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  ROCK IN RIO 2013 - PART 1
Nando Souza


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Of course MetalTalk.net was at Rock in Rio. There would be no chance that the biggest Metal online magazine in the UK would miss that chance. The thing is, we had such a massive hangover from all those Caipirinhas we had there that it took us two months to recover from that and post our review of the festival.

Apart from its name, Rock In Rio is not all about Rock. It's a seven day festival which includes all kinds of music and rock just seems to be one of them.

This year, the Brazilian crowd was fortunate. They had two days considered to be the 'Metal day', one headlined by Metallica and the last day of the festival was headlined by Iron Maiden.

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Thursday 19 September:
Sunset Stage

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The Sunset stage is to express artistic freedom. This area of the Rock In Rio set up will be for meetings of established artists and some of the most praised new names in music from around the world. On the Sunset, the artist has complete freedom to dare and realize an old dream of sharing the stage with a particular colleague.

República, Dr. Sin and Roy Z

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Republic, Dr. Sin and Roy Z fulfill the role of warming up the audience. Brazilian bands and American guitarist/producer opened the Sunset Stage on the first day of metal in the festival.

The faithful metal audience was hungry for their metal - dry guitar riffs, straight bass lines, powerful drums and solos, many solos. The legendary Brazilian band Dr. Sin joined forces with Republica and the extraordinary guitarist and producer Roy Z (Bruce Dickinson Judas Priest, Halford). They knew how to give the audience exactly what they wanted, with competence, and lots of energy. Thus, they achieved some incendiary moments, but it was clear – for what we saw of the reaction of the audience and also by what he heard on stage - the show fulfilled its role of warming the crowd for what was about to happen later that night.

Roy Z gave an interview after the show which you can check out here:



Here's some footage of the gig itself:





Of course they also played two covers. Check them out:





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Almah + Hibria

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Almah and Hibria look great in their black shirts and earn their applause. Despite the limited repertoire, representatives of the national metal command the headbangers present at this moment.

Almah and Hibria. Who? The heavy metal audience that had occupied much of the space in front of the Sunset Stage seemed to know very well that the first is the new band of singer Edu Falaschi, the very one that caused the enormous controversy in a lousy show with Angra at Rock in Rio 2011 and soon left the band alleging that Angra songs were not written for his type of voice) and the second, a quintet from the south of Brazil with certain international fame.

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Blondie Edu and 'his' Almah started the show, to applause and cheers from the audience. Despite the competence of the band, the sound was confusing, and the quality of songs like 'Trace Of Trait' and 'Hypnotized' are unsatisfactory. Then, Hibria followed, led by bald singer Iuri Sanson, and they sounded a much more cohesive band with songs like 'Silent Revenge' and 'Silence Will Make You Suffer' (it's curious that such a loud band write songs about silence), to a great audience reaction.

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At the end, they all joined forces to play 'Rock And Roll' by Led Zeppelin. Here's some footage:





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Sebastian Bach

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Sebastian Bach entertains with good music and 'blunders'. The former lead singer of Skid Row experiments with sentences in Portuguese and reminds us of the hits of his old band.

Sebastian Bach knows how to play with the crowd. Speaking more phrases in Portuguese than most Brazilian bands that played at Rock in Rio, the former lead singer of Skid Row made an exhilarating show at the Sunset Stage with a good setlist, and a competent and powerful execution of his band, and especially for constant blunders. As a pop star, he knows how to explore the theatricality inherent to metal music, taking it to extremes, with the ability to put himself in the exact point between irony and seriousness.

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Announced - with great exaggeration - by Zé Ricardo, Sunset Stage host, as "one of the greatest artists of the world", Sebastian Bach stepped on the stage with lots of energy and a hardcore punch to the sound of 'Slave To The Grind' (from his Skid Row phase). And now the guy showed his arsenal: spinning the microphone by the wire over his head as he bangs his smooth hair, always finishing songs in a shrill cry, the shouted hoarse singing (which begins to show signs of tiredness), the frantic fingers asking for clapping, requesting the audience to punch the air, and (last but not least) a bunch of phrases in Portuguese:

— Nósestamosmuitofelizes de "astar" com vocês.

Or:

— Meunome é Schumann.

Or:

— Todomundopulando "camigo" — repetia, emulating some type of metal IveteSangalo (pop Brazilian singer).

