The Desertfest Berlin line-up is complete! With 2 more acts to be unveiled soon but playing a very special location on a boat ride, the festival in the heart of Berlin has just announced their daily running orders! With no over-lapping sets on 2 stages and many specials, the daily timetables can be viewed & downloaded here

Taking place between May 4th – 6th at the ARENA directly located at the river side of Berlin, Desertfest has created their best and most special 7th edition to date. The line-up reads as follows and will make every desertrock-heart beat faster:

MONSTER MAGNET, GRAVEYARD, HIGH ON FIRE (20 years anniversary show),
+ 2 more acts playing a special boat ride to be unveiled soon!

Soulline (CH) reveal coverart and tracklist new album “The Deep”.

Soulline (CH) reveal coverart and tracklist new album “The Deep”.

The Deep is our new album in production.
An album that was born from our ‘as-usual” desire to play. A desire that never lacks from that far away 2000, the year of the beginning of our journey called Soulline.

We wanted to create new music to express what we feel inside… and this time our thoughts were “deep”.
The Deep’s lyrics are a full immersion in the chaotic depths of the human soul.
The sound of The Deep” is 100% Soulline: a mix of power and melody, melancholic harmonies that take you into a dark dimension, in the deep down.
In this album, compared to the previous Welcome My Sun, Ghebro will also sing some clean parts. The mix was entrusted to the expert hands of Dan Swanö, Swedish producer who has become an indispensable pawn in the Soulline’s sound. The keyboards of the young artist Enea Adami and the drums played by Edo Sala (Folkstone) give The Deep the right final contribution.

The Fall
Cool Breeze
Into Life
Filthy Reality
Deepest Me
The Game
The Deep End
Still Mind
The Deep will be released in September via Profane Records, the exact date will be announced shortly.

The graphic has been entrusted to Seth Siro Anton: designer, artist and bass player/singer of the Greek group Septic Flesh.
Seth has curated the artworks of many bands on the international metal scene, standing out for its graphics always very “strong” and full of details.
Seth Siro Anton spoke on The Deep:
“This is one of the strongest work that I made, original powerful and with a lot of details. I wanted to make something new, fresh and original. So we have a killer Female Figure which represents totally the chaotic depth of Human existence.”




A Soundtrack and A Game

The Swedish pioneers of timeless slowness are back in top form, distilling the essence of epic doom metal!



It only takes a few short bars of the title track ‘House Of Doom‘ to feel that familiar sensation again: yes, Leif Edling aka the undisputed king of minor key songwriting has returned. With him, he brings frenzied riffing, melancholy made sound and warm Hammond organ tapestries that form the pillars of every CANDLEMASS classic!


CANDLEMASS  is back in top form with this killer doom epic. ‘The House Of Doom’ EP comes with 3 bonus tracks, is raw and in your face and today is available for PRE ORDER!

The Swedish pioneers of timeless slowness managed once again to distill the essence of epic doom metal – and at the same time they make waiting for the next long player (to be released in fall 2018) even harder…

Preorder ‘House Of Doom’ HERE!


  1. House of Doom
  2. Flowers of Deception
  3. Fortuneteller
  4. Dolls On A Wall


Leif Edling: Bass

Mats “Mappe” Björkman:   Guitars

Jan Lindh: Drums

Lars “Lasse” Johansson: Guitars

Mats Levén: Vocals

And there is even more!

In addition to the regular EP there will be 10” etched vinyl with an exclusive 9,5 minutes long version of the song ‘The House Of Doom’.

This 10” will be available to win from April 27th.

The vinyl cannot be bought, it can only be obtained by playing the game HOUSE OF DOOM.

To win the contest users need to sign up to a selected casino through the website.

Winners of the contest will be selected at random.  Supply is limited so this will be a very rare and collectible item. You can win other exclusive merchandise by playing the game, including signed t-shirts and more.

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Posted by Andy Maelstaf

New single from Grimmer: Dödens Dans


Friday April 20th 2018, Despotz Records released the newest and last single from Grimner. This band recently also brought out it’s newest album through Despotz Records. This new single is called “Dödens Dans” and also will be released through Despotz Records.

