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DYNAMO OPEN AIR announces live releases of PANTERA and SOULFLY

Veröffentlicht am 8. März 2018 von Markus W. in Dynamo, Pantera, Soulfly, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, Live, News, Dynamo Open Air

DYNAMO OPEN AIR announces live releases of PANTERA and SOULFLYDYNAMO OPEN AIR announces live releases of PANTERA and SOULFLY

From the mid-80s until last decade, DYNAMO OPEN AIR in Eindhoven, Netherlands was an iconic metal festival and the go-to-place for metal maniacs from all Europe.

It all started in 1981, when André Verhuysen and a friend opened their Hard Rock Café (not the world-spanning franchise you might think of) within the Dynamo Youth Centre in Eindhoven, the Netherlands and before the year was over, the small group of enthusiasts booked RAVEN, the first ever band to play the venue, who turned in a killer performance for 300 ecstatic fans in a sold-out show.

As the time went on, live acts became the norm and in 1986, to celebrate the 5th anniversary of what by then had become hot under the name Dynamo Rock Club, André launched the first ever DYNAMO OPEN AIR on the car parking lot outside of the club. Bands such as SATAN, ANGEL WITCH and ONSLAUGHT played to an audience estimated at 5.000.

In 1994, DYNAMO OPEN AIR entered the Dutch record books by achieving the largest and longest lasting traffic jam in the history of the Netherlands. At the same time, with a massive 70.000 attendees, it became the largest metal gathering of its time in Europe, possibly in the world! No wonder with acts such as DANZIG, GOREFEST, CLAWFINGER, LIFE OF AGONY, PRONG, SICK OF IT ALL or KYUSS on board. However, that figure got put to shame one year later, counting up to 110.000 metal heads in ‘95.

Trying to find a suitable home for the ever growing festival, DYNAMO OPEN AIR moved its location several times. In 2005 it took place for the last time, featuring top-acts such as TESTAMENT, OBITUARY, TRIVIUM and ANTHRAX. Through the course of its impressive twenty year lifespan, mega-acts such as METALLICA, IRON MAIDEN, PANTERA, MARILYN MANSON, SEPULTURA, MONSTER MAGNET, MACHINE HEAD, BIOHAZARD and many more entered the DYNAMO stages and helped make it one of if not the most influential metal festivals throughout Europe.

Now, 13 years after the festival’s last run and with the help of Caroline/Universal, Dynamo Concerts opens the secret archives of live recordings and starts releasing the legendary concerts for the first time on CD and vinyl as well as digitally, and selected titles on DVD. With more than 300 recorded shows to review and process, it’s an undertaking that will easily stretch over the next couple of years. In many cases, these remastered, unique and previously unreleased or even unheard recordings will be the perfect vehicle to travel back in time and witness first hand, how bands that became superstars later gave their debut performance for a European crowd. Metal history channel galore!

The first two releases, live performances of PANTERA and SOULFLY from 1998, will be available on JUNE 22nd, 2018.


Pantera: Live At Dynamo 1998


1. Walk       

2. A New Level        

3. Suicide Note Pt. II

4. War Nerve

5. Becoming        

6. Sandblasted Skin

7. Hard Lines Sunken Cheeks

8. Primal Concrete Sledge        

9. I’m Broken       

10. Fucking Hostile

11. This Love

12. Domination, Hollow

13. Mouth For War

14. Cowboys From Hell


Soulfly: Live At Dynamo 1998


1. Eye For An Eye

2. No Hope = No Fear

3. Spit

4. Bleed

5. Beneath The Remains/

Dead Embryonic Cells

6. Tribe

7. Bumba

8. Quilombo

9. Prejudice

10. Roots Bloody Roots

11. Attitude

12. The Song Remains Insane

13. First Commandment


Live report METAL CHURCH / COMANIAC, Dynamo, Eindhoven, 11.06.2017

Veröffentlicht am 12. Juni 2017 von Markus W. in Metal Church, Comaniac, News, Live, Live Review, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, US Metal, Thrash Metal, Tour, Dynamo, Nuclear Blast

Power metal pioneers Metal Church are swinging a hot bat at the moment. The latest album “XI” showed that the band is back with full speed after having re-connected the legendary Mike Howe into the bands line-up. The live shows, promoting the new record, have been a delight for old and new fans of the US Westcoast-based metal outfit and also the live album, featuring some songs played during these shows, is more than just living up to a necessity.

