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Alexi Laiho (CoB): “I need chaos around me to feel comfortable.”

By Laetitia On October 2nd, the Finnish metallers of Children of Bodom will release their 9th full-length, I Worship Chaos. Metal-Exposure caught up with front man and guitarist Alexi Laiho to talk More »

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Dong Open Air 2015

16/18-07-2015 Neukirchen-Vluyn, Germany Report by: Rosa & Tabitha Pictures by Ingrid (and a guest appearance from Tabitha and Rosa) Sometimes you need a fresh perspective on things, be it on life, music More »

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Dokk’em Open Air 2015

19-20/06/2015 Dokkum, Friesland (NL) Report: Laetitia (L) & Ingrid (I). Pictures: Laetitia. You might have been to Hellfest or Graspop and paid quite a sum for your ticket and your beer, you More »

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Rock Hard Festival 2015

Rock Hard Festival 2015 22-24 May 2015 Amphitheather, Gelsenkirchen, Germany Report by: Tabitha Pictures by: Ingrid It´s time to rock hard! This 2015, your Metal-Exposure crew went back to the Amphitheater in More »

Alexi Laiho: “I need chaos around me to feel comfortable.”

On October 2nd, the Finnish metallers of Children of Bodom will release their 9th full-length, I Worship Chaos. Metal-Exposure caught up with front man and guitarist Alexi Laiho to talk about the album, the departure of guitarist Roope Latvala, touring and side projects.. Read all!

Preview: Midgardsblot

In a week our everlasting quest for finding and experiencing the best metal festivals across the world will take us to Norway. Yes, the motherland of black metal where the air is filled with the scent of bvrned churches and where you will have to sell your kidney to pay for a beer. So outfitted with (a bit) of our own booze and a taste for extreme metal, we’re sure that Midgardsblot will be a blast.

The festival kicks off on Thursday, August 20th with an opening speech. Since we want try as much as the festival has to offer, you’ll find us doing some guided tours around the area (which should be very interesting since the Midgard Historical Centre is an archaeological site with grave mounds, excavations, exhibitions and more!) attending lectures and a beer tasting!

The music program opens with Folket Bortafor Nordavinden ft. Kati Ran, who will play an acoustic set, inspired by ancient music and the way it was performed back in the day. It will get a little heavier with the folk-rock/metal group Bergtatt, Danish folk metal band Huldre and Norwegian experimental metal formation Solefald. The evening will end with a special set from Einar ‘Kvitrafn’ Selvik (Wardruna) in the Gildehallen. Selviks music is often enchanting, whether performed acoustic or amplified, and in these surroundings, it should be a once in a lifetime experience.

The second and third day will continue with other activities such as viewing (parts of) the Blackhearts documentary and a panel debate. Some of Scandinavia’s finest are performing: Ihsahn, Einherjer, Kampfar, 1349 and Thyrfing. Not to mention two special sets from Enslaved’s Ivar Bjørnson’s Bardspec and Mayhem’s Atilla Csihar. The festival does not solely focus on Scandinavia. Extreme metal bands from other areas of the world are featured as well. From the Vastland from Iran (currently Norway) and Acyl from Algeria will diversify the program with their own (musical) traditions. There is a lot more we could say about this festival, but what it comes down to is: be there!

Dong Open Air 2015

Sometimes you need a fresh perspective on things, be it on life, music or whether you should really have another beer. When it comes to festivals, a new set of eyes can point out things that veterans don’t even recognise anymore. Therefore this year, Metal Exposure brought Dong-newbie Rosa along to the famous hilltop-festival to do some reporting. Her musical preferences create a different appreciation of the bands on Dong, but the verdict of the festival was unchanged, and, in fact, confirmed! Dong is the best festival in the Ruhrgebiet and here you can read why!

Midgardsblot: “We tried to program the festival by thinking like Vikings”

New festivals are sprouting like mushrooms all over Europe. Yet Midgardsblot in Norway has a very special touch. The festival will be held in the park of Borre, where the mighty rulers of the Norwegian Vikings lived, feasted, and were laid to rest. Metal-Exposure spoke with main organiser Runa Strindin about how the festival came into being, taking back symbols, Viking women, family and Norwegian prices.. Read all!

Dokk’em Open Air 2015


You might have been to Hellfest or Graspop and paid quite a sum for your ticket and your beer, you might have lost sight of your friends (how are you ever going to find them again?) or eyed a fancy looking metal maiden or man, but lost that face in the crowd. So, how about attending a festival with just one stage, an equally good line-up and a chance of finding your friends or that crush again? That’s what we did when we visited Dokkem Open Air! Read about that here!