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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


CD review REX BROWN "Smoke on This"

Veröffentlicht am 23. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Rex Brown, Hardrock, Pantera, Down, Blues, Southern Rock, Rock, CD Review, News, Steamhammer, SPV

CD review REX BROWN "Smoke on This"

(9/10) I guess that the name Rex Brown makes you immediately think about the legendary Pantera and the mighty Down. Brown was/is bass player in these two metal outfits and in the meantime he also worked on his solo debut. Now, in case you expect a sludge masterpiece or a hard hitting thrash album, I think you need to re-calibrate your metal-system. Rex Brown breaks new ground with “Smoke on This”.

The first things that’s different is Brown handling the six string guitar which he does as professional as he does the bass. Secondly he also took over the vocals and these are surprisingly good. His loudly and sometimes rough and hoarsely vocals fit perfect to the Southern rock style music that you get with “Smoke on This”.

Rex Brown goes back to his roots when it comes to the new album which makes it feel very authentic and tangible. It’s the lighter that’s introducing the opener. “Lone Rider” is the first highlight of the album, being a rolling spot-on track with a good riff and great vocals. Things just fit together perfectly on this longplayer. I like songs that tells the message. Without even checking the title I had to think about a huffing and puffing train while listening to the song for the first time. In that sense the tune is excellently done, seeing the powerful transcontinental locomotive right in front of you.

Also the half-acoustic tunes are a treat. ”Buried Alive” is one of them, coming with a kind of Soundgarden reference. The calmest song is “Fault Line”. This ballad comes with a lot of emotional depth and it feels very personal. It’s a listener you get goose bumps while listening to it. Another songs that’s worth to be mentioned is “Grace”, reminding me of Alice Cooper. Partly light-hearted the tune still includes a creepy overtone that makes it special.

This album is full of good stuff and there’s no single filler present. Brown recorded songs that came right from the heart, making “Smoke on this” to a real and honest masterpiece. I must admit that I haven’t expected such a great album. A positive stunner. This album kick ass.




  1. Lone Rider
  2. Crossing Linbes
  3. Buried Alive
  4. Train Song
  5. Get Yourself Alright
  6. Fault Line
  7. What Comes Around
  8. Grace
  9. So Into You
  10. Best of Me
  11. One of these Days


Label: Steamhammer/SPV

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: July 28th, 2017


CD review SONS OF TEXAS "Baptized in the Rio Grande"

Veröffentlicht am 14. November 2015 von Markus W. in Sons Of Texas, Rock, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Southern Rock, CD Review, News, Pantera

(7/10) I knew about Sons Of Anarchy, but Sons Of Texas? Is it a chapter of the motorcycle club. No, it's not.

"Baptized in the Rio Grande" is the debut album of the band from Mc Allen, Texas. The first signs of life are dated back in 2013 and 1,5 years later the first longplayer is available in the record shops.

It was in spring 2015 when the disc was released in North America and now it also get's a proper release in Europe via Razor & Tie.

Sons Of Texas have created their own style that is build on alternative metal that reminds a bit to Alter Bridge, but there are also southern rock elements present. And if this wouldn't be enough also bands like Pantera have been played quite often in Mc Allen. The opener at least shows some cross-references that are well packaged and the same goes for "Drag the Blade"

The opposite of all this is called "Breathing Through My Wounds" - the ballad. It's a beautiful slower song that isn't something new, but comes with chart potential.

Talking about charts. The debut scored already some chart successes in the US and I'm curious if this also goes for Europe.

In the end I think that Sons Of Texas is a band that is build on a solid base. What I miss is a bit of what they stand for. There are too many different styles and inspirations involved in the songs. But what are the trademarks of Sons Of Texas? I bit more focus would fit very well.

Besides that, all good on "Baptized in the Rio Grande".





  1. Never Bury the Hachet
  2. Pull It and Fire
  3. Baptized in the Rio Grande
  4. Nothing King
  5. The Vestyman
  6. Blameshift
  7. Breathing Through My Wounds
  8. Morals of the Helpless Kind
  9. Drag the Blade
  10. September
  11. Texas Trim


Label: Razor & Tie

Genre: Alternative Metal

Release Date EU: November 6th, 2015

CD review SONS OF TEXAS "Baptized in the Rio Grande"

CD review HARDSIDE "The madness"

Veröffentlicht am 29. Juli 2015 von Markus W. in Hardside, Hardcore, Thrash Metal, News, CD Review, Pantera, Biohazard

(8/10) Hardside are from San Antonio, Texas and the five-piece is a metal/hardcore hybrid that really kicks-ass. Zane, Patrick, Ely, Ravy Bear and Sammy are influenced by hardcore legends such as Biohazard while also thrash bands like Pantera made in impact on Hardside's sound.

I haven't heard about the band earlier - a mistake. What I got to hear when I listened to "The madness" the first time was more than impressive. It's the described mixture of heavy sounds that makes the longplayer to an extremely energetic one. 

