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.


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


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.


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


Only kidding. See you in the pit!

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Music Montag: Earthship

by James Glazebrook


“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.

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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 RĂĽgen 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 RĂĽgen just after we leave, but we hope to catch them live soon:

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ĂĽberlin’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 ĂĽberlin Mega Metal Bar Crawl, here’s where your journey begins…


Paules Metal Eck
Krossener StraĂźe 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.





Mainzer StraĂźe 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 ZoĂ« 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!






Brutz & Brakel
Proskauer StraĂźe 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/




Monterey Bar
Danziger StraĂźe 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!



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!

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Metal Montag: Win Tickets to Progression Tour 2014!

by Guest Blogger

By Mike T. West.

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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.


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.

I Killed the Prom Queen Copyright Tom Barnes Photography

Copyright Tom Barnes Photography

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.
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!

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Metal Montag: Architects and Stray From The Path

by Guest Blogger

More metal mayhem from Mike T West.

Oh me, oh my – it has been bloody ages since we had a Metal Montag! We thought it was about time we dusted off the air guitar and warmed-up our invisible oranges. What better opportunity to get back into the pit than with one of our favourite Britports Architects?

The Brighton quad returned earlier in the month with their huge sounding sixth album Lost Forever // Lost Together, which is excellent and also makes us feel dead old. SIXTH ALBUM?! Recorded in Sweden with producer Henrik Udd (who also helps Bring Me The Horizon sound just as crushing), LF//LT is the sound of what living on the south coast of England would do any sane person.

Check it out…

Joining Architects are the best rap metal band since Crazy Town, Stray From The Path, along with Aussie metalcore underagers Northlane and English hardcore mob, More Than Life. If you survive the above then you are clearly made of steel. Super steel.

Please note the event has moved from Lido to C-Club and starts when the pit boss says so.


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Metal Montag: The Safety Fire

by Guest Blogger

Mike T West catches up with London tech-metallers The Safety Fire ahead of their upcoming Berlin gig in support of Protest the Hero. Moustache chat: engage.


Now that all that yuletide-kindness-to-your-fellow-man nonsense is over for another 12 months it is time to sober up (or down) and shed those Christmas pounds with some good ol’ progressive metal from London. The very excellent The Safety Fire have begun the year trekking through Europe with the equally excellent Protest The Hero and TesseracT. We had a chat with guitarist and excellent chap, Derya “Dez” Nagle about their assured (and indeed excellent) new album, Mouth Of Swords.


Hello Dez! How are you?

I’m very well thank you. Enjoying a little break in between tours!

You’re beginning 2014 on tour with Protest The Hero AND TesseracT! How does this make you feel?

Extremely excited! We are good friends with both bands, and they are just awesome guys to hang out with. Add us in the mix and a splash of lime and it’s all going to be a lot of fun.

The line-up is unbearably excellent. Is there such a thing as too much prog-metal?

Thankfully, I don’t think you can overdose on prog-metal, so hopefully all should be well.

Have you been to Berlin before? And if so, then where do you like to go? And if not, why not?!

We have been twice as a band, and very much looking forward to our third excursion. We have friends in Berlin who take us out, so I wouldn’t be able to name any of the bars we have been to, but all I know is I very much like the food, coffee, drinks and general vibe of the city. Definitely one of our favourite places to tour.


Your moustache is epic. Do you think you would fit in amongst the more refined expatriates here?

Thank you kindly. When I come to Europe I always feel like less of an oddity. There aren’t many people in the UK rocking the ‘stache, although being half Turkish I do feel I am fulfilling a national stereotype.

Berlin crowds are renowned for their polite indifference at concerts, what cheesy crowd encouragement does The Safety Fire incorporate to combat this?

Offer them sex.

Your sophomore album, Mouth Of Swords, is bloody brilliant! Discuss.

Thank you. We enjoy it muchly, so are very happy to find others agree! What we did with [debut album] Grind The Ocean was to make people aware of the band, and what we were doing as a band, so MoS was an extremely important release for us. I think our sound has matured since our first album and extremely proud of what we are doing.

