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: http://tidd.ly/e60f5e39

source: AFM Records https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXcKhv08G-k


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: http://tidd.ly/8763c025

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? https://musictivity.org/2019/10/19/enjoy-your-favorite-music-in-unique-places/

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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5yYMjU8xDg

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

read more: https://www.getyourguide.com/mexico-city-l194/mexican-folklore-ballet-show-in-mexico-city-t38427/?partner_id=QL9T477&utm_medium=online_publisher&utm_source=poblak%40europe.com&placement=content-middle

23.10.2019 Bogota, Colombia

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

source: https://www.colombia.co/en/colombia-culture/gastronomy/colombias-10-exotic-fruits/?fbclid=IwAR0ayAgjbIij513cwvoQ1NahWNtevFaMu1G4Mbceaoj3j3newR4NsgF97z4 )

Colombia mines and produces the most emeralds in the world

3h are enough for each of the following experiences:

Bogota food tour

read more: https://www.getyourguide.com/bogota-l361/bogota-food-tour-t203689/?partner_id=QL9T477&utm_medium=online_publisher&utm_source=poblak%40europe.com&placement=content-middle

Colombian Emerald Ring Workshop

read more: https://www.getyourguide.com/bogota-l361/bogota-colombian-emerald-ring-workshop-t289215/?partner_id=QL9T477&utm_medium=online_publisher&utm_source=poblak%40europe.com&placement=content-middle

24.10.2019 Lima, Peru

“The City of Kings”

4h are enough for this experience

Walking tour of the Historic Center of Lima

read more: https://www.getyourguide.com/lima-l39/walking-tour-of-the-historical-centre-of-lima-t35991/?partner_id=QL9T477&utm_medium=online_publisher&utm_source=poblak%40europe.com&placement=content-middle

6h are enough for this experience

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

read more: https://www.getyourguide.com/lima-l39/swimming-experience-with-sea-lions-on-palomino-islands-t69152/?partner_id=QL9T477&utm_medium=online_publisher&utm_source=poblak%40europe.com&placement=content-middle

25.10.2019 Santiago, Chile

modern capital of the “Country of Poets”

3h are enough for this experience

Cultural guided bike tour

read more: https://www.getyourguide.com/santiago-l226/santiago-3-hour-guided-cultural-bike-tour-t61092/?partner_id=QL9T477&utm_medium=online_publisher&utm_source=poblak%40europe.com&placement=content-middle

26.10.2019 Buenos Aires, Argentina

breathtaking architecture; tango

3h are enough for this experience

Complete highlights of Buenos Aires tour with guide

read more: https://www.getyourguide.com/buenos-aires-l1/highlights-of-buenos-aires-t26826/?partner_id=QL9T477&utm_medium=online_publisher&utm_source=poblak%40europe.com&placement=content-middle

2h are enough for this experience

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

read more: https://www.getyourguide.com/buenos-aires-l1/buenos-aires-cafe-de-los-angelitos-tango-show-experience-t238162/?partner_id=QL9T477&utm_medium=online_publisher&utm_source=poblak%40europe.com&placement=content-middle

27.10.2019 Sao Paulo, Brazil

cosmopolitan fun; capital of American football

5h are enough for this experience

Football tour

read more: https://www.getyourguide.com/sao-paulo-l384/sao-paulo-5-hour-private-football-tour-t243242/?partner_id=QL9T477&utm_medium=online_publisher&utm_source=poblak%40europe.com&placement=content-middle

16.11.2019 Milan, Italy

read here about Milan https://musictivity.org/2019/07/20/bryan-adams-in-milan/

30 minutes are enough for this experience

Ferrari test drive experience

read more: https://www.getyourguide.com/milan-l139/milan-ferrari-drive-t70886/?partner_id=QL9T477&utm_medium=online_publisher&utm_source=poblak%40europe.com&placement=content-middle

