HammerFall + Antwerp 05.02.2020

Swedish HammerFall just released new heavy metal album called “Dominion” and is going to promote this longplay all over the world. According to band, “Dominion” is fresh, energetic and epic. I would add that it also sounds like solid heavy metal ought to nowadays. In my opinion Interesting compositions which hell bent for leather and traditionally heavy guitar parties are main outstanding elements of “Dominion”.

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Here you can watch an official excellent video clip “(We Make) Sweden Rock”, posted on YouTube by Napalm Records \m/ Maybe that’s only me, but I noticed slight Byff Byford’s (Saxon) influence in Joacim Cans’es manner in this song 😉 Generally don’t expect next “Legacy Of Kings”, but it’s a pure heavy fuckin’ metal with perfect proportion of melody and power.

Let the hammer fall in following countries:

Colombia 31.08.2019 – 05.09.2019

USA 07.09.2019 – 10.09.2019

Japan 15.09.2019

USA 04.10.2019 – 15.10.2019

Canada 16.10.2019 – 19.10.2019

USA 21.10.2019 – 27.10.2019

Canada 29.10.2019 – 31.10.2019

USA 01.11.2019 – 05.11.2019

Mexico 30.11.2019

Germany 30.01.2019 – 02.02.2019

Netherlands 03.02.2019

Belgium 05.02.2020

Germany 06.02.2020 – 08.02.2020

Italy 09.02.2020

Germany 11.02.2020 – 12.02.2020

Czech Republic 13.02.2020

Germany 14.02.2020 – 15.02.2020

Switzerland 16.02.2020

Poland 18.02.2020 – 19.02.2020

Hungary 20.02.2020

Austria 21.02.2020 – 22.02.2020

Germany 23.02.2020

More useful details: https://www.hammerfall.net/?navigation=tour

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So we can see soon HammerFall in Colombia, USA, Japan, Mexico, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Poland, Hungary and Austria. Get ready for this event, listen to “Dominium” and prepare your cool T-shirt beforehand to feel a part of global HammerFall family.

Finnish heavy metal band with singing lady Battle Beast will perform as a support. It’s a great idea to always inquire with music of supporting bands before going for any gig, so below you can watch an official video from Nuclear Blast Records. I like this song “Black Ninja”, yeah this one is really ok. They use more keyboards on the newest album “No More Hollywood Endings” (2019).

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If you live in region out of HammerFall schedule, I would recommend to take a well planned trip to the beautiful Belgium. HammerFall will perform in Antwerp (the second largest city after Bruxelles) but if you are interested in sightseeing then it’s better for you to book a hotel in Ghent instead. This region is famous for charming towns like Ghent, Brugge, Antwerp and Bruxelles. Ghent lies in the middle of them so it would be easier for you to commute. You can get from the Bruxelles International Airport BRU to Ghent with direct train in less than 90 minutes. TravelDudesTV presents inspiring video about this region. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSd8HjsfETs

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Places to see in Bruxelles: Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Grand Palace, Constantin Meunier Museum, Mini – Europe, Luxembourg Square, Royal Museum of the Armed Forces etc

“Discover the hidden treasures of Brussels on this half-day walking tour and learn about the symbols of secret societies. Discover the mysteries of the Templar and the Illuminati as you wander through the Belgian capital.” https://www.getyourguide.com/brussels-l8/brussels-mysteries-and-legends-half-day-walking-tour-t18124/?partner_id=QL9T477&utm_medium=online_publisher&utm_source=poblak%40europe.com&placement=content-middle

Places to see in Antwerp: MAS Museum, Antwerpe Central Station, City Hall, Rubenshuis, Chocolate Nation Museum, Red Star Museum, Antwerp’s Port, Steen Castle, Kloosterstraat etc

“Visit the main attractions of Antwerp during a pleasant bike tour that takes you through the city center and to the old port. Your knowledgeable guide will adapt the tour to your interests and provide in-depth information about the sights along the way.” https://www.getyourguide.com/antwerp-l1028/antwerp-highlights-bike-tour-t100647/?partner_id=QL9T477&utm_medium=online_publisher&utm_source=poblak%40europe.com&placement=content-middle

Places to see in Ghent: Korenmarkt Square, Belfry and Cloth Hall, Patershol neighborhood, Gravensteen Castle, Graslei and Korenlei quay etc

“Enjoy a 50-minute guided boat trip through the beautiful medieval city center of Ghent to discover its most glorious sites.” https://www.getyourguide.com/ghent-l1487/ghent-50-minute-medieval-center-guided-boat-trip-t196022/?partner_id=QL9T477&utm_medium=online_publisher&utm_source=poblak%40europe.com&placement=content-middle

Places to see in Brugge: Historic Centre of Brugge, The Markt Square, Groeningmuseum, Rozenhoedkaai, Historium Brugge, Friet Museum etc

“Discover Bruges on this guided tour through the city. Witness one of Belgium’s most enchanting cities and see many of its popular social and historical landmarks.” https://www.getyourguide.com/bruges-l854/half-day-bruges-visit-departure-from-bruges-t218571/?partner_id=QL9T477&utm_medium=online_publisher&utm_source=poblak%40europe.com&placement=content-middle

author: Sam O’Black

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Opeth + The Vintage Caravan + Copenhagen 17.11.2019

Get ready for upcoming Opeth’s world tour. Listen to their new songs, check out dates, plan trips and have fun!

I’ve written in my last interesting article about Queensryche https://musictivity.org/2019/08/27/queensryche-in-oslo-worth-it/ that this is not progressive metal. Now I would like to share my quirky opinion about a band which is very progressive but also I would be glad to make your music experience even more sophisticated. We will put Opeth’s concerts in unique perspective of Copenhagen’s culture to enrich your life.

