Not since then had a professional army conducted a campaign of unrelenting violence against the inhabitants of a European city so as to reduce them to a state of medieval deprivation in which they were in constant fear of death... There was nowhere safe for a Sarajevan, not at home, at school (nor) in a hospital from deliberate attack."

But inside the venue and seemingly away from the war outside, the gig was a normal mid-size theatre venue. The Bosnian Culture Centre it was called.

There was a sound system (of sorts), a good size stage and some lights. Three lights. More might be coming later they said. Not all of it was in working order but nothing worse than you see on an average peacetime day in Spain.

"Nema problema", the locals said. They worryingly said that everytime a situation looked unwise or dangerous.

Our crew of Jed, Andy and Bob worked hard to make it functional. Some stuff needed fixing. Some could have done with replacing but with a siege on recently the locals had had other things on their minds and besides they hadn't been able to get new parts for a while.

During the afternoon a few of the owners of some parts of the PA system tried to re-negotiate for more money than they'd previously agreed. This was all being done in good old reliable German Marks, the only currency worth anything out there. At one point it looked like the show might be off. But Major Morris, Bruce and Roland argued with the owners, promises were made and the show was back on.

We were later told that this was standard practice here and was how business on all levels was done, from haggling over food in the marketplace to negotiating a truce between the warring parties. First you make an agreement, then you change your mind and demand more.

It turned out that the PA, lights and other production costs were to be made at the bar that night and nobody was getting paid until a bar profit was made.

The problem being that there was no beer. Everything now relied on a promise of a last minute delivery by Danish UN troops trying to get through Serb lines.

In the meantime (and blissfully unaware that anything was wrong) we went ahead and soundchecked. It was loud and heavy. The system wasn't brilliant but this was going to be a great gig after all!

If the Danes got through...

After soundcheck I went backstage to relax, have a nibble and change my bass strings. Yum, there were chicken nuggets! I tucked in. One of the guys from one of the local support bands looked over.

"Can I have one?" he pointed at the nuggets.

"Yeah, sure" I said. He ate slowly, looking at it and savouring the flavour. Then he told me he hadn't seen chicken for two years.

They had eaten almost all the poultry in the city soon after the siege had started. This must be frozen UN supplies brought to the venue especially for us. He eyed up the spam pizza...

"Help yourself." I offered him my old bass strings, I'd only done a couple of gigs on them, they were still quite fresh if he wanted them. He was keen to have them.

Then, I realised if they hadn't had much chicken for two years they probably hadn't had any bass strings at all in town. One of the ironies of the music industry is that if your band is doing well and making money you get given free strings, but if your band is skint you have to pay for them.

If you're under siege you can't even pay for them. I gave him all the strings I had in my case, telling him to give them to other bands too. Both Alex's did the same with their drum sticks and guitar strings.

He asked if I had any drugs. Cocaine or heroin maybe?

"No" I said "Drugs are bad, m'kay?" (except South Park hadn't been invented then, so I probably said something equally patronising).

He told me heroin wouldn't shorten his life expectancy. He was conscripted into the Bosnian army defending the city. Both the support bands were.

"I do three days at the frontline, then two days rehearsing with the band, then three days at the front again. When I first joined the army all my friends got killed, so I got promoted."

"Now I watch and shoot while the younger soldiers push forward and then they get killed. I shot an old woman once. I just saw something move in the hedge and shot it. I saw her fall. Then I had a nervous breakdown and spent a while in the hospital."

"But I'm back at the front now. I will get killed one day. Do you think heroin would harm me?"

He was in real life, very real life. Live every day like its your last, people say. This guy was doing that because, quite literally, he might die later this week. I was a tourist eating processed chicken here, flying home soon. He wasn't leaving.

He fought and he played guitar. Nothing else. I arsed around a lot and played guitar a little bit. It suddenly seemed quite trivial what I did.

Meanwhile the Danes had made it through with the beer delivery. Gud bevare Danmark! The bar was stocked and the doors could open.

Support bands, Sikter and Allmanah did their shows. They were both good and they rocked like their lives depended on it. The audience loved them and they bathed in the spotlight.

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Poster for the show

Then we did our gig. Unlike many 'for the troops' gigs in war zones, we were playing 'for the people'. This is what Major Morris had planned - the people of Sarajevo got a night out at a Heavy Metal gig in the middle of their personal hell.

There were also some UN soldiers there and some Bosnian army soldiers too. They deserved a night off as much as anyone.

We were the only foreign rock band to play in Sarajevo during the siege. Joan Baez was the only other foreign artist to perform there in the four years.

We played pretty much the set you hear on the Bruce Dickinson 'Alive In Studio A' album. The audience didn't know the songs (if they couldn't get chicken or bass strings, they probably couldn't get the latest Heavy Metal releases either). But we could have done anything up there and we would have got the same reaction.

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Scream for me Sarajevo!

"Scream for me Sarajevo!" called Bruce, and they screamed for him. They screamed in a hysterical Beatles style all the way through. It was a release for them. It didn't matter what we did, they just screamed.

Major Morris played air guitar off to the side of stage. I didn't realise army majors did that kind of thing but apparently they do.

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Alex Dickson shredding for the kids

The show finished quite early. There was a very strict 10.00pm curfew all over town enforced by the Bosnian military police.

After the show we had a quick few drinks with the locals and some UN soldiers. I got chatting with another British squaddie. He had a lot of respect for us.

"We never thought you lot would come out here in the first place then after this afternoon, we thought you'd be straight out!" he was laughing to himself, over what seemed to be a very private joke.

"Why, what happened this afternoon?" I asked, my innocence getting me further into trouble each time I opened my mouth.

"You know, when they shelled this place earlier?" he said, amused.

"No?" I said. He told me that the Serbs had fired two mortar rounds at the front of the venue this afternoon. They didn't want to kill us as that wouldn't look good on them (not just the bad international press but they probably had a fair few Maiden fans in their own army too). They just wanted to scare us off. They simply didn't want the people of Sarajevo to have a night of rock.

We'd honestly missed the shellfire. Our soundcheck was very loud after all. We have our soundman, Jed to thank for that.

Later we went back to the relative safety of the UN base in town. We'd been given a couple of dormitories in what may have been a former school or large office building. The windows were sandbagged halfway up, the rest was covered in black plastic.

"It stops snipers watching you" we were reassuringly told. Even so there was a dated bullet hole next to my bunk.

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The bullet hole in the wall next to my bed

Our next problem was a logistical one. We had a couple of bottles of reasonable red wine from the gig but we had no glasses or cups at all. We're stuck in a school dormitory, on a UN base, after quite a full-on day, with the vino just looking at us. Who would have a bottle opener and wine glasses here?

I knew... the French!

As sure as they'd brought armour piercing rounds, they'd have brought wine glasses. Me and Sponder were off on a mission to find the French Officers' Mess.

Along the way we found more reassurance in the form of posters like this one about spotting different types of landmines.

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Posters in the UN Base at Sarajevo

After getting lost a couple of times we eventually knocked on the French Officer's Mess door.

"Entrez", I heard from inside.

We stepped in I and introduced myself in my best schoolboy French, "Bonsoir, nous sommes les musiciens qui avez jouons dans la..." I knew it was all sounding wrong in my head.

"Yes, we know 'oo you are" said the nearest officer in heavily accented English while lounging back in his chair with a cigarette.

There were about half a dozen of them all in combats, eyeing us with suspicion.

"We were wondering if we could borrow eight wine glasses, si'l vous plâit? And a bottle opener?" He almost grinned for a second but thought better of it and merely raised an eyebrow instead and got up to fetch them from a cupboard opposite him.

"We'll bring them back," I said.

"No, we will get 'zem from you," he said helpfully but quite firmly. He looked a bit like Clouseau too.

"We're in the next block, if you go up the stairs by the..." I offered.

"We know whe' you are," he said closing the door behind us in the same helpful but firm manner.

Where would we have been without the French? Vive la France! We drank and were merry, then settled down to sleep. Job done!

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Sponder asleep next to the sandbagged window

Tomorrow was a relaxing day off in Sarajevo, then hometime the day after. This wasn't so bad after all, was it?

I laid back in my bunk still dressed (it was freezing cold), pulled the blanket over me and closed my eyes. As I drifted in and out of sleep, punctuated by distant gunfire, I wondered what there was to do on a day off here. As with everything else in a war zone, I found it was done very differently from anywhere else I'd been before...

Thanks to Roland Hyams, Alex Dickson, Alex Sponder Elena, Kasper Bjørn Jensen and Mirza Coric for filling in some gaps in my knowledge on this gig. The photo of the concert poster is courtesy of Mirza too.

Click here for Part 1...
Click here for Part 3...





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November 2012: Exclusive Interview With Geoff Tate
November 2012: Morally Worrying Session
October 2012: Kiss 'Monster' Review
October 2012: The Best Invention Of All Time
September 2012: A Conversation With Rudy Sarzo
August 2012: Scream For Me Sarajevo Part 3
July 2012: Scream For Me Sarajevo Part 2
June 2012: Scream For Me Sarajevo Part 1
May 2012: Managers v Producers
April 2012: Kiss 'Monster' Album Preview
March 2012: London Venue's Nazi Past?
February 2012: How Not to Join the Ozzy Osbourne Band
January 2012: Metal Evilution
December 2011: Take Your Pick Competition
November 2011: The Pandora's Box Of Pop
October 2011: Tank Tour Diary 2011
September 2011: Festival Stage Collapses
August 2011: Bruce Air, The Early Days
July 2011: European Festival Round-Up
June 2011: Bernie Torme Proud To Be Part Of MT Ozzy Article
June 2011: Who's Your Favourite Ozzy Guitarist?
May 2011: Japanese Tsunami Disaster
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March 2011: Death Metal Session!
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Jasenko Pasic at Radio Sarajevo very kindly translated the article into Bosnian and here it is...

