TOP 5(-ISH) STORIES I’VE WANTED TO WRITE ABOUT SINCE MY HIATUS

TOP 5(-ISH) STORIES I’VE WANTED TO WRITE ABOUT SINCE MY HIATUS

Support: Hey, kiddos, I have returned. Just when I thought I was out, metal pulled me back in. I missed so much — the audience, the platform, the free tickets to stuff — but I kept my finger on the pulse of the scene the whole time I was gone. Here are just a few of the metal happenings that I wanted to cover while I was off on my metal hiatus. 1. Wayne Static and Katherine Ludwig pass away before their time Just three days before what would have been his 49th birthday, Wayne Static died in his sleep and broke my inner 12-year old’s heart. Despite the fact that Static had been drug-free for five years as well as his widow Tera Wray’s denial that his death was drug-related, a few musicians (most notably/vocally, Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach) speculated in their tributes to him that drugs may have been involved. His exact cause of death remains unclear. On January 30, Metal Maniacs co-founder Katherine Ludwig lost her battle with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Ludwig, who cofounded the magazine with Mike “G” Greenblatt in 1989, encouraged political & feminist discussion on her platform and helped introduce a whole generation to extreme metal. Several artists, such as Reed Mullin (Corrosion of Conformity) and Jeremy Wagner (Broken Hope), attribute her tireless efforts as Metal Maniacs editor to their success. Nearly 400 people contributed to an online fundraiser for her medical/funeral expenses (as well as a trust for her teenage son), and over $14,000 was raised altogether. She will be dearly missed. 2. Paganfest 2015 is unceremoniously nixed Have you already forgotten...
2014 PAGANFEST WILL FEATURE TURISAS, KORPIKLAANI, CHTHONIC, VARG AND MORE!

2014 PAGANFEST WILL FEATURE TURISAS, KORPIKLAANI, CHTHONIC, VARG AND MORE!

Support: Paganfest is back with another impressive lineup for 2014! The fifth installment of the Paganfest America Tour will feature Turisas, Korpiklaani, Chthonic, Varg and Winterhymn! With this lineup, you are set for an epic night of all types of metal, and will surely leave some cities destroyed! The dates are below! BE THERE! 4/25 Springfield, VA @ Empire 4/26 Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar 4/27 Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of Living Arts 4/28 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza 4/29 Quebec City, QC @ Imperial 4/30 Montreal, QC @ Metropolis 5/1 Toronto, ON @ The Opera House 5/2 Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa 5/3 Joliet, IL @ Mojoe’s 5/4 Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theater 5/5 Winnipeg, MB @ Zoo Cabaret 5/7 Calgary, AB @ The Republik 5/8 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre 5/9 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon 5/10 Portland, OR @ Toxic Lounge 5/11 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore 5/12 Ramona, CA @ Ramona Mainstage 5/13 West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues 5/15 Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall 5/16 Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room 5/17 Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s 5/18 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium Support: Have you seen these yet? WINTERHYMN, CHTHONIC SUPPORT AN OTHERWISE DISAPPOINTING PAGANFEST USA 2014 KORPIKLAANI, MOONSORROW, TYR, METSATOLL TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED! Turisas Set to Headline Paganfest 2012 PAGANFEST USA 2014: MY IDEAL LINE-UP PAGANFEST IS BACK IN PART FOUR OF THEIR ATTEMPT TO KEEP THE SHTICK...

DEAR PAGANFEST, NEWS THAT YOU HAVE NEWS IS NOT NEWS

Support: Seriously, how many times are the Paganfest organizers going to announce that they have news? No shit they have news — they’re organizing a popular event that thousands of people are looking forward to. We don’t need to know that news is coming. If we don’t have all the details yet, WE KNOW THAT THEY WILL COME. Am I the only one who doesn’t care that the Paganfest schedule is ABOUT TO be announced? I understand that they’re trying to build hype around the tour, but the signal-to-noise ratio on the Paganfest Facebook page is way too low. Support: Have you seen these yet? PAGANFEST IS BACK IN PART FOUR OF THEIR ATTEMPT TO KEEP THE SHTICK ALIVE! WINTERHYMN, CHTHONIC SUPPORT AN OTHERWISE DISAPPOINTING PAGANFEST USA 2014 PAGANFEST USA 2014: MY IDEAL LINE-UP Turisas Set to Headline Paganfest 2012 2013 PAGANFEST AMERICA TOUR DATES...
WINTERHYMN, CHTHONIC SUPPORT AN OTHERWISE DISAPPOINTING PAGANFEST USA 2014

