metal talk
twitter facebook
Type band name, album name, artists name etc here...
Search all our articles by typing band name, album name, artists name etc here...
news now
metal talk

FEATURES
  RAISMES FESTIVAL 2013, FRANCE
September 14th 2013


Roger Berzerk Fauske

Roger Berzerk Fauske

Pin It
Share |


raismes

I must confess to this festival being one that had gone unnoticed by my radar, even though it has been going for over 10 years and played host to Girlschool, Pretty Maids, Uriah Heep, Y&T, Napalm Death, Krokus, Saxon, MSG and many others.

So this year it only seemed right to hop over the channel and drive the 80 miles from Dunkerque to Raismes to see what it was all about. Philippe Delory, the organiser, had been more than helpful in the build up to the event supplying AAA passes instead of the normal press versions and generally answering anything and everything.

The event itself takes place in the glorious surroundings of the Castle of Princess d'Arenberg (the building is used as the backstage area, complete with its own huge kitchen), a stone's throw from the town and 5km from Valenciennes and everything is on site that you could want. There is camping at the site and as I discovered, you can almost pitch your tent anywhere, so it makes a nice change to have a 30 metre walk to the stage area rather than the normal Himalayan trek.

Article continues below...

 
 


Passes collected (again very efficient organisation of the entry side), tent nailed to the grass (which costs a grand total of 3 Euros per person), it was time to see what the venue had to offer. Bar, various eateries, rock clothing, CDs and just about everything else for sale, so that was all pretty much covered.

So to the important part, the music. There are two stages, the main one and 2nd stage, facing each other and naturally enough the running order alternates between the two and I kid you not, there is almost no break whatsoever between the band on one stage finishing and the band on the other stage starting up and there is always the added entertainment of the security personnel hotfooting it from one stage to the next.

raismes Emerald Plays Thin Lizzy

It's all very well having a couple of stages, but things go even better if you get a mix of inspiring acts to strutt their stuff on them. And on this front the organisers always seem to come up trumps. The majority of the early bands are of course French (this is a French festival you know), but after that there is a mix and this year was no exception with Y&T from the States, Pendragon from the UK, Norway's Audrey Horne and Italy's Elvenking among those giving the event an international flavour.

The whole shooting match kicked off at 11.30am with French act Emerald plays Thin Lizzy first on the main stage. I hope I don't need to tell you what their set consisted of and if you are not sure, I would suggest a fairly immediate lobotomy is in order. As an opening act they were never going to set the event on fire and as it turned out the local fire brigade had no need to be in attendance.

The song choices were the routine fayre - 'The Boys Are Back In Town', 'Jailbreak', 'Whiskey In The Jar'... need I go on? As a band they were what you would expect in your local watering hole, not wholly bad and they had fun which is always a plus point. Just one thing though – if you are no technical wizz on the six string device, then I would suggest a Gary Moore solo is about the last thing you should be attempting.

raismes
Noise Emission Control

Noise Emission Control came up next on the 2nd stage and I have to say I was mightily impressed with them. For a band appearing so early in the day, the mix and originality on offer from this 4-piece was impressive to say the least. Thrash, punk, elements of the likes of Plastic Bertrand and the Beastie Boys included, the band were also very technical and melodic. Take away the suspicious dance moves and this is definitely a band to watch. And you have to love their humour with a full size fake dog on stage with blood covered hand in its mouth.

Les loques a terre were on the face of it not the sort of band I should me mentioning, a covers band from Paris. However the female vocalist had an astonishingly strong voice although not altogether suited to some of the material – Faith No More's 'From Out Of Nowhere' springs to mind. When she was dealing with the more souldful side, it was a different story. Give her something along the lines of Melissa Etheridge and she would be in her element.

So to a band who whilst quite low on the bill, have a lot of experience touring throughout the world and multiple album releases, Elvenking from Italy. It was the first time I had actually seen them live and to my mind there was only one band that eclipsed them throughout the day – more of them later. If you feel the need to pigeon hole, then folk metal is about as good a description as you can get.

