Grand Magus

Wolf, Animal, Biology, Canine, Carnivore, Mammal


Grand Magus is a well established heavy / doom metal band from Stockholm (Sweden) with 9 cool albums:

– “Grand Magus” (2001),

– “Monument” (2003),

– “Wolf’s Return” (2005),

– “Iron Will” (2008),

– “Hammer of the North” (2010),

– “The Hunt” (2012),

– “Triumph and Power” (2014),

– “Sworn Songs” (2016),

– “Wolf God” (2019, already released).

I recommend their newest longplay in sake of memorable melodies and excellent, vibrant, true metal sound.

source: Nuclear Blast Records


Current Grand Magus line-up features:

– JB Christoffersson (guitars, vocals); he had been singing in Spiritual Beggars from 2002 to 2010 (albums: “On Fire” (2002) and “Demons” (2005)),

– Fox Skinner (bass, additional vocals),

– Ludwig Witt (drums); he have been playing in Spiritual Beggars almost from the very beginning of this band and still makes it; in Grand Magus since “The Hunt” album.

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As we can see, Grand Magus is strongly related to Spiritual Beggars although Grand Magus play much more heavy while Spiritual Beggars stays under the influence of stoner hard rock. High quality music.

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Upcoming Grand Magus concerts:

09.11.2019 Oldenburg in Holstein, Germany

05.03.2020 Bristol, England

06.03.2020 Manchester, England

07.03.2020 Dublin, Ireland

10.03.2020 Glasgow, Scotland

11.03.2020 Sheffield, England

13.03.2020 Birmingham, England

14.03.2020 Norwich, England

15.03.2020 London, England

17.03.2020 Paris, France

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19.03.2020 Utrecht, Nederland

more about Utrecht:

20.03.2020 Cologne, Germany

more about Cologne: look below

21.03.2020 Aschaffenburg, Germany

22.03.2020 Munich, Germany

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24.03.2020 Stuttgart, Germany

25.03.2020 Berlin, Germany

more about Berlin:

26.03.2020 Hamburg, Germany

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16.05.2020 Vienna, Austria

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We can see Grand Magus planned in Cologne on March 20th, 2020. It is a fourth largest city in Germany (population around one million people) after Berlin, Hamburg and Munich. It belongs to North Rhine-Westphalia land/state (with capital in Dusseldorf). Cologne was found in 38 BC and is known as a major city of Rhine-Ruhr Metropolitan Region (Cologne/Dusseldorf/Dortmund/Essen/Bochum etc., population around ten million people).

source: Travel Penguin

The most famous touristic hot spots:

– Gothic St. Peter and Mary Cathedral designed by Friedrich von Schmidt (who also built beautiful City Hall in Vienna and restored St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna). Originally construction began in XIII century but project was suspended after 225 years of work. Finally Cathedral was completed in XIX century. I call it the most significant architecture masterpiece in Cologne because there is no higher church in northern Europe. Looks stunning indeed;

– Hohenzollern Bridge supplement Cologne Cathedral. The best pictures of Cologne show both together. This bridge is crossing by 1200 trains each day but there are also sideways for pedestrians who enjoy attaching love locks;

– Rheinauhafen District is a modern waterfront district with great restaurants and art galleries. Maybe not as impressive as granary in Hamburg, but note Siebengebirge – granary in the shape of seven steeply sloping gables. Boat cruise along the Rhine River allows you to explore Cologne from the water with live commentary in different languages.

– Old town was almost completely destroyed during World War II but you can find there traditional old houses, many interesting museums and City Hall. There are also 2 positive figures from Hanneschen Theater called Tünnes & Schäl.

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German people are famous with their sense of humor so let me cite one joke: “Schäl got a job as a tour guide. One day he is showing an American tourist the major sights of Cologne. All the big buildings they see, the tourist asks, “How long did it take to build that?” Each time Schäl answers honestly how many years it took. Each time the tourist says, “Oh, in America we could build that in half that time.” Finally they come to the Cologne cathedral. The tourist asks, “How long did it take to build that?” Schäl: Yesterday when I came past here, it wasn’t here yet”.

Ancient forces
Sleeping deep within my heart
Been searching
Through the ages in the dark

A secret
That will put me to the test
And guide me
So much stronger than the rest

Grand Magus “Brothers of the Storm”


“Get a welcome to Cologne from a friendly and passionate local and discover the city like a resident. Learn the secrets about where to buy groceries, how to get around and much more.”

There are plenty of fantastic bakeries everywhere in Germany which offer nutritious sandwiches but Cologne has own traditional cuisine with few delicious regional dishes. Perhaps the most popular is Himmel und Erde (Heaven and Earth): black pudding, fried onions, mashed potato with apple sauce.