I had the pleasure to witness Metal Church’s show during last year’s edition of the Dynamo Metal Fest, which was a well-received metal concert that led to very positive fan reaction with Metal Church definitely belonging to the highlights that day.

Almost a year later Kurdt Vanderhoof and his gang returned to Eindhoven, playing a club show at the legendary Dynamo. This time the band could make use of an entire headliner show, which means 90 minutes of old and new, classics from a period of more than three decades in metal.

Before metal anthems like “Fake Healer” filled the venue, it was up to Comaniac from Switzerland to warm up the crowd. Actually I’m not sure how much this was needed based on a summerly outside temperature of 30 degrees Celsius. However, the quartet from Aargau did a great job and instead of enjoying the weather as long as possible, quite some metalheads filled the room already during Comaniac’s thrash metal attack. This show gave the four-piece band the great opportunity to reach out to a wider group of metal fans and they took the chance.

Live report METAL CHURCH / COMANIAC, Dynamo, Eindhoven, 11.06.2017
Live report METAL CHURCH / COMANIAC, Dynamo, Eindhoven, 11.06.2017

After the obligatory stage rebuild, done very efficiently, it was time for the headliner. Metal Church made it clear from the beginning with the very first song played – this afternoon (the show began at 17:30) is about pure metal with “Fake Healer” being the very well-chosen opener, followed by “In Mourning” from “The Human Factor” and the new “Needle and Suture”.

Next to the great songs the band had on their setlist, it was the enthusiasm of the five band members that made this gig to a true metal feast. It felt like Vanderhoof, Howe, Unger and van Zandt enjoyed every minute on stage and also the new band member,  powerhouse Stet Howland on drums, was more than integrated into the line-up. It felt like these guys having played together since ages. The quintet obviously enjoys what they are doing with no ego dominating the scene. Metal Church presented themselves as a rock-solid unit that came to rock.

It was a very powerful version of “Beyond the Black” that rounded of a main set before the band returned on stage for more. “Badlands” was the first out of two tunes, planned for the encore and it was “The Human Factor” that should act as the glorious end of the show. I guess you can sense it already, something happened. Right, after having played the first chord of “The Human Factor”, Vanderhoof’s guitar couldn’t be heard anymore. After a few moments of confusion the root cause for this became very clear. This thrilling Metal Church show was too much for Vanderhoof’s amplifier to handle and conked out. Fortunately it was right in front of the last song and fans had to live with the situation of not having heard “The Human Factor” that night. It was an unusual way of ending a show and a unique one too. However, it was something fans could handle due to an otherwise excellent metal concert. That’s rock’n’roll, that’s live and that’s how we like it. Horns up.

Live report METAL CHURCH / COMANIAC, Dynamo, Eindhoven, 11.06.2017
Live report METAL CHURCH / COMANIAC, Dynamo, Eindhoven, 11.06.2017
Live report METAL CHURCH / COMANIAC, Dynamo, Eindhoven, 11.06.2017
Live report METAL CHURCH / COMANIAC, Dynamo, Eindhoven, 11.06.2017

Setlist Metal Church:

  1. Fake Healer
  2. In Mourning
  3. Neelde and Suture
  4. Start the Fire
  5. Reset
  6. Gods of a Second Chance
  7. Date With Poverty
  8. No Tomorrow
  9. Watch the Children Pray
  10. No Friend of Mine
  11. Killing Your Time
  12. Beyond the Black
  13. Badlands (Encore)
  14. Human Factor (Planned as encore but not performed due to broken amp of Vanderhoof)


Location: Dynamo, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Date: 11.06.2017