Click here for the Bosnian translation...

Chris Dale je heavy metalac, basist grupe Tank, koji su nedavno izdali svoj novi album War Machine. Do sada je svirao u mnogim bendovima, frontmen je i pop grupe Sack Trick, radi i na TotalRock radiju, a ostatak vremena radi kao vozač na turnejama "svima onima koji putuju u toplije krajeve".

U Bosni i Hercegovini, naročito u Sarajevu,pamte ga, pored drugih, po koncertu iz 1994. u ratnom Sarajevu, na kojem je nastupao zajedno sa velikim Bruceom Dickinsonom, liderom Iron Maidena. Na stranici Metaltalk.net objavio je svoju priču o putu u Sarajevu i koncertu, čiji drugi dio pročitajte u nastavku:

Dnevno svjetlo je obasjalo zgrade, potpuno izbušene od granata i metaka. Nalazili smo se pored uništenih kuća u dijelu kojeg je kontrolisala bosanska armija. Vidjeli smo blatnjave i iscrpljene vojnike i civile, a moglo se primijetiti kako su se tu, noć prije vodile borbe.

Upravo tu smo se sastali sa vojnicima UN-a.

Dok smo ih čekali, Bruce se potpisao na sliku jednom bosanskom vojniku, a Roland i Bob su ono malo preostale vodke podijelili sa njima.

Bosanski vojnici su uglavnom bili obučeni u maskirne vojne uniforme, umotani da bi se zaštitili od hladnoće, dok je snijeg blago napadao preko noći. Jedan od njih, tinejđer sa kalašnjikovom, primijetio je da smo imali polupraznu gajbu pive.

„Piva!“ uzbuđeno je viknuo. Klimnuo sam mu glavom (prisjećajući se savjeta kojeg su mi dali, da ne ulazim u priču ni s kim) i okrenuo sam se na drugu stranu. Srećom, slegnuo je ramenima i odšetao dalje. Nije mi uopće bilo do rasprave sa naoružanim klincem oko pola gajbe piva. Svakako ih je uzeo.

U međuvremenu smo se sastali sa majorom Martinom Morrisom (koji je organizator cijelog puta). Tu su bili i dvoja oklopnih kola za prijevoz osoblja (APC), koja su ustvari mnogo slični tenku, samo bez cijevi, a unutar su imali malu prostoriju za sjedenje.

Ekipa sa NBC televizije je bila angažovana da zabilježi naš dolazak, ali su stvorili zbrku među bosanskim vojnicima zbog snimanja na tom dijelu teritorija.

Rečeno nam je da fotografisanje u ratnoj zoni nije baš pametno, posebno ako bi se prepoznalo kao vojna meta. Kao što se da primijetiti, upozorenja nismo baš ozbiljno shvatili u tom momentu.

Andy i Bob su stavili naše gitare, bubnjeve i pojačala u jedan APC, a mi smo onako stisnuti u drugom vozilu krenuli za Sarajevo. Bilo je prilično uzbudljivo. Bruce je ipak bio u pravu, stvarno smo se vozili u tenku.

Sponder je posudio kacigu i provukao se kroz otvor na vozilu. Ja sam također provirio, ali me jedan od vojnika upozorio da se vratim unutra.

"Ja ne bih virio kroz otvor bez kacige, da sam na tvom mjestu“ rekao je. „Oni (srbi) često ovuda pucaju snajperom. Imaju nas na nišanu uvijek, ne zaboravi to.“

Momentalno sam izgubio volju da gledam napolje, ako ne zbog toga onda zbog prizora izgorenih vozila i srušenih kuća. Popričao sam sa jednim od britanskih vojnika.

„ Čitao sam u novinama, da su britanski vojnici ovdje ubili 16 hrvatskih i 32 srpska vojnika? Nasmijao se...“a ostatak?“ To je vjerovatno onaj broj koji se navodi u izvještaju. Stvar je u tome, da kada se na nas puca, moramo identificirati metu, prije nego uzvratimo paljbu...takva su pravila. Onda, nakon što smo onesposobili neprijatelja, moramo da se popnemo na brdo da potvrdimo broj žrtava, prije nego napravimo izvještaj.“

„Osobno, nakon što sam ispraznio šaržer pucajući u brdo, posljednja stvar koju želim da uradim je da provjerim kako se drže ljudi u koje smo upravo pucali...“

To baš i nije onako kako Telegraphov izvještaj govori. Pitao sam ga kako je držati tri strane razdvojene?

„Tri? Ne, ovdje su četiri zaraćene strane, sa nama u sredini koji ih pokušavamo održati nezaraćenima. Srbi, Bošnjaci, Hrvati i Francuzi.“

Zbunjeno ga pogledah...“pa zar francuzi nisu dio UN-ovih mirovnih snaga?“

„Probaj to reći njima“ ...to je bio njegov odgovor.

„Svi ostali se drže podalje od ove UN-ove crvene trake, ali su samo Francuzi ti koji to ne poštuju. Nije šala...a i zauzeli su aerodrom.“

Prelazili smo preko aerodroma, koji je ustvari bio jedina veza bosanske armije i UN-a (u ovom slučaju pod kontrolom francuza).

Znam da su Francuzi mnogo kritikovani zbog toga što nisu htjeli učestvovati u iračkom ratu (1991), ali kad krenu u rat, oni idu na pobjedu. Jedan od vojnika mi je rekao da su Srbi u jednom trenutku kidnapovali nekoliko Francuza i zadržali su ih radi razmjene ili da ih iskoriste kao živi zid.

Kako nisu hjeli pregovarati, Francuzi su se momentalno naoružali, i helikopterom došli u Bosnu bez da su sačekali odobrenje UN-a. Već su bili na putu, kada su srbi mudro pustili zarobljenike. Ni o tome nije pisalo u novinama. Uostalom, Francuzi će se kasnije pokazati nama veoma korisnim.

Doručak u gradu

Krenuli smo na doručak našim oklopnjakom prema UN-ovoj bazi u centru grada (Skenderija) na doručak...hljeb i puter sa malo crne kafe. Ničeg više. Svi su se nalazili u oskudici, čak je i UN bio ograničen u količini namirnica.

Ali to nama nije bilo bitno, jer iako smo ostali gladni bili smo zadovoljni. Krenuli smo istovariti instrumente, dok su Bruce i Roland otišli na koferenciju za novinare sa Reutersom, NBC-om i jednom lokalnom radio stanicom (Radio Zid čini mi se).

Dok smo stajali u ulici, Alex Dickson i ja se nismo mogli načuditi ogromnom oklopnom vozilu na gusjenicama koji se spremalo za utovar. Sa nama je bio jedan naoružani britanski vojnik, u kevlarskom panciru, koji je bio prijateljski raspoložen i pokazao nam je neke lokalne znamenitosti.

„Vidite li onu smeđu horizontalnu liniju na onom brdu i one bijele i crvene zastave?“

„Da, vidimo...“

„To su srpski granični rovovi ili linija. Upravo u nas gledaju. Ponekad pucaju snajperom po ovoj ulici. Da sam na vašem mjestu... „ nismo ni čuli ostatak rečenice, već smo pobjegli unutra.

Cijeli grad je živio pod opsadom, sa loše opremljenom vojskom, braneći polu uništen grad naspram mnogo jače srpske vojske koji su samo ponekad puštali da pomoć uđe u grad. Ponekad su pucali iz snajpera po ljudima, a ponekad gađali granatama. Bilo je loših dana, a bilo je i još gorih.

Rat trajao godinama, od aprila 1992. do februara 1996. a mi smo svirali u decembru 1994. godine. Bila je to najduža opsada jednog grada u modernoj historiji, tri puta duža nego ona Staljingrada.

2003. godine, tužiteljstvo u Hagu je opsadu okarakterisalo tako da se jedino može usporediti sa nekim događajima iz drugog svjetskog rata.

„ Još od tada se nije desilo da profesionalna vojska sprovede kampanju nemilosrdnog nasilja nad stanovnicima jednog evropskog grada, o kojem su oni živjeli u stalnom strahu od smrti. Nigdje nisu bili sigurni, ni u kući, ni školi, a ni u bolnici.“

Ali unutra, činilo se tako daleko u odnosu na rat koji se vodio napolju,, a svirka se trebala desiti u teartu prosječne srednje veličine. Teatar se zvao Bosanski Kulturni Centar.

Opremljeno je kakvim takvim ozvučenjem, bina je pristojne veličine, a postojala su samo tri svjetla. Rekli su nam da će ostatak osvjetljenja doci kasnije. Nije baš sve funkcionisalo, ali nije ni bilo ništa neobično, barem ništa što ne možeš vidjet jednog mirnog popodneva negdje u Španiji.

„Nema problema!“ rekao je jedan od mještana, govoreći kako zna biti mnogo gore.

Još uvijek nema pive

Naša ekipa, Jed, Andy i Bob su se potrudili da sve ide glatko. Jedan dio opreme je trabalo popraviti, ali u stanju opsade ovim mještanima sigurno nije bilo do toga, osim toga nisu mogli nikako doći do rezervnih dijelova.

Tokom popodneva, nekoliko vlasnika tog ozvučenja su pokušali od nas da izmame veću sumu novca za iznajmljivanje. To se sve platilo dobrim starim njemačkim markama, jedinom tamošnjom važećom valutom. U jednom trenutku je izgledalo kao da od nastupa neće biti ništa, ali su se major Morris, Bruce i Roland uspjeli dogovoriti sa vlasnicima i koncert se ipak desio.

