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The heavy metal and hard rock music festival, Leyendas del Rock, has confirmed seven new bands for the 2023 edition, which will be held at the Villena Municipal Sports Center, Alicante. This event, which has been held annually since 2006, is one of the most anticipated by fans in Europe and around the world.

Every year, Leyendas del Rock shows that it is committed to growing. Although in its beginnings most of the bands were Spanish, more and more are betting on international groups. In this edition, the festival will last for four days (from August 9 to 12), with a poster with several weight names.


Among the bands that were already confirmed are: Amaranthe, Angelus Apatrida, Diamond Head, Dragonfly, Dragonforce, Uuhai, Virgin Steele and many more. However, the poster has become much more interesting thanks to the incorporation of these groups.


Among the groups that are added to the festival lineup are: Beast In Black, Benediction, Keep Of Kalessin, Twilight Force, Heidevolk, Dry River, Uuhai and KK’s Priest, as the headliner. Without a doubt, more luxury names for an unforgettable date.

Heavy Metal group KK’S PRIEST, KK Downing’s band, will perform at the festival in what will be their only Spanish dream concert this year. This appearance has been described by the festival as “an appointment with history”.

For its part, Beast in Black, founded by Anton Kabanen, is one of those with the greatest projection today. He already participated in the 2019 edition and they just come from closing a successful tour in Spain.


Several of these bands, such as the Norwegian Keep of Kalessin (who come to the festival with a new line-up) and the Dutch folk metal band, Heidevolk, will be presenting their new material live. In the case of Keep of Kalessin it is their album Katharsis, which has been very well received.

Likewise, Dry River, which is one of the most interesting and diverse proposals today, has earned its first presentation on the important stage. Although, certainly, one of the original proposals that will captivate will be Uuhai, direct from Mongolia, which combines rock metal with the musical legacy of his country.



In addition to these groups that we have mentioned, there are many other bands already confirmed. Even so, the festival will continue confirming other acts. If you don’t want to miss anything, you can buy tickets at Ticketmaster. Check out the full list of presentations:

  • Amaranthe
  • Angelus Apatrida
  • Angus Mcsix
  • Arch Enemy
  • Badana
  • Beartooth.
  • Beast In Black.
  • Benediction.
  • Bleed From Within.
  • Burning Witches.
  • Decapitated.
  • Delalma.
  • Diamond Head.
  • Dragonfly.
  • Dragonforce.
  • Dry River.
  • Dynazty.
  • El Altar Del Holocausto.
  • Exciter.
  • Feuerschwanz.
  • Gigatron.
  • Hammerfall.
  • Heidevolk.
  • I Am Morbid.
  • Ignea.
  • Keep Of Kalessin.
  • Kk’s Priest.
  • Korpiklaani.
  • Megadeth.
  • Michael Schenker Group.
  • Mike Tramp Con Canciones De White Lion.
  • Mind Driller.
  • Napalm Death.
  • Narnia.
  • Pedro Botero.
  • Xnxx
  • Power Quest.
  • Sepultura.
  • Shalom.
  • The New Roses.
  • Tierra Santa.
  • Twilight Force.
  • Ugly Kid Joe.
  • Uuhai.
  • Virgin Steele.
  • Warcry.







After several years of dealing with the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, music festivals are back in full swing and 2023 will bring several surprises, especially when it comes to rock metal.

Preparations for the big dates are still underway, however, many bands have confirmed their participation in various events. 2023 will be full of events in Europe, mainly in Spain. After the cancellations of 2020 and 2021, the situation is normalising.


Also, bands that were not scheduled to tour are considering appearing at several dates next year. However, not everything is rosy, as the geopolitical situation (Russia-Ukraine invasion, especially) may have consequences. If you want to know all the rock metal bands that will be performing next year, read on.




  • When: 8-11 June 2023

This is one of the UK’s biggest festivals, and will announce the line-up on 7 November. Rumour has it that Metallica could be one of the headliners at this festival, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary next year.