2h are enough for this experience

Fashion walking tour

read more: https://www.getyourguide.com/milan-l139/15-hour-milan-fashion-walking-tour-t261932/?partner_id=QL9T477&utm_medium=online_publisher&utm_source=poblak%40europe.com&placement=content-middle

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

read more: https://www.getyourguide.com/buxton-l101079/sheffield-treak-cliff-cavern-tour-and-stone-polishing-t212292/?partner_id=QL9T477&utm_medium=online_publisher&utm_source=poblak%40europe.com&placement=content-middle

09.01.2020 Hamburg, Germany

read here about Hamburg https://musictivity.org/2019/08/13/jessy-martens/

3h are enough for this experience

Miniatur Wunderland

read more: https://www.getyourguide.com/hamburg-l23/miniatur-wunderland-t34845/?partner_id=QL9T477&utm_medium=online_publisher&utm_source=poblak%40europe.com&placement=content-middle

1h is enough for this experience

Guided tour Elbphilharmonie

read more: https://www.getyourguide.com/hamburg-l23/hamburg-guided-tour-through-the-elbe-philharmonic-t92790/?partner_id=QL9T477&utm_medium=online_publisher&utm_source=poblak%40europe.com&placement=content-middle

10.01.2020 Oberhausen, Germany

Europe’s largest shopping and leisure center

stay as long as you wish!

read more: https://www.germany.travel/en-mobile/towns-cities-culture/shopping/shopping-center/oberhausen-centro.html?fbclid=IwAR109IicNCaMAwrIj9zIzitkP5NuRIAz7raoO91Zm3SnsyyKTpvWQ9Ryg-E

11.01.2020 Cologne, Germany

read here about Cologne https://musictivity.org/2019/11/02/grand-magus/

90 minutes are enough for this experience

Comedy bus tour

read more: https://www.getyourguide.com/cologne-l19/cologne-15-hour-comedy-bus-tour-t14483/?partner_id=QL9T477&utm_medium=online_publisher&utm_source=poblak%40europe.com&placement=content-middle

read funny article about alternative Cologne https://misstourist.com/5-things-about-cologne-you-will-not-find-in-any-city-guide/

12.01.2020 Amsterdam, Nederland

read here about Amstelveen https://musictivity.org/2019/09/14/u-d-o-amstelveen-11-12-2019/

3h are enough for this experience


read more: https://www.getyourguide.com/amsterdam-l36/priority-entrance-rijksmuseum-amsterdam-t7135/?partner_id=QL9T477&utm_medium=online_publisher&utm_source=poblak%40europe.com&placement=content-middle

3h are enough for this experience

Guided bike tour

read more: https://www.getyourguide.com/amsterdam-l36/amsterbike-historical-bike-tour-t31310/?partner_id=QL9T477&utm_medium=online_publisher&utm_source=poblak%40europe.com&placement=content-middle

75 minutes are enough for this experience

Open boat canal cruise

read more (don’t go for bigger boat because only open and smaller boat rules!): https://www.getyourguide.com/amsterdam-l36/amsterdam-open-boat-canal-cruise-t64083/?partner_id=QL9T477&utm_medium=online_publisher&utm_source=poblak%40europe.com&placement=content-middle

14.01.2020 Paris, France

read here about Paris https://musictivity.org/2019/09/01/alter-bridge-paris-09-12-2019/

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

Louvre: skip the line guided tour

read more: https://www.getyourguide.com/paris-l16/ultimate-louvre-2-hour-skip-the-line-guided-tour-t175122/?partner_id=QL9T477&utm_medium=online_publisher&utm_source=poblak%40europe.com&placement=content-middle

15.01.2020 Frankfurt, Germany

financial capital of continental Europe with futuristic skyline

2h are enough for this experience

Skyline sightseeing cruise

read more: https://www.getyourguide.com/frankfurt-l21/sightseeing-cruise-tickets-frankfurt-t34066/?partner_id=QL9T477&utm_medium=online_publisher&utm_source=poblak%40europe.com&placement=content-middle

