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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.

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.
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!

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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.

BLEGH!

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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.

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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.

GO PROG!

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.

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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.

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


Photo by Alie Krohn 
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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 überlin’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 überlin 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.

3. RDGLDGRN

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!

HOW TO WIN 2 X TICKETS FOR THE VANS WARPED TOUR AT ARENA ON 9TH NOVEMBER:

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.
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 Monday 4th November.

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

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Win tickets to The Dillinger Escape Plan!!!

by James Glazebrook

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When was the last time you saw a frontman risk concussion and third-degree tongue burns, while performing a DEPECHE MODE cover? Enter The Dillinger Escape Plan, probably the most ferocious live band in metal today:

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

Love the smell of lighter fluid in the moshpit? Just answer this question in the comments below:

What’s the most kick-ass live show you’ve ever seen?

You have until 6pm on Sunday 13th October. 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 or we won’t be able to put you on the guestlist!
5. We will announced the winners via our Facebook page on Monday 14th October.

Full concert details on Songkick.

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Metal Montag: Funeral for a Friend

by Guest Blogger

By Mike T. West

Schieße mate! We’ve barely recovered from the ruination that was last month’s letlive. gig (black eye and severe neck trauma), and now the 40th largest minority in Berlin can rejoice as Welsh screamo legends Funeral For A Friend are back in town to remind us exactly how old we are.

Earlier this year, FFAF released their crunchy sixth album, Conduit, on which they avoid stagnation while cocking an occasional glance back at their hardcore roots. Basically, riffs. RIFFS! Here they are rockin’ a song from said record in Berlin earlier in the year:

Did we mention riffs?

It’s also the tenth anniversary of their landmark debut, Casually Dressed And Deep In Conversation (CDADIC), AND next month their long out-of-print demo EP, Between Order And Model (BOAM) is being remastered and re-released. Here is a reminder of how cool people looked in 2002:

Main support comes courtesy of righteous Brighton punkers, Gnarwolves, who are bloody brilliant and super nice lads to boot. Lubricating the mosh are fellow metal Brits, POLAR. Capital letters. Full stop. Wicked.

FFAF will be playing songs from CDADIC, BOAM and more this Wednesday at Magnet Club, Falckensteinstraße 48, 10997 Berlin, starting at beer o’clock.

BYOB.

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Metal Montag: letlive.

by James Glazebrook

Live and letlive. by Mike T West.

Hello!

Was it really earlier this year on a filthy, wind-swept evening that we waited outside a casino in Neukölln, drinking beer before seeing our favouritest rock band ever, Deftones?!

If you got there early enough then you may recall a man onstage throwing his shoe at the crowd before scaling the bar and stealing a beer. That was the singer of support band, L.A. post-everything rockers, letlive., who is both hot and rad. Don’t believe us? Release the GIFs!

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Jason breaking the clock on your head.

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Oh how we ♥ Jason Butler. Also see fit-as bassist Ryan Jay Johnson, channeling some post-hardcore Goslingness:

Anyhoo, they are back this weekend as part of a European headline tour in support of fantastic new album, The Blackest Beautiful. Imagine a tattooed Michael Jackson joining Refused instead of Cirque De Soleil.

letlive. are playing this Saturday 28th September at Crystal Club (the younger cousin of C-Club, which is the little brother of Columbiahalle – I smell a sitcom) Tickets are available wherever you can buy them.

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Metal Montag: War From A Harlots Mouth

by James Glazebrook



War From A Harlots Mouth
pitch themselves as “Extreme Math Metal Mayhem from Berlin, Germany”, which is a description that’s hard to argue with. Aside from The Ocean, they’re probably the best known Berlin metal band, having supported Lamb of God on their recent German dates. If you like your brutality technical and mathematically precise, this one’s for you.

War From A Harlots Mouth – Vertigo (Official Video) from ambitious.films on Vimeo.

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Metal Montag: Lamb of God

by Guest Blogger

By Mike T West.

Mein (Lamb of) Gott! This week we are dying both physically and musically as we spend the sabbath in the presence of Nintendocore leviathans HORSE The Band / northern UK mathcore heroes Rolo Tomassi, and also bear witness to dirty metal titans Lamb of God. Paint us excited.

This is all a walk in Gorlie park  for LoG frontman Randy Blythe, compared to the last 12 hellish months. Arrested in the Czech Republic for pushing a fan off stage and allegedly causing his subsequent death, Blythe spent five weeks in custody before finally being released and acquitted… with his band bankrupted by legal fees and forced to live under a bridge:

Sheesh! Now Lamb of God are back in Berlin for the first time in three years, in support of their seventh studio album, Resolution. Hopefully there will be time during the set for Mr. Blythe to give a reading from his forthcoming memoir - a literary circle pit if you will.

Joining them will be UK tech-metallers Sylosis, who hail from Berkshire – the “Hellmouth” of England – and hometown metalcore sprogs, War From A Harlots Mouth – you know, for the kids.

Lamb Of God are playing tomorrow night at C-Club Columbiadamm 9-11, 10965 Berlin. Tickets are still available so come along and please stop us from ordering Jäger, for the love of Korean Jesus!

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