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Requests to jump along or sing along were almost always during the Skid Row hits like 'I Remember You', 'Monkey Business' and the greatest of all, '18 And Life'. The setlist also wandered through his solo work, songs like 'Here I Am' and 'American Metalhead' (of which he suggested the name change to 'Brazilian Metalhead').

The funniest moment of the gig was when he wore a wig (some sort of advertising), one of the gifts distributed to the audience. With the same excitement, the public embraced his music, which travels through classic rock, hard rock and even a certain pop appeal, despite the heavy sound.

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Here's some footage of the show:







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World Stage

The World Stage, the primary musical area at the festival hosts the main acts and headliners.

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Sepultura, Tambours du Bronx

Sepultura and Tambours du Bronx demonstrate percussive force to open the night. The bands rely on drums and heavy guitars to win over the audience at the first show of the World Stage.

The great success of the Sunset stage in the last Rock in Rio, the meeting of the largest Brazilian metal group, Sepultura, with the percussive French combo Tambours du Bronx won the right to perform at the World Stage this year. And they came with everything to repeat on a larger scale their demonstration of pure power.

Shortly after the fireworks, they hit the stage playing 'Kaiowas' a track from the 1990s, then 'Spectrum' brought Andreas Kisser's guitar imbued with an absurd heavy sound to complete the massive attack of bass frequencies, and causing the audience to make a sea of Horns.

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One of Sepultura's successes was missing: 'Refuse/Resist', another one from the 1990s which had an enthusiastic response from the audience. It was one of the great instrumental moments of the show, with a festival of guitar riffs and bass lines by Paulo Jr., a perfect wedding with the drums - the Bronx and Sepultura's drummer, Eloy Casagrande.

Before 'Sepulnation', Andreas took the microphone to make his political call: "Let's show the world that Brazil is not sleeping". And he offered an attack of guitars and drums. Soon after, the Tambours showed one of their songs, 'Delirium', which reinforced the impression that, although the strength of the sound (with lead singer Derrick Green screaming with his monster voice) and an overwhelming visual spectacle, it lacked a little musical substance.

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A version without many attractions of 'Firestarter' (by English electronic rock group Prodigy) and a tangled 'Territory' by the excess of drums did not diverted the route of the steamroller formed by the union of the bands. Before the audience gave up to exhaustion, they played the main Sepultura hit, 'Roots Bloody Roots', with a kind of metallic touch made with berimbau. With strength and will, Sepultura and Tambours du Bronx set firein the metal night of Rock in Rio.
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Ghost

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Father forgive for I have sinned. I completely neglected Pope Hemeritus II and his Nameless Ghouls and I did not write any review of this show for I desperately needed to rest for the rest of the night. However, from what I could hear in the distance, it could have easily been the worst gig of the festival.

Alice In Chains

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With a show based on their dark album 'Dirt'(1992), the band presented a very efficient and friendly version of themselves.

Few bands besides Alice In Chains might say they had upon their heads a black cloud for so long. In their last appearance in Rio, two decades ago, what we saw was a group literally fighting for survival. With the repertoire of the then newly released album 'Dirt' (1992), the album group trudged across the stage with their gloomy, heavy, desperate - and great songs. Without vocalist Layne Staley (lost to drug problems in 2002), the group appeared recreated at Rock in Rio, with the same musicians from before - guitarist Jerry Cantrell, bassist Mike Inez and drummer Sean Kinney. Now with vocalist William DuVall (who joined Alice in Chains in 2006 and has recorded two albums), they did a typical arena show exciting, almost happy, based on the repertoire of 'Dirt'.

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The vigorous and accelerated 'Them Bones' and 'Dam That River', from the 1992 album, opened the show by putting much of the public to jump. 'Hollow' (from the new album, 'The Devil Put Dinosaurs In Here') slowed the mood down a little bit, with its heavy and repetitive riff. The excitement only returned with 'Man In The Box' a MTV hit of group's first album, 'Facelift' - and the public (adults and teenagers) sang as if it was 1991.

Even without being exactly heavy metal, Alice In Chains showed a heavier sound, anchored in incredibly solid bass lines and Inez Cantrell's virtuoso style - who may have lost his long hair, but still plays fine. DuVall, in turn, proved once again a perfect vocal clone of Layne Staley, without half the trouble, much more friendly and communicative.