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

read more: https://www.getyourguide.com/stuttgart-l27/mercedes-benz-arena-vfb-stuttgart-stadium-tour-t285227/?partner_id=QL9T477&utm_medium=online_publisher&utm_source=poblak%40europe.com&placement=content-middle

17.01.2020 Nuremberg, Germany

medieval city of toys; largest municipal museum in Germany

2h are enough for this experience

Nuremberg medieval tour

read more: https://www.getyourguide.com/nuremberg-l127/nuremberg-15-hour-medieval-tour-t47855/?partner_id=QL9T477&utm_medium=online_publisher&utm_source=poblak%40europe.com&placement=content-middle

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

read more: https://www.getyourguide.com/basel-l51/2-hour-historical-walking-tour-through-basel-t28992/?partner_id=QL9T477&utm_medium=online_publisher&utm_source=poblak%40europe.com&placement=content-middle

20.01.2020 Munich, Germany

capital of Bavaria

2h are enough for this experience

Munich city and english garden walking tour

read more: https://www.getyourguide.com/munich-l26/munich-city-english-garden-walking-tour-t21127/?partner_id=QL9T477&utm_medium=online_publisher&utm_source=poblak%40europe.com&placement=content-middle

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

read more: https://www.getyourguide.com/leipzig-l25/800-years-of-music-in-leipzig-walk-the-music-trail-t24869/?partner_id=QL9T477&utm_medium=online_publisher&utm_source=poblak%40europe.com&placement=content-middle

author: Sam O’Black

How to enjoy awesome 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.” https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Musictivity

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: https://musictivity.org/2019/09/18/upcoming-concerts/

If you want to stay informed about new posts published on Musictivity, please type your e-mail address in the subscription spot on the right side (PX) or below (smartphones).

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 http://judaspriest.com/tour/ However these dates will be probably postponed as well: http://judaspriest.com/news/fullstory.asp?id=D217218C-94EF-4F1F-B94C-9D100B704795


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 https://musictivity.org/2019/09/01/alter-bridge-paris-09-12-2019/

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 😉

Hotels, hostels, apartments, cottages, guest houses, house boats, tree houses, resorts, villas, any other kind of accomodation (brand Hotels . com)


Large on-line store with rock and metal merchandise, they sell also stuff related to films and other popular heroes (brand EMP)


Tickets for concerts and other cool events (brand Eventim)


I sincerely wish you to enjoy your favorite music in unique places so complete your transaction right now.

author: Sam O’Black

Dream Theater + Glasgow 23.02.2020

Dream Theater plays sophisticated music and despite there are so many songs and albums which are worth your undivided attention, you decided to read Musictivity now. I will take full responsibility for this challenge. Let me give you a small gift: exactly 333 words which matter.

“Distance Over Time” is the newest Dream Theater’s album (2019) released by James LaBrie (vocals), John Petrucci (guitars), John Myung (bass), Jordan Rudess (keyboards), Mike Mangini (drums). Perfect team experimented with new sounds rooted in traditional Dream Theater’s approach to heavy metal.

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Dream Theater will perform two concerts in United Kingdom: 21.02.2020 in London and 23.02.2020 in Glasgow (dates in other countries http://dreamtheater.net/tour/ ). London is obvious tourist destination while Glasgow underrated one.

Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland, located 70km west of Edinburgh. You are able to visit both of these cities during one trip to Scotland so take this opportunity on occasion of Dream Theater’s concert in Glasgow.

Best places to see in Glasgow: Science Centre, People’s Palace and Winter Gardens, George Square, Hunterian Museum.

Best places to see in Edinburgh: Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, Edinburgh Castle, Calton Hill.

source: Time Lapse Photography Scotland https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcQKD94UoBE

source: Salhabfilms https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwOr-2VGoD0

According to numbeo.com consumer prices including rent are 15.69% higher in Edinburgh than in Glasgow so find your hotel in the center of Glasgow and commute from there. Use banner displayed below to catch deal of today!