Quote from the band:

‘Brothers and sisters!  Today we want to present a song to you from our latest album “Vanadrottning”. It is called “Dödens Dans” (Dance of Death), and it tells of an old challenge, in Sweden called “holmgång”. In ancient nordic times, it was a way to solve disputes, and this solution was simply single combat. The winner would have the right to whatever he may have wanted from the loser, but if this challenge was ever denied by somebody, they would be marked as a niding (outcast). It is a fast-paced and energetic song, filled with melodies of old.  Enjoy, friends. And if you already have, enjoy it again!’.

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[ photo by S.E. Dantchev ]

Hailing from the Netherlands, SHYLMAGOGHNAR became one of the most spoken of extreme metal duos in underground metal throughout the years. This is not just because of pure heaviness, not because of incredible song structures and not because of fiery emotional music.  This is a combination connecting all of these factors and creating a raw and unique soundscape. With their debut album ‘Emergence’ SHYLMAGOGHNAR achieved an amazing feat, without having signed to a label, their album reached nearly 1.700.000 views on the bands YouTube channel.

Their second strike is entitled ‘Transience’ and will be out on June 29th! On this album the band perfected their game and brought it to a whole new level!

Watch the new video for the title track of  ‘Transience’ right HERE.

Buy and listen to the digital single of ‘Transience’ right HERE.

Preorder ‘Transience’ HERE!

Available in the following formats:

–           Regular Jewel Case

–           2 LP Gatefold & Bonus Track

–           Regular Jewel Case & Shirt Bundle

–           Digital Full-Length Album



1          Transience

2          The Dawn of Motion

3          As All Must Come to Pass

4          This Shadow of the Heart

5          The Chosen Path

6          No Child of Man Could Follow

7          Journey Through the Fog

8          Life


Nimblkorg: Guitars, Bass, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals

Skirge: Vocals, Lyrics

For More Info Visit:

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Devilsdriver reveals Part One of New Outlaws ‘till the end


DEVILDRIVER Reveals Part One of New “Outlaws ‘Til The End” Interview Series, with Commentary from Randy Blythe, Hank3, Lee Ving and More


New Album, Outlaws ‘Til The End, out July 6, 2018 via Napalm Records

Pre-Order Here:

Globally renowned, chart-topping band DEVILDRIVER recently announced the upcoming release of their highly-anticipated full-length album of outlaw country-gone-metal anthems, Outlaws ‘Til The End. The monstrous collection of savage metal interpretations will be released via Napalm Records on July 6, 2018, and pre-orders are available now in multiple formats via with more format options coming soon.


This week, DEVILDRIVER is pleased to reveal the first of several segments of a new interview commentary series supporting the release of Outlaws ‘Til The End. The first segment, titled “Intro to Outlaw Country”, features members of DEVILDRIVERas well as album guests Randy Blythe of Lamb of God, Lee Ving of FearHank3Wednesday 13, Burton C. Bell of Fear Factory and Brock Lindow of 36 Crazyfists discussing their personal introductions to the outlaw country genre and how it has influenced them as musicians.


In the video, Fafara details, “I got into my parent’s record collection when I was younger, and that’s what got me into music. And they have everything from the Doors, to Steppenwolf, to a lot of outlaw country, and even stuff like Kenny Rogers, laying around the house… but I think my true love [for outlaw country] came from when I started touring with Pantera. Them and on the Black  Sabbath tour. I constantly was hearing those guys on the bus jamming outlaw country. If it wasn’t Willie Nelson, it was Johnny Cash and bands like that. I just fell in love with the lyrics as well. The lyrical content is so fucking real…”

For more commentary, check out the “Intro to Outlaw Country” segment in the video commentary series here:

While online, listen to a clip of DEVILDRIVER’s cover of Hank3’s “Country Heroes”, featuring Hank3 himself, here:

Outlaws ‘Til The End is both a startling curveball and a ferocious statement of individuality from a band who have been a constant and effective force in the heavy metal world for the best part of two decades now. From the opening seconds of Hank3’s “Country Heroes” onward, Outlaws ‘Til The End is simply one of the most invigorating records the band have made yet. More importantly, these evocative, irresistible songs have all been wholly rebuilt from the ground up, powered by the classic DEVILDRIVER sound and embellished with Fafara’s unmistakable feral roar. Outlaws ‘Til The End was produced, mixed and recorded with Steve Evetts (Dillinger Escape Plan, Every Time I Die, Sepultura, The Cure), and co-produced by DEVILDRIVER guitarist Mike Spreitzer. The album was mastered by renowned engineer Alan Douches.