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Let’s start with exciting announcement that Opeth will release 13th studio album called “In Cauda Venenum” on 27.09.2019. The title means probably “poison in / from the tail” in latino. Listen to “Dignity”, a new stylish song from official Opeth’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guXP2gbYqEM

You can pre – order limited double CD edition with discount after clicking on the EMP banner below. It’s exactly 9.99 euro for 2CD English edition, 16.99 euro for Swedish 1CD edition, 19.99 euro for English/Swedish 2CD edition and 69.99 euro for English/Swedish 2CD-4LP-blueray edition \m/ This store offers also other Opeth’s albums for few euro and wide selection of original T-shirts / hoods. Get ready for the best concert in your life!

Naturally Opeth is going to perform new fresh songs during upcoming world tour. The support (at least in Copenhagen) is aspiring hard rocking The Vintage Caravan from Reykjavik, Iceland. It’s worth to make focus on their official video “On The Run” posted on YouTube by Nuclear Blast Records because there are included majestic landscapes from unique Iceland:

Below Opeth’s dates. Find your city on the list below or plan an excellent trip to chosen destination. Further in this article, I will share with you some ideas how you could experience this event in unforgettable way.

27.10.2019 Norwich, UK

29.10.2019 London, UK

31.10.2019 Glasgow, UK

01.11.2019 Dublin, Ireland

02.11.2019 Leeds, UK

03.11.2019 Bristol, UK

05.11.2019 Utrecht, Netherlands

06.11.2019 Bruxelles, Belgium

08.11.2019 Munich, Germany

09.11.2019 Milan, Italy

10.11.2019 Zurich, Switzerland

11.11.2019 Paris, France

13.11.2019 Cologne, Germany

14.11.2019 Wiesbaden, Germany

15.11.2019 Nuremberg, Germany

16.11.2019 Berlin, Germany

17.11.2019 Copenhagen, Denmark

29.11.2019 Pune, India

30.11.2019 Pune, India

01.12.2019 Pune, India

05.12.2019 Osaka, Japan

06.12.2019 Tokyo, Japan

10.12.2019 Torrensville, Australia

11.12.2019 Perth, Australia

13.12.2019 Melbourne, Australia

14.12.2019 Sydney, Australia

15.12.2019 Brisbane, Australia

I can notice some similarity between Opeth and Therion 😉 Both bands come from Stockholm and they started making music in the same period. Both are known for their creative death metal style which evolved later on to progressive, more sublime genre without frantic growling. However Therion used to engage more orchestra and opera while Opeth remained a gang of few metalheads. However Therion’s albums are easier to comprehend than Opeth’s masterpieces (Just compare “Sitra Ahra” or “Secret Of The Runes” with “Soreceress” or “Watershed”).

Different formulas but kinda similar way of developing from Swedish death metal. Opeth seems to have little bit less experience with composing non-death metal music but maybe thats even better? They are active on metal scene already 30 years and it’s cool to get still innovative music from Mikael Åkerfeldt & Co in 2019.

There are Opeth’s funs all over the world so I can understand if somebody feel a need to attend spectacular Opeth’s concert but she/he can not find her/his country on the list above. If thats your case, I would recommend to take an amazing cultural trip to Copenhagen.

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First check following video by Jonas Hoholt. I promise that It’s short, dynamic and attractive. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oh0ccYabyU

I spent merely three full days in Copenhagen last August 2018. I remember my conversation with Dutch family during bike tour (btw one of the greatest tours which I ever experienced in my vibrant life https://www.getyourguide.com/copenhagen-l12/copenhagen-sightseeing-bike-tour-t182204/?partner_id=QL9T477&utm_medium=online_publisher&utm_source=poblak%40europe.com&placement=content-middle ). I asked them about few details regarding current Dutch politics but soon they told me that they are on tour not only in Denmark but also in Sweden. In their opinion Dutch lifestyle, approach towards world and life in general, is very similar to Danish but totally different than Swedish. What’s up?

Dutch epic boat with the flag of the Netherlands in Copenhagen:

How could we describe shortly Danish lifestyle? Hygge. It may appear confusing but Swedish endeavor to feel lagom and Dutchie lekker. We can say “ik ben lekker thuis” what in Nederland means nothing but hygge. While Danes tend to be modest, Dutch love kortings, discounts.

Hygge http://hyggehouse.com/hygge

Lagom https://www.bustle.com/p/what-does-lagom-mean-this-new-swedish-lifestyle-trend-is-being-compared-to-hygge-2701187

Lekker https://stuffdutchpeoplelike.com/2012/09/30/no-12-lekker/

Opeth behave modestly on scene. You can listen to Opeth and feel both lekker and hygge. But Opeth’s music isn’t lagom in a sense that they use abundance of musical means of expression and they experiment with standing out ideas. This music isn’t minimalistic but complex.

On the other hand, Denmark has powerful economy and politics. I used to whisper to my best friends: “why Euro (EUR)? Danish krone (DKK) is a save haven!” Do not believe me, I’m not a pro in this field, just check it independently: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-game-of-krones-inside-denmarks-battle-to-defend-its-35-year-old-currency-peg-2017-12-08 We can confidently say that in the world of modern sonic art, Opeth plays rich and powerful music.

Danish monarchy is the oldest continuing line in the world. Some fascinating history: http://kongehuset.dk/en/the-monarchy-in-denmark/history Explore castles: https://www.getyourguide.com/copenhagen-l12/kings-castles-tour-a-tour-of-royal-north-sealand-t222933/?partner_id=QL9T477&utm_medium=online_publisher&utm_source=poblak%40europe.com&placement=content-middle

Danes love Margrethe II because (as you can see below) she is so close and so open to everybody (change of guards as a perfect example):

You have nothing more to find.
You have nothing more to lose.
The cold season drifts over the land.
They huddle in the brown corners.
Some would settle for less.
The castles were all empty, asleep.
Long awaiting their king.
Beckoning round the bend.
Amidst the forest one would hear that I had been there.

