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Live review W.A.S.P. / Rain, 013, Tilburg, 12.11.2017

Veröffentlicht am 24. November 2017 von Markus W. in W.A.S.P., Rain, Heavy Metal, Melodic Metal, Alternative Metal, Rock, Live, Live Review, 013, Reidolized, Tour

Live review W.A.S.P. / Rain, 013, Tilburg, 12.11.2017
Live review W.A.S.P. / Rain, 013, Tilburg, 12.11.2017
Live review W.A.S.P. / Rain, 013, Tilburg, 12.11.2017
Live review W.A.S.P. / Rain, 013, Tilburg, 12.11.2017
Live review W.A.S.P. / Rain, 013, Tilburg, 12.11.2017
Live review W.A.S.P. / Rain, 013, Tilburg, 12.11.2017

It was Blackie Lawless and band that stopped at 013 in Tilburg for celebrating the 25th anniversary of W.A.S.P.'s classic "The Crimson Idol" album. Before the four guys began with telling the 'story of Jonathan' is was up to Italian rock outfit Rain to get everybody into the right mood for the show. The band joint the tour recently after Beast Of Black stepped out a few days ago and they did a good job even though their playing time wasn't extensively long. In a bit more than 25 minutes Rain gained some new fans in Holland. I don't think that a lot of people knew about the band beforehand but a warm applause at the end of their show should be a motivator for the five-piece to come back to Holland in the near future. Finally it would be something positive saying things like …  "again 'Rain' in The Netherlands.”

Live review W.A.S.P. / Rain, 013, Tilburg, 12.11.2017
Live review W.A.S.P. / Rain, 013, Tilburg, 12.11.2017
Live review W.A.S.P. / Rain, 013, Tilburg, 12.11.2017
Live review W.A.S.P. / Rain, 013, Tilburg, 12.11.2017
Live review W.A.S.P. / Rain, 013, Tilburg, 12.11.2017
Live review W.A.S.P. / Rain, 013, Tilburg, 12.11.2017
Live review W.A.S.P. / Rain, 013, Tilburg, 12.11.2017

What followed has been more 90 minutes of pure nostalgic pleasure. The glory days from the 80's might be over but it's the songs and the music that stays. W.A.S.P. had some ups and downs along the way with a couple of recent releases that presented the band revitalized and in an excellent condition, leading to pretty good longplayers such as "Golgotha" from 2015.

The undisputed highlight though is „The Crimson Idol“ from 1992, which is the best album Blackie Lawless ever wrote and it was like a jump into a metallic fountain of youth listening to tracks like "The Invisible Boy" and "Chainsaw Charlie" in a live set. It felt like entering a time capsule that brought you right back to a time when metal music was on a first all-time-high.

25 years later, W.A.S.P. celebrated their most successful longplayer with the 'ReIDOLized' tour, leading Blackie Lawless and gang to Tilburg. The scenery at the 013 was kept in dark blue and red, which gave the three screens in the background a lot of attention. These screens gave the W.A.S.P. classics a visual framing with video sequences around the 'crimson idol' being a well-done add-on to a show that showcased W.A.S.P. and Lawless in a good shape and form. Blackie's voice sounded powerful and clean, even though not every pitch was spot-on, esp. during "L.O.V.E. Machine".

After having gone through the entire „The Crimson Idol“ album a bit of a too long break, with the film credits on the screens and a stage covered in black, led to the encore. Some sirens, helicopter samples and some furious light beams introduced extra classics, allying fan's hunger for more W.A.S.P.. „L.O.V.E. Machine“ was the first classic that filled the room and it was very well received by every W.A.S.P. fan. With "Golgotha" a new song followed and it was "Wild Child" that finally brought a party mood with it. Unfortunately "Wild Child" was the end of the set and the finish-line for everybody that night. I guess that nobody would have had a complaint if a few more songs, like e.g. “The Headless Children”, “Mean Man” or “Blind in Texas” would have been performed that night.

