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CD review DIABLO BLVD "Zero Hour"

Veröffentlicht am 22. September 2017 von Markus W. in Diablo Blvd., Dark Metal, Dark Rock, News, Modern Metal, Modern Rock, Nuclear Blast, CD Review

CD review DIABLO BLVD "Zero Hour"

(7/10) Belgian metal outfit Diablo Blvd. debut in 2009 with “The Greater God”, an album that brought some darker metal up to surface. The sound reminded of bands like Danzig and some Type O’Negative, ending up on a debut that included a harsh sound and a gloomy atmosphere. Already at this early stage of the band, melodies played an important role, something that got more into the forefront over time. The latest album “Follow the Deadlight” included some really catchy songs and the successor “”Zero Hour” continues this journey.

There is still some melancholy included in most of the eleven tunes and also some mighty riffs are the foundation of the heavy sound that comes with this album. Tracks like “Sing from the Gallows” convince with a good drive and a beat you can’t escape from. Also “Life Amounts to Nothing” belongs to the harder tracks on the album, tunes that also include a modern metal vibe which fits very well.

Next to these tracks there is with “God in the Machine” a song that is kept a bit more moderate, reminding in parts of dark rock bands more the earlier mentioned metal icons. This tendency continues with “You are All You Love”, one of the catchiest tracks on the album. The number has the potential to reach a wider group of rock fans.

With “00 00” the record includes an acoustic interlude that prepares ground for “Like Rats” – one of the best songs on this longplayer. The number is pushing hard with a hypnotic beat that steers towards a melodic chorus, making it to a real and  heavy rocker.

Diablo Blvd. newest longplayer reminds me a bit of Volbeat. Not really when it comes to the music. It’s more that the band moves towards a sound and music that’s opens up for new fans by adding more melodies and hooks to the songs. The harshness partly makes place for dark catchiness, which is per se not a bad things, as long as uniqueness isn’t effected.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Animal
  2. Sing from the Gallows
  3. Life Amounts to Nothing
  4. God in the Machine
  5. You are All You Love
  6. The Song is Over
  7. 00 00
  8. Like Rats
  9. Demonize
  10. The Future Will Do What it’s Told
  11. Summer Has Gone

 

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Dark Metal

Release Date EU: September 22nd, 2017

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EMIL BULLS posted with "Kill Your Demons" a new song

Veröffentlicht am 16. September 2017 von Markus W. in Emil Bulls, Modern Metal, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, News, AFM Records

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New EVANESCENCE album in November

Veröffentlicht am 15. September 2017 von Markus W. in Evanescence, Modern Metal, Modern Rock, Alternative Rock, Alternative Metal, Gothic, Dark Rock, Video, News, Post-Grunge

New EVANESCENCE album in November

Evanescence was one of the most successful rock bands in this current millennium, selling millions of records, gathering rewards in gold and platinum with two Grammys has the absolute highlight. What followed was hiatus for some years with some new life that was blown into the band in 2015. Another two years later fans of Evenescence can welcome the anticipated fourth album, entitled “Synthesis”. Release date will be November 10th and the first single, “Imperfection” is available as of day.

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CD review NOTHING MORE "The Stories We Tell Ourselves"

Veröffentlicht am 13. September 2017 von Markus W. in Nothing More, Modern Metal, Modern Rock, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Nu Metal, Rock, CD Review, News

CD review NOTHING MORE "The Stories We Tell Ourselves"

(7/10) Nothing More is an alternative rock outfit from San Antonio, Texas. The band's around since many years but their career got a push a few years ago when they inked a deal with Seven Eleven Music. After having released four longplayers with limited success, the new deal brought Nothing More into the spotlight. The self-titled longplayer, released in 2014, scored by entering the Billboard charts as well as it reached a top 10 position in the Independent Album charts.

Three years later the next record is in the starting blocks and it aims for a similar success. "The Stories We Tell Ourselves" features 12 songs and a number of intermezzos. I wouldn't go that far saying that the disc is a concept album. However, there is the overarching theme of a reality and what we tell ourselves. There is often a disconnect between both, leading to suffering and frustration. 