Opeth “Karma”

Me in front of Christiansborg Palace (Danish Parliament, Danish Prime Minister’s Office, Supreme Court of Denmark) with beloved by either Dutchie and Danes bikes:

International mindset is the next thing common for the Netherlands (Amsterdam as the most international city in the world), Denmark and Opeth. “Sorreceress” will be released in two different languages and the band will perform in many lands far away from home. Have you ever heard about Superkilen? Well, I went for two complete tours with local guides and none of them have even mentioned about Superkilen. It’s a surrealistic space dedicated for multi cultural internationalism. Yes, I made following exotic picture in Copenhagen, Scandinavia. More about Superkilen: https://www.akdn.org/architecture/project/superkilen

In the end, because Opeth doesn’t want to be remembered as “thinking metal”, I would suggest to plan whole day for pure fun and enjoy the second oldest operating amusement park in the world: Tivoli! You just need to get out of central station in Copenhagen and cross the street from my picture displayed below. More about Tivoli: https://www.getyourguide.com/copenhagen-l12/copenhagen-tivoli-gardens-unlimited-rides-ticket-t127388/?partner_id=QL9T477&utm_medium=online_publisher&utm_source=poblak%40europe.com&placement=content-middle

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author: Sam O’Black

In cauda venenum (Swedish Version)

Queensrÿche + Oslo 25.11.2019

The main aim of this article is to explain you why is it so worth to see Queensrÿche’s concert in Oslo this autumn 2019. Good sound is worth more than 1000 words so let’s come straight to the point. Official video published on YouTube by Century Media Records:

New album Queensrÿche “The Verdict” is a powerful heavy metal full of sharp riffs, creative solos, excellent instrumental section and fantastic vocal. Ten true metal songs make it the best Queensrÿche’s longplay since “Promised Land” (1994).

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Todd La Torre sings really well as a successor of renowned Geoff Tate (from 2012) and don’t try to imitate him. Sometimes his vocal resemble Warrel Dane, sometimes Eric Wagner, but not much. He developed own style which fits perfectly to Queensrÿche.

I used to think about Queensrÿche as a great heavy metal band. Their CDs stay on the same shelf in my collection as Iron Maiden, early Scorpions, Dio, Judas Priest and late Tank \m/ I don’t perceive them as a progressive act perhaps because I started listening intentionally to music in 2004. From my point of view progression is either overly sophisticated guitar shredding, some strange experiments and cooperation of rock/metal band with classical orchestra. This is not a core of Queensrÿche. Sure, there are some eclectic fragments on “The Verdict” (for example “Portrait”) but it’s more like the case of Deep Purple on “So What?!”. Each moment on “The Verdict” is sensible and creates great value for wide rock audience.

The best way to enjoy new Queensrÿche music is to listen “The Verdict” with full edition in your hands: LP + CD + poster. This pleasure costs merely 21,99 euro and it’s not expensive as for deluxe true fan version. Below you can find also official T-shirts with covers “Empire”, “Operation Miindcrime” and “Rage For Order”. It’s cool to get it before going for concert. By the way, there should to be also available best Queensrÿche’s albums with attractive discounts.

Here you go, a list of upcoming concerts according to official Queensrÿche’s website (26.08.2019). Below this list you can purchase something cool or skip further below to read more about remarkable art & culture on occasion of Queensrÿche’s show.

01.09.2019 Loveland, Colorado, (Thunder Mountain Amphitheatre), USA

05.09.2019 Reno, Nevada, (Boomtown Hotel & Casino), USA

07.09.2019 Suquamish, Washington, (Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort), USA

14.09.2019 Newark, Ohio, (Rock ‘N the Roost Music Fest), USA

19.09.2019 St. Charles, Illinois (Arcada Theatre), USA

20.09.2019 Kansas City, Missouri, (Ameristar Casino Hotel), USA

21.09.2019 Hinckley, Minnesota, (Grand Rocktember VII), USA

26.09.2019 Corning, California, (Rolling Hills Casino), USA

28.09.2019 Cedar Park, Texas, (H-E-B Center), USA

13.10.2019 Los Angeles, California, (Megacruise), USA

20.10.2019 Tijuana, (Fronterizo Fest 2019), Mexico

15.11.2019 Thessaloniki, (Fix Factory Of Sound), Greece

16.11.2019 Tavros, (Fuzz Club), Greece

17.11.2019 Berlin, (SO 36), Germany

19.11.2019 Cracow, (Kwadrat), Poland

20.11.2019 Prague, (Rock Cafe), Czech Republic

21.11.2019 Telfs In Tirol, (Rathaussaal Telfs), Austria

23.11.2019 Sodermalm, (Fryshuset Klubben), Sweden

24.11.2019 Gothenburg, (Tradgam), Sweden

25.11.2019 Oslo, (Vulkan Arena), Norway

26.11.2019 Copenhagen, (Pumpehuset), Denmark

28.11.2019 Sheffield, (Leadmill), United Kingdom

29.11.2019 Manchester, (Manchester Club Academy), United Kingdom

30.11.2019 Glasgow, (The Garage), United Kingdom

01.12.2019 Newcastle Upon Tyne, (Riverside Newcastle), United Kingdom

03.12.2019 Zwolle, (Poppodium Hedon), Netherlands

04.12.2019 Mannheim, (MS Connexion Complex), Germany

05.12.2019 Dornbim, (Conrad Sohm), Austria

06.12.2019 Geiselwind, (Christmasbash 2019), Germany

07.12.2019 Oberhausen-Rheinhausen, (Ruhrpott Metal Meeting), Germany

08.12.2019 Antwerp, (Trix), Belgium

13.12.2019 Jackson, California, (Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort Grand Oak Ballroom), USA

01.05.2020 Verona, New York, (Turning Stone Resort & Casino), USA

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Let’s make whatever you want but I would be glad if you remember something useful from this article. Once upon a time, I attended to a lesson of Viking language. Beside our teacher, there were present only me and one girl from Ecuador. Teacher mentioned that he have swam some short part of the Atlantic Ocean with life vest but on his own. I answered that it reminds me Kon-Tiki. He said “yeah, but it was somewhere around Australia”. Then I told him that Kon-Tiki’s hero swam from Peru to Polinesia. After the lesson, I asked my classmate if I was right: from Peru? She answered that she doesn’t have a clue what I’m talking about. Herr Cirkusdirektör presents on YouTube the original film about inspirational Kon-Tiki expedition from 1950 (document in black and white not only for history connoisseurs) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22RvS372DlQ