In case if you fly to Germany to see Grand Magus, I would add yet the list of international airports around Cologne:

– Cologne Bonn Airport CGN 18km from Cologne,

– Düsseldorf International Airport DUS 68km from Cologne,

– Maastricht Aachen Airport MST 105km from Cologne,

– Dortmund Airport DTM 108km from Cologne,

– Liège Airport LGG 130km from Cologne,

– Frankfurt – Hahn Airport HHN 185km from Cologne.

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Infrastructure in this area is so developed! It’s a pleasure to commute in western Germany.

Enjoy Grand Magus and don’t forget to make great use of your time whenever you travel to see the concert!

author: Sam O’Black

Testament, Exodus, Death Angel

Alien, Reptilian, Portrait, Politician

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Bang your head in rhythm of pure U.S. thrash metal from Bay Area. Bands: Death Angel, Testament and Exodus will perform following gigs:

06.02.2020 Copenhagen, Denmark

07.02.2020 Stockholm, Sweden

10.02.2020 Helsinki, Finland

11.02.2020 Tampere, Finland

13.02.2020 Hamburg, Germany

14.02.2020 Oberhausen, Germany

19.02.2020 Wroclaw, Poland

20.02.2020 Vienna, Austria

21.02.2020 Munich, Germany

22.02.2020 Filderstadt, Germany

25.02.2020 Milan, Italy

27.02.2020 Barcelona, Catalonia

29.02.2020 Toulouse, France

01.03.2020 Paris, France

03.03.2020 Bristol, England

04.03.2020 Dublin, Ireland

06.03.2020 London, England

07.03.2020 Manchester, England


I love and appreciate poster of this tour because it shows that bands are aware of rich cultural heritage of visiting cities. I can recognize Paris, London, Berlin, Milan among 6 pictures which they have chosen to promote this tour.

source: Nuclear Blast Records

Chuck Billy wants to see everybody so if you don’t live in any of cities mentioned in their agenda, you can consider to plan a trip and then attend a concert. Each option seems to be really attractive however I would like to suggest Helsinki, capital of Finland.

What is the price you’ll pay, no need to beg or borrow
Is there a better way will our children see tomorrow
Don’t live in yesterday, so take the lead not follow
Forever holiday, we have the final say

Testament “Stronghold”


Although not an obvious candidate for travel bucket list, Helsinki is the most kept secret of northern Europe.

Get your guide and make use of your time (regardless how long, you can always find something inspirational):

Book your hotel and sleep like a human:

Grab your T-shirt and look like a fan:

If idea of sightseeing Finland appear to you as a calm time before the storm at gig than you may be just right: contact with silent nature, relax in sauna, overall peaceful atmosphere.

But if you give it a try, you have a chance to experience the most exciting time in your entire life!


Come on, you can always go to southern Europe for hot summer sunbathing but Death Angel, Exodus and Testament together on the same scene is a one and only event which screams for epic scenery!

Their gigs are extremely intensive so let’s behave crazy as you like but make yourself a favor and instead drinking too much alcohol, let’s go to Mustikkamaa’s bridge afterwards, glaze at nordic stars and never forget that you live to fight and win.

Aurora Borealis, Finland, Inari

Once in Helsinki, do not miss a visit in recently established Museum of Impossible Forms. From their website: “(…) is a cultural space. For us the Museum is a contested Space and it represents a contact zone, a space of unlearning, formulating identity constructs, norm-critical consciousness and critical thinking”. Sounds almost like a theme for excellent rock lyrics so it could be inspiring both for fans and musicians. You may take metro M2 from Kampin Metroasema (main bus station) to Gårdsbacka Metrostation and then get to the second floor of the Kontula mall. Caution: due to information on museum’s website you need to contact with them before and confirm if they are open on Thursday between 11a.m. and 5p.m. You can also check out their events calendar here:

But there is something more to Finland. Helsinki is cool and vibrant. Helsinki is full of vivid energy.

Just go to downtown and join group of young people who ice skate. It’s all up to your current choice how do you feel. Helsinki Card “offers a unique way to experience the city. You’ll enjoy free public transport, free entry to the main sights and museums, a free sightseeing tour and discounts on dining, shopping, and tours.”

Helsinki, Port, Katajanokka, Evening, City, Ship

Do you have plenty energy to explore wilderness of big city nightlife? Yeah, then Helsinki goes above expectations! Tavastia Club and On the Rocks are popular rock music clubs in Helsinki.

TripAdvisor catalogs 77 nightlife venues like bars, clubs or discos. Full list with hundreds reliable reviews:

For people more interested in tradition, there is Seurasaari Open-Air Museum located on island 4km from the city centre (take bus number 24), where “you are immediately transported to a rural landscape from the olden days. Take a peek at life in days of yore in smoke cabins, crofts and manors, participate in a guided tour, have a closer look at the renovated parsonage and its garden, and immerse yourself in history with a hands-on approach”.


