Sonisphere Romania kicks off today

June 25, 2010 at 9:32 am (Music)

The biggest rock festival ever in Romania kicks off today. Here’s the schedule:

June 25th: ACCEPT 21:00 – 23:00, Manowar 19:15 – 20:15, Volbeat 17:45 – 18:45, Paradise Lost 16:30 – 17:15, Orphaned Land 15:15 – 16:00.
June 26th: Metallica 21:00 – 23:00, Slayer 19:15 – 20:15, Megadeth 17:45 – 18:45, Anthrax 16:30 – 17:15, Vita de Vie 15:15 – 16:00
June 27th: Rammstein 21:15 – 22:50, Alice in Chains 19:15 – 20:15, Stone Sour 18:00 – 18:45, Anathema 16:45 – 17:30, Luna Amara 15:30 – 16:15

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TIFF & Rock im Park echoes

June 14, 2010 at 9:15 am (Festivals, Movies, Music)

My 2 week holiday ended a few days ago – I apologize for the lack of posts, but seeing 20 films in 5 days at TIFF and then 15 concerts in 4 days at Rock im Park pretty much filled most of my time.

TIFF was great as usual, with the only exception that, because I had to leave for Nuremberg, I only stayed in Cluj for half the festival. However – I did get to see 20 films, and had a wonderful time all around. In terms of movie recommendations, my favorites were Korean drama Mother, directed by Bong (the guy who did The Host and the best part of Tokyo), Dagur Kari’s new flick The Good Heart, and Russian drama How I Ended This Summer, an impressive visual treat that deservedly won Best Cinematography at this year’s Berlinale.

Last Thursday, I headed to Nuremberg for Rock im Park, 4 days of rock awesomeness that ended with an absolutely brilliant performance from Muse. Without any doubt the best show I’ve seen in the last couple of years, maybe one of the best shows I’ve ever seen live (right up there with Radiohead and Tool), Muse rocked in front of a packed 60.000 crowd.

The greatness of the show was probably complemented by the fact that their opening act, 30 Seconds to Mars, was absolutely horrendous – one of the worst live concerts I have ever seen. Out of the 75 minutes spent on stage, Jared Leto used at least 40 to do nothing – just sit there and talk to the audience. They barely played 7 or 8 songs (in 75 minutes!), with Leto avoiding all the tricky vocal parts and ruining all of their great stuff that sounds so good recorded. I still can’t believe I missed Alice in Chains for this – hey, at least I got right up front, and watched Muse from the second row, so overall it was worth it.

Other than Muse, highlights of the festival included Them Crooked Vultures – who completely blew me away with a fantastic live performance, Stone Sour – who was really good but overshadowed by what came a few hours later (i.e. Muse), and We Are the Fallen – who played at noon in an unbearable heat and with a very small audience.

In terms of disappointments, other than 30 Seconds to Mars, I have to include Rage Against the Machine, who kicked off the festival with a lifeless performance that sounded like crap and didn’t get the crowd as involved as I thought it would.

Meanwhile – don’t forget about Sonisphere, next weekend in Bucharest. You’ll also be able to find me @ Sibiu for the Serj Tankian show, and @ Peninsula, for Korn.

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RIP Isis

May 19, 2010 at 10:01 am (Music)

Worst news I’ve got so far this year: post-metal Gods Isis have decided to split up. However, they will have one farewell tour, one final EP, and one final live CD/DVD set, before calling it a day.

Isis has been one of my favorite bands for years, so needless to say, I’m extremely shocked and disappointed with this news. At least I can say I was lucky enough to watch them live.

Post-metal will never be the same again.

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KoRn @ Peninsula 2010!

May 12, 2010 at 7:53 am (Music)

Romania is slowly becoming Rockmania, as another huge name has been added to an already busy 2010 summer. KoRn has been officially confirmed as headliners for the Peninsula Festival, in Tg. Mures, August 26-29.

KoRn joins artists such as Metallica, Stone Sour, Alice in Chains, Rammstein, Serj Tankian, AC/DC, The Cranberries, Slayer, Manowar, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan or Aerosmith – just to name a few, in what has become, easily, the most packed rock summer ever in Romania.