The title track "The madness" follows an riff-based intro called "No one gets out alive". The opener is a brutal hardcore track that combines faster parts with slow and grooving elements in the mid-part of the song. The next tune, "Caged", can easily keep the high level of the title track. 

A cool bassline starts "Broken faith" - a number with very cool riffs and a murderous groove. The same goes "Resurgence".

Another track I want to mention is "'Til my blood runs dry". The song starts very slow and steamrolls you. It gains speed a bit in the second half which makes it to a raging groove monster with heavy guitars and hardcore shouting.

At the end of the album the thrash influences break through. The mighty "Timebomb" is the longest track on "The madness" and shows quite some parallels with the early Machine Head. It's mainly the guitars that make me think of the four-piece from Oakland, California. The riff in the end could be even a copy of the heavy "Davidian" from Machine Head's debut. But this isn't a problem since "The madness" is full of own ideas and creativity.

"The madness" is a great longplayer from a band I haven't heard before. Time to dig more into the back-catalogue of Hardside.





  1. No one gets out alive
  2. The madness
  3. Caged
  4. Broken faith
  5. Forever
  6. Resurgence
  7. 'Til my blood runs dry
  8. Unloved
  9. Unkown
  10. Timebomb


Label: BDHW

Genre: Hardcore

Release date EU: Already released

CD review HARDSIDE "The madness"
CD review HARDSIDE "The madness"

CD review BABYMETAL "Babymetal"

Veröffentlicht am 27. Juni 2015 von Markus W. in Babymetal, Techno, Pop, Thrash Metal, Modern Metal, Heavy Metal, CD Review, News, Pantera

(5/10) OMG. This disc really feels like a curveball. For sure it isn't easy to say something about the new shooting starts from Japan. Maybe they aren't that popular in Europe and North America yet, but the three girls created a big hype in their home country already.

I have listened to the album a couple of times and I still don't know what I should think about it. So far, metal from Japan, for me, was closely connected to bands like Loudness. But this was the past and Babymetal is the here and now. 

Babymetal feels like a mixture of heavy metal and the manga hype. What makes really fun with the album are the sometimes heavy riffs that remind to thrash bands like Pantera and the early Metallica. If you listen to "Gimme chocolate!!" you immediately understand what I mean. So far so good.

Now comes the 'BUT'. Babymetal, what a name, mixes these might riffs with techno, J-pop and squeaking vocals. This feels, let's say it nicely, as something totally new. This combination of styles made the band being the support act for Lady Gaga as well as performing at the Sonicsphere.

I have a lot of respect for trying out new things. This means development which preempt stagnation in music and art. Bands like Babymetal keep the scene vital and the controversity is good.

This doesn't necessarily mean that you have to like the result of this. I think that Babymetal is a nice 'ricochet' for the metal community and the three girls should enjoy their moment of fame. I can't imagine that they accompany us for a longer period and for this shorter moment of time we should turn a blind eye/ear to "Babymetal".





  1. Babymetal death
  2. Megitsune
  3. Gimme chocolate!!
  4. line!
  5. Akatsuki
  6. Doki Doki - morning
  7. Onedari daisakusen
  8. Song 4
  9. Uki uki - midnight
  10. Catch me if you can
  11. Rondo of nightmare
  12. Head bangeeeeerrrrr!!!!!
  13. Ijime, fame, zettai
  14. Road of resistance
  15. Gimme chocolade!! (Live)


Label: earMUSIC

Genre: Techno Metal

Releasedate: Already released



CD review BABYMETAL "Babymetal"

Live review DOWN, Melkweg, Amsterdam, 05.08.2014

Veröffentlicht am 6. August 2014 von Markus W. in Down, Sludge, Thrash Metal, Alternative Metal, Pantera, Eye Hate God, C.O.C., Live Review, News

August in Amsterdam. Sun outside. 26 degrees. The weather tried to be a bit Lousiana style to welcome Down in the Melkweg.

The guys from New Orleans touring through Europe at the moment to play some of the big festivals. The Amsterdam crowd had the pleasure to see the mighty riff masters in a club environment. Nothing against the big festivals, but the intesity of a Down show in a small 700 visitors venue is not comparable to anything else.

This time there wasn't any support act. It was a pure evening with Down. Around 20:45 everything was prepeared for 'showtime'. The Oude Zaal in the Melkweg was filled up to the last spot, temperature was rising and the coming 90 minutes made it even hotter in the Melkweg.

It was "Down" from Harry Nilsson which opened the show as the intro before the band entered the stage. The start into the set with "Eyes of the south" couldn't have been chosen better. It set the tone for the coming one and a half hours. It also became obvious already at that stage that the band was up for playing this show. They all had a lot of fun. Also Phil showed again his great frontman capabilities. Not only that his voice is unique and awesome, also the way how he interacted with the fans was authentic and from the heart. It was great entertainment too - just thinking about a few ironic statements about corpsepaint and 'really evil frontmen' that made people smile. 