You can find and even feed our cute winter friends, seven reindeers, in Nuuksio Reindeer Park, 30km from Helsinki.

This park is private so you need to book your visit in advance and be aware of price 300 euro up to 10 visitors (no problem to upgrade if your group is bigger). To get there, you need to take a train from Helsinki to Espoo (8 stops, 25 minutes) and later make a transfer to bus number 245 from Espoo to Punjonsuo (27 stops, 23 minutes). Then you need to look for sign Karhunpesä and reindeer advertisement. If you wish, you may stay overnight in stylish hut made from natural materials inside this park.

According to recent studies reindeer’s meat is one of the healthiest food ever. It’s a good idea to ask hosts of Nuuksio Reindeer Park about this delicious meal. Traditionally people in Finland’s province of Lapland used to eat reindeers itself (and drink reindeers milk too) but nowadays this dish is eaten in whole Finland. They call it Poronkäristys.

Finland, Reindeer, Browse, Deer, Wood

nähdä sinut Suomessa!

Don’t worry about language barrier because Finnish people speak English very well and using public means of transportation around/in Helsinki couldn’t be easier so you have no chance to lost there. Websites with detailed informations are available in English and in few other languages.

See you in Finland!

author: Sam O’Black

Bruce Dickinson + Paris 14.02.2020

It was the most amazing sound which I ever heard in my life.

Bruce Dickinson read in front of large audience gathered in Icelandic Harpa a question which I dedicated to him during break, took a deep breath and replied: YEAH. He doesn’t even need to sing to make his voice unforgettable. I’m not the only one who experienced this as soon you will also get a chance to catch personal contact with one of the most influential vocalist in the world. Everything what you need is just a one creative sentence which Bruce Dickinson can like. This one was good enough in my case:

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Bruce Dickinson is planning to continue his creative speaking tour this autumn and winter in Europe. We can see a list of seventeen confirmed dates on his official website.

02 – Congress Centre, Budapest, Hungary
04 – Pallas Theatre, Athens, Greece
13 – Madetoja Hall, Oulu, Finland
23 – Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Toronto, Canada
29 – Cartuja Center, Seville, Spain

01 – Hotel Catalonia Barcelona Plaza, Barcelona, Spain
07 – Teatro Principal – Alicante, Spain
08 – Alua Magna, Lisbon, Portugal
13 – National Stadium, Dublin, Ireland
23 – National Palace of Culture, Sofia, Bulgaria

08 – Sala Radio, Bucharest, Romania

14 – La Trianon, Paris, France

March 2020
01 – Kyiv, PC of Aviation University, Ukraine
02 – Kharkiv, Students Palace of NLU, Ukraine
03 – Odesa, Philharmonic Hall, Ukraine

I attended one of this dynamic shows last December in Reykjavik and in my opinion it’s more than worth to recommend even if you need to fly there. Many attractions awaits you such as an autobiography with handwritten autograph (I’m sure that each book is signed with pen by author because there are no two identical signatures), Iron Maiden’s brand 4.7% beer and engaging lecture about your idol’s life. There is also a special section on the end when you can ask your own question.

So much was already written and said about Bruce Dickinson that I completely understand how difficult it can be for you to invent an interesting question. I’m not able to suggest anything because I actually needed to think two full months about it. My inspiration came from another lecture which I saw exactly in the same Icelandic Harpa: David Icke talked ten hours about conspiracy theory in March 2017. After listening his version of our Universe I got some kind of hallucinations but I managed to captured out of this world creatue taking a bath in my bottle with juice:

Well, such a dark green monster in bulb shape with two eyes and wide opened mouth… Haha I needed to ask for advice somebody who used to sing:

“You got to watch them — Be quick or be dead
Snake eyes in heaven — The thief’s in your head”

Iron Maiden “Be Quick Or Be Dead”

If you want to buy Bruce Dickinson’s autobiography separately just to create a question which you would like to ask, remember that he is talented not only as a singer, airline pilot, broadcaster and fencer but also as a writer. His book can significantly help you to understand his point of view albeit there are no evident questions left to ask.

The best think which you can do is to get out of your comfort zone, occupy your mind with another subjects in new place and after that sit down with pen and piece of paper.

The first show will take place in O2 Arena, Prague, Czech Republic. Bruce Dickinson will perform after break and best fans also want to see him as soon as possible.

Prague is a popular tourist destination with reliable infrastructure, you could rather afraid of crowds than anything else while going there for city break or even longer holidays.

