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  COMMUNICATION TIPS FOR EUROPEAN FESTIVALS, OR HOW TO LEARN A LANGUAGE IN AN EVENING
CHRIS DALE'S METAL MELTDOWN
1 June 2013


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Festival season is upon us and with so many great European Metal Festivals this year I'm sure some of you are thinking of popping out to one or two?

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Sweden Rock Festival

Maybe Sweden Rock Festival or the Italian Gods of Metal? Hellfest in France is good and the Wacken and Bang Your Head festivals in Germany are always great. In fact methinks our illustrious leader at Metaltalk, Steve Goldby, might be going to another good one this year, Graspop in Belgium.

One thing that sometimes puts folk off going over to Europe more often is trying to talk to the locals. Yes, I know we can always make ourselves understood in English. Them foreigners all understands us really, don't they? We should just shout a bit louder surely?

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Well no, actually. Have you ever noticed that when you've tried that tactic you've got spit in your burger, you've not pulled any local chicks/guys and most worryingly the bar's closed early?

Yeah, that's because you didn't say "Bonjour", which you knew how to say anyway but you didn't actually do it.

Très bien! Well done! But let's make this year's festivals more fun.

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These are French Girls. You should make the effort to say "Bonjour!" to them

This is how to learn a Western European language in one evening to a very basic level but a level nonetheless. If you follow this course in full you will get you by for a few days in that country and you never know, you might even make friends over there.

Celtic and Slavic languages aren't so easy for the beginner and Hungarian, Finnish, Estonian, Albanian, Greek and Basque are impossible to all but the most patient of minds. So, being lazy we're going to focus on the major Western European languages instead.

French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch (or Flemish), Swedish and Danish are easy to have a go at using this method. Other languages are trickier but can be done. You just might have to concentrate a bit more.

Steve Goldby is going to try this crash course to learn Flemish in time for Graspop as our guinea pig with you.

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Our editor, your guinea pig, Steve Goldby

Six Things You Need

There are six things you're going to need. Make sure you have them all before you start this course!

1. A phrasebook in the language you're going to learn. A dictionary is handy too but we'll get by with just the phrasebook most likely. Maybe have a browse through the phrasebook on the way home from the shops, that'll help a bit. Showing some level of interest is going to pay dividends on this project.

2. A bottle of wine or four beers from the country that you are trying to learn the language of. On the way home from the shops try to read the label on them. I bet you can understand half of it already. No? Try harder, read it all again.

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German Hefe Weizen Bier - all these are excellent but not all in one sitting!

3. A foreign film of your choice obviously made in the language that you're trying to learn but with English subtitles. Don't get one that's dubbed into English, that won't help. And don't get a silent movie or a porn film, they don't say much. If you like get a porn one as well (for extra vocab not usually included in your phrasebook) but primarily you need to focus on a proper story type film first.

4. A working pen and some paper, preferably a little notebook you can stick in your pocket and refer to later.

5. Absolute conviction in yourself that you do actually speak the language fluently and have done ever since you can remember. Confidence is a major pass/fail hurdle. You either do the speak the language or you don't. You're doubting yourself a bit but you're wrong - you do actually speak it. Let's go forward like that.

6. You'll also need the patience to put up with my patronising tone, I basically don't believe you will ever follow this through rigidly.

Ten Steps to Learn a Language

There are the ten stages of learning. You will only be required to actually learn anything in one of them. This course should all be done in one evening, preferably the night before you travel. Put aside a whole evening for this. You need to have no distractions and tolerant neighbours.

Step 1

OK, so firstly as we've accepted that we already speak the language, let's remind ourselves of the words we know. We know at least ten words of that language already. Think about it and write them down.

You know, "Bonjour" means hello in French right? And you know therefore that "Bon" means good and "jour" means day. That's three French words you know. You know "Grand Prix" means big prize. That's five French words you've got. Think of another five without straining yourself.

You know "Fungi" means mushrooms on your Pizza in Italian. You know "Pizza" means that bready thing with tomatoes and cheese in Italian too. "Pasta" means well, pasta. "Penne" type pasta means pens, they look like fountain pen nibs and well, "Penne" just is pens. Hadn't you worked that out?