From a musical viewpoint the new album covers a wider range of sounds. This lead to diversity, but it can also be perceived as a scattered picture with no clear direction. This album leans towards the former even though I can't get rid of the feeling that they guys are still in search of identity and uniqueness. 

There is for example the single release "Go to War", a song that has a lot of airplay potential. The single is well chosen and can reach mainstream rock fans. The counterpart to this catchy tune is the heavy and nu metal reminding "Let 'em Burn". Wild guitars, a furious rhythm and freaky vocal lines showcases a band that's wild and powerful with no willingness to compromise.

"The Stories We Tell Ourselves" is an album that is done in a very professional way, with all the good and the bad. Production, artwork and sound - all good and no reason to complain. What I miss with the longplayer though are the edges, the surprises and the unexpected. Nothing More plays it safe and bit more risk-taking would be benefitial next time.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. (Ambition Destruction)
  2. Do You Really Want It
  3. (Convict Divide)
  4. Let ́em Burn
  5. Ripping Me Apart
  6. Don ́t Stop
  7. Funny Little Creatures
  8. (React Respond)
  9. The Great Divorce
  10. Still In Love
  11. (Alone Together)
  12. Go To War
  13. Just Say When
  14. (Accept Disconnect)
  15. Who We Are
  16. Tunnels
  17. (End begin)
  18. Fade In Fade Out 

 

Label: Better Noise Records

Genre: Alternative Rock / Nu Metal

Release Date EU: September 15th, 2017

 
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News about MARILYN MANSON's next studio album

Veröffentlicht am 11. September 2017 von Markus W. in Marilyn Manson, Modern Metal, Alternative Metal, News, Video, Loma Vista

Marilyn Manson will release the new studio album on October 6th via Loma Vista / Caroline International. The title of the 10th release is "Heaven Upside Down" and the single "We Know Where You Fucking Live" was unveiled today.

Next to the new video also the tracklist was revealed and here it is:

1. Revelation #12
2. Tattooed In Reverse
3. WE KNOW WHERE YOU FUCKING LIVE
4. SAY10
5. KILL4ME
6. Saturnalia
7. JE$U$ CRI$I$
8. Blood Honey
9. Heaven Upside Down
10. Threats of Romance

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CD review PROJECTED "Ignite My Insanity"

Veröffentlicht am 9. September 2017 von Markus W. in Projected, Sevendust, Alter Bridge, Modern Metal, Modern Rock, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, News, CD Review, Rat Pak Records, Mark Tremonti

CD review PROJECTED "Ignite My Insanity"

(9/10) Wait a second. Catchy melodies and heavy guitar riffing, where have we heard this earlier? True, Sevendust made use of this principle since many years and Projected does the same. This isn't a coincidence knowing that Sevendust guitarist John Conolly is one quarter of Projected, a supergroup that also comprises Sevendust's bassist Vinnie Hornsby, Scott Phillips (Alter Bridge) and Eric Friedman (Tremonti).

"Ignite My Insanity" is the sophomore release of the quartet that debut with "Human" in 2012. Since a few weeks the new album is now available also in Europe  and if you haven't heard it yet, you should close this gap - the sooner the better. 

The musical background of the four musicians involved gives you a pretty good idea of what to expect from this two CD release. Melodic alternative metal with a modern approach is what these songs are about. The joy with the album is that it feels like being done with an ease, not being overloaded with sky-high expectations. The four-piece band made us of all the liberty provided and created a jaw-dropping good double decker.

"Ignite My Insanity" contains all ingredients you want to get served with such a musical feast. Soulful ballads like "Faith" are part of the game as well as brutal riff monsters, a category "Six Feet Below" belongs to. Tunes like "Ignite" are a well-crafted mix of great vocal lines in the chorus, a psychedelic verse and furious guitars. A song that's merciless pushing is entitled "Vain" and I could continue since the album is thrilling from beginning to end. Anyhow, I would like to mention two more songs. "Rectify" and "Call Me the Devil" have been co-written by Mark Tremonti, adding a slightly other touch to the tracks by still fitting in the context of the album.