Kasnije nam je rečeno da je to način na koji sve ovdje funkcioniše, od najobičnijih stvari pa do pregovaranja o primirju. Najprije se dogovoriš, pa onda promijeniš mišljenje i na kraju zahtijevaš još.

Ispostavilo se da ćemo se oko cijene opreme dogovoriti u lokalnom baru i da niko neće biti plaćen ukoliko to večer u baru ne bude zarade.

Problem je bio u tome što u baru nije bilo pive. Sve je ustvari ovisilo o obećanju danskih trupa o dostavi, koji su pokušavali proći preko srspkih linija.

U međuvremenu, (nesvjesno i ne misleći o tome da li je sve uredu ili ne) otišli smo provjeriti šta je sa zvukom. Bilo je glasno i žestoko. Iako nije baš sve najbolje štimalo, ipak će to biti odlična svirka!

Ako Danci uspiju da dođu do nas...

Razgovor uz piletinu

Nakon toga sam otišao u backstage da nešto gricnem i da promijenim žice na basu. Super, bilo je piletine i sjeo sam da jedem. Jedan od momaka iz drugog benda je vidio isto.

„Mogu li i ja dobiti malo?“ pitao je pokazujući na piletinu.

„Da naravno“ rekao sam. Jeo je polako uživajući u okusu. Onda mi je rekao da piletinu nije jeo dvije godine.

Pojela se sva perad još na početku rata. Ovo što sad jedem su ustvari UN-ove zalihe koje su nama donijeli.

"Posluži se“ rekao sam. Ponudio sam mu svoje bas žice a samo sam nekoliko puta svirao na njima. Rado ih je uzeo.

A onda sam shvatio da ti ljudi nisu jeli piletinu dvije godine, i da su se žice teško mogle nabaviti. Jedna od ironija muzičke industrije je da ako bend dobro zarađuje, žice dobijate besplatno, a ako ne onda ih morate kupiti.

Kad ste pod opsadnom, veoma je teško doći do opreme. Tom momku sam dao sve žice koje sam imao, da ih on podijeli sa drugima, a i Alex je također poklonio svoje žice.

Pitao me da li imam droge. Kokaina ili heroina možda?

„Nemam“ rekoh, droge su loše m'kay?" ( Samo što tada South park nije ni postojao, tako da sam vjerovatno rekao nešto jednako upečatljivo).

Rekao mi je da mu heroin ne bi skratio toliko život koliko je to rat učinio. I on i momci iz drugih bendova su prisilno regrutovani u vojsku.

„Tri dana provodim na liniji, onda dva dana vježbam sa bendom, pa sam ponovo tri dana na liniji. Od kada sam u vojsci, skoro svi moji drugovi su izginuli, a ja sam unaprijeđen.“

"Sada osmatram i pucam, dok sa druge strane još mlađi vojnici gube glavu. Jedanom sam pogodio staricu i vidio je kako je pala. Nako toga sam doživio nervni slom i proveo mnogo vremena u bolnici.“

„Ali sad sam opet ok i ponovo na frontu. Jednog dana ću poginuti. Zar stvarno misliš da bi mi malo heroina škodilo?“

Za njega je sve to bila stvarnost. Ljudi kažu „živi svaki dan kao da ti je posljednji“. Ovi momci su živjeli upravo tako, jer se ginulo svaki dan. Ja sam ovdje bio turistički, poslije toga se vraćam kući, a on ostaje. On se borio i svirao. I to je to. Ja sam se muvao okolo i pomalo svirao gitaru.

U međuvremenu su Danci uspjeli isporučiti pive. „Gud bevare Danmark!“ Opskrbili smo se i sve je bilo spremno.

Koncert 'za ljude'

Predgrupe Sikter i Allmanah su odsvirali svoj dio. Svirali su kao da im život zavisi od toga. Bili su u centru pažnje i publika ih je dobro prihvatila.

I mi smo odsvirali svoje. Za razliku od sviranja „za trupe“ mi smo ovdje svirali za ljude.

Ovo je ono što je major Morris imao u planu. Sarajlije su izašle na heavy metal tu noć , iako su se i sami nalazili u paklu. Bilo je tu i nekih UN-ovih vojnika kao i bosanskih. I oni su zaslužili slobodnu noć.

Mi smo bili jedini strani rock bend koji je svirao u Sarajevu za vrijeme opsade, osim Joan Baez koja je bila jedina strana umjetnica koja je tu nastupila tokom ratnih godina.

Svirali smo uglavnom one pjesme koje su na albumu Brucea Dickinsona „Alive in studio A“. Publika nije znala pjesme (Naravno, ako nisu mogli jesti piletinu i nabaviti žice za gitaru, nisu ni mogli doći do najnovijeg albuma čije pjesme upravo sviramo). Šta god da smo svirali, mislim da bi dobili istu reakciju od njih.

„Scream for me Sarajevo!“ viknuo je Bruce, a ljudi su vrištali za njim i pomalo su podsjećali na publiku Betlesa. To je za njih bio ispušni ventil i ništa drugo više nije bilo bitno.

Major Morris je glumio da svira gitaru dok je stajao postrani. Nisam znao da majori to rade, ali očigledno je tako.

Koncert je trajao prilično kratko. Svirali smo samo do 22h jer je na snazi bio strogi policijski sat koji je uvela vojna policija. Nakon nastupa smo popili još nekoliko pića sa lokalnim ljudima kao i sa nekim od britanskih vojnika. Pričao sam sa još jednim vojnikom. Mnogo nas je poštovao.

Pronaći čaše i otvarač

„Stvarno nismo vjerovali da ćete se uopće pojaviti ovdje nakon onog danas, a kamoli ostati tu nakon nastupa, a da odmah ne odete nazad kući“ smijao se dok mi je govorio.

„A šta se to desilo danas?“ pitao sam.

„Pa znaš li da su danas granatirali ovo mjesto?“ upitao me začuđeno.

„Ne?“ rekao sam. Rekao mi je da su srbi danas poslijepodne ispalili dvije granate tu ispred. Ali nisu željeli da nas ubiju vjerovatno što bi to izledalo loše po njih ( ne samo zbog toga nego što je vjerovatno i među njima bilo Maidnovih fanova). Samo su željeli da nas prepadnu. Jednostavno nisu željeli da Sarajlije imaju noć rocka.

Iskreno, nismo čuli granatiranje. Ozvučenje je jednostavno bilo prejako. Na tome se moramo zahvaliti našem toncu Jedu.

Kasnije smo otišli u relativno sigurno UN-ovo sklonište, koje je zapravo bila bivša školska zgrada ili poslovni objekat. Na prozorima su bile vreće sa pijeskom i crni najloni.

„To sprječava snajpersitu da te vidi“ tako su nam rekli. Mada se pored mog kreveta nalazila rupa od snajperskog metka.

Naš slijedeći problem je bio logističke prirode. Imali smo nekoliko boca crnog vina koje su nam ostale sa svirke, ali nismo imali čaše.

Nalazili smo se u napuštenoj školi u UN-ovoj bazi, nakon napornog dana i sa bocama vina koje su tu samo stajale. „Ko bi mogao imati otvarač i čaše?“

Znao sam...Francuzi!

Ako su mogli ponijeti protivoklopnu municiju, onda mora da imaju i čaše za vino. Sponder i ja smo krenuli u potragu za francuskim oficirom Messom. Na putu smo nailazili na na plakate na kojima su se vidjele detaljne upute kako prepoznati nagaznu minu.

Nakon što smo se nekoliko puta izgubili, najzad smo našli ured oficira Messa.

„Entrez!“ čulo se iznutra. Na svom „francuskom“ sam se predstavio najbolje što sam mogao, "Bonsoir, nous sommes les musiciens qui avez jouons dans la..." znajući da je pogrešno zvučalo.

„Da, znamo ko ste“ rekao je njegov kolega specifičnim engleskim naglaskom, dok je pušio cigaretu.

Sumnjivo su u nas gledali.

„Zanima nas dali možemo posuditi osam čaša, si'l vous plâit? I otvarač ako može?“ Na trenutak se namrštio i podigao obrvu, međutim ipak se ustao se da nam dohvati otvarač i čaše iz ormara.

„Vratićemo vam ih“ rekao sam.

„Ne, mi ćemo ih uzeti,“ rekao je uvjerljivo. Izgledao je pomalo kao Clouseau.

„Mi smo u drugom dijelu zgrade, kada dođete do stepenica...“

„Znamo gdje ste,“ rekao je zatvarajući vrata za nama.

Gdje bismo bili da nam nema Francuza? Vive la France! Pili smo i bili veseli, a potom otišli spavati.

Sutradan je bio opušten dan u Sarajevu, a idući smo krenuli kući. Ovo i nije ispalo tako loše, zar ne?

Legao sam obučen na svoj ležaj, (bilo je ledeno hladno) pokrio se i zatvorio oči. San mi je bio isprekidan zvucima pucnjeva, zapitao sam se kako da iskoristim slobodan dan. Ali kako to biva u ratu, shvatio sam da je to potpuno dugačije od svega što sam do sad vidio...