The blistering “Beware The Leopard (Jagwar)” features post-metal Jesus, Tommy Giles Rogers Jr., as a guest vocalist. How did this come about?

We toured with Between the Buried and Me last year in Europe and became good friends with the guys. We talked with Tommy about doing a guest vocal on stage with us during that tour, but it never came round, so I joked with him, “not to worry, we’ll get you on our next album”, which he agreed to. When I wrote that song the part felt like it suited him so sent it over and he was down. He is one of my favourite vocalists so it was a very surreal process.

One of the reasons why I left the UK is that the metal scene was shit! Why is it now only started being brilliant again?

I can’t really answer that, I suppose these things come in waves – almost reacting to the fact there is a gap that needs filling. I think the music scene in the UK in general is great at the moment with some incredibly interesting albums having been released in the last year.

And finally, what does 2014 hold for the band?

As much touring as possible. We are having a lot of fun playing this new material so want any given chance to do so. Especially if it’s on a boat! Which we are being given the chance to do in February with the Progressive Nation At Sea cruise.

Thank you very much for taking the time to answer these questions and good luck with the tour!

Thank you!

The Safety Fire are playing our second home in Berlin, Magnet, on Wednesday January 8th and across Europe throughout February.

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Metal Montag: Pierce the Veil

by Guest Blogger

By Mike T West.

As 2013 draws to a close and the darker months approach, metal bands retreat from the blinding lights of summer package tours and cloak themselves in wintery pitch blackness. This Sunday the younger generation creeps into Neukölln for an evening of metal and fringes.


Joining metalcore legends Bring Me The Horizon on their latest European trek are pre-pubescent pit merchants Pierce the Veil.

Photo by Alie Krohn 

Consisting of bros (in the genetic sense) Vic and Mike Fuentes, plus Tony Perry and Jaime Preciado, these Californian lads have released three albums since their inception in 2007. Third LP Collide With The Sky was released last summer, became ridiculously massive everywhere ever and featured ĂĽberlin’s Beard Of The Year™ Jason letlive. Butler on the face-melting jam “Tangled in the Great Escape”:

There are still tickets available for BMTH+PTV on the Internet and in those neat ticket vendors you see dotted around Berlin. The show is 8pm this Sunday 1st December at Huxleys Neue Welt, Hasenheide 107-113, 10967 Berlin.

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Win 2 tickets to the Vans Warped Tour!

by James Glazebrook

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

By Mike T West.

Next week ĂĽberlin shall continue its slow decline into being the grumpy old gits at the back of the venue during the very first Vans Warped Tour date in Berlin!

Scroll down to pick up a pair of free tickets, or keep it locked for our list of five bands you really need to see!

1. Parkway Drive

It’s a close call between these Aussie metalcore gods and the next band for the most bum wee expelled in anticipation. Parkway are celebrating ten years of colossal beatdowns and, um, surfing, so prepare yourself for what will probably be the biggest moshpit/brodown of all time.

2. Enter Shikari

Yes, Enter Shikari.


Probably the most sore thumb band of the day will inevitably be one of the most memorable. Simply put, there are not enough good rap rock bands on this planet and RDGLDGRN (Red Gold Green) are here to rectify that. And some guy called Dave Grohl (?) played drums on their debut album…

4. Crossfaith

Did we mention Enter Shikari? Because Crossfaith are like them, only from Japan. They have a song called “Jägerbomb”. Make of that what you will.

5. The Wonder Years

Last on our list is an actual pop-punk band playing a pop-punk festival called The Wonder Years. They’re big favourites of ours so we’re mega pumped to hear their refreshing brand of melodic rock songs about touring, girls and “keeping it real”. POP PUNK AIN’T DEAD!


Ready to join the kids in the pit? Just answer this question in the comments below:

Which band are you most looking forward to?

You have until 6pm on Sunday 3rd November. Good luck!

The Boring Bit (yawn, RULES):

1. You must be at least 18 years old to enter.
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 Monday 4th November.

Vans Warped Tour Berlin 2013 is at Arena, EichenstraĂźe 4, 12435, Samstag 9th November from 1pm until bedtime.

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