The only question is if 21 songs are a bit too much. On the other hand, they are all good, profiting from a dynamic and powerful production. So, who cares. Each of these songs hit bulls eye and that's what counts.

What's amazing is the fact that Projected is a side project only. These songs would deserve to be performed live since they belong to the best alternative metal brought up to surface over the last years. "Ignite My Insanity" is loud, heavy, soulful and enthralling. This album is a 'must' for Sevendust- and Alter Bridge-fans.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

CD 1:

  1. Strike
  2. Reload
  3. Six Feet Below
  4. Vain
  5. Rectify
  6. Faith
  7. Gomorrah
  8. Heaven Above
  9. 10 Years Gone
  10. Only

CD 2:

  1. Fire
  2. Ignite
  3. Call Me the Devil
  4. Concede
  5. Inhuman
  6. Better
  7. Hate You Back
  8. Upside Down
  9. Seconds
  10. Inside the Sun
  11. Battlestations

 

Label: Rat Pak Records

Genre: Modern Metel

Release Date EU: August 18th, 2017

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News about SLIPKNOT's "Day of the Gusano"

Veröffentlicht am 7. September 2017 von Markus W. in Slipknot, Universal Music, Lie, Documentary, News, Alternative Metal, Crossover, Extreme Metal, Groove Metal, Nu Metal, Modern Metal

News about SLIPKNOT's "Day of the Gusano"

Iowa-based extreme metal outfit Slipknot will release a 90 minutes documentary DVD/Blu-Ray entitled "Day of the Gusano" on October 20st. This release captured the band's first show in Mexico, which took place in December 2015 with additional interviews and background stories.

DVD Documentary
1. Sarcastrophe
2. Eeyore
3. Custer
4. (Sic)
5. Me Inside
6. Psychosocial
7. Duality
8. Before I Forget
9. The Devil In I
10. Vermilion
11. Prosthetics
12. Metabolic
13. Spit It Out
14. The Heretic Anthem
15. Wait And Bleed
16. Surfacing / Til We Die

DVD Concert
1. Sarcastrophe
2. The Heretic Anthem
3. Psychosocial
4. The Devil In I
5. Me Inside
6. Vermilion
7. Wait And Bleed
8. Prosthetics
9. Before I Forget
10. Eeyore
11. Duality
12. Custer
13. Spit It Out
14. Medley: Metabolic/742617000027
15. (Sic)
16. People = Shit
17. Medley: Surfacing/ Til We Die

CD
1. Sarcastrophe
2. The Heretic Anthem
3. Psychosocial
4. The Devil In I
5. Me Inside
6. Vermilion
7. Wait And Bleed
8. Prosthetics
9. Before I Forget
10. Eeyore
11. Duality
12. Custer
13. Spit It Out
14. Medley: Metabolic/742617000027
15. (Sic)
16. People = Shit
17. Medley: Surfacing/ Til We Die

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New MASTODON EP in late September

Veröffentlicht am 30. August 2017 von Markus W. in Masstodon, Heavy Metal, Sludge, Alternative Metal, Modern Metal, Rock, Prog Metal, Alternative Rock

New MASTODON EP in late September

Mastodon have been intensively on the road recently but also found some time to do a new 4-track EP. “Cold Dark Place will be released on September 22nd, followed by a 10” limited picture disc edition on October 27th.

Three of the four songs are coming from the “Once More ‘Round the Sun” session while “Toe Goes Toes” has been recorded on March this year as a part of the “Emperor of Sand” production.

 

Tracklist:

1. North Side Star

2. Blue Walsh

3. Toe to Toes

4. Cold Dark place

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CYHRA unveils artowrk and tracklist of the upcoming debut

Veröffentlicht am 30. August 2017 von Markus W. in Cyhra, Modern Metal, Modern Rock, Rock, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, News

CYHRA unveils artowrk and tracklist of the upcoming debut

Cyhra, a new band featuring former Amaranthe singer Jake E. and ex-In Flames guitarist Jesper Strömblad, have revealed details of their forthcoming debut album, ‘Letters To Myself’.