"Farfalle" is butterflies, those little action man bow tie pastas. OK, you might not have known that but now you've got five Italian words... and you did know them all really.

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Farfalle - Pasta Butterflies

Oh and butterfly in French is Papillion like the book with a picture of a Butterfly on. So now you've got six French words.

You might not think you need to know the word for butterflies in a language but in my experience it never hurts to know more. I was once thrust against my will into a German conversation about snails. Luckily and purely by chance I had overheard the word "Schnecken" a few days beforehand.

I have since found myself in three conversations on different occasions about snails with German speakers. What's the chances of that?

You never know when any clue will rear its ugly head.

When you're actually over there never turn your hearing off. Listen to those foreigners constantly. They will be your tutors, without knowing it, they'll give loads of clues away all the time.

So going back to our ten words that we already know for each language...

If you're learning Spanish think about everything Manuel said in Fawlty Towers ("Que?" means "what?") or everything Clint Eastwood's victims said before he blew holes in their guts ("Hola amigo" means "Hello, friend").

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Clint Eastwood- he probably killed more Spanish speakers on the big screen than any other actor in cinema history

If you're learning German think about car adverts (you had worked out that a Volkswagon was a Folks Wagon, yes? There's even more obvious stuff in there when you listen.

Oh, and Michael Schumacher's family used to make shoes OK?

Really, you've got a lot more. Think about them for a while then make your list of ten words. Really write a list on the note paper you've got.

If you can't think of ten after really trying hard, have a look on the labels of the bottles you bought. Can you see the word for water there? Or brewery? If you've got wine it's probably saying the colour and maybe if its dry or sweet.

If you're still really stuck peek in the phrasebook, then physically kick yourself really hard for not remembering the obvious. Then make a written list of ten.

If you can already count to ten in the language you're going to speak tomorrow then your list now has twenty words. If you can't already count to ten, then have a quick look at them in the phrasebook, remember the easy ones and forget the rest.

Oh look! All the words for one (1) start with a vowel followed by an N.

The words for two start with a T, Z (with a T sound) or D followed by a U or W then a vowel. It's like 'Countdown'.

The words for three start with a Th (as in our stupid language), T or D, followed by an R and a vowel. Who'd have thunk it, eh?

That's right all these languages are related. We're not actually doing anything very difficult here.

The other numbers follow similar patterns but let's not worry about that too much, keep your drinks rounds short and sweet. The waiter can always give you change when you're into multiple Euros over there.

Do bear in mind that you don't have to know what they're saying to keep up a conversation. That's quite important to grasp.

You can keep up a conversation in a foreign language simply by saying the word "Really?" ("Vraiment?" in French, "Echt?" in German) every now and then until you catch a word or phrase that you do genuinely understand.

Don't feel guilty, foreigners here do the same with us all the time. Never give up the pretence that you'd don't actually speak their language. Self belief is going to win this game or lose it.

Step 2

I'm going to give you another bonus ten or twenty words that you already know. In English when we put "tion" at the end of a word, that word's pretty much going to be the same in all the European languages but with slight variations on the "tion".

For example in Italian they use "zioni" or "zione" instead so information is "informazioni". In German they use "Informationen" the same in Swedish, in Portuguese its "informação" and in French its simply "information". This also works for publication, defamation, multiplication and all sorts of useful words. But now you know them all anyway.

tourist info
I wonder what all this Italian stuff says? Maybe it's the Official Tourist Information? I wonder if we're in the Province of Vicenza?

The same goes for words ending in "ology" or "ism". They're the same in most languages with regional variations. Have a look in your phrasebook and you'll spot a few more.

How many words is that you've got now? Ten you knew before, plus basic counting, plus "tion", "ology" and "ism" words, that got to be 30 at least?

Step 3

Now here's ten really important words that are either exactly the same or at least understandable in every major Western European language. Sometimes they mumble them in a slightly different way but it really all makes sense if you immerse yourself in their mindset.

