Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany’s broadcast schedule For Live Stream!

safe_image.phpWacken Open Air have announced that they’ll broadcast sets from select artists over the course of this year’s festival.

It was reported last week that Iron Maiden’s set would be streamed live on August 4 – the final date of their tour in support of 16th album The Book Of Souls.

Now the festival, in conjunction with Arte TV, have released a full schedule featuring sets from artists including Clutch, Parkway Drive, Steel Panther, Bullet For My Valentine, Ministry, Henry Rollins and Arch Enemy.

Wacken’s tribute to late Motorhead icon Lemmy Kilmister titled Born To Lose, Lived To Win will also been screened.

Similar to Maiden’s set, the entire schedule will be available worldwide via the official Wacken site or Arte TV. View the full list below.

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Further artists are expected to be added soon.
Wacken Open Air/Arte TV schedule
All times Central European Time (CET)
Thursday August 4

16.50-17.35: Henry Rollins
17.40-18.05: Hamatom
19.30-20.30 Panzerballett
20.35-21.25 Phil Campbell’s All Starr Band
21.30-00.00 Iron Maiden
00.00-00.45 Therapy?
00.45-01.00 Born To Lose, Lived To Win: A Tribute To Lemmy Kilmister
Friday August 5

16.20-17.20 Entombed A.D.
17.25-18.25 Axel Rudi Pell
18.30-19.45 Eluveitie
19.50-21.05 Bullet For My Valentine
21.10-22.25 Tarja
22.30-00.00 Blind Guardian
00.15-01.30 Ministry
01.45-03.00 Testament
Saturday August 6

15.40-16.55 Borknagar
17.00-18.10 Metal Church
18.15-19.30 Therion
19.35-20.50 Steel Panther
20.55-22.10 Clutch
22.15-22.30 Triptykon
00.40-01.55 Parkway Drive
01.55-03.10 Arch Enemy

 

Iron Maiden to Cap World Tour With Live Stream at Wacken Open Air 2016

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Iron Maiden kicked off the world tour in support of last year’s standout effort, The Book of Souls, on Feb. 24 and after making more than 70 stops in over 35 countries, Eddie and the Boys have special plans for the final night of the trek. The Brits will be presenting a live stream of their headlining performance at this year’s Wacken Open Air festival in Germany.

With the band set to hit the stage at 9:30PM CET on Aug. 4, fans can catch the entire show on Livestream courtesy of ARTE Concert. The stream can be viewed through both ARTE and Wacken‘s dedicated sites. On this run, Maiden have been playing new material off The Book of Souls as well as the classics with some surprises in store in the setlist and onstage.

Commenting on the opportunity, longtime manager Rod Smallwood said, “We decided to finish the tour at Wacken as it is the ideal way to end this magical tour playing to 80,000 core metal fans at this legendary metal festival. Wacken has become such as international event with many thousands of fans from many other countries around the world joining and celebrating with the German fans, so it is perfect for the final show of a memorable tour. Everywhere we’ve played the fans have been amazing and the reaction to the new songs and stage show has been phenomenal. The band has loved every minute onstage.”

“So when Wacken and ARTE asked us to consider a live stream of our performance there, we jumped at the chance to give our fans an end of tour gift,” he continued, adding, “Streaming this final show live globally allows us to thank the many fans we played to so far, and, for those who couldn’t get to see us this time round, a chance to see just how spectacular the live concert is and what they missed!”

Wolfgang Bergmann of ARTE said, “The festival summer by ARTE concert is heading for an exceptional highlight, showing a live stream of British legends Iron Maiden performing their final show of an incredible tour at the Wacken Open Air. An audience of millions, in Europe and for the first time worldwide, know by now that ARTE is taking the festivals to anywhere you are.”

This tour saw Iron Maiden venture out with their upgraded Ed Force One, a Boeing 747-400 jumbo jet that hauled all the equipment, crew and band around the globe. The aircraft took on some damage during a ground accident where two engines were badly damaged. The incident caused no delays in the tour and was up and running just over one week later.