As for their influences, they obviously come from such varied sources from classical to punk and about everything in between. What also marks them apart from the crowd is their use of their very talented violinist. It fits perfectly into the band and their songs, and adds an edge that is missing in so many.

raismes
One Down

With a glorious and inspiring intro there is always the fear that is going to be the highlight of the show but in the case of Elvenking, things just got better and better. Violin at the root of all the stunning melodies, filling the space perfectly between guitar and vocals, as with all good bands the songwriting is key and these guys certainly know how to do that.

There are so many elements to their sound that fans of just about every form of rock will have something to sink their teeth into.

Exactly why they are not better known is somewhat of a mystery, although they hardly come from a hotbed of rock music which makes life a little more difficult. As vocalist Damna told me after the gig, there is almost a sense of disbelief that there can be a classy rock band coming from Italy. They should hopefully be on these shores early next year and I would suggest you get down and see them.

Bukowski, Komah and the UK's Evile carried on proceedings with all the gusto required, the damp weather (seems it was my gift to the organisers as it followed me like a guided missile for almost 300 miles) not causing any adverse effects to equipment or spirits. Talking of equipment, the sound was almost impeccable throughout and the sound guys did an absolutely bang up job especially when you consider the lack of time they had between acts.

I mentioned there was one band who eclipsed Elvenking on the day and that band came on at just after 7.00pm – Norwegian rockers Audrey Horne. Off the back of their acclaimed album 'Youngblood' released in February this year, their reputation has been fast growing and since they toured the UK in late April they have been on the road playing numerous festivals, including the likes of Hellfest and Sweden Rock.

Having seen them on their last UK date a few months back, I was pretty sure what to expect but the setlist had altered drastically even in that relatively short time. If only more bands would develop that approach and keep things fresh but I suspect a lot of that is down to the standard of musicianship. And when it comes to that, the boys from Bergen are right up there with the best of them.

Most of the set of course was taken from 'Youngblood', with 'Straight Into Your Grave', 'There Goes A Lady', 'Cards With The Devil', 'Pretty Little Sunshine', the quite brilliant 'This Ends Here' all being given an outing. Vocalist Toschie also had time to bring out his mischievous humour while introducing 'The King Is Dead' another one from 'Youngblood'. The French so he said have a history of that kind of thing so he guessed they would like it.

Aside from the newer tracks, there was time for a couple of stormers from their 2010 album. 'Blaze of Ashes' featuring outstanding drummer Kjetil Greve ramping things up about as high as they can go and 'Bridges And Anchors' with Toschie making customary use of the local megafone.

Another classic in the making, 'Threshold' from the 2007 album 'Le Fol', gave bassist Espen Lien his time in the spotlight. As for the twin guitars of Arve Isdal (Ice Dale) and Thomas Tofthagen, they just compliment each other so well it is almost unreal, both of them making shapes all over the fretboard and Arve especially the perfect foil for Toschie, patrolling the front of the stage.

The vocalist himself was on fine form, and to his credit he couldnt have done more to interact with as many of the audience as possible. He is an accomplished frontman as well as well as vocalist.

These guys are just so full of energy it is impossible not to feel it; damn fine musicians and songwriters.

If there is any justice in this world you will hear a lot more about Audrey Horne and the chances are if they were from the UK or States they would already have achieved a lot more. Coming from Norway, things are just a little bit tougher, both financially and logistically but if there is one band who deserves success, then this is it.

It may well be known for Black Metal but with this bunch, Norway can now lay claim to producing one of the best classic rock bands for a very long time.

They were going to be a very hard act to follow and the band that had to do just that was Pendragon, coincidentally hailing originally from the same, small and mostly irrelevant town that I call home. I didn't actually see a great deal of them as I was backstage for most of their set interviewing Audrey Horne and generally putting the world to rights with the fellows from my semi homeland – it's a Viking thing.