Another time, I watched a good sociopathic “The Snowman” in cinema with my three Nordic mates. I asked them on the beginning of the film, is this forest in Norway? They didn’t know. But soon I informed them that this is exactly Oslo as I can recognize Gustav Vigeland’s sculptures from Frogner Park. I felt really happy when one repeated this info to another 🙂 Johtah presents Frogner Park on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMfcjSLtX3Y

Outstanding paintings of Edvard Munch are more worldwide known parts of Norwegian cultural heritage. Everybody should to visit at least once in lifetime the National Norwegian Gallery (The Nasjonalgalleriet) in sake of iconic “The Scream”. It depicts a dread caused by expected challenges in chaotic future. Timeless art.

You can learn about unique aspects of Norwegian culture and much, much more during the complete Oslo tour: https://www.getyourguide.com/oslo-l38/oslo-grand-tour-fjord-cruise-t74686/?partner_id=QL9T477&utm_medium=online_publisher&utm_source=poblak%40europe.com&placement=content-middle It’s an interesting bus tour which includes all best sights of Oslo (although part dedicated to Frogner Park is walking), a ticket to museum (you can choose between Viking Ship Museum and Fram Museum) and two hours cruise along breathtaking Oslofjord.

Viking Ship Museum https://www.khm.uio.no/english/visit-us/viking-ship-museum/index.html

Fram Museum https://frammuseum.no/

Oslo is a highly underrated city in my opinion where you could spend whole week of amazing holidays. Modern architecture, countless islands, beaches, fjords, ski jump hill Holmenkollen, bustling nightlife, Norwegian National Opera And Ballet (futuristic construction facing fjords from one side, you can just walk from the ground to the roof on its slant outer surface), “the ugliest” building in the world Oslo City Hall (famous for Noble Peace Prize), nearby mountains, Gata (Karl Johans Gate main Oslo’s street) and the Royal Palace (which looks like a twin of USA White House) will make your trip unforgettable. You can find 48 different activities in Oslo here: https://www.getyourguide.com/s/?q=oslo&customerSearch=1&partner_id=QL9T477&utm_medium=online_publisher&utm_source=poblak%40europe.com&placement=content-middle

Prices in Norway aren’t cheap but it’s also not the most expensive country in the world. For example a night in a good 3-stars hotel in Oslo city center may cost you 80 USD what is a good deal on Agoda.com if you compare this with prices for hotels in Paris, London, Rome, Amsterdam etc. I’d recommend to make smaller daily shopping in supermarkets REMA1000 or Kiwi if you don’t want to overpay for simple food ingredients (prices are almost the same as in many other European countries).

Worth to watch time – lapse about Oslo by T. Haaland Photography, YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAA427yMsl0

Do you like the idea to go for Queensrÿche concert in Oslo? If so, enjoy your favorite music in unique places. Read more similar articles https://musictivity.org

author: Sam O’Black

Mustasch + Berlin 20.11.2019

Mustasch is a wonderful hard rock / heavy metal band from Gothenburg (Sweden), with twenty years of experience and nine kick-ass full length studio albums. Get ready for their upcoming European tour starting in November 2019 \m/

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Sweden seems to boast one of the best heavy metal scene in XXI century. Many young, creative, talented bands comes from Sweden. When I listen to one of them, Mustasch, I think that this is it. I would love to share with you this kind of indescribable enjoyment. It may appeal both to fans of old school and fans of modern sounds, however you need to give this music a chance to fully appreciate it. Here is the example uploaded on YouTube by “Mustasch”, a song called “Double Nature” from album “Latest Version Of The Truth” (2007) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZNuDK50MyY

Ralf Gyllenhammer, a co-founder, rhythm guitarist and vocalist of Mustasch, is the main “European” hero on this video. Mats Stam Johansson, a bassist of Mustasch, is the second musician who plays in the band from beginning. Nowadays (2019), lead guitarist David Johannesson and drummer Robban Back complete the perfect line-up.

I think that the video above presents well what a music we are talking about. But I would recommend to spend more time with “Silent Killer” (2018). This way you can inquire with current Mustasch style, which little bit evolved over the years. That’s not a secret that you can find the whole longplay on YouTube so check it out and enjoy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlEeCc7Pz3M If you want to listen it in better quality, consider purchasing CD or / and going wild on concert.

Yes, Mustasch will play many concerts soon. Most of them in Germany, but not only. If you don’t see your city on the list below, you can take a city break and experience (beside concert) also the city itself.