 

http://concert.arte.tv/de/wacken-live-050816
http://stream.wacken.com/

50 Shades of Music Industry Adversity

A Candid interview with one of India’s most popular extreme metal bands, “Demonic
Resurrection”

Written By Christy Lee
As you all know, it is not easy to succeed in the music arena and the industry has been on a steady decline now for many years. There are many different factors that add to this equation but the main reason is music being readily available on the internet for downloading and sharing. Record sales have plummeted and that used to be the main source of income for both musicians and labels. The rock and metal genres have always had their challenges when it comes to success. The degree of difficulty for success in the music industry is multiplied when you’re music is in the rock or metal
genre. Demonic Resurrection like many other bands out there has gone through the vicissitudes of the music industry.
Demonic Resurrection, a blackened death metal band formed in March 2000, are now one of India’s most popular bands. Fourteen years later the band is about to embark on a European tour for a month including Wacken Open Air Festival, one of the biggest metal festivals in the world. They will be promoting their fourth full-length album, “The Demon King,” slated to release in India in July. They also made the cover of this month’s “Rolling Stone” cover in India. “Demonic Resurrection” is an extremely talented band, has released three studio albums, one EP, have signed with Candlelight
Records and have had their video, The Unrelenting Surge of Vengeance aired on national television in India. The band is on the verge of future success but this wasn’t always the case. They have had their share of difficulties. They experienced a successful 2010 year, winning the Golden God Award, playing Inferno, Brutal Assault etc, making their first video. Then in 2011 the tides turned.
Demonic Resurrection has been steadily gaining fame and popularity in India. I’m talking to Mumbai extreme metal band Demonic Resurrection’s frontman and founding member Sahil Makhija, also known as The Demonstealer.
C: How hard has it been for you collectively as a band trying to succeed with the current state of the music industry?
DS: We got booked for Sonisphere in the UK and spent 1200 Pounds for the TIER 5 Visa which is required for the UK and about 2500 pounds more on our tickets. We managed to book 4 more shows in the UK. Our visas did not come on time and when they did we got rejected and we lost around 1500 pounds in the process. We spent over a year trying to earn that back. We had 2 lineup changes after that. Husain and Daniel left in 2012 and 2013 respectively. Our album sales outside India were not good since we couldn’t tour. Candlelight was going to drop us from their roster. Our merchandise did not sell outside India so we’re pretty much off OMERCH as well. We had an offer to tour with Krisiun that was going to cost us 10,000 EURO despite it not being a buy
on but that got cancelled. Anyway finally with the new record our label decided to give us a show and release the album so we’re hoping this album does well. Right now on this tour we’re investing close to 5000 euro to make it happen. We don’t know when or how we’ll earn it back but it’s almost double of what we individually earn in a year, it’s tough.

Demonic Resurrection – “The Unrelenting Surge Of Vengeance”

