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Crystal Ball – Crystallizer Album Review

Crystal Ball – Crystallizer Album Review by Rainer Kerber I first heard of the Swiss hard rockers Crystal Ball two years ago. The album "Déjà-VOODOO" was the ninth album by the band. In April album number 10 "Crystallizer" will be released - an anniversary so. Founded in 1995 as a cover band

Dockerrock – Harmonious/EnergeticRock – Concert Review

Dockerrock - Harmonious/EnergeticRock Concert Review by Rainer Kerber Location: Marias Ballroom, Hamburg-Harburg Date:  March, 24th 2018 About one year ago I first heard of the Hamburg band Dockerrock. A family from the district of Wilhelmsburg with a shared passion - to present handmade rock music in the style of the 80s on stage. Out of

Seyminhol – Ophelian Fields Album Review

Seyminhol - Ophelian Fields Album Review by Rainer Kerber For more than 25 years they have been present in the melodic metal underground scene. Founded in 1990, Seyminhol previously released five studio albums. The current work "Ophelian Fields" is based on the character of Ophelia from Shakespeare drama "Hamlet" and thus builds

J.B.O. – Deutsche Vita Album Review

J.B.O. - Deutsche Vita Album Review by Rainer Kerber The weird bards are back, JBO from the Frankonian Erlangen. Eighteen months after simply called "11" album the dozen will be made full. With "Deutsche Vita" they start the next attack on the funny bone of the nation. "We have worked with some

Whyzdom – As Time Turns To Dust Album Review

Whyzdom - As Time Turns To Dust Album Review by Rainer Kerber Three years ago, the concept album "Symphony For A Hopeless God" was released. On this album, the Philharmonic metal band Whyzdom from France themed the crimes perpetrated under the guise of religion. The terrorist attacks of Paris in early 2015

Metal Over Malta 2018

Metal Over Malta 2018  Review by Rainer Kerber Location: Château Buskett (Malta) Date: March, 9th/10th 2018 Malta is worth to go there. That's why I combined this year's visit to the Metal Over Malta Festival with a slightly longer holiday trip. Wildly romantic landscapes, rocky coasts, a colorful blooming in spring vegetation and many

Dream Ocean – Lost Love Symphony Review

Dream Ocean - Lost Love Symphony Review by Rainer Kerber Dream Ocean was founded in 2009 by mezzo soprano Basak Ylva and guitarist Oz Khan. In the same year also the first demo "Missing" was published. Living in Germany since 2017, the first full-length album "Lost Love Symphony" has now been completed.

Visions Of Atlantis – The Deep & The Dark Review

Visions Of Atlantis - The Deep & The Dark Album Review by Rainer Kerber In December 2013, Thomas Caser, the last remaining founding member of the Austrian symphonic metal band Visions of Atlantis, announced drastic lineup changes to his band. Because he no longer agreed with the stylistic development of the band,

CC Top – the German tribute to ZZ TOP – Hamburg 2018

CC Top - the German tribute to ZZ TOP - Hamburg 2018 Location: Marias Ballroom Hamburg-Harburg Date: February 17th 2018 No other band has influenced blues rock as much as ZZ Top. Even in the first year there were several line-up changes. But since then the trio from Texas plays with the same band members.

6th Lübeck Marzipan Rock Festival

6th Lübeck Marzipan Rock Festival The Hanseatic city of Lübeck, located northeast of Hamburg, can look back on more than 1300 years of history. The city is considered the "mother of the Hanseatic League". Lübeck is famous among others for the Lübeck marzipan. What could be more natural than naming a

Apparition – The Awakening Album Review

Apparition - The Awakening Album Review by Rainer Kerber The history of Apparition dates back to 1997. Bassist David Homer started a band project with female vocals. Only from 2004 there were also live performances as a real band. Two years later, the album debut "Drowned In Questions" was released. During this

Armored Dawn – Barbarians In Black Album Review

Armored Dawn - Barbarians In Black Album Review by Rainer Kerber In Heavy / Power Metal from Brazil one thinks inevitably of Angra, Sepultura, Almah or Shaman. For several years, the country in South America has another hot Power Metal to offer export, Armored Dawn from the southeast located city of Sao