Get your guide

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your Bruce Dickinson’s solo CDs for 6,99 – 9,99euro

The best way to discover highlights of major European cities is to take a part in tour with professional guide who would share his cultural fascinations with you. As Paris is the most romantic city in the World, you may open here your mind for new way of thinking about your question to Bruce Dickinson on the Valentine day 😉

Read my personal opinion about Paris:

“While being outdoors has many cognitive benefits, walking appears to have a very specific benefit of improving creativity,” said Marily Oppezzo, PhD, Santa Clara University.

Use this circumstance to find a brilliant question to Bruce Dickinson.

Enjoy your favorite music in unique places. Visit my website for more similar articles.

Author: Sam O’Black

Paris, Arc De Triomphe, Night, Eiffel Tower, Light

Megadeth, This is Holland


Guitar, Silhouette, Rock, Heavy Metal, Rock 'N' Roll

One of the most influential thrash metal band Megadeth announced an European tournee in the beginning of 2020. They are working now at the successor of “Dystopia” (2016) so there is a chance to see Dave Mustain with fresh repertoire.

Current line-up:

– Dave Mustaine (vocals, guitars); Megadeth leader and member from the beginning

– David Ellefson (bass); Megadeth member from the beginning

– Kiko Loureiro (guitars) from Brazil; also known from playing in Angra and in Tarja (ex-Nightwish)

– Dirk Verbeuren (drums) probably from Belgium; joined Megadeth after “Dystopia”; also known from The Project Hate MCMXCIX

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To make sure that everybody are on the same boat: Megadeth is not a new child of Five Finger Death Punch but one among four largest thrash metal powerhouses under the sun. This band exists from 1983 and have released 15 longplays. Especially “Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying?” (1986) and “Rust in Peace” (1990) are masterpieces which each metal fun ought to know (reminder for younger readers).

The newest Megadeth album “Dystopia” (2016) is a highlight of their discography. Politically engaged, massive, creative and energetic music. In my opinion compositions are more interesting on “Dystopia” than on “Th1rt3en” (2011) and “Supper Collider” (2013). I would add that “Dystopia” is a bigger achievement than:

– Slayer: “World Painted Blood” (2009) and “Repentless” (2015);

– Anthrax: “For All Kings” (2016);

– Metallica: everything after “Black Album” so: “Load” (1996), “Reload” (1997), “St. Anger” (2003), “Death Magnetic” (2008), “Hardwired… To Self – Destruct” (2016).

source: Megadeth

Buy Megadeth CD’s / LP’s and official T-shirt’s / hoodies right now:


If you don’t like where we’re going
Then you won’t like what’s coming next

Megadeth “Post American World”

20.01.2020 Helsinki, Finland

read more about Helsinki

22.01.2020 Stockholm, Sweden

23.01.2020 Oslo, Norway

read more about Oslo

24.01.2020 Copenhagen, Denmark

read more about Copenhagen:

26.01.2020 Amsterdam, Nederland

28.01.2020 Paris, France

read more about Paris:

30.01.2020 Cardiff, Wales

31.01.2020 London, England

02.02.2020 Esch-Sur-Alzette, Luxembourg

03.02.2020 Berlin, Germany

read more about Berlin:

04.02.2020 Hamburg, Germany

read more about Hamburg:

06.02.2020 Frankfurt, Germany

08.02.2020 Oberhausen, Germany

09.02.2020 Stuttgart, Germany

10.02.2020 Munich, Germany

read more about Munich:

12.02.2020 Warsaw, Poland

14.02.2020 Prague, Czech Republic

read more about Prague:

16.02.2020 Milan, Italy

read more about Milan:

17.02.2020 Zurich, Switzerland

19.02.2020 Vienna, Austria

read more about Vienna:

20.02.2020 Budapest, Hungary

22.02.2020 Sofia, Bulgaria

read more about Sofia:


Amsterdam, Low Country, Sea, Boat, Ship, Bike, Canals

I’ve published few articles on Musictivity about my favorite country in Europe, Nederland (original Dutch spelling) but I didn’t create yet full advice regarding its capital Amsterdam.

If you stay little bit longer around the international Amsterdamse airport (Schiphol) then you can try this itinerary:

I admit, I’ve written this advice to show funs of U.D.O. that Nederland is much more than only Amsterdam, therefore I’ve added many enhancing videos inside this article.

This time I want to make it less complex and focus on one particular activity which is dynamic, fun, educative and allow you to understand basic facts related to Dutch culture in just 60 minutes.

As I’ve listed above, Megadeth will perform in Amsterdam on January 26th, 2020. Precisely in AFAS Live (called before Heineken Music Hall; you may encounter also nick name “Black box”) located in Amsterdam Zuidoost (south-eastern part of the city). This is not a typical tourist zone but there are also other large concert venues in proximity: Ziggo Dome (Ziggo is the largest phone, TV and Internet operator in NL) and Johan Cruijff Arena (largest football stadium in NL, home of AFC Ajax).