  • Dates: 14-17 June 2023

This festival has already announced its full line-up, which includes bands such as: Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe, Slipknot, Parkway Drive, Architects, Meshuggah, Halestorm, Clutch, Kellermensch, Zeal & Ardor, Fever 333, Sick Of It All, Cabal, Fishbone, Angus Mcsix, Napalm Death, Harms Way, Malevolence,  xxx porno, Saturnus, Møl, Skynd, Touché Amoré and more.


  • When: 15 to 18 June 2023

This festival is one of the best known and has already sold out for the 2023 edition without announcing a single band. Among the bands that could perform are: Iron Maiden, Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, Pantera, Slipknot and Kiss, among others.


  • When: 15-18 June 2023.

Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe and Slipknot have already been confirmed as the headliners of the big Belgian festival. However, it is rumoured that other big bands such as Pantera, Helloween, Ghost, and Guns N’ Roses could also perform.



  • When: 28 June – 1 July 2023

Rumoured bands include Slipknot, Pantera, Evanescence, Ghost, Rage Against The Machine. Although not yet confirmed, this festival is 18 years old, and is one of the most popular. Right now, they are conducting a survey among the fans to know which bands they want to see and you can get it on their official website.



  • When: 9 to 12 August 2023

This is one of the most eagerly awaited festivals as it usually has one of the most interesting line-ups. Confirmed acts include Megadeth, Mike Tramp and HammerFall. Other rumoured bands are: Anthrax, Biohazard, Sepultura, H.E.A.T, Killswitch Engage, among others.


  • When: To be confirmed

After confirming the 2023 edition, the organisation has not yet revealed any details about bands or dates. An announcement is expected before the end of the year. Last year’s event featured artists such as Kiss, Alice Cooper and Judas Priest.




Top 7 Death Metal Bands

Top 7 Death Metal Bands

Since its emergence in the 80s, the beautifully weird death metal genre has developed to gain acceptance and has grown to attract more followers. The genre evolved from thrash metal and is quite discernible with clichéd boundaries and unique music culture. Today the genre is big and impressive. Here is a compilation of top influential death metal bands.


Death was an American death metal band with roots in Florida. Guitarist cum vocalist Chuck Schuldiner founded death in 1984, and the band is among the top influential bands in the heavy metal genre. The band is famous for pioneering the extreme metal sub-genre of death metal. Their debut album, Scream Bloody Gore and their first records from Necrophagia and Possessed are widely considered the first metal records. The band dissolved after the death of its founder but remains a lasting inspiration on heavy metal.

2-Cannibal Corpse

Cannibal corpse is another influential death metal band founded in 1988 in Buffalo, New York but currently based in Tampa, Florida. The band emerged into fame in 1990, featuring furious musical assaults characterized by throaty vocals, blast beats, and extremely violent lyrics video porno. The group’s horror imagery coupled with graphic album artwork and despicable song titles has attracted controversies. However, they have managed to accrue a rabid cult following and album sales that make them the most commercially successful death metal band of all time.

3-Morbid Angel

Morbid Angel is another successful death metal band based in Tampa, Florida, and among the most influential and emulated bands in this genre. The band played a crucial role in the evolution of death metal from its thrash metal origins by integrating up-tempo beats, a dark atmosphere, and guttural vocals. Morbid Angel was the first death metal band to achieve mainstream success, and their initial three albums are regarded as classics in this music genre. Nielsen SoundScan data ranked the group as the third best-selling death metal band in the US.


The Swedish progressive metal band Opeth hailed from Stockholm and was formed by lead vocalist David Isberg in 1989. The band incorporates progressive, blues, folk, and jazz into its lengthy death metal compositions. They are also famous for integrating Mellostrons in their work. The band began conducting world tours in 2001 after the release of Black Water (their fifth album). Their first eight albums were quite popular across the US, but the band achieved commercial success in 2008 after releasing Watershed, their ninth studio album. In its initial week of release, the album topped the Finnish album chart and peaked at number 23 on the Billboard 200.