Toilet
Phone (or Telephone)
OK
Hamburger
Pizza
Wifi
Taxi
Hotel
Police
Ambulance

Have a look in your phrasebook. See what I mean? That's good to know isn't it? The really essential emergency ones are all made easy.

ambulance
A Danish Ambulance, I think. I can't really read Danish but I'm guessing its an ambulance.


Right that's at least 40 words we've got now. Have you written them all down?

Step 4

Now you're going to have to learn some stuff. I promise this is the only time you'll have to do this. Have a look in the phrasebook for the words for:

Yes
No
Hello/Good day
How are you?
Please
Thank you
Goodnight
Where is...?
May I have a...?
Cheers/Good health!

That's ten phrases though you may have known some before. Write them down.

The way to learn and practice them is reading the pronunciation notes in the front of the phrasebook. Try your best to emulate the noises they recommend. Even though they sound odd, trust the phrasebook. Practice this firstly by repeating the phrases, quietly but out loud while sitting down.

Then do it loudly while marching up and down the room. You literally must walk up and down your living room saying the phrase out loud, imagining you are greeting someone else marching the other way. "Bonjour, comment ça va?" you must shout to them in French.

Shouting is great practice. Do all ten, even if you knew them before.

Step 5

Sit down, that was exhausting. Now how many have you forgotten? Don't worry about it. Never worry about any of this. Remember you already speak the language so it's not a problem if you forget a word.

How was your accent? The trouble is we've been speaking this English language so long we've got comfortable with our style of mouth movements. Our style will not work in this new language that we suddenly speak. We must speak like them.

If I tell you to speak like them, you'll speak half like them and half like you do already. So speak more like them than they do.

Speak French like Renee on 'Allo 'Allo, speak like the Swedish chef on the Muppets. say "Pasta just lika Mama usta make!" in an over the top fashion if you're trying to learn Italian.

They do all actually speak like that over there.

Now march up and down the room practicing your ten phrases that you've learned shouting with an accent. Twice up and down the room for each phrase.

Did I mention you'd need peace and quiet for this? You've got like fifty words of the language now. And you've spotted a few similarities with English and other languages too haven't you?

Haven't you?

Oh come on, I told you to concentrate!

french wine
French Wines. Don't get all of them! Choose one or two between friends.

Step 6

Have you not opened that wine yet? Sorry, I should have said to open it earlier. So go on, open it now or a beer. And read the label again, can you understand more? Write down the words you do understand. Someone might want a chat about yeast over there.

Now read the label out loud while marching up and down the room. Just do it. Then put the film on.

Step 7

The film's great isn't it? Out the window with Hollywood blockbusters from here on. I hope you've got something quite depressing, maybe in black and white?

man bites dog
Man Bites Dog- A Typically Cheery Belgian Movie

Listen to what they're saying. They pronounce it all funny and fast don't they? That's what they do over there. We'll have to watch out for that. Forewarned is forearmed.

But you can understand a bit here and there can't you? The hello, yes and no? A bit more maybe? Draw a tick on your paper every time you understand a word. Do a big tick every time you understand an unexpected word.

How many ticks have you got at the end? If there's less than twenty ticks you've either fallen asleep or watched the porn film first. I told you not to do that.

Step 8

Before we watch the film again we'd best have another glass. And we'd best look up the words for wine and beer in the phrasebook while we're here, eh?

I told you I wouldn't make you learn any more words didn't I? I'm not making you learn these either.

Just have a look out of curiosity. You can also look up coffee if you want to too but I'm not going to force you.

Wine is "Wein", "Vino" or something similar in all of them isn't it? Of course it comes from the vine. We knew that anyway. Coffee, Café, Kaffee are all pretty samey too.

Beer is one of four options.

Option 1- It's Beer, Bier, Bière or Birra. This'll work in English, German, Dutch, French and Italian. Easy right?

Option 2 - It's Ceres, Cerveza or Cervassa in Latin languages such as Italian, Spanish, Catalan and Portuguese. That's cos its made from cereal, right? Do note though they each pronounce it quite differently so have an extra look in the pronunciation section of the phrasebook.

Option 3 - It's Øl in Scandinavian languages such as Swedish, Danish, Icelandic and Norwegian. That's why we have Ale, those clever Vikings! While they were busy raping and pillaging our blessed islands, they left a really useful word behind.