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HRH 8 THE REAPER DESCENDS ON HRH 8
Hard Rock Hell announces Blue Oyster Cult, Krokus & Vardis added to its 8th cycle...

helloween HELLOWEEN SIGN NEW CONTRACT WITH NUCLEAR BLAST
As the German quintet are brought back to the fold, a new album is scheduled for an early 2015 release...

down n outz DEF LEPPARD'S JOE ELLIOTT FRONTED PROJECT TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM 'THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF...' ON APRIL 22ND
The third offering from Down'n'Outz brings a new, in your face way of experiencing some of Mott The Hoople's greatest songs...

black sabbath EXCLUSIVE: BLACK SABBATH RUMOURED FOR BARCLAYS BST HYDE PARK LONDON SHOW
The Barclays British Summer Time festival runs over a ten day period from July 4th until July 13th...

night of the prog NIGHT OF THE PROG FESTIVAL IX ANNOUNCES TRANSATLANTIC & MARILLION TO HEADLINE PLUS FULL SUPPORTING LINE-UP
The festival takes place on 18/19 July at the beautiful Loreley Amphitheatre in Germany...

steelhouse THE ANSWER ANNOUNCED FOR STEELHOUSE AND DOWNLOAD FESTIVALS
The digital single 'New Horizon' will be out on April 7 as a five track bundle...

black stone cherry BLACK STONE CHERRY ANNOUNCE UK ARENA TOUR
There will be five dates in October and November with support from Airbourne and Theory Of A Deadman...

sunflower jam THE SUNFLOWER JAM ANNOUNCES NEW ARTISTS & MERCHANDISE
The concert celebrating Jon Lord will now include Bernie Marsden, Jeremy Irons and Micky Moody...

foreigner FOREIGNER'S UK TOUR STARTS IN MANCHESTER ON APRIL 3RD WITH SPECIAL GUESTS EUROPE AND FM
A special unplugged date with fan Q&A will take place on 12th April at O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire...

operation rockfest OPERATION ROCKFEST ANNOUNCES "THE HEROES HANGAR"
A select number of military personnel will have access to the best seats in the house for the US festival...

intrepid fox THE INTREPID FOX'S VIEW FROM THE BAR: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE...666
Read statement number 6 about the imminent closure of The Intrepid Fox here in full...

mayhem MAYHEM ANNOUNCE ONLY UK DATE FOR 30TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR
The Norwegian Black Metallers are back with a vengeance with an anniversary tour in support of their new album...

homo erraticus IAN ANDERSON'S NEW CD HOMO ERRATICUS WILL BE RELEASED ON 14TH APRIL
The Jethro Tull frontman will perform the album in its entirety on a 22 date UK tour...

howard jones HOWARD JONES REVEALS THE REASONS BEHIND HIS KILLSWITCH ENGAGE DEPARTURE
The vocalist speaks candidly to MetalTalk columnist and TotalRock DJ Xander...

dave brockie gwar BREAKING NEWS: GWAR FRONTYMAN DAVE 'ODERUS URUNGUS' BROCKIE DEAD AT 50
"Dave was one of the funniest, smartest, most creative and energetic persons I've known..."

temperance movement THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT COVER OASIS AND BLUR ON RSD14 EXCLUSIVE VINYL
Record Store Day on April 19th will have a very tasty addition from The Temperance Movement...

ocean collective UK TECH-FEST RETURNS FOR 2014 BOASTING A BIGGER VENUE AND A HUGE FIRST LINE-UP ANNOUNCEMENT
The Ocean Collective, Vildhjarta and Glass Cloud will headline at Newark Showground, 10-14 July 2014 ...

metallica METALLICA OFFER DIGITAL DOWNLOADS OF LIVE SHOWS AND DEMO VERSION OF NEW TRACK
The Lords Of Summer is available as a studio demo along with live tracks from the 'By Request' tour ...

arch enemy ARCH ENEMY PRESENT VIDEO FOR TITLE TRACK OF UPCOMING ALBUM 'WAR ETERNAL'
Arch Enemy lift the veil and present the new line-up and new music with this video...

monument MONUMENT RELEASE SINGLE AND UK TOUR DATES
The rising stars of British Metal will play 6 headline dates in May in support of debut album 'Renegades'...

gravedigger GRAVE DIGGER REVEAL NEW ALBUM COVER, TITLE & RELEASE DATE
'The Return Of The Reaper' arrives on July 14 2014 in the UK with cover art by Gyula...

vader VADER COVER ARTWORK AND TRACKLIST OF 'TIBI ET IGNI' REVEALED
The legendary artist Joe Petagno has created the cover for the Polish Death Metallers...

steelhouse STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL 2014 CONFIRMS THE ANSWER WITH EUROPE & BLACK STAR RIDERS
"While the headline artists get bigger and bigger each year, we'll continue to showcase the best up-and-coming talent alongside them"...

flotsam jetsam FLOTSAM AND JETSAM HAVE A NEW LINE-UP
Following their European tour with Sepultura, the band bring us up to date with the latest news about the band members...

sonisphere SONISPHERE 2014 ANNOUNCE DAY SPLITS AND DAY TICKETS PLUS BAND OF SKULLS, GARY NUMAN, CARCASS AND MORE
With no clashes across the two main stages and sensitively timed sets across the tented stages, Sonisphere ensures ticket holders get the most for their money...

rb halford BREAKING NEWS: NEW JUDAS PRIEST ALBUM IS FINISHED
"The Priest album is finished. It's done. I just heard from the mastering sessions that Glenn [Tipton] is looking over in England, it's finished..."

camden rocks MORE BANDS CONFIRMED FOR CAMDEN ROCKS FESTIVAL LINE-UP ON MAY 31ST
There are over 200 bands playing at the rock'n'roll street party of the year...

ageless oblivion AGELESS OBLIVION ADDED TO GORGOROTH TOUR AND STREAM NEW ALBUM IN FULL
The Progressive Death outfit will play 5 dates in support of 'Penthos'...

intrepid fox THE INTREPID FOX'S VIEW FROM THE BAR: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE..."THE FIVE OF PENTACLES"
"The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love, instead, see all of us as one" ...

kiss def lep KISS AND DEF LEPPARD UNITE FOR SUMMER 2014 TOUR
The two heavyweight rock bands team up for the first time on a 40 date journey across the US...

rival sons RIVAL SONS 'GREAT WESTERN VALKYRIE' ALBUM PREVIEW AVAILABLE
The highly anticipated new album is due to be released on June 6th in Europe, June 9th in the UK and June 10th in the USA...

belphegor BELPHEGOR UNVEIL TITLE AND RELEASE DATE OF THEIR NEW ALBUM
One of the Metal world's most bizarre and authentic bands will release their tenth album 'Conjuring The Dead' on August 11 via Nuclear Blast....

mick jagger BREAKING NEWS: ROLLING STONES CANCEL PERTH CONCERT AFTER SUICIDE TRAGEDY
It is thought that the remaining Australian dates will also, understandably, be cancelled...

arch enemy BREAKING NEWS: ANGELA GOSSOW LEAVES ARCH ENEMY - NEW VOCALIST ALREADY ANNOUNCED
Arch Enemy have sensationally announced that longtime vocalist Angela Gossow has left the band...

triptykon TRIPTYKON UNVEIL 'MELANA CHASMATA' WITH THE RELEASE OF SINGLE 'BREATHING'
Listen to two tracks from the album in advance of the April 14th release...

metallica METALLICA DEBUT NEW SONG 'THE LORDS OF SUMMER'
Watch the track which was revealed at the first date of the 2014 Tour in Colombia ...

killer be killed KILLER BE KILLED RELEASE TWO NEW TRACKS ONLINE
The new band features members of Soulfly, Mastodon, The Dillinger Escape Plan & Ex-The Mars Volta...

edguy EDGUY REVEAL NEW TRACK 'SABRE & TORCH' ONLINE
In advance of the album release fans can order exclusive versions of 'Space Police - Defenders Of The Crown'...

lacuna coil LACUNA COIL PREMIER THE LYRIC VIDEO FOR 'DIE & RISE' TAKEN FROM 'BROKEN CROWN HALO'
The album will be released at the end of March, in several formats...

decade VEVO REVEAL EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW PLUS ACOUSTIC SESSION WITH DECADE
Watch the interview and special performance of 'British Weather' right here ...

slash NEW ALBUM FROM SLASH SET TO BE RELEASED AROUND SEPTEMBER THIS YEAR
The album will be the second to be billed as Slash ft. Miles Kennedy and The Conspirators ...

nin soundgarden NINE INCH NAILS AND SOUNDGARDEN TEAM UP FOR CO-HEADLINING AMERICAN TOUR
This summer the two giants of US Rock will play 22 dates together in this mouthwatering combination ...

cambridge rock CAMBRIDGE ROCK FESTIVAL ANNOUNCE THE MAIN STAGE LINE UP FOR 2014
Melodic Rock superstars FM top the bill for the Saturday night and Jørn Lande will play his only UK gig on the Sunday. Other headliners are Snakecharmer and Wishbone Ash ...

machine head MACHINE HEAD RELEASE 'KILLERS & KINGS' 10" VINYL
This limited edition 10" will also feature four alternate covers with two specific colours. The release comes prior to a 2014 album release, and a massive worldwide tour cycle....

category iv CATEGORY VI RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM 'FIREBORN'
The Newfoundland quartet cover elements of Melodic, Traditional, Power and Thrash Metal...

led zep LED ZEPPELIN NEWLY REMASTER THE FIRST THREE ALBUMS
Each album will be shipped with an additional disc of previously unreleased companion audio. Multiple CD, vinyl, and digital formats, including a super deluxe boxed set, will be available on June 3...

manowar MANOWAR CANCEL PERFORMANCE AT LEGACY OPEN AIR IN GERMANY IN JUNE
The cancellation was due to the promoter not meeting obligations. Fans are advised to contact ticket outlets for a full refund...

