I am finally back and so excited to be writing again. Don't worry, nothing dramatic occurred, quite the opposite actually. I have left the summer of Australia and moved to Germany as of late August. What does this mean exactly for the blog?
Well... only good things as far as I can foresee. Not only am I situated in one of the metal capitals of the world, I have access to an entire new culture which has drenched itself in heavy metal. Among the techno lights of Berlin, there is a heavy scene here quite like none I've ever seen before. On top of that, unlike Australia, Europe proves itself to be the touring hub to many of metal's most prominent bands. Here's a list of concerts already coming up;
1. Slayer with support:
To say I'm excited to see Slayer is an understatement. I did manage to catch the band at Australia's 2013 Soundwave festival, however could not make it to their sideshow, so I watched the band in awe from some 50 metres away. This time round, I am fortunate to be seeing the band perform twice in Dortmund and Berlin. Not only that, the support of Lamb of God has made this one of my highest anticipated set of concerts yet.
Behemoth are one of those bands that definitely took me by storm. Their latest release The Satanist, is still in my eyes one of the greatest release of the modern era, if not ever. The Satanist broke open the doors for me and since then this band has been a rather crucial part of my metal journey. I haven't anticipated a new album this much in years, but after hearing both new singles from I loved you at your darkest, I am more than confident this album will be a monument of its own amongst an already brilliant catalogue of music.
3. Ozzy Osbourne w/ Judas Priest
Seeing Black Sabbath live twice was a dream come true and I thought due to the longevity and increasing tensions within the band that this would never eventuate. However, seeing Black Sabbath live taught me to never forget about who the founding fathers of this genre are. I am eager to see this concert because Ozzy's solo music holds up well and not only that, Judas Priest are also a classic band which I have yet to see live.
4. Steven Wilson
Porcupine Tree have always been on my musical radar and over time I have delved further into their world. It is safe to say that between both Porcupine Tree and Wilson's solo material he is definitely understated in music. His composition ability is unmatched and his music undoubtedly creates a journey for the listener. This concert will not be a circle pit or a mess of bodies, but I am certain that my senses will be activated and I will be taken on a musical adventure.
Amongst all the extreme metal that dominates my current taste, Metallica will forever be my favourite metal band. I can never ignore their impact on my life as a young music listener, and I still believe their earlier catalogue is some of the best music to come from this genre, especially Master of Puppets. I have seen the band live 3 times and they do not disappoint, however my last interaction was way back in 2013. Upon reading the European announcement I was more than eager to purchase tickets, and have done so for both shows in Cologne and Berlin, to say that I am excited is an understatement.
6. Wacken Festival
For many years I have fantasised about metal's biggest meeting. My imagination would run wild, trying to picture what this weekend of pure heavy metal would be like. Upon booking my flight to Germany I knew that Wacken Festival was an included expense. The lineup already has got me enticed with bands like Meshuggah, Sabaton, and also Australian bands like Airbourne & Rose Tattoo.
So there you have it, my complete list of concerts (so far). All of these concerts and being situated in Berlin will be great for my blog and my writing flow. Stay tuned and don't forget to check out my Instagram page for everything metal.