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The show continued with 'Nutshell' from the album 'Dirt' that the group dedicated to Staley and Mike Starr, bassist who recorded the album, quit the band and then died, a victim of drug overdose in 2011. 'We Die Young' brought more memories of 'Facelift' and from the beginning of the band on MTV and then 'Stone' from the irregular new album. After that, it was a celebration of 'Dirt' songs: 'Down In A Hole', the intense 'Would?' and, in a moment of total catharsis, 'Rooster'. Even without Layne Staley, Alice In Chains decided to win and broaden their audience and, thus, made their darkness dissipate. They are still a great band.

Here's some footage of the show:

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Metallica

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With many songs and some flames, Metallica warms the crowd. In a show that had 18 songs, the audience sang them all from the heaviest ones to the most commercial.

The crowd was already impatient when the screens started showing, at 12.35am, the preamble to the Metallica show, a clip of the movie 'Three Men In Conflict' with the orchestral song 'The Ecstasy Of Gold' by Ennio Morricone. Immediately, the crowd went nuts and started to sing along the melodies until the band played the first riffs of 'Hit The Lights' and then 'Master Of Puppets', from the beginning of their career, when their sound was still labelled as thrash metal. Whoever saw the presentation on TV may not have noticed, but it was amazing the amount of people who sang the lyrics of these songs from 1983 to 1986. It's important to say that those songs were never played on radio or MTV.

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Before the third song, the singer and guitarist James Hetfield addressed the audience saying it was great to go to work and come face to face with a crowd like that, adding that he could not call what he does "work". In a great mood, he communicated with the fans, even if it's just in English. At one point, he asked, "are you ready?" To which the crowd shouted "yes". So he replied: "I was talking to my bandmates."

The lead guitarist, Kirk Hammett, also had some fun, playing themes of 'Superman' and 'Star Wars' (by John Williams) between the tracks 'Harvester Of Sorrow' and 'The Day That Never Comes'. When playing the latter, there was a delay between Kirk and Hetfield, one of the few mistakes of the night. This ballad, incidentally, was the only thing taken from their latest album 'Death Magnetic' (2008).

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The other 17 songs were much older, going no further than the famous 'Black Album' (1991), with the exception of 'The Memory Remains'. Often when talking to the audience, Hetfield used the term "Metallica family" to refer to all who were there. The fans reciprocated with chants for both faster and heavier songs, such as 'Seek And Destroy', and for the most commercials ones like 'Nothing Else Matters'. The drummer, Lars Ulrich, as usual, ended up playing a few songs, hitting the plates with the sticks while standing up, and bassist Robert Trujillo wandered around the stage and twirled with his instrument.

Without choreographed steps or fashion hits, the band played an exciting show only with its music and charisma. Well, there were some pyros and fireworks on 'One', which recreates an atmosphere of war with explosions on stage, 'Blackened' and 'Enter Sandman'. But flares, fires and explosions are worthy at a heavy metal gig and they were not used as a distraction to cover musical deficiencies. Playback was used. But it was only in very short introductions such as 'Wherever I May Roam' or '... And Justice For All'.

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One criticism that radical hipsters like to make about Rock in Rio is about the overwhelming presence of artists with decades of road experience, especially on the World Stage. On Thursday, the band that opened and closed that stage would fit that profile. Both Sepultura (Tambours du Bronx accompanied by Sepultura) and Metallica are veterans and had played in the 2011 edition. But the supporting band was Ghost, a new band, which has been hyped and has visual and audible originality.

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Well, after playing eight songs, Hetfield (who is an assumed Ghost fan) said he had seen Ghost's show and asked the audience's opinion. The reaction was negative. Hetfield joked: "Poor Ghost! You were frightened, as I understand it's like a Mass!". The fact is that Metallica fans, after more than two hours of show, went home much happier and, as Hetfield made sure to remember they have been in business for 32 years.

Click here to watch the complete Metallica show from Rock in Rio 2013:



All fotos taken from the oficial Rock in Rio Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RockInRio.