sxsw crash TRAGIC ACCIDENT AT SXSW FESTIVAL KILLS 2 AND INJURES 25 MORE
A driver avoiding a breath test ploughed into the crowd at the packed Austin festival and has been charged with capital murder and aggravated assault...

mark taylor MetalTalk's MARK TAYLOR LET LOOSE ON TOTALROCK RADIO FOR 70s/80s DENIM N' LEATHER SHOW
MetalTalk's Mark Taylor will be spinning the discs on TotalRock Radio this Thursday 13th March...

motorboat MOTÖRHEAD'S MOTÖRBOAT 'THE LOUDEST BOAT IN THE WORLD' SAILS FROM SEPTEMBER 22-26
The Carnival Ecstasy featuring Megadeth, Motörhead, Anthrax, Zakk Wylde & more will sail from Miami to Key West & Cozumel...

rush RUSH REISSUE THEIR 1974 SELF-TITLED MOON RECORDS DEBUT ON VINYL TO MARK THE BAND'S 40-YEAR RECORDING CAREER
The sturdy custom box also features original art and a host of special extras...

muppets 'THE MUPPETS MOST WANTED' ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK IS RELEASED
"The 'Muppets Most Wanted' soundtrack is some of the best music by a frog, pig, bear, chickens, penguins and a-uh, whatever - ever recorded. It's like going on tour with the Muppets, but without the messy cleanup afterwards"...

rob zombie ROB ZOMBIE ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF FIRST EVER CONCERT FILM PLUS FULL EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
'The Zombie Horror Picture Show' will be released on May 19th with live dates in June and July...

hrh HARD ROCK HELL 8 ANNOUNCES THE RETURN OF WASP, MSG & Y&T
WASP return to HRH by overwhelming demand to headline the Friday Night at this year's festival....

santa cruz SANTA CRUZ RELEASE VIDEO FOR 'WE ARE THE ONES TO FALL'
Catch Santa Cruz at their run of UK Shows as support for Voodoo Six...

rizzo SOULFLY/CAVALERA CONSPIRACY GUITARIST MARC RIZZO ANNOUNCES US SOLO TOUR
Marc Rizzo will be on a road trip across the US in April and May ...

tcp THE INTREPID FOX GIVES MAJOR CLUE AS TO IT'S NEW VENUE
...take my hand and walk with me through history... but always remember to tread carefully...

tcp THE CRIMSON PROJEKCT TO PERFORM AT SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE IN LONDON ON 12TH MARCH 2014
The exclusive one-off show is a unique opportunity for any European King Crimson fan after 10 years of live abstinence...

delain DELAIN RELEASE LYRIC VIDEO FOR 'YOUR BODY IS A BATTLEGROUND'
Previews from the album 'The Human Contradiction' are also available to watch ...

darkest era DARKEST ERA TO RELEASE 'SEVERANCE' ALBUM ON CRUZ DEL SUR MUSIC
The album from the Irish Celtic Metallers is due to be released in June ...

thunder THUNDER RELEASE TWO LIVE CDS FROM XMAS SHOWS
One free download from each CD is available. Thunder have also been added to the bill for the Calling Festival in June...

blaze absolva BLAZE BAYLEY AND ABSOLVA FILM Q&A FROM FANS
As the 'Soundtracks Of My Life' tour starts catch up with the conversations and rehearsal footage ...

sonisphere SONISPHERE 2014 ANNOUNCE DREAM THEATER, DEVIL YOU KNOW, YASHIN AND MORE
Further big names announced today for the essential festival at Knebworth in July...

collapse COLLAPSE ANNOUNCE A NEW FRONTMAN AND A FREE DOWNLOAD
Former InComa member Harry Watson is the new vocalist. "I can say with confidence that the new Collapse album will be disgustingly heavy!"...

reuben archer REUBEN ARCHER'S PERSONAL SIN TO PLAY THE BORDERLINE ON 12 MARCH
The Borderline gig is part of a small run of UK dates in support of the debut album ...

arch enemy ARCH ENEMY REVEAL DETAILS FOR NEW ALBUM 'WAR ETERNAL'
"Musically, this album is going a few places we haven't visited before. All the trademarks of Arch Enemy are present, just more in your face and turned up to 11"...

blackwolf BLACKWOLF RELEASE 'KEEP MOVING ON' VIDEO
Watch the video taken from debut album 'The Hunt', released after the success of the Pledge Music campaign...

suicide silence SUICIDE SILENCE RELEASE VIDEO FOR 'YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE' FEATURING RANDY BLYTH FROM LAMB OF GOD
Get a ssneak peek at the upcoming DVD with this taster track from the Mitch Lucker Memorial Show ...

california breed GLENN HUGHES REVEALS ARTWORK & TRACKLISTING FOR 'CALIFORNIA BREED'
New album to be released on May 19th. "California Breed is exactly where I live, breathe and where my freak flag flies" ...

wakeman giltrap LEGENDARY GUITARIST ROCKS UP FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 30 YEARS THIS APRIL
Gordon Giltrap teams up with Oliver Wakeman and an all-star backing band including the rhythym section of Threshold ...

intrepid fox THE INTREPID FOX INTRODUCES NEW STRICT DRESS POLICY IN LATEST STATEMENT REGARDING IT'S CLOSURE
"See, that's what life is all about: you always gotta have choices and some form of entertainment..."

aerosmith BREAKING NEWS: AEROSMITH AND THUNDER CONFIRMED FOR LONDON CALLING FESTIVAL AT CLAPHAM COMMON
It's all official now - as revealed by MetalTalk yesterday, Aerosmith are playing the London Calling festival...

metallica FREE DOWNLOAD OF METALLICA'S EPIC 1986 HAMMERSMITH 'MASTER OF PUPPETS' GIG AVAILABLE NOW
A free download of Metallica's epic 1986 concert at Hammersmith Odeon is available now...

cat scratch fever CAT SCRATCH FEVER RETURNS TO THE WHITE LION
Cult hard rockers Stampede have been added to the 29th March event ...

doro DORO RELEASES COVERS OF METALLICA, TINA TURNER AND LED ZEPPELIN FOR ANNIVERSARY 2CD OUT IN MAY
A special edition of 'Raise Your Fist' contains some extra jewels for the Metal queen's crown...

richie sambora RICHIE SAMBORA EXPANDS ON REASONS FOR STOPPING TOURING WITH BON JOVI
Ahead of his solo shows, Richie Sambora speaks to Australian media. "The currency of love and happiness is worth a lot more than the currency of money"...

aerosmith EXCLUSIVE: AEROSMITH TO PLAY LONDON CALLING FESTIVAL IN JUNE?
MetalTalk believe that Aerosmith will play London Calling on Friday 27th June...

airlander BRUCE DICKINSON INVOLVED IN THE LAUNCH OF THE WORLD'S LONGEST AIRCRAFT
The Airlander Hybrid Airship is a 'game-changer' in the history of aviation...

bigelf BIGELF OFFER FREE DOWNLOAD OF 'ALIEN FREQUENCY'
Get the latest from the progressive Metallers with this track from 'Into The Maelstrom'...

dave davies DAVE DAVIES OF THE KINKS ANNOUNCES FIRST UK CONCERT IN 13 YEARS
The evening at Barbican Hall will celebrate his revolutionary guitar sound...

winger WINGER TO RELEASE 'BETTER DAYS COMIN' ON 21 APRIL FOLLOWED BY A UK TOUR
After the main stage appearance at Download in June Winger will play some headline UK dates ...

corey taylor SLIPKNOT WILL RECORD MAJOR NEW ALBUM IN 2014
Corey Taylor confirms that work will begin in March...

devildriver DEVILDRIVER REVEAL NEW VIDEO FOR 'SAIL'
Catch DevilDriver in Europe this spring in support of sixth studio album 'Winter Kills'...

crowbar CROWBAR ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM 'SYMMETRY IN BLACK'
The riff lords are in the UK at the moment on a run of headline dates...

les fest BREAKING NEWS: LES-FEST ANNOUNCE MORE BANDS FOR 2014
Savage Messiah will be Saturday night headliners. "This continues our something for everyone policy with a broad range of rock and Metal bands now confirmed from Death Metal right through to Classic Rock"...

wiston lodge BREAKING NEWS: LES-FEST ANNOUNCE THE NEW LOCATION
Following the administration of the previous venue, Scotland's award winning festival finds a new home at Wiston Lodge...

winger WINGER TO RELEASE 'BETTER DAYS COMIN' ON 21 APRIL
Along with the first new album for five years, the band are confirmed to appear at Download festival in June...

whitechapel WHITECHAPEL ANNOUNCE BRAND NEW ALBUM
The track listing and album artwork for the fifth Whitechapel album is revealed...

jon lord book LAVISH JON LORD BOOK 'ALL THOSE YEARS AGO' TO BE RELEASED IN APRIL
The limited edition of just 500 copies contains many unpublished images and contributions plus a purple 10" vinyl...

lambesis TIM LAMBESIS PLEADS GUILTY TO CONSPIRING TO MURDER HIS WIFE
The As I Lay Dying frontman changes his plea and admits soliciting an undercover detective to kill his spouse...

uriah heep VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH MICK BOX: URIAH HEEP ARE READY TO TAKE THE STAGE FOR ONE-OFF KOKO SHOW TO BE FILMED FOR DVD RELEASE
Uriah Heep will finish recording their 24th studio album in time for the extremely special set on March 4th ...

stream of passion STREAM OF PASSION JOIN FORCES WITH THEIR FANS TO CREATE 'A WAR OF OUR OWN'
The Dutch Metallers forge their own path with this crowd-funding triumph...