Completing this unprecedented project is a host of metal and country luminaries providing unforgettable cameos: horror metal icon Wednesday13 lends his incensed rasp to George Jones’ “If Drinking Don’t Kill Me”, 36 Crazyfists frontman Brock Lindow brings fire and soul to Steve Earle’s, “Copperhead Road”, and Fear Factory’s Burton C. Bell helps to turn Richard Thompson’s anti-war classic, “Dad’s Gonna Kill Me”, into a brooding gothic metal extravaganza. Meanwhile, Lamb of Godmembers Randy Blythe and Mark Morton contribute to an exhilarating decimation of Willie Nelson’s “Whiskey River” before Randy makes a second appearance on DEVILDRIVER’s version of cowboy standard “Ghost Riders In The Sky”; the latter featuring the son of Johnny Cash himself. The album also features the iconic voice of Fear, US punk rock legend Lee Ving, on Johnny Cash’s “The Man Comes Around” and David Allan Coe’s “The Ride”.

DEVILDRIVER Outlaws ‘Til The End track listing:

1. “Country Heroes”

Written by Hank Williams III

Performed by Hank3 & Dez Fafara

2. “Whiskey River”

Written by Johnny Bus

h and Paul Stroud; recorded by Willie Nelson

Performed by Randy Blythe, Mark Morton of Lamb of God & Dez Fafara

3. “Outlaw Man”

Written by David Blue; recorded by the Eagles

Performed by Dez Fafara & Neal Tiemann of DEVILDRIVER

4. “Ghost Riders in the Sky”

Written by Stan Jones

Performed by John Carter Cash, Ana Cristina Cash, Randy Blythe & Dez Fafara

4. “I’m the Only Hell (Mama Ever Raised)”

Written by Bobby Bobby Borchers, Wayne Kemp, Mack Vickery; recorded by Johnny Paycheck

Performed by Dez Fafara & DEVILDRIVER

5. “If Drinking Don’t Kill Me (Her Memory Will)”

Written by Harlan

Sanders, Rick Beresford; recorded by George Jones

Performed by Wednesday13 & Dez Fafara

6. “The Man Comes Around”

Written by Johnny Cash

Performed by Lee Ving of Fear & Dez Fafara

7. “A Thousand Miles From Nowhere”

Written by Dwight


Performed by Dez Fafara & Neal Tiemann of DEVILDRIVER

8. “Copperhead Road”

Written by Steve Earle

Performed by Brock Lindow of 36 Crazyfists & Dez Fafara

9. “Dad’s Gonna Kill Me”

Written by Richard Thomps on

Performed by Burton C. Bell of Fear Factory & Dez Fafara

10. “A Country Boy Can Survive”

Written by Hank Williams Jr.

Performed by Dez Fafara & DEVILDRIVER

11. “The Ride”

Written by J.B. Detterline Jr., Gary Gentry; recorded by David Allan Coe


Performed by Lee Ving of Fear & Dez Fafara

Still charging forward, proudly against the grain and on the form of their lives, DEVILDRIVER have never made a record like Outlaws ‘Til The End before. But then, nor has anyone else. The perfect marriage of badass country grit and neck-wrecking groove metal supremacy, it’s a pistol-packing game-changer delivered by true heavy metal outlaws.

Stay tuned for more new music and videos coming soon in anticipation of Outlaws ‘Til The End.