All in all W.A.S.P. performed a good show with excellent metal song that benefited from a well-done sound. However, during the  90 minutes the audience wasn't really electrified till the first chords of "Wild Child" have been played. I guess that everybody was positive but not much more. Maybe it was due to the little interaction between band and fans or it was the fact that the concert was on a Sunday night or it had other reasons. Anyhow, a good concert that made you cheer for the 'good 'ol days'.

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Live review HELLOWEEN, 'Pumpkins United', 013, Tilburg, 20.11.2017

Veröffentlicht am 21. November 2017 von Markus W. in Helloween, Pumpkins United, Michael Kiske, Kai Hansen, 013, Tilburg, Heavy Metal, Speed Metal, Power Metal, Keeper of the Seven Keys, Live, Live Review, Tour

Live review HELLOWEEN, 'Pumpkins United', 013, Tilburg, 20.11.2017
Helloween, 'Pumpkins United', 013, Tilburg, 20.11.2017

2017 is coming closer to an end, a year that had many highlights with one announcement that was sticking out - the Pumpkins United tour. Actually the first news came out in 2016 with things getting more concrete in spring this year. Helloween's 'Pumpkins United' tour feels like a dream that became true. Instead of performing some shows in an 'old-school setup', Helloween decided to go for a slightly different approach. 'Pumpkins United' includes all the current band members with the addition of no less than Michael Kiske and Kai Hansen. Even Ingo Schwichtenberg, who passes away in 1995 far too early, was and is part of this tour. The band honours the drummer with a drum solo via the backdrop screen, a solo he does together with Dani Löble. You can't interpret the word 'united' much better than this.

As a part of the world tour the band had a stop in The Netherlands on November 20th. It was the 013 in Tilburg that hosted a fantastic three hour show, featuring finest heavy metal. Helloween bridged in a perfect fashion old and new; not only when it comes to the line-up. The focus was, how could it be different, on the two parts of the 'Keeper of the Seven Keys" album. Five songs each turned the venue into a madhouse.

It was the Robbie Williams smash hit "Let me Entertain You" that acted as an intro to an unforgettable night of which "Halloween" was the starter, followed by "Dr. Stein" and "I'm Alive". These songs are classics and pure energizers.

Next to the great songs, the excellent musicians and the very well-done sound it was the stage scenery that completed a perfect metal show. As mentioned already earlier, it was a big screen that acted as a backdrop. Helloween used it to make Ingo Schwichtenberg part of this three hours metal journey. Next to this highlight of the night, one out of many, it has been short intermissions with Seth and Doc that have been placed after every second song. These nice and amusing breaks were the icing on the cake. Each of the short clips included a twinkle in the eye, stating the humour Helloween stand for.

Being grown up with the 'Keeper'-albums it felt like a journey back in time. Listening to the brilliant medley "Starlight/Ride the Sky/Judas" (from the "Walls of Jericho" release) and the epic "Keepers of the Seven Keys" was a delight for fans and metalheads. Of course time didn't stand still and we all got older. However, the magic survived and after all the decades that passed it's still a pleasure to listen to these classics in metal.

An exciting thing with this line-up is the fact that Helloween can benefit of three guitarists, providing a lot of riff-power and an extremely powerful sound. Next to the three axemen it's Andi Deris and Michael Kiske that performed more than well. It's the rougher voice of Deris that feels like an excellent counterpart to Kiske's high pitch moments, all climaxing when both have been on stage together, performing as a duet. It never felt like the one being better than the other or the both competing. It was more a completion of Helloween's sound. Still I must say that I was impressed how good Kiske's voice is after all these years. This man was and is one of the most influential singers in heavy metal - or how he stated towards the end of the show: "I lost my hair, but I didn't lost my voice". And he's so damn right - with both.

Time was flying that night and even the best things come to an end. The Grand Finale that night included two more classics. "Future World" and "I Want Out" have been excessively celebrated. The ending of a show couldn't have been better than with these two Helloween-hits.

Initiating 'Pumpkins United' was an outstanding idea. This set-up is fun for everybody. The band seemed to enjoy every single minute and also fans finally got what they were asking for such a long time - Helloween from then and now, all in one package. A night to remember and, at least when it comes to me, the by far best show in 2017.

