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[CONCERT REVIEW] Epica – Live in Hong Kong

感謝 Epica 分享我們的演出回顅,看來樂團很喜愛香港樂迷們喔!如果你錯過了,可以在下面連結重溫當晩的點滴。

★ 現場相集 Gallery  (Photo: @MohawkMajorie)
★ 回顧文章 Review

「……六人台上看來非常興奮,觀眾也表現得非常雀躍。樂團以不可抗拒的力量完全攝震舞台。您可以看到所有期望的片段 —— 無敵獨奏、結他二重奏、跨器樂交流、完美唱功、特色樂器、完美唱功令人窩心的微笑、與觀眾近距離交流等。你的眼睛根本不知道該放在哪裡,因為每秒也有不容錯過的地方!

…… Epica 的演出曲目有近期作品如 Chemical Insomnia 和 Unchained Utopia,當然少不了受好評的專輯 The Phantom Agon 中代表作 Sensorium 及金屬經典 Cry For The Moon,樂團更即席配上精彩的鼓擊獨奏延伸……」

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[CONCERT REVIEW] Kalmah – Live in Hong Kong

★ 現場相集 Gallery  (Photo: @MohawkMajorie)
★ 回顧文章 Review

…… 會場的空間的限制成了 Kalmah 表演的優勢 —— 容許觀眾近距離觀賞他們的精確、激烈獨奏,全場亦報以熱烈掌聲和尖叫聲。樂隊的歌單不乏經典作品如 For The Revolution、The Black Walts 和 Heroes To Us。擁有兩支結他的現場總會大大增加層次,當然在背後的鍵琴手亦應記一功。偶爾的結他二重奏也把這夜推往高峰。赤膊上陣的貝斯手 Tim Lehtinen 也憑著他平穩實在的節拍為歌曲帶來內斂的基礎。」

…The intimate space of the venue becomes a privilege for Kalmah – a closeup to showcase their precise, intense shredding which drives the audience to burst into applause and mosh pit. The band performs classic hits like “For The Revolution”, “The Black Walts” and “Heroes To Us”. Having two guitars in a roll always adds on atmospheric tension. Occasional guitar duos have pushed the night to the peak. The shirtless Tim Lehtinen has also attracted lots of attention with his subtle rhythm strings…

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[FLASHBACK / SPECIAL] American Hi-Fi – Flavor Of The Weak

你還記得 American Hi Fi 嗎?在音樂圈打滾接近20年,樂團在1998年於波士頓成軍,以流行朋克作音樂主軸。與許多獨立樂隊不同,他們不用花太多時間來慢慢吸納追隨者,憑首張同名專輯便旋即打進音樂排行榜。Flavor of the Weak 更成為流行朋克界最流行的曲調之一。

如果你是一個 Pop Punk 追隨者,這首歌一定是你夏日回憶的一部分。記得留意我們的專頁,下週將會公布 Dinosaur Journal 與 American Hi Fi 的特別活動,只限DJ讀者參與喔!

“Her boyfriend, he don’t know // anything about her //
He’s too stoned, Nintendo // I wish that i could make her see //
She’s just the flavor of the weak”

Do you still remember American Hi Fi? The band started out in Boston as a pop punk group in 1998. Unlike many independent bands who slowly build up their fan base, the pop punkers got straight to the top of music chart with their debut self-titled album. “Flavor of the Weak” has become one of the most popular tune and most-sung anthem in the pop punk community.

If you are a pop punk follower, this song has sure been part of your favourite summer memory.

Stay tuned with us because we’ll have a collaboration with the band coming up next week specially for our readers!

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[GIG NEWS] Protest The Hero – Live In Hong Kong

金屬核 / Progressive metal 樂迷要記下這個日子了!加拿大樂團 Protest The Hero 將會在五月首次來港,屆時會帶同他們最新專輯 Pacific Myth 及其他名曲在 Hidden Agenda台上演出。在音樂上,樂團經常以樂器層次和技巧為主軸。過去幾年他們不斷與唱片公司創作方向而產生磨擦,因此他們最後決定把新專輯 Pacific Myth 放在 Bandcamp 網站上供樂迷作分段購買。而 Protest The Hero 在2013年推出的上一個專輯 Volition 也是由樂迷以集資形式獨立推出市場的。誰說音樂人一定要靠大廠牌來支撐呢?!

Metalcore / Progreeeive metal fans, mark your calendar and save the date! Protest The Hero is coming to Hong Kong in May! The Canadian outfits will bring their latest release, Pacific Myth, as well as their core anthems to our city.

