It’s no secret that the Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany is probably the largest metal festival in the world. Drawing in tens of thousands of people from across the globe, this festival brings some of the biggest names in hard rock and metal as well as showing the more underground, extreme acts that people would otherwise have no chance to see.
Now, the 2013 incarnation of this extremely popular festival is officially sold out. Let me rephrase that in a way that should have a mind-blowing effect on you: Wacken Open Air has sold 75,000 tickets almost one year in advance. There is one set price for tickets ($140) and they are sold on a first come, first served basis for the Aug 1st – 3rd festival. Without knowing the full line up for the show, people have spent $140 plus fees and postage. It’s unbelievable but it also says that Wacken is doing something right. They have been selling out the festival for several years now and it looks like there is no sign of them stopping.
Below is a list of bands that are so far confirmed to play at the show (a TON more will be added over the next months, so keep an eye out at the official website to stay up-to-date) READ MORE
Still one of my favorite releases this year, Leprous‘ Bilateral (review) is a prog rock/metal album that is destined to become one of the timeless classics of music. Now, the band has released a video for Restless that is just as weird and twisted as the album. I got a lot of Black Hole Sun vibes from this video in that everything was surreal and nothing could be figured out at first glance. Check it out after the jump and make sure to check out our exclusive interview with vocalist/synths Einar Solberg. READ MORE
Century Media Records is proud to announce the signing of INSOMNIUM who recently won the Finnish Metal Awards earlier this year for Best Band and Best Album (for the 2009 album “Across The Dark”). The band comments: “We are very happy to announce that we have signed a deal with the mighty Century Media Records. Throughout the spring and summer we negotiated with several attractive labels but in the end it was clear that Century Media would be our home for the years to come. Their enthusiasm, professionalism and genuine love for music made an instant impact on us. We are convinced that this alliance will lead to even greater achievements in the future and also avails us to tour outside Europe more often. And naturally it is a great honor for us to stand in the same team with the likes of Dark Tranquillity, Arch Enemy, Paradise Lost, The Haunted, Finntroll and Turisas. A new exciting chapter in the story of Insomnium has begun!
We want to thank Jens Prueter and the whole Century Media crew for putting their trust in us. We thank our manager Jukka Varmo for handling the negotiations very smoothly. We also wish to thank our previous label Candlelight Records for the decade that we spent with them. We salute you all!”
Barren Earth, has teamed up with MetalReview.com to offer eager listeners a chance to win a copy of the band’s full-length debut, Curse of the Red River, which hit stores in April on Peaceville Records. All the details on how to enter/win can be found HERE
. The contest will run for one week only, so make sure to enter before it’s too late!
With a wealth of experience from internationally renowned acts, featuring former members of Finnish metallers, Amorphis, to current members of Swallow the Sun, Moonsorrow, and Kreator, Barren Earth presents progressive and folk textured death/doom metal of the highest order on their critically acclaimed debut, Curse of the Red River.
One always says that you can’t rush greatness or perfection, and this couldn’t be more true in the case of metal titans Nevermore, who last released the highly acclaimed ‘This Godless Endeavor’ in 2005. The Seattle quartet have triumphantly returned with the much anticipated new full-length release, ‘The Obsidian Conspiracy’, which is what could be their most impressive offering of their illustrious decade plus, heralded career.
The Obsidian Conspiracy was recorded with renowned producer Peter Wichers (who previously worked with Nevermore vocalist Warrel Dane on his solo debut ‘Praises to the War Machine’). Longtime friend and collaborator Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Opeth) once again handled mixing duties. The album is set for June 8th North American release and May 31st European release.
FINNTROLL are back! On March 9th, the band will release its highly anticipated new slab of folk-rooted metal hymns entitled Nifelvind. It was recorded at Sonic Pump Studios (Apocalyptica, Amorphis, Ensiferum) in Helsinki, Finland and mastered by Mika Jussila (Children Of Bodom, Sonata Arctica, HIM) at Finnvox Studios. A savage new video for the track, “Solsagan,” was recently completed and you can view the making of that video now at Youtube. The eye-popping new clip was produced by Vasara Films (Dark Tranquillity, Turisas).