Option 4- Most of the Eastern European Slavic languages call beer "Pivo". But that's not tricky is it? It sounds kind of fun to start with.

They all call Vodka, Gin and Whiskey the same things and Cola too which is handy. Brand names are brand names all over. And so are band names. You can literally have a conversation with a drunk German metal fan by looking at his t-shirt, reading the band logo on it and saying "Kiss! Ja, sehr gut! Ja!" over and over.

He'll probably buy you a beer.

It might be worthwhile looking up the word for water, just in case. Now I'm asking you to learn another word and I said I wouldn't do that. Sorry. Ignore it if you really want to.

Now's probably a good time to set your alarm clock and pack your passport, toothbrush and change of socks if you've got an early flight tomorrow.

Step 9

OK, the film's going on again. I know it might be painful but this time we're in it!

Every time you see the character with the most ridiculous moustache you must greet him as an old friend, "Hallo! Hoe gaat het?" you'll shout at him if you're learning Dutch or Flemish. "Goed, bedankt" he'll most likely return.

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Two Typical European Actors- Edouard Baer and Gerard Depardieu

Then when we see the female with the most eyeliner pretend she's your other best friend. All continental films feature characters with moustaches and too much make up don't they?

Likewise when they go into a bar or restaurant in the film, you should order drinks and food too. Remember the "I would like a... please?" and "Thank you" bit we did earlier?

Join in the chit chat whenever the feeling takes you. Put more ticks on your bit of paper if it'll make you feel better. Then go to bed. Remember you've got to get up early tomorrow!

Step 10

Now go to the country and read the phrasebook on the flight.

Then start speaking the language. Just do it. When their customs guy asks for your passport say "Hello" to him in his language. When he gives it back say "Thank you" in his language.

He will most likely ignore you.

That means you've blended in perfectly, he ignores everyone. You are now speaking the language to the people! You win!

Continue to do this.

Don't back down when you fail a few times. Shit happens. Have no embarrassment on this topic. Who cares if some person you've never met thinks you have a limited mental age? What's he to Hecuba or Hecuba to him?

Start the next conversation with the next stranger you meet completely afresh.

Here's an example of the benefits of just giving it a go that I once had.

I was working as a roadie late at night on a gig in Italy. When we finally got back to the hotel after packing down the gig our English tour manager was there to tell us the bar had closed. The band all had drinks they'd ordered before but there was none for the thirsty crew. "Sorry guys, Cor blimey guvnor!" he said.

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Venice- this is what Italy looks like

I wandered up to the bar where the bartender was packing down for the night with the lights off. I said "Ciao!" to him (we all know that don't we? It kind of means hello and also goodbye in Italian).

"Come stai?" I said. That's what the phrasebook said meant "How are you?"

The barman started telling me his life story in Italian. That was fine by me. I said "Non, certo?" ("No, really?") every now and then.

It was a great chat. I think he was mostly saying something about how he had worked too many long shifts recently but I may be wrong. He could have been telling me about his unhealthy fetish for elephant dung for all I know really.

So then after a while of his banter I asked "Posso avere encora una bierra?"

"May I have..." is a super useful phrase on many occasions, see what the phasebook says.

"Posso avere"- (Is it) possi(ble to) 'ave?

"Encora"- another, as in "Please come back and play Rock and Roll All Nite in the encore".

"Una", I think I mentioned that one (1) was going to start with a vowel and have an N sound in it? The Countdown game.

"Bierra"- err... that means beer.

None of this was rocket science.

Then he said "Quanto Birra?" Taking a wild guess, I reckoned "quanto" had something to do with quantity and I already knew that birra meant beer, so the answer had to be a mumbled "quarter" while holding up my thumb and three fingers to represent each of the four crew.

A useful point to note is that while most English speakers hold up fingers for one to four and only use their thumb for five when signalling, many Europeans start with the thumb and then count onto the fingers. Bear that in mind and it's easier than learning loads of number words!

Of course the Italian word for four is not "quarter". It is in fact "Quattro", but I was in the ballpark and having a guess and giving it a go is the name if the game. The main point is he understood me and served us four beers.