autopsy AUTOPSY ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM SET FOR RELEASE ON 21st APRIL
This will be the seventh studio album from the acclaimed US Death Metallers...

sonisphere SONISPHERE 2014 ANNOUNCE WILKO JOHNSON, ELECTRIC WIZARD, ANTI-FLAG AND MORE
The latest stellar additions mean that Sonisphere will have over 100 bands across the weekend...

desecrator ep DESECRATOR RELEASES 2 TRACK EP
The SAMA nominee issues a free download of 'MMXIV' with a pay what you want option...

sebastian bach SEBASTIAN BACH'S NEW ALBUM 'GIVE 'EM HELL' SET FOR APRIL 22ND RELEASE VIA FRONTIERS RECORDS
"I can honestly say that Give 'Em Hell meets or even exceeds the standards set by some of the records I have put out in the past"...

global rock summit GLOBAL ROCK SUMMIT IN LOS ANGELES ANNOUNCES MORE SPEAKERS INCLUDING MOTLEY CRUE MANAGER CHRIS NILSSON AND WARPED TOUR FOUNDER KEVIN LYMAN
The event will discuss the future of the industry and look at solutions to further bolster and expand business opportunities...

edguy EDGUY REVEAL FURTHER ALBUM DETAILS
See the tracklist and artwork for the limited edition release right here...

intrepid fox THE INTREPID FOX ISSUES FURTHER STATEMENT CONCERNING ITS CLOSURE
Check out this unique view from the bar: past, present and future...

zak wylde ZAKK WYLDE'S BLACK LABEL SOCIETY STREAM NEW SINGLE 'MY DYING TIME'
The single is the first release from the new studio album 'Catacombs Of The Black Vatican' coming in April ...

intrepid fox THE INTREPID FOX ISSUES STATEMENT ABOUT IMMINENT CLOSURE
The Metal institution has a farewell line-up to ensure it goes out with a bang...

loud noises OUERGH RECORDS LAUNCHED
Newly established label Ouergh have an impressive Rock and Metal division & celebrate their launch with a free download...

absolva ABSOLVA ADD EUROPEAN DATES TO THE 'ANTHEMS TO THE DEAD' TOUR 2014
The European jaunt starts in France in September and runs until the end of October with more dates to be added...

manowar MANOWAR'S 'KINGS OF METAL MMXIV' SILVER EDITION CD WILL NOW BE RELEASED ON MARCH 21 2014
"Due to strong pre-orders we have increased our initial order and we decided to change the release date, so that all stores get the music at the same time, and every fan has a fair chance to get one of these limited edition CDs"...

kiss KISS WILL NOT PERFORM AT 2014 ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME CEREMONY
The inductees have confirmed that there will be no performance on April 10 due to an impossible situation with the line-up...

sabaton SABATON REVEAL FINAL ARTWORK AND TRACKLIST FOR 'HEROES'
The latest from the Metal veterans is released on May 19th and will be available in five formats...

toseland TOSELAND ANNOUNCE UK TOUR AND DEBUT ALBUM
'Renegade' is released on 24th March and access to exclusive content, tour blogs and streams of other tracks from the album is available with orders...

techfest UK TECH-FEST ANNOUNCES ALL-DAYER WARM-UP SHOWS
Venues in Manchester, Bristol and London will host the mini-festivals in advance of the progressive and technical main event...

keith wilfort ATTENTION IRON MAIDEN FANS: KEITH WILFORT TO UNDERGO OPEN HEART SURGERY IN CALIFORNIA
Keith Wilfort is a big name in the early history of Iron Maiden...

iron knights IRON KNIGHTS TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM ON 5 MAY
The self-titled new album marks the next chapter in the evolution of Iron Knights...

quireboys THE QUIREBOYS ADD AN EXTRA DATE FOR THEIR 30TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW
Following a rapid sell-out, and additional date at The Half Moon Putney will take place on 22nd April...

newsted NEWSTED REVEAL BRAND NEW VIDEO FOR 'AS THE CROW FLIES'
The only chance to see Newsted in the immediate future is via this video as all Feb and March tour dates are cancelled...

beth joe BETH HART & JOE BONAMASSA ANNOUNCE DEBUT LIVE RECORDING 'LIVE IN AMSTERDAM'
The Grammy-nominated duo showcase a truly live set featuring 22 songs and over two hours of bonus and behind-the-scenes footage...

desecrator DESECRATOR NOMINATED IN THE SAMA AWARDS 2014
The one-man death machine is nominated in the Best Metal category at this year's Scottish Alternative Music Awards ...

avenged sevenfold AVENGED SEVENFOLD ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WITH HELLYEAH
2014 is a mammoth year of touring for the giants of rock with dates all the way up to August ...

hairy balls THE HAIRY BALLS CHALLENGE IS LAUNCHED!
Do you have the balls to put your balls on the line? A hair-raising challenge in aid of Headbangers Balls has been set ...

rovo system 7 STEVE HILLAGE JOINS JAPANESE BAND ROVO FOR MARCH UK TOUR
The iconic prog guitarist will play four UK dates with this unique collaboration ...

deborah bonham DEBORAH BONHAM & BAND HEAD OUT ON THE ROAD
The 'Spirit' UK tour celebrate's the worldwide album release ...

camden rocks CAMDEN ROCKS FESTIVAL CONFIRMED FOR SATURDAY 31st MAY
First fifty bands announced of the 200 that will take over Camden ...

tryptikon TRIPTYKON REVEAL'BREATHING' SINGLE RELEASE AND PRE-ORDER DETAILS
Collector's gatefold 7" vinyl released to herald the new album ...

epica EPICA REVEAL DETAILS OF 'THE QUANTUM ENIGMA'
"Every detail finds its way into a perfectly balanced mix, and makes Epica sound raw and overwhelming."...

ex deo EX DEO LAYS DOWN ITS ARMS AND ANNOUNCES INDEFINITE LEAVE OF ABSENCE
"I feel we've done two great albums, full of passion and Epic passages, no regrets, just proud moments"...

marc ford EX BLACK CROWES MEMBER MARC FORD RELEASES NEW ALBUM ON APRIL 14TH
Marc Ford will play the Jazz Café on April 22nd in support of 'Holy Ghost'...

Quireboys THE QUIREBOYS ANNOUNCE 30TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW, NEW ALBUM AND WORLD TOUR
A special one-off show at The Half Moon, Putney will kick off the year of celebrations...

lacuna coil LACUNA COIL ANNOUNCE RETIREMENT OF CRIS "PIZZA" MIGLIORE AND CRISTIANO "CRIZ" MOZZATI
'Broken Crown Halo' is out March 31 in Europe but a new journey awaits for the drummer and guitarist...

witchfynde WITCHFYNDE'S 'THE LOST TAPES' TO BE RELEASED ON 10TH MARCH
A fortuitous discovery during a spring clean gives an insight into the birth of NWOBHM...

mount salem MOUNT SALEM PREMIERE NEW TRACK 'MESCALINE II'
The intensely brooding track is the latest to be heard from the new album 'Endless' released 3rd March...

ac/dc BREAKING NEWS: AC/DC TO RECORD NEW ALBUM AND TOUR AGAIN
"It's been 40 years of the band's existence. So I think we're gonna try to do 40 gigs, 40 shows, to thank the fans for their undying loyalty..."

cat scratch fever CAT SCRATCH FEVER RETURNS TO THE WHITE LION
Get down to Streatham on Saturday 29th March for a purr-fect rocking evening and support some great causes...

wattie BREAKING NEWS: THE EXPLOITED'S WATTIE BUCHAN IN HOSPITAL AFTER HEART ATTACK
Tour cancelled and all band activities have ceased until May 2014...

civil war CIVIL WAR SIGN WITH NAPALM RECORDS
Former Sabaton members move onwards and upwards after debut album is certified gold...

volume iv VOLUME IV SET TO RELEASE DEBUT ON RIPPLE MUSIC
The impressive album 'Long In The Tooth' will be out on March 14th ...

behemoth BEHEMOTH'S 'THE SATANIST' DEBUTS AT #34 ON THE BILLBOARD TOP 200
A double celebration as Behemoth's frontmant Nergal was found not guilty on blasphemy charges yesterday ...

hellyeah HELLYEAH PART WAYS WITH GREG TRIBBETT AND BOB ZILLA
New album 'Blood For Blood' marks a return to form for the US groove Metal band...

anette olzon EX-NIGHTWISH SINGER ANETTE OLZON TO RELEASE DEBUT SOLO ALBUM 'SHINE'
Anette's striking new album will be released on March 31st to mark the next phase of her career...

the answer THE ANSWER RELEASE NEW SINGLE BUNDLE & LAUNCH 32 DATE UK, EIRE & GERMAN TOUR
The Answer also launched their video premiere for 'New Horizon' today...

toseland TOSELAND TO SUPPORT ON FINAL STATUS QUO TOUR?
Tickets on sale with the ex-Superbike Champion's band named as support for three dates...

rival sons RIVAL SONS ARE RECORDING A NEW ALBUM
The band have released a video taking a look around the Nashville studio where work is in progress...

stiff little fingers STIFF LITTLE FINGERS HAVE A NEW STUDIO ALBUM, 'NO GOING BACK' SET FOR APRIL 2014 RELEASE
UK tour dates have also been announced for March/April 2014 ...

btbam BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME RELEASE VIDEO AHEAD OF UPCOMING US TOUR
"The process. The preparation. A small glimpse into the beginnings of a Between The Buried And Me show. Let's switch off together" ...

