Show Me The Metal Italy!

The name of Electricity measurement Volt comes from Alessandro Volta (pictured above) who invented the first battery in 1779. I bow to Volta, because this Italian man’s invention has been powering up electric guitars and amps for years and years to come! Italy is also the home of espresso – something for Metalheads to obssess about.

Co-incidently, the Italians play host to two large scale Metal Festivals.

Gods Of Metal Festival

In 1997, the Gods Of Metal Festival was born and has successfully been able to run throughout the years while boasting the biggest names in Metal music. The Festival is generally held between the roads of Milan and Bologna and this year’s (2011) line-up looks better than my Italian espresso.
The festival will be held in 22 June 2011 and the line-up is made up of Judas Priest, Whitesnake, Mr.Big, Cradle of Filth and Epica. So far those are the details that I can confirm.

Have a look at the ultra trending (Italian style) website: http://www.godsofmetal.it/

The really awesome thing is that the Gods Of Metal Festival caters for those who are disabled. Plus on their website you can sort out all Festival needs and wants without having to search through other websites.

Heineken Jammin Festival
From the makers of Gods Of Metal Festival, the Heineken Jammin Festival was born in Venice. Bringing over big names as well as promoting Italian metal and rock bands. The Heineken Jammin Festival is confirmed for the 9, 10, 11 June 2011. The acts confirmed so far are Coldplay, Vasco Rossi, Negramaro and Pretty Reckless.

There is also an announcement of a registration for a Heineken Jammin Band Contest.

To get all the details,the official billing and festival carnage – visit http://www.venezia.net/heineken-jammin-festival/2011/02/01/heineken-jammin-festival-2011-9-10-11-giugno-a-venezia/

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Yours Truly – The Metal Goat

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Band Horn: Demonic Resurrection (India)

The Devil Rising
“It is purely a matter of believing in what you do and putting yourself 100% behind your work.” Those are words to live by – be it a Business man or a Metal Band in the making.
Demonic Resurrection, a Heavy Metal Band from India seized the attention of many curious Metal Heads when they were first featured in Sam Dunn’s documentary Global Metal.
“It was a fantastic documentary that brought the burgeoning metal scene across the globe to notice. By featuring bands from countries less known for their metal music, it’s been a much-needed boost to these bands, and it was a great honour being part of the film,” says Daniel Rego of Demonic Resurrection.
“Personally I have come across many people who have actually remembered us through the documentary, come up to us and spoken to us about the same, and how surprised they are about the quality of bands from other countries,” adds in Husain Bandukwala of Demonic Resurrection.
It is a fucking awesome quality band – taking the age of symphonic Black Metal and turning it into something quite extraordinaire. “As a band, we all have a common vision as to what we see our musical ideas metamorphosing into, and the album was a culmination of that shared vision. We feel we’ve accomplished what we set out to achieve and produce [the album] The Return to the Darkness, and I’d confidently say it’s the band’s strongest, most diverse and representative work to date,” continues Rego.
Passionate and dark, the Band weaved their way into playing at the Norwegian Inferno Festival.  The challenge of kicking ass on stage and converting people into DR fans was a high unlike any other for me,” adds Husain.Rego elaborates “Inferno Metal Festival was just surreal, the entire experience of it being our first international performance, and being in Norway, the Kvltest of all places. It’s been the absolute highlight of my life so far and probably will stay that way. The response from the Norwegians was great, and we couldn’t have been happier. Brutal Assault Festival was much grander in scale, and was our first open-air international gig, so it was an entirely different experience. The whole ‘festival’ vibe was much more pronounced here, so it was a unique experience, hanging out with absolute legends and mentors like Meshuggah, Cannibal Corpse, Hypocrisy, Ihsahn and the others. We’re very happy with how the audience received our music as well, and it still gives me Goosebumps, to think about the massive crowd chanting for one more song at the end of our set.”
However being an Indian Metal Band has it’s controversies as Husain informs, “the major challenge is making this music acceptable to a larger audience. Indians have always been exposed to a lot of Bollywood and Traditional/Classical music from birth so for most kids listening to metal, they often face parental opposition to the music and lifestyle.”
“I’ve been lucky enough to be part of a family that does not consider it culturally objectionable for me to be playing in a metal band. In terms of the larger society, metal is still not something you’ll find just around the corner, and is still a long way from gaining widespread acceptance, but we believe it will reach that stage in time,” states Rego.
From what little experience I have, challenges are what make a band and in most cases the best Bands are the ones who face the most challenges. As Rego said – believe in what you do and do it well, Demonic Resurrection, has done exactly that and deserve high recommendation! So click on the links below to know more.