This happened only because I tried to speak to him in Italian. I didn't speak good Italian. I spoke just about passable Italian and that will honestly score you loads more points over there than shouting in English.

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NB None of this advice should be taken if you are trying to have a serious conversation in a second language. Do not sign legal documents, police statements, martial contracts or international weapons treaties based on learning a language overnight. The author and MetalTalk will not be held accountable for any injuries or time spent in foreign prisons that may arise from misunderstandings abroad.

Aside from that enjoy the festivals.

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Wacken Open Air, Germany



MORE CHRIS DALE'S METAL MELTDOWN COLUMNS HERE...

April 2015: Undiscovered Kisstory: The Kiss Drummer Auditions Of 1980
March 2015: Matthew Trippe RIP - The strange case of the man who would be Nikki Sixx
November 2014: Kiss: 'Love Gun' Deluxe Edition
October 2014: Mr. Big – Live Review at Koko, London
September 2014: Mr. Big: 'The Stories We Could Tell' album review
September 2013: Intensive Bass Course with Billy Sheehan
August 2013: Booking Agents vs Promoters
July 2013: Rock and Metal Pub Quiz
June 2013: Communication Tips For European Festivals, Or How To Learn A Language In An Evening
May 2013: Storm Thorgerson (1944-2013) RIP
April 2013: Daily Mail Columnist Richard Littlejohn Sinks To New Low With Anti-Heavy Metal Article
April 2013: The Future Of Classic Bands
March 2013: Smashing Pumpkins Video Shoot
Febuary 2013: Ten Years On Total Rock
January 2013: Kiss Follow Up To Monster 2013
December 2012: Kiss Reformation Magick
November 2012: Exclusive Interview With Geoff Tate
November 2012: Morally Worrying Session
October 2012: Kiss 'Monster' Review
October 2012: The Best Invention Of All Time
September 2012: A Conversation With Rudy Sarzo
August 2012: Scream For Me Sarajevo Part 3
July 2012: Scream For Me Sarajevo Part 2
June 2012: Scream For Me Sarajevo Part 1
May 2012: Managers v Producers
April 2012: Kiss 'Monster' Album Preview
March 2012: London Venue's Nazi Past?
February 2012: How Not to Join the Ozzy Osbourne Band
January 2012: Metal Evilution
December 2011: Take Your Pick Competition
November 2011: The Pandora's Box Of Pop
October 2011: Tank Tour Diary 2011
September 2011: Festival Stage Collapses
August 2011: Bruce Air, The Early Days
July 2011: European Festival Round-Up
June 2011: Bernie Torme Proud To Be Part Of MT Ozzy Article
June 2011: Who's Your Favourite Ozzy Guitarist?
May 2011: Japanese Tsunami Disaster
April 2011: 10,000 Tank Albums!
March 2011: Death Metal Session!
6th February 2011: Gary Moore (4th April 1952 - 6th February 2011)
February 2011: Recording Bass at Steve Harris'
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john otway JOHN OTWAY PLANNING ON BEING FIRST ARTIST SINCE THE ROLLING STONES TO RECORD IN MONTSERRAT
"Although the old Air Studios are now derelict the studio in the basement of Sir George Martin's house is sound – it just needs rebuilding..."

fates warning FATES WARNING - NEW STUDIO ALBUM 'THEORIES OF FLIGHT' ANNOUNCED, ARTWORK UNVEILED
"There's a loose theme running through a lot of the lyrics, and this developed organically and separately..."

the treatment THE TREATMENT UK TOUR STARTS WEDNESDAY 27th APRIL WITH SPECIAL GUESTS THE AMORETTES
The tour dovetails the recent release of The Treatment's third studio album 'Generation Me'...

amon amarth RAISE YOUR HORNS AND BE IN AMON AMARTH'S NEW MUSIC VIDEO
Swedish Heavy Metal goliaths Amon Amarth are inviting their fans around the globe to be a part of their forthcoming video...

alex dickson EXCLUSIVE: ALEX DICKSON TO RE-JOIN GUN?
Alex Dickson was the guitarist for Gun from 1990-93 during their 'Gallus' album period...