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Following their exhilarating headline sets at the European summer festivals, Linkin Park return for their own headline tour in November...

evil scraecrow AT LAST! A NEW VIDEO FROM EVIL SCARECROW
"It's an emotional thing for us to watch back. We hope that translates to everyone that watches it too!"

sabctuary SANCTUARY POSTS LYRIC VIDEO FOR 'EXITIUM (ANTHEM OF THE LIVING)'
Sanctuary continue that legacy that they started decades ago, delivering yet another fresh take on "classic-sounding" Metal...

electric mary ELECTRIC MARY ANNOUNCE MINI ALBUM AND UK TOUR
Australian five piece Electric Mary are back to spread Rock n' Roll's genuine flavour to Europe...

accept ACCEPT REVEAL LIVE CLIP OF 'PANDEMIC' FILMED IN FRONT OF 750,000 PEOPLE AT WOODSTOCK FESTIVAL 2014
UK fans can catch the band live at The Forum in London on the 27th November 2014...

hornet HORNET ANNOUNCE NEW EP AND SINGLE
"We really wanted to just expand the sound we already had by incorporating more of our influences to make our sound more modern and diverse..."

jimmy barnes JIMMY BARNES ANNOUNCES NEW 30th ANNIVERSARY ALBUM 'HINDSIGHT'
2014 marks the 30th anniversary of Jimmy Barnes' debut as Scottish born Australian rock singer-songwriter...

dragonforce DRAGONFORCE SUPPORTS ANNOUNCED FOR FORTHCOMING TOUR
London based hard rockers Neonfly will support in the UK mainland, with Northern Irish Metalheads Conjuring Fate doing the honours at the Belfast and Dublin shows...

within temptation WITHIN TEMPTATION TO HEADLINE BLOODSTOCK 2015
Within Temptation appear as a UK exclusive. Prog Metal titans Opeth will also appear on the bill...

emigrate EMIGRATE CONFIRM NEW ALBUM FOR UK RELEASE VIA SPINEFARM RECORDS
'Silent So Long' is the second album from the band formed by Rammstein's Richard Kruspe...

highway to hell WINNERS OF HIGHWAY TO HELL 5 ANNOUNCED
Texas Flood are the overall winners from an outstanding field, winning a contract and an appearance at Hard Rock Hell...

grim reaper THE LEGENDARY GRIM REAPER RETURN TO LONDON
Get down to the Boston Music Room on 27th September for Grim Reaper with Amulet and Dark Forest...

quireboys THE QUIREBOYS ANNOUNCE UK TOUR FOR NOVEMBER 2014
The 30th anniversary celebrations continue with a world tour including a trip to North America and a nine date UK leg...

eric martin MR. BIG SINGER ANNOUNCES UK SOLO ACOUSTIC TOUR
Eric Martin will play nine unplugged dates in December 2014 with a mix of solo and Mr Big material...

absolva ABSOLVA ANNOUNCE NEW BASSIST
British classic Metallers Absolva are delighted to announce the appointment of new bassist Karl Schramm...

manowar MANOWAR ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM PLANS AND UPDATED TOURING SCHEDULE
Manowar will headline Loud Park Festival in Tokyo on October 18th 2014 and will then resume the 'Kings Of Metal MMXIV' World Tour...

skyscraper SKYSCRAPER RELEASE VIDEO FOR 'MONDAY MORNING'
This dynamic band has been taking critics by storm with their inimitable brand of melodic hard rock...

the more i see THE MORE I SEE ANNOUNCE OCT/NOV TOUR WITH SAVAGE MESSIAH AND BULL RIFF STAMPEDE
Featuring world renowned guitarist Gizz Butt, the band always deliver incredible live shows that combine passion, energy and breathtaking musicianship...

devin townsend DEVIN TOWNSEND REVEALS Z DETAILS AND ANNOUNCES SPECIAL ROYAL ALBERT HALL PERFORMANCE
Devin Townsend is extremely pleased to announce the release of long-awaited new double-album...

blastfest AT THE GATES, DARK FUNERAL, ROTTING CHRIST AND MORE ANNOUNCED FOR BLASTFEST 2015
Bergen, Norway, former home of the legendary Hole In The Sky Festival and considered thee black metal capital of the world...

exodus EXODUS REVEAL SPECIAL GUESTS ON NEW ALBUM 'BLOOD IN, BLOOD OUT'
Bay Area thrash Metal provocateurs Exodus proudly announce the special guests appearing on their latest showcase of unrefined rage...

panzer PANZER STREAMING LYRIC VIDEO FOR 'THE LAST MAN ON EARTH'
Brazilian thrash/stoner act Panzer have just released a new lyric video on for the second track of the album 'Honor'...

bush BUSH ANNOUNCE OCTOBER 20th RELEASE FOR 'MAN ON THE RUN'
Multi-platinum alt-rock band Bush have announced an October 20th release date for their highly anticipated new album...