WINTERHYMN, CHTHONIC SUPPORT AN OTHERWISE DISAPPOINTING PAGANFEST USA 2014

Support: The official Paganfest USA 2014 line-up is set in stone, and…*drumroll*…not at all distinguishable from any previous years! It’s almost surprising that Korpiklaani and Turisas were chosen to headline the springtime folkstravaganza, in the sense that fans have been submitting thousands and thousands of suggestions to the event’s official Facebook page for several months and Paganfest decided to go with the tried-and-trues anyway. Anyone who’s truly shocked by the inclusion of Korpiklaani and Turisas, however, has clearly been living under a rock for the past five years. The more interesting choices are in the supporting cast — Taiwanese extreme metal band Chthonic and our American favorites Winterhymn will be featured, as well as Varg, who…didn’t we just see them? Last.fm tells me they haven’t been to North America since 2012, and they could probably use the exposure anyway, so I’ll let this one slide. The bands to see at Paganfest will definitely be the supporters, since it’s highly unlikely that anyone attending the event will have seen Korpiklaani or Turisas any less than approximately one billion times. What do you think about the Paganfest USA 2014 line-up? Do you think it’s lazy and cheap? Do you think that lesser-known bands should have been given a chance? Are you particularly excited about any of the bands? Let us know! Support: Have you seen these yet? 2014 PAGANFEST WILL FEATURE TURISAS, KORPIKLAANI, CHTHONIC, VARG AND MORE! PAGANFEST USA 2014: MY IDEAL LINE-UP Turisas Set to Headline Paganfest 2012 PAGANFEST IS BACK IN PART FOUR OF THEIR ATTEMPT TO KEEP THE SHTICK ALIVE! DEAR PAGANFEST, NEWS THAT YOU HAVE NEWS IS...
PAGANFEST USA 2014: MY IDEAL LINE-UP

PAGANFEST USA 2014: MY IDEAL LINE-UP

Support: As you folkheads know, the Paganfest USA promoters have delayed the announcement of the 2014 line-up — again — much to everyone’s chagrin. Since they’re taking their sweet time (they just posted on their Facebook page that announcements will be made tomorrow at noon EST), I figure they’re probably still open to suggestions. In no particular order, here are mine: Týr Yes I know they’ve played Paganfest before — yes I know they’ll be probably busy with their own tour when Paganfest rolls around. I’m biased, leave me alone. Einherjer Every time Einherjer gets close to the United States, something seems to go wrong. They canceled on Heathen Crusade last year, as well as SXSW. Wouldn’t it be great if they could get everything together and headline Paganfest? Maybe the visa gods will smile upon them this time. Lovijatar They’re new and perhaps unproven, but I’d love to see an up and coming band support Paganfest this year, especially one that American fans generally haven’t been exposed to yet. We clearly don’t have any aversion to Finnish folk metal judging by how Korpiklaani never seem to leave us alone. Тролль Гнёт Ель Arkona is not the only folk metal band from Russia that ever existed, people! We need a little Тролль Гнёт Ель (otherwise known as “Troll Bends Fir”) in our lives! You can link arms and dance around in circles to their stuff, you can drink to their stuff — what’s not to like? Equilibrium Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. American audiences have been clamoring for Equilibrium since I was but a wee lass....
HAIL OF THE WEEK – CELTIBEERIAN

