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回顧文章 Concert Review★ Drowning Pool – Live in Hong Kong

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「⋯⋯Drowning Pool 的歌單以新專輯 Hellelujah 中的 Drop、Push 和 We Are The Devil 開始,中間穿插了首張專輯 Sinner 中的經典之作,歌曲之間以開場的夢幻 (帶點詭異) 的音樂盒節奏連接。樂團在毫無歇息之下向觀眾像大砲般發放一首又一首重金屬調子。如早前所說,他們的聲音還是帶出強烈 Nu-Metal 感覺,整個場景流著千禧年的標誌性聲音。相比當日在 Ryan McCombs 年代欣賞 Drowning Pool 現場演出的時候,樂隊今次在 Hidden Agenda 的表現似乎更輕鬆、更享受在台上的點滴,絶不過於賣力討好,全晚就像與樂迷一起參與期待已久的金屬派對般,不論台上台下也充滿笑聲⋯⋯」

“…The crazy night officially begins with “Drop”, “Push” and “We Are The Devil” off their new album Hellelujah punctuated with classic like “Sinner” after the dreamy (and a bit crappy) intro. The band fire out the heavy metal tune like cannons one after one with no rests. Drowning Pool still brings out the nu-metal-fused, millennium years’ signature sound. Compared to the Drowning Pool in the Ryan McCombs’ era when we had caught their live, the band seems to play with ease and great enjoyment on their side, too. Instead of trying too hard to please, they choose to invite heir fans for one great party to celebrate the long-awaited night…”

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現場回顧 Concert Review ★ Nightwish – Live in Hong Kong

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Nightwish 首次帶同動人的新主唱 Floor Jansen 在香港演出!記得要看畢整個相冊,因為每張照片都記錄了一個特別的時刻。演出回顧在本周上載。(PHOTO: @MohawkMajorie)

Nightwish‘s first concert in Hong Kong with their new vocalist – the amazing Floor Jansen! Review will be up soon. (Photo: @mohawkmajorie)

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[LIVE CLIP] Asking Alexandria- Live in Hong Kong

可能是全晚最重型的一跳!Get up! Probably the heaviest jump of the night at Asking Alexandria’s concert in Hong Kong! 🔥  And great to see our friends at Her Name In Blood here again as supporting act!

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GIVEAWAY 贈送活動 ★ American Hi-Fi 專輯 Blood & Lemonade

今天,我們想跟你重新介紹流行2000年代朋克中堅分子 —— American Hi-Fi,從不同角度回顧當年令人琅琅上口的經典。Rude Records 更送出樂團空運到港的 Blood & Lemonade 專輯給我們的讀者!只需簡單「讚好」和「分享」 (LIKE & SHARE) 這張海報

您可以在此閱讀我們的  American Hi-Fi 音樂專㼵‬ ★ 無敵朋克力量 Invincible Pop Punk Power。

「……儘管在成功後接踵而來在唱片公司和陣容上有很多變化,American Hi-Fi 仍不減對音樂的熱情。由跨國唱片公司、到獨立音樂廠牌、出現在荷李活電影、自資出版新作、最終以另一個獨立廠牌 Rude Records 為家,無論對樂團和死忠樂迷來說也是一個漫長的旅程。儘管如此,American Hi-Fi 沒有卻步,相返一次又一次創作令人難忘的作品,如 The Art Of Losing、The Geeks Get the Girls 和 The Break Up Song 等等,成功保留在美國流行文化的地位。」

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Summer is almost here, it’s the perfect time to put on some upbeat music filled with good vibe. And today, we’re going to bring back some of your 2000s favourite tunes from the pop punk veterans, American Hi-Fi. Rude Records are giving the band’s album “Blood & Lemonade” to our readers!  Simply LIKE & SHARE this poster and you’ll stand a chance to win this awesome prize.

You can read our Special Feature, American Hi-Fi – 無敵朋克力量 Invincible Pop Punk Power HERE.

“…Despite of the subsequent label and lineup changes, American Hi-Fi try their best to keep their passion alive. Staying in a major label, moving on to an independent record company, appearing in a Hollywood movie, putting out their new work on their own, and eventually finding their home at yet another indie label Rude Records has ben a long journey for American Hi-Fi as well as their die hard fans. Nonetheless, the band didn’t failed to produce unforgettable hits like “The Art Of Losing”, “The Geeks Get the Girls” and “The Break Up Song”, successfully secures their niche in the American popular culture…”

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[GIG NEWS] POLYMUSO Annual Performance “00:00:00” – Blessthefall + More!

又有新現場活動!今次是有大學音樂團隊 POLYMUSO 舉辦的年度公演,名為 00:00:00。演出樂團包括美國亞利桑那州金屬核樂團 Blessthefall、本地重型搖滾樂團 鐵樹蘭、非常活躍的金屬核團隊 Maniac 和新力軍 Seasons for Change,當然還有主辦 POLYMUSO 參與。你可以在下面的商舖購票。

Another gig for your pleasure! Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s music organization POLYMUSO is bringing Arizona’s metalcore outfits Blessthefall to Hong Kong for their 40th Annual Performance! The lineup also include our local heavy metal group 鐵樹蘭, metalcore noisemaker Maniac and newcomer Seasons for Change. POLYMUSO’s crew will also showcase their youth power to the stage! Get your tickets in the outlets below.

