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Six must-watch metal festivals and concerts in UK this year

Gigs keep happening every other weekend in England, but then there are a few exclusive ones that should not be missed. Here’s a list of six metal events that are going to shake United Kingdom to its foundations.

1. Destroyers of the Faith 2012 featuring Cannibal Corpse, Triptykon, Enslaved and Job For A Cowboy

The season kicks off with Destroyers of the Faith 2012. The gigantic death metal owners Cannibal Corpse are going to headline this event organized by none other than Metal Hammer. Supporting them would be this ass-kicking doom metal band from Switzerland Triptykon, Norwegian black/viking outfit Enslaved and deathcore band Job For A Cowboy. Nice balance of genres, and one gig that should not be missed.

When? – March second week

2. DesertFest 2012, London

Just have a look at the poster. Isn’t it fucking beautiful? The only festival in the world catering to the stoner, doom, psych and sludge metal fans, DesertFest has more than fifty bands playing across three venues. And the bands are not your formed yesterday playing today type. They are the best in the scene and you are sure to feel the pleasure in every corner of your body. That is what these genres do to you. Miss this event at your own risk!

When? – Easter weekend (6th, 7th and 8th April, 2012)

3. I’ll Be Your Mirror 2012, London

As if Slayer‘s presence on the I’ll Be Your Mirror 2012 line up was not enough and now we are told the angry thrashers are going to play the ‘Reign in Blood’ album in its entirety. This event could possibly turn out to be the last gig for many metalheads as a lot of blood is going to be shed but I cannot die here because I have to move on to greener pastures post this event. The next few points would make it clear. I’m excited about all the bands that are playing on day one at I’ll Be Your Mirror. Go on, find out which ones I’m talking about.

When? – 25th, 26th and 27th May, 2012

4. Judas Priest Epitaph tour’s London gig

This is Judas Priest‘s last world tour, so if you’ve missed them somewhere, you’ve just, missed them. But you can still catch the heavy metal awesomeness if you would be in and around London towards the last week of May. This could actually be the last time you will be able to catch Judas Priest live, so make all your other plans either before or after the weekend in question. I know you have nothing better to do so just take my advice and book your tickets.

When? – 26th May

5. Download Festival 2012

Everyone who is even remotely connected to metal cannot be unaware of this name and Download’s one festival that happens every year. Then what is it that makes this mother of all events special this year? It is the festival’s tenth anniversary. The poster pretty much makes it clear what it’s going to be like but I’ll leave it to your imagination to visualize how massive this festival would be. If everything else fails to inspire you then remember that this is the only place where Black Sabbath are going to make an appearance this summer. There is only one word that can be used for those of you who are going to give this festival a miss. And that is stupid. No, it should be STUPID.

When? – 8th, 9th, 10th June, 2012

6. Bloodstock Open Air, 2012

Well, well, well. Words fail me when I look at the Bloodstock Open Air 2012 announcement. One time I think that there is no band that has been left out and another time I wish that they add a few more names. Greedy and needy. It is just March right now and five months down the line the below poster can easily be used to just obliterate the weak. Get into a fight and show the BOA 2012 poster. According to me, Bloodstock this year has some of the most extreme names on it’s bill and would be one of the biggest metal gathering of 2012.

When? – 10th, 11th, 12th August, 2012

I deliberately skipped Sonisphere because it brings me face to face with a dull and unexciting list of bands. I absolutely love Ghost but the organizers of Sonisphere don’t love me. Let’s see how the coming months would affect my decision of not going for this festival that rocked the metal world by bringing together the big four of thrash in 2010.

Other mentions (not metal) – Fans of Red Hot Chili Peppers can catch them in the last week of June, and Pearl Jam maniacs need to attend the second day of Isle of Wight festival so obviously you need to buy the entire day’s ticket and put yourself through the rest of the acts as well. Not cool. Sadly I’m not watching both of these bands, but I just hope Adele plays one show in UK this year. I’ll book my ticket – first day, first show.

For now bookmark this page and pick your gig sensibly. I’ll see you at all six of them.


album review : A Eulogy for the Damned (2012) – Orange Goblin

album : A Eulogy for the Damned

artist : Orange Goblin

genre : Doom Metal, Stoner Metal

year : 2012

Can’t believe Orange Goblin keep releasing top-notch albums and ‘A Eulogy for the Damned’ is a notch higher.

Forever improving Orange Goblin do not know what making bad music is. From where I see it they have always been on the rise, and they deserve a lot more attention than they have been getting since their inception. They are a rare species in the metal world with their own description of stoner doom going on. A kind of stoner doom that helps you appreciate the finer aspects of life, notice the cloak of bliss that the nature around you has to offer and picks you up when you are feeling low.

Again on A Eulogy for the Damned these true rockstars have created a sound that will not stimulate everybody’s nerves. One can either really like Orange Goblin, or simply hate them and I can say that for a major portion of the genre too. That’s how it is. Much like the fourth track’s name the followers of this genre are the filthy ones and they are fewer.

Allow your ears to absorb some scintillating groove that melts in your face with Red Tide Rising, Acid Trial and Return To Mars or the bathetic solos on Stand for Something and Bishop’s Wolf. The flexible guitar work that is accompanied by the right attitude on Save Me From Myself and Death of Aquarius or the relaxed doom-kissed mood on The Fog and A Eulogy For The Damned.

The songs on this record too have fumbled notes, making you and me feel elated about everything that’s messed up in our lives. The band has taken their oft-chosen path but have come out with a refreshing set of sparkling gems once again, that contain influences from genres that have ruled each decade of the last century. Be it rock ‘n roll, heavy metal or hard rock. Also, its time for the poser community to celebrate as vocalist Ben Ward has a little gift for y’all in the picture below. Hint – It resembles his middle finger. Click on the picture to claim your gift.

With their appearance at this year’s Desertfest as well as Bloodstock Open Air confirmed, I cannot wait to watch them unleash their music upon me. I’d be flying to their tunes, and dancing in the air. Oh, my, what did I just say? I think I’m already dazed and confused. Alright, I don’t want to spoil my voyage into Orange Goblin‘s unknown world so you better concentrate on the their new album A Eulogy for the Damned. Trip safely.

Rating : 4.5/5


Off to United Kingdom

Today, I leave for the country whose contribution to heavy metal has been immensely remarkable. Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Motörhead, Ozzy, Rainbow, Angel Witch, Jesu, Napalm Death, Anaal Nathrakh, 40 Watt Sun and Orange Goblin to name a few. And, the line-up for this year’s Sonisphere, Download Festival and Bloodstock Open Air is going to burn multiple holes in my pocket. Let me see what life has in store on this one. See you all in December!


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