Due for release on October 20th 2017, ‘Letters To Myself’ features plenty of the magic that each member of the band has become known for over the years. From the blissfully melodic thrust of Jesper Strömblad’s riffs and hooks, and the soaring, soulful splendour of Jake E.’s unmistakable voice to the pummelling, groove-driven precision of Peter Iwers, and Alex Landenburg’s rhythmic bedrock, every last moment crackles with the excitement of fresh territory, new challenges and a brand new identity for all involved to embrace.

 

 Tracklist:

  1.  Karma
  2.  Heartrage
  3.  Here To Save You
  4.  Muted Life
  5.  Closure
  6.  Letter To Myself
  7.  Dark Clarity
  8.  Holding Your Breath
  9.  Rescue Ride
  10.  Black Wings
  11.  Inside A Lullaby
  12.  Dead To Me
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CD review EKTOMORF "Warpath (LIve and Life on the Road")

Veröffentlicht am 18. August 2017 von Markus W. in Ektomorf, Thrash Metal, Groove Metal, New, Live, CD Review, AFM Records, Heavy Metal, Modern Metal

CD review EKTOMORF "Warpath (LIve and Life on the Road")

(7/10) Ektomorf is basically the brainchild of Hungarian metal maniac Zoltán Farkas who started the band in 1993. The guitarist had to go through a rough time in the beginning and it was his willpower that kept him going. Ektomorf released in the meantime 15 records with their fifth album, "Destroy", being a milestone for Farkas and the band. The longplayer, produced by Danish mastermind Tue Madsen at the helm, lead to appreciation of fans and media.

Ektomorf's energetic groove metal combines thrash, metal and punk to a powerful total that reminds of bands like Soulfly. It was in 2016 when the quartet played the unique Wacken festival. The guys made us of the opportunity to record the show and almost 12 months later the CD/DVD hits the shelfs. 

The enitre set was build around the latest studio album "Aggressor" and the 2006 output "Outcast", spiced up with up with some older classics. The setlist is a well-balanced mix of old and new with Tue Madsen handling the audio mix for this release.

The DVD comes with a documentary entitled "Live and Life on the Road" which provides an entertaining 60 minutes behind-the-scene glimpse. "Warpath (Live and Life on the Road" is a proper live album, reflecting on almost 15 years of Ektomorf. For sure interesting for fans of the band and grooving thrash metal.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

CD:

  1. Aggressor
  2. Move On
  3. Ambush In The Night
  4. Holocaust
  5. Black Flag
  6. Evil By Nature
  7. United Nations
  8. Leech
  9. Fuck You All
  10. I Know Them
  11. Outcast

DVD:

  1. Aggressor
  2. Move On
  3. Ambush In The Night
  4. Holocaust
  5. Black Flag
  6. Evil By Nature
  7. United Nations
  8. Leech
  9. Fuck You All
  10. I Know Them
  11. Outcast
  12. Live And Life On The Road (documentary)

 

Label: AFM Records

Genre: Groove Metal

Release Date EU: August 25th, 2017

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CD review nulldB "Geboren in Ketten"

Veröffentlicht am 15. August 2017 von Markus W. in nulldB, Modern Metal, Modern Rock, Nu Metal, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Sony Music, News, CD Review, Rock

CD review nulldB "Geboren in Ketten"

(8/10) German metal band nulldB is back with their third longplayer. After the debut “Im Auge des Sturms” and the sophomore “Endzeit” paved the road it’s “Geboren in Ketten” that comes new songs reflecting nu metal with German lyrics.

nulldB starts heavy into this longplayer. “Geboren in Ketten” is a mighty nu metal song, a real headbanger. I was reminded of Die Schweisser when I listened to the tune, which might give you a bit of an idea of what to expect. With “Blinder Passagier” and “Babel (Auf zum Himmel)” things continue the hard way before the soulful acoustic track “Lange her” adds a lot of feel to the album. “Wach auf” belongs to this calmer section, followed by the heavily grooving riffs and beat comes back with “Oeffne deine Augen”.  