 Upcoming DEVILDRIVER performances:

7/12 – Oshkosh, WI @ Rock USA

7/15 – Mansfield, OH @ The World-Famous Historic Ohio State Reformatory, Home of the “Shawshank Prison” – INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival




Dez Fafara – Vocals

Mike Spreitzer – Guitar

Neal Tiemann – Guitar

Diego Ibarra – Bass

Austin D’Amond – Drums

New Single from Therion singer Linnéa Vikström – Big Bang

New Single from Therion singer Linnéa Vikström – Big Bang

As the singer for the Swedish symphonic metal phenomenon Therion, Linnea Vikström already has fans all over the world. Making her solo debut as QFT (Quantum Field Theory) we get to meet a completely new side of the beloved singer.
New Single from Linnéa Vikström’s Solo Project QFT (Quantum Field Theory) 

Similar artists: Van Halen, Black Sabbath, Spice Girls

Big bang, space travels, black holes, singularity, aliens, stars colliding and the inevitable end of universe – the solo debut from the internationally praised metal singer Linnéa Vikström spans all the way from current science to the eternal, philosophical questions regarding the beginning, the end and life beyond our own planet.

As the singer for the Swedish symphonic metal phenomenon Therion, Linnea Vikström has already fans around the world. But when she makes her solo debut as QFT (Quantum Field Theory) we get to meet a completely new side of the beloved singer.

The second single from the upcoming album is called “Big Bang” and was released April 13th through Despotz Records.

“The first version of Big Bang was very different from the version that made it to the record. There was a completely different verse which we decided to remove and instead we went with a new melody on the track. The first demo production was of a completely different character and after that first one, at least five other ones followed until we found a form and a production that felt right! Big Bang is not only a song about the start of the universe, but also acts as a hommage to the scientific method.” // Linnéa Vikström, QFT

The upcoming album, “Live In Space” is a dynamic and musically diversified theme album about the universe, where the ten tracks are beautifully bound together by Linnéa’s enormous vocal range and clear vision. The result is a detailed journey through space and time, that won’t leave anyone unaffected. “Live In Space” is an album where both the music and the lyrics offers you much to discover.

Under the supervision of legendary Swedish sound engineer Lennart Östlund (ABBA, Led Zeppelin etc.), “Live In Space” was basically recorded completely live. Together with the musicians Georg Härnsten Egg (drums), Jonathan Olsson (bass) and Mano Lewys (guitar), Linnéa Vikström only needed a few recordings per track. That the album – apart from some additional choirs – was recorded live can’t be heard when you listen to the result. On the contrary, “Live In Space” sounds like the product of immense and costly studio sessions.

“Live In Space” was probably not what you expected from Linnéa Vikström. But when the singer from Therion makes her solo debut as QFT, with an album wrapped in Lennart Östlund’s marvelous vintage sound, she crushes every border and totally exceeds every expectation.

The absolutely greatest albums are those you can discover and re-discover over and over again. It’s those completely solid records that has so many layers of details, nuances and aspects that you always can notice something completely new. “Live In Space” by QFT is one of those albums.

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Let There Be Rock VII Schriek, Antwerpen, Belgium zaterdag 14 april 2018

Dark sabbath  – Black Sabbath tribute

Dark Sabbath mocht de aftrap geven. Deze tribute band bestaande uit 4 muzikanten spelen met volle overgave de songs van Black Sabbath. De fans werden ge trakteert op een playlist van de beste Sabbath songs! deze ouwe rockers staan voor stevigheid, ambiance en klasse! ze zetten de hele rockgeschiedenis van de legendarische rocker Ozzy Osbourne op zijn kop. Dit was blijkbaar eerste try out waar weinig van te merken was topprestatie!

For Evigt – Volbeattribute

For Evigt de Nederlandse, Volbeattribute brengt een eerbetoon aan de mannen van Volbeat. De ultieme mix tussen Johnny Cash, Metallica en Elvis! For Evigt bestaat uit vijf gasten met een grote liefde voor Volbeat uit Denemarken. Met herkenbare meezingers als A Warrior’s Call en het prachtige Lola Montez de band. Neemt het publiek mee op een roller Coster! en als afsluiter brengen ze nog het stevige Still Counting. Michael Poulsen zou beginnen blozen bij het horen van deze jongens.

Black Gadget – rock coverband

Black Gadget trakteerden ons op stevige covers met de nodige ambiance, rock ‘n roll op zijn best! Deze band weet van aanpakken. Met een gevarieerd aantal covers behoord Black Gadget zeker tot de top van de coverband. Tot in de perfectie gebrachte songs. Nummers Radar Love, Rocking in the free world en Killing in the name of werden luidkeels meegezongen. Het beste nummer werd tot laatste gehouden het prachtige The Wall waar Black Gadget hun volledige eigen versie van heeft gemaakt gewoon prachtig. Een waardige afsluiter Let There Be Rock VII!