HAIL OF THE WEEK – CELTIBEERIAN

Support: Celtibeerian, which sounds more like a folk metal subgenre than a band, brings us Celtic folk metal from Spain. The band was founded in late 2010 and by the end of 2011, they’d recorded and released their first album Tirikantam, named for one of the words found on the first Botorrita plaque. They’ve already performed in festivals around Spain, but it’s obvious to me that they’d be perfect for Paganfest America, hint-ity hint hint. The band’s music has a fun party vibe and their themes SHOCKINGLY revolve around the ancient Celtiberian people, making them sound sort of like a mixture of Korpiklaani and Eluveitie. Similarly to Eluveitie, they incorporate extinct Celtic language in a few of their songs. Earlier this year, Celtibeerian premiered a few new songs, titled “Eimos to katum” (“We’re Marching To War”) and “Kladimoi” (“Swords”). They just finished recording their upcoming album Keltorevolution last week! Below is a bit of awesomeness from their first album — enjoy! Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Celtibeerian Support: Have you seen these yet? HAIL OF THE WEEK – DYRNWYN HAIL OF THE WEEK – WINTERHYMN HAIL OF THE WEEK – NORDHEIM HAIL OF THE WEEK – HEIDRA HAIL OF THE WEEK –...
HAIL OF THE WEEK – FORODWAITH

HAIL OF THE WEEK – FORODWAITH

Support: Much like previous Hail Of The Week recipients The Last Alliance, Forodwaith named themselves after a Lord Of The Rings reference. Not only is Forodwaith from LOTR, the band’s previous name — Minas Morgul — is a reference to the fortified city in the series. I like Lord Of The Rings (the movies, at least), I like metal, and I’m beginning to notice a trend. I discovered this delightful melodic folk/death band on Turntable.fm, and I’m pretty sure they’re the only Belarussian band I’ve ever heard. Oh, and did I mention that this band is really into Lord Of The Rings? Not only have they had TWO names from the series, they’ve released two albums referring to it — Nazgul Attack (a reference to the Ring-Wraiths) and Nirnaeth Arnediad (the name of the Fifth Battle in the Wars of Beleriand, occasionally slightly misspelled). That’s not even getting into their songs, with titles like “Horn Of Gondor” and “The White Tower.” Enough about the nerditude — Forodwaith’s music is fantastic. The folkish charm is ever-present and the band is a lot of fun to listen to, even if you don’t necessarily get all of the references. I could see myself dancing around all drunk on cheap mead with all my friends watching these guys open up Paganfest. Paganfest promoters, take note. Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Forodwaithband Support: Have you seen these yet? HAIL OF THE WEEK – THE LAST ALLIANCE HAIL OF THE WEEK – CELTIBEERIAN HAIL OF THE WEEK – NORDHEIM HAIL OF THE WEEK – HEIDRA Hail Of The Week – Yonder...
KÁRI STREYMOY AND TÝR PART WAYS

KÁRI STREYMOY AND TÝR PART WAYS

Support: Earlier today, folk metal band Týr announced that they and drummer Kári Streymoy have split. Streymoy had been in the band for 15 years, but experienced back problems that sidelined him for much of 2008 and ultimately led to his departure from the band. Týr’s official statement reads as follows: We regret to inform you that Kári Streymoy and the rest of the band have parted ways. Kári suffered a back injury in 2008, and since then he has had some issues with his drumming. That is the main reason that the co-operation has been problematic for some time now, and we finally decided to part ways. We want to thank Kári for his time in the band. It’s been great to have you with us, we wish you the best of luck in the future and we hope you recover fully some day. More details to follow on who we got to fill in for Kári in studio. I think most of you are in for a big surprise. Heri, Terji & Gunnar News of Streymoy’s departure comes less than a week after their Paganfest partners Heidevolk’s announcement that vocalist Joris den Boghtdrincker had left. Insert wild speculation about Trollfest, Ensiferum, and Helsott here. Check out a clip from Streymoy’s last performance with Týr below: Support: Have you seen these yet? PAGANFEST IS BACK IN PART FOUR OF THEIR ATTEMPT TO KEEP THE SHTICK ALIVE! JORIS DEN BOGHTDRINCKER PARTS WAYS WITH HEIDEVOLK TÝR RECRUIT NILE’S GEORGE KOLLIAS AS SESSION DRUMMER TÝR “MARE OF MY NIGHT” NOW STREAMING ON METALINSIDER.NET THE HOTTEST GUYS IN HEAVY METAL: PART...
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