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  SABATON/ELUVEITIE/WISDOM
THE GREAT HALL, CARDIFF


Sonia Waterfield



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It was a cold winter's night with a bite in the air as I joined the queue outside The Great Hall in Welsh capital Cardiff.

Brimming with excitement at seeing the mighty Sabaton and with pleasant and warm memories of when I saw them firstly at Hard Rock Hell back in 2009, where they had graced the main stage at some unearthly hour in the morning where a few lingerers had been mightily surprised by the grinning Swedes tearing into their set, leaving us all with the sound of 'Panzer Battalion' still ringing in my ears for weeks after.

Accompanying them were Eluveitie, whom I had also seen before at Bloodstock in 2008, a set that also had stuck in my memory banks due to their myriad of instruments that at the time were uncommon in the world of Metal. Their energetic folk-Metal sound had really left a mark so I was interested to see how they would fair in the mix.

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The throng began to flow in with a sea of Sabaton T-shirts adorned and to see that they had grown and to have an army of followers in such a short while, which made me feel so happy for the band, as they truly deserve it in my eyes.

Once in, the opening band Wisdom, were halfway through their set. A little known power Metal band hailing from Hungary with members who were looking quite young in age were belting out fresh and energetic power ballads. I wish I had been able to take note of them in an more concentrated fashion, but due to fans pushing to get the best space and excited shouts for the following bands it was a little difficult, but from what I did see, I was definitely tempted to see more.

Wisdom walked off with a good hearted applause from those that did take note and I felt a little sorry for them to be honest, and the stagehands came on to get it ready for Eluveitie.

By now, the Hall had become full and it was hard to move. Shouts emanated from the dimly lit room beckoning them to grace the stage, and after a good 15 minutes, the room went black. Only four small strip lights came on and a deep male voice emanated from the speakers, telling a short sombre tale of a medieval war torn battlefield.

The stage lights blared into action to accompany drummer Merlin Sutter as he pounded out a ferocious beat, whilst the remainder of the band walked onadorned with all manner of mystical ethnic instruments and wonderful flutes. The flute started to whistle out a haunting tune, before the guttural vocals of Chrigel Glanzmann kicked in, urging the thundering riffs of Rafael Salzmann (Lead Guitar), Ivo Henzi (Rhythm Guitar)and Kay Brem (Bass) to storm in with their opening and title track from their new album 'Helvetios'.

This album had just been released in the October, so most of the set was pertaining from that.

It must have been a tight squeeze fitting all eight of them on but they managed to utilise the space wonderfully.

As the band twiddled and roared their way through the track, the air was filled with happy, bouncy melodies that got everyone's feet tapping. I could feel my Celtic roots pulling and wanting to join the others who were now jigging away quite happily. Even with the introduction of the throbbing Metal riffs that seamlessly joined, not to overpower the flutes, you could just imagine a stereotypical Irish bar dance scene going on with the flagons of ale over spilling with each jump. Already there were groups of people huddled together into circles, jiggling and bouncing in time with all kinds of varied and strange moves.

Moving into 'Luxtos' (another from 'Helvetios') the air was again filled with a joyous cacophony of violins, tin-whistles, Anna Murphy's pure and melodic vocals, along with her effortless playing of the hurdy-gurdy, whilst the roar of the vocals and Metal guitars/drums flow together in, well, harmony.

'Luxtos' – many thanks to szlachcic2000 for sharing:



The same can be said for the rest of the set, with the inclusion of bagpipes, fiddles amongst the aforementioned. The traditional folk tunes in their songs have been drawn from various sources, such as traditional Irish reels. While many of their lyrics are in English, some are in the ancient extinct Gaulish language, only to be hyped up with gritty guitars, hoarse rasping vocals and heavy drum beats to create a sound that is unique to Eluveitie.

During the whole set, the fans did not once stop for a break, jumping, bouncing and hailing to the members. By the time the band had finished, they walked off to cheers and appreciation, the air was brimming with excitement and the need for more. What a way to get a party started.

Another lull for change over, drinks were bought and people were chatting excitedly, reminiscing over past encounters of both Eluveitie and the headliners Sabaton.

I must admit, even though I admire Eluveitie for what they have accomplished and the way they bring the two extreme ends of the music genres completely together, my stars were Sabaton.

Once again the lights went down and Europe's 'Final Countdown' came booming over the air. Talk about a comical way to introduce a heavy war themed band.