Pendragon's approach is of course entirely different, more prog than rock and more for the purists than a pumped up festival crowd. That is often the problem with this kind of band at a festival encompassing the wide range of music that this one does. Musically, they are a very talented bunch of guys and good songwriters but being sandwiched between Audrey Horne and Y&T is never going to make it easy to get all the crowd on your side.

So to the headliners, the legendary Y&T. I first saw them way back in 1982 at the Reading Festival. They blew me away then and have done just about every other time I have seen them since. Raismes was en route to the UK for them where they were starting their annual autumn tour three days after their appearence here.

Having interviewed mainman Dave Meniketti 10 days before the festival, it was clear then that the man has as much enthusiasm for the business now as he always had and bear in mind the band is about to enter its 40th year – yes you did read that right.

It is almost pointless to tell you how good musically he and his band are, they are rarely if ever anything else. Consummate professionals to a man and in Meniketti they have a true talent in every sense of the word. There is of course a lot said and written about his guitar playing and because of that it is sometimes easy to forget what a superb singer he is as well. His voice is still pretty much intact after all the years of touring and he still has that expressive tone that isnt always there with some others.

The set list contained a large dose of perenniel favourites - 'Black Tiger' kicking things off and then 'Open Fire', a very interesting version of 'Midnight In Tokyo', 'Winds Of Change', 'Lipstick And Leather', 'I'm Coming Home' from the last studio album 'Facemelter', 'I Believe In You' from 'Earthshaker' and of course the classic amongst classics 'Forever'.

The gig seemed though a little flat, just that spark missing that has been there every other time I have seen them live. There were technical issues going on throughout and what seemed like more guitar changes than hypocrites in the government and that didn't help.

Hell, not even the best can be perfect every time and maybe that explains some of the flat feeling – they were good, very good, just not as good as I have witnessed on other occasions.

So there we have it. To my mind, and more importantly eyes and ears, Audrey Horne and Elvenking were the two stars of the show but the festival is a winner in so many ways and it really is time it was put on the map as a must attend event.

Absolutely everyone from the organisational side went out of their way to be as helpful as possible – the gate staff, camping area staff, security, backstage and catering staff were all just plain good and efficient at what they do and that is how it should be.

Holding it all together of course is the main organiser Philippe and hats off to him and his team for doing what they do, and not doing it for the money. This could quite easily be used as a template for smaller festivals.

I will definitely be back next year.

http://www.raismesfest.fr/


26.9.13





Pin It
Share |





Sign up here for your free MetalTalk Newsletter...

Yes, please send me the MetalTalk Newsletter
Please remove me from the list

Enter your e-mail address:

Please confirm your e-mail address:




HOW TO MAKE A DONATION TO THE RONNIE JAMES DIO STAND UP AND SHOUT CANCER FUND



 
weapon uk WEAPON (UK) RELEASE NEW SINGLE IN SUPPORT OF BRITISH, IRISH AND EUROPEAN DATES
'Ride The Mariah!' video and free download is available now...

ZTV BLIND GUARDIAN BACK WITH A VENGEANCE; NEW SINGLE 'TWILIGHT OF THE GODS' RELEASED DECEMBER 7th
The wait is over! Blind Guardian are back!...

voodoo six BREAKING NEWS: LUKE PURDIE FORCED TO LEAVE VOODOO SIX DUE TO ILLNESS
The band were due to play at Legends Of Rock at Great Yarmouth this Friday night and are spending today trying to recruit a stand in vocalist...

ZTV ICONIC ROCK BAND NAZARETH ANNOUNCE VIP GIG AND DVD LAUNCH
Vocals are by newcomer Linton Osborne, an accomplished rock singer who also comes from Dunfermline and has been a friend of the band's for many years...

ZTV KISS' 'LOVE GUN' ALBUM GETS DELUXE TWO-CD TREATMENT
New version of 1977 studio recording contains previously unreleased demos, live tracks, 1977 Gene Simmons interview and liner notes by Def Leppard's Joe Elliott...