Great selection of Dream Theater’s official T-shirts, long sleeves, CDs, DVDs in largest on-line merch store in Europe http://tidd.ly/735d034c

Distance Over Time Album Cover

Get your guide 50 activities in Glasgow https://www.getyourguide.com/s/?q=glasgow&customerSearch=1&searchSource=2&partner_id=QL9T477&utm_medium=online_publisher&utm_source=poblak%40europe.com&placement=content-middle

Get your guide over 50 activities in Edinburgh https://www.getyourguide.com/s/?q=edinburgh&customerSearch=true&partner_id=QL9T477&utm_medium=online_publisher&utm_source=poblak%40europe.com&placement=content-middle

“Discover the magnificent beauty of the Loch Lomond National Park, Rannoch Moor, Glencoe, the Great Glen, Loch Ness, and Pitlochry. Learn the area’s history and folklore as you admire the natural beauty.” https://www.getyourguide.com/glasgow-l438/from-glasgow-loch-ness-glencoe-and-the-highlands-day-tour-t11176/?partner_id=QL9T477&utm_medium=online_publisher&utm_source=poblak%40europe.com&placement=content-middle

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Didn’t hear “Distance Over Time” yet? Start with official clip to “Untethered Angel”.

source: InsideOutMusicTV https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gylxuO6dKOw

author: Sam O’Black

U.D.O. + Amstelveen 11.12.2019

Check upcoming U.D.O.’s tour dates, buy tickets, watch unique videos and raise the game!

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Udo Dirkschneider is famous from singing in Accept (ten albums between 1979 and 1996) and from solo career (sixteen albums from 1987). Accept is one of the most influential heavy metal band in Germany. You can buy their CDs, DVDs, T-shirts and other merch from the largest store in Europe of its kind EMP http://tidd.ly/735d034c

He traveled the world recently as Dirkschneider performing best Accept songs. Udo planned first a small tour of 10-15 shows but due to ecstatic public reactions he decided to perform 300 shows! After that U.D.O. released newest album called “Steel Factory” (2018). He admits that he feels really pleased about reviews and appreciation from fans.

Tracklist of upcoming U.D.O.’s concerts will consist solely of U.D.O.’s songs (nothing from Accept). Video clip to “One Heart One Soul” (2018, AFM Records):

source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Xksm1X7UHM

One heart, one soul
One world forever
One aim, one goal
One heart for all

U.D.O. “One Heart One Soul”

Official U.D.O. schedule for next months (state on 13.09.2019, according to https://www.udo-online.com/tourdates.html ):

11.10.2019 Friday, Kiev, Ukraine

12.10.2019 Saturday, Poltava, Ukraine

13.10.2019 Sunday, Kharkiv, Ukraine

15.10.2019 Tuesday, Dnipro, Ukraine

16.10.2019 Wednesday, Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine

18.10.2019 Friday, Mykolayiv, Ukraine

19.10.2019 Saturday, Odesa, Ukraine

20.10.2019 Sunday, Kherson, Ukraine

04.12.2019 Wednesday, Pardubice, Czech Republic

05.12.2019 Thursday, Ostrava, Czech Republic

06.12.2019 Friday, Hluk, Czech Republic

07.12.2019 Saturday, Plzen, Czech Republic

08.12.2019 Sunday, Speyer, Germany

10.12.2019 Tuesday, Augsburg, Germany

11.12.2019 Wednesday, Amstelveen, Nederland

12.12.2019 Thursday, Wuppertal, Germany

14.12.2019 Saturday, Wilhelmshaven, Germany

15.12.2019 Sunday, Leipzig, Germany

17.12.2019 Tuesday, Aschaffenburg, Germany

18.12.2019 Wednesday, Heerlen, Nederland

20.12.2019 Friday, Sion, Switzerland

21.12.2019 Saturday, Frauenfeld, Switzerland

22.12.2019 Sunday, Luzern, Switzerland

Buy your ticket for U.D.O.’s concert in Germany or in Heerlen here http://tidd.ly/bc69562a I will appreciate small commission from Eventim. Otherwise, you can obtain the ticket from official U.D.O.’s website (you choose). Enjoy!