If you have at least two – three hours free around the concert time, I would recommend to commute towards the Central Station of Amsterdam using handy website: en


Dutch, Windmill, Vintage, Old, Paper, Background

You have countless options once you get to the Amsterdam Centraal but perhaps limited time. Downtown looks fantastic but is dirty and smelly.

You can leave the central station by southern gate, turn right into large outdoor bike parking, come closer to this crazy parking, turn right again, then cross longer tunnel (don’t walk on bike line!). After the tunnel you will see an IJ river and a ferry station. Every 5 minutes free ferry can take you to the second bank of this river (you don’t pay for this short journey and it’s perfectly fine to use it together with your bike).

Ij, Ferry, Public Transport

Once you get to the second side of IJ river, let’s turn left towards small bridge. You will see a bike store / tourist information center. Agent will inform you with smile about tourist attractions available around. You can ask them about direction, but if you follow my advice, you would be fine to just cross the small bridge and after that turn right into round building with large sign: THIS IS HOLLAND.

As you can see on this picture, here is clean, not much crowdy and family friendly.

So what exactly can you make inside THIS IS HOLLAND? It’s a modern, interactive display about all UNESCO Dutch Heritage Sites. Whole experience consists of two brilliant video presentations and mega flying 666 HD over all of these Dutch places. It all takes 45-60 minutes. Dear Dave Mustain, please check it out 😉

Tickets for THIS IS HOLLAND:


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I’ve made an additional research for you in case if you wish to see Megadeth (and megaTHISISHOLLAND as well) in the Netherlands but you don’t live in driving distance from Amsterdam.

Well, each time when I travel abroad (I make it regularly) I search for my accomodation using following reliable browser:

It’s convenient for me to see hundreds offers in one place, have easy access to ton of reviews written by real guests, use sophisticated search options, sort it all as I like and finally trace status of each booking in the same booking account. It’s just useful and save my time.

There are few hotels located straight by AFAS Live. You would need to sort all results by distance to: Ziggo Dome, because these two venues are almost in the same point on a map. Well selected examples let you know what is possible:

– easyHotel Amsterdam Arena Boulevard, 2 stars, around 60-70 euro / night

– Hampton by Hilton Amsterdam / Arena Boulevard, 3 stars, around 80-90 euro / night

– Holiday Inn Amsterdam – Arena Towers, 4 stars, around 100 euro / night

I’m not responsible for relevance of prices in these hotels. It’s only approximation.

Please share this article with all of your friends. Hopefully Dave Mustaine will find mentioned flying opportunity and you will fly together with him!

author: Sam O’Black

Adult, Artists, Audience, Band, Celebration, Concert


City, Night, Dark, Architecture, Lamps, Lighting, Eerie


Elvenking is a pioneer of folk power metal. They come from Italy (town Sacile located in the middle way between Venice and the border Italy / Austria) and started playing own music in 1997. It was before the genre of folk metal emerged in contemporary form. You can imagine Gamma Ray, Halloween, HammerFall with some additional folk instruments and lyrics about paganism 😉 although Elvenking have released ten studio albums and developed its own unique style.

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The newest Elvenking album “Reader of the Runes – Divination” is available from August 30th, 2019 thanks to AFM Records. It features genuine identity of Elvenking, consists of songs which immediately let you know that you listen to nobody else but Elvenking. I’ve heard some opinions that this is actually the best longplay from Elvenking ever recorded!

You are welcome to buy their two newest albums using my affiliate link. Make it right now, because only few left ;-P

Link to the on-line store with Elvenking CDs:

source: AFM Records


Elvenking already used to sell out large concerts halls. Their shows will become ever more spectacular with “Reader of the Runes – Divination” because it’s so appealing music.

You can still buy your ticket:

Upcoming shows are excellent opportunities to explore the world with Elvenking and take some inspirational insight into the culture, even if you have very limited slot of time to spend. I’m aware that your time is precious so I let you find some examples of unique activities under each date which can enrich your experience.

Why is it beneficial for you to immerse yourself in culture?

