ALCATRAZ Festival 2017 Belgium

Started as a small-scale, one-day project in 2008 with only 7 bands on the line up.  ALCATRAZ Festival have grown year by year attracting thousands of Rock and Metal fans. The festival evolved from 1 day event to 2 days  and then a 2 stage festival.  This year ALCATRAZ Festival  2017 have scaled up to feature 39 bands on 2 stages for 3 weekend days to celebrate their 10 year anniversary.


3 DAYS – 2 STAGES – 39 BANDS , Great atmosphere !


ALCATRAZ Festival 2017 Program:

FRIDAY 11-Aug : Day ticket 45€ (NO VIP available)

Prison Stage

Band to be announced

Swamp Stage

Udo Dirkschneider (official)
Denner / Shermann
Evil Invaders (OFFICIAL)

SATURDAY 12-Aug : Dayticket price 67,5€ – VIP 127,5€

Prison Stage

Saxon (Official)
Iced Earth
Last In Line
Death Angel​
Sweet savage

Swamp Stage

Wolves In The Throne Room​ (aftershow)
Brant Bjork
High On Fire
King Hiss

SUNDAY 13-Aug : Dayticket price 67,5€ – VIP 127,5€

Prison Stage

Amon Amarth
Life Of Agony Famiglia
Sacred Reich

Swamp Stage

Paradise Lost
Morbid Angel
Dr Living Dead

3 DAYS – 2 STAGES – 39 BANDS , Great atmosphere !
Tickets and info on


Ecstasy Killed The Anarchy


In the midst of all the endless hippie psychedelic electronic trend and countless events, it’s time to take some real instruments into the woods. A long-awaited, 24-hour camping festival, of rock n’ roll, metal, and punk, as well as an open jam night after 12 for everyone to join and commune in some music around the campfire.

This is an anti-drug, animal liberation, instrument awareness event that includes five bands, two of which have never been heard of before.

The festival will be held in Baysour Valley in Mount Lebanon, about 30 minutes away from Beirut.

Entrance is 20$ and includes a beer and vegan barbecue all day. Bring your tents and swimsuits, because it’s the best place to camp or just stay up all night with the bands and all the attendees. For the first time ever, the gig will also be the after party and everyone is invited! And we’ll all cool down in the freezing river after!
Distemper – the first crust punk band in Lebanon, with thrash elements and topics of social issues and animal liberation with a sound that’ll crush skulls and set fire to the night, Animal Liberation, Human Annihilation!


Aggressor – this band is far beyond what you might think, emitting a sound that never existed prior to this band. More evil, fast, aggressive, and dense than you can imagine. Influenced by many bands from all genres, all eras, leaving no rhythm unused. Don’t come near these guys! No joke.

D.I.Y. – is a bad-ass band playing a harsh sound and is the only punk/hardcore band around the fucking Middle East. The band also plays covers for old local bands like Detox, Nightchains, Gamblers….. If you’ve never heard or seen these bands before, kill yourself.

Thrashstorm – This thrash band is maybe the oldest decent still playing band in Lebanon. These guys play a remarkable d-beat thrash that would suck you right away into a moshpit of friendly fire. Very nice guys too.

Black Leather – Rock n’ Roll is alive and in a way you’ve never heard before. A mix of every bad-ass sound you crave. Formed by the roots of these Lebanese bands: Eruption, D.I.Y and Agressor, squeezed together with some spices to deliver a sound that defines its title. From Stoner Doom to Speed n’ Punk, from Drunken Blues to Heavy Psy. Black Leather is here to kick your Ass!

P.S.: You can come as early as 12pm on Saturday and if you can’t make it overnight, we have organized a bus after the show to take you back to civilization.

CAVALERA CONSPIRACY New Album Coming In November 2017

CAVALERA CONSPIRACY led by brothers and founding SEPULTURA members Max and Iggor Cavalera have unveiled first details about the release of their fourth studio album titled “Psychosis“. The upcoming record is set for release on November 17th 2017 on Napalm Records and is produced by longtime friend Arthur Rizk in Phoenix, Arizona.