Next to the songs it’s also the lyrics which add to the positive impression of this record. Kühnlein writes lyrics that come with a message. Those are not only a necessity or combined words. Songs like “Kein Gott” oder “Warum bleibt die Zeit nicht stehen” are ambitious and with an emotional depth.

What also helps the album to shine is the fact that Franky Kühnlein could gain rock and metal all-rounder Mat Sinner as producer and if this wouldn’t be enough it’s Jakob Hansen who signed being responsible for the mix. These two guys give the album the dynamic and power you expect from this kind of music.

nulldB’s third album is a next step for the band in gaining new fans. Good songs, good lyrics, good time.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Geboren in Ketten
  2. Blinder Passagier
  3. Babel (Auf zum Himmel)
  4. Lange Her
  5. Wach auf
  6. Oeffne deine Augen
  7. Daemon
  8. Der schwarze Garten
  9. Kein Gott
  10. Die Stimme
  11. Warum bleibt die Zeit nicht stehen
  12. Allein

 

Label: Sony Music

Genre: Nu Metal

Release Date EU: August  4th, 2017

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Live report FATES WARNING / PSYCHO VILLAGE, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 03.08.2017

Veröffentlicht am 4. August 2017 von Markus W. in Fates Warning, Psycho Village, Prog Metal, US Metal, Power Metal, News, Heavy Metal, Modern Metal, Live, Live Review, Tour, Gebr. de Nobel

Being on their way to Wacken Jim Mateos and band decided to add two shows in Holland to this short trip to Europe and if Fates Warning's in town you should grasp the opportunity.

One of the first questions this time was about the opening act. Sixth months ago the support bands were heavily discussed amongst Fates Warning fans. After Fallen Arise and Armored Dawn didn't do anything for the main act in Haarlem and it was this time an Austrian band that got the task to warm up the crowd. Honestly, I haven't heard of Psycho Village before and expectations were low. After having seen the guys I must say that the duo did a good job. Even though their modern metal / alternative rock didn't fit to Fates Warning at all the guys tried their very best to use the momentum. Especially singer/guitarist Daniel Kremsner constantly tried to animate fans in the sparsely filled room. In the end Psycho Village received a pretty good feedback from a crowd that actually came for prog metal with the duo scoring a decent result. However, knowing that Sanctuary played the same night a show in Arnhem raised the question of why both bands didn't perform a shared headliner show. It was really hard for fans to decide where to go to and such a package would have helped also to drive a few more metalheads to Leiden.

Live report FATES WARNING / PSYCHO VILLAGE, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 03.08.2017Live report FATES WARNING / PSYCHO VILLAGE, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 03.08.2017

After a rather quick scene-change prog metal dinosaurs Fates Warning started their show with "From the Rooftop" and gave fans what they were asking for - more than 90 minutes of finest progressive power metal with not that many changes compared to the January gig in Haarlem. 

The setlist was almost similar, with one exception. "One Thousand Fires" was replaced by "SOS" from the band's latest longplayer "Theories of Flight" while the rest of the set stayed the same. Highlights from the earlier days have been played of which songs from "Pleasant Shades of Grey" got a bit more attention. Apart from that, songs like "Point of View" and "The Ivory Gate of Dreams: VII. Acquiescence" are great tunes from the eighties which go hand in hand with newer compositions such as "From the Rooftop". The only song I miss since a while is "Silent Cry".

Seeing and listening to Fates Warning live on stage is always a pleasure. These guys don't have any need to ballyhoo. Fates Warning has excellent songs in their musical repertoire, performed by musicians who share a common vision and passion for metal music. Jim Matheos and colleagues belong to the spearhead of progressive metal and the night in Leiden underlined again their importance and relevance.