Compositional layering and technicality have been a focal point in their music. Throughout the years, the band has been struggling with record labels on creative freedom. Eventually they decide to release their new album Pacific Myth as a subscription-based serial album via Bandcamp, following their 2013 independently released, crowdfunded album Volition. Who says you have to rely on large labels to make music?!

Protest The Hero – Live In Hong Kong
Supporting Band 暖場樂團: DIV (HK), Parallel Horizons(HK)
Date 日期: 07 May 2016
Time 時間: 8:30 pm
Venue 地點: Hidden Agenda
Ticket 票價: $260 (Advance), $320 (Door), $220 (Student) at Ticketflapcom / Hidden Agenda

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[GIG REMINDER] Nightwish – Live in Hong Kong

Nightwish 跟香港樂迷打招呼!據說門票銷售非常理想,金屬樂迷記得提早購票喔!大家應該知道樂團2009年出版的現場DVD「Made in Hong Kong (And in Various Other Places)」有不少片段是攝於香港的呢?

Nightwish say hi to Hong Kong fans! Do you still remember all the glorious sences in the band’s 2009 released DVD “Made in Hong Kong (And in Various Other Places)” filmed in Hong Kong? Get your tickets now before they were sold out.

Nightwish – Live in Hong Kong
Date 日期: 17 Apr 2016
Time 時間: 8:00 pm
Venue 地點: KITEC
Ticket 票價: $880 (Early Bird VIP), $580 (Early Bird General), $980 (VIP), $680 (General) at cityline.com

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[GIG NEWS] Tarja Turunen – Live in Hong Kong

第一代 Nightwish 主唱交響金屬女王 Tarja Turunen 將以獨立身份帶同自己的 The Shadow Show 來香港!

Tarja Turunen, the original vocalist of Nightwish, is also coming to Hong Kong for her solo tour  The Shadow Show!

Tarja Turunen – Live in Hong Kong
Date 日期: 26 Jun 2016
Time 時間: 8:00 pm
Venue 地點: KITEC
Ticket 票價: $780 (Early Bird General), $980 (VIP), $680 (General) at cityline.com

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[GIG UPDATE] Asking Alexandria + Her Name In Blood + Flesh Juicer 血肉果汁機 – Live in Hong Kong

再有樂團加入下月 Asking Alexandria 香港演唱會的陣容。除了曾來港演出、來自日本的 Her Name In Blood 外,還會有台灣金屬樂團血肉果汁機加入!他們曾多次踏足香港舞台,包括去年的 Clockenflap 音樂節。你可在此帖末段閱讀 Asking Alexandria 香港演唱會的詳細資訊。

More bands are coming to Hong Kong to support Asking Alexandria’s debut concert in Hong Kong this month! Besides Her Ne In Blood from Japan, Taiwan’s metal outfits Flesh Juicer will join the force to bring you awonderful night! Both bands have performed in Hong Kong for many times (including Clockenflap Festival). You can scroll down for the concert details.

Asking Alexandria – Live in Hong Kong
Supporting Band 暖場樂團: Her Name In Blood, Flesh Juicer 血肉果汁機
Date 日期: 19 Apr 2016
Time 時間: 8:30 pm
Venue 地點: Hang Out HK
Ticket 票價: $380 (Early Bird), $480 (Advance), $580 (Door), $680 (VIP) atTicketflap.com / Hidden Agenda

*VIP include autograph, photo session and early entry. (Limited 60 spots)

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 [GIG REMINDER] Drowning Pool – Hellelujah Asia Tour – Live In Hong Kong

Let the bodies hit the floor! 不用多說,更不用介紹,2000年代的金屬樂迷你還在想什麼?下週三你就會在香港看到 Drowning Pool 現場演出!快快購票吧!

Let the bodies hit the floor! Take a walk down the memory lane of the 2000s heavy metal era because Drowning Pool will perform in Hong Kong next Wednesday!

Drowning Pool – Live In Hong Kong
Supporting Band 暖場樂團: Sexyhammer
Date 日期: 13 Apr 2016
Time 時間: 8:30 pm
Venue 地點: Hidden Agenda
Ticket 票價: $200 (Student), $250 (Advance), $350 (Door) at Ticketflap.com / Hidden Agenda

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[NEWS] King Ly Chee 荔枝王 To Conquer America

(English below) 香港硬核傳奇 King Ly Chee 荔枝王 將到美國作 Sick Of It All 巡演的暖場嘉賓,屆時還會有我們很喜愛的 Murphy’s Law!我們將會為大家作緊貼報道。RESPECT!

