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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 DARK FUNERAL / KRISIUN, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 03.11.2016

Veröffentlicht am 5. November 2016 von Markus W. in Dark Funeral, Thrash Metal, Black Metal, Death Metal, Live Review, Live, Gebr.de Nobel, Krisiun

When Swedish black metal dinosaurs Dark Funeral hit the road for touring through Europe you better take the chance and visit one of the shows the guys added to their darkened roadmap.

After having released a new album, the first one in a six years period of time, Dark Funeral embarked on a tour through quite some European countries, an endeavor they put under the banner of “Shadows Over Europe”.

From the beginning it was planned to have a three bands package on the road. Next the headliner, Brazilian Krisiun and Deserted Fear have been announced as being the support for those shows. A few days prior to the tour start the news was announced of the German death metal gang not being part of the this package anymore, something the guys from Eisenberg heavily regretted, since it was, according to them, a decision that was out of their area of influence.

So it was up to Krisiun to open this evening and the trio did a great job, using the 60 minutes they got very well. During the first songs there was quite some space left in the venue, but with each note played the Gebr. de Leiden got more filled up with fans.

Krisiun felt like a musical steamhammer that night. This death metal machine worked like a clockwork with a sound that was nuanced, loud and clear. Also the setlist didn’t leave much space for unfulfilled wishes. The songs performed the night covered the entire era of the Brazilians, including “Black Force Domain” and “Forged in Fury", but also the very early “Apocalyptic Revelation” release. And on top of all this Krisiun played with “Ace of Spades” a brutal version of the Motörhead classic, a moment when the venue turned into a real madhouse.

Live review DARK FUNERAL / KRISIUN, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 03.11.2016
Live review DARK FUNERAL / KRISIUN, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 03.11.2016

After such a heavy introduction into the dark side of live the stage was prepared for the headliner. Dark Funeral started their shows with an extensive intro that created a creepy vibe with the guys entering the stage one by one. Hell broke loose with the first song played. “Unchain My Soul” from the latest album “Where Shadows Forever Reign” kicked it off, followed by pitch black 90 minutes. This musical inferno was embedded into a stage set of downside crosses, lit by candles, and a huge backdrop, all kept in cold blue light. The musical journey brought fans back to the early nineties when the band released with “The Secret of the Black Arts” their first album. Two songs of the debut have been performed that night and Dark Funeral actually did a very equal split with two song from each of the longplayers from the past. The exception was “Where Shadows Forever Reign” which of course stood in focus as being the newest hellish output from the Stockholm-based band.

Looking on such a setlist means ferocious riffs, a thumping bass and pounding drums, all supporting the malicious screams of Heljarmadr that have been vicious and bloodcurdling. Dark Funeral delivered the soundtrack for an enthralling night in Leiden, opening the gates to hell with a live show that made clear why this band belongs to the spearhead of the second wave of Swedish black metal.

Live review DARK FUNERAL / KRISIUN, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 03.11.2016
Live review DARK FUNERAL / KRISIUN, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 03.11.2016
Live review DARK FUNERAL / KRISIUN, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 03.11.2016

Setlist Dark Funeral:

  1. Unchain My Soul
  2. 666 Voices Inside
  3. The Dawn No More Rises
  4. The Arrival of Satan’s Empire
  5. Stigmata
  6. As I Ascend
  7. The Eternal Eclipse
  8. Ravenna Strigoi Mortii
  9. Shadows of Transylvania
  10. Goddess of Sodomy
  11. As One We Shall Conquer
  12. Thy Legions Come
  13. My Funeral
  14. Nail Them to the Cross (Encore)
  15. Atrum Regina (Encore)
  16. Where Shadows Forever Reign (Encore)

 

Location: Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, The Netherlands

Date: November 3rd, 2016

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CD review DARK FUNERAL "Where Shadows Forever Reign"

Veröffentlicht am 1. Juni 2016 von Markus W. in Dark Funeral, Black Metal, News, CD Review, Thrash Metal, Death Metal

(8/10) Dark Funeral are some known faces in black metal. Having released five studio albums the band went into many line-up changes which led to a period of seven years without a new album from the Swedish black metal gang. However, waiting is over and "Where Shadows Forever Reign" is available quite soon.

Lord Ahriman and his horde put nine new songs on this longplayer. The first one is "Unchain my Soul" which starts with a quite relaxed guitar riff before hell breaks loose. The tune gains speed and develops into a brutal black metal smasher that sets the tone of voice for this album.

"Beast Above Man" unleashed the double bass and it's a brutal song that puts a spell on the listener, something also "The Eternal Eclipse" stands for.

"As I Ascend" is a pitch black track that builds up a lot of atmosphere. Vocals are harsh and hypnotic and chiming bells mark the beginning and the end of this great song.

With "To Crave Another Wound" Dark Funeral puts one foot on the break again. It's a more grooving black metal anthem and belongs to the songs that are more intensive than some other high pace numbers. These slower tempo songs spread a real malevolent sphere that feels like the soundtrack for a trip into the abyss.

The ninth and final tune on "Where Shadows Forever Reign" is the title track. With more than five minutes it belongs to the longer ones on this longplayer and it basically combines all things mentioned before. It's a mighty black metal beast that is kept quite heavy, merged with some smart half-acosutic breaks, something that makes the tune to a diverse one. This number is a good closer. The only thing I don't understand is why it's fading out in the end.

Anyhow, Dark Funeral is already many years in business and you can hear this on "Where Shadows Forever Reign". The longplayer features nine evil black metal tracks that bring together sphere and brutality. Good stuff.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Unchain My Soul
  2. As One We Shall Conquer
  3. Beast Above Man
  4. As I Ascend
  5. Temple of Ahriman
  6. The Eternal Ecplipse
  7. To Carve Another Wound
  8. Nail Them to the Cross
  9. Where Shadows Forever Reign

 

Label: Century Media

Genre: Black metal

Release Date EU: June 3rd, 2016

 

CD review DARK FUNERAL "Where Shadows Forever Reign"
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Bands for BLASTBEAT festivals confirmed

Veröffentlicht am 2. September 2014 von Markus W. in At The Gates, Death Metal, Vallenfyre, Dark Funeral, Destruction, News

The first bands for the Blastbeat festival on Bergen, Norway are confirmed. See here an overview...

 

 
 
Bands for BLASTBEAT festivals confirmed
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