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POster stating Hellfest is cancelled

As we predicted yesterday, Loire-Atlantique Prefecture and the French Ministry of Culture have taken the decision to ban Hellfest 2020. The Hellfest team support their decision and have thanked the Ministry for their consideration and responsiveness towards the festival. Tickets already purchased for this years festival will be honoured for …
Bloodstock Festival Poster

MetalTalk understands that Hellfest will most likely cancel this summer’s event, as the French Government is likely to announce a longer coronavirus isolation period. With Download and most other May/June festivals already postponed, Bloodstock is one possible light at the end of the tunnel. The Bloodstock team have today moved to reassure everyone …
Photo of Metal band Machine Head

Californian Heavy Metal band Machine Head have today announced rescheduled dates for the European leg of their ‘Burn My Eyes’ 25th Anniversary tour. The tour kicks off in Spain in October and finishes with two November dates in the UK – 22nd BIRMINGHAM, O2 Academy and 23rd LONDON, Brixton O2 Academy. The full …
Cover of Ayreon, Electric Castle Live

Ayreon is the brainchild of Dutch producer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and singer Arjen Lucassen. The project’s first release was 1995’s ‘The Final Experiment’ and, like most of Ayreon’s output, is a rock opera with multiple guest musicians and vocalists. Words: Robert Adams The music covers a myriad of styles, but is …
Photo of Bombs Of Hades

Swedish Crusty Death Metallers ‘Bombs of Hades’ return with their latest EP ‘Phantom Bell’ to add to their already extensive discography and it may only be sixteen minutes and four tracks, but it’s a well filled and well varied release that packs a punch and makes a superb listen. Words: …
Photos of Japanese Power Metal band Lovebites

Lovebites, maybe one of the most European sounding Japanese Power Metal bands around, recently released the fantastic album ‘Electric Pentagram’ and on the back of a successful UK tour with Dragonforce, they are certainly a band on the rise.  Miyako recently took time during lockdown to speak with MetalTalk’s Johnny …
Ryan Roxie, guitarist for Alice Cooper

Guitarist Ryan Roxie, best known for his work with the legendary Alice Cooper, has talked in the past about “passing the torch of rock n’ roll” to the next generation of Metal stars and now, to achieve this goal, he has launched the ‘System-12 Guitar Method’. Using his experience and …
Photo of band Dool

The Netherlands has an interesting and varied musical hinterland when you dig under the surface. Rotterdam quintet Dool are a case in point.   Words: Ian Sutherland Their amalgam of Sisters style gothic melodies, Tool-ish heavy intensity and strong song writing mixed with a touch of psychedelic experimentation, made this …
Photo of Live Burial

It is a strange but warming feeling to listen to an album and find it both luscious and brutal. But that’s the feeling I get from the second studio offering, ‘Unending Futility’, from UK Death Metal band Live Burial. Words: Jools Green ‘Unending Futility’ has a sound that is dense …
Rick Astley models Motorhead tShirt

It may be forty years since Motörhead’s seminal ‘Ace Of Spades’ was unleashed, but their legacy remains as strong as ever and now the power and style associated with the band can celebrated on the ‘Every Playlist Louder’ website. Here you can curate your own personalized Spotify playlist of ear drum …