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Author Archives: Siegfried Samer

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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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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