Crystal Viper - At The Edge Of Time Review by Rainer Kerber After a lengthy illness-related break, Crystal Viper released their long-awaited sixth album "Queen Of The Witches" in February of last year. After surviving illness frontwoman Marta Gabriel seems to have a veritable boost in creativity. In June, the band around
Graveshadow - Ambition's Price Review by Rainer Kerber The home of Graveshadow is Sacramento, the capital of California. Since their founding in 2013, the band has kept the banner of Symphonic Metal mixed with Doom, Thrash and Epic Power Metal. As influences the five mentioned, among others Nightwish, Kamelot, Moonspell or Iced
Kobra and the Lotus - Prevail II Review by Rainer Kerber One year ago, "Prevail I" was published. After a successful crowdfunding campaign, Kobra and the Lotus wanted to give their fans a double album. But the label disagreed. Purely financial reasons made sure that part two was published eleven months later.
Fates Warning - Live Over Europe Review by Rainer Kerber Fates Warning are among the institutions of prog rock. Since their founding in 1983, they have released thirteen studio albums. For the 2016 released "Theories Of Flight" the band went on tour around the world. The recordings for this live double album
Red Hot Chilli Pipers–15th Anniversary Tour, Hamburg 2018 By Rainer Kerber Location: Markthalle, Hamburg Date: April 21st, 2018 Rock, Metal, Pop played with bagpipes. Is that possible? Of course. The Red Hot Chilli Pipers from the Scottish metropolis Glasgow prove this impressively. Since their founding in 2002, musicians have toured around the world. Awards
Thundermother - The Revival Tour 2018 By Rainer Kerber Location: Logo, Hamburg Date: May 21st, 2018 Just over a year ago, Thundermother founder Filippa Nässil stood there alone. Her four bandmates left the band for various reasons. But as soon the power woman did not give up. She soon found new musicians with Guernica
69 Chambers – Machine Album Review by Rainer Kerber 69 Chambers were founded in 2009. In the same year, the debut album "War On The Inside" was released. Three years later, the Swiss released the successor "Torque". It was followed by an extended tour of Europe whose highlights were probably the appearances
FATES WARNING announce “Live Over Europe” album release! By Rainer Kerber Progressive Metal pioneers FATES WARNING are proud to announce the upcoming release of their new live album “Live Over Europe” on June 29th, 2018 via InsideOutMusic. Gathered during the group’s most recent European headlining run for FATES WARNING’s much acclaimed latest studio
Lyria – Immersion Album Review by Rainer Kerber Lyria is a symphonic metal band from Brazil. The band was founded by mezzo soprano Aline Happ back in 2012. Two years later, the debut album "Catharsis" was released. With a successful crowdfunding campaign, the band was able to finance production four years ago.
Velvet Viper – “Respice Finem” Release Show Location: Logo, Hamburg Date: April 5th, 2018 Can anyone remember Velvet Viper? At the beginning of the nineties the band was founded by Jutta Weinhold. Velvet Viper told the story of Zed Yago (the fictional daughter of the Flying Dutchman). Two albums have been released in
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 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
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 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 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 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 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 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