ZTV DEVIN TOWNSEND LAUNCHES SECOND EPISODE OF ZTV
"Whenever folks complain about plot inconsistencies, grammatical errors or pronunciation issues, I simply get to reply: "well that's how it is on Ziltoid's planet..."

dani filth DEVILMENT'S DANI FILTH SHOWS FANS HIS EXTENSIVE COLLECTION OF HORROR FILMS
Devilment will tour the UK in November in support of 'The Great And Secret Show'...

nightwish NIGHTWISH RELEASE LIVE CLIP OF 'ARABESQUE'
The band have also travelled to London to record with an orchestra for the new album...

manowar LOS ANGELES DOCK FIRE CAUSES MANOWAR TO RESCHEDULE RETURN TO JAPAN
The October 18th appearance is cancelled and replaced by two dates in Tokyo on October 29th and 30th...

blues pills BLUES PILLS ANNOUNCED AS RIVAL SONS TOUR SUPPORT
The dates in December are in addition to their headlining tour of the UK this November...

amorettes THE AMORETTES CONFIRMED AS SPECIAL GUESTS TO EUROPE AND BLACK STAR RIDERS 2015
The Amorettes continue to cement their reputation as one of the UK's hottest live acts...

richie ramone RICHIE RAMONE ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN TOUR AND NEW SINGLE / VIDEO RELEASE
Legendary punk drummer Richie Ramone and his band will perform a series of date in support of solo album 'Entitled'...

anthrax ANTHRAX UNVEIL THE LIVE VIDEO FOR 'IN THE END'
Charlie Benante introduces the clip taken from the band's forthcoming CD/DVD Release 'Chile On Hell'...

ulver boxset ULVER REVEAL DETAILS OF 'TROLSK SORTMETALL 1993 - 1997' BOX SET
A five CD or four LP box is available for pre-order with three hours of material including bonuses...

chronographs CHRONOGRAPHS LOSE VOCALIST MID-RELEASE CAMPAIGN
Do you have what it takes to fill Jon Sinfield's boots? Download the next single, record your own vocals and apply for the position...

blackwolf BLUES PILLS ANNOUNCE BLACKWOLF AS SPECIAL GUESTS FOR UK TOUR 2014
Blackwolf join The Vintage Caravan as support to Blues Pills in November. New single 'Kiss The Fire' is out now...

hammerfall HAMMERFALL ANNOUNCE LINE-UP CHANGES
"Life in a Heavy Metal band is indeed filled with twists and turns, highs and lows, ups and downs..."

metal all stars METAL ALL STARS SCHEDULE EXCLUSIVE LONDON GIG IN DECEMBER
A special one-off concert by the Metal All Stars featuring members of Megadeth, Dream Theater, Anthrax, Testament and many more is not to be missed...

voodoo vegas VOODOO VEGAS RELEASE LYRIC VIDEO FOR 'NO MORE'
This is the last release from the debut album as Bournemouth's finest prepare to return to the studio to record the follow-up...

enter shikari ENTER SHIKARI ANNOUNCE THE MINDSWEEP ALBUM DETAILS, PLUS 2015 EURO & UK TOUR DATES
"We pushed ourselves vocally with some of the rawest angriest vocals we've ever done as well as some of the most dulcet and delicate..."

black label society BLACK LABEL SOCIETY ANNOUNCE 2015 UK TOUR DATES
Zakk Wylde and co are bringing their explosive swagger to Europe in support of 'Catacombs Of The Black Vatican'...

evile EVILE ARE BACK WITH A NEW GUITARIST AND NEW TOUR DATES FOR 2015
"We finally get the chance to tour in support of our last album 'Skull'...we plan on playing that album in full at shows next year as we're really proud of what we put together..."

the temperance movement THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT 2 DISC DELUXE EDITION OUT NOW WITH BONUS LIVE TRACKS
Catch five stunning tracks recorded on the recent European tour. Fans who have already purchased the album can get these for free...