sixx am SIXX:A.M. ANNOUNCE THE "#REASONTORISE" CAMPAIGN, TOUR DATES AND 'VOL.1 PRAYERS FOR THE DAMNED' DETAILS
"It is our duty as citizens of this world to come together, communicate with one another and rise up to demand more of ourselves and our leaders."

armored saint ARMORED SAINT ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN FESTIVAL AND CLUB APPEARANCES
"For our first time in Spain, it's gonna be sick! And as if this wasn't enough - Saint is playing for the first time ever in Japan..."

black country communion BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION TO REFORM IN 2017
"Preparing BCC Rocket Ship Re-launch for 2017 - all systems go."

tarja TARJA PREMIERES OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO OF HER NEW SINGLE 'NO BITTER END'
'No Bitter End', the opening track of the prequel album 'The Brightest Void', is the first glimpse of Tarja's new work – her heaviest to date...

stratovarius STRATOVARIUS RELEASE LYRIC VIDEO FOR 'UNTIL THE END OF DAYS'
"To me it's a testament to the fact that paying attention to song writing and production was expensive, but so worth it..."

brian johnson EXCLUSIVE: PROMINENT AC/DC CREW MEMBER GIVES REMARKABLE INSIGHT INTO AXL ROSE APPOINTMENT
AC/DC are covering themselves in case Axl's poor reputation for unprofessionalism manifests itself...

brian johnson THE DARKEST DAY OF MY PROFESSIONAL LIFE: BRIAN JOHNSON ISSUES PERSONAL STATEMENT ON AC/DC DEPARTURE
"I wish to assure our fans that I am not retiring. My doctors have told me that I can continue to record in studios and I intend to do that..."

thin lizzy THIN LIZZY ANNOUNCE BASS PLAYER AND NEW DRUMMER FOR 2016/17 ANNIVERSARY SHOWS
Thin Lizzy are undisputed legends and to be a small part of their lineage is a humble honor for me...

ian gillan IAN GILLAN TO PERFORM UNIQUE SOLO SHOW OF DEEP PURPLE CLASSICS IN BULGARIA
There is a possibility that Ian will also play some material from his catalogue outside of Deep Purple...

don airey DEEP PURPLE'S DON AIREY AND FRIENDS ADDED TO CAMBRIDGE ROCK FESTIVAL PLUS ATOMIC ROOSTER
Expect to hear many classics from Airey's illustrious past which includes time spent with Rainbow, Ozzy Osbourne as well as his current job with Deep Purple...

wildfire festival WILDFIRE FESTIVAL 2016 ANNOUNCE SUNDAY NIGHT HEADLINERS AND FIVE MORE ACTS
With June creeping ever closer, Wildfire Festival's impressive main stages line-up is all but finalised...

whitesnake THE END OF WHITESNAKE: DAVID COVERDALE TO RETIRE IN 2017
Whitesnake headline the UK's Ramblin Man Festival in July in what could be their final ever UK appearance...

axl rose AXL ROSE CONFIRMED AS AC/DC SINGER FOR THE REMAINING ROCK OR BUST DATES
The worst kept secret in rock is now official...

aerosmith THE END OF AEROSMITH?: NO FAREWELL TOUR CONFIRMED AT THE MOMENT
"A farewell tour is something we've talked about doing for years, let's say roughly in the last five years..."

hrh united ALESTORM, HAMMERFALL, FINSTERFORST, NAPALM DEATH, ARMORED SAINT, VENOM INC. AND EVIL SCARECROW ANNOUNCED FOR HRH UNITED
HRH United 3 will be an exclusive upgraded Metal Edition taking over the entire site @ Camp HRH, Pwllheli, North Wales...

rolling stones PROUD GALLERIES PLAYING HOST TO FABULOUS ROLLING STONES PHOTO EXHIBITION: TERRY O'NEILL TO ATTEND SIGNING SESSION
It's a wonderful book by photographer Terry O'Neill of Rolling Stones images from 1963 to 1965, an era when the Stones were just "breaking through"...

