Graspop 2012 | 23 bands announced

After the announcement of Black Sabbath last friday, GMM announces another 22 Bands for their event in 2012.
Here they are:

Graspop 2012 | First headliner

Alrighty than, off we go...
We'll keep you informed...

Iron Mask | Black As Death

Iron Mask was formed by Dushan Petrossi, Belgium’s number 1 guitar hero.

Dushan got his first guitar when he was 9 (1982) and never stopped playing for 20 years.




Inhuman Nature

The creativity displayed by the Austrian band JUVALIANT is suggested by the unusual band name. JUVALIANT is a word that they made up themselves and yet there is more behind it than just a bunch of letters. JUVALIANT is the combination of two words: The first part comes from the Latin name of Salzburg, Juvavum and the second part from the English word valiant. Which is very suitable for the Austrian lads' debut album, "Inhuman Nature": prepossessing, progressive, heavy, catchy and often bombastic. As far as style goes, the band is definitely in the elite class of their métier: in progressive and symphonic metal. They deserve a lot of respect and appreciation to be able to establish themselves here. And JUVALIANT have more than deserved it, for their debut album is a super collection of excellent compositions, which will knock the socks off any discerning fan of the genre.

Sonata Arctica | Live In Finland

SONATA ARCTICA will release a live DVD in november. The main show was recorded at Teatria in Oulu, Finland on April 15th, 2011.

Nightwish | Pre-order Storytime

Symphonic metalband NIGHTWISH will release their new single STORYTIME on Friday, November 11th.
The upcoming album IMAGINAERUM will be released in Europe on december 2nd, 2011.

Pukkelpop 2011 | A black day in history

Woops! broken image of pukkelpop 2011
The music festival PUKKELPOP in Kiewit - Hasselt in Belgium has been hit by a very heavy weather storm on thursday evening august 18, 2011. It was the first day of the festival.

Biebob Concerts | 24 sep '11

Saturday 24 September 2011

Angeli Di Pietra

Live at Biebob
Vosselaar, Belgium
Check these bands out on Myspace:
Angeli Di Pietra


Johanna Lesonen - vocals
Harri Koskela - Keyboards
Leo Saarnisalo - Guitars
Niko Kalliojärvi - Guitars
Jonaas Pykälä-Aho - Drums
Aapo Lindberg - Bass
Dotma is a female-fronted symphonic power metal band from Hyvinkää, Finland.

It was year 2005 when a group of friends decided to form a band that was to be THE power metal band of all time. The idea to the lyrics lay deep within the mysteries of The Middle Ages, you know, in the time when the wild era of mighty dragons still prevailed. The aim was likewise to create pompous and captivating harmonies in the melodies from one to another. The band started to gain its form slowly but still certainly (well, not always that certainly) and in the autumn 2006 the member set-up was finally stable. Rehearsal place became their second home and the setlist kept on increasing.

Strange Karma | Volume 1

Strange Karma released their debut Album "Volume 1" on February 15th, 2011.
The side story about Volume 1 is this CD was recorded in 2007. The band had a few failed contracts which delayed the release of this CD.

Fortress Under Siege | Blind Faith Video

The Greek powermetallers Fortress Under Siege first official video "Blind Faith" can be viewed below.

Alcatraz Metal Fest 2011

Brielpoort Deinze, Belgium


Francesco Teopini

Francesco started his music studies at the age of 7 with Michele Corbu and completed his undergraduate study at the Conservatorio Statale di Musica in Bologna, Italy in 2003. He then studied with renowned guitarists Michael Lewin and Timothy Walker at the Royal Academy of Music in London and was awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Guitar Performance with distinction and the LRAM in teaching in June 2008.
During his two years at the Academy, he won the Blyth Watson Award and the Foundation Award and was very highly commended in the Julian Bream Prize by the maestro itself, getting the 2nd place.

Syrayde | Biography

Cinthia - vocals
Valeria Battain - guitars
David Donati - guitars
Ivan Moni Bidin - drums
Fabio d'Amore - bass & vocals
Phil Giordana - keyboards

Syrayde was formed in the fall of 2008 in Italy, by female guitarist Valeria Battain.
The drummer Ivan Moni Bidin (Pathosray) joined the band and with him Fabio D'Amore (Serenity, Pathosray, Fairyland ) as bass player and male singer.