Swedish power metal band Brothers of Metal (inspired by Manowar) is a support during Elvenking tournee in Europe. Check out their newest video.

source: AFM Records

22.10.2019 Mexico City, Mexico

“City of Palaces”, “City of Hope”, “Capital in Movement”

2.5h are enough for this experience

Mexican Folklore Ballet Show Tickets with Transfers

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23.10.2019 Bogota, Colombia

unique fresh fruits (and juices): maracuya, gulupa, uchuva, zapote, pitaya, mangosteen, borojo, curuba, lulo, nispero, guanabana

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Colombia mines and produces the most emeralds in the world

3h are enough for each of the following experiences:

Bogota food tour

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Colombian Emerald Ring Workshop

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24.10.2019 Lima, Peru

“The City of Kings”

4h are enough for this experience

Walking tour of the Historic Center of Lima

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6h are enough for this experience

Swim with Sea Lions on the Palomino Islands (with hotel pick up and drop off from Lima)

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25.10.2019 Santiago, Chile

modern capital of the “Country of Poets”

3h are enough for this experience

Cultural guided bike tour

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26.10.2019 Buenos Aires, Argentina

breathtaking architecture; tango

3h are enough for this experience

Complete highlights of Buenos Aires tour with guide

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2h are enough for this experience

a live tango show in one of the most traditional coffee house of Buenos Aires

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27.10.2019 Sao Paulo, Brazil

cosmopolitan fun; capital of American football

5h are enough for this experience

Football tour

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16.11.2019 Milan, Italy

read here about Milan

30 minutes are enough for this experience

Ferrari test drive experience

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2h are enough for this experience

Fashion walking tour

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30.11.2019 Sheffield, England

the only one English city with inner National Park; the only one city in the world where Blue John mineral is mined

1h is enough for this experience

Treak Cliff Cavern Tour and Stone Polishing

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09.01.2020 Hamburg, Germany

read here about Hamburg

3h are enough for this experience

Miniatur Wunderland

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1h is enough for this experience

Guided tour Elbphilharmonie

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10.01.2020 Oberhausen, Germany

Europe’s largest shopping and leisure center

stay as long as you wish!

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11.01.2020 Cologne, Germany

read here about Cologne

90 minutes are enough for this experience

Comedy bus tour

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read funny article about alternative Cologne

12.01.2020 Amsterdam, Nederland

read here about Amstelveen

3h are enough for this experience


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3h are enough for this experience

Guided bike tour

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75 minutes are enough for this experience

Open boat canal cruise

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14.01.2020 Paris, France

read here about Paris

2h are enough for this experience (although I recommend 3h)

Louvre: skip the line guided tour

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15.01.2020 Frankfurt, Germany

financial capital of continental Europe with futuristic skyline

2h are enough for this experience

Skyline sightseeing cruise

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16.01.2020 Stuttgart, Germany

city of Porsche and Mercedes – Benz

90 minutes are enough for this experience

Mercedes – Benz Arena: VfB Stuttgart Stadium Tour

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17.01.2020 Nuremberg, Germany

medieval city of toys; largest municipal museum in Germany

2h are enough for this experience

Nuremberg medieval tour

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18.01.2020 Pratteln, Switzerland

all this village is a Swiss Herirage Site located 10km from Basel – Swiss capital of culture

2h are enough for this experience but it takes 10 minutes extra to get from Pratteln to Basel with train (good advice: remember to always book train tickets on-line when in Switzerland, you would need to stick to chosen hours of your train but you would pay around half price; otherwise offices in Swiss train stations sell only day – flexible tickets which are twice more expensive)

Walking tour through Basel Old Town

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20.01.2020 Munich, Germany

read here about Munich

2h are enough for this experience

Munich city and english garden walking tour

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21.01.2020 Leipzig, Germany

European City of the Year 2019 according to Urbanism Awards; the most liveable city in Germany; one of the musical capitals of Europe (Wagner, Bach, Schumann)

2h are enough for this experience

Music in Leipzig tour

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author: Sam O’Black

Enjoy your favorite music in unique places


Musictivity is a term defined in the urban dictionary as “an unique expression of musical creativity influenced by emotion, imagination and improvisation (…) going outside the box with music and creating something new.”

My professor from Academy of Business (where I used to study Management 5 years ago) told once that contemporary leader have to think hybrid.

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Over the hills and far away somebody else told that everything in music was already created and there is nothing else to discover. Dumb joke! After that the world got the album “Theli” from Swedish band Therion. It was unprecedented because nobody else was brave enough to mix extreme metal with classical music before Christofer Johnsson made it in 1996. Many others tried the same later and here you go – entire new genre of metal music flourished in XXI century!

On the contrary, many bands wished to categorize themselves as a progressive metal actually duplicate each other. More experienced metal maniacs complain nowadays that all newest metal bands sound not distinguishable. Some of these new bands try to get out of the box but at the same time they are interested in sailing towards only one course, both as musicians and as a listeners. It’s a good thing. Music become listenable. But not much original.

One dimensional attitude is a genuine core of this problem.

You may say: Motorhead played one dimensional, Testament played one dimensional, The Rolling Stones played one dimensional, Iron Maiden played one dimensional and even Rush played one dimensional.

We don’t have any problem to classify these bands to one specific category.