Our local hardcore hero King Ly Chee will be performing in America this summer as Sick Of It All’s opening act! You will also catch our beloved Murphy’s Law in the same night! RESPECT! Get your ticjets now at ticketmaster.com

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[NEWS] All Time Low – Missing You

你有幻想過最愛的樂團會突然打視像電話給你嗎?All Time Low 首播Future Hearts 專輯內的新視頻 Missing You。片段中ATL打視像電話給世界各地的樂迷,為他們帶來不少驚喜。整個對話輯錄成Missing You 視頻,當中有很多令人感動的說話。

Have you ever imagined your favorite band making a video call to you? All Time Low premieres new music video “Missing You” off their latest album, Future Hearts. In the clip All Time Low sat down to surprise video chat some of their biggest fans from all over the world. The conversation werefilmed and compiled for “Missing You”.

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[NEWS] The Word Alive – Trapped

曾來香港演出的金屬核樂團 The Word Alive 推出新視頻 Trapped。歌曲收錄在他們的第四張專輯 Dark Matter。樂團在訪問中表示:「當與導演 Marcus Eden 討論 Trapped 的視頻意念時,已經知道這會成為我們最喜愛的視頻。片段中成功表達出我們作為一個樂團的深度和歌曲背後的意義。」

Metalcore band The Word Alive released the video “Trapped”. The song can be found in their fourth album Dark Matter.

“While filming the music video for ‘Trapped’ with director Marcus Eden we knew instantly that it would be our favorite video to date,” vocalist Telle Smith told Billboard. “It’s able to capture a depth to our band and the meaning behind the song in a way we’ve never accomplished before.”

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[NEWS] Thrice – Blood On The Sand

Thrice 正式回歸!樂團首播第一支單曲 Blood On The Sand,並將會收錄在期待已久的專輯 To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere。試聽後有否讓你憶起當年?

Thrice is back! The band premiere the first new single, “Blood On The Sand,” from their comeback album, To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere. Does it take you down the memory lane?

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[NEWS] Bring Me The Horizon – Follow You

如果你錯過了,Bring Me The Horizon 推出新視頻 Follow You。片段以僵屍為主角,起始出現字幕「愛是盲目,是聾的,是他媽的愚笨。」(Love is blind, deaf, and fucking dumb.) 究竟BMTH又想分享什麼人生見解呢?

ICYMI, Bring Me The Horizon have released a music video for their track “Follow You.” The zombie-themed video begins with the disclaimer, “Love is blind, deaf, and fucking dumb.” What does BMTH want to tell you?

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[NEWS] Babymetal – Karate

人稱 Fox God 的 Babymetal 推出全新視頻 Karate。歌曲將收錄在即將發佈的專輯 Metal Resistance。樂團更把4月1號的推出日名為「Fox Day」。

Your fox god has released a new, weird video for “Karate”, which can be found in their upcoming album “Metal Resistance”. The band even called the release day (April 1) as “Fox Day”.

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[NEWS] Avenged Sevenfold Tease New Materials

Avenged Sevenfold 於周末上載短片預告新作內容。雖然當中只有一段結他獨奏,但如無意外這將會成為樂團正在製作的第七章專輯之一部分。這也會是A7X新鼓手 Brooks Wackerman 參與的首張專輯。

Avenged Sevenfold teased their new material in a short clip which featuring some impressive shredding! The music should be a part of A7X’s seventh album. If will also be the first album after recruiting new drummer Brooks Wackerman.

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[NEWS] Dark Tranquillity Founding Member Quits

兩年前曾來香港演出的 Dark Tranquillity 創團成員,即樂團的貝司手/結他手 Martin Henriksson 宣布離開樂隊。與DT 一起走過幾十年的 Martin 在聲明表示:「我最近決定決定退出樂隊。因為我覺得我已經對音樂失去了熱誠,而 Dark Tranquillity 應該由對藝術有100%承諾的成員組成!」

Dark Tranquillity founding member, bassist / guitarist Martin Henriksson has left the band. He has been with the Swedish metal band since the very beginning. In the statementment, Henriksson stated “I recently quit the band. I feel I have lost the passion for playing music, and Dark Tranquillity deserves to have members that are 100% committed to the art.”

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[NEWS] Glastonbury Festival First Lineup Announcement

作為英國最受歡迎的音樂節,Glastonbury 成為反映音樂人在國際主流社會中受歡迎程度的指數。音樂節通常會選擇較主流的搖滾音樂 (如今年表演的 ColdplayMuse)、另類搖滾、獨立流行音樂、甚至經典搖滾樂團作重點表演者。但今年主辦機構作一個比較少見的決定 —— 邀請相對較年輕和重型的 Bring Me The Horizon 作演出。再一次證明樂團在主流音樂圈冒升極快的地位。你又有何想法?