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PROPHETS OF RAGE announces show at 013, Tilburg

Veröffentlicht am 12. September 2017 von Markus W. in Prophets Of Rage, 013, Crossover, Tilburg, Alternative Rock, Rap, News, Live, Alternative Metal

Prophets Of Rage comes to Tilburg, Netherlands for a show at the 013.

 

 

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Tour dates HELLOWEEN - 'PUMPKINS UNITED'

Veröffentlicht am 8. August 2017 von Markus W. in Helloween, Pumpkins United, Tour, Live, 013, Tilburg, Heavy Metal, Speed Metal, Power Metal

The announcement of a 'Pumpkins United' tour was a sensational news for metal fans all over the place - especially for the ones following Helloween since their very early days. What sounded like almost being too good to be true became reality.

Michael Weikath, Kai Hansen, Michael Kiske and Markus Grosskopf will embark on a world tour, playing Helloween classics together on one stage. These four guys will also be accompanied by the rest of the current Helloween line-up which means that Andy Deris, Sascha Gerstner and Dani Loeble will be part of this unqiue moment in time as well.

The tour will start on October 19 in Mexico and will include shows in South America, Europe and Japan. This unique package will also perform a gig in The Netherlands. It's the 013 in Tilburg that will host a 'Pumpkins United' show on November 20. Up to date this s the only show in the Benelux and tickets are available HERE.

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5FDP to finish end of current european run with Tommy Vext of BAD WOLVES on vocals

Veröffentlicht am 15. Juni 2017 von Markus W. in Five Fingers Death Punch, Modern Metal, News, Nu Metal, Alternative Metal, Tour, 013, Tilburg, Live

 5FDP to finish end of current european run with Tommy Vext of BAD WOLVES on vocals

Five Finger Death Punch announced that they will finish out their remaining European dates with Bad Wolves vocalist Tommy Vext filling in for Five Finger Death Punch frontman Ivan Moody, whose struggles with substance abuse are widely known. 

Ivan Moody, vocalist of Five Finger Death Punch said: “I am embarrassed and ashamed to admit that I have fallen off the wagon again.  I was on shaky ground prior to our performance in Tilburg, and although a lot of the events of that show were out of my control, the shame of not delivering pushed me over the edge.  It would not be fair to my bandmates or my fans to continue to perform in my current condition.  One of the worst parts of addiction is the loneliness you feel, so having the support of my band and all the knuckleheads is what drives me.  I am committed to getting better so I can get back out on stage as soon as possible.”

Zoltan Bathory, guitarist of Five Finger Death Punch said: “As a band, we are committed to supporting Ivan's road to recovery.  We are as baffled and saddened as anyone to watch our brother continue to struggle.  Almost everyone in the world knows someone who struggles with addiction, and can relate to how the self-destruction of someone they care about is very difficult to watch.  Five Finger Death Punch has every intention of playing the dates we’re committed to and beyond.  The band is bigger than any one member.”

Tommy Vext, the vocalist of up and coming metal band Bad Wolves said: “It is a tremendous honor to share the stage with Five Finger Death Punch on these remaining dates.  Today I am blessed with over 8 years of sobriety, so I can certainly empathize with Ivan’s struggles.  Not only do I feel a responsibility to deliver for the fans of Five Finger Death Punch on these remaining dates, but also to deliver for Ivan so he can get back to work as soon as he is healthy.”

Five Finger Death Punch thanks its fans for their continued support.

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Live report DREAM THEATER, 013, Tilburg, 25.04.2017

Veröffentlicht am 27. April 2017 von Markus W. in Dream Theater, Live Review, Live, Tour, Prog Metal, Prog Rock, Heavy Metal, 013, Power Metal

Dream Theater belongs to the group of that had and have a major impact on an entire music genre. In their case it's progressive metal that wouldn't be where it is today without the quintet from North America. Starting their journey in the second half of the 80', at that time under the banner of Majesty, the guys gained popularity in the 90's. Grunge, rock and pop music was dominant in those years; a fact that didn't make it easy for a metal band to start off. However, Dream Theater was one of the few bands that took the challenge, being since then a constant factor in metal. "Images and Words" was the band's sophomore album and after starting quite slowly it evolved to a break-through record for the band. That was 25 years ago and what seems more natural than celebrating it with a anniversary tour.