The 40th POLYMUSO Annual Performance – 00:00:00
Line Up 演出樂團: Blessthefall, 鐵樹蘭, Maniac, Seasons for Change, POLYMUSO
Date 日期: 12 June 2016
Time 時間: 5:30 pm
Venue 地點: Music Zone, KITEC
Ticket 票價: $280 (Advance), $350 (Door) at 觸STUDIO and Tom Lee Music 通利琴行

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 [GIG NEWS] Viscera Trail – Live in Hong Kong

SLAM! SLAM! SLAM! 眾所皆知 Slam metal 被稱為「最殘酷」金屬流派,來自以色列的 Viscera Trail 將於六月來港給你展示真正重型、快速和暴力美學的意義!正如今次巡演的名稱一樣 —— Going Wrong 將有意外發生⋯⋯

Slam! Slam! Slam! Slam metal is known as “the most brutal” type of extreme metal and in June, Viscera Trail from Israel is going to show you what it means to be heavy, fast and violent! Something’s gonna go wrong…

Viscera Trail – Going Wrong In Hong Kong
Supporting Band 暖場樂團: Cadaver
Date 日期: 2 June 2016
Time 時間: 8:30 pm
Venue 地點: Hidden Agenda
Ticket 票價: $180 (Advance), $240 (Door), $160 (Student) at Ticketflap.com

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 [GIG NEWS] God Is An Astronaut “Helios l Erebus” X yndi halda “Under Summer” – Live In Hong Kong

可能是本年度最精彩的後搖活動!來自冰島的後搖中堅分子 God Is An Astronaut 將聯同英國後搖 Yndi Halda 於六月共同合作來香港作現場演唱會。有留意我們專頁的朋友,應該曾經閱讀過我們在14年在 God Is An Astronaut 香港現場作的近距離採訪,當晚片段應歷歷在目,各位後搖樂迷可不要錯過喔!

Probably by far the best post-rock event of the year! Icelandic post-rock veterans God Is An Astronaut will team up with British post-rock outfits Yndi Halda for a co-headline show in Hong Kong next month. We had followed GIAA in their full-house show in Hong Kong in 2014 which had stunned us from the intro to the end!

God Is An Astronaut “Helios l Erebus” X yndi halda “Under Summer” – Live In Hong Kong

Line Up 演出樂團: God Is An Astronaut, Yndi Halda
Date 日期: 23 June 2016
Time 時間: 7:30 pm (Door opens at 7pm)
Venue 地點: Music Zone, KITEC
Ticket 票價: $480 (Advance), $580 (Door) at Hidden Agenda and Ticketflap.com

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[NEWS] Tarja Turunen – No Bitter End

前 Nightwish 女主唱 Tarja Turunen 推出新視頻 No Bitter End,歌曲將收錄在其6月3日推出的新專輯前傳 The Brightest Void。而她會在8月5日推出正式新專輯 The Shadow Self。Tarja 會在六月來港舉行演唱會,詳情在本帖之下。

Ex-Nightwish frontwoman Tarja Turunen shares new video “No Bitter End” taken from her prequel record, The Brightest Void, out on June 3, before her upcoming solo full-length album The Shadow Self on August 5. Turunen will perform in Hong Kong in June, check out the concert details below.

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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[NEWS] Crystal Lake – Wide Eyed ft. Yosh

日本金屬核樂團 Crystal Lake 決定親身幫助早前遇上嚴重車禍的 The Ghost Inside 渡過難關。Crystal Lake 曾一起進行日本巡迴,因為是次意外,他們決定推出重新演繹 The Ghost Inside 的作品 Wide Eyed,全部收益將撥捐 TGI 作醫療費。The Ghost Inside 所屬唱片公司 Epitaph Records 早前亦表示會將所有唱片收益直接轉交樂團。

Japanese metalcore outfits Crystal Lake decides to offer a helping hand to their friends at The Ghost Inside. The band premiered a new cover of the Ghost Inside’s “Wide Eyed,” with all profits from the song will go to the Ghost Inside for medical expenses due to the tragic bus accident in November where the band were seriously injured. Epitaph Records had also issued a statement two months ago that all proceeds of TGI’s albums will go to the band directly.

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[NEWS] Stratovarius – Until The End Of Days

過去幾星期的多場歐洲金屬演唱會後,有沒有令你再次投入金屬懷抱呢?芬蘭 Symphony / Power Metal 樂團 Stratovarius 推出全新歌詞視頻 Until The End Of Days,歌曲將收錄在5月6日推出的精選專集 Best Of。主唱 Timo Kotipelto 解釋說:「在 Stratovarius 的20年時光過得飛快,我仍記得當初加入樂團是很高興能夠在Power Metal界發展。而我非常慶幸直到今天為止我仍然繼續參與其中。」

After all the metal concerts in Hong Kong in the last few weeks, does it bring back your love for the metal genre? Finnish symphony / power metal outfits Stratovarius released a lyric video for their track “Until The End Of Days.” The song will appear on their upcoming Best Of compilation out on May 6.

