Given that Doom Metal (or should that be DOOM METAL ? It feels like it has earned the right to be in ALL-CAPS) has pretty much more right than any other subgenre to claim it is the “original” form of heavy metal, it seemed kind of remiss that we didn’t have a column dedicated specifically to it. Until now – step forward, Pete Long….
October 14th, 2012
Earlier this week, Bloodstock Open Air got in on the festival-headliner-announcement game by confirming that King Diamond would be making his UK festival debut as their Friday night headliner for 2013. Now while this is frickin’ awesome all of itself, we were talking about it in the pub over the weekend and realised the sheer lack of King Diamond/Mercyful Fate knowledge in our immediate circle of friends. Dear readers, we’d be lying if we said we were anything less than shocked and ashamed.
June 29th, 2012
June 27th, 2012
English festivals? Who needs ‘em? France plays host to one of, if not the best metal/hardcore/loud music festivals in the world every June, and here’s six reasons why going to Hellfest instead of staying at home recovering from Download Festival was a very fucking good idea.
Six sets that made Hellfest 2012 better than what you did that weekend
Interview: Joey Tempest of Europe on playing to death metal fans, a new album and the secret to his smooth skin
February 8th, 2011
If you think that ‘The Final Countdown’ is the only thing Europe are famous for then you really ought to just get out. Alternatively, you could read Amit Sharma‘s in depth interview with smooth-skinned frontman, Joey Tempest.
It’s great to see Europe have grown from strength to strength since reforming in 2003. What has been your highlight so far from the ‘Last Look At Eden’ tour?
“Well Last Look At Eden has been one of those albums that’s connected well with so many people and we’ve done about 100 shows now. There’s been so many but the Sonisphere and iTunes Festivals were both very special for us because we grew up listening to a lot of British music. Touring here is always amazing and there’s a strong connection whenever we play in the UK, so we are coming back for the ‘Balls N Banners’ tour and hopefully again in 2012.”
December 1st, 2009
Some people don’t think Christmas is very metal. Those people are clearly wrong – though not as ‘wrong’ as that picture of Twisted Sister celebrating up there – as Christmas is not only awesome, but can also be pretty damn metal when it wants to be. The guys pulling the strings of Wacken agree with us.
December 7th, 2008
Huddersfield thrashers, Evile have had a mad 2008 and so we caught up with master shredder, Ol Drake and singer/guitarist, Matt Drake to chat about touring with Megadave and getting a Subway sandwich endorsement.
What was your highlight of 2008?
M: Having a whisky with Dave Mustaine.
O: It’s a mixture of two. Touring Europe with Megadeth was a dream come true – great guys and great band – but also the tour with Exodus. We’ve had so much fun in 2008.
What was the worst thing that happened to you in 2008?
M: Having to drop off the Satyricon tour due to my brothers jaw trying to have sex with a concrete floor.
O: In Rotterdam, I collapsed and fractured my jaw and split my chin open, forcing us to cancel the Satyricon tour. SHIT. You win again, Gravity. For the band, it was missing Hellfest. We were so unbelievably gutted we couldn’t make it due to problems at the ferry port. We seriously hope they’ll have us back to make up for it.