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Music Montag: Faith No More and Rage Against the Machine

by James Glazebrook

Recently, I’ve been moaning about the dearth of good, specialised (non-electronic) festivals in Berlin. But while the first Lollapalooza Berlin is failing to live up to the event’s legacy (hear me rant about it on Radio überlin), back in the 90s the city hosted a one-dayer with a lineup to rival Perry Farrell’s finest. Information about the apparently one-off event called Berlin Rocks Festival 1993 is scarce, but the billing speaks for itself: Iggy Pop, Anthrax, Living Colour, Suicidal Tendencies, Monster Magnet and these guys…

Rage Against the Machine, with a short, high-impact flashbang of a set that includes an early version of “People of the Sun”:

And the mighty Faith No More, on top of their game and led by an especially intense Mike Patton:

Faith No More play Zitadelle Spandau in June, and for some reason there are still tickets left. Pick up yours here.

Metalcore Montag: Employed To Serve and Renounced

by James Glazebrook

By Mike T West.

In case you didn’t get the memo, January hates you. You’re getting no money, no gigs and definitely no sunlight. It makes you want to punch Berlin in the face, which is never good. Fortunately we have the cure for your post-Silvester blues: Motherpukin’ Metal.

The lovely people at Demons Galore have decided to give the worst month of the year a big roundhouse kick to the face, with a killer four band line-up at Mitte’s Marie-Antoinette, all for the price of a half Hähnchen mit Pommes at City Chicken.

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Currently on a winter tour of Europe, two of the United Kingdom’s best new bands are gracing Berlin with their mosh-inducing presence.

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Renounced are the best thing to come out of Berkshire since the Cooper Temple Clause (ask your Dad – or James) and have recently released one of the strongest metalcore albums since Artpop.

Meanwhile, Employed to Serve have just finished recording their debut record which they will be previewing tracks from this coming Thursday.

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Both bands are currently on the rise with Renounced going on to play the legendary Ieperfest in Brussels with the mighty Crowbar next month, and ETS hot off supporting Pennsylvania doomcore titans Code Orange (who just so happened to release the best metal of last year… FYI). Catch them before they sell out, break up and charge 110€ for tickets to the ten year anniversary tour.

Joining them are two new Berlin based bands – post-hardcore punkers Sleep Routine, who are kicking off their first ever German tour this weekend, and the “not-so-bad-hardcore” mobsters Seek Nothing, playing their very first show!

Four bands under one bridge for 6 EFFIN’ German dollars?! Blimey.

The mosh begins 8pm this Thursday January 22nd, at  Marie-Antoinette, Holzmarktstrasse 15-18 – which according to Google Maps is located behind an art installation about the effects of police brutality

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Only kidding. See you in the pit!

Music Montag: Earthship

by James Glazebrook

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“FOR FANS OF CROWBAR, MASTODON, ENTOMBED, DOWN”. Say no more, Pelagic Records!

Berlin’s Earthship have been cranking out “riffs taller than the mountains, backed by lyrics deeper than the sea” since 2010. Formed by Jan Oberg, a former drummer for The Ocean, the sludge rockers have had a revolving door lineup typical of Pelagic’s flagship project, with Jan’s wife replacing a bassist who “literally” disappeared(?), and Ocean founder Robin Staps leaving as his own band grew in popularity. Out now, third album Withered is a marked evolution in Earthship’s sound, a heady blend of stoner, doom and old school Swedish death metal they like to call “prog n’ roll”. Listen on Bandcamp, and check out the loopy lupine video for “Serpent Cult” below. Howwwwwwwwwwwwwwwl.

Metal Montag: Helmet

by James Glazebrook

By Mike T. West.

The months are getting darker and our beards are getting longer, which can only mean one thing – metal is coming.

To kick off a great few months of concerts, tonight we are celebrating the twentieth birthday of Helmet‘s seminal third album. Produced in New York in 1994, Betty is considered a definitive post-metal record and features our drumming man crush John “The Fit” Stanier.

Helmet will be playing the entire album and more alternative hits at the also super old and legendary SO36, tonight from 9pm.

Ohhhhhh Betty!

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Music Montag: Coal & Crayon

by James Glazebrook

We’re on our way to Rügen for a short break, so how about some driving music? Here is the island’s own answer to The Ocean, prog rockers Coal & Crayon. They’re playing in Bergen auf Rügen just after we leave, but we hope to catch them live soon:

überlin’s Mega Metal Bar Crawl

by James Glazebrook

20140801-211429-uRaise your glasses! Raise your horns! And join us and our ragged horde as we drag our shuffling corpses through the fetid streets of Berlin, in search of liquid nourishment and heavy, HEAVY music. If you’re brave enough to follow in our footsteps and recreate the überlin Mega Metal Bar Crawl, here’s where your journey begins…

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Paules Metal Eck
Krossener Straße 15, Berlin 10245 (map)
We started off by returning to the first Berlin metal bar I ever dragged Zöe – and my poor sister and brother-in-law – to. And sure enough, three years later and Paules Metal Eck hasn’t changed a bit. The doomy interior is still charmingly decorated with dragon heads, carbonised figures writhing in agony and a mummified corpse suspended over the pool table. And there’s still Newky Broon on tap! We gathered outside to drink beers in the dying light of the day, and steel our resolve for an evening of down-tuned guitars and questionable drink choices.