Words: Lav Nandlall

A monster Thank you to Husain and Rego of Demonic Resurrection for agreeing to do the interview!

Exclusive Band Horn: Dimmu Borgir (Norway)

DEMONS ALIVE
Dimmu Borgir’s ABRAHADABRA album stole my orchestral virginity. The beautiful and grotesque engagement of Black Metal pooled with the symphonic intellect of Gaute Storaas makes for a surreal orgasmic experience.
We believe the album turned out better than we had hoped for and therefore it is with a great sense of accomplishment to hear people’s positive responses. It’s not a very immediate album so it’ll need to take the listener around for more than a few spins but once it hits it reveals a lot of treasures,” states Dimmu Borgir’s founding member Silenoz.
Without a doubt the addition of the KORK Orchestra and the Schola Cantorum Choir, are the ultimate ABRAHADABRA treasures. The tracks Dimmu Borgir and Gateways are so intentionally refined that it juxtaposes the previous Dimmu Borgir albums. It merely shows an improvement – evidently a larger budget accommodation too.  Gaute Storaas, has made an infusion of compositions from conception to birth with the Band and he made it remarkably grand.
Silenoz adds, “It’s not like Michael Kamen for instance and what he did for Metallica, adding on top to already existing songs that wasn’t orchestrated from the beginning.”
The ‘conception to birth’ ideology is consistently demonstrated in the ABRAHADABRA album especially in the illustration of the cover art which is designed by legendary cross-media artist Joachim Leutke.
Silenoz elaborates, “What [Luetke] had in mind was The Elder Gods, and also Crowley – which is a never-ending influence. The idea behind the [lyrics] and also much of the artwork is connected to rebirth and renewal of the body, mind and spirit. Reincarnation seen through the Luciferian perspective. The first pressing sees the birth, the “beginning” with the whole mask on the cover while the 2nd pressing symbolizes the continuation and growth but yet the more principal aspect of ‘existence’, unfolding back to [the] basics. Perhaps there will be a 3rd pressing. This album has embarked on its own journey since its inception and lives its own life.”
With the dismissal of Band members, Mustis and Vortex, many hard core supporters started to believe that the end of an era was near for Dimmu Borgir but those obituaries were utterly unnecessary. The band has matured since their last album and there seems to be a stronger sense of revived experimentation. Silenoz illuminates, “There are far more fans and people applauding our way of thinking forward and sharing our views towards the future than anything else. We can’t please all but as long as we start with pleasing ourselves first many will follow.”
Having completed The Darkness Reborn World Tour – Dimmu Borgir have been able to reconnect with their long standing fans and hardcore supporters. It is with great honour that guitarist Silenoz describes Dimmu Borgir fans as, “Pretty damn priceless! We got all different kinds of fans in all shapes, forms, ages, colour and creed. We’re fortunate to have a very enthusiastic fan base whether their opinions about the band and our music range from being very open minded to extremely conservative.”
Dimmu Borgir’s optimistic ABRAHADABRA album adheres together progressive ethics, loyal fans and a resurrection of opus. Take note because that is how you create an orgasmic album.
Words: Lav Nandlall
Credit: Dimmu Borgir and Team
 A BIG Thank You to Silenoz and Direct Management for taking time to do this interview!
 For more information http://site.dimmu-borgir.com/