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08.09.2019 Aleksandrow Ludzki, Poland (Summer Dying Loud)

13.11.2019 Bremen, Germany (Tivoli)

14.11.2019 Hamburg, Germany (Bahnhof Pauli)

15.11.2019 Leipzig, Germany (Hellraiser)

16.11.2019 Annaberg – Buchholz, Germany (Alte Brauerei)

17.11.2019 Budapest, Hungary (Durer Kert)

19.11.2019 Cracow, Poland (Club Zascianek)

20.11.2019 Berlin, Germany (Musik And Frieden)

21.11.2019 Rostock, Germany (M.A.U. Club)

22.11.2019 Reichenbach, Germany (Die Halle)

23.11.2019 Sodekamp – Dohmen, Germany (Guardians Of Metal)

25.11.2019 Munich, Germany (Backstage)

26.11.2019 Pratteln, Switzerland (Z7)

27.11.2019 Mainz, Germany (Schon Schon)

28.11.2019 Bochum, Germany (Rockpalast)

29.11.2019 Enschede, Netherlands (Metropool)

30.11.2019 Roeselare, Belgium (De Verlichte Geest)

01.12.2019 Hanover, Germany (Bei Chez Heinz)

Berlin is the capital of Germany and the biggest city on the list above. Well, you really need a professional guide if you want to know Berlin well. However, it would be a waste of time and you could feel even disappointed if you go to Berlin without preparation. When I came to Berlin for the first time in my life, I remember that Filipino friend of mine talked loud via phone to wish all the best to somebody who celebrated birthdays. It was exactly in the tram from central station to our hotel. Two local passengers winced and showed a courteous sign to us that we need to keep silence in the tram. I’m sorry but: http://www.iheartberlin.de/2016/10/05/why-berliners-are-so-grumpy/ At the same time, I used to hear German language each weekend when I lived in Amsterdam. I speak Dutch enough to recognize that my Amsterdamesse co-passengers were German, not Dutchie. I will tell more: few of my German mates admit that despite distance they actually prefer to drive for weekend’s party to Amsterdam, not of Berlin.

You can like Berlin if you prepare well before your visit. If you are a passionate about war themes, yeah, it can keep you busy whole week in Berlin. But really it’s not a problem, if you don’t. Then choose a Museum Island! More: https://www.getyourguide.com/berlin-l17/berlin-museum-island-all-exhibitions-day-ticket-t204760/?partner_id=QL9T477&utm_medium=online_publisher&utm_source=poblak%40europe.com&placement=content-middle

If you think that Berlin is a city of crazy parties then you are right. But most of these parties are kept in electronic music style. Perhaps you prefer rock music? Mustasch is for you! My definition of sensible foreign holidays is that you basically go somewhere abroad to feel the best what your place of destination has to offer, but you can not experience the same at home on good conditions. So what about Trabi Safari kind of party? https://www.getyourguide.com/berlin-l17/trabi-safari-in-berlin-t791/?partner_id=QL9T477&utm_medium=online_publisher&utm_source=poblak%40europe.com&placement=content-middle

Exactly in the same location of the Trabant attraction, there is also an opportunity to take a balloon ride for only 30 euro. Where else would you be able to fly with balloon for just 30 euro? Practical tip: don’t stress your team that there is a huge DIE written on this balloon (psst!) https://www.getyourguide.com/berlin-l17/berlin-ticket-for-world-balloon-with-perfect-view-t67993/?partner_id=QL9T477&utm_medium=online_publisher&utm_source=poblak%40europe.com&placement=content-middle

If you read this, you are already way ahead of many of mine and of your friends. They often go to Berlin and think that they are in Paris or that they are in the richest German city. Sorry. I took the following table from polish edition of book “L’Allemagne du XXIe siècle, une nouvelle nation”(2015) by Gougeon Jacques – Pierre:

It proofs that Berlin is (at least was around 2014) a land with one of the highest unemployment rate (among all German lands), higher than average poverty rate, definitely the highest debt amount per citizen and that Berlin receives helluva the highest support from German budget. You just need to be aware.

There is something what Berlin’s surroundings has common with Paris but you need to know where to search: not exactly in Berlin but in Potsdam. It’s a Schloss Sanssouci, German version of Parisian Chateau De Versailles. You can take a guided tour from Berlin to Sanssouci (include transportation from/to Berlin, guide and entrance ticket) https://www.getyourguide.com/potsdam-l467/sanssouci-palace-and-park-tour-in-potsdam-t26520/?partner_id=QL9T477&utm_medium=online_publisher&utm_source=poblak%40europe.com&placement=content-middle

Berlin is the fasted developing city in whole Europe. You can find huge and extremely diversified activity offer in Berlin but you need to make your task before going there. The more effort you put into Berlin beforehand, the more you will enjoy during your actual visit. Don’t go there only for concert and for walk around central station haha, don’t waste your sunlight in Berlin! Call me blunt but I write it in sake of your satisfaction. I want to make my readers ahead of other people who don’t care what I say.

One more question for the happy end: why Mustasch, not Mustache? Ralf Gyllenhammer is Swedish and that’s how we write “mustache” in Swedish language: so mustasch. Germany love Sweden. Term Bullerby – Syndrome means that in Deutsche eyes, Sweden is a very romantic country. More about that: https://www.thelocal.com/20181119/why-are-so-many-germans-obsessed-with-sweden

Mustasch in Berlin? Does it sound differently today than yesterday?

author: Sam O’Black

Doro + Arnhem 24.11.2019

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Patti Smith or Doro Pesch? Rock or heavy metal? As I’ve written in another article, we appreciate Patti Smith because she is the most influential lady in rock music ever. https://musictivity.org/2019/08/11/patti-smith-beware/ But asking what do you prefer Patti Smith or Doro Pesch is like asking if you prefer rock or metal? Culture is a perfect tool to divine people! I think that we couldn’t compare both singers and we don’t need to do that. It’s fine if you like to listen metal one day and something non-metal in another perfect day.

Doro Pesch had sung in her peak years in Warlock 1983-1989. Without a doubt it was the best time for heavy metal genre. We shouldn’t forget old songs and albums because they are authentic and new young generation can still love it. We just need to share these stuff with others and enjoy fantastic compositions together. Here you go: “I Rule the Ruins”, box with four classic Warlock longplays “Burning The Witches”, “Hellbound”, “True As Steel”, “Triumph And Agony” released by Vertigo label in September 2015.