But it wouldn't be fair enough to focus too much on Phil Anselmo, since Down is a band and stands as one unit. Jimmy Bowers and Patrick Bruders gave the show the groove while Pepper Keenan and Bobby Landgraf hammered the mighty Down riffs into the crowd. Talking about Landgraf. It was good to see how he became a part of Down during the last year. 

The setlist, as you can see, covered all the important milestones of the band - at least as much as possible. New songs as the slow doom monster "Conjure" have been appriciated by the fans as well as the older songs like "Hail the leaf" from the debut album "Nola". With "Lifer" the show also contained the Dimebag Darrell tribute moment and what could have been a better end of the show as the mean and heavy performed "Bury me in smoke". In the end Phil Anselmo even picked up the guitar himself while the band handed over their instuments to the crew members for finalizing the song. A good symbol for what it is all about. It's about real music and fun.

All in all it was around 90 minutes of heavy riffs, high energy, passion, heat, sweat and tones of metal. That's what meta lis about and I hope to see the guys from Lousiana back on a Dutch stage pretty soon again (actually they are in De Pul in Uden tonight - go there).



  1. Down (Intro Harry Nilsson song)
  2. Eyes of the south
  3. We knew him well
  4. Hogdhead/Dogshead
  5. Witchtripper
  6. Lifer
  7. Lysergik funeral procession
  8. Pillars of eternity
  9. Hail the leaf
  10. Ghost along the Mississippi
  11. Conjure
  12. Losing all
  13. Stone the crow
  14. N.O.D.
  15. Bury me in smoke


Location: Melkweg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Date: 05.08.2014

Live review DOWN, Melkweg, Amsterdam, 05.08.2014
Live review DOWN, Melkweg, Amsterdam, 05.08.2014
Live review DOWN, Melkweg, Amsterdam, 05.08.2014
Live review DOWN, Melkweg, Amsterdam, 05.08.2014
Live review DOWN, Melkweg, Amsterdam, 05.08.2014
Live review DOWN, Melkweg, Amsterdam, 05.08.2014
Live review DOWN, Melkweg, Amsterdam, 05.08.2014

CD review CROWBAR "Symmetry in black"

Veröffentlicht am 26. Mai 2014 von Markus W. in Crowbar, Pantera, CD Review, Heavy Metal, Doom Metal, Sludge, News

(8/10) Three years after "Sever the wicked hand" has seen the light of day it's time for a new release from Crowbar. Kirk Windstein and his three companions cleared out their agendas and focussed on the new album called "Symmetry in black". Windstein even cancelled his participation in the latest Down EP.

The result of all this are 12 doom anthems which are on Crowbar's thenth album. Each new song from the New Orleans based quartett shows the typical trademarks of the band. Slow, mean and heavy riffs are the base. Listening to the tunes makes you almost feel the southern heat. In addition to that you have Windstein's hoarse vocals which are on the one hand full of energy, but also sometimes almost fragile ("Amaranthine"). Crowbar seems to be like wine, the older the better.

Sometimes even some older Type O Negative and Carnivore elements shine through the song structure ("Symbolic suicide", Symmetry in white").

Already the opener "Walk with knowledge wisely" gives you clear indication of what to expect in the coming almost 50 minutes. The title track is called "Symmetry in white". Yes, it's the right name. It seems a little bit playing with words here. It's Kirk Windstein charismatic vocals which dominates the song. However, it seems that the focus of the band members on Crowbar is reflected in the songwriting. The entire album stands like a rock. I couldn't find a song which doesn't live up to the high standards - no fillers.

Actually "Symmetry in black" has even an acoustical intermezzo. Half way the New Orleans guys put "Amaranthine" on the tracklist. It's a quite nice break after the riff orgy you heard before. The tune spreads a great atmosphere and is full of emotions. But again, this is only a small break before the next groove monster "The foreboding" hits you directly. 

For me it's the expected great new Crowbar record. New Orleans sound at it's best and for me one of the top three releases of the band. Stop reading, start listening.





  1. Walk with knowledge wisly
  2. Symmetry in white
  3. The taste of dying
  4. Reflection of deceit
  5. Ageleass decay
  6. Amaranthine
  7. The foreboding
  8. Shaman of belief
  9. Teach the blind to see
  10. A wealth of empathy
  11. Symbolic suicide
  12. The Piety of selfloathing


Label: Century Media

Genre: Doom Metal / Sludge

CD review CROWBAR "Symmetry in black"
CD review CROWBAR "Symmetry in black"

Phil Anselmo joined ACCEPT during Hellfest

Veröffentlicht am 24. Juni 2013 von mwie in Accept, Heavy Metal, Phil Anselmo, Pantera

Phil Anselmo joined Accept for performing 'Fast as a shark' on the Hellfest gig last weekend. This is what the band announced today via FB.