About two years ago, I became acquainted with the American black metal formation Vattnet Viskar (the water whispers), when yours truly reviewed their debut album Sky Swallower. It was a good, atmospheric black metal effort. The only fear I had was that this band might not stand out among the already established groups in the same genre. Now, the band is back with their follow-up, Settler, and I’m curious to see which path they’ve taken.. Read all!
Belated slightly? Yes. But we could not refrain from reviewing the 13th album of the legendary Paradise Lost. While neither being a big or familiar fan of their earlier work, I happily took on the Plague based on their gruesomely beautiful front cover. I got infected.. Read all!
Every now and then, it is inevitable that you come across an album that you are reluctant to review. Whether it is the style, your mood, or life, the universe and everything else. When a band manages to make that feeling disappear, it’s a damn good sign. This happened when Monotony Fields of the Finnish atmospheric funeral doom metal band Shape of Despair landed on my desk. While I’m usually not a fan of doom metal, Monotony Fields has got me listening intently.. Read all!
If the supreme god Voltumna of the Etruscans demands a listen, we may experience a slight tugging of our blackened souls at Metal Exposure. Who knows, maybe these Italian blackened death demons capture our souls into worshipping this foreign and forgotten deity.. Read all!
Trondheim-based black/death metallers Katechon recently released their sophomore full-length Coronation. On this record, the Norwegians demonstrate excellent skill in combining destructive, yet sometimes catchy death metal oriented drums with ferocious, atonal raw black metal elements.. Read all!
It´s time to rock hard! This 2015, your Metal-Exposure crew went back to the Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen to attend the 13th edition of the Rock Hard Festival. This year the festival was sold out, so obviously the other festival in Gelsenkirchen “Rock im Revier” didn´t influence ticket sales. Which makes sense, as Rock Hard has a loyal fan base..and who can blame them, with the amazing location, pleasant vibes and awesome party? Rock im Revier however, didn´t turn out to do so well – at times, it was very quiet there and some of the major bands only had a couple of hundred visitors. But that’s a different story!
Read the report here!
Well, what shall we say? Wacken doesn’t exactly need an introduction, because if you’re a metal head who has never heard of Wacken before, you might want to question yourself if metal really is your thing.
But for those few lost sheep among you: Wacken Open Air started as a small festival in 1990, in the fields around the small town Wacken in northern Germany. Now, in 2015, the festival has grown to be the biggest and most well-known metal festival in the world.
2015 marks the 26th year of existence of the festival, and like previous years, the festival was sold out in an insane short amount of time. In the meantime, big names such as Europe, Savatage, In Flames, Running Wild, Judas Priest, Cradle of Filth and many more have been confirmed..
Besides live shows, Wacken has a lot more to offer in the rare case you’re getting tired of all the live shows. Bull-riding, the Viking village, wresting shows, and even cooking with stars are a few of the side activities where you can entertain yourself all day long.
For more information about Wacken itself, the billing etc., visit:
The Wacken website
See you in Wacken, Rain or Shine!!!!
In a few weeks, metal-exposure will be heading towards the Dong Open Air Festival once more.
Since 2007, our crewmembers have been visiting this festival, and we haven’t missed a single year after that.
We can genuinely say it’s one of our favourite festivals, since the atmosphere is always great and cosy.
Besides the fact that the festival always has some big names as headliners (Carcass, Gamma Ray, Eluveitie), there also is space for the unknown and underground bands, and the festival provides a great opportunity to discover some bands you may never heard of, but that you whish you had known earlier!
Add a unique location, the top of the Dong hill, to this and the recipe for one of the best weekends in the year is complete.
If you don’t have a ticket yet, or if you want more information about the festival, you can visit the official Dong website
For our impressions of the previous years, click on the link below: