By GMA's Bangladesh correspondent Nabil Abaddon
This summer will not be the same for Bangladeshi Metal fans anymore. The titans have been summoned from the underground. The sun will fade, the earth will tremble and lightning will streak across the sky as the titans of Bengal congregate for the purpose of spreading real Metal. The Bangladesh Metal Alliance has summoned a massacre named “East Bengal Onslaught” which will take place on 26th April at the National Library Auditorium.
The Bangladesh Metal Alliance is an organization featuring some devoted Metal musicians and activists which started their journey last year with the unforgettable gig “The Bengal Regiment”. This year they are back again with a bigger endeavor and bigger arrangements with more killer bands lined up. The bill starts off with two young and talented bands called Psychotron and Burning Democracy. These bands have been making noise at local gigs for a while and its about time they played to bigger audiences. They will be followed by the promising act Sacrilege, bringing about the New Age of Thrash Metal in the house alongside the bone crushing Old School Thrashers Enmachined who will put up their axes to slay some posers.
Leading the other half of the bill, Homicide, one of the best Brutal / Technical Death Metal bands of the Indian sub-continent will be there to take the viciousness up to the next level. Expect no mercy from these lads. Then up on stage will be the bad ass Technical Thrashers Thrash who are skilled enough to knock your socks off. The show will be headlined by the mighty Bestial Death / Thrash occultists Orator and the masters of Modern Thrash Metal in Bangladesh Powersurge. Does it get any better than this? Well yes it does cause there will be ‘limited numbers’ of East Bengal Onslaught t-shirts for the fans, totally free of cost with the logos of all the bands imprinted on the back. As the production has been kept limited, they will be provided on the first come first serve basis.
The tickets have been priced at TK200 a pop, which comes with the t-shirt. There will be more band merch available at the venue. For further details and announcements go to these pages:
One of the best things about being in 2014 is that when something happens which is truly unique, no matter where in the world it happens, everyone knows about it.
The latest musical phenomenon to go viral is Japan's Babymetal, and Team Sonisphere snapped them up to join this year's line up. Since uploading latest single "Gimme Chocolate!!" less than two months ago, anyone with even a passing interest in music will be aware of the teenage trio's blend of Icon Pop and Heavy Metal. Generating over 5 million views, seemingly out of nowhere, the music press was forced to stand up and take notice, with premier rock publications like Kerrang! and Metal Hammer featuring the band, alongside mainstream outlets such as The Guardian and USA Today.
Innovators will always divide opinion, and announcing that Babymetal's debut performance in the UK will be on a bill that also boasts Iron Maiden, Metallica, Alice In Chains and Mastodon will no doubt cause some anguished cries from the purists, but one thing is certain - anyone lucky enough to squeeze into the Bohemia tent on Sonisphere's Sunday will be rewarded with an all singing, all dancing show the likes of which the UK has never seen before.
“I am so honored that we are confirmed to play Sonisphere Festival UK.” Declares SU-METAL. “There are so many different types of artists playing this festival but I hope to deliver a one and only, unique style metal - Babymetal - even to those who will see us for the very first time. This will be our very first time in the UK, which makes us nervous yet excited just imagining what type of people will come and see us, what sort of show it will end up being, and whether the audience will enjoy our show.”
She continues, “We'll hopefully get to see Metallica-san's performance again after witnessing them at Summer Sonic festival in Japan which we are very excited about. Put your KITSUNE sing up!! See you!!”
Individual day and weekend tickets for Sonisphere 2014 are on sale now at www.sonisphere.co.uk.
Look out for another announcement with eleven more bands tomorrow at 5pm.
LINE UP SO FAR:
BAND OF SKULLS
BOHEMIA & OTHER STAGES:
DEVIL YOU KNOW
BAM MARGERA'S FUCKFACE UNSTOPPABLE
BRUTALITY WILL PREVAIL
FRANK TURNER & THE SLEEPING SOULS
THE WINERY DOGS
CHAS & DAVE
BOHEMIA & OTHER STAGES:
THE SISTERS OF MERCY
NEW MODEL ARMY
DOG EAT DOG PLAYING ALL BORO KINGS
ALICE IN CHAINS
DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT
REEL BIG FISH
PROTEST THE HERO
BOHEMIA & OTHER STAGES:
THE CADILLAC THREE
Across the weekend
BLACK SPIDERS, BROKEN HANDS, COLLIBUS, EMP!RE, FORT HOPE, GLAMOUR OF THE KILL THE HYPE THEORY, THE LOUNGE KITTENS, MAX RAPTOR, THE ONE HUNDRED, PALM READER, RAGING SPEEDHORN, TESSERACT, THE SAFETY FIRE
All Campsites open Thursday.
Making their fabled return to British soils, Amaranthe were certainly warm welcomed once again in London. After being plagued by smoggy conditions throughout the past week, it seems that the Scandinavian trio of Smash Into Pieces, Deals Death and of course Amaranthe have brought with them their cool and crisp Arctic air, whilst brewing up a storm in the soon-packed 02 Islington venue. Fusing together a full-rocking attitude with a wide array of metal music styles that seemingly come together collectively as an apocalyptic range of thunderous yet majestic music.
What with the 02 Islington breaching the 400+ mark, and with a few recognizable faces here and there including Herman Li (Dragonforce), you could instantly tell that all three bands had a fruity and excited audience.
< Since when did Sean Kelly of Storage Hunters sing?
Given that Smash Into Pieces were performing in the UK for the first time, the stakes for a first-time approval were high. Whilst they gave a fearless performance that certainly proved to be a solid start for the Swedish quintet, one that punters seemed to enjoy, it was not nearly enough to spark the whole crowd. However they certainly displayed a sensational mix of clean Melodic Metal music and infectious vibes. One lucky fan ending up with a signed cymbal which was thrown into the crowd with such sheer precision, that it could make any Olympic discus thrower seem a few leagues below.
It is fair to say that they delivered such a flamboyant style to their stage presence and was met with such a warm welcomed response, not much else could be asked from the crowd, however Smash Into Pieces should have cranked up the vibe just a little bit as parts of the crowd were sort of left questioning to what the band was meant to be playing or at the very least, what they were there for. At times, they seemed to lack a little bit of convincing attitude whilst performing and thus left the crowd with a minute feeling of disappointment yet ironic satisfaction.
 RHYS STEVENSON
Olle's microphone disappearing trick went down well >
Not sure whether the next Swedish band Deals Death actually slipped out of fifth gear, or simply set the tone for the evening. Either way full marks must be given to them, the new merchants of steel. Firing off their set with a vastly powerful epitome and sound that most would have anticipated. Soon the whole venue was ablaze with the sight of melting guitar strings, fired up blood and acidic sweat. It was safe to say that Deals Death are taking Melodic Death Metal to newer heights through their encapsulating and unique musical closet.
Fueling the crowd with a sound that reverberated around the venue tenfold, Death Deals are set to stake their claim within the Gothenburg abyss, hell hath no fury. Furthermore, their synchronous and elaborate stage performance was possibly one of the most orchestrated of the night, that was until Amaranthe unleashed the futuristic sound of Modern Metal. As for Deals Death, after tonight's performance it is safe to say they would bode well at Bloodstock (Sophie Lancaster stage maybe?).
[8.5] RHYS STEVENSON
< Many would agree that Elize is a Swedish ice maiden
Let's be honest, Amaranthe whip in the ABBA-esque style of Europop with the catchy, yet slightly brutal smacking of classic Swedish Melodic Death Metal and smother it with elements of Symphonic Modern Metal. With the band consisting of both Swede's and Dane's, the whole Sonic Syndicate-meets-Mnemic algorithm comes into the foreground as the trance-like elements of 'The Nexus' come exploding out, shaking the venue walls in time with the beats herewith presented. It was evident from tonight's performance that Amaranthe had matched Deals Death sensationally, if not surpassing them.
With the crowd split into whether to mosh or rave, one group merged delinquently into a rave-pit and it seemed that Amaranthe had successfully converted the punters into enjoying the sounds of Modern Metal. Mesmerising them through the use of an elaborate and captivating stage presence, venomous vocals, riveting riffs, danceable drumming sequences and dirty dancing (let's be honest on one side the crowd was moshing and on the other side, the crowd was delivering a reminiscent performance of Strictly Come Dance Metal).
Overall it definitely seemed that Amaranthe kept everyone entertained, even through the inaugural and sensually moving drum solo interval. Whether you love them or hate them, Amaranthe have sparked off a new sound, one that hopefully will catch on as the ever broadening genre of Modern Metal speaks new volumes, with Amaranthe this volume is infinity. Fusing together their stage presence and sensational music, they have proven themselves again to why they deserve another UK festival appearance (Bloodstock again?) and in doing so ricochet their very sound as it begins to fade awat and signal the end of the night.
Tonight all three bands have proven that Scandinavian Metal is alive and kicking, there will be no end to the metal production factories up in the North.
Quote of the night:
"What? You have full body hair so you don't need a jacket?" - Johan (bass) to a crowd member
 RHYS STEVENSON
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