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  • Choosing Death: The Improbable History of Death Metal & Grindcore

    I’ve been experimenting with metal genres, mostly classical heavy, thrash, and power metal, since 1990. Although I have often admired death metal instrumentals (death metal undoubtedly features the most impressive drummers), I’ve never had a...

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  • Van Canto, Winterstorm, and Arven at Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg (21 March 2014)

    Arven I have seen the name a couple of times, mostly in the EMP and Nuclear Blast magazines, but managed to stubbornly ignore them. Their promo shots, fragile women in corsets and fairy hairdos, didn't tempt me to give them a listen, either. Still, I wa...

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  • Musikmesse 2014

    Frankfurt's Musikmesse is one of the leading international music fairs. Yet, year after year, they present their potential visitors with one of the most user-unfriendly websites out there. Since I was determined to get all the details before arriving a...

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  • Album Review: "Only the Stones Remain" by Day40

    I don’t know about you, but when I listen to a new album, there’s a great chance that I don’t like it. Sometimes, after listening to it a couple of times, I eventually come to like it. Very rarely, I like it at first hearing but that&...

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  • Alex Skolnick's Memoir "Geek to Guitar Hero"

    Introduction If I were to choose one word to describe Alex Skolnick’s memoir, it’d be “honest.” His honesty might make some (or rather many) angry and/or uncomfortable but hey, if not in his own memoir, where would he be entitle...

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  • Album Review: "Snakebite" by Lintver

    I got an autographed CD from my friend Alex over at Thrash Till Death – it’s the long-awaited debut album of Slovenian thrash metal band LINTVER (not to be mistaken with the Italian black metal band with the same name). It’s called &l...

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  • Yngwie Malmsteen's Memoir "Relentless"

    “Relentless: the Memoir” by Yngwie J. Malmsteen is a 273-page book, published in 2013 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ. It opens with an introduction and then proceeds with 15 chapters. The first thing one sees on opening the boo...

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  • Metallica: Through the Never Movie

    “Metallica: Through the Never” is a 3D movie bringing together a Metallica concert with 15 of their best-known songs, played live, and the quest of a roadie, named Trip, after a special bag. What seems like a regular Metallica concert with ...

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  • Steve Vai at Batschkapp, Frankfurt (25 September 2013)

    It's aways great to see Steve Vai live. Even if you're not his biggest fan, I'd suggest you give it a try. It's not just that the set is played to perfection by outstanding professionals (which shouldn't be taken for granted on its own) but the show th...

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  • Dave Mustaine Disses a Fan

    Okay, so musicians are human and, if you've come across the popular Latin phrase, "Errare humanum est," you should know that "to err is human." Yet, I somehow can't accept this outburst by Dave Mustaine at Megadeth's concert in Manchester (June 5, 2013...

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  • Metalfest Open Airs 2013: Censorship and Scam

    Metalfest.eu is a respectable institution with years behind its back of great shows, featuring world-class bands, at breath-taking locations like Loreley. Their organization is immaculate and professional. On top of that, they are generous to offer man...

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  • Ten Reasons Why I Hate Facebook

    or any other “social” network (in no particular order) It’s the official stalker tool. Whether it’s your ex or your boss, you have the official Facebook permit to spy on them 24/7. And if they are unfacebook enough not to updat...

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  • Destruction - Spiritual Genocide (mail order edition)

    I don't like Thanksgiving. Not that I don't enjoy spending quality time with my family and friends around a festive table, I just don't like the idea that there should be one specific day (out of 365) to show appreciation. I believe everyone should be t...

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  • The Teutonic Big Four at Beastival 2013 (Geiselwind, Germany)

    What can I say? Dreams do come true! Exactly 8 months after my blog post The German Thrash Metal Big Four about my dream to attend a Teutonic Big Four concert, it is no longer a dream (of many, I might add) but reality. A brand-new festival is in the m...