When it comes to albums created after Warlock’s split-up: Doro: “Force Majeure” (1989), “Doro” (1990), “True At Heart” (1991), “Angels Never Die” (1993), “Machine II Machine” (1995), “Love Me In Black” (1998), “Calling The Wild” (2000), “Fight” (2002), “Classic Diamonds” (2004), “Warrior Soul” (2006), “Fear No Evil” (2009), “Raise Your Fist” (2012) and “Forever Warriors, Forever United” (2018). Biggest fans know each album, but I would recommend the newest one for younger listeners. It’s just how Warlock sounds contemporary and we need to prepare ourselves before attending concert so it’s a great idea to check at least the new one.

Upcoming Doro concerts according to her official website (we can look out for more dates soon):

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06.09.2019 RU – Sankt Petersburg Club Zal
08.09.2019 RU – Moscow Izvestia
10.09.2019 RU – Krasnodar Arena
11.09.2019 RU – Rostov Arena
13.09.2019 RU – Kaliningrad Yantar Hall
13.10.2019 USA – Los Angeles Megacruise start
14.10.2019 USA – Los Angeles Megacruise
15.10.2019 USA – Los Angeles Megacruise
16.10.2019 USA – Los Angeles Megacruise
17.10.2019 USA – Los Angeles Megacruise
18.10.2019 USA – Los Angeles Megacruise
26.10.2019 DE – Düsseldorf Mitsubishi Eletric Halle
08.11.2019 UK – Motherwell Firestorm Rocks Festival
09.11.2019 UK – Great Yarmouth Hard Rock Hell
11.11.2019 LU – Luxembourg Den Atelier
12.11.2019 CH – Zurich Komplex 457
15.11.2019 DE – Radolfzell Milchwerk
16.11.2019 DE – Reutlingen Stadthalle
17.11.2019 DE – Mannheim Maimarktclub
19.11.2019 DE – Lübeck Kulturwerft Gollan
20.11.2019 DE – Wilhelmshaven Pumpwerk
22.11.2019 DE – Coesfeld Fabrik
23.11.2019 DE – Bonn Brückenforum
24.11.2019 NL – Arnhem Luxor

I’ve already written why the Netherlands is so memorable for me https://musictivity.org/2019/07/24/jethrotullinnetherlands/ Now I would like to add few words about Arnhem. I stayed few days around Arnhem six years ago. I remember sleeping in caravan in the middle of Dutch forest but I didn’t make any pictures on that occasion.

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There are large parks, open spaces and farms. Clean, unpolluted air. You can take a biking tour or just use one of free white bikes prepared in Sonsbeek Park for tourists. Area of Arnhem is larger than area of administrative capital of The Netherlands, The Hague, and Arnhem is actually called the Little Hague Of The East 😉 Gelderland is the largest province in the Netherlands and Arnhem with over 150 000 citizens is its capital. I found beautiful video on YouTube from BicycleDutch displaying the charm of Arnhem. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtSYi579KmM

I would like to show you some cultural heritage in Arnhem. The following video from Spannendegeschiedenis.nl tells an interesting story behind medieval Doorwerth Castle. It was destroyed in 1944. Polish historians like to emphasize that polish army helped the Netherlands to keep independence as a nation in the battle for Arnhem (Operation Market Garden, 17th-26th September 1944) but in fact polish army failed there. It is explained well here https://www.holland.com/global/tourism/holland-stories/liberation-route/operation-market-garden-a-bridge-too-far.htm with conclusion: “Sadly, Operation Market Garden proved to be ‘a bridge too far’.” Fortunately, Doorwerth Castle was later reconstructed so you are welcome to visit and explore this castle in its full glory.

More optimistic side of history is displayed in main Dutch Open Air Museum, Nederlands Openluchtmuseum, address: Hoeferlaan 4, Arnhem. It’s a huge area of 44 hectares where you can spend effectively whole day, learn about daily living and admire historical landscapes of whole Netherlands. You can even join skaters during winter. Have fun! Architect Macanoo presents the museum on YouTube:

I experienced massive flood as a seven years old kid. It happened exactly 22 years ago. My neighborhood wasn’t affected but areas closer to river fell into chaos and destruction of water high for few meters in whole districts. I spent two weekends in sandpit collecting sand to help defenders. Only my city collected around 300 – 480 thousands of sandbags. Sadly 114 people died in Czech Republic, Poland and Germany. Damage in Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, Slovakia and Austria was worth 4.5 milliards USD.

I write about this because Dutch are masters in dealing with water. More than half of entire country lays below sea level. It seems that maybe God created a see but Dutchie created their own land. Whole country’s existence depends on modern water – engineering solutions. The best place to learn about this is Water Museum in Arnhem. Address: Zijpendaalseweg 26-28, Arnhem https://www.watermuseum.nl/

That’s of course not all what Arnhem has to offer for visitors. Generally we can simplify that Indonesia was a Dutch colony in the past. Nowadays, you can find at least ten Indonesian restaurants in Arnhem and it’s the best cuisine available in the Netherlands (not only in my opinion). Just type in google browser: “best Indonesian restaurants in Arnhem”.

If you enjoy contact with nature, Arnhemians would recommend also this large zoo: https://www.burgerszoo.com/?redirected=true&message=false

I hope that with this article I enriched somebody’s awareness of city which she/he didn’t heard about yesterday. The Netherlands is not only Amsterdam. Now we can understand each other much better when we say: enjoy Doro in Arnhem!

author: Sam O’Black

Rage + Vienna 19.02.2020

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Love it or hate it. Rage defines German power metal. They used to experiment with classic orchestra in the past but nowadays Rage is a trio \m/ Founder Peavy Wagner (vocals, bass), completed new line-up in 2015 with Greek Vassilios “Lucky” Maniatopoulos (drums) and Venezuelan Marcos Rodriguez (guitars). Their wild two studio albums “The Devil Strikes Again” (2016) and “Seasons Of The Black” (2017) represents traditional, raw power metal style with modern sound. Especially that the latter consisted of at least six old school songs from Avenger era added as a bonus tracks (previous incarnation of Rage, around 1984). Furthermore, we can expect new pure metal album called “Wings Of Rage” on the beginning of next year 2020 (probably 10.01.2020). I hope to get the best stuff since “The Missing Link” (1993)… and it’s quite possible!

We need to wait for next Rage concerts so it’s a great opportunity to listen again their best albums. Let me know in comment what is your favorite Rage longplay? I personally appreciate mostly “The Missing Link” (1993) and “Black In Mind” (1995) but “The Devil Strikes Again” (2016) and “Seasons Of The Black” (2017) are great too.

Officially confirmed Rage’s thrilling dates (according to their website):

25.10.2019 Stans, Switzerland, UrRock 2019

07.12.2019 Balingen, Germany, Crazy X-mas

28.12.2019 Annweller, Germany, Hohenstaufensaal

29.12.2019 Andernach, Germany, Juz Live Club

05.02.2020 Mannheim, Germany, MS Connection Complex

06.02.2020 Hamburg, Germany

07.02.2020 Siegburg, Germany, Kubana

08.02.2020 London, UK, Underworld

11.02.2020 Madrid, Spain, Caracol

12.02.2020 Barcelona, Spain, Boveda

14.02.2020 Milan, Italy, Legend’s Club

15.02.2020 Memmingen, Germany, Kaminwerk

16.02.2020 Nuremberg, Germany, Hirsch

18.02.2020 Pratteln, Switzerland, Z7

19.02.2020 Vienna, Austria, Szene

20.02.2020 Kosice, Slovakia, Collosseum

21.02.2020 Zvolen, Slovakia, Dom Kultury ZSR

22.02.2020 Prague, Czech Republic, Nova Chmielnice

23.02.2020 Bochum, Germany, Zeche

More concerts will be announced soon 🙂

If you live in proximity of one of mentioned venues then I recommend to go there crazy and enjoy. Otherwise you can take a trip to another city/country. I like the idea to wait for “Wings Of Rage”, listen this new album and after that watch Rage on scene.

One of the most appealing city for music trip is Vienna, capital of Austria. Rage plays traditional power metal and Vienna is a city of traditions. Right? I would argue that it’s true but my family laughs. Let me explain how is it.

I come from musical family. My grandfather was an organist in church, my grandmother was a music teacher at school, grand aunt was an orchestra conductor, cousin was a singer in choir, father was a musician in army and mother graduated classical music from University but worked only few years as a classical music critic. My childhood was soaked in classical music but also in other forms of high end arts. Albeit nobody had ever pushed me to learn playing on any instrument, my parents just decided that it’s unnecessary. I grew up with Metallica, Judas Priest and The Doors. Now I call these bands “traditional” if not “classical” haha

Vienna is famous with Viener Klassik, three composers of classical period: Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig Van Beethoven. Yeah. I don’t really understand why these men are the most supreme representatives of Vienna but my Mom told me that other great composers from Vienna lived in other periods in music history. Alright, let’s say that we need to know names of these three “idols”. Below my pretty picture with monument of Mozart in Vienna:

Vienna is considered as a one of the most livable city in the world because people who live there appreciate other values than only money. There are plenty magnificent cultural venues and prices are really affordable. I stayed in four stars hotel in Belvedere garden for 60 euro / night. I ate the best schnitzel in my life for 26,50 euro in high end luxurious restaurant attended by celebrities from Vienna State Opera. I booked a fantastic and super informative walking tour with fixed price merely 17 euro. As you can see, perfect service for half price which you need to pay for the same quality in many other European major cities.

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Rage “Seasons Of The Black” 2CD digipak now 7,99 euro

Some people claims that pastries are the best in Paris, others say that in Vienna or in Copenhagen. I tried pastries in each of these cities and Vienna wins hands down. I recommend especially Anker as a bakery which exists from 1891 and offers delicious, quite big pieces of cakes for around two euro each (you can eat on site or take away) https://www.ankerbrot.at/

Popular Ring Road (Ringstrasse) in Vienna is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and in theory you can take a touristic tram along this street for ten euro. I made that and I was disappointed. Waste of time. It’s much better to explore this area step by step. It looks awesome! Too good for window watching. Cultural offer on the Ring Road is so rich that you probably would love to explore some buildings from inside https://www.viennadirect.com/sights/ring.php

The Vienna City Hall is a brilliant example of architectural pearl located by Ring Rong though it was under re-construction in May 2019 (I’m not sure if it’s available to see in its full grace now) but I was able to make picture over there three years earlier. It’s my favorite building in Vienna. Friedrich Von Schmidt was a main architect of this outstanding neo gothic construction and he also made a final project of the cathedral in Cologne (thats why I love the city of Cologne in Germany).

Read more about Cologne: https://musictivity.org/2019/11/02/grand-magus/

Hofburg is an another significant structure in Vienna. There are a lot of stories to explain about this and other unique sites but it suppose to be heard in person from experienced guide. Now I can only show you my gorgeous pictures of Hofburg:

I hope that traditional power metal will inspire you to experience the most traditional cities in Europe. Rage concert in Vienna can be an amazing opportunity to do that so grab your tickets and go crazy with your new wings!

author: Sam O’Black

Jessy Martens + Hamburg 30.11.2019

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“All these magazines and Internet platforms should be supporting new music and help new musicians to find an audience, instead of dwelling on the old crap all the time. It’s like there is nothing new and exciting out there any more, when in fact there is. So stop living in the past. Open your ears and your eyes.” – said Robert Plant for Rock And Roll Garage http://rockandrollgarage.com/robert-plant-tell-fans-stop-living-past-hear-new-bands/