Live report FATES WARNING / PSYCHO VILLAGE, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 03.08.2017Live report FATES WARNING / PSYCHO VILLAGE, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 03.08.2017
Live report FATES WARNING / PSYCHO VILLAGE, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 03.08.2017Live report FATES WARNING / PSYCHO VILLAGE, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 03.08.2017

Setlist Fates Warning:

  1. From the Rooftop
  2. Life in Still Water
  3. One
  4. A Pleasant Shade of Grey, Part III
  5. Seven Stars
  6. SOS
  7. A Handful of Doubt
  8. Firefly
  9. The Light and Shade of Things
  10. A Pleasant Shade of Gray, Part IX
  11. A Pleasant Shade of Gray, Part XI
  12. The Ivory Gate of Dreams: VII. Acquiescence
  13. The 11th Hour
  14. Point of View
  15. Through Different Eyes
  16. Monument

 

Location: Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, The Netherlands

Date: August 3rd, 2017

 

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CD review IN THIS MOMENT "Ritual"

Veröffentlicht am 3. August 2017 von Markus W. in In This Moment, Modern Metal, News, Roadrunner, Nu Metal, Dark Metal, Alternative Metal

CD review IN THIS MOMENT "Ritual"

(8/10) After having release "Black Widow" former metalcore outfit In This Moment made another step away from their musical roots and continue their transformation towards modern metal. "Ritual" is the bands newest strike and features twelve new songs, delivering a running time of almost an hour. 

"Ritual" is the band's sixth studio album and it became a very dark one. "Black Widow" showed the band with some more electronic sound elements which have been reduced for the new longplayer. By doing this "Ritual" became more organic and real compared to the predecessor. 

Things kick-off with an intro named "Salvation", a first sphere-maker for what comes next on the album. "Oh Lord" is the real opener and it reminds me of a gloomy Drain-song. The tune includes a hypnotizing rhythm with Brink's vocals as the icing on this modern metal cake. Marilyn Manson was at least partly a source of inspiration for "Joan of Arc", combine with a catchy chorus that gives the number an bit of another twist. Still, things go together very well. 

Even though the electronic elements are pushed more to the back, "Riual" includes this nuance as well. "Witching Hour" is the name of the track that's the catchiest one on the album.

Next to these tracks there are two songs that sound familiar. In This Moment placed with "Black Wedding" a song on the album that is more than inspired by the Billy Idol smash hit "White Wedding". The chorus is almost the same with slightly different lyrics which are 'question and answer' dialogue. For doing this Maria Brink needed a counterpart which she found with Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford. This setup work pretty well and gives the Billy Idol classic a new appeal - gloomier with the same punch as the original.

What comes with the record too is a cover version of Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight". In This Moment obviously is very impressed by this tune and so am I. The interpretation on "Ritual" works quite well, giving the tune also a much darker expression. There's nothing wrong with this cover version, even though it doesn't really add something to the album. Maybe it's a key to some more radio airplay with releasing the song as a next single, but this is just speculation from my side.

To sum up: I wasn't the biggest fan of the highly successful "Black Widow" and therefor I was more doubtful when it comes to this album. However, I have to say that In This Moment made a big step forward, delivering a record that is strong, intense and powerful. I will invest some time in a couple of extra listening sessions,

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Salvation
  2. Oh Lord
  3. Black Wedding
  4. In the Air Tonight
  5. Joan of Arc
  6. River of Fire
  7. Witching Hour
  8. Half God Half Devil
  9. No Me Importa
  10. Lay Your Gun Down

 

Label: Roadrunner Records

Genre: Dark Modern Metal

Release Date EU: July 21st, 2017

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SLIPKNOT documentary "Day of the Gusano" in cinemas on September 6th

Veröffentlicht am 10. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Slipknot, Day of the Gusnao, Heavy Metal, Modern Metal, Alternative Metal, Cinema, Pathe, Groove Metal, Live

SLIPKNOT documentary "Day of the Gusano" in cinemas on September 6th

Slipknot is one of the most influential bands of the last decade, excelling with outstanding records. Their brutal sound and uncompromising live shows became a trademark for the Iowa-based band.

On September 6th that band plans a unique event of presenting their new “Day of the Gusano” documentary in more than 1,000 cinemas all over the world (in Holland the film will be shown at the Pathe cinemas). The movie captures Slipknot’s first live show in Mexico which took place in December 2015.

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