It wasn't a too long time ago that the NY-based progressive metal enthusiasts  played in Tilburg, The Netherland. As being a part of their current "Images, Words & Beyond 25th Anniversary" tour the guys performed a show at 013 in Tilburg on February 8th this year. Another show in Holland was planned for April 25th in Amsterdam which was, based on production reasons, moved to Tilburg. The band took this with humor with James LaBrie saying that the band probably would have got lost on the way to Amsterdam.

Since the first show was sold out this concert gave even more Dream Theater fans the chance to join the band on a musical journey that was mainly built on the earlier mentioned "Images and Words" album from 1992. Following the fantastic debut it was the sophomore album that included James LaBrie as the new singer and frontman of this highly influencing metal band. During the show guitar wizard John Petrucci talked a bit about these days when the band was looking for a new frontman which was a nice anecdote to listen to. Even if the band focussed on the music there were more of these moments when the band talked about the time 25 years ago with travelling in a van, touring through smaller clubs and so on. This short stories spiced-up an evening that was dedicated to music in perfection.

Following the momentary trend of playing iconic records in its entirety, Dream Theater decided to give this longplayer a new stage as being the center piece of this tour and this show. But before the prog metal milestone delighted the fans it was a a kind of 'best of' set with songs taken from the entire Dream Theater back catalogue. On exception though; the outstanding debut "When Dreams and Days Unite" didn't get a song on this nights setlist, which is a bit of a pity since track like "A Fortune in Lies" are pearls of prog metal; tunes that brought the band some first appreciation. Anyhow, songs like "As I Am" and "The Bigger Picture" are great stuff too, creating a scenery for the second act that night.

After having been on stage for more than an hour it was a 20 minutes break for band and fans, time for some refreshment. It almost felt a little bit like Dream Theater being their own support act with the best that was yet to come. "Pull Me Under" is the opener on "Images and Words" and I think it's THE Dream Theater song. It was also the foot in the door for the bands entire career. After the album had a slow start in the beginning, it was "Pull Me Under" that got some airplay on college radio, followed by country radio stations who picked up the song and made it even more popular. Regardless how often you hear this tune, it keeps its excitement and magic. It's the best song the band ever wrote and it was the one that kicked-off this night with an outstanding "Images and Words" performance.

I don't go into detail of each of the songs from the album because you all know them and the performance was as good as all the other tracks played that night. One thing I would like to mention though and that is the drum solo Mike Magnini did. I have to admit that I'm no fan of these solo parts because mostly another song would have been the better option. Not in this case. What Magnini did was very impressive and treat for ears and eyes. Sitting in the spotlight behind a mighty drum kit, the guy included everything in his drum solo - from silent moment in which yu could have heard a needle falling to hard-hitting parts that made you doubt if this man has just two arms and feet. Very well done I must say.

After such an impressive look back in time the encore was not less exciting compared to what fans got served up till now. The band played all seven chapters of "A Change of Seasons", which makes sense. This song comes out of the "Images and Words" session and just didn't get on the longplayer because the label didn't want to take the bold step of releasing a double album. Fortunately the song was newly recorded a few years later and hit the shelves as an exciting EP that also included some well-done covers versions. In these terms it was almost a no-brainer that Dream Theater has chosen this 23 minutes composition as the encore, finishing an evening that underlined why the band belongs to the heavy influencers in modern progressive metal, being a reference for many younger bands.

Dream Theater is still playing in a league of its own. Even though the more recent records couldn't get close to the iconic early albums the band's still a unit that gives individual capabilities, passion and talent a common platform, leading to jaw-dropping moments for fans of excellent rock/metal music.

