Barcelona is commonly known for it’s great weather, beautiful countryside and culture. It is now becoming known for one of the best metal festivals held in Europe. Rock Fest 2017 will host some of the biggest acts in the hard rock and metal genres. Aerosmith, Deep Purple, Alice Cooper and many more. The three day festival starts June 30th and runs until July 2nd. You can follow the link in this article to get your tickets now and also find out more information about the fest. ROCK HARD, RIDE FREE!
Alestorm No Grave But the Sea
BY: Alex Phillips
The first five times I listened to this album, I was sitting at my desk at work with a bud in my right ear but not my left because having both in is a safety hazard. I work as a graphic artist for a corporate printing company. On my monitor was the worst artwork ever, a pixilated low-resolution full color image of a cross superimposed over the world, the whole thing encircled by the words “The One True Life Church of Christ Our Savor.” I had already heard “No Grave But the Sea” and “Mexico,” and at that moment I had just decided to skip to what promised (by merit of its title) to be the most interesting track, “Fucked with an Anchor” (a title which evoked memories of that classic love song “Fucked with a Knife”), and my grim workday was made instantly sunnier by Christopher Bowles promising to track down and anchor-fuck the witch doctor who cursed him forever to spew four-letter words like a foulmouthed pirate. Continue Reading
I talk with Rock n Rolf of German Pirate Metal band Running wild about his latest album ‘Rapid Foray’. We discuss about getting inspiration from Native American History and Rolf’s keen interest in history itself. We also discuss a very important aspect of Running Wild hitting the festival circuit in the next year with several shows hopefully planned.
BY: TJ FOWLER
Available: July 22nd, 2016
Label: Hells Headbangers
I really enjoy when I find bands that normally would stay hidden from view if not for the power of the internet and/or getting promos from labels who excel in trying to showcase underground bands. Such is the case with NUKE, whose line-up consists of various members of the local Detroit metal and punk music scene. The band describe their sound as a mixture of VERY early Running Wild, ACCEPT, splashes of Iron Maiden and various other bands with a good heavy dose of the ugliness of Detroit City. This could be a recipe for a big belly flop of disaster but interestingly enough…it comes out as a glorious testament of raw, ugly and pure heavy metal from one of the most heavy metal cities left in America. Continue Reading
Good things come to those who wait: three years after the release of Resilient (2013), Running Wild have announced the title and release date of their latest album: Rapid Foray will be available from physical and digital retailers from August 26, 2016 as a box set, on Digipak CD, double vinyl LP and for digital download. The band’s mastermind Rolf Kasparek apologises for the long delay: “Due to my broken shoulder, I was totally or at least partly incapacitated for more than twelve months from spring 2014, something that repeatedly delayed work on the new material. After that I had to prepare intensively for our show in Wacken, which was also very time-consuming. Now I’m all the more pleased to be able to present an exceptionally strong new recording to all Running Wild fans.” Continue Reading
Fan made video of Running Wild’s song ‘Realm of Shades from the Branded and Exiled album.
Film Footage from ‘Silent Hill’
Available: October 7th, 2013
Running Wild! A band I can claim are one of my top 5, if not top 3 favourite metal bands of all time. Since I first listened to Black Hand Inn I was completely hooked with the bands ability to write songs that invoked such imagery in their lyrics, had great riffs and worked the pirate theme like no other. After Black Hand Inn I made it a point to go out and grab whatever other albums I could possible find. Keep in mind this was in the mid-90’s, in Tennessee, when I first discovered the band in college. If not for the internet emerging as vehicle to really bring heavy metal back into people’s consciousness I would have never discovered the band. So from Black Hand Inn, to Pile of Skulls to Blazon Stone and all the other in between, after and before I was a hooked on Running Wild and so were my friend whom I introduced the band to. I even tracked down a digital copy of their concert during the Death or Glory tour in Germany right before the Iron Curtain fell. Continue Reading