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 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
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 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 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 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 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.
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
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 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 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