Neckbreakers Ball 2011

Neckbreakers Ball
Location: Metropool, Hengelo
13 November 2011
By: Nick

Within a month of day Heidenfest was within our borders, there’s another Rock the Nation event, this time it’s ‘Neckbreakers ball’. The party went on in Hengelo, which was a somewhat drive than our usual places to go to like Tilburg or Eindhoven. In this event there was also some attention to folk-metal. This time it was to Varg and Eluveitie to entertain us with some decent metal. Continue reading

Black Troll Winterfest (2011)

Location: RWE Halle, Mülheim an der Ruhr (DE)
12 November 2011
By: Michel en Colin
Photography: Feenstaub Entertainment

10:00 a.m. The doors should be open because 10:20 should sound the First notes through this hall, but it’s almost time and the doors are still not open? The queue is immense (fortunately we as reviewers are spoiled and get to stand inside). When the doors open (but we’re still not allowed to go through) we hear the First band, Draugr, is still sound checking… They’re late! Continue reading

Yabgu- ‘Uyan’ (2011)

By: Michel
Score: 7/10
Release: 2011
Label: Independent

Often we hear ‘in Folk-metal it’s all the same, a statement I totally disagree with. There are a lot of different ways to create Folk-metal, but you can add one to the list. We stumbled upon the debut-EP of the Anatolian (Turkey) band Yabgu. Their debut Uyan is something different. The foundation of their music is laid by solid metal, but the Anatolian influences give it a very distinct sound. Continue reading

Dead Tyrants 2011

Location: DRU Cultuurfabriek, Ulft
10 November 2011
By: Michel
Photography: (12-11-2011)

Despite of the fact I’m going to ‘Black Troll Winterfest’ in two days, and all three bands will be there to, I’m still going to the Dead Tyrants Tour. Because you won’t want to miss this, Crimfall, Moonsorrow and Tyr only a few steps from home in our own Achterhoek in the Netherlands. Continue reading

Cumulo Nimbus – Schattenjäger (2011)

By: Nick
Score: 3/5

Wow, scary! You put on the new Cumulo Nimbus, and there’s nothing unusual at first. It starts off with a short intro in which al the necessary traditional instrument are accompanied by an electrical guitar. Nothing unexpected so far. But then, a sweet female voice singing at me? That’s not the Cumulo Nimbus we were used to! Continue reading

Fiddler’s Green – Wall of Folk (2011)

By: Michel
Score: 8/10 (Deluxe Edition: 10/10)

So, we’re doing speedfolk, punkfolk etc. on for a while now, so had to happen …
The first CD review in this category, and not the least one to start with either. Germany’s speedfolk heroes Fiddler’s Green. And the life of a reviewers’ path is not strewn with roses, we get the ‘deluxe edition’ of ‘Wall of Folk’. And that’s hard work, but not really… Continue reading

Amon Amarth (2011)

Amon Amarth
Location: Effenaar, Eindhoven
26 Oktober 2011
By: Nick

It’s a fact the ‘Effenaar’ in Eindhoven has on working days also very interesting band on the menu, so much was obvious again. An normal Wednesday and the Vikings from Amon Amarth visit our country for the second time this year (they were in ‘de Melkweg’ in Amsterdam earlier this year). They brought along, like we we’re used to from previous times, two totally irrelevant support acts. Continue reading

Heidenfest 2011

Heidenfest 2011
Location: 013, Tilburg
9 Oktober 2011
By: Nick
Photography: Dorien

Every folk-metalfan in the Netherlands know it, every year the heidenfestcircus visits al least one Dutch city. This time it was 013 in Tilburg where the Heidenfest took place. The also organized by Rock the Nation event has most of the times not much more than bands like Korpiklaani, Heidenfest on the other had has always a strong line-up with the top of the Pagan-enre. Continue reading