Frontman Timo Kotipelto explains, “Twenty years in Stratovarius have passed at the speed of light. I still remember when I joined the band and was happy to do some power metal. And I am very happy to still be able to do it after all these years.”

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[METAL FUN] 必看!Must Watch! A Kid Stormed Talent Show With Metallica Cover!

在上周的才藝節目 Australia’s Got Talent 中,一個年僅十歲的小孩 Callum McPhie 憑着重新演繹 Metallica 經典 Enter Sandman 驚喜得目定口呆!看畢後令人想立即拿起結他努力練習!

Callum McPhie, a 10-year-old kid stormed the stage of “Australia’s Got Talent” with Metallica classic “Enter Sandman”! He makes us want to practice more and be a better musician!

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[NEWS] Prince was found dead the age of 57

“Dearly beloved // We are gathered here today // to get through this thing called life”

喜歡現代搖滾的朋友可能不知道 Prince 的重要性,但事實上他無論在藍調、騒靈、搖滾或是流行音樂上有著不可取代的影響,Purple Rain 更展示出改變文化的創意和音樂造詣。希望大家會用幾分鐘聆聽我們挑選的 Let’s Go Crazy。

“Dearly beloved
We are gathered here today
2 get through this thing called life

Electric word life
It means forever and that’s a mighty long time
But I’m here 2 tell u
There’s something else
The afterworld

A world of never ending happiness
U can always see the sun, day or night”

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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.” (via Classic Rock)

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[NEWS] Axl Rose Joined AC/DC, Brian Johnson Issued Statement

相信大家都知道傳聞已經證實了 —— Guns N’ Roses 的 Axl Rose 將會填補 Brian Johnson 作為AC/DC的主唱,完成樂團剩餘的歐洲和美國巡演,事緣 Brian 繼續現場演出的話,很有可能會完全失去聽覺。Brian 今天發表了長篇聲明表示:「⋯⋯在接受一連串的檢查後,醫生於3月7日告知我如果繼續在大型場館演出,我很有機會會永久失聰⋯⋯我現在在舞台上已不能完全聽到結他聲,很擔心表現的質素會受到影響。這可算是我職業生涯中最黑暗的一天⋯⋯」

The rumor has confirmed. Guns & Roses’ Axl Rose will fill in as the vocalist for AC/DC for the remaining dates of their European and US tour because Brian Johnson is in danger of suffering “total hearing loss”.

Johnson issued a lengthy statement today “On March 7th, after a series of examinations by leading physicians in the field of hearing loss, I was advised that if I continue to perform at large venues, I risked total deafness… I was having difficulty hearing the guitars on stage and because I was not able to hear the other musicians clearly, I feared the quality of my performance could be compromised. It was the darkest day of my professional life…”

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[NEWS] Axl Rose Thanks Dave Grohl For The Throne!

記得去年當 Foo Fighters 的 Dave Grohl 因腳傷而要於整個巡演中坐在如皇座的椅子上表演嗎?昨天 Dave 決定把椅子借給 Guns N’ Roses 的 Axl Rose 在復出演出中使用,事緣 Axl 也因腳部受傷而要把骨節包上石膏六個月,幸好最後找到這個「搖滾皇座」呢!

Remember the throne Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl was sitting on during concerts when his leg was injured last year? Yesterday Grohl decided to lend it to Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose for his band’s reunion shows because Rose sustained a broken foot last week, leaving him in a cast and with six temporary screws holding a bone together. But luckily the show could go on with the throne of rock and roll!

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[FLASHBACK] Joey Ramone R.I.P. (1951-2001)

Ramones 領軍人物、 東岸朋克歷史中其中一個最重要的樂手 Joey Ramone 與十五年前的四月十五日逝世。在他的獨立作品 Mr. Punchy 中,他以此作結:「Everybody’s screwed up in their own special way (所有人都有各自的特別方法把生命弄得一團糟!)」那可能是總結人生最佳的朋克名言。

Joey Ramone, the frontman of Ramones and one of the most noticeable figure in the East Coast punk scene, passed away 15 years ago this week (April 15). In his solo work, “Mr. Punchy”, he sang “Everybody’s screwed up in their own special way!” Probably perfectly sum up the meaning of life in the punk rock way.

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[FLASHBACK] Rage Against The Machine – Evil Empire (Album)

二十年前的本週,Rage Against The Machine 出版第二張專輯 Evil Empire。(過了這麼多個年頭,你會發現其實有哪一個帝國不是 Evil 呢?) 希望大家會喜歡我們挑選的這個經典回顧。

20 years ago this week, Rage Against The Machine released their second album “Evil Empire”. Let’s enjoy some classic rock and roll on a Saturday night. (And after all these years, you’d still wonder which empire in the world is not evil…)

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