U.D.O. will play in two Dutch towns: Amstelveen and Heerlen. I’ve already described Heerlen in article about upcoming Jethro Tull 50 anniversary tour https://musictivity.org/2019/07/24/jethrotullinnetherlands/ Amstelveen is a residential area adjacent from south to Amsterdam, few kilometers east from Schiphol International Airport.

Although there is some art to see in Amstelveen (Cobra Museum of Modern Art) I wouldn’t call this town a cultural destination for foreign travelers. Amstelveen is a home for people who work in Schiphol or in bank / insurance / commerce corporations in Amsterdam South’s business park. Subway & tram line cross Amstelveen in the middle and you can commute directly between Amsterdam and Amstelveen with ease (alternatively you can take a car ride or biking under the trees along this line).

Get your guide: https://www.getyourguide.com/s/?q=netherlands&customerSearch=1&searchSource=2&partner_id=QL9T477&utm_medium=online_publisher&utm_source=poblak%40europe.com&placement=content-middle

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Japanese friend of mine told me that Amstelveen is the same for Japanese minority in the Netherlands as Dusseldorf for Japanese minority in Germany. They have own shops, own barber and even own school for children of Japanese expats – all located exactly in Amstelveen. Interesting but I have much more to share with you.

I decided to show you again that the Netherlands is not only Amsterdam but this time through presenting carefully selected videos from YouTube, weet u wel. Everything what you can see below is high quality and display places which you can reach with direct public transport from Schiphol Internetional Airport (according to 9292.nl). I give you links only to these videos which are worth it in my personal opinion.

Let’s assume that I have one week off work, found nice hotel in Schiphol and don’t want to spend more than one day in any town. In this case, this would be my itinerary:

7th Demember, Saturday

Den Haag: Madurodam https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_5q9Myg7po

Den Haag: Mauritshuis & Binnenhof https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Bil7sUVkuU

Den Haag: Escher in Het Paleis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vqH3bXn6F0

Den Haag: Peace Palace https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRRNswxwvpk Peace Palace

8th December, Sunday

Rotterdam: Maritime Museum https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACQg6G-6eSg

Rotterdam: Kubuswoningen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVuzkrTXwew

Rotterdam: Markthal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6hnQdRynac

9th December, Monday

Groningen: biking https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05Iiuz7A7E0

Groningen: Museum (of modern and contemporary art) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxScIIthGVo

10th December, Tuesday

Breda: Begijnhof Museum https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRDjvNyjMXU

Breda: Kasteel Bouvigne https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iyIWGtGV1k

11th December, Wednesday, U.D.O.

Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOqdCNjq-x0

Amsterdam: canals https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUrppV_78tI

Amsterdam: fantastisch old school music store with plentiful of heavy metal CDs and vinyls https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IshUW03rxM

Amstelveen: U.D.O. concert https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yM3CItJNOkA

12th December, Thursday

Den Bosch: Jheronimus Bosch Art Center https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpEESwIiCF0

Eindhoven: Philips Museum https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlmo4wosy60

13th December, Friday

Amersfoort: Koppelpoort (connecting port) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwL6wJLdry0

Amersfoort: Museum Flehite https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9gZNx70D5Y

14th December, Saturday

Delft: Koninklijke Porceleyne Fles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMt5SmhqApA

Delft: City Center https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlctFYJkOrs

15th December, Sunday

Schiphol: I/Am/Sterdam logo photo opportunity as the happy end https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICi8xxzsD70

author: Sam O’Black

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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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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