sonisphere SONISPHERE 2014 ANNOUNCE DEFTONES, FRANK TURNER, ALESTORM, REEL BIG FISH AND MORE
The exemplary bill swells to over 100 acts with the addition of twelve more quality names today...

magnum MAGNUM RELEASE NEW STUDIO ALBUM 'ESCAPE FROM THE SHADOW GARDEN'
Legendary British Melodic Hard rockers unleash their nineteenth studio album on March 24th followed by a tour...

liza david SAMMY HAGAR PLEADS WITH FDA TO ALLOW EXPERIMENTAL DRUG TO SAVE DRUMMER'S WIFE
Give Liza A Chance by signing the petition to save her life...

edens curse EDEN'S CURSE HAVE A NEW DRUMMER
Pete Newdeck leaves for personal commitments and is replaced by John Clelland...

amon amarth AMON AMARTH ANNOUNCE BELFAST AND DUBLIN SHOWS AFTER BLOODSTOCK
The Swedish Death Metallers Amon Amarth pay a visit to Ireland before returning home after their worldwide trek...

buffalo summer BUFFALO SUMMER ANNOUNCE EXTENSIVE TOUR SUPPORTING BANDS INCLUDING SKID ROW AND BUCKCHERRY
The tour starts on 22nd Feb and runs until June 2014...

dio tribute RONNIE JAMES DIO TRIBUTE ALBUM 'THIS IS YOUR LIFE' ANNOUNCED
Some of the greatest names in Rock and Metal pay tribute to the greatest of them all...

chris cornell SOUNDGARDEN'S CHRIS CORNELL RECEIVED DEATH THREAT TWEETS FROM SEATTLE WOMAN
The woman has been charged with cyber-stalking following the vile abuse received by the singer...

decade DECADE HEAD OUT FOR UK HEADLINE TOUR IN MAY 2014
The Bath-based quintet promote their debut album with a six date run...

gus tour GUS G. - EUROPEAN TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED
Gus teams up with Uli Jon Roth and Jorn Lande, and also co-headlines with Marty Friedman ...

the ocean DOWNFALL OF GAIA ANNOUNCE NEW DRUMMER
New York native Michael Kadnar will join the German-based band on a full time basis ...

the ocean THE OCEAN DEBUT 'PELAGIAL WORLD TOUR' VIDEO BLOG PART 1
The Ocean take an in-depth look at touring as an underground Metal band ...

lacuna coil LACUNA COIL UNLEASH FIRST TRACK FROM FORTHCOMING ALBUM 'BROKEN CROWN HALO'
'Nothing Stands In Our Way' provides a taste of what is to come on March 31 ...

klogr ALTERNATIVE METAL BAND KLOGR RELEASE 'DRAW CLOSER' SINGLE
The band have also been confirmed as special guests on the UK/European tour by American Metal band Prong...

manowar EXCLUSIVE: MANOWAR OVERCOME MAJOR PROBLEMS AS WORLD TOUR KICKS OFF
Manowar found themselves fighting the world this weekend as they kicked off the first leg of the Kings Of Metal MMXIV World Tour...

death angel DEATH ANGEL'S 'LEFT FOR DEAD' MUSIC VIDEO RELEASED ON THE BAND'S WEBSITE
The Thrash veterans latest release from 'The Dream Calls for Blood' is directed by Tommy Jones ...

KXM KXM TO RELEASE SELF-TITLED DEBUT ON MARCH 11th VIA RAT PAK RECORDS
Pre-orders for the supergroup's debut are being taken now, with a choice of packages ...

house of x HOUSE OF X PREVIEW NEW TRACKS
The former members of UFO showcase two songs in advance of their next album ...

chris tsangarides LEGENDARY PRODUCER CHRIS TSANGARIDES DISCHARGED FROM INTENSIVE CARE
Good news today as Chris makes positive progress in his battle with Legionnaire's Disease...

sonata arctica SONATA ARCTICA REVEAL THIRD ALBUM TRAILER FOR NEW ALBUM 'PARIAH'S CHILD'
It's guitarist Elias Viljanen's turn to talk about studio album number eight ...

alestorm ALESTORM BEGIN RECORDING NEW ALBUM 'SUNSET ON THE GOLDEN AGE'
Everyone's favourite Pirate Metallers are set for a new release in the summer of 2014 ...

singapore rock KORN & ALICE IN CHAINS TO HEADLINE FIRST EVER SINGAPORE ROCK FESTIVAL
Singapore Rock Festival also has a tasty competition where you can greet bands directly at the airport...

piledriver STATUS QUO PRODUCE 'PILEDRIVER' BEER
The Quo celebrate the deluxe edition of 1972 album with their very own ale, and will also head out on the road with Wilko Johnson...

above the fray JEHANGIR AZIZ HAYAT RELEASES NEW ALBUM 'ABOVE THE FRAY'
Check out the title track from the Peshawar based grunge rocker here...

switchblade ISRAELI METALLERS SWITCHBLADE SIGN WITH ROCK'N'GROWL
Catch a live performance alongside Iced Earth's first appearance in Israel...

les fest BREAKING NEWS: LES-FEST VENUE VALLEY INTERNATIONAL PARK CALL IN THE ADMINISTRATORS
A statement from Les-Fest organiser Dave Ritchie regarding the future of Les-Fest reads as follows...

giants of rock EXCLUSIVE: GIANTS OF ROCK FESTIVAL RUNNING ORDER REVEALED
MetalTalk can exclusively reveal the running order and times for the Giants Of Rock Festival which takes place this weekend...

california breed BREAKING NEWS: GLENN HUGHES AND JASON BONHAM FORM A NEW COMMUNION WITH CALIFORNIA BREED
Former Black Country Communion members Glenn Hughes and Jason Bonham have formed a new power trio act with a new young guitarist...

paul raymond UFO'S PAUL RAYMOND UNVEILS PIANO VERSION OF 'LOVE TO LOVE'
UFO keyboardist and guitarist Paul Raymond has made public a newly recorded piano version of the classic track...

endless chaos ENDLESS CHAOS OFFER A FREE DOWNLOAD TRACK FROM THEIR FORTHCOMING EP 'REJECTED ATROCITY'
"'Sacrificial Ritual' gives a further glimpse into the perverse mind of Endless Chaos and really showcases the band's true sound. Evil, vicious and unrelenting" ...

bolt thrower BOLT THROWER PLAY THEIR ONLY UK SHOW OF 2014 HEADLINING DAMNATION FESTIVAL
The most requested headliners will top the bill for the 10th anniversary ...

frontiers festival FRONTIERS ROCK FESTIVAL TO BE HELD MAY 1st-3rd 2014
The first festival from the record label will be held in Milan and promises an appetising line-up ...

black dahlia murder THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN SUMMER TOUR
The Molten Melodic Metal onslaught will be here in June and July...

meshuggah MESHUGGAH CELEBRATE A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEVIANCE
There will be special events galore to mark this milestone from the experimental Swedes...

ginger wildheart THE WILDHEARTS TOUR THE UK IN APRIL - VON HERTZEN BROTHERS AND HEY! HELLO! ADDED TO THE BILL
"I absolutely cannot wait to get back onstage with the lads, and we're all excited to be playing with our brother Scott again."...

hrh ibiza HRH IBIZA ROAD TRIP ANNOUNCE 17 BANDS
Time to beat the UK weather and join HRH Ibiza for a once in a lifetime rock n roll adventure ...

out of the ashes OUT OF THE ASHES HAS AN EPIC INITIAL LINE UP OF BANDS
The UK festival scene is on the increase and heading the thunderous charge are the team over at Out Of The Ashes...

iron knights IRON KNIGHTS RELEASE 'DESTROYER' SINGLE AS FREE DOWNLOAD
Get a teaser from the vampire warmongers with an exclusive track which will not be on the new album ...

hardcore superstar HARDCORE SUPERSTAR UNVEIL THE NEW OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR 'LAST CALL FOR ALCOHOL'
The Swedish sleaze kings remind us what they are all about with this live version of the 2010 classic ...

voodoo six VOODOO SIX CONFIRMED AS SPECIAL GUESTS ON UFO EUROPEAN TOUR
The band will be special guests on ten dates following their own headlining UK tour...

absolva ABSOLVA REVEAL ALBUM COVER ART FOR 'ANTHEMS TO THE DEAD'
Progress on the third album is going well, and will be released on 5th May to co-incide with UK tour dates ...

ginger wildheart GINGER WILDHEART'S NEW ALBUM 'ALBION' TO BE RELEASED ON 31ST MARCH
Never one to rest on his laurels, the pioneer releases his 7th album in 2 years ...

devildriver DEVILDRIVER WILL RETURN TO EUROPE IN SPRING 2014
This tour will be the only chance to catch the band on a European stage in 2014, do not miss ...

ian anderson IAN ANDERSON ANNOUNCES 'HOMO ERRATICUS'
It's the return of Bostock! Album release and extensive UK tour from the eclectic and seminal Prog God ...

bring me the horizon BRING ME THE HORIZON ANNOUNCE WEMBLEY ARENA SHOW
After a triumphant 2013, the Sheffield Metallers will play their biggest show to date...

tyr TÝR DEBUT 'THE LAY OF OUR LOVE' VIDEO
Guest vocalist Liv Kristine also appears on the video, which forms part of the Viking warrior's story told in 'Valkyrja' ...

grand magus GRAND MAGUS FRONT MAN JB DISCUSSES WHAT THE NEW ALBUM MEANS TO HIM
"It's a Metal Triumph of Viking Power!" Watch the discussion and track by track trailers here ...