Max Cavalera in a recent interview with Metal Wani:
“The album right now is finished. It was produced by Arthur Rizk, our friend and a great producer –  an upcoming, underground producer. And he did a great job. I love the record. There are nine songs. We’ve got one song with Justin from GODFLESH –  just a great NAILBOMB, GODFLESH, CAVALERA kind of song. The rest is all pure thrash madness. And we had it mastered a couple of days ago by Joel Grind from TOXIC HOLOCAUST; he mastered the album. And it’s great, man. It’s a beast of an album. I think a lot of people are are gonna be surprised when they hear it. It’s, for me, the best of all the CAVALERA albums, my favorite one. And it’s got the same intensity and energy of the old stuff like ‘Beneath The Remains’ and ‘Arise’. So a lot of people are gonna be happy to hear that.”

Just recently Max and Iggor have also left a message to their fans and the worldwide metal community with a first teaser and greetings from the studio. Check it out in the video below.

CAVALERA CONSPIRACY NEW ALBUM! “Psychosis” Coming In November 2017!

The brothers Max and Iggor Cavalera formed the legendarily trailblazing heavy metal band SEPULTURA as teenagers together in 1984. Across six studio albums the Brazilian punishers perfected the art of darkness and extreme music with thrash classics such as Beneath the Remains, Arise and Chaos AD, while exploring the underbelly of third world political issues and broadening the genre’s horizons with an exploration of indigenous culture, culminating with the landmark Roots album in 1996. A decade after Max left SEPULTURA and meanwhile released seven successfull records with SOULFLY, the two brothers got back together in 2006 to form CAVALERA CONSPIRACY: A bold testament to the talent and power these two possess together. An invigorating mixture of speed and aggression, finest thrash power and the fiercest riffage.

Get ready for one of the most heaviest and hotly anticipated metal records of 2017, coming this November on Napalm Records, when the mighty CAVALERA CONSPIRACY will strike back this Fall!

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First Linkin Park Official Statement About The Passing Of Chester Bennington

Last Thursday, the world learned about the unfortunate tragic death via suicide of Linkin Park’s frontman Chester Bennington.

While the band officially cancelled their tour, Linkin Park Official Statement about the death of their frontman Chester Bennington was posted only today. The band posted the following on their Facebook page:

Linkin Park Official Statement

Dear Chester,

Our hearts are broken. The shockwaves of grief and denial are still sweeping through our family as we come to grips with what has happened.

You touched so many lives, maybe even more than you realized. In the past few days, we’ve seen an outpouring of love and support, both public and private, from around the world. Talinda and the family appreciate it, and want the world to know that you were the best husband, son, and father; the family will never be whole without you.

Talking with you about the years ahead together, your excitement was infectious. Your absence leaves a void that can never be filled—a boisterous, funny, ambitious, creative, kind, generous voice in the room is missing. We’re trying to remind ourselves that the demons who took you away from us were always part of the deal. After all, it was the way you sang about those demons that made everyone fall in love with you in the first place. You fearlessly put them on display, and in doing so, brought us together and taught us to be more human. You had the biggest heart, and managed to wear it on your sleeve.

Our love for making and performing music is inextinguishable. While we don’t know what path our future may take, we know that each of our lives was made better by you. Thank you for that gift. We love you, and miss you so much.

Until we see you again,


Visit ​

That URL leads to a tribute page where fans can share their memories of Linkin Park’s frontman.

Via: Metal Injection.

GUNS N’ ROSES Excited About Working On New Album

GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist Richard Fortus has told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in a new interview that he is looking forward to recording a studio album with the partially reunited classic lineup of the band. “Everyone is excited about it,” he said. “There’s a really magical thing now with the band. It feels like a new band. It feels like the best version since I joined, and it’s the most fun for me. There’s so much excitement around it.”

Since it began in April 2016, the tour has grossed $230 million and counting.”

It’s bigger than anything I’ve ever experienced,” Fortus said. “Doing multiple nights at a stadium is a mindfuck. It’s hard to get your head around that level of craziness. Fans are just so rabid for it.

Fortus said in another interview that the current lineup of GUNS N’ ROSES — which features classic lineup members Slash (guitar), Duff McKagan (bass) and Rose backed by FortusFerrer, keyboardist Dizzy Reed and new second keyboardist Melissa Reese — has begun “assembling ideas” for a new studio album.

Fortus, who joined GUNS N’ ROSES in 2001 and became the band’s longest-serving post-Slash guitarist, spoke about the possibility of new music from GN’R during an interview with the new “StageLeft” podcast.