Report/Pix: Wim Wuyts

New video for 23 Acez ‘Where Do You Go’

On friday the 13th April 2018, Melodic/Progressive Metal band 23 Acez released their brand new lyric video. The song you’ll hear is called ‘Where Do You Go’, and is taken from their new album ‘Embracing The Madness’.

” ‘Where Do You Go’ is a rollercoaster ride of a song: it’s got a groove that gets your head banging, an anthem-like chorus, and some unexpected twists and turns along the way — a cool mix of melodic and progressive elements seasoned with plenty of harmony both in the vocals and in the guitar work. Lyrically, we like to leave it open to interpretation — though the song does explore the question posed in the title: where do you go after something happens that tears the world you knew apart? // 23 Acez” 


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Sebastien – Act of creation – CD review

Sebastien is een symphonic metalband uit Tsjechië. Heu, metal uit Tsjechië? Maar als je weet dat dit land tegen Duitsland en Oostenrijk aanleunt, kan het geen echte verrassing zijn dat symphonic metal de grenzen overschrijdt. Intussen brengen de heren een derde schijf uit en gezien hun vorig werk liggen de verwachtingen hoog.

En die vervullen ze eigenlijk direct met de opener “Act Of Creation”, de titeltrack. Een progressieve intro en mooi gedoseerde vocalen gaven me een “Serenity”-gevoel. Mja, Oostenrijk … dezelfde elementen vinden we terug: goede vocalen met sterke muzikale power metal ondersteuning. Direct een topper! Bij het uptempo en progressieve “No Destination” haalden ze zangeres Kristýna Dostálová erbij. Maar let eens op “Wake Up”, een mooi rustig nummer op sfeer gebracht door de backingvocals en keyboard. Ook “Amy” kabbelt onopvallend maar mooi vooruit. Terug volle kracht vooruit met “Evermore”. Dit nummer kent meerdere lagen. Power metal met duistere progressieve ondertoon, zelfs grunts erin. Het nummer bolt traag alhoewel het muzikaal ritme vrij hoog ligt. Magistraal!

Het vrolijkere “My Empire” is met melodie doorspekt en kent dezelfde vocale variatie, grunts, sterk gitaarwerk en ritmewissels waardoor het niet inboet qua kracht. Maar deze stevige rockers hebben ook een zachtere kant die we in de ballad “Queen From The Stars” leren kennen. Ook het catchy “Winner” begint traag, maar wint tempo en kracht. Voor de vocalen werd de hulp van Mayo Petranin ingeroepen. Opnieuw een topnummer! “Heal My Soul” is terug zo’n nummer met twee gezichten. Enerzijds rustig, anderszijds krachtig. Terug twee gasten, Vendula Skalová voor backing vocals en Djordje Eric die voor sterk gitaarwerk zorgt.

Kristýna Dostálová is terug en zorgt voor een breekbare sfeer in de hartige powerballad “Promises”. Terug opgewekte gitaarmelodieën in “Die In Me”, waar Apollo Papathanasio met krachtige zijn zang de ritmische drum en schreddende gitaar stuurt. Wow! Ook “Full Moon Child” kent opvallend veel positieve gelijkenissen met Serenity. Het tempo en ritme kent vele schommelingen op deze schijf want in “Hero” wordt voor een laatste keer op de rem getrapt. Let op de mooie zanglijnen, vaak enkel met keyboard. Als afsluiter een laatste ballad op akoestische gitaar, die wellicht in het Tsjechisch gezongen is.

Meer dan een uur sterke vocale prestaties in mooie composities in een mix van stijlen. Er is duidelijk nagedacht over hun muziek en dat werd prachtig uitgewerkt in deze 14 nummers. De combinatie van krachtige nummers met ballads werkt prachtig. Liefhebbers van hedendaagse powermetal hebben hier een ferme kluif aan!



Andy Maelstaf

Met dank aan Gino Puylaert