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Win a pair of tickets to The Dillinger Escape Plan \m/

by James Glazebrook

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

WTF. The Dillinger Escape Plan have to be the maddest band on the planet. Have a look at their craziest moments, and scroll down to find how to win 2 tickets to see them test Postbahnhof’s fire codes next Sunday, August 16th.

HOW TO WIN 2 X TICKETS FOR THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN AT POSTBAHNHOF ON 16TH AUGUST:

Want to headwalk your way to Postbahnof next Sunday? Just answer this question in the comments below:

What’s the craziest concert you’ve ever been to?

You have until 6pm on Friday 7th August. Good luck!

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 and email address or we won’t be able to put you on the guestlist!
5. We will notify the winners via email.

Music Montag: HEADS. release their self-titled debut

by James Glazebrook

HEADS. vinyl

Jizzworthy vinyl alert! So I’m currently “between turntables”, but when my kit is all set up again, this is going to be the first thing to grace it – the debut by Berlin-based post-90s alt metallers HEADS. Lead track “A Mural Is Worth A Thousand Words”, has already squished our skulls under its size 12 Doc Martens, and the rest of the disc keeps the pressure up, with such grim-faced noise explorations as “Chewing Up Kittens”, “Skrew” and “Black River”.

Recorded live by Jonathon Nido, a former member of The Ocean, and mastered by Magnus Lindberg (Cult of Luna), HEADS. reaches deep into an abyss of post-hardcore and noise rock influences, and excavates something else entirely: dense, driving, stripped back, and utterly unique. And it’s available on sick black and white wax! Go to headsnoise.com to pick up the album, and find out where you can see the German-Australian heavyweights live.

Win 2 tickets to Torche at Bi Nuu!

by Guest Blogger

by Mike T West.

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

Sweet Männertag/Vatertag/Christi Himmelfahrt we’ve got another long German weekend coming up. That’s why we’re especially pumped to be giving away two pairs of tickets to see the crushing crushdom of sludge-stoner crushers – Torche!

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Formed ten years ago in Miami, Florida, Torche have just released their fourth doom-pop opus, Restarter. The album finds them laying down some of their heaviest material to date and continuing to refine the band’s defiant metal-non-metal attitude.

HOW TO WIN 2 TICKETS FOR TORCHE AT BI NUU ON SATURDAY 16TH MAY:

We are teaming up with Landstreicher Konzerte and giving away two pairs of tickets for Torche’s show at Bi Nuu next Saturday. Just leave us a comment below with the answer to this question:

If you could invent a German public holiday to replace Männertag, what would it be called?

You have until midnight on Tuesday 12th May to enter. GOOD LUCK!

The Boring Bit (yawn, RULES):

1. You must be 18 years or older 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 and email address, so we can contact you if you win.
5. We will notify the winners via email on Wednesday 13th May.

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

Earthship

“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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