With their last crack of the whip Russia’s Arkona set a certain standard with their own ‘pagan’ metal sound. Now, with the high expectations we’ve accumulated since 2009′s impressive but a tad lengthy Goi Rode Goi – we await something special.
Famed for his work with symphonic metallers Epica, Mark Jansen ventures into altogether heavier stylistic territories with side project MaYaN. Jansen is joined by his former bandmate Jack Driessen of After Forever fame and drummer Arien van Weesenbeek from death metallers God Dethroned, but guests include Epica singer Simone Simons, ReVamp’s Floor Jansen, Sons Of Seasons’ Henning Basse and Italian opera talent Laura Macri.
German futurepop/industrial crew Blutengel continue to make waves with their unique brand of modern electronic music. I caught up with frontman Chris Pohl for Rushonrock, as the band prepares for a big year in 2011.
There’s a lot to take in for heavy metallers familiar with Hammerfall. Not many would have anticipated that the release of Infected would constitute such an extreme thematic move from a band accustomed to traipsing for glory on medieval battlefields to a one running from zombies. Yes Hammerfall fans you heard right. But that’s not the only shock here – good ol’ band mascot Hector is missing from the front cover for the first time ever!
@ Newcastle O2 Academy II, May 18 2011
Black Spiders have long been doused in the flammable potential of burning stardom but the rock world is still waiting for someone to strike the match.
For a band that formed in 2008, it’s been a relatively short road so far. But the process of gaining positive attention has heightened to a serious state and they’ve had to adapt quickly – crucially seeking to ease into their newly found and ever-busier, platformed environment.
Since precisely 11.30PM on April 1st 2009, Convolution have been pervading their groove-laden metal across Newcastle with an equal measure of passion and respect for their audience, peers and most importantly – their very own brutal sound.
@ Newcastle Trillians, May 2 2011
This is The Defiled’s first chance to really impress at a regional and more intimate level after they did enough to gain much critical acclaim following the release of Grave Times in February.