C: Do all of you have regular jobs to support your music careers?
DS: Ashwin the bassist is a producer on the side, he just finished a course in sound engineering a year ago so right now he’s just recording and producing bands at his home studio. Nishith is only 19 but he has a day job as a sales executive in a music distribution company. Our drummer used to work in a call center till 2012 and he’s now been trying to be a full time drummer and drum teacher since 2013. Our keyboardist was a creative director in an advertising company till about a year or so ago he quit everything and has his own website/startup called Freejinn http://www.freejinn.com. So yeah everyone is busting their hump basically.
C: Tell me about your experience with this month’s RS cover.
DS: Well in India Rolling Stone isn’t like it is abroad, it is very tied into the local Indie scene and that scene includes the metal scene. They have their own metal awards show so it was not new that they write about DR regularly. So they were aware about what has been going on with the band and they’ve had another Indian hardcore band Scribe on the cover last year for their metal issue and this time they felt we were the ones that should be on it. I should mention that they do only 1 metal issue every year (sometimes 2) around the time of their metal awards.
C: I love the outfits you guys wore on your cover photo for the Rolling Stone cover. Did the magazine provide the clothes and did you get them?
DS: Oh, the clothes were ours and only the black jeans were from Levis which yes we did get to keep. We got these clothes custom made for our new stage look. Since that kind of clothing is not available in India we went to an online store in the UK found the outfits we liked, took them to a designer friend of mine. She does mostly commercial work and isn’t a metal head but she has her own workshop and makes clothes for commercials, movies and has her own line as well. She had them made for us according to what we showed her.
C: Very cool, she does great work. Who is she?
DS: Arunima Majhi. Her company is Whimwit Designs
C: Tell us about the inception of the band. Was it a planned decision or a result of experiments? How did you come up with Demonic Resurrection?
DS: I think the passion that metal brings out in the fans for the music generally steers them towards playing an instrument and forming bands. A friend of mine from school, one who introduced me to metal suggested we start a band and we had a 2 man project called ‘Slaves Of Pain’ inspired by the Sepultura song. The project fizzled out soon enough but I had the desire to form my own project and I thought of the name and Demonic Resurrection seemed the perfect fit. For starters there was no other band with the same name and it sort of fit the kind of sound I have envisioned for the band. I used to write my songs on the computer using a drum machine and I searched for 2 years to find members but I had no luck until the year 2000 when I managed to put together the first line-up.
C: With a band name “Demonic Resurrection” Is your music considered too controversial?
DS: No not at all. No one really cares about metal here because there is no money. There is millions of rupees to be made elsewhere and people to harass. So metal is too small to bother anyone. Most of them just think it’s noise or some rubbish that is going down. The only controversial thing due to our name would be a few Christian folks assuming we’re a satanic band and I’d clarify that we are not.
C: What is a Demonic Resurrection song? Do you conceive of a song as melodies and riffs or as an abstract idea? How do you build on it?
DS: The song writing for the band has primarily been done by me with all the members who bring all of their input to the table. Mostly it’s either a riff idea or something Mephisto writes on the keyboard that will form the base of the song and we generally finish writing the songs ourselves and then sit with the band and work on it collectively. In the earlier days Mephisto would jam with the drummer JP at the time and write sections and parts. For me as well some ideas are born from jamming with the drummer. So there is no fixed formula but we just know when we have something DR worthy.
C: Tell us about the new album you have coming out?
DS: For starters the album is called ‘The Demon King’ and it’s a fresh story, we’ve closed the door on the darkness trilogy for now. Each song is a chapter in the story which roughly is about the resurrection of The Demon King. Musically I would say the album is more concise and focussed. We’ve kind of found our sound a little better with this record. The orchestrations on this album is more grand I feel, the riffs more technical, more blast beats but still being melodic. So hopefully people will enjoy the record.
C: What are your thoughts about the metal scene in India? Do you think metal there has any validity as an artistic movement which questions societal standards and norms? Or are its values purely musical?
DS: Each artist is different. Some of them question societal norms, some write stories like we do, others take inspiration from local pop culture and so on, heck we even have a Viking metal band and I’m sure no one in that band is of Viking descent. The scene is still small but growing quite rapidly.
C: Do you send political messages through your music?
DS: Not with Demonic Resurrection or Reptilian Death. I do have a humour rock/metal band called Workshop and we’ve sung about some issues so to speak with the music but I don’t get very specifically into it.
C: What adversities if any do you face as a metal band in India?
DS: The same stuff that affects bands outside India I guess, lack of venues, lack of infrastructure, piracy, lack of fans attending local shows etc etc. It’s a pretty elaborate list.
C: How is the metal scene in India growing as far as large scale festivals and big names in metal touring in your country?
DS: Well no metal festivals have survived the test of time so we have nothing that we can count on at this point apart from a few small club ‘festivals’ that are now getting regular. We do have 1 proper music festival that is regular since the last 4 years called the NH7 festival. For almost 15 years we had the Great Indian Rock Festival hosted by the Rock Street Journal a local magazine until the founder and editor, Mr. Amit Saigal passed away 2 years ago. In more recent times our 25 year old Independence Rock Festival didn’t take place last year for the first time in 25 years. So there are many that come and go but nothing stable.
C: Do you think that metal as a form of art loses its ‘purity’ when brought out of the underground and exposed to the masses, many of whom might not be able to relate to the ideologies and the technicalities of the genre?
DS: I don’t believe so. I believe everyone has a right to listen music of their choice. If a particular band has a mass following it’s because on some level a larger number of people are connecting with that music. Tomorrow if Blotted Science sells a million copies it won’t make them any less technical, instead it would mean more people are connecting to that style of music. So in my books the purity is ruined by intolerant people.
C: Quite a few present-day metal bands say that they do not have any ‘musical goals’ as such and make music solely for the passion. What does Demonic Resurrection seek to accomplish in the near future?
DS: My personal dream has always been to make a living from my music. Not to be a rock star, not to have a mansion and a fancy car. I just want to pay my bills, make music and tour. I Just want an honest living with my art.
C: Congratulations on Wacken Open Air 2014. How big a leap is Germany?
DS: Thank you. It’s a big thing for us. It’s the world’s biggest metal festival. We’re looking forward to the experience.
C: Is there any bands you’re looking forward to meeting or listening to during your experience at Wacken Open Air?
DS: For me it’s the entire festival experience I love. I am looking forward to seeing Behemoth and Emperor. I’ve met Ihsahn about 3 times already but it’s always a pleasure to meet him and have a conversation, he’s such a humble and down to earth guy. I also look forward to hopefully meeting Nergal finally. I released Behemoth’s Evangelion in India (and I lost a ton of money on it) but I had hoped to meet him at Bloodstock in 2012 but that was not to be. Maybe this time I will get the chance.
C: I’ve never seen you guys live, so in terms of your live sound as compared to that of the studio albums, what is the difference? Do you think the album’s capture the live sound or is it more the other way round?
DS: My philosophy has always been to keep the studio and live as separate entities. What you record is something that stays forever and we work first for the song and how it sounds and then figure out how it’s going to turn out live. I think though on this album apart from the
orchestrations in terms of how much layering I’ve done on the vocals and guitars I think it’s probably closer to the live sound than the last album. I think live is many other factors which you don’t have when someone sits with an Mp3 or a CD and listens to your band.
C: You’re mainly categorized by people who seek sub-genre labels as a blackened death metal band. In your opinion, do you think there’s more to your music than that?
DS: Yeah of course but labels are needed because everyone wants to have an idea of what you sound like. For me we’re a Demonic Metal Band. We have elements from black, death, thrash, power and some other sub-genre. But it’s much easier for people who would enjoy our style if they have a known sound to relate to. So we’ll live with whatever people tag us as.
C: Do you have any plans to tour in the United States in the near future?
DS: We would really love to but the financial burden is tremendous, however we do hope that at some point in the next 5 years we can find our way there.
C: I certainly hope you meet your goals and have the opportunity to tour in the Unites States in the near future. Thank you for talking with me Sahil, it’s been both very interesting and a pleasure. Good luck on all your future endeavours. Any last words you would like to say to your fans out there?
DS: Just ‘thank you’ – we’ve come this far because you’ve been there to keep us going, your words, your messages, your bodies flying in the pit when we play, the horns you raise at the gigs. It’s the force that keeps us going. Cheers & Stay Demonic! \m/

