From March, 2014

BLUE OYSTER CULT to Headline HRH

Hard Rock Hell, Europe’s leading residential rock festival, is pleased to announce Blue Öyster Cult, Krokus and Vardis for its 8th cycle. Joining BOC after a 7 year absence from the UK are Swiss multi-platinum selling rockers, Krokus. With 14 million album sales and over 17 studio albums, it’s about time they get back onto…

HAMMERFEST Overheard Remarks

“Derision left me a bit deaf in my right ear … all my other ears are alright…”                   “Apparently it’s really sunny today … it’s just that you can not see the sun because of the fog …”             Q: Do you…

DERISION Interview

The show that ‘Derision’ played at Hammerfest was a whirlwind of sound and fury. Lead man Tony Smith (vocals) reminds us of ‘Joe Cocker’ – with piercing eyes that gleam like spiked blades from a dense foam of orange bearded growth. Guitarist Eddie White looks formidable. A devilishly long black beard cracks diagonally down to…

DEFINING moments in Metal

DEFINING moments in Metal – Part One – 1: Tony Iommi Loses His Fingers Born in Birmingham, England, Iommi worked in a factory as a teenager where he lost the tips of two of his fingers in an accident. As riff-maker extraordinaire and the acknowledged king of heavy metal we wonder how far things would have…

HAMMERFEST Review

The Sun Shines on The Damned Hammerfest VI – Book of The dead – Haven Holiday Park – Wales 13TH – 16TH MARCH 2014 As the sun rose into the bleached sky – to burn our tired eyes – it was time to take stock of what we have become. It was time to celebrate…

METAL ERAS

1: Bronze Age Immediately after the cavemen invented fire and the wheel etc. They made an extraordinary discovery – they learnt metal refining. At first they made items from copper- then they melted copper with a small amount of tin and they invented bronze. Almost at once they started going around calling themselves the ‘Bronze…

TO THE BONES Interview

The Metal As Religion Grand Inquisitor caught up with TO THE BONES at HAMMERFEST VI (The Book of the Dead) HOW WAS YOUR HAMMERFEST SHOW – WHAT WAS IT LIKE FROM YOUR PERSPECTIVE? Great, It was amazing to play that big room. We loved it. We were on early … but it was really busy…

REUBEN ARCHER’S PERSONAL SIN

‘Personal Sin’ has its foundations in the British hard rock band ‘Stampede’ formed in 1981 by Reuben Archer and Laurence Archer. After a whirlwind ride and a rise-and-rise – the band hit difficulties in the mid eighties – a little after Stampede’s ‘Hurricane Town’ album. At this time Reuben became seriously ill and Stampede reluctantly…

IDIOM Announce More UK Shows

IDIOM’S ‘Movement’ EP is to be included as cover-mount CD with second issue of Metal Hammer in stores 31st March. “’Movement’ is about constantly striving for what you want and dream,” says Idiom guitarist Kris Gibbz. “Each song has its own journey and meaning to all of us but we’ve been the same four members…

Black Country Metal Fest III

Black Country Metal Fest III at The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton Five piece metalcore act ‘XVII’ from Kidderminster had already played at Wolverhampton’s notoriously splendid Slade Rooms when they supported ‘The Defiled’ back in May 2013. Appetizing, stonking riffs and unabashed cockiness are the name of the game for these guys – it’s all fast, frantic…