Dimmu Borgir og Kork i Oslo Spektrum

Dimmu Borgir og Kork i Oslo Spektrum (Photo credit: NRK P3)

Thursdays are heavy days here at Keep Calm and Rock On HQ (to be honest so are most of the other days too) and therefore we are spending another week celebrating black metal.

This week we’re travelling north to Norway, the Scandinavian home of Dimmu Borgir, a band named after the unusually shaped lava fields and rock formations of Iceland’s volcanic plains.

Beautifully symphonic instrumentals coupled with some epically hungry guitar leaves a breathtaking listening experience. Read the rest of this entry »

Another week, another set of breaking bands.

This week we’re highlighting the synth metal of Hammerforce, a great band from Russia.

These guys have a great sound, bringing a synth and proggy side to their power metal, with amazing results. Read the rest of this entry »

Hey Stoopid

Hey Stoopid (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hello again, anyone up for some shock rock this Sunday? Good, because this week features the overlord.

Alice Cooper’s discography features a plethora of hits and albums but none quite like this, “Hey Stoopid” is arguably his greatest achievement musically, even if it didn’t reach the commercial heights of songs like “School’s Out” and “Poison”.

The follow up to 1989’s “Trash”, this album came along in 1991 and changed everything, with a star studded lineup and some truly massive tracks. Read the rest of this entry »

Français : Cradle of Filth au Hellfest 2009: D...

Cradle of Filth at Hellfest 2009: Dani Filth. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

While THORsday ended last week we’re keeping it’s spirit alive with our brand new Black Metal Thursdays.

In this feature we’ll bring you the best of from the original, to the obscure and to the more modern and commercial successes.

All of this has a place in black metal, even the sell outs can still have a truly earth shattering sound an this is proven in no small part by this week’s entrant, Cradle of Filth. Read the rest of this entry »

Be Silent: Living loud!

Be Silent: Living loud!

Tuesday is breaking bands day at Keep Calm and Rock On, and today we have someone we premiered last weekend, Be Silent.

Still in their first year as a band they were one of the many who got in touch on twitter and we think they have real potential.

The quartet from Laihia, Finland sound Trivium-esque, bringing their own brand of melodic metal to the world.

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The Number of the Beast (album)

The Number of the Beast (album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As another weekend draws itself wearily to a close we would like to draw your attention to another undisputed classic, this time in the form of Iron Maiden‘s epic 1982 album “The Number of the Beast“.

The last Maiden album to feature the late Clive Burr, “The Number of the Beast” is to the Irons what “Paranoid” is to Black Sabbath, that iconic disc which springs to mind as soon as the band’s name is mentioned.

The track list is packed with classics, and the band’s live shows have been littered with them for years, with this year’s Download performance hosting “Run to the Hills”, “Number of the Beast” and “The Prisoner” to rapturous applause. Read the rest of this entry »

This is it, our final THORsday ever!! So we’re taking a trip to Germany for this band. This is Wolfchant.

The band formed in 2003 in St Oswald and  have spent the past ten years touring the world with their own take on this hugely diverse genre.

Crystal clear, sailing riffs combined with a mixture of clean and harsh vocals gives them a sound like a mixture of Sabaton, Alestorm and Emperor. Read the rest of this entry »