As 'The March To War' (intro to 'Primo Victoria') came booming through the PA the band bounded on, full of those cheeky Swedish smiles, looking truly happy to be on stage and very happy. The crowd were instantly attentive, watching them with glee. There has of course been a line-up change with Chris Rörland (Lead Guitars, Thobbe Englund (Guitars) and Robban Bäck (Drums) all joining. If you had been seeing the band for the first time, this is something you would not have noticed as the band was tight, looked like they had been this way forever.

After much bouncing, gliding and dancing on the stage, (never mind in the pit), Sabaton mullered straight in with 'Ghost Division' from their very successful Art Of War album. As with most of the bands trademark tracks, it is short, snappy, hard hitting, with tales of war, politics and heroics, memorable and catchy verses that stick in your mind for ages after, all with a slight undertone of, well, buoyancy that will get you hooked straight the way, especially with the infectious smiles that emanate from the charismatic Joakim and Pars, the two existing members from the original line-up.

It's like they are having a party and you are the guests. Just watching the way the members run around and use every inch of the stage, full of bubbliness and joy, whilst you have these hammering riffs, thundering drums and pounding bass lines coming at you. It really is an experience that you have to go through to understand. Words can't really get close to describing the atmosphere.

By the time the second track 'Gott Mit Uns' from their latest release 'Carolus Rex' came on, the crowd was pumped, motivated and fists firmly pumping the air in response to Joakim's, who was like a machine pounding and hammering away with the accompanying riffs. In this piece, each of the guitarists get to do their bit on vocals whilst Pars on bass does a great job on backing.

Now the air was hot, sweaty and everyone was captivated. There was only one thing on their mind and that was the members on stage, constantly bouncing, jumping and to tell you the truth, just watching them wore me out. I felt exhausted, but the hype and energy in the air was just enthralling. Sabaton are truly a live band. That is where they belong and you can see that is where they are happiest.

'Carolus Rex' reinvigorated any tired arms, which were soon beating out rhythmically to the solid beat, with avid fans singing word for word, so loud that Joakim was nearly drowned out.

With more tracks taken from their discography being pummelled out with the same glee and enthusiasm, there came the first of the 'Fan Choices' as the band took its first real breather of the night. With a choice from 'Uprising', 'Midway', and 'Coat Of Arms', 'Uprising' was the fan favourite and was duly performed.

'Uprising':



Following this were 'Dominium Maris Baltici' and 'The Lion From The North' then there was a quiet surprise in the form of 'The Hammer Has Fallen' where the rest of the band left Joakim to straddle a low keyboard. The lights dimmed to a blue and the sombre mood was set. The hall went quiet and the audience soaked in the atmosphere and were probably more than happy to rehydrate before the next onslaught.

The Second of the 'Fan Choices' followed with 'Attero Dominatus' and 'Into The Fire' in line. It was 'Into The Fire' that won and with much jubilation we were hammered.

Leaving the stage for a few moments, we recouped our energy, mused and recollected about what we had just seen, before the band adorned the stage once more for the encore.

Not giving us an easy start with the anthem 'Art Of War', we were soon back in line and bounding once more. Unrelenting, 'Primo Victoria', another Sabaton anthem followed suite, finishing up with 'Metal Crüe' and 'Masters Of The World'.

As the band left the stage for the final time I, along with many others, felt like we had just attended a military workout session, with aching bodies from the jumping and pounding, but not one us cared, as we were totally enthused and overwhelmed by a fantastically great show.

If you ever have the chance to see Sabaton, I would highly recommend it. Check them out at: http://sabaton.net/

ELUVEITIE
Helvetios
Luxtos
Neverland
Uxellodunon
A Rose For Epona
Divico
Inis Mona
Alesia
The Uprising
Havoc

SABATON
The Final Countdown (Europe song)
The March To War - intro to Primo Victoria
Ghost Division - Art Of War
Gott Mit Uns - Carolus Rex
Poltava - Carolus Rex
Carolus Rex - Carolus Rex
Karolinensbön- Carolus Rex
Cliffs of Gallipoli - Art Of War
Uprising - - Coat Of Arms
Dominium Maris Baltici
The Lion From The North
The Hammer Has Fallen - (Joakim Bróden on keyboard)
Into The Fire

Encore:
The Art of War - Art Of War
Primo Victoria - PV
Metal Crüe - Attero Dominatus
Masters of the World - Metalizer


