Author Archives: Siegfried Samer

Preview: The Czech Metal Summer 2024

Posted by on January 29, 2024

    Preview – The Czech Metal Summer 2024 It should be no secret by now that I am a great enthusiast for the rock and metal festivals organized by promoter Pragokoncert every year in Czechia, as I’ve attended and written live reports for several of their festivals for Metalinsider over the past years. While […]

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Metal Insider’s Siegfried Samer’s (Dragony) Top 8 Albums of 2023

Posted by on December 19, 2023

      08) Silver Bullet, Shadowfall(Reaper Entertainment) A slightly more underground recommendation, but a solid one nonetheless, comes in the shape of Silver Bullet from Finland, who deliver more than solid work on their third album, “Shadowfall.” While the production could maybe use a little more fine-tuning, the song material itself is top-notch, and […]

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Rock Castle 2023 Live Review: A Recap of the Summer Fest with U.D.O., Hammerfall, Doro, Beast in Black, & More

Posted by on December 7, 2023

  Following hot on the heels of the two more established summer festivals organized by Pragokoncert in Czechia, Metalfest in Pilsen, and Masters of Rock in Vizovice, the recently re-branded Rock Castle festival in Moravsky Krumlov is quickly becoming a fan favorite in the European festival season. Once again, taking place around the beautiful castle […]

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Photos/Review: Amon Amarth, Within Temptation, Tarja, Battle Beast, Warkings & many more rocked Masters of Rock 2023

Posted by on August 10, 2023

    The time is the middle of July, and the location is a liquor distillery in Czechia – that can mean only one thing: it’s time for Masters of Rock again! It’s been a whopping twenty years since promoter Pragokoncert’s flagship summer festival in Vizovice took place for the first time. While a “true” […]

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The Czech Metal Summer 2023: Metalfest Pilsen, Masters of Rock & Rock Castle

Posted by on February 3, 2023

  Avid readers of this page will probably have noticed my live reports from last year covering the three biggest Metal festivals in Czechia, organized by promoter Pragokoncert: Metalfest Pilsen, Masters of Rock in Vizovice, and Rock Castle in Moravsky Krumlov. After a strong comeback year post-Covid-19 in 2022, all three festivals are set to return again in 2023. The […]

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Top 7 metal debut albums of 2013

Posted by on January 31, 2023

  2013 was a year full of exciting releases in the Metal scene. Black Sabbath dropped their last full-length album to date, “13”, re-uniting the classic lineup of Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, and Geezer Butler (sans Bill Ward due to health reasons) after some 35-odd years. Ghost continued to raise eyebrows with their sophomore effort […]

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Live Review: Rock Castle 2022 – A Medieval Metal Mecca

Posted by on October 10, 2022

  Last year, I performed at the newly re-branded Rock Castle festival in Moravsky Krumlov with my band Dragony. Since we enjoyed the experience so much, I decided to return to the beautiful medieval Czech town in 2022 with a more journalistic focus. This year’s Rock Castle ended up being the shortest of the three […]

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Full Report: Masters of Rock 2022 – The Priest is Czech!

Posted by on July 23, 2022

  It’s early July, and for Metal fans in and around Czechia, that means one thing: it’s time for Masters of Rock. This year’s incarnation marks the 18th time that promoter Pragokoncert’s largest summer festival took place in the small town of Vizovice in the east of Czechia, close to the borders of Slovakia and […]

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Heavy Metal in Video Games – a personal Top 10 list

Posted by on June 27, 2022

  Music and video games have a storied history, much like music in movies. It’s hard to imagine games without their unique, distinctive soundtracks these days. While it all started from humble beginnings in the form of simple 8-bit and 16-bit songs (that still kicked a lot of butt), nowadays, we’ve heard it all in […]

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Review: Metalfest Pilsen (CZ) 2022 – Festival Report (Kreator, Within Temptation, Doro, and more)

Posted by on June 16, 2022

  Metalfest in Pilsen traditionally marks the start of the summer festival season for Czech promoter George Daron and his company Pragokoncert. Thankfully, this year the festival could finally take place again in the picturesque amphitheatre Lochotín in one of the beer-brewing capitals of Europe after a two-year hiatus courtesy of Covid-19. Due to the […]

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