Live report DREAM THEATER, 013, Tilburg, 25.04.2017
Live report DREAM THEATER, 013, Tilburg, 25.04.2017Live report DREAM THEATER, 013, Tilburg, 25.04.2017
Live report DREAM THEATER, 013, Tilburg, 25.04.2017Live report DREAM THEATER, 013, Tilburg, 25.04.2017

Setlist:

Act 1:

  1. The Dark Eternal Night
  2. The Bigger Picture
  3. Hell's Kitchen
  4. The Gift of Music
  5. Our New World
  6. Portrait of Tracy
  7. As I Am
  8. Breaking All Illusions

Act 2:

  1. Pull Me Under
  2. Another Day
  3. Take the Time
  4. Surrounded
  5. Metropolis Pt.1: The Miracle and the Sleeper
  6. Under a Glass Moon
  7. Wait for Sleep
  8. Learning to Live

Encore:

  1. A Change of Seasons: I The Crimson Sunrise
  2. A Change of Seasons: II Innocence
  3. A Change of Seasons: III Carpe Diem
  4. A Change of Seasons: IV The Darkest of Winter
  5. A Change of Seasons: V Another World
  6. A Change of Seasons:  VI The Inevitalble Summer
  7. A Change of Seasons:  VII The Crimson Sunset

 

Location: 013, Tilburg, The Netherlands

Date: 25.04.2017

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12 Most Favorite Concert Photos 2016

Veröffentlicht am 31. Dezember 2016 von Markus W. in Amorphis, Amon Amarth, Europe, Archer Nation, Queensryche, Doro, Undertow, Testament, Honeymoon Disease, Anvil, Long Distance Calling, Dark Funeral, Heavy Metal, Hardrock, News, Power Metal, Doom Metal, Thrash Metal, Black Metal, Death Metal, Rock, Cultuurpodium De Boerderij, 013, Gebr. de Nobel, Dudok, Live, Photos

New Year's Eve is an excellent moment in time to look back on the last 12 months and what's better than scrolling through photos made that year. I challenged myself in choosing my 12 favorites, which was not a too easy exercise. Anyhow, I've chosen these photos from various shows in 2016.

Have a good start in 2017 and keep on rocking. Thanks for all your support \m/

 

All photos by Markus Wiedenmann

Amorphis, Tilburg, December 2016

Amorphis, Tilburg, December 2016

Doro, Leiden, November 2016

Doro, Leiden, November 2016

Europe, Utrecht, November 2016

Europe, Utrecht, November 2016

Dark Funeral, Leiden, November 2016

Dark Funeral, Leiden, November 2016

Amon Amarth, Tilburg, November 29016

Amon Amarth, Tilburg, November 29016

Testament, Tilburg, November 2016

Testament, Tilburg, November 2016

Honeymoon Disease, Leiden, October 2016

Honeymoon Disease, Leiden, October 2016

Archer Nation, Zoetermeer, August 2016

Archer Nation, Zoetermeer, August 2016

Queensryche, Zoetermeer, August 2016

Queensryche, Zoetermeer, August 2016

Long Distance Calling, Tilburg, May 2016

Long Distance Calling, Tilburg, May 2016

Anvil, Tilburg, April 2016

Anvil, Tilburg, April 2016

Undertow, Giengen, January 2016

Undertow, Giengen, January 2016

Just in case you want to see them all - HERE they are.

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Live review OPETH / SAHG, 013, Tilburg, 18.11.2016

Veröffentlicht am 19. November 2016 von Markus W. in Sahg, Opeth, Classic Rock, Death Metal, News, Doom Metal, Live Review, 013, Prog Rock

It seems like I’m only visiting shows of Swedish bands over the last weeks. Dark Funeral, Grand Magus, Amon Amarth, Europe and now the mighty Opeth. However, in the end it shows the variety and quality of Swedish rock/metal music and that's what counts.

So, this time it was Opeth that played a show in The Netherlands and it was the 013 in Tilburg that hosted the Swedish quintet.

Mikael Åkerfeldt and his band mates constantly developed there sound towards a next level and with fan base that's constantly growing. Therefore it wasn’t a big surprise that the venue, eventhough Therapy? played at the same location as well, announced ‘sold out’ already a few days prior to the show.