He said: “We haven’t started recording anything. I mean, when I say that, as far as in the studio, doing an album… We’ve been recording a lot of stuff,  just ideas, sort of assembling ideas, but not going into a studio and actually tracking a new record.

“Asked if he thinks a new GN’R album will happen, Fortus said: “Yeah, I do. It’s sort of too good not to happen at this point — that’s how I feel about it. This band is really a force right now, and I definitely hope that we do, and I think we’re all sort of counting on it, and we’re also planning on it.

Fortus was also full of praise for GUNS singer Axl Rose, saying that “the genius of Axl is his ability to assemble songs from different parts and make them feel cohesive as a song. And I’ve never seen anybody able to do that in the same way.

“A St. Louis native, Fortus got his big break when his band PALE DIVINE opened for THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS. This led to Fortus forming the band LOVE SPIT LOVE with PSYCHEDELIC FURS frontman Richard Butler and future GN’R drummer Frank Ferrer. In 2000, Fortus and Ferrer became touring members of the reformed PSYCHEDELIC FURS before Fortus hooked up with GUNS N’ ROSESFerrer himself joined GN’R in 2006.

GUNS kicked off its long-rumored and long-awaited reunion tour in April 2016 with a club show in Hollywood and appearances in Las Vegas and at California’s Coachella festival.


Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington Committed Suicide

We are devastated to inform you that Linkin Park’s singer Chester Bennington has committed suicide by hanging himself at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in L.A. County. His body was discovered Thursday just before 9 AM.

Chester was married with 6 children from 2 wives.

The singer struggled with drugs and alcohol for years. He had said in the past he had considered committing suicide because he had been abused as a child by an older male.

According to TMZ, Bennington was found in his private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in L.A. county today (July 20) just before 9AM PT.

This is a developing story. Stay tuned as further details emerge.

Source: Loudwire and TMZ

Review | Mike Portnoy Shattered Fortress Paris Show

“A once in a life time event” – that is how Mike described this tour once it all started to become a reality. This is a fantasy to every Dream Theater fan since 2010, and it was indeed an incredible gift to us all. Mike Portnoy Shattered Fortress Paris show reviewed below.

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Gallery | Mike Portnoy Shattered Fortress Paris Show

MIKE PORTNOY’S Shattered Fortress Live In Paris

BANDS: MIKE PORTNOY‘S Shattered Fortress (prog gods) | NEXT TO NONE (prog)
LOCATION: Le Trianon – Paris
DATE: Friday, July 1, 2017
ENTRANCE:  38.5€

ORGANIZED BY: Garmonbozia Inc. in association with Hexagon Booking Agency

Gallery Mike Portnoy Shattered Fortress Paris

Photos By: Sharbél Kanoun Photography

MIKE PORTNOY’S Shattered Fortress Live In Paris


THE SHATTERED FORTRESS is by no means a new project by Mr PORTNOY but an exceptional and unique event. Accompanied by members of HAKEN and NEAL MORSE BAND, Mike PORTNOY will perform “12 Step Suite” in its entirety for the first time as well as a selection of classics from DREAM THEATER.

Line up: Mike Portnoy, Eric Gillette, Charlie Griffiths, Diego Tejeida, Richard Henshall, Conner Green, and Ross Jennings

Joining THE SHATTERED FORTRESS are none other than NEXT TO NONE (whom we interviewed last year >here<). The band was formed in 2013 and spent several years performing live and writing music. In 2015, Next To None released their first album, “A Light In The Dark”, through Inside Out Music and produced by Mike Portnoy. This album received rave reviews worldwide, which credited them as one of the youngest bands to break into the progressive metal genre, also landing Max Portnoy Rhythm Magazine’s “BEST NEW DRUMMER OF 2015” award.

Line up: Max Portnoy, Derrick Schneider, Kris Rank, and Thomas Cuce.

Shattered Fortress Live In Paris

Date: Saturday 01.07.2017 – Paris, Le Trianon

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Beyond Creation Live in Dubai

Beyond Creation Live in Dubai

BANDS: Beyond Creation (Canada) | Verdict (UAE) | Tyranny Rising (UAE)
DATE: Friday July 7, 2017
LOCATION: The Music Room, Bur Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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GALLERY | Winter METAL SLAM March 11, 2017


DATE: Saturday March 11, 2017
LOCATION: Metro Al-Madina
ORGANIZER: Metal Bell Magazine

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