absolva ABSOLVA RELEASE VIDEO FOR 'LIVE FOR THE FIGHT'
The video features Luke Appleton (Iced Earth) who is playing bass for the band on the forthcoming European Tour...

giants of rock GIANTS OF ROCK FESTIVAL: FIRST BANDS ANNOUNCED
The reformed Family and pomp rockers Magnum will headline the event...

weapon uk ESTRELLA TO SUPPORT GILBY CLARKE ON TOUR AND ANNOUNCE A NEW SINGLE
The band are currently gearing up for a thirteen date trek with Clarke that includes dates in Wakefield, London and Edinburgh...

weapon uk WEAPON UK ANNOUNCE TOUR DATES FOR NOVEMBER
Weapon UK have tour dates confirmed in support of their critically acclaimed album 'Rising From The Ashes'...

amulet AMULET DEBUT ALBUM 'THE FIRST' RELEASED IN SEPTEMBER: FIRST TRACK NOW ONLINE
The album track 'Mark Of Evil' has just been uploaded to Soundcloud. Raise your fists and bang your heads on this one...

michael schenker MICHAEL SCHENKER'S GUITARS STOLEN FROM GERMAN RECORDING STUDIO
German police are examining evidence and the studio for fingerprints and DNA evidence to help catch the criminals...

jimi jamison JIMI JAMISON OF SURVIVOR PASSES AWAY AGED 63
Jimi Jamison, lead singer of Survivor, very sadly passed away on Sunday night...

distorted harmony DISTORTED HARMONY UNLEASH FOOTAGE FROM 'CHAIN REACTION LIVE!'
The Tel Aviv quintet are looking forward to bringing their show to Europe this November...

ensiferum ENSIFERUM TO BEGIN RECORDING SIXTH STUDIO ALBUM NEXT MONTH
"We are convinced that this will be a ground breaking album for us and the whole genre. Modesty? What's that?"...

les-fest wildfire LES-FEST WILDFIRE ANNOUNCES FURTHER ACTS FOR SUMMER 2015
Max Raptor, Anihilated and more join the stellar array of main stage bands...

mystery deeexpus THE HOUSE OF PROGRESSION & THE MERCH DESK PROUDLY PRESENT MYSTERY & DeeEXPUS LIVE
It's a night of Prog at The Borderline on Tuesday 9th September, one of three chances to see this unique pairing...

butcher babies BUTCHER BABIES ANNOUNCE DETAILS FOR UPCOMING 'UNCOVERED' EP
The breakthrough Metal act have chosen five of their favourite tracks to get a makeover...

avenged sevenfold AVENGED SEVENFOLD RELEASE NEVER BEFORE SEEN ORIGINAL VIDEO FOR 'UNHOLY CONFESSIONS'
Take a fresh look at the 2004 track taken from the essential 'Waking The Fallen: Resurrected'...

reckless ambition RECKLESS AMBITION AND DIRTY LIONS TO PLAY THE ROCK PATCH THIS SATURDAY
Anyone who hasn't seen Reckless Ambition, then you are in for a real treat...

meshuggah MESHUGGAH ANNOUNCE 25TH ANNIVERSARY SHOWS IN EUROPE
Celebrate 25 years of musical deviance on this tour which includes a date a London's Roundhouse...

mr big MR. BIG CHANGE RELEASE DATE FOR NEW ALBUM "...THE STORIES WE COULD TELL"
The original line-up are back with some of their most powerful material to date and their signature hard rock sound...

well eavy 'WELL 'EAVY - VOL. 1' COMPILATION TO BE RELEASED BY HANGMAN - AMULET'S OWN LABEL
Get down to the free entry release party in Camden on 29th August...

slipknot DEF LEPPARD TO PERFORM NFL PRE-GAME SHOW AT FIRST LONDON NFL GAME OF 2014
Joe Elliott: "I know what the atmosphere in the ground is like for 'our' football so I'm really looking forward to performing there before the NFL game..."

slipknot SLIPKNOT REVEAL NEW ALBUM AND TOUR INFORMATION
'.5: The Gray Chapter' will be released on October 21 followed by US dates with Korn...

hard rock hell HARD ROCK HELL 8 ANNOUNCES MORE ACTS
The Vintage Caravan, Blue Pills, Horisont, Spiders and Santa Cruz have been added to the line up for November...

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