wildfire WILDFIRE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCE SEVEN NEW BANDS
Seven more red hot bands join headliners Tygers Of Pan Tang in what promises to be a scorching festival...

rival sons RIVAL SONS CONFIRMED FOR LATER WITH JOOLS HOLLAND
The band will preview their next single 'Good Things'. A further UK tour is planned for December this year...

ac/dc AC/DC REVEAL FIRST TRACK, ARTWORK AND TRACKLISTING FOR NEW ALBUM 'ROCK OR BUST'
'Rock Or Bust' is AC/DC's first studio album for six years and their first ever not to feature their founding rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young

manowar MANOWAR GIVE STUDENT MUSICIANS FROM ESSEN, GERMANY A NEW STAGE
Manowar will perform with the Bredeneyer Schulorchester. "We have offered them the opportunity to reach an audience that we know understands the tremendous power of music, and that they have more in common with than they may imagine..."

steel panther STEEL PANTHER UNLEASH VIDEO FOR 'PUSSYWHIPPED'
Biggest ever UK tour kicks off in March 2015, including a night at Wembley Arena...

texas flood THE TEXAS FLOOD SIGN LONG TERM DEAL WITH OFF YER ROCKA RECORDINGS
The powerhouse trio are ready to showcase their own brand of vintage rock to the world...

pythia PYTHIA ANNOUNCE RELEASE DATE, ARTWORK AND TRACKLISTING FOR NEW ALBUM 'SHADOWS OF A BROKEN PAST'
The band have also released the first song, 'The Key', which you can hear as part of the promo video here...

acdc AC/DC SHOOT NEW PROMO VIDEOS IN LONDON
Once inside Brian Johnson explained that Malcolm Young gave his blessing for the band to continue without him...

sanctuary SANCTUARY RELEASE VIDEO FOR 'FROZEN'
Seattle Thrash luminaries Sanctuary return with a new album and video, their first for twenty five years...

guns n roses GUNS N' ROSES TO RELEASE 3D CONCERT 'APPETITE FOR DEMOCRACY 3D: LIVE AT THE HARD ROCK CASINO - LAS VEGAS' INTERNATIONALLY
This is the first official Guns N' Roses live concert film since 1992's 'Use Your Illusion' concert video and features brand new live performances of classic GN'R tracks...

blues pills BLUES PILLS KICK OFF THEIR HEADLINING EUROPEAN TOUR
The three month tour takes in seven UK dates, including an upgraded venue in Manchester...

tesseract TESSERACT SIGN TO KSCOPE
The band have a new creative energy after reuniting with singer Dan Tompkins and have already written half of their third album, the follow up to 'Altered State', slated for a 2015 release...

primordial PRIMORDIAL TO RELEASE NEW FULL-LENGTH THIS NOVEMBER VIA METAL BLADE RECORDS
"We feel revitalized, the hunger never left and we are ready for another chapter to be written in our history..."

ill nino ILL NIÑO PREMIERE NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR 'I'M NOT THE ENEMY'
The video tells a bold story of youthful injustice, overcoming social stereotypes and the dreams of constructing a better life...

devin townsend DEVIN TOWNSEND LAUNCHES ZTV AND NEW ZILTOID SITE
"I'm really excited to present to you the new Ziltoid website, and the first of three ZTV episodes leading up to the album release..."

judas priest JUDAS PRIEST OPEN US TOUR WITH NEW SONGS AND CLASSICS: SPOILER ALERT - FULL SETLIST HERE
The legendary British Metallers are touring in support of of their new 'Redeemer Of Souls' album...

tony wright TONY WRIGHT RELEASES FIRST SOLO ALBUM 'THOUGHTS 'N' ALL' ON 17TH NOVEMBER
The Terrorvision frontman has made a personal, heartfelt and passionate reflection of his journey...

off PUNK/HARDCORE LUMINARIES OFF! RETURN TO THE ROAD
There will be six UK dates before the band head off to mainland Europe...

