Metal Warriors Playlist 21.04.15 – Post-Witchfest Depression

Here’s the playlist from the special Post-Witchfest Depression Show! The Alesorm interview will be available on the Grind Radio website soon if you’d like to hear it again.

Tune in every Tuesday 9-11pm (GMT+2) for the Metal Warriors Show!

Heidevolk – Het Dwalende Licht

Ensiferum – My Ancestors Blood

 

Nightwish – My Walden

Leaves’ Eyes – To France

Epica – Sancta Terra

 

Terminatryx – Holy

Ministry – Permawar

Rob Zombie – Iron Head

 

Fleshgod Apocalypse – Pathfinder

Septicflesh – Prometheus

Belphegor – Lucifer, Take Her!

 

Sirenia – Once My Light

After Forever – Follow In The Cry (The Embrace That Smothers – Part II)

 

Alestorm – Keelhauled

Korpiklaani – Bring Us Pints Of Beer

Rhovanion – Heth (A Maiden’s Revenge)

 

Kamelot – Veil Of Elysium

Stratovarius – Hunting High And Low

Sonata Arctica – Only The Broken Hearts

 

Just because we can – two brand new Nightwish songs back to back!

 

Nightwish – Alpenglow

Nighwish – Weak Fantasy

 

 

J

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My Incredible Witchfest Experience

I went to Witchfest this past weekend, and it was a mind blowing experience. We made African metal history! You can read a Times Live SA article on Witchfest here.

Here are some of the highlights of the festival…

 

Thursday:

  1. It was my 3 year anniversary with my boyfriend and we were really excited for the festival to start.
  2. We set up camp in a lovely shaded area. I think we got the best camping spot – we had 2 trees and 2 gazebos. Our camp started out with only the planned people, and expanded when people we knew arrived and wanted to camp with us. Eventually we were a huge group and our two gazebos and many chairs weren’t enough for everyone!
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My boyfriend and I

 

 

Friday:

  1. My friend’s band Scroll of Thoth kicked off the festival at 12:15.
  2. We checked out the stall and bought some cool stuff.
  3. I got to meet and interview Alestorm – one of my favourite bands! After the interview we chatted for almost an hour.
  4. Seeing Alestorm live was incredible – I was right in front. During the show, Christopher Bowes (vocals and keytar) made eye contact with me and sang the entire chorus of my favourite song to me. Elliot Vernon (keyboards) saw me taking photos of him and pulled a funny face at me.
  5. After the show, I ran backstage to try to speak to the band. Gareth Murdock (bass guitar) greeted me with a hug, we spoke for a while and he gave me one of his picks with his signature on.
  6. I watched Decapitated with my boyfriend and we met the band after the show.
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Me with Alestorm!

 

Saturday:

  1. I saw local power metal band Strident live and they were incredible.
  2. We chilled with Henk Kruger from ING for a while and watched them play.
  3. Belphegor’s performance was phenomenal and after the show we attended the meet and greet where I got one of the bones from their mic stand, as well as a guitar pick and their autographs.
  4. Although I’m not a Cannibal Corpse fan, I enjoyed watching their show. Corpsegrinder’s energy and strength to headbang throughout the entire show was quite impressive.
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Belphegor

 

Sunday:

  1. I discovered how cool Martin Rocka & The Sick Shop is. I ran from my tent to go watch these guys when I heard them play!
  2. I saw my favourite local band Terminatryx again and took a selfie with them (their idea!).
  3. I met Epica thanks to my friend Charl who bought me the VIP add-on. They were all very nice and Simone Simons told me that my tattoo is beautiful.
  4. Fleshgod Apocalypse‘s performance was incredible – by far the best live performance I have ever seen. I saw these guys back in 2012 and I can’t believe how much they have improved since then. All I can say is wow!
  5. Septicflesh was almost just as spectacular as Fleshgod.
  6. Epica brought the festival to a close with a spectacular performance. I had goosebumps for almost the entire show.
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Epica held the South African flag for a photo for their page

 

I’d like to say a huge thank you to Witchdoctor Productions for this historic event for African metal history! The lineup was better than many international festivals and the urban camping was a unique and exciting experience.

 

Tickets for Witchfest 2016 will go on sale at the end of the month and I’ll definitely be getting mine as soon as possible!

 

You can check out the rest of my photos from Witchfest here!

 

 

J

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Album Review – Alestorm – Sunset On The Golden Age

Artist: Alestorm

Album: Sunset On The Golden Age

Genre: Pirate / Folk Power Metal

Released: 1st August 2014

 

Track listing:

CD 1:
01. Watch the Plank
02. Drink
03. Magnetic North
04. 1741 (The Battle of Cartagena)
05. Mead from Hell
06. Surf Squid Warfare
07. Quest for Ships
08. Wooden Leg!
09. Hangover
10. Sunset on the Golden Age

CD 2: (Deluxe Edition)
11. Over the Seas (Acoustic)
12. Nancy the Tavern Wench (Acoustic)
13. Keelhauled (Acoustic)
14. The Sunk’n Norwegian (Acoustic)
15. Shipwrecked (Acoustic)
16. Questing Upon the Poop Deck (Bonus Track)

 

I must admit I was quite disappointed with this album. When they released the single Drink, I was unbelievably excited for the rest of the album but sadly it didn’t measure up to the single. The more I listen to it, the more I enjoy it but it seems that Alestorm is moving away their pirate sound and adopting a more commercial sound. I was shocked to hear that they did a cover of Taio Cruz’s song Hangover but it was quite enjoyable. Don’t get me wrong, Sunset On The Golden Age isn’t a bad album at all, it’s just not what I was expecting. Many of the songs are very predictable and repetitive. However, I thoroughly enjoy the acoustic versions of older songs on the second disc of the deluxe edition.

My favourite track off the album is definitely Drink but I also enjoyed Mead from Hell. I loved all the acoustic versions on the bonus disc, with Keelhauled and Nancy the Tavern Wench being my absolute favourites. I honestly think I enjoyed the acoustic songs more than the album itself.

This album is excellent in its own right, but cannot be compared to their previous albums. Still worth a listen if you enjoy Pirate and Folk metal.

 

Rating 3 Star

 

 

J

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