By Christy Lee

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“Oceans Of Sadness”

As Europe is shaken by recent terror attacks in Brussels, the world shows a sign of solidarity by lighting monuments with the colors of the Belgium flag.
My featured artist today is a progressive metal band from Brussels. Belgium has a HUGE metal scene and bands from all metal genres, especially death, black and goth metal. 
Oceans of Sadness is a progressive metal band from Belgium. Oceans of Sadness caught the public eye in 1996 when one of their demos was chosen Demo of the Month in the Dutch metal magazine Aardschok.
They released their first album, For We Are, in 2000. One year later, they played for the first time at Graspop Metal Meeting, the most famous Belgian metal festival. They would return there in 2003 and 2007. Oceans of Sadness definitively broke through when their single So Close was given airtime by music television channels TMF and JIMtv.
Oceans of Sadness have been supporting acts for a.o. Dimmu Borgir, Within Temptation and Obituary.
Oceans of Sadness – Some Things Seem So Easy

Oceans Of Sadness – So Close

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“Pain Of Salvation”

Pain of Salvation is a Swedish progressive rock/metal band led by Daniel Gildenlöw, who is the band’s main songwriter, lyricist, guitarist, and vocalist. Pain of Salvation’s sound is characterised by riff-oriented guitar work, a broad vocal range, oscillation between heavy and calm passages, syncopation, and polyrhythms. Thus far, every album released by the band has been a concept album. Lyrically, the band tends to address contemporary issues, such as sexuality, war, and the nature of God, humanity, and existence.
The album Remedy Lane (2002) contains 2 tracks (“Second Love” and the Japanese bonus “Thorn Clown”) which were written by Gildenlöw circa 1987/1988, when he was only 14 years old.

