Wacken Open Air plants 5,000 trees in Brazil... and more are to be planted!
In view of the horrifying images of burning forests, the team of the Wacken Open Air decided in December 2019 to refrain from sending the usual physical Christmas greetings. Instead, the metal festival joined forces with the German branch of World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the Instituto Terra to initiate a fundraising campaign in benefit of the Mata Atlantica region in the Brazilian rainforest.
The declared purpose of this campaign was the reforestation of an area the size of the famous Wacken infield, which covers about 5 hectares. This goal was achieved in less than a month thanks to the active support of partners and fans. This mean that the first 5,000 trees will be planted shortly. Yet the initiators of the fundraising campaign are not satisfied with their success and are currently launching a second appeal.
The founders of the Wacken Open Air, Holger Hübner and Thomas Jensen, comment on the campaign as follows:-
"We would like to thank all of the Wacken family, our crew and fans, very much", states Thomas Jensen on behalf of the team. "It is great to be breaking the 5 hectare mark so quickly, of course. Yet we would like to go one step further. Therefore we have set ourselves the new goal of reforesting an additional area the size of our Wackinger Village and the Wasteland Stage, which means three additional hectares of new forest. Once again we hope