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Author Archives: Siegfried Samer

Back on the road in Europe – The Symphonic Power Alliance Tour 2022 feat. Serenity, Masters of Ceremony, Victorius and Dragony

Posted by on May 2, 2022

  It’s pretty hard to believe, but after two long years during which Covid-19 had virtually all of Europe in lockdown and held artists hostage, April 2022 saw not only the lifting of most Covid-19 related restrictions in many European countries but also the return of touring for music artists. Among the lucky few who […]

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Rock Castle Open Air returns in August with Tobias Sammet’s Avantasia headlining

Posted by on February 28, 2022

  In 2021, I had the pleasure of performing with Dragony at this newly re-christened festival in the beautiful medieval town of Moravsky Krumlov, in one of the very few summer festivals that could even take place in Europe due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, Rock Castle festival is set to return in August, and […]

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Judas Priest, Nightwish, and Black Label Society set to headline this year’s Masters of Rock Festival

Posted by on February 21, 2022

    After being forced to cancel and postpone in both 2020 and 2021 due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Pragokoncert’s flagship festival, Masters of Rock, is set to return this summer. The event is scheduled to return to the distillery of R. Jelinek in Vizovice in July 2022. Hopefully, the event can finally take […]

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Running Wild, Within Temptation, and Kreator to headline Metalfest Open Air 2022 in Pilsen

Posted by on December 17, 2021

    For many years, Pragokoncert’s Metalfest in Pilsen (Czech Republic) was regarded a bit as the “little brother” of the company’s main metal festival Masters of Rock in Czechia, however in recent years, the festival has developed a stellar reputation thanks to increasingly impressive lineups and a fantastic location. Taking place at the beautiful […]

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Metal Insider’s Siegfried Samer’s Top 10 Albums of 2021

Posted by on December 16, 2021

  Despite Covid-19 still making it difficult for many bands to tour, especially in Europe, 2021 has seen the release of some fine metal albums. Here are my Top 10 metal albums for 2021! Considering my background as the singer and songwriter for Dragony, it’s needless to say that most of my favorite albums this […]

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Personal Retrospective: Albums that turn 10 in 2021

Posted by on October 15, 2021

    While we are still a few months away from the end of 2021, this time of the year is usually for retrospectives. However, instead of (already) looking at the best that this year had to offer in terms of metal music, I will be going a bit further back. Here is a look […]

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Festival in-depth Review: Rock Castle 2021 (CZ) – Live report by Siegfried Samer (Dragony)

Posted by on September 10, 2021

Being in a metal band (or any band, for that matter) has not been easy in 2020 and 2021. Many industries were hit hard in the past two years marred by the Covid-19 pandemic. But, I daresay few as hard as the music industry, in a time when physical and even digital sales are only […]

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Dragony vocalist Siegfried Samer reviews Metal On The Hill festival 2021

Posted by on August 26, 2021

  It’s a tough year for metal festivals worldwide, and European festivals are no exception. Numerous festivals had to be postponed yet another year to 2022, including the world-famous Wacken Open Air in Germany, their downsized spinoff “Bullhead City,” which should have taken place in September 2021, and the gigantic Hellfest in Clisson, France. The […]

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Rock Castle 2021 – heavy metal returns to Czechia

Posted by on August 13, 2021

    Czech promoter Pragokoncert is responsible for some of the finest festivals in the Czech Republic every year. After a year of unfortunate cancellations due to Covid-19, festivals are starting to make a triumphant return to Czechia in 2021. While some of the agency’s household festivals, notably Masters of Rock and Metalfest Pilsen, could […]

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Metal On The Hill – Napalm Records’ Metal Festival happening this week!

Posted by on August 9, 2021

  Since its inception in 2016, Metal On the Hill festival, organized by Austrian powerhouse metal label Napalm Records, has been a bona fide success story for the organizer. After an unfortunate cancellation in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the festival is back on schedule for its 2021 incarnation (buy tickets here). From 13th to […]

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