Voodoo Circle – Raised On Rock

Voodoo Circle - Raised On Rock Album Review By Rainer Kerber For years, Voodoo Circle deemed a secret tip among German classic rock acts. The band around guitar virtuoso Alex Beyrodt has released four excellent albums so far. Above all, "Whiskey Fingers" (2015) was a milestone, a reminiscence of the great years

VUUR, Votum Hamburg 2018

VUUR, Votum Hamburg 2018 Location: MarX (Markthalle) Hamburg Date: February 13th, 2018 She is one of the best singers in rock and metal, the Dutch Anneke van Giersbergen. Since 1994 she is on stage, first 13 years at the Dutch cult band The Gathering. Then in various individual projects (including Agua de

Metal Queen’s Burning Night 2018 – a preview

Metal Queen’s Burning Night 2018 - a preview Three days festival with free admission? Sounds like an interesting concept. The festival is being organized near Turin by the Associazione Metal Queen in collaboration with the metal band Wolfsinger. In 2013, the musicians Raffaella and Haron had the idea for this event.

Deep Purple – Fireball Album Review

Deep Purple - Fireball Album Review by Rainer Kerber I think about Deep Purple you must not lose too many words. Established in 1967 as "Roundabout", the five have a year later renamed to Deep Purple. And under that name they are still on tour today. Last year the 20th studio

Metaprism – Catalyst To Awakening Album Review

Metaprism - Catalyst To Awakening Album Review From the Southwest English city of Bournemouth comes a new hot Power Metal Act - Metaprism. The band was founded at the end of 2012 by guitarist Ollie Roberts. Together with singer Theresa Smith he has created the first songs for the self-titled debut

Phantom Elite – Wasteland Album Review

Phantom Elite – Wasteland Album Review It all started as a project. After the end of After Forever, Sander Gommans launched the project HDK with such well-known musicians as André Matos (ex-Angra) Amanda Somerville (Avantasia, Exit Eden) or Ariën van Weesenbeek (God Dethroned). Between 2009 and 2012 HDK have released two

Eternal Flight – Retrofuture Album Review

Eternal Flight – Retrofuture Album Review If an album is called Retrofuture, then that can only mean that "old" music (in the style of the 70s / 80s) has to be in the "new" garb (modern production, digital recording, etc.). The fourth work of the Frenchmen Eternal Flight is not that

Frozen Crown – The Fallen King Album Review

Frozen Crown - The Fallen King Album Review Another Power Metal band from Italy is on the way to conquer the metal world - Frozen Crown, founded in 2017 in the northern Italian metropolis of Milan. The songs are written by keyboard player Federico Mondelli (Be The Wolf), supported by singer

Leaves’ Eyes – Sign Of The Dragonhead Release-Show

Leaves’ Eyes - Sign Of The Dragonhead Release-Show   Location: Riders Cafe, Lübeck Date: January 13th 2018 "Sign Of The Dragonhead" is the first album with nightingale Elina Siirala. And this’s what Leaves' Eyes wanted to celebrate together with their fans. Therefore, the musicians went on a short tour and stopped in Stuttgart, Leipzig

Ohrenfeindt and Schreiber – Christmas show 2017

Ohrenfeindt and Schreiber – Christmas show 2017 Location: Grünspan, Hamburg Date: December 26th 2017   A good tradition is to be cultivated. And so I went for the third time on Boxing Day to Hamburg, to the Grünspan. As in previous years, the Kiez (red-light-district) rockers Ohrenfeindt invited to the year-end concert. And it is

Voices of the Succubi 2017 Review by Rainer Kerber

Voices Of The Succubi 2017 Location: Château Buskett (Malta) Date: September 1st/2nd 2017 The small Mediterranean island of Malta is the venue for several rock and metal festivals. Throughout the year there are the Dark Winter Meeting, Metal Over Malta, Malta Doom Metal Festival - just to name a few. A further festival

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