But all of them had strong hybrid inspirations. Each of these old rock legends developed one dimensional style based on improvisations about few other music styles like:

– blues,

– rock’n’roll,

– heavy metal,

– jazz,

– folk,

– punk.

It makes a huge difference!


Writing not only songs, lyrics but even blog articles like this one which you read right now, is an act of creativity influenced by emotion and imagination. I take a risk and try to construct hybrid posts about my two hobbies: traveling and music. It requires courage, especially that I turn upside down the concerts review process: other bloggers and journalists write reports from the best concerts which have already happened, while I try to build whole long content articles around concerts which will happen in the future.

Crazy? No. Musictivity is Musictivity. Full list of all of my articles:

Well, future events are fragile. I’ve spent all day writing about upcoming Eric Burdon concert in Nuremberg. Then Eric Burdon was attacked by his own promoter because the promoter was unhonest, didn’t want to pay bills and Eric Burdon spoke in public against this kind of practices in music industry. The tour including concert in Nuremberg was canceled. I needed to remove whole article from Musictivity blog.

Many things can go wrong when somebody try to express or experience something unique. Perhaps the most striking example is the Judas Priest and Ozzy Osbourne tour. They planned a spectacular tour in England and Europe in the beginning of 2019 but it was postponed due to Ozzy’s health issue. At the moment we could find info about their new European dates on their official website However these dates will be probably postponed as well:


What if you buy not only a ticket for concert but also a plane ticket? So would you like to tell me that you were going to travel abroad to see Priest and Ozzy? I call it holidays, shorter or longer but still holidays.

What if you are a member of a band which is going for international tournee? Congrats but will you visit some major big cities on the way? Why wouldn’t you use this opportunity to get insight into unique culture and history of visited places? I’m aware that you don’t have much time and perhaps you feel alone in new places but the thing is that you don’t need much time neither local friends to get solid cultural insight. It can be easy to realize and inspiring. Remember that you are able to create something new when you are under the influence of art unrelated to your specific style.

I have something interesting for you and it may be free, no hidden costs.

This is the most useful website which I know to plan itinerary each time when I am somewhere out of home. There are hundreds activities in each major city and also some interesting ones in non-major towns. I use it regularly. Prices are moderate and guides usually very knowledgeable, they know how to impress you about history and culture of their own city.

My favorite kind of tour is a biking tour where each participant get a bike for few hours and biking behind an experienced guide who shows all most prominent landmarks.

Although this one is paid, you can find a free walking tour in each major city. You don’t pay for signing, guides have proper expertise and are willing to show you all of these awesome places, explain cultural context and answer on your questions.

Such a constructive time, just two or three hours and you are acquainted with the city!

You can give a tip directly to the hand of your guide if you like this tour. I appreciate their job so I usually give 10 or 20 eur/usd/gbp/chf but it’s entirely up to you.


Type “free Berlin”, “free Copenhagen”, “free Paris” or any other free-something, using the following link

I believe that it’s better for everybody to use this source when abroad. Regardless if it’s a business trip, holidays with whole family or you just fly for concert, you can take advantage from free walking tour. It’s not time consuming (usually three hours are perfectly enough), free, educative, fun, inspiring and memorable.

If you aren’t on a tough budget, you can consider to use this source also for:

– walking tours,

– biking tours,

– bus tours,

– boat tours,

– theme tours,

– art and museums tickets (also include skip the line option),

– theme parks tickets,

– culinary or pub crawl tours,

– architecture tours,

– history and heritage tours,

– extreme sports activities (balloon, Ferrari ride, skydiving, many others),

– family tours,

– special wheelchair accessible activities,

– booking transportation from the airport,

– many many other options to spend quality time.

The conclusion is that concert don’t need to be your only one activity when you fly somewhere. There are so many cool things to do in the world! Don’t forget to book your tour before you depart for journey. You can also bookmark this website to have it always easily accessible.

Skip the line tickets to popular landmarks are worth to mention separately. Recently I was happy to make a complete Colosseum tour in Rome in just 90 minutes and I can not find any good reason why so many people waited half day in endless line just to get inside the same Colosseum. It’s not a saving at all, difference in price between standard ticket and skip the line ticket with guide is maybe 20 euro while all of this crowd waste half day of precious holidays waiting in the endless line. Maybe they just needed someone to inform them about existence of GetYourGuide? Skip the line tickets are especially useful in the most popular tourist destinations in the world, read about Paris

On the end, I would like to suggest you some other practical tools to plan your travel. I am a frequent international traveler, I use it regularly and I can recommend it as reliable and useful. I will appreciate if you make a purchase using links displayed on Musictivity – price will stay the same for you but I would get a small commission which will help me to run this website 😉

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author: Sam O’Black

Destruction + Salzburg 03.12.2019

Sometimes we hang out in social media for relax and suddenly notice something enthralling to share with others. I saw recently a funny question on Facebook. Somebody asked what would never say true metalhead? Some ideas:

Maria: “You know how Sister Berta always makes me kiss the floor after we’ve had a disagreement? Well, lately I’ve taken to kissing the floor whenever I see her coming, just to save time.”