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led zeppelin LED ZEPPELIN CLEARED OF STEALING RIFF FOR 'STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN'
"I can't actually recall Spirit or anyone playing there with the passing of time. I don't have a recollection of almost anyone I've hung out with."

ripper owens WAS BREAKING NEWS: RIPPER OWENS REFUSED UK ENTRY FOR FRIDAY'S WILDFIRE PERFORMANCE
"Although we are trying everything we are able, we have little hope of changing the minds of such a powerful UK agency."

meat loaf WAS BREAKING NEWS: MEAT LOAF AND JIM STEINMAN GO ALL THE WAY WITH NEW ALBUM: LISTEN TO THE FIRST EPIC TRACK HERE
Screw politics - it never made a positive difference but these two did!!

twisted sister TWISTED SISTER FEATURE IN FIRST METAL MELTDOWN, A NEW SERIES OF CONCERT DVDs ABOUT TO LAUNCH
"This performance captured herein just two months after AJ's death really was about our way to help memorialize the great AJ Pero..."

richie ramone RICHIE RAMONE ANNOUNCES UK AND IRELAND TOUR FOR LATE 2016
"Richie saved the band as far as I'm concerned. He's the greatest thing to happen to the Ramones. He put the spirit back in the band."

tesla TESLA TO RELEASE 'MECHANICAL RESONANCE, LIVE!' AS SUMMER TOUR WITH DEF LEPPARD KICKS OFF
"Making this new live album of 'Mechanical Resonance' was a reminder of the innocence and creative beginnings of Tesla..."

inglorious INGLORIOUS "HIGH AS A KITE" AS SECOND ALBUM GETS UNDERWAY AND DEAD DAISIES AND STEEL PANTHER TOUR DATES APPROACH
"No feeling or buzz I have ever had in my life will compete with that immense feeling of pride and happiness..."

airbourne AIRBOURNE ARE 'BREAKIN' OUTTA HELL' WITH THEIR NEW ALBUM AND HEADLINE TOUR OF AMERICA AND EUROPEAN DATES WITH VOLBEAT
These latest tour dates will only add to their reputation for incendiary live performances – maximum energy, maximum entertainment...

uriah heep URIAH HEEP ANNOUNCE RE-ISSUE OF ALBUMS AND NEW 2016 TOUR DATES
"This time we really let our hair down, if you like! We decided that there would be no restrictions whatsoever."

kiss KISS CAPTURE FULL LIVE EXPERIENCE WITH AUGUST RELEASE OF 'KISS ROCKS VEGAS'
"KaBOOM! We blew up the Joint at The Hard Rock in Vegas like never before. We are very proud of this and know that you will be blown away as well."

aerosmith WAS BREAKING NEWS: STEVEN TYLER ANNOUNCES AEROSMITH FAREWELL TOUR
Stand by for social media to go into overdrive and keep checking MetalTalk as we'll have more news on this when there is some...

yes WAS BREAKING NEWS: JON ANDERSON, TREVOR RABIN AND RICK WAKEMAN REUNITE TO FORM ARW: UK TOUR DATES CONFIRMED
"I'm so excited to create new music and revisit some of the classic work we created many years ago. It's going to be a musical adventure on so many new levels."

marillion MARILLION REVEAL DETAILS OF THEIR NEW ALBUM AND IT'S GOT A VERY NAUGHTY TITLE
"We don't know how many more albums we'll make, or how long we'll live. Everything has to be the best it can be."

frontiers metal festival PRIMAL FEAR, LABYRINTH, VANDEN PLAS, LORDS OF BLACK AND MANY MORE ANNOUNCED FOR FRONTIERS METAL FESTIVAL
The bill is made up of seven international and Italian based bands, all of whom will please fans of the power and progressive Metal genres...

status quo WAS BREAKING NEWS: STATUS QUO GUITARIST RICK PARFITT AIRLIFTED HOME FROM TURKEY
Quo made the decision to carry on with their commitments last week and performed at the Rock On Windermere charity show on Saturday...

ritchie blackmores rainbow WAS BREAKING NEWS: RITCHIE BLACKMORE'S RAINBOW RISES IN LORELEY - SET LIST SPOILERS
After 21 years Ritchie Blackmore returns from medieval times to astound Loreley at Monsters Of Rock...

meat loaf WAS BREAKING NEWS: MEAT LOAF "RESPONSIVE AND WELL" AFTER COLLAPSING ON STAGE LAST NIGHT
"He extends his heartfelt thanks for everyone's support and well wishes, and is expecting a speedy and full recovery..."

