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Final line-up and running order for ROCK HARD FESTIVAL announced

Veröffentlicht am 29. März 2018 von Markus W. in Rock Hard Festival, News, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Hardrock, Festival, Live, Tour, NWoBHM, Death Metal, Thrash Metal, Gelsenkirchen

Final line-up and running order for ROCK HARD FESTIVAL announced

Final line-up for this year's edition of Rock Hard Festival are announced. The festival will take place between Friday May 18th, and Sunday May 20th and it will be the following bands that will deliver a lot of riff-power during Whit weekend.

 

Friday 18.05.2018

SODOM (First show in new line-up!)

TIAMAT („Clouds“- und „Wildhoney“-Set)

DIAMOND HEAD

DOOL

ATTIC

DAWN OF DISEASE

 

Saturday 19.05.2018

OVERKILL („Feel The Fire“ & „Horrorscope“-Set)

AXEL RUDI PELL

MARDUK

CIRITH UNGOL

LEATHERWOLF

THE NEW ROSES

NOCTURNAL RITES

TRAITOR

 

Sunday 20.05.2018

SAXON

ARMORED SAINT

BACKYARD BABIES

CORONER („Only German festival show 2018!“)

ULI JON ROTH („Scorpions Revisited“)

NIGHT DEMON

MEMORIAM

THUNDERMOTHER

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New bands confirmed for this years ROCK HARD festival

Veröffentlicht am 16. März 2018 von Markus W. in Rock Hard Festival, News, Thrash Metal, Power Metal, US Metal, Hardrock, Death Metal, Armored Saint, Memorian, Axel Rudi Pell, Coroner, Live, Tour

New bands confirmed for this years ROCK HARD festival

Four more bands have been confirmed for this years Rock Hard festival. No less than US metal legends Armored Saint will play at Rock Hard festival as well as thrash pioneers Cornoner. Furthermore local hero Axel Rudi Pell is confirmed and last but not least death metal powerhouse Memoriam will tear down the house.

The festival will take place between May 18th and May 20th in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Further details see link below.

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Live report SAXON / DIAMOND HEAD / ARMORED DAWN, 013, Tilburg, 27.02.2018

Veröffentlicht am 28. Februar 2018 von Markus W. in Saxon, Diamond Head, Armored Dawn, News, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Classic Metal, NWoBHM, 013 Poppodium, Live Review, Live, Tour, Rock Hard Festival

It was an ice cold February evening when British metal icons Saxon had a stop at 013 in Tilburg to warm up the city with some hot metal riffs. No less than the legendary Diamond Head joined Saxon on their European tour and it was Brazilian metal newcomers Armored Dawn who got the opening slot in this package.

 

The first time I saw Armored Dawn on stage was when they opened for Fates Warning a few months ago and the impression I got wasn‘t the best. And since the new longplayer wasn‘t the most exciting one either I was curious about what they guys from Brazil will offer that night in Tilburg, being the opener for Saxon and Diamond Head. In general I must say that the guys did a much better job than earlier. They could create some reserved excitement in the first row and earned some well-meant applause at the end. As on the album, guitars were spot-on and also the sound they got was better. The biggest challenge though for Armored Dawn is their singer and frontman Eduardo Parras. He tries hard but there are much better metal sirens out there in the metal universe. All in all Armored Dawn showed some improvement and a solid show - not more but also not less.

Live report SAXON / DIAMOND HEAD / ARMORED DAWN, 013, Tilburg, 27.02.2018
Live report SAXON / DIAMOND HEAD / ARMORED DAWN, 013, Tilburg, 27.02.2018

Diamond Head‘s concert was the first highlight tonight. The band, known by many from the Metallica’s cover version of  „Am I evil“, preformed a professional and dedicated gig that was full of hits. The temperature in the venue immediately rose by the first riffs of guitar icon Brian Tattler. The guitarist is the only remaining founding member and driving force behind the band since many years. He and his three band mates showed that night how classic metal should sound like if being performed with a lot of passion. Next to Tattler it was vocalist Rasmus Bom Andersen who is not only an excellent singer but also a great frontman. Constantly in motion it was him being an engine of youth on stage with great vocals and agile stage acting. He was constantly motivating the crowd to be loud, and fans reacted accordingly. In the end each of the guys on stage obviously enjoyed playing live and fans rewarded this attitude with more than just a warm applause. Diamond Head was a true special guest for Saxon and since the guys aren‘t around too often, it was a pleasure to witness their show in Tilburg, a concert with the earlier mentioned „Am I evil“ as the Grande finale with audience being a huge choir for the chorus.