As UK’s most popular music festival, Glastonbury has become a standard to reflect the popularity of a musical act in an international level. The festival usually features mainstream like Coldplay and Muse, alternative rock, indie pop, (and sometimes classic rock) bands as major performers, but this year, they have made the choice to feature the relatively new and heavy member – Bring Me The Horizon. This has proven the rising status in the music community. Thought?

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[NEWS] Slayer Frontman Missed Headbang

當你仍能 Headbang 時要盡全力 Headbang!Slayer 主將 Tom Araya 承認很懷念在演唱會一邊演繹歌曲,一邊 Headbang 的日子,讓身體與音樂的交流。Tom於2010年接受背部頸椎手術,即是他的頸部已不能作激烈運動,他表示:「因為人生的一些事情,而直接影響到我現在表演的方式 —— 就是我不能再 Headbang 了!那是我很享受的一部份,大家都知道我是一個很棒的 Headbanger吧。現在我只能跟着音樂舞動,雖然仍是很棒,但這個身體上與音樂的交流是我人生的大部份。」

Headbang when you still can! Slayer frontman Tom Araya has admitted that he misses the physical connection he had with the band’s songs while he was still able to headbang during concerts.
He underwent back surgery in 2010 to address fused vertebrae, meaning that he’s no longer able to perform with the dramatic motions he used to display. Araya tells Loudwire: “There’s things that have gone on in my life that’s made me change how I play. I had surgery – I can’t headbang any more.

“That was a big part of what I enjoyed. I liked knowing I was one badass headbanger. Now I’m grooving with the music and the feel of the songs, which is cool. The physical connection was a big part for me.” (From Classic Rock)

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[FLASHBACK] The Agonist – Thank You Pain

回到當 Alissa White-Gluz 仍然是 The Agonist 的領軍人物 — 樂團於2007年8月14日出版首張專輯 Once Only Imagined。Arch Enemy 於14年3月宣布 Alissa 將會取代其 Angela Gossow 成為新一代主將。當所有人以為她選擇離開 The Agonist, Alissa 在一個訪談中表示,事實上是的隊友在2013年把她逐出樂團。

Throwback to the days when Alissa White-Gluz was still leading The Agonist. The band released their first album Once Only Imagined on August 14, 2007. Arch Enemy announced that Alissa would replace their former vocalist Angela Gossow in March 2014. However, Gluz later expressed in an interview that in fact it was the Agonist’s bandmates kicked her out of the band in 2013.

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[FLASHBACK] Marilyn Manson – The Mephistopheles Of Los Angeles

Marilyn Manson 去年發布的專輯 The Pale Emperor 備受樂評人讚賞。其中的 The Mephistopheles Of Los Angeles 黑白片段視頻充滿視覺隱喻和藝術含意,Manson 亦以近期的哥特式風格示人,逐漸取代中期的暴烈血腥形象。

In Marilyn Manson’s critically acclaimed new album The Pale Emperor issued last year, “The Mephistopheles Of Los Angeles” is one of best track on the list (and probably one of the best in his full discography). The black and white video is elegant, artistic and full of visual metaphors, which you can see Manson’s old-day violent style is gradually replaced by his irresistible gothic charm.

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[FLASHBACK] Sum 41 – Fat Lip

Sum 41 剛宣佈會參與今夏的 Warped Tour,正式復出巡演。相信各位流行朋克樂迷必定會想起其代表作 All Killer, No Filler!專輯中創造了2000年代多首流行朋克界別的代表作,當中包括在美國搖滾單曲榜取得第一位的 Fat Lip。

Summ41 just announced they will be joining this summer’s Warped Tour roaster. We believe “All Killer, No Filler” must be the first thing popped up in pop punk followers’ mind! This is the band’s 2nd album and consists various pop punk anthems of 2000s, including single “Fat Lip” which peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Rock Tracks.

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[FLASHBACK] Kurt Cobain Left Us 22 Years Ago (February 20, 1967 – April 5, 1994)

「當你想成為別人的同時,你會失去自我。」不知不覺,Grunge 界代表人物 Kurt Cobain 22年的今天逝世。您可在上面䬗觀察看 Nirvana 最後演出 – Live at Reading 1992。

“When you want to becsomeone else – you lose yourself.” Grunge superstar Kurt Cobain passed away 22 years ago today. You can watch Nirvana’s last performance above – Live at Reading 1992.

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[METAL FUN] Cannibal Corpse – Live in Hong Kong

可能是今個愚人節香港金屬圈中最佳 (和最殘忍) 的玩笑,希望6月31號夢想會成真吧。

Probably the best (and cruelest) prank in the Hong Kong metal community. See you all on June 31! All credit goes to Hidden Agenda.

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致所有在愚人節墮入圈套的朋友。To whoever got pranked this April Fool’s, no more tears. Daddy Ozzy is here for you.

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