foo fighters FOO FIGHTERS SUING BRITISH INSURANCE COMPANIES OVER CANCELLED GIGS
Central to Foo Fighters' complaint is that three of those 53 shows were intended to be "make-up shows" for fans...

status quo WAS BREAKING NEWS: STATUS QUO ANNOUNCE 'AQUOSTIC II - ONE MORE FOR THE ROAD' PLUS HUGE BBC HYDE PARK SHOW
Status Quo have announced the release of a second acoustic album following the success of the original 'Aquostic' release in August 2014...

meat loaf MEAT LOAF AND JIM STEINMAN REUNITE: NEW ALBUM OUT IN SEPTEMBER
At around the same time that Meat Loaf collapsed on stage in Edmonton, Canada last night, it was announced that the new album is recorded and ready for release...

meat loaf WAS BREAKING NEWS: MEAT LOAF COLLAPSES ON STAGE IN CANADA
Meat, real name Marvin Lee Aday, is 68-years-old and is one of the most successful recording artists of all time...

deep purple WAS BREAKING NEWS: DEEP PURPLE DRUMMER IAN PAICE SUFFERS A STROKE IN SWEDEN; MISSES PURPLE GIGS FOR THE FIRST SINCE SINCE 1968 FORMATION
"To all the people who were expecting to see Deep Purple in Sweden and Denmark this week I would like to let you know the reason the shows were not possible..."

metaltalk t shirts THIS SUMMER'S MOST SIGNIFICANT METAL FASHION ITEMS ARE HERE
The great news is that now, after many, many requests, we finally have MetalTalk t-shirts available for you...

status quo WAS BREAKING NEWS: RICK PARFITT OF STATUS QUO SUFFERS HEART ATTACK AFTER TURKEY GIG
Rick is being treated in a hospital in Turkey and whilst his condition is serious, he has already demanded his customary cup of tea with two sugars and a sweetener...

maiden IRON MAIDEN PART COMPANY WITH ED FORCE ONE: SEE BRUCE SAY "GOODBYE" ON VIDEO HERE
"I'll miss the big bird but the show must go on and it certainly will."

grave digger GRAVE DIGGER ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
"We'll present a huge and intensive Metal package live on tour, as well as on our album. 36 years of Grave Digger – Metal is alive. Forever!"

lounge kittens THE LOUNGE KITTENS RELEASE THEIR VERSION OF AC/DC's 'DIRTY DEEDS DONE DIRT CHEAP'
"The album doesn't come out till September and frankly, we're bored of keeping it all a secret. So we thought right, time to make some more videos..."

john otway OTWAY IN THE PARK: JOHN OTWAY JOINS LINE-UP OF CHICHESTER'S PRIORY PARK FESTIVAL
John Otway's addition to the bill confirms this eclectic new festival's place as a must-go-to-event...

queen QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT TO PLAY THAILAND FOR THE FIRST TIME
This is part of Queen's Asia tour which also includes two shows in Tokyo, the show at the F1 Grand Prix in Singapore and three more Asian cities which will be announced shortly...

hrh prog HRH PROG 5 ANNOUNCE MORE BANDS
Atomic Rooster reform and join Hawkwind, Wishbone Ash, John Lees BJH, Pendragon, IQ and more at HRH Prog 5...

orphaned land kobi fahri ORPHANED LAND'S KOBI FAHRI REVEALS SIDE PROJECT CONCEPT ALBUM 'KNA’AN' & EUROPEAN TOURING PLANS
Orphaned Land celebrate their 25th anniversary with a tour that includes Russian-Chinese and Middle Eastern Metal...

as lions AS LIONS GEARING UP FOR FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH USA TOUR
The London five-piece will be bringing their explosive live show on a huge US arena jaunt alongside Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown and Sixx:A.M during October and November...

bitches sin BITCHES SIN TO RELEASE BOTH VERSIONS OF 'INVADERS' AS ONE PACKAGE, 'ULTIMATE INVADERS'
The original ten track album went on to become a NWOBHM classic, so much so that back in their own country GI Records also released another version of it in 1988...

paradise lost PARADISE LOST SIGN WITH NUCLEAR BLAST
"It's pretty incredible to see how the label has become a real force in metal music over the years and now, in a new chapter for the band, it's exciting for Paradise Lost to be a part of Nuclear Blast!"