Live report SAXON / DIAMOND HEAD / ARMORED DAWN, 013, Tilburg, 27.02.2018

After warming up the crowd in such a good way it was an easy thing for Saxon to take over and turn the venue into a metal madhouse. I have seen the band several times over the last 6 years and they never disappointed. It‘s the combination of almost 40 years experience in rock, terrific songs and powerful stage acting that makes each Saxon concert to a special moment. The guys play together in the same line-up since many years and you can see and hear that the chemistry is there. It’s a blindfolded interplay and interaction that grew over many years, leading to a dense and powerful sound that builds the base for 90 minutes of metal delight.  As if it would be the most natural thing on earth Paul Quinn and Doug Scarrett create enormous riff power while it’s bassist Nibbs Carter who spreads the metal virus by a pounding bass play that‘s heavier than what you get to hear on any album. 

Saxon ignited a firework with old classics that were highly anticipated by fans. And it has been the new songs that fitted perfectly into the context by creating a seamless experience of rock that night.

As frontman Biff Byford said: „It‘s Tuesday - and it feels like fucking Friday“ and what he meant was the metal party vibe that filled the venue. Saxon might get older, but they are in an impressive shape and form. These guys are metal pioneers and it was the big crowd at 013 that rewarded all the band’s effort with horns up and an enthusiastic applause at the end. 

I‘m already looking forward to see the quintet from England again on this year’s Rock Hard festival where Saxon headlines one day. ... And Saxon plays on. Hopefully for many more years.

Live report SAXON / DIAMOND HEAD / ARMORED DAWN, 013, Tilburg, 27.02.2018

Tracklist Diamond Head:

  1. Helpless
  2. Bones
  3. In the Heat of the Night
  4. Lightning to the Nations
  5. It's Electric
  6. The Prince
  7. Am I Evil?

 

Tracklist Saxon:

  1. Thunderbolt
  2. Sacrifice
  3. Nosferatu (The Vampire Waltz)
  4. Motorcycle Man
  5. Strong Arms of the Law
  6. Battering Ram
  7. Power and the Glory
  8. Sniper
  9. The Secret Flight
  10. Dallas 1PM
  11. Never Surrender
  12. Predator
  13. They Played Rock and Roll
  14. And the Band Played On
  15. 747 (Strangers in the Night)
  16. Crusader
  17. Princess of the Night
  18. Heavy Metal Thunder (Encore)
  19. Wheels of Steel (Encore)
  20. Denim and Leather (Encore)

 

Location: 013, Tilburg, The Netherlands

Date: February 27th, 2018

 

More photos of Saxon on FLICKR

More photos of Diamond Head on FLICKR

 

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SODOM confirmed for ROCK HARD festival with new line-up

Veröffentlicht am 16. Februar 2018 von Markus W. in Sodom, New Line-Up, Thrash Metal, Rock Hard Festival, News, Heavy Metal, Tour, Live, Traitor

Photo: Monsterpics

Photo: Monsterpics

German metal pioneers Sodom are confirmed for this year's Rock Hard festival and what's even better is the fact that it will be the very first show in the new line-up. Sodom grew to a quartet that includes no less than Frank Blackfire who was part of the band in the late 80's. Furthermore it's Husky and Yorck Segatz who complete the line-up that will premier in Gelsenkirchen in May this year - home-game and oldschool. Something to really look forward to.

Next to Sodom also German thrasher Traitor have been confirmed.

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ROCK HARD festival announces first bands

Veröffentlicht am 1. Februar 2018 von Markus W. in Rock Hard Festival, News, Saxon, Cirith Ungol, Live, Concert, Overkill, Marduk, Thundermother, Night Demon, Dool, Attic, The New Roses, Diamond Head, Tiamat, Uli Jon Roth

ROCK HARD festival announces first bands
ROCK HARD festival announces first bands

This year’s Rock Hard Festival edition will take place from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th of May - the Whit Weekend. As usual the Rock Hard team could put together a very exciting billing, which looks like this so far:

  • Saxon
  • Overkill („Feel The Fire“ & „Horrorscope“-Set)
  • Tiamat („Clouds“- und „Wildhoney“-Set)
  • Uli Jon Roth  („Scorpions Revisited“)
  • Marduk
  • Cirith Ungol
  • Backyard Babies
  • Diamond Head
  • Dool
  • Night Demon
  • Nocturnal Rites
  • Thundermother
  • The New Roses
  • Attic
  • + 8 top atcs to be announced!

 

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