From metal as religion

Forget Babymetal — Here are Five Bands You Can be Proud to Follow

Since the mid-1990’s cute girls as young as twelve have been recruited by the Japanese Talent Agencies to ‘become’ adorable little stars. The Japanese Idol system is all about manufacture, control and profit. Innocent looking actresses are recruited. (They do not necessarily have a background in music.) They are then expected to sweat & toil…

KAMELOT for HAMMERFEST 7

Symphonic power metal band KAMELOT – with Thomas Youngblood – are set to bring their unique blend of monstrously epic metal to HAMMERFEST 12-15 MARCH 2015. Hammerfest promises to be yet another cracking edition as it celebrates its seventh year – this time with a pirate metal themed event Hammerfest – now in its regular home at…

HRH AOR Poodle Hair Bands

HRH AOR, Europe’s biggest AOR residential festival, has announced the first 10 bands for 2015. Included in this early announcement is Starz– the power pop band from New Jersey, United States. Starz has a cult following. Several 1980’s glam metal artists have cited this band as a major influence. This band rose from the ashes…

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…

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…

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…

Global Rock Summit Announces Mötley Crüe Manager

The Global Rock Summit – which takes place April 4th & 5th 2014 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles – has announced the addition of more names to add to the already impressive range of Rock Industry heavyweights. These now include Chris Nilsson President of Tenth Street Management (Management of Mötley Crüe), Spinefarm…