heart HEART TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM IN JULY - METALLICA'S JAMES HETFIELD MAKES GUEST APPEARANCE
"James just took the song on, and what he added was perfect with a bite and a rock accent."

crucified barbara CRUCIFIED BARBARA SADLY CALL IT A DAY
The Swedish rockers earned themselves a healthy reputation for providing ballsy rocking live shows and have toured with such legends as Motörhead, Clutch and Girlschool...

motorhead saxon SAXON WITH PHIL CAMPBELL AND MIKKEY DEE PAY TRIBUTE TO LEMMY AT METAL HAMMER'S GOLDEN GODS AT HAMMERSMITH ODEON
Lemmy, creator and leader of Motörhead, was paid tribute to in fine style tonight by comrades whose respect he had unconditionally earned...

amon amarth AMON AMARTH VIKING CRUSADE TO TOUR UK AND IRELAND THIS AUTUMN WITH TESTAMENT AND GRAND MAGUS ON THE BILL
"We are bringing our berserker party to a town near you and we hope to see you there so you can 'Raise Your Horns' together with us to glory!"

download festival IRON MAIDEN DRUMMER NICKO McBRAIN: "BRUCE DICKINSON IS MY HERO"
"I mean, just listen to the performance of 'Death Or Glory'. You know, that's just a little bit of what he gives in these live shows. And we're all having such a great time."

eric clapton ERIC CLAPTON SUFFERING FROM INCURABLE DAMAGE TO HIS NERVOUS SYSTEM AND IS STRUGGLING TO PLAY GUITAR
"I've had quite a lot of pain over the last year. And I've had to figure out how to deal with some other things from getting old..."

motorhead MOTÖRHEAD DAY TO BE CELEBRATED IN LONDON IN JULY
"20th July has been chosen as it was their first date at the Roundhouse in 1975, hence the venue in Camden..."

sabaton SABATON RELEASE LYRIC VIDEO FOR 'THE LOST BATTALION', FIRST SINGLE FROM 'THE LAST STAND'
'The Lost Battalion' is the name given to nine companies of the United States' 77th Division during the battle of the Argonne in 1918...

fields of nephilim FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM REVISIT 'ELIZIUM' AT THE SUMMER SOLSTICE SHOW
Fields Of The Nephilim revisit their most iconic album for the first time since its release...

ben ash acm CARCASS'S BEN ASH JOINS ACM LONDON'S TEACHING FACULTY
The Academy of Contemporary Music is extremely excited to bring its unique brand of education to London...

exodus EXODUS ANNOUNCED FOR 'BATTLE OF THE BAYS' UK SHOWS WITH OBITUARY
"We can't wait to see you all in the pit on such an epic, heavy tour!! Look out Europe you've been warned..."

twilight TWILIGHT FORCE TO RELEASE 'HEROES OF MIGHTY MAGIC' ON AUGUST 26th
"While we are still staying true to the essence of Power Metal, the songs, sounds and magic adventures have all evolved from the once drake hatchling into a colossal arcane arch-dragon..."

dark funeral DARK FUNERAL ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN HEADLINE TOUR
Dark Funeral will go on the road with their label comrades Krisiun and Deserted Fear...

bloodstock BLOODSTOCK'S FIRST M2TM FINALS WINNERS ANNOUNCED
The bill for the August spectacular is starting to fill up as quality fresh blood joins the line up from the Metal 2 The Masses finals...

wakrat RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE BASSIST SIGNS WAKRAT TO EARACHE RECORDS
"We have put a shit load of blood and sweat into this and we want it back! Our mission is to attack modern music and smash the grid. Unapologetic, unrelenting, unbridled and uncensored..."

alter bridge ALTER BRIDGE SIGN WITH NAPALM RECORDS
"We are very excited to see what the future brings and look forward to reconnecting with our fans in 2016..."

wolf hoffman WOLF HOFFMANN RELEASES 'SCHERZO' – THE FIRST SINGLE FROM 'HEADBANGERS SYMPHONY'
"I have always incorporated classical music in my songwriting with Accept, especially with 'Metal Heart', but I constantly felt there was so much more that I could do..."

barb wire dolls BARB WIRE DOLLS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM 'DESPERATE' OUT ON 22nd JULY 2016
The album is released via Motörhead Music. After seeing Barb Wire Dolls live, Lemmy took an immediate interest in the band and placed them under his supportive wing...