Carcass, formed in 1986, is an English extreme metal band hailing from Liverpool. The band broke up in 1986 and regrouped in 2007, with its original member and drummer Ken Owen missing. The group pioneered the goregrind genre. Thanks to their morbid lyrics and horrific album covers, their early composition was labelled as splatter death metal and hardgore. Heartwork, their fourth album, is regarded as revolutionary in the melodic death metal genre. The group is among the few death metal bands to sign to a major label – Columbia Records and Earache.

6-Children of Bodom

Children of Bodom was a Finnish melodic death metal band formed in 1993 but split in 2019. Their third studio album, Follow the Reaper, was their first to receive gold certification. Their subsequent studio albums attained the same status. The band’s next four albums topped the Finnish album charts and ranked chart position on the US Billboard 200. Children of Bodom are among Finland’s best-selling bands, with over 250000 records sold in Finland alone.

7-Amon Amarth

Amon Amarth is a melodic death metal band with roots in Tumba, Sweden. The band was formed in 1992, and their lyrics tend to focus mainly on Viking history and mythology. The band released its first studio album, Once Sent from the Golden Hall, in 1998. They released another five studio albums before the group saw a breakthrough with the album Twilight of the Thunder God. The album debuted at number ten on the Swedish album charts and position 50 on the Billboard 200 in the US.




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Dork-rock fans around the world were shattered by the sudden demise of Ben Folds Five in 2000. On the bright side, this event allowed band-member Darren Jessee to step away from the drum kit and spread his songwriting wings. Based on the excellent debut from Jessee’s band, Hotel Lights, his wingspan may be large enough to overshadow even the mighty Ben Folds in time.

While Ben Folds Five made an art of drawing in listeners with their cheese-filled, tongue-in-cheek anthems, Hotel Lights takes a more serious and somber approach. Hotel Lights’ debut album primarily consists of reflective ballads with catchy melodies. Jessee’s mellow vocals, which are reminiscent of Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, accentuate the overall melancholy mood. Lyrically, Jessee explores the mix of emotions associated with broken relationships, from confusion (“Anatole”), to regret (“Miles Behind Me”), to drunken ambivalence (“Stumblin’ Home Winter Blues”). One of the standout tracks is “Follow Through,” a beautiful yet painful take on the timeless theme of “if you love someone, set them free—even if it hurts like hell.” Throughout the album, the lyrics are well-written and poignant—they have an instant accessibility and universality that draw in the listener.

The album’s slow vibe is uplifted by a few songs with faster tempos, including “I Am a Train,” “What You Meant,” and “Marvelous Truth.” These tracks are as melodic as the album’s slower songs and Jessee’s vocal styling helps these songs blend with the overall reflective tone of the record. Hotel Lights is also an excellent live band with the talent to go far in the music business—look out Ben.

PIGEONHOLE: Somber alterna-pop with catchy melodies and reflective lyrics.
CAVEATS: Although this album is an indie release, the music may sound a little too commercial (read: polished) for some listeners.


It’s time for a little “edumacation,” Sloppy style. In the new millennium, many threats face our fragile–yet still rockin’–democracy. Some see Bushy #2 as the biggest threat to the existence of our musical nation. I can’t argue with this one, but I can’t dwell on it too much either–I’ll either start crying, start breaking shit, or both. You don’t want to see Sloppy cry. It’s ugly with a capital “G,” baby. Of course, breaking shit is fun–as long as it’s your shit. Breaking other people’s shit is a crime, so don’t do it. Although Bushy #2 could bring the whole free world down with him, maybe we should just be thankful that Tipper G. isn’t slapping “explicit lyrics” warning stickers on our assholes right now. (Dear Al G., you know I love you, but keep your wife off Sloppy’s First Amendment).

Others see Darth Vader as the new American–dare I say “galactic”–threat. If you feel this way, I would recommend hitting yourself in the face, readjusting your dental headgear, curling back up with your Ewok doll, and going back to sleep. If you still feel this way after all that, please see Star Wars Episode VI again–Vader gets the shaft, so there’s nothing to worry about until Cheney gets elected. Fear the Wookie in 2008. At least, this occurrence will give Lucas some new material for the next series of movies.