Pain of Salvation – “Remedy Lane”

According to a 1999 interview the name “Pain of Salvation” has the meaning of balance. Taking the good with the bad. It is also a good expression to indicate a slight setback on an otherwise painless journey towards your goal. The idea is that of wandering exhausted in the middle of a desert… Sitting down will take away your pain, but it will kill you. The walk for water will hurt, but it may save your life.
PAIN OF SALVATION – Falling Home

Pain of Salvation – Cribcaged (Ending Themes live DVD at Paradiso)

Gildenlöw formed the band “Reality” in 1984 at age 11(!). The name “Reality” was later changed to “Pain Of Salvation” in 1991.
Christy Lee

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TesseracT – Polaris (album stream) 

Tesseract – “Altered State” (Full Album Stream)

Tesseract plays a specific style of progressive metal which often features polyrhythmic riffs and odd time signatures, and several atmospheric layers. They have stated that they do not compose their music with specific polyrhythms in mind, and play what they feel fits the groove. They also include a mid-range sounding distorted guitar tone and melodic clean passages heavily influenced by ambient music. They are regarded as one of the pioneers of the djent subgenre of metal.
The vocal style of the band has seen a considerable shift. On One, Daniel Tompkins employed a mixture of clean and harsh vocals, with an emphasis on long, drawn out notes. However, Ashe O’Hara’s performances on Altered State dropped the harsh vocals entirely in favour of a more melodic style, with an emphasis on strong melodic “hooks”. 

Christy Lee

Amorphis

Amorphis is a Finnish heavy metal band founded by Jan Rechberger, Tomi Koivusaari, and Esa Holopainen in 1990. Initially, the band was a death metal act, but on later albums they evolved into playing other genres, including heavy metal, progressive metal, and folk metal. They frequently use the Kalevala, the Epic Poem of Finland, as a source for their lyrics.
‘Skyforger’ was certified gold in Finland on July 7, 2010, making it the third Amorphis album in a row to do so.

‘Silent Waters’ marked the first time in the history of the band that an album was recorded with the same personnel as the previous one (‘Eclipse’). They were also both recorded at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki. ‘Silent Waters’ attained gold certification in Finland around five months after its release, having sold over 15,000 units.
AMORPHIS – Silent Waters

AMORPHIS – Eclipse

They were the first band to be added to website metal-archives.com

The plant appearing on the front cover of the album “Tuonela” is called Rowan (Pihlaja in Finnish). They are native throughout the cool temperate regions of the northern hemisphere, with the highest species diversity in the mountains of western China and the Himalaya, where numerous apomictic microspecies occur.
AMORPHIS – Tuonela

AMORPHIS – Sacrifice

Dillinger Escape Plan

The Dillinger Escape Plan is an American progressive,avante guard, mathcore band from Morris Plains, New Jersey. The group originated in 1997 after the disbanding of Arcane, a hardcore punk trio consisting of Ben Weinman, Dimitri Minakakis, and Chris Pennie. The band’s current line-up consists of guitarists Ben Weinman and Kevin Antreassian, bassist Liam Wilson, vocalist Greg Puciato, and drummer Billy Rymer. Their band name is derived from bank robber John Dillinger.
One of Us Is the Killer is the fifth studio album by American mathcore band The Dillinger Escape Plan, released on May 14, 2013
Greg Puciato indicated that he chose the album title “pretty much as soon as I finished writing the song” of the same name. He explained that the meaning behind the title involves “a lot of issues on the album relate to co-dependency and unknowingly destroying a relationship and taking responsibility for that and not pointing outward. The chorus of the song says ‘one of us must die, but the killer won’t survive.’ In a relationship, you’re both fifty percent at fault. It’s about accepting responsibility instead of directing it outward.”
Puciato arrived at this view as a result of “two really critical relationships in my life that were under a lot of strain” while the album was being written. He acknowledged that the relationships were with guitarist Ben Weinman and his girlfriend, which he described as in “a state of turmoil” and “unhealthy”.
The Dillinger Escape Plan – ONE OF US IS THE KILLER

The Dillinger Escape Plan lead signer Greg Puciato wrote the song, “When i Lost My Bet” with the group’s guitarist Ben Weinman.
“That song is actually a reference to living in LA and seeing people go from human beings to opportunists,” Puciato said in an interview. “The lyrics to that song are about people trying to ‘hang out’ their way to the top, which is what you see pretty much everywhere in LA. What’s really shocking to me is the people that are only fixated on who they know or being around some type of success, but not actually trying to do anything of their own to achieve that stuff. That song was a response to seeing so much opportunism all the time.”
The Dillinger Escape Plan – When I Lost My Bet


Christy Lee