epica powerwolf EPICA AND POWERWOLF ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR: LONDON TICKETS ON SALE NOW
"I really can't wait to be back on the road again and to see the music, the energy and our lovely fans become one. Until then!"

rock am ring BLACK SABBATH ROCK AM RING PERFORMANCE CANCELLED AFTER LIGHTNING STRIKES
Festival organizers vowed to resume the open-air event but local authorities revoked their license in the interests of fan safety...

queen and adam lambert QUEEN AND ADAM LAMBERT AT ROCK IN RIO, LISBON: PROFESSIONAL VIDEO FOOTAGE ONLINE HERE
"There's never going to be another and I'm not replacing him. That's not what I'm doing..."

ac dc AC/DC GO DOWN A STORM AS THEY STRAT THEIR STUFF IN LONDON
"Axl was amazing! His voice was incredible and he commanded the stage; plus they came on fifteen minutes earlier than scheduled!"

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN RELEASE OFFICIAL PERFORMANCE VIDEO FOR 'DEATH OR GLORY'
"He came over before we started recording and we wrote 'Speed Of Light' and 'Death Or Glory'."

alestorm ALESTORM SIGN NEW CONTRACT WITH NAPALM RECORDS... IN RUM
"Unfortunately we only had white rum left (all the good stuff had already been drunk), so our signatures are invisible. We'll leave that one to the lawyers to sort out."

ac dc AC/DC ANNOUNCE RESCHEDULED US TOUR DATES
"This band has got a ton of energy and you're going to see a fusion of all that terrific chemistry that we have felt ever since rehearsals in Lisbon..."

ricky warwick RICKY WARWICK & THE FIGHTING HEARTS ANNOUNCE UK TOUR
"We can't wait to get back out there and play a full length set and I am delighted that my old friends Vice Squad will be special guests..."

johnny rotten JOHNNY ROTTEN: "I WAS BANNED FROM THE BBC FOR SPEAKING OUT AGAINST JIMMY SAVILE SEX CRIMES."
"If you said anything you'd be off playlists, but that didn't bother me as I was doing a good job of that independently..."

bad company WAS BREAKING NEWS: BAD COMPANY ANNOUNCE THE SWAN SONG UK TOUR WITH THREE ORIGINAL MEMBERS
"Returning to the UK with Bad Company where it all began 40 plus years ago is full circle for the band and the fans. It's always a pleasure to play in the UK."

saxon WAS BREAKING NEWS: SAXON ANNOUNCE UK TOUR WITH FASTWAY AND GIRLSCHOOL
"I think this line-up is unique, you don't wanna miss it. Looking forward to battering some halls... Welcome to the Metal church!"

dead daisies WAS BREAKING NEWS: THE DEAD DAISIES ANNOUNCE UK FESTIVAL HEADLINE APPEARANCE AND DEBUT US HEADLINE GIG
"We have had some amazing bands perform at Planet Rockstock over the years and the Dead Daisies are right up there with the best of them."

wildfire festival WAS BREAKING NEWS: WILDFIRE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCE THE HORRORFLY STAGE
"For those that often think we don't do heavy, the latest additions should change that perception..."

sabaton SABATON AND ACCEPT ANNOUNCE FIRST DATES OF 'THE LAST TOUR'
"'The Last Tour' will be the biggest and best tour of Sabaton ever. It is the tour we have been looking forward to do for all these years!"

manowar MANOWAR ANNOUNCE FIRST DATES OF THE FINAL BATTLE FAREWELL TOUR
The tour promises to be monstrous in terms of both number of dates and production and the first nine dates will be in Germany beginning on Novermber 24th 2017...

pink floyd PINK FLOYD POSTAGE STAMPS UNVEILED TO COMMEMORATE FIFTY YEARS OF THE BAND
The stamps are available to pre-order on the Post Office website and will be physically available in 8,000 UK post offices...

the tubes THE TUBES ANNOUNCE 'MONDO PULP' UK TOUR FOR OCTOBER
"I embrace my British heritage; the beer and the fish and chips and the best rock and roll fans in the world..."

fear factory FEAR FACTORY ANNOUNCE INTIMATE BLOODSTOCK WARM-UP SHOW IN BRIGHTON
This performance will precede their highly anticipated appearance at renowned Catton Park based metal festival...

sinsaedum JOEY JORDISON AND DRAGONFORCE'S FRED LECLERCQ REVEAL NEW BAND, SINSAENUM
"Joey Jordison sent me an SMS to ask what I was up to, so I told him about those death Metal songs..."

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