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Concert Review: Sonisphere Milan (Rho Fiera) June 8th, 2013 (Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Mastodon, Ghost)


sonisphere2013v2_lr1Between countless bits of memorabilia, various t-shirts, an extensive Iron Maiden discography, and a tattoo of Eddie the Head taking up half of my back it’s quite obvious that I am quite the die-hard Iron Maiden fan.  So the second I heard that Bruce, Steve, Adrian, Nicko, Dave, Janick, and Eddie were going to be making a stop in Milan to headline the Sonisphere festival it was an immediate ticket purchase, especially after a 6 year dry spell where I haven’t seen my all time favorite band live.  At first the only band that was announced was Iron Maiden, and even if Justin Beeber and The Spice Girls were also playing I would have dropped the €60 regardless, I was still curious to which other bands would be on the bill.  Lucky for me the ridiculously Satanic doomsters Ghost were announced as well as a band that truly lives up to their name, Mastodon.  Also on the bill was Megadeth and a couple of other bands whose names escape me and were on the stage too early for me to see.  With such a damn fine line-up and my expectation blasting through the roof did the show live up?  Long story short, Hell Fuck Yeah!!!

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Song of the Week – Thrasher – 31 May 2011


There is nothing like the sweet sound of thrash.  England’s Evile is carrying on the torch of many old school thrash bands like Exodus, Testament, and Death Angel (talking about from the late 80’s).  To sum up Evile in one word I would say “shred” because that is what they do.  I missed them when they were supposed to open for Amon Amarth and Entombed in 2009 because the bass player passed away.  I was fortunate to catch them last year at Sonisphere on one of the smaller stages.  The stage might have been smaller, but it was packed so much that the band actually seemed both surprised and flattered.  Evile is making a name for themselves in and around the U.K.  So they will have the nod for the song of the week for Thrasher off their debut album Enter The Grave.  The song is also accompanied by a video…almost a million hits so far.  They must be doing something right.  See for yourselves and have a great week.

Sonisphere Lottery Ticket Results


Since Sonisphere was announced in Knebworth, England this year I have anticipated this event.  Last year’s experience with Rammstein (and others) was so cool that I pretty much made up my mind that I would go this year no matter who played.  Then the announcement of the Big Four sealed the deal.  So I waited and waited for day tickets to go on sale (like last year) and it never happened. 

This year promoters decided to hold a lottery for day tickets.  Initially, I wasn’t very thrilled about this because I do believe in first come, first serve.  Instead of complaining about it I just went ahead and submitted my name and email for the days I hoped to see which is the Big Four day (Friday the 8th July) or Sunday (10 July) with Slipknot, Opeth, Motorhead, and Arch Enemy.  I figure if I get selected for either day then it’s a win win situation since there are so many good metal bands playing.

On May 25th promoters emailed winners as promised and low and behold I was selected.  Not only was I selected, but I got to choose either Friday or Sunday or both if I wanted.  If I was single I would have picked both, but out of respect for my wife and kids, I will take the one day authorized by my off-base commander. 

Before my 72-hour deadline came and went, I made my choice.  Sorry to Opeth and Arch Enemy, I am going to see the Big Four.  Why?  Well, that is what I grew up with and as these bands make metal history I want to be a part of it before it never happens again.  Besides, with Opeth releasing a new album this year I am gambling that they will return to England for a headlining show.  So what else is Sonisphere offering on this historic day?

I will have a chance to see some new (to me) stuff in the form of Killing Joke, Hayseed Dixie, Blood Red Shoes, My Passion, Black Dahlia Murder, Firewind, Glamour of the Kill, Lower Than Atlantis, Japanese Voyeurs, Rolo Tomassi, Protest the Hero and a few others I have never heard of.  With the exception of Protest the Hero, Firewind, Killing Joke, and Black Dahlia Murder I have never heard of the other bands.  If you think any of them are worth seeing please let me know.  Otherwise I will be main-staging it most of the day.  Oh, Diamond Head is also playing as well.  I will be sure to capture some vids and post a full review when I recover from this historic event.  Thank you for reading.  I hope the Big Four comes to an area near you.

Video of the Week – Ich Tu Dir Weh – 6 May 11


I would like to wrap up a long week with a video from Rammstein.  It’s hard to pick just one video from Rammstein, they are all so well done.  Since Rammstein doesn’t sing in English (Primarily), they have stated they make up for this in videos.  They tend to be quite visual experiences.  This particular video represents their most recent stage set.  Their shows, if you haven’t been to one, is truly a performance.  Ich Tu Dir Weh is a video that is the same stage set up when I got to see them at Sonisphere 2010 in the U.K.  The fire in the latter half of the video is not exaggerated for the video.  They use that much pyro for one song.  I also attached the lyrics to the song translated literally in English.  So there may be some meaning lost in translation, but it’s probably close.  Here is the video:

Here are the lyrics:

You’re only alive for me
I poke medals into your face
You are utterly devoted to me
You love me because I don’t love you

You bleed for the salvation of my soul
A little cut and you’re turned on
Your body already completely disfigured
Whatever, anything goes

I hurt you
I’m not sorry
It does you good
Listen to it scream

With you, I choose the torment
Barbed wire in the urethra
Put your flesh in salt and pus
First you die but then you’ll keep living

Bites, kicks, hard blows
Needles, pliers, dull saw
Make a wish, I won’t say no
And I’ll insert the rodents into you

I hurt you
I’m not sorry
It does you good
Listen to it scream

You are the ship, I’m the captain
Where do you want to go?
I see your face in the mirror
You love me because I don’t love you

I hurt you
I’m not sorry
It does you good
Listen to it scream

Here is someone’s home video of that Sonisphere show for the song Du Hast.

 

Song of the Day 01/18/11 – God Send Death


Let there be death!  Why not, it’s a Tuesday after a Monday holiday which, to me, is sometimes worse than just a plain old Monday.  So to make up for the long weekend and slow start today, the song of the day is:

God Send Death by Slayer!

Of course I have to put the exclamation after Slayer because it’s not just Slayer, it’s Slayer!

Personally, I have this song ripped from the Soundtrack to the Apocalypse disc 2.  If you do not have the box set you should, it’s the metal thing to do. One of the discs comes in what looks like a blood pack.  What’s cooler than that? 

If you live in the U.K. like me be sure to catch the Big Four at Sonisphere this year on 8 July.  Look for me I am the guy with the bald head.  Have a great day!

SOTD- 10 December 2010


Happy Friday Metalheads!

Today’s song of the day is “Ghost Division” by Sabaton, from their album “The Art of War”

I went to the Sonisphere festival at Knebworth, UK earlier this year.  Before that day, I had never heard any of Sabaton’s music.  They were the first band we saw that day, and we were waiting to see Evile on a second stage.  When we stopped to catch some of their show, I was blown away.  Sabaton opened with this song, and I knew within the first 15 seconds of their show that I was a fan.  It was great to find a new band to listen to.

That’s enough from my soapbox.  Have a great weekend, everyone.  Album of the Week posting is tomorrow.