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Sonisphere Festival Update – 23 Feb 11


The Sonisphere festival on 8-10 July is just outside London on the UK portion of the tour.  Another weekend of metal to be enjoyed by many…typically around 55-60K.  The promoters like to keep it fairly small as to make the festival enjoyable for all.  Since the last update there have been several new entries; nothing along the lines of Download, but a few recognizable bands were added to the festival.  The new additions are: (sorry if I repeat anything from the last post)

Diamond Head

Weezer

Architects

Protest The Hero

Kids in Glass Houses

Volbeat

Gojira – Nice to see a French metal act play in England

Limp Bizkit – Why oh Why?

One Minute Silence

The Sisters of Mercy

For this post I ask the same question I asked for the Download lineup.  If you had to pick a day based on what is confirmed now which day would it be?

Friday is Metallica headlining with Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Diamond Head

Saturday is Biffy Clyro headlining with Weezer

Sunday is Slipknot headlining with Limp Bizkit

All other bands have yet to be placed on a stage or a specific day.  My pick is obvious…Friday.   I grew up with the Big Four so that is a no brainer for me.  But before the Big Four was announced, it was going to be Sunday for Slipknot.  I am going to this Festival…on the Friday.

P.S. for my non-metal side I would love to see Weezer.  Sorry guys you are on the wrong day.

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Sonisphere UK update 28 Jan 11


Slipknot was the first band to be announced as a headliner for the Sonisphere festival UK.  I was pretty much sold on that day right off the bat since I have yet to see Slipknot live.  I hear its a spectacular show.  Then another headliner was announced in the form of Biffy Clyro.  I scratched my head on that one, but I have to remember that festivals are supposed to have a little of everything for everyone.  I guess I can’t complain with that because it made my decision to see Slipknot even easier.  Then there was the big news…Sonisphere promoters signed up the Big Four for their first ever Big Four UK appearance.  Sorry Slipknot, I will be buying a different day pass for my participation in this year’s Sonisphere UK weekend.

So to recap so far, Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax will be headlining the Friday 8 July show, Biffy Clyro on the 9th, and Slipknot on the 10th.  The latest announcement listed a few more bands to the mix, but did not list which day they would play.  They are:

Motorhead – Classic

In Flames – No real experience with this band

Parkway Drive – never heard them

Mastodon – Seen them once; this band made my list of bands I think I should like, but do not…and I still don’t know why.

So there you have the latest for Sonisphere.  There are probably 90+ bands yet to be announced.  Are you going to go?  Which day?

You can stay tuned with Sonisphere at their website http://uk.sonispherefestivals.com/

SOTD- 15 Nov 2010


Happy Monday Metal Masses,

I asked myself:  “What is the best way to follow up a glorious metal weekend?” The answer is simple:  MORE METAL.

Today’s Song of the Day is “Psychosocial” by Slipknot, from their album “All Hope is Gone”.

Great song.  RIP Paul Grey.

Ultimate Workout Playlist!


Even metalheads need to stay in shape for a night in the pit.  I have devised a brutal playlist that is an assault on the senses.  It will surely keep you motivated for 30 minutes of intense cardio.  This playlist took some deep thought, then it was put to the test today for my 30-minute 3.47 mile run on the comfort of a gym treadmill.  Let me tell you that each song kept my blood pumping as well as a desire to thrown something.  I looked forward to each song and never felt the need to forward through any of this playlist.  This list should be assembled in order for best results.  Disclaimer – this playlist is rated “R” for mature headbangers only.  Here goes:

1.  DevilDriver – Nothing’s Wrong – DevilDriver

This one is raw power and is great to get the workout started.  It never lets up and if it makes you want to throw a chair, channel that energy into getting your workout on.

2.  Chimaira – Power Trip – The Impossibility of Reason

Another song of great aggression and angst!  It’s short and to the point.

3.  Slipknot – Disasterpiece – Iowa

The longest song of the set and a bit toned down from the first two.  You should be getting into the groove by now.

4.  Slayer – Hate Worldwide – World Painted Blood

Just when things let up a tiny bit, Slayer kicks in and kicks your butt.  Step it up!

5.  Cavalera Conspiracy – Terrorize – Inflikted

Another song of great speed and angst (we like that word). 

6.  Hatebreed – Defeatist – Supremacy

The third song in a row that should keep you motivated…you are halfway done!

7.  Cannibal Corpse – Make them Suffer – Kill

A quick switch to death metal – this song does not let up, its quick, and should keep you moving.

8.  Bloodbath – Devouring the Feeble – The Fathomless Mastery

Continuing with death metal – this is probably my favorite death metal song of all time.  This song is just so damn heavy.  This is the one that will take you to the limit…terminal velocity approaching!

9.  Amon Amarth – Twilight of the Thunder God – Twilight of the Thunder God

Nothing like Swedish viking melodies to take you to the 30-minute mark.  This is where your workout will come to a close.  If you are too tired to finish the workout, just imagine Amon Amarth chasing you down in the woods late at night with sword and shield.

10.  Pantera – Walk – Vulgar Display of Power

As cheesy as it is, this song is intended for the cool down and should take you to the 35-minute mark overall…yes walk, as the name implies.  Just a bad ass groovy metal tune. 

I hope you enjoy your workout with this playlist.  It made my workout go by pretty quick which is the way I like it.  If you think this is too heavy, let me know.  I am an equal opportunity metalhead.  I can easily do a toned down playlist for let’s say…a bike ride or something.