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  • Kreator and Morbid Angel at Hessenhallen, Gießen (2 November 2012)

    I'm still waiting for the Teutonic Big Four dream to come true. In the meantime, I'm not missing out on seeing the bands on the dream list separately. I'd checked Destruction and Tankard off, and on November 2, it was time to meet my Kreator. That was w...

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  • Tankard at Batschkapp, Frankfurt (13 October 2012)

    When I Think of Frankfurt, I Think of Tankard! There are many things that are typical for Frankfurt am Main. Ask 100 people and you'll probably get 100 different answers, including the skyline, Apfelwein, the Bembel, Grüne Soße, Saschenhause...

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  • Laibach at Batschkapp, Frankfurt (11 September 2012)

    You might also like: - “Mein Land” - Song Analysis - “Mein Land” - Video Analysis - The “Mein Land” Video - Slide by Slide - “Eurocentric” - A Rammstein-inspired Poem - The Süddeutsche Zeitung Rammst...

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  • Nie wieder LENSGURU.DE or Why I will NOT order from Lensguru.de

    I heard about lensguru.de from GROUPON in January 2012 and decided to give them a try. I bought a groupon and ordered from their website. My order was shipped the very next day. I was happy with the service, the delivery, and the GROUPON discount. So, w...

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  • D.R.I. at Nachtleben, Frankfurt (4 August 2012)

    I saw D.R.I. live last night. It was the last date of their European tour and they had played Wacken the previous night. I expected them to be tired, apathetic, and eager to get it over with. They had played 17 songs in Köln two nights before ...

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  • Frankfurt Gay Pride (CSD 2012)

    As part of the Gay Pride Festival 2012, people of various sexual orientation paraded the streets of Frankfurt on 21 July, 2012. In Germany, the Gay Pride is called CSD which stands for Christopher Street Day. Although this was CSD's 20th anniversary in ...

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  • Ronnie James Dio Monument in Kavarna, Bulgaria

    Yesterday Dio Disciples arrived in Kavarna, Bulgaria, to headline the first day of the famous Kavarna Rock Fest on July 13, 2012.Naturally, one of the first things they did was to visit the Statue of Ronnie James Dio - a unique monument opened in 2010 t...

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  • The Süddeutsche Zeitung Rammstein Special Magazine

    “A team of reporters for the Süddeutsche Zeitung-Magazin got close to Rammstein like none before…” opened Rammstein’s newsletter from July 5, 2012. It went on to whet the fans appetite by promising a “30-page long re...

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  • Edvard Munch: Defying Boundaries

    I didn’t know much about Edvard Munch before I visited the exhibition “Edvard Munch – Der Moderne Blick.” I mostly associated the name with his famous painting “The Scream.” I could have researched him before I went ...

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  • The German Thrash Metal Big Four

    Important Note: See the update :) I have a dream... that one day I'll attend a Teutonic Big Four concert... Sodom! Destruction! Kreator! Tankard! The four cult bands of German thrash metal will mount the stage one after the other and musicians will mak...

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  • Andy Warhol: Beyond Pop Art and Postmodernism (A Post-Postmodern Perspective)

    Some know him as the author of the phrase (gone cliché) promising everyone fifteen minutes of fame. Others can instantly recognize his Marilyn Monroe or Campbell’s Tomato Soup Can paintings. Andy Warhol is all that and much more. Considered...

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  • Tim "Ripper" Owens at Exit Chmelnice, Prague (21 September 2010)

    It was a match made in heaven: Tim "Ripper" Owens, Prague and Me. The Ripper concert was supposed to take place at the famous Prague rock club - Exit Chmelnice. Is Exit Chmelnice really that famous and is it a rock club, I would rather not go into detai...

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  • JORN at Exit Chmelnice, Prague (14 October 2010)

    I was not sure I would enjoy this one. Mainly because I had not listened to any solo albums of Jorn Lande and his band. Hell, I didn’t even know there was such a band until recently. Naturally, I am a big fan of Jorn Lande’s voice. However, ...