Kurt: “I haven’t had so much fun since the day we put glue on Fräulein Josephine’s toothbrush.”

Captain von Trapp: “You have brought music back in to my life. I had forgotten.”

Captain von Trapp: “The first rule of this household is discipline.”

Captain von Trapp: “Oh, how clumsy of me – I meant to accuse you.”

source of quotes:

Wait. Wait. Wait. Let’s take what you want but who the heck is Post Malone? What all of these people have common with Destruction tour?

We pretend to raise our kids in the most positive way
For real we educate sheep that fulfill the cliché
We built an empire of lies to damage the helpless the stranded
A business model backhanded

Destruction “Filthy Wealth”

Don’t be a metal sheep! True metalhead can say and can do whatever she / he desires to say and do. Take inspiration from any source you like. More sources mean more diversified experiences. The more joy you experience in life, the more creative you become so then you can assess what is worth your attention and what is a cliché (your original thought vs foolish stereotype).

Take for instance Destruction “Born to Perish” and “Sound of Music” by Robert Wise.

Thrash metal album is new and aggressive (09.08.2019) while the musical drama seems to be somehow odd. You know, film from 1965, long before Exciter created extreme metal (my interview with Exciter ). It can be strange for you 😉 but remember that metal is also peculiar for many unexperienced listeners. Good art often demands time to be understood. “Sound of Music” tells a heartwarming story which happened exactly in the same city where Destruction will perform the concert soon (Salzburg, Austria, 03.12.2019) so open your mind and enter the world of contradictions: Robert Wise together with Destruction.

source: Fox Family Entertainment


Compare this atmosphere with traditional Destruction thrash metal.

source: Nuclear Blast Records

Schmier could play in blizzard of Ozz and ask: “who is Robert Wise? I know Pennywise. I don’t know Robert Wise!” Nevermind. Przemyslaw’s cracked brain.

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Destruction is considered as a leader and one of the best ensemble ever on German thrash metal scene (similar bands: Exumer, Kreator, Minotaur, Sodom, Mekong Delta, Tankard). Perhaps their best album is “Release From Agony” but it was recorded in 1987. Current line-up: Schmier (bassist, vocalist), Mike (guitarist), Randy Black (drummer, also member of heavy metal super group Level 10) and Damir Eskić (lead guitarist from Switzerland). These very experienced and open minded musicians are currently on European leg of “Wings Over Europe” tour with Overkill and Flotsam and Jetsam.

Upcoming Destruction concerts:

22.09.2019 Herford, Germany

23.09.2019 Wiesbaden, Killfest Tour 2019, Germany -> ticket

24.09.2019 Antwerpen, Belgium

28.09.2019 Ugarana, Dimetal Fest, Spain

25.10.2019 Selestat, Rock Your Brain Festival, France

08.11.2019 Helsinki, Steelchaos Festival, Finland

09.11.2019 Oldenburg In Holstein, Metal Hammer Paradise, Germany

03.12.2019 Salzburg, Austria -> buy ticket

04.12.2019 Bratislava, Slovakia

05.12.2019 Ostrava, Czech Republic

06.12.2019 Chrudim, Czech Republic

07.12.2019 Balingen, Crazy X-Mas, Germany

12.01.2020 Büßfeld, M.I.S.E. Open Air, Germany

01.07.2020 Ballenstedt, Germany

Born to perish

Are you excited about Destruction’s concert? I get it! Celebrate best German thrash metal show among true metal society! Take on Destruction’s T-shirt or hood, bang your head, leave alone smartphone in your pocket and raise your iron fist for Schmier! Below is the link which will help you to find and purchase Destruction’s merchandise and music (LP / CD).

Now. What do you remember yet from “The Sound of Music”? Mountains? Hills? Lake? Castle? Yeah, let’s look again.

source: Saizburger Land

“Visit the original film locations from “The Sound of Music”

  • Discover beautiful Salzburg and the Salzkammergut
  • Learn the true story of the Von Trapp Family from expert guides
  • Tour the hills that are truly alive to the sound of music
  • See the church where Maria walked down the aisle to meet the Baron”

I believe that everybody even Tsop Alone & Overhead can make this tour but if you really want to explore breathtaking nature of Salzburg area together with the world’s oldest Salt Mine, consider to go rather for this one trip:

Get your guide 100 activities in Salzburg and its surroundings:

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author: Sam O’Black