Shadows Entwined

Tim Anderson - Vocals
Walter Martinez - Guitar
Emilio Coello - Guitar
Tom Myers - Bass
Gabriel Lopez - Drums
Los Angeles, USA. This new breed of sub-genre consists of the musical heaviness of Black/Death Metal and the strong and memorable melodies of classic heavy metal. In fact, they are the only Dark Power Metal act in existence in the states or even the world. Their influences stem from melodic giants such as, Helloween and Stratovarius; the musical brutality of Dimmu Borgir and the heart stopping live show of Iron Maiden.

Nova Rock Austria 2011| Update

Update 25/05/2011

Linkin Park - The Sisters Of Mercy
Flogging Molly - Otto & Die Friesenjungs
Iron Maiden - Volbeat - System of a down
The Darkness - 30 Seconds To Mars
In Extremo - Hammerfall - Knorkator
Motörhead - Social Distortion - Pendulum

Pride Shall Fall

Warren Murphy - vocals
Tim Falkenberg - guitars
Rajko Resanovic - guitars
Serhan Topluca - bass
Sören Dolata - drums

Brutal, energetic, in your face and off the damn hook are some of the words one could use to represent this crowd destroying band…Pride Shall Fall have been hitting stage's across Europe since April 2009 with their blend of brutal, gut wrenching, technical and utterly mind blowing sound.


Alexa - vocals
Chorus - guitars, programming
Asteria - Keyboards
Evelyn was created by the end of the year 2002 in Zbaszynek, Poland. In the beginning it comprised of two people: Asteria and Chorus. After a few weeks of rehearsals Morgoth (bass) joined the band.

Rock Harz Open Air 2011 Germany

Confirmed bands 10/05/2011

MAYAN | Quarterpast

MAYAN's debut album "Quarterpast" will be released on May, 20th. It is a musical Death Metal Symphony, with guests like Floor Jansen (REVAMP) and Simone Simons (EPICA), as well as musicians of the dutch elite, such as GOD DETHRONED, PESTILENCE and others.
Read more, Free Download, Studio Trailer & The arrival of the aliens!

Graspop Metal Meeting '11 | Update

Update 05/05/2011
Steak Number Eight
Diablo Blvd
Sweet Savage

High Voltage 2011 | Update

Jethro Tull
John Lees’ Barclay James Harvest

Mike Mangini new drummer for Dream Theater

We thought already that it would be but now it is confirmed: Mike Mangini is official the new drummer for Dream Theater.

At Dawn We Are Kings

Fabian - Vocals, Guitar, Composer
Fabrice - Bass
Christophe - Drums
At Dawn We Are Kings is a psychedelic rockband from the south of France.

Pukkelpop 2011 | Line up

more info

And here it is: The first official line up for Pukkelpop with some very great headliners and a lot of new performers to discover.
Ofcourse this isn't a final line up but it looks very promising.
Ticketsale starts on Wednesday april, 27 - 11:00 AM

Roy Khan Leaves Kamelot

Kamelot has issued the following statement on their website:
"With a heavy heart we can now announce that Roy Khan has chosen to leave the band.


Promethee was born in the spring of 2008 in Geneva, Switserland.
After only a few months of writing their first songs, the band started to play as many shows as they could, gaining allready loads of local support from bands, friends and promoters.


Ömer - vocals
Alex - guitars
Martin - drums
Kevin - guitars
Christoph - bass

In the aftermath of the financial crisis Guerrilla give it a shot and deliver their new album KICKSTART REVOLUTION – a piece of tight, dirty and dazzling thrash metal with a hell of a lot of cojones! The band is back with a vengeance: faster, groovier and nastier.

Bartosz Ogrodowicz

Bartosz Ogrodowicz is a composer and instrumentalist from Poland performing progressive/symphonic rock. He is a solo artist who gives concerts in whole Poland.

Former Manowar drummer Scott Columbus has past away

At the young age of 54, former Manowar drummer Scott Columbus has past away.

Avenged Sevenfold | Tourdates 2011

Within Temptation | Stream "Iron"

Within Temptation
Retailer FYE is streaming an exclusive Within Temptation track entitled Iron from their upcoming The Unforgiving . Pre-order the new album at and get an autographed booklet from the band. Also the first 25 pre-orders will receive The Unforgiving issue #1 comic book. 

