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This being my third Bloodstock in a row, it felt much more like a yearly traditional visit with an old friend than it did “work”. Boasting what was described by many as being their “best line-up yet” and also the best weather I’d ever seen in this little corner of Derby, BOA 2012 was a beautiful experience, without a doubt.
Regardless of the fact that Bloodstock is steadily growing in attendance and might, it is one of the few festivals that still feels “intimate” – like you’re among family. (Not the dysfunctional, embarrassing, “bat shit insane family” that you consistently try to avoid every holiday season, but the GOOD kind of “family”.) The ones you have obscene amounts of fun with, and can’t wait to see every summer. (more…)
Seminal industrial band Godflesh have only played a handful of shows since reuniting in 2009, none of them in America. But all that changes in 2012, as the promoters of the Maryland Deathfest have announce this blockbuster booking for next year's festival, which happens during Memorial Day weekend. Things will get extra doomy, as they have also announced the booking of the legendary Winter as well. Holy shit, can you imagine how much low end will be coming out of Baltimore that day? All this in addition to Electric Wizard, Suffocation, Anvil and everybody's current favorite, Morbid Angel. Here is the entire lineup, as of now, with many more bands expected to be announced: (more…)
By Ben Apatoff
Why should fiction get all the fun? There are plenty of great metal rockumentaries, especially in the past few years, and the best ones absolutely deserve their own list. To prevent this from being a list of the 6,6(66) greatest metal docs, I'm ruling out concert movies (sorry, Flight 666) and other films that couldn't pass the JONAS BROTHERS test (i.e., movies that wouldn't be good if the bands sounded like Disney radio products.) So without further adon't, here are the top six, stranger than fiction metal movies, in chronological order.
1. Heavy Metal Parking Lot
Yes, Virginia, the kids in Detroit Rock City are real. They probably migrated to Maryland and caught JUDAS PRIEST with DOKKEN at the now-defunct Capital Centre in '86. Fortunately, some cameramen were on hand to capture a girl in braces squealing about wanting to jump ROB HALFORD's bones, a spandex-clad youngin' professing that MADONNA's "a dick" and punk rock "should be on Mars," plus about 15 minutes of more truly amazing testimonies. The rumor that future Chief Justice John Roberts can be seen in attendance is unfounded, but it's worth spreading anyway.