No words yet on the tickets for Peninsula – I’ll let you guys know when I find something out.

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In my playlist #7

May 5, 2010 at 10:10 am (Music, YouTube)

Deftones – Diamond Eyes

Oceansize – Catalyst

Opus Dai – Sinking Ship

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Serj Tankian and his symphony @ Artmania 2010!

April 22, 2010 at 2:08 pm (Music)

Another unmissable show set for this summer in Romania: Serj Tankian will perform at the Artmania Festival, this August, in Sibiu. The ex-lead singer of System of a Down will perform his brand new rock symphony based on his solo album “Elect the Dead”.

Here’s a clip of what we’ll be able to see this summer, and meanwhile, you can check eventim.ro for tickets.

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May rocks

April 10, 2010 at 7:51 am (Music)

After the year’s first four months offered zero rock albums I was interested in buying, May shapes up to be one crazy month for the music lover in me, with SEVEN new releases I’m looking forward to.

Deftones – Diamond Eyes (May 4th)
The first Deftones album in quite some time, and the first since Chi Cheng’s car crash.  First video off of the album is here, and if it’s any indication for the rest of the material, we’re in for a treat.

Taproot – Plead the Fifth (May 11th)
Less than 2 years since their latest release, Taproot is back. After an album entirely independent, they signed with a major label, and already released the first single.

We Are the Fallen – Tear the World Down (May 11th)
I’m so fed up with the endless debates about this band sounding too much like Evanescence. OF COURSE THEY DO. Ben Moody created Evanescence and wrote most of their songs. Ben Moody created We Are the Fallen and writes most of their songs. It’s his right to do that, so the similarities don’t bother me one bit. The first video is great, the lead singer is great, I’m in.

The National – High Violet (May 11th)
Fifth album from this highly underrated band. Check out the first single performed live here.

Soulfly – Omen (May 25th)
Max is back with Soulfly’s new release, that will feature a meaty deluxe edition featuring a cover of Sepultura’s “Refuse / Resist”, and drumming from both Max’s sons.

Godsmack – Oracle (May 4th)
Four years and a short hiatus later, Godsmack is ready to release a new album. The first single already climbed to number 1 in the rock chart from Billboard.

Stone Temple Pilots – Stone Temple Pilots (May 25th)
After a separation of 5 years, STP came back in 2008 and now they’re ready to release the new album. Although I’m not crazy about the first single, it’s still a must-have album, if you were into the whole grunge movement of the nineties.

this is May. But then June will stroll along, with brand new albums from Korn and Limp Bizkit. Oh, happy summer…

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Sonisphere Update – Day 2 “Golden” sold out

March 31, 2010 at 7:49 am (Music)

“Golden” (in front of stage) tickets for Day 2 of Sonisphere Romania are already sold out. “Golden” tickets for Day 3 are also almost sold out. Only normal and VIP tickets remain for Day 2 (and soon for Day 3). 3-day passes still available. Buy’em here.

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New Korn song!

March 28, 2010 at 10:01 am (Music)

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It’s official: Sonisphere Romania brings Metallica, Alice in Chains, Stone Sour, others to Bucharest

March 11, 2010 at 10:02 am (Music)

D&D East Entertainment officially confirmed the biggest rock festival ever organized in Romania.

The schedule for Sonisphere Romania is as follows:

June 25th
Manowar, Volbeat, local bands

June 26th
Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, Heaven & Hell

June 27th
Rammstein, Alice in Chains, Stone Sour, Mastodon

Tickets go on sale today at various retailers and also on eventim.ro. A 3-day pass costs 350 RON (normal) and 490 RON (golden – in front of stage), while daily tickets cost from 120-185 RON (normal) and from 220-290 RON (golden). Due to the limited capacity of the location (Romexpo), there will be a total of 45.000 tickets sold for the event.

Update: In the official press release, the organizers also mention some surprises coming up. Maybe a couple of new bands for Friday, 25th?

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