between the buried and me BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN SUMMER DATES
As well as the European tour dates, BTBAM have launched a live video for 'The Ectopic Stroll' whih you can see here...

jade vine LONDON BASED ALTERNATIVE PROG ROCKERS JADE VINE ANNOUNCE ALBUM LAUNCH SHOW
Jade Vine's music has been influenced by artists such as Pink Floyd, Jeff Buckley, Radiohead, Anathema and Pain Of Salvation...

blessed hellride BLESSED HELLRIDE RELEASE VIDEO FOR 'BASTARDS AND OUTLAWS'
Ultra-heavy guitar riffs, blaring grooves, martial vocals; the world of Blessed Hellride has no room for weakness or half-hearted compromises...

michael schenker MICHAEL SCHENKER'S TEMPLE OF ROCK - 'ON A MISSION: LIVE IN MADRID' RELEASED FRIDAY 29th APRIL 2016
The sheer density of hits from four decades made it an evening fans would never forget...

attica rage ATTICA RAGE NEW ALBUM 'WARHEADS LTD' RELEASED 6th JUNE 2016
The striking cover art and sculpture was created and designed by Scottish artist Suzanne McAleer...

lita ford LITA FORD, MICHAEL MONROE, SLAUGHTER, AUTOGRAPH AND BANG TANGO HEAD UP THE HRH AOR 5 CHARGE
An epoch of Melodic Rock which will also feature sister brands on separate arenas, HRH Sleaze & HRH Glam...

tyler bryant TYLER BRYANT & THE SHAKEDOWN ANNOUNCED FOR AC/DC EUROPEAN DATES IN MAY/JUNE
At the time of writing, it is completely unclear who will be the frontman for AC/DC on these dates...

feat factory FEAR FACTORY RELEASE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR EPIC CINEMATIC BALLAD 'EXPIRATION DATE'
The song is taken from the band's latest masterpiece, 'Genexus', which was released worldwide via Nuclear Blast Entertainment in late 2015...

katatonia KATATONIA ANNOUNCE ANNIVERSARY SHOW IN LONDON
Katatonia's biggest UK headline show to date will feature a very special two set performance...

gorilla grifter GORILLA AND GRIFTER SPLIT ALBUM RELEASED THIS WEEK ON HEVISIKE RECORDS
Gorilla vs Grifter will be the second in a planned series of split albums released through HeviSike...

korpiklani KORPIKLAANI RELEASE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR 'A MAN WITH A PLAN'
"This song is about our life on the road, the fun side for what we are known for..."

four by fate ROCK INDUSTRY TITANS JOIN FORCES FOR FOUR BY FATE'S DEBUT ALBUM 'RELENTLESS'
When the mysterious power of fate helped four rock and roll veterans join forces the result was electrifying...

be prog my friend BE PROG! MY FRIEND FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES CO-HEADLINERS STEVEN WILSON & OPETH
Taking place in the beautiful open air surroundings of Poble Espanyol the site is one of the most important landmarks of tourism in Barcelona...

guns n roses GUNS N' ROSES AS RELEVANT AS EVER
The renewed friendship between Axl Rose and Slash is bringing back the band in its purest form...

budgie BUDGIE TO RELEASE 'THE MCA ALBUMS 1973-1975' 3CD BOXSET ON JUNE 3rd
Often thought of as a cross between Black Sabbath and Rush, the underappreciated outfit has influenced countless acts...

dimmu borgir DIMMU BORGIR EXTEND THEIR PARTNERSHIP WITH NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS
"Stay tuned and watch this space for more updates on 'Forces Of The Northern Night'..."

jim breuer AC/DC'S BRIAN JOHNSON TO GUEST ON JIM BREUER ALBUM
Now call us cynical if you want but the timing of this release raises a lot of questions...

stream of passion DUTCH METALLERS STREAM OF PASSION ANNOUNCE BREAK-UP
"We're also looking into adding an extra, final show towards the end of the year..."

new jacobin club CANADIAN THEATRICAL ROCK VETERANS NEW JACOBIN CLUB TO PLAY UK
"We still don't know what we're all going to be able to bring over for the show, but I promise you it'll be a good time..."