My friendly suggestion is Jessy Martens. She is 31, comes from Hamburg and sings blues rock. Outstanding talent with incredibly strong voice. German audience appreciate her with prestigeous awards such as German Rock Award 2012 (the best rock band/singer) and German Blues Awards 2012/2014 (the best blues band/singer). However it seems that she isn’t well known abroad yet so let’s acclaim this new and exciting sound:


Side note: This video comes from YouTube collection of pianist and manager Jan Fischer (janfischermusic) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3pQHXvNvVrsJo0Zc9Ksg6g who worked together with Jessy in the beginning of her music adventure. By the way you are welcome to check other artists promoted by him https://www.janfischermusic.de/en/home/

Indeed exciting performance with explosion after sixth minute. Jessy Martens doesn’t need microphone to impress with her voice! I’m not sure if I have ever heard such a scream from 27 years young lady. Janis Joplin? In terms of expression, sure. But I think that Jessy Martens crushes Janis Joplin in terms of technique and we live in XXI century, not in 60’s anymore.

“Touch My Blues Away” was recorded in 2015 so let’s look how Jessy Martens developed in next two years (again janfischermusic):

Classy! Can you hear that? Composition relates to good old school blues but it’s fresh and creative at the same time. I’m not able to rate Jessy Martens on “Tricky Thing”, I may merely admit: unprecedented vocal.

Jessy Martens isn’t only about technique. She presented her more relaxed side one year ago on official video clip to “Insanity” (guess thanks to whom? janfischermusic):

If you feel blues and have a nice day, these three videos are probably not enough for you. Then you can find much more on YouTube and enjoy it for free. You can also consider to buy full longplays but the best thing what you can do is to attend Jessy Martens & Band concerts. We have perfect opportunity to do so as she is planning long German tour this cool autumn.

You can find a full list of officially confirmed Jessy Martens concerts at the end of this article. All planned events will happen in Germany. That’s a perfect occasion to experience also other unique attractions available in these particular cities if you like to visit from another country. I can propose one as a fine example.

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Jessy Martens lives in Hamburg. It’s not really Germany because citizens of Hamburg used to underline the historical status of Free and Hanseatic City of Hamborg and many of them still feel free and independent as Hamburgians, not as Germans. Nice.

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Some highlights about Hamburg. The Beatles created the most famous rock band ever in Hamburg during their student times. Kontorhausviertel was the first business district in the world (before Dutch/American New York). Hamburg is a media capital of Germany (17 000 companies in advertising, publishing, print, broadcasting, music, TV and film sectors). I need to mention Elbphilharmonie (as the most beautiful music venue which I ever saw), Miniatur Wunderland (the largest rail model in the world, more: https://musictivity.org/2019/07/31/volbeat-europe/ ) and Speicherstadt (the largest warehouse complex in the world). Generally it’s not a popular tourist destination but highly appreciated among people who already visited Hamburg 🙂

Pictures from my private gallery:

“Gateway to the world”, The Port Of Hamburg:

Elbphilharmonie skyline:

Me in front of Elbphilharmonie (heat is killing me; no more traveling in August! haha):

Monumental Speicherstadt:

Hanseatic Trade Center:

Alright. Thats only one German city. What would you say about twenty four German cities combined with Jessy Martens concerts? Here you go:

19 September 2019
20:00 D-33613 Bielefeld

Forum, Meller Str. 2

20 September 2019
20:00 D-63739 Aschaffenburg

Colos-Saal, Roßmarkt 19

21 September 2019
20:30 D-76534 Baden-Baden

Blues Club, Hauptstraße 89

26 September 2019
22:30 D-10623 Berlin

Quasimodo, Kantstraße 12A

27 September 2019
21:00 D-30916 Isernhagen

Blues Garage, Industriestr. 3-5

28 September 2019
20:30 D-44147 Dortmund

Musiktheater Piano, Lütgendortmunder Str. 43

02 October 2019
20:00 D-26954 Nordenham

Jahnhalle, Jahnstraße 20

04 October 2019
20:00 D-25813 Husum

Speicher, Hafenstr. 17

05 October 2019
21:00 D-24143 Kiel

Räucherei, Preetzer Str. 35

17 October 2019
19:00 D-53121 Bonn

Harmonie, Frongasse 28-30

18 October 2019
20:00 D-65510 Idstein-Wörsdorf

Scheuer, Wallbacher Str. 2

19 October 2019
20:00 D-54450 Freudenburg

Ducsaal, Burgstr. 2

25 October 2019
20:00 D-38259 Salzgitter

Kniestedter Kirche, Braunschweiger Str. 133

26 October 2019
D-33790 Halle/Westfalen

Bowers & Wilkins R’n’B-Festival, Roger-Federer-Allee 4

08 November 2019
20:00 D-27726 Worpswede

Music Hall, Findorffstr. 21

09 November 2019
21:00 D-04860 Torgau

Kulturbastion, Straße der Jugend 14B

10 November 2019
20:00 D-34117 Kassel

Theaterstübchen, Jordanstraße 11

12 November 2019
20:00 D-93047 Regensburg

Leerer Beutel, Bertoldstraße 9

14 November 2019
20:00 D-80639 München

Backstage, Reitknechtstr. 6

15 November 2019
20:00 D-88239 Wangen /Allgäu

Jazzpoint, Argenauweg 7

16 November 2019
20:30 D-64625 Bensheim

Musiktheater REX, Fabrikstr. 10

29 November 2019
20:00 D-59494 Soest

Kulturhaus Alter Schlachthof, Ulrichertor 4

30 November 2019
21:00 D-20357 Hamburg

Knust, Neuer Kamp 30

06 December 2019
20:00 D-38446 Wolfsburg

special: Jessy Martens & Jan Fischer´s Blues Support
Lindenhof Nordsteimke, Hehlinger Straße 10

author: Sam O’Black