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Halford
Mainzer Straße 15, Berlin 10247 (map)
When our friend Heather first complained to us about the bar she lives above – the one with the statue of Rob Halford on a motorbike outside, that plays dodgy thrash all night (turned up to 11) – we just had to add it to our bar crawl. The Metal God has now had his legs lopped off and been dragged inside, where he stands opposite the stud-lined bar, behind which another Halford doppelgänger mixes up wildly-experimental cocktails loosely fashioned after some of the heaviest bands of all time. Two of us struggled to keep down a Slayer – a heady blend of Baileys, blue Curaçao, banana nectar and sambuca – while Zoë wisely opted for the relatively light Sepultura – imagine a mojito with tequila and strawberry juice (and try not to gag). Mexikaners sunk, palates cleansed (ish), and we were off to the next bar!

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Brutz & Brakel
Proskauer Straße 13, Berlin 10247 (map)
Did you ever have a cool uncle who spent all his wages decking out his bachelor pad with massive TVs, dart boards, and shelves full of all the weird music he introduced you to? Well, Brutz & Brakel is like his living room, if he’d had the space and money to install a full bar. It’s also the de facto fan base HQ of local death metal band Postmortem and the basecamp for Stromgitarrenfest, Berlin’s most brutal music festival. Needless to say, they aren’t used to gangs of expat hipsters rolling in and ordering shots that basically consist of liquified, alcoholic cheesecake. Not for the faint of heart. \m/

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Monterey Bar
Danziger Straße 61, Berlin 10435 (map)
A short tram ride and we find ourselves in the heart of craft beer and stoner/doom/all-kinds-of-awesome metal, Monterey. After more Mexikaners (the best we’ve ever had), a few bottles of Mikkeller, and a failed attempt to focus on the free play arcade game, we settled in for some end-of-the-night shit talking. A big shout out to the ever hospitable Adie who kept us lubricated with his finest ales and let us bother the clientele with hours of Tool and the Deftones. Oh, and our mate Lozzy, who’s going to live painting a mural on the walls later this month. There will be skulls!

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Thanks to everyone who came along on the crawl, especially our Gruppenleiter, Mike from Demons Galore, who organised the whole thing. Truly a master of muppets!

Metal Montag: Win Tickets to Progression Tour 2014!

by Guest Blogger

By Mike T. West.

[EDIT: this competition is now closed. Click here to see if we’re running any open competitions]

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HIYYAAAAA! The last time we attended an evening of disgusting contemporary metal was Bonecrusher Fest way back in 2012, when we had slightly less dramatic facial hair but were no less incontinent. Now it is time once again to prepare thy underwear as one of Germany’s best metal bands Caliban are dragging four of their brutal peers across the nation. Next week they land in Neukölln – the centre of metal and Instagram in Berlin.

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Formed in the forest of Hattingen, Germany in the late 90s, Caliban have released an epic nine albums before confidently creeping their way into their native top 10 music charts this year with current record, Ghost Empire. A formidable live act that comes with almost two decades of playing live – I predict 10.5 circle pits per riff.

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Joining them is one of Australia’s best metal exports, I Killed The Prom Queen, who recently returned from a lengthy hiatus with vicious sounding third LP, Beloved. One track of which features guest vocals from John of The Ghost Inside, cause you know they’re mates innit. Here is the video for epic choon “Thirty One & Sevens”:

Also appearing at the United Colours of Riffaton Bazaar™ are the aforementioned Ghost Inside and The Devil Wears Prada – which is indeed the new sludge super-group featuring cast members from the 2006 smash hit film of the same name. Honest.

Foreplay comes from Switzerland’s only metalcore act Breakdown Of Sanity, which is exactly what you will suffer if you manage to survive the evening.

COMPETITION TIME! The cool cats at Trinity Music are giving YOU a pair of tickets to the Berlin leg of Progression Tour 2014 this Thursday. Just tell us, in the comments below:

What is your favourite German metal band? Boners points if you tell us why.

Answers by 6pm tomorrow (May 6th) please.

The Boring Bit (yawn, RULES):

1. You must be at least 18 years old to enter.
2. ONE ENTRY PER PERSON!
3. We will keep a record of each comment in a database and then a random number generator picks the winner.
4. Remember to include your full (real) name or we won’t be able to put you on the guestlist!
5. We will announced the winners via our Facebook page on Wednesday May 7th.

Meanwhile, tickets are still available by typing Progression Tour 2014 into Google and parting with your well deserved Euro pounds.The gig itself kicks off at the mighty Huxleys Neue Welt, 107-113 Hasenheide, on May 8th from half past six in the evening. MOSH!