queensryche BREAKING NEWS: QUEENSRYCHE ANNOUNCED AS HARD ROCK HELL VIII HEADLINERS
Following the official cancellation of W.A.S.P., Hard Rock Hell are pleased to announce that Queensryche will be stepping up to the top slot...

motorhead LEMMY TALKS TO FULL METAL JACKIE ABOUT HIS HEALTH, THE NEXT ALBUM AND THE MOTORBOAT CRUISE
Lemmy Kilmister was the guest on Full Metal Jackie's weekend radio show this weekend...

hellion HELLION ANNOUNCE NEW 'KARMA'S A BITCH' MINI ALBUM & SINGLE
Hellion's strongest line-up to date unleash first new material in over a decade...

blaze bayley BLAZE BAYLEY RELEASES 'SOUNDTRACKS OF MY LIFE' DVD
Blaze and backing band Absolva are captured in a performance celebrating 30 years in the business for Blaze...

black sabbath BREAKING NEWS: BLACK SABBATH TO RECORD NEW ALBUM AND DO ONE FINAL TOUR
Just as we told you back in May, Black Sabbath's Hyde Park performance on 4th July was not the last ever Sabbath gig...

def leppard DEF LEPPARD ROCK THE NFL AT WEMBLEY
A stage was set up on the pitch with the band performing in front of beautiful cheerleaders...

slipknot SLIPKNOT RELEASE 'THE DEVIL IN I' OFFICIAL VIDEO
Find out more about the new masks as the build up to the release of '.5:The Gray Chapter' continues...

sy keeler ONSLAUGHT'S SY KEELER TO SIT OUT FORTHCOMING US/CANADA/SOUTH AMERICA TOUR
Ex Anthrax legend Neil Turbin steps into the breach as the health issues of Sy Keeler's son mean he is needed at home...

vivian cambell VIV CAMPBELL TO UNDERGO STEM CELL TREATMENT
Trixter guitarist Steve Brown will fill in for Def Leppard's autumn dates...

haken HAKEN LAUNCH 'DARKEST LIGHT' VIDEO
"We've managed to chop the old song in half, cut away all the excess fat and produce a 6 minute rowdy riff roller-coaster that will surely find a home in the heavier side of our live show..."

the dead daisies THE DEAD DAISIES RELEASE 'THE FACE I LOVE' VIDEO
Get a look at the title track of the new EP here. A new album will follow in 2015...

primordial PRIMORDIAL ANNOUNCE UK DATES IN FEBRUARY 2015
There will also be an album launch in Dublin in November for 'Where Greater Men Have Fallen'...

protokult SING ALONG TO 'GET ME A BEER!' LYRIC VIDEO BY PROG FOLK METALLERS PROTOKUL
"For those of you who can't understand what the hell Martin is spewing, now is your chance to sing along! Get yourself a cold one and enjoy!"...

whitesnake WHITESNAKE ANNOUNCE NEW LIVE DVD/CD WITH CLASSIC AND RARE PERFORMANCES
"It's still hard for me to find the words when remembering that half the incredible band who originally recorded the 'Slide It In' album with me have passed away," says Coverdale...

metal church VOCALIST RONNY MUNROE QUITS METAL CHURCH
The band posted a statement on their official Facebook page assuring fans that the band is alive and well and that "big announcements" are expected soon...

bloodbath BLOODBATH STREAM FIRST NEW TRACK FEATURING NICK HOLMES AND REVEAL ALBUM TRACKLISTING
Sweden's masters of horror Bloodbath are set to release their fourth album of supreme death Metal, 'Grand Morbid Funeral', on 17th November 2014...

ac/dc AC/DC ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM, 'ROCK OR BUST', AND CONFIRM DEPARTURE OF MALCOLM YOUNG
AC/DC have announced details of their 17th studio album, their first for six years and their first ever not to feature Malcolm...