Rhapsody of fire | From Chaos to eternity

Rhapsody of fire | New Album

RHAPSODY OF FIRE are proud to announce to the world, that the mix of “FROM CHAOS TO ETERNITY” is now at the end and that the new album will be released by Nuclear Blast on June 17th, 2011.

Fortress Under Siege

Fotis Sotiropoulos - Guitars
Michael Smeros - Vocals
George Georgiou - Keyboards
Vangelis Xatziandreou - Bass
Giannis Dimoulas - Drums

Formed in 1992 by Fotis Sotiropoulos and John Vasilakis after the split up of Gladiators. With the addition of Michael Smeros in vocals and Nick Dedes at drums and guest musician Aris Matheakakis at bass they started recordings for their debut.

Eryn Non Dae.

Eryn Non Dae.
Mathieu Nogues - Vocals
Franck Quintin - Guitar, backing vocals
Yann Servanin - Guitar
Mickael André - Bass
Julien Rufié - Drums
Formed in 2001 and have since then developed their own style of aggressive metal. After a few concerts the band parted ways with their singer. END. continued working on their musical expression which became even more obscure, epileptic and oppressive…

LastDayHere | Tourdates 2011

is invited to 
Canada's International Music Convention and Film Festival
Check out their tourdates and be there!!!


Tony Kelly - Vocals / Guitar
Kevin James - Guitar
Bruff Brigham - Bass
Scotty Kormos -Drums

MASQUE burst onto the Hollywood music scene and quickly became one of LA's most popular local bands. MASQUE continued to play the LA circuit and record songs for nearly 5 years but eventually stepped aside to make way for the Seattle grunge movement as the era of the infamous Sunset Strip music scene came to an end.

Download Festival | Band Announcement

update 23/02/2011
Def Leppard
All That Remains
Sacred Mother Tongue
Bowling For Soup
Devil Wears Prada
Bring Me The Horizon
Frank Turner
Cheap Trick
Asking Alexandria
Straight Line Stitch
Black Stone Cherry
The King Blues
Madina Lake
Jameson Raid

Gamma ray | To release unplugged album

Written on the official website:
Dear Friends!
You might have heard through the grapevine that the Rays have something cooking again, .....and yes, we do have.

Avenged Sevenfold | Welcome to the family Spring Tour

Welcome to the family - Spring Tour 2011

Avenged Sevenfold will hit the road again this spring with Three Days Grace, Bullet For My Valentine and Sevendust for the 'Welcome To The Family' Tour. The tour starts April 22nd and continues through May 21st.
More dates to be announced soon.

Iron Maiden | Special Guests announced for UK dates

The Final Frontier World Tour - UK dates
Aussie Rockers Airbourne will be joining Maiden for all regional shows except Belfast;
Power Metal heroes Dragonforce will support at the Belfast show on Wednesday August 3rd and also the London O2 show on Friday 5th August;
Metalcore behemoths Trivium will support in London at the O2 on Saturday 6th August.

Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli logo
Lapis Lazuli band

Lapis Lazuli

The Band

The story of Lapis Lazuli started in the late summer of 2005, when Timo Hautamäki played with the idea of starting a symphonic metal band while watching a Nightwish DVD. He contacted members from his other projects, namely Henrik Nyman, Jocke IvarssonErik Lindfors.


Sylosis was formed in 2000 by original member Josh Middleton when they were back in school, as a bunch of kids who just wanted to play metal, mainly old school thrash and death metal. Over the years they went through various lineup changes, playing only a few gigs due to the members being unable to drive and being in school, also no underground metal scene at the time. Sylosis released a couple of EPs in the UK on a small indie label, In at the Deep End Records. In November, 2007 Sylosis got an email from Nuclear Blast saying they'd love to work with the band and signed to them a month later, in which their debut album was released on October 24 2008.



The Band

Vexillum,born in Pisa in September 2004, from an idea of Michele “Firespit” Gasparri (Voice and Guitar) and Luca “Akira” Torelli (Guitar) with the name of Shadow Vexillum. Just after, Alessandro “AC” Cariboni at the Drums and Luca “Liuck” Masi at the Bass Guitar join the band.