Although Bushy #2, Vader, and the Wookie are all good candidates, Sloppy’s here to tell you that the scenester butt monkey is the biggest threat to our rockin’ democracy and all of our musical youths (pass the Dutchie, baby!). If I had a scenester butt monkey right now that could speak into a microphone he might sound like this (note that it’s hard to get them to speak because they get very focused on staring at their shoes and sniffing their pits).

Get over it! You’re still that same socially dysfunctional nerd that you were in high school–I don’t care if you hung out with Jeff Tweedy backstage, you moron. Be kind and compassionate to others (You dip shit–don’t make me kick your pathetic ass, because I’ll get thrown in jail! And Sloppy doesn’t do well in jail). Please? What’s so funny about peace, love, and understanding?

Butt monkeys of the world unite! Redeem thyself. Lose your “loser” tag. Reach out and touch someone in a place that won’t get you arrested. The heart, man, I’m talking about the heart! Share your love of music with others. Embrace others with your musical knowledge–don’t use it as a vehicle to snub. Be open to the musical preferences of others. Even if it hurts your ears, love it for the fact that it has enabled someone else to make a connection to music, the rhythm of life. So many people don’t have any connection to music. And that’s just sad.

So go now, misguided scenester butt monkeys, and use your musical powers for good. Put your dental headgear back on and go back to sleep. Dream of musical harmony in the galaxy–Wookies and Ewoks dance happily in the forests of Endor, as Leia caresses your light saber. Sweet dreams, young Jedis.

Source: Cineoculto.com

Live review of Death metal evening event, in Sandnes, Norway

Group: Incantation, Ragnorök, Krisiun, Behemoth
Venue: Tribute (Sandnes, NORWAY)
Date: 2004-11-06
Audience: 150 people

A “Death metal evening” in a little place in West Norway, called Sandnes. The evening kicked of at 10 o’clock. Incantation were the first to play. The Americans play for about half an hour without getting a response from 60% of the audience, while the diehards stood in front of the stage, banging their heads a little bit closer to a life in the wheelchair. To be honest, Incantation aren’t that great, their drummer is hammering on his drums without changing the rhythm for six minutes, the guitar riffs are boring and when they should have had something like a solo or a melodic part in their songs, they are just using the distortion (a mistake many bands do) and their vocalist voice sounds like the voice of a smoker who lost 90% of his lung capacity.

Next to play were Norwegians Ragnorök. They bore most of the audience to death, with their 7-8 minutes lasting songs. Some of the songs sound promising and one of the guitarists is able to play his instrument, but the drummer is horrible and messes up for the rest of the band while the vocalist is shrieking like an 8 year old girl.

Krisiun, the evening’s first highlight, are asking the audience before they play their first song:” Are you ready for some brutal Death metal?”- “YES”, and Krisiun showed in an impressive way why they are regarded as one of the best Death metal bands right now, brutal riffs, thrilling guitar solos, a vocalist who is able to perform all sorts of death vocals, and a drummer who is playing the most thrilling rhythms I’ve ever heard. Highlight of the show was the drummers drum solo which was really incredible and which is impossible to describe with words.

The last band of the evening were Behemoth, who started at 1 o’clock in the night, most of the audience properly pissed, hardly realising that a concert was on, some of the outside to puke, and a bunch of 50 persons who still were alive celebrating the music which was performed on stage. “Behemoth” did nothing less than the audience who still was watching expected them to do: they played brutal riffs, with extremely fast drums that at some points reminded me of industrial metal, and a vocalist who growled deeper than a wolf is ever going to do.

2 o’clock in the morning, a bunch of drunk people standing in front of Tribute in Sandnes, smoking a cigarette, most of the them with smiles on their faces. The last two bands gave the audience that what they had come for: brutal death metal at its very best. Even if the evening started with two bands that people who stand outside of the death metal scene probably never will like, the last two bands were worth the ticket price.