It was a grey and rainy day in Brabant when Norwegian Sahg entered the stage at 20:00. The four Norwegians have been one the road with the headliner for the earlier shows and it was the night in Tilburg that also marked the end of this touring package. Opeth will continue their tour, with Anathema as support in London and Myrkur for a few more shows in the coming days. Anyhow, Sahg played a great set that had a focus on the latest release named “Memento Mori”. During the first songs played that night the crowd was observant eventhough the songs where great, loud and heavy with agood sound too. It felt a bit like the band and the crowd had to get used to each other because during the set the band/fan interaction was intensified and led to an enthusiastic ending of the gig. Sahg’s powerful metal show was exactly what was needed to prepare the audience for the headliner and I guess that the four guys from Bergen gained some new fans that night.

Live review OPETH / SAHG, 013, Tilburg, 18.11.2016
Live review OPETH / SAHG, 013, Tilburg, 18.11.2016
Live review OPETH / SAHG, 013, Tilburg, 18.11.2016

Opeth is pretty unique. Their sound covers a wide range of metal, coming from death metal and shifting their music towards progressive rock. Opeth’s magic is that they combine everything to a unique mélange that’s still exciting for fans from the earlier days as well as new fans that discovered the band in the more recent prog rock phase. In line with this, it was the audience that was quite diverse too and Åkerfeldt made clear that he and the band tries to entertain everybody in the best possible way. These words weren't only empty phrases and he kept the promise with a setlist that covered almost the entire back catalogue. “Sorceress”, as being the newest album, made it with only two songs to the setlist while the rest of the songs were a ‘best of…’ program, something everybody was looking forward to. Deep growls during songs like "Ghost of Perdition" stood next to fragile vocals ("In My Time"). Long instrumental parts showed the full potential of each of the five musicians who always kept the focus on the music and not on their great technical skills. Opeth plays songs that are more complex and progressive, but they never forget to make them thrilling also for ‘non-musicians’. 

Next to 100 minutes of metal and progressive rock its Åkerfeldt’s stories in-between which makes the whole show even more entertaining. In a dry sense of humor he talked about the moment he met Tom G. Warrior from Celtic Frost and so on. Between each of the tracks he offered either a short story or talked with the audience about e.g. age.

All this together made this evening to an awesome metal night that included a short shouting contest at the end of the regular set while a smaller pit started during “Deliverance” -  the grand finale.

After almost two hours the last chords faded away in the big room of the 013, leaving a crowd behind that was exhausted but happily heading home, accompanied by the music of an accordion player that was sitting in front of the venue.

Live review OPETH / SAHG, 013, Tilburg, 18.11.2016
Live review OPETH / SAHG, 013, Tilburg, 18.11.2016
Live review OPETH / SAHG, 013, Tilburg, 18.11.2016

Setlist Opeth

  1. Sorceress
  2. Ghost of Perdition
  3. Demon of the Fall
  4. The Wilde Flowers
  5. Face of Melinda
  6. In My Time of Need
  7. Cusp of Eternity
  8. The Drapery Falls
  9. Heir Apparent
  10. The Grand Conjuration
  11. Deliverance (Encore)

 

Setlist Sahg:

  1. Hollow Mountain
  2. Firechild
  3. Sanctimony
  4. Black Unicorn
  5. Pyromancer
  6. Blood of Oceans

 

Location: 013, Tilburg, The Netherlands

Date: November 18th, 2016

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New CARCASS album on Friday 13th

Veröffentlicht am 29. Juni 2013 von mwie in Carcass, Amon Amarth, 013, Heavy Metal, Death Metal

After playing a few shows in the last years Carcass will release their new album on Friday September 13th via Nuclear Blast. The title of the album, which will be mixed by Andy Sneap, is not known yet. The band will be on tour in autumn 2013 together with Amon Amarth.

Current band members:

Jeff Walker (b/v)

Bill Steer (g)

Be Ash (g)

Dan Wilding (d)

 Photo: Adrian Erlandson for www.murdermile.com

Photo: Adrian Erlandson for www.murdermile.com

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