saxon live SAXON PLAY 3 CLUB DATES IN FEBRUARY
Saxon's return to their roots promises to be a special treat not to be missed, and footage will be used for an upcoming documentary ...

blues pills BLUES PILLS ANNOUNCE UK HEADLINE TOUR
The rising stars are heading off an another European trek with their intense and unique blend of rock ...

tankard TANKARD BEGIN RECORDING THEIR NEW ALBUM, 'R.I.B.'
The sixteenth studio album, to be known as Rest In Beer, is due for release in summer 2014 ...

american head charge AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE ANNOUNCE DOWNLOAD APPEARANCE
The Industrial Metallers will be at Donington Park in June 2014 ...

graveltones THE GRAVELTONES ANNOUNCE UK & EUROPEAN TOUR DATES INCLUDING DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL
The UK dates will be with Buffalo Summer and The Cadillac Three in Feb/March 2014...

extreme EXTREME TO PERFORM PORNOGRAFFITTI IN ITS ENTIRETY ON EUROPEAN TOUR
The first visit from the band in six years includes UK dates in July...

hornet HORNET ANNOUNCE UK DATES
There will also be a Deluxe Edition of 'Skies Are Falling' out 12th May 2014...

sound of contact SOUND OF CONTACT ANNOUNCE BILL JENKINS AS KEYBOARD PLAYER FOR FORTHCOMING SHOWS
The renowned member of Enchant will play live dates in April and May...

ajenda AJENDA TO RELEASE 'HATRED AND GREED' SINGLE
Northern Ireland's rising stars showcase video from debut album ...

at the gates AT THE GATES ANNOUNCE NEW STUDIO ALBUM
Swedish Metallers make a comeback with their first new material since 1995 ...

black star riders BLACK STAR RIDERS ANNOUNCE PLANS FOR SECOND STUDIO ALBUM
The new, as yet untitled, album will be released in the spring of 2015 through Nuclear Blast ...

randy blythe BREAKING NEWS: LAMB OF GOD SINGER RANDY BLYTHE ANNOUNCES A LONG BREAK FROM MUSIC
"I will not be thinking about Lamb Of God, touring, playing Heavy Metal, writing new material for a good long while..."

motley crue BREAKING NEWS: MOTLEY CRUE ANNOUNCES THE FINAL TOUR... with video...
Band is first-ever to sign binding "Cessation of Touring" agreement to prevent future, unauthorized touring. Last Chance To See The Band Perform Live...

jake e lee BREAKING NEWS: JAKE E LEE'S RED DRAGON CARTEL ANNOUNCE JUNE 2014 UK TOUR DATES
The UK tour follows Red Dragon Cartel's eponymous debut album, released by Frontiers Records on January 27th...

chris dale EXCLUSIVE: BRUCE DICKINSON/TANK BASSIST CHRIS DALE JOINS MONUMENT FOR UPCOMING LIVE SHOWS
"...it's an honour for me to be asked to play for the next generation..."

nick menza EX-MEGADETH DRUMMER NICK MENZA FAILS TO RECONNECT WITH DAVE MUSTAINE AT NAMM SHOW
Former Megadeth sticksman Nick Menza claims that Megadeth founder Dave Mustaine ignored his attempts for a reconciliation...

transatlantic TRANSATLANTIC LAUNCH 'BLACK AS THE SKY' VIDEO
Second video from the supergroup's new album 'Kaleidoscope' is out now ...

kill ritual KILL RITUAL RELEASE 'THE EYES OF MEDUSA' ALBUM TEASER
New studio album to be released on 4th April ...

wacken canada WACKEN METAL BATTLE CANADA: SUBMISSIONS STILL OPEN UNTIL JAN 31ST FOR MONTREAL, TORONTO, EDMONTON, VANCOUVER
Krepitus win Calgary Battle One and will go on to the national final, for a chance to appear at the prestigious Wacken Open Air ...

corey taylor SEE SLIPKNOT WITHOUT THE MASKS IN COMPILATION VIDEO
Actual faces of the band members are revealed all in one place by Loudwire...

grammys THE GRAMMYS HAVE BEEN AWARDED AT THE 56TH ANNUAL CEREMONY
Black Sabbath took the award for Best Metal Performance for 'God Is Dead' ...

sonata arctica SONATA ARCTICA REVEAL SECOND ALBUM TRAILER FOR NEW ALBUM 'PARIAH'S CHILD'
Watch the band talk about studio album number eight ...

pig iron PIG IRON AND BLACK STATE HIGHWAY PLAY CHARITY GIG FOR EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS OF JAPAN
Get down to The Intrepid Fox on 6th March to support this worthy cause ...

foreigner BREAKING NEWS: FOREIGNER ANNOUNCE SPECIAL ACOUSTIC PLUS Q&A GIG AT SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE
An intimate evening with a chances for fans to get their questions answered on stage ...

glenn hughes BREAKING NEWS: GLENN HUGHES TO APPEAR AT SUNFLOWER JAM 2014
The legendary bassist clears his schedule to pay tribute to Jon Lord ...

lacuna coil LACUNA COIL UNVEIL 'BROKEN CROWN HALO' ALBUM COVER AND TRACK LISTING
The new studio album from the Milanese Metallers is out on March 31 ...

lemmy motorhead MOTÖRHEAD CANCEL 2014 EUROPEAN TOUR
Lemmy and the band were advised by doctors that it was still too soon to resume full touring activities...

chris tsangarides LEGENDARY PRODUCER CHRIS TSANGARIDES CRITICALLY ILL IN HOSPITAL
Chris is critically ill in hospital with Legionnaire's Disease...

cambridge rock CAMBRIDGE ROCK FESTIVAL ANNOUNCE FIRST 20 BANDS FOR 2014
Melodic Rock superstars FM top the bill with many more acts to be announced ...

krokus KROKUS'S 'METAL RENDEZ-VOUS' GAINS OFFICIAL HONOURS
1980 opus is officially the most successful Hard Rock album of Switzerland ...

oliver OLIVER WITHÖFT CO-OWNER OF CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS PASSED AWAY ON JANUARY 20TH 2014
The Metal world mourns the passing of a great man ...

twilight TWILIGHT SET TO RELEASE THE FINAL ALBUM IN THEIR TRILOGY - 'III: BENEATH TRIDENT'S TOMB'
Listen to the track 'Lungs' from the experimental Black Metal band in advance of release ...

pantera THE BREW UNVEIL 'REPEAT' VIDEO
The latest from the British Classic Rock band is the first from their upcoming studio album, produced by Toby Jepson ...

pantera PANTERA - 'FAR BEYOND DRIVEN' ALBUM CELEBRATES 20 YEARS
Special anniversary edition will be available on Monday 24th March and comes in physical CD format as well as a digital download ...

flotsam jetsam FLOTSAM AND JETSAM TO RELEASE 'NO PLACE FOR DISGRACE 2014' ON FEBRUARY 17TH THROUGH METAL BLADE RECORDS
Classic Album is enhanced with the promise of being "100% better and more refined!" ...

amon amarth AMON AMARTH PREMIERE EPIC PRODUCTION VIDEO FOR 'FATHER OF THE WOLF'
Watch the latest from the Swedish Heavy Metal icons right here...

saxon SAXON ARE READY TO GO ON THE ROAD ON THEIR RESCHEDULED UK TOUR DATES IN FEBRUARY 2014
Amazing makeover album 'Unplugged and Strung Up' is also out now...

chas n dave CHAS N' DAVE TO PLAY SONISPHERE 2014 ALONGSIDE IRON MAIDEN AND METALLICA
Amazing news from Sonisphere Festival this morning; the latest acts to play the UK's sterling festival this summer have been announced...

metallica METALLICA CONFIRM WORK BEGINS ON THE NEW ALBUM IN BILLBOARD INTERVIEW
The follow-up to 'Death Magnetic' will be their ninth studio album ...

camden rocks CAMDEN ROCKS FESTIVAL ANNOUNCED FOR SATURDAY 31st MAY
Early Bird tickets available now for £15 and first bands to be announced soon ...

exploited THE EXPLOITED SIGN WITH NUCLEAR BLAST
The Scottish Punk legends promise a new album in 2014, and 3 classic albums are re-released in the meantime ...

carnifex CARNIFEX RELEASE A LYRIC VIDEO FOR THE BRAND NEW TRACK 'DRAGGED INTO THE GRAVE'
New album 'Die Without Hope' can be pre-ordered now ...

fergie FORMER TOTO AND LE ROUX SINGER DENNIS "FERGIE" FREDERIKSEN DIES AGED 62
The Prince of AOR has sadly left the building ...

space elevator SPACE ELEVATOR RELEASE DEBUT SINGLE 'ELEVATOR'
Promo video can be viewed now in advance of their first album ...

lemmy motorhead MOTORHEAD MANAGER GIVES WORRYING INTERVIEW REGARDING LEMMY'S HEALTH
A very worrying interview with Motorhead manager Todd Singerman regarding Lemmy's health problems has appeared in Decibel magazine...

dave evans DAVE EVANS REVEALS 'PUT UP OR SHUT UP', LYRIC VIDEO AND SONG FROM HIS FORTHCOMING 'NOTHING TO PROVE' EP
Original AC/DC vocalist and co-founder of the band releases new tracks co-written with Chris Appleton ...

jack bruce JACK BRUCE TO RELEASE NEW CD 'SILVER RAILS' ON 24 MARCH
New studio album from one of rock music's most respected innovators ...

gus g GUS G. REVEALS FIRST SONG/VIDEO FROM 'I AM THE FIRE'
The Ex-Firewind and Ozzy Osbourne guitarist gears up for release of long-overdue solo album ...

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