death angel DEATH ANGEL RELEASE ANOTHER NEW TRACK FROM 'THE EVIL DIVIDE' - 'CAUSE FOR ALARM' PLAYING NOW
To further whet the appetite of eager fans, the band have now released the second single online...

vintage trouble VINTAGE TROUBLE ANNOUNCE UK TOUR DATES - JUNE 2016 AS PART OF FULL EUROPEAN TOUR
It says much about the band's widespread appeal that they can support both AC/DC and Paloma Faith...

the virginmarys THE VIRGINMARYS ANNOUNCE TWO INTIMATE UK SHOWS TO CELEBRATE THE RELEASE OF FORTHCOMING ALBUM 'DIVIDES DIVIDES'
...along with two festival outings including a spot at the first Stone Free Festival at the O2 in London...

robin trower ROBIN TROWER ANNOUNCES OCTOBER 2016 UK TOUR WITH SPECIAL GUEST STEVIE NIMMO
The October UK tour follows last week's news of Robin's highly anticipated new studio album...

amina mundi CUBA'S STUNNING AND UNIQUE PROGRESSIVE ROCK BAND AMINA MUNDI PLAYING UK TOUR IN MAY
Anima Mundi is lyrical, solemn and dramatic, containing plentiful and constant melodies...

behemoth BEHEMOTH RELEASE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR 'BEN SAHAR'
A sprawling sensory experience, complete with ambitious production and design that has become standard fair for Behemoth's visual representations...

wakrat RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE'S TIM COMMERFORD LAUNCHES NEW BAND, NEW VIDEO AND LIVE DATES
"With Wakrat, we're a band, and we're going to play all the time, and we're going to pay our dues the old-school way..."

stratovarius STRATOVARIUS 'BEST OF' OUT MAY 6th INCLUDES BRAND NEW SONG
Stratovarius is one of the most influential, successful and enduring power metal bands in the world...

dan reed network DAN REED NETWORK ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM 'FIGHT ANOTHER DAY' AND JUNE EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
The new album marks the anticipated return of one of the most infectious and gifted bands to come out in the melodic rock world...

gryphon GRYPHON - A TRULY UNIQUE BAND, REUNITED AND LIVE IN THE UK IN AUGUST
A legendary English band that's as exhilarating, energetic, unpredictable and addictive now as it was when the boys last toured...

power quest POWER QUEST ARE BACK! NEW ALBUM ON THE WAY AND FIRST LIVE GIG BOOKED
A headline show at Camden Underworld in London has been confirmed where the band will be joined by some very special guests...

skarlett riot SKARLETT RIOT RELEASE 'VOICES' SINGLE
Musically the band are exploring a heavier avenue than before...

guns n roses REUNITED GUNS N' ROSES PLAY TROUBADOUR GIG
It was the first time since 1993 that Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan had performed on stage together...

damon johnson DAMON JOHNSON ANNOUNCES SOLO EP 'ECHO' OUT ON 27th MAY
Big riffs sit alongside driving rhythms and the instant melodies...

metal on the hill METAL ON THE HILL - HEAVY METAL RETURNS TO GRAZ
Napalm's live department Napalm Events has now stepped in to riff all of Southern Austria out of its slumber...

dark funeral DARK FUNERAL LAUNCH NEW VIDEO AND REVEAL ALBUM DETAILS
"I've said it before, but in case you missed it, I will say it again. WE ARE BACK!!!"

zakk wylde ZAKK WYLDE DEBUTS 'SLEEPING DOGS' MUSIC VIDEO FROM 'BOOK OF SHADOWS II'
Zakk Wylde today has debuted an all new music video for the track 'Sleeping Dogs' from his forthcoming solo LP...

bullet for my valentine BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE SIGN WORLDWIDE DEAL WITH SEARCH AND DESTROY/SPINEFARM RECORDS (UMG)
BFMV are universally revered as a colossal force to be reckoned with – stadium fillers, festival headliners... a new wave of rock royalty...

noise records NOISE RECORDS ANNOUNCE FIRST RELEASES AS PART OF LABEL REISSUE CAMPAIGN
Noise's catalog has laid dormant ever since 2007... until now...

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