lordi LORDI RELEASE FIRST SINGLE FROM NEW ALBUM 'SCARE FORCE ONE'
Tour dates to follow for the Finnish sensations. "The overall sound of the band is more modern this time, and we've tried out some new tricks here and there..."

bloodstock CANNIBAL CORPSE WILL PLAY AN EXCLUSIVE UK SHOW AT BLOODSTOCK 2015
Cannibal Corpse, Sepultura and Ihsahn join the line-up that also includes Within Temptation and Opeth...

helix HELIX ANNOUNCE TOUR OF EUROPE
This will be the first Euro tour for Helix since heading out with Kiss and Ian Gillan in the 1980s...

threshold THRESHOLD DISCUSS HOW THEY FOUND THE NEW ALBUM ARTWORK ON THE INTERNET
Damian Wilson and Richard West discuss Threshold's new album 'For The Journey', out today...

quireboys THE QUIREBOYS RELEASE 'THIS IS ROCK N ROLL II' IN ADVANCE OF NOVEMBER TOUR
Re-packaged, re-styled and with 4 bonus tracks, the rare 2001 classic from The Quireboys will be available on 23rd October...

gwar GWAR REVEAL TWO NEW MEMBERS - BLÓTHAR AND VULVATRON
Meet the latest warriors to don the latex and styrofoam and join the intergalactic crew for Gwar's "Eternal" tour...

fear factory FEAR FACTORY SIGN TO NUCLEAR BLAST ENTERTAINMENT
The journey continues for one of the groundbreaking Metal bands of our time, with new material to be released in 2015...

tank TANK BEGIN WORK ON NEW ALBUM; BAND CONFIRMED FOR BANG YOUR HEAD
The band are scheduled to enter the studio in November with a release planned for early February...

blitzallica DIAMOND HEAD TO HEADLINE COUNTY DURHAM'S BLITZALLICA IN OCTOBER
Plus legendary Metal party band Dumpy's Rusty Nuts and old favorites Holosade who are reforming especially for this headbanging estravaganza...

saille SAILLE COMMENT ON FORTHCOMING THIRD ALBUM
"'Eldritch' differs quite a bit from our two previous albums," keyboardist Dries Gaerdelen says...

winger WINGER RELEASE VIDEO FOR 'BETTER DAYS COMIN'
Winger have released a new music video - the title track from their Billboard chart breaking album...

voodoo six VOODOO SIX ANNOUNCE SIX HEADLINE SHOWS IN EUROPE
This Autumn, Voodoo Six will play six headline shows in Germany, Belgium, and The Netherlands...

michael schenker MICHAEL SCHENKER ANNOUNCES DECEMBER UK TOUR
Schenker will perform songs from the new album, which features the new single, 'Lord Of The Lost And Lonely' plus all the classics...

johnny thunders LOOKING FOR JOHNNY: THE LEGEND OF JOHNNY THUNDERS MOVIE TO BE RELEASED NEXT MONTH
When Johnny Thunders died in New Orleans on April 23rd 1991, he left behind a mystery...

metallica METALLICA TO RELEASE 27 LIVE ALBUMS BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR AND APPEAR IN THE GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS
To commemorate the anniversary of the LiveMetallica.com site, the band are offering CDs and LPs of every gig they played in 2014...

kobra and the lotus KOBRA AND THE LOTUS AND THE TREATMENT ANNOUNCE UK TOURS
Kobra And The Lotus will be kicking off their Headline Tour on 24th September in support of their latest record 'High Priestess'...

rival sons RIVAL SONS RETURN TO UK FOR DECEMBER TOUR
The band appear on Letterman in the US on October 9th, and will have an exciting UK TV appearance to announce soon...

linkin park LINKIN PARK PLAY TWO NIGHTS AT LONDON'S 02 ARENA IN NOVEMBER
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...

metal talk
© All written site content is copyright MetalTalk.net 2008-2014, unless otherwise stated, and is not to be used without prior permission.
Ads raid data recovery