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  • Circle II Circle, Vicious Rumors, and Steel Engraved at Exit Chmelnice, Prague (18 October 2010)

    This was obviously going to be our last club concert in Prague as we were leaving the following week. There was another concert of interest on that very same night of October 18 at Kain but it was a Metallica Tribute band from Beroun and we did not have...

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  • The Dean Dave Mustaine Zero Angel of Deth II

    Today I got my Dean Guitars newsletter which said, "The Dean Dave Mustaine Zero Angel of Deth II has descended upon the guitar landscape with as much as anticipation as any guitar in recent history." Since it's their guitar we're talking about, it's no...

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  • Avantasia at Esperantohalle, Fulda (18 December 2010)

    How do you start writing about a dream come true?When you have a dream, you build on reality and heighten your expectations thus most definitely heading for disappointment.  Many people have stumbled upon a dream gone sour and most of them have giv...

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  • Killfest 2011: Overkill, Destruction, Heathen, After All at Batschkapp, Frankfurt (7 March 2011)

    I should probably write a commentary. I won’t be able to do anything normal today, anyway. Hell, I had trouble washing my teeth – the water runs too loud and my head feels like it’s exploding every time I even try to think. I’m b...

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  • The Doors of Perception at Nachtleben, Frankfurt (29 April 2011)

    It’s good to be alive. It’s good to live in 2011, too. What makes it even better is the chance to go back in time, let’s say to 1968, for a night.That’s what The Doors of Perception can offer you – a pure, dazzling, inebria...

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  • Vicious Rumors at Nachtleben, Frankfurt (5 June 2011)

    I’m not going to get tired of repeating this – the guys from Vicious Rumors are the coolest heavy metal celebrities you could possibly come across. So, if you happen to be around a club they’re playing, go get yourself a ticket, enjoy ...

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  • The "Mein Land" Video - Slide by Slide

    Rammstein - Mein Land from Rammstein on Vimeo. Here’s Rammstein's "Mein Land" video still by still, slide by slide - each one described in detail to help you follow my “Mein Land” Video Analysis. There are only a few seconds of the vi...

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  • W.A.S.P. at Batschkapp, Frankfurt (4 August 2011)

    They came, they played, and they... left no lasting impression. Oops, I said it all in a single sentence.Anyway, I’m saving you the time to read on. But if you need to know…I used to be a big W.A.S.P. fan. When The Crimson Idol came out, I...

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  • 'Mein Land' by Rammstein - Video Analysis

    Have you read my 'Mein Land' Song Analysis? The "Mein Land" Video Rammstein - Mein Land from Rammstein on Vimeo. Crazy, strange, unusual, unexpected – those are the most common comments regarding Rammstein’s video “Mein Land.” B...

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  • 'Mein Land' by Rammstein - Song Analysis

    11.11.11 RAMMSTEIN RELEASE "MEIN LAND" Some people feared the date 11.11.11, others looked forward to it. For me, the only thing that drew my attention to this supposedly significant date was the long-awaited release of Rammstein's first single of thei...

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  • Dave Mustaine’s Autobiography

    I was really curious about Dave’s autobiography ever since I heard about it but I never got to ordering it until two months ago. When the hardcover copy arrived I was pleased to find it was the US (the original) version. This was kind of odd sinc...

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  • The Helloween Ticketshop - a major scam!

    (or how I almost didn't get the Helloween concert tickets I had paid for) In the last twenty years I had swayed more than once or twice within the heavy metal genre. However, one thing has stayed the same - German metal bands have always been at the to...

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  • ‘Alive and Well in Prague’ by Edward Longmire – a waste of time and a shameful misrepresentation of Prague

    Last night we attended a screening of the documentary ‘Alive and Well in Prague’ by Edward Longmire. What a complete waste of time! Though we up-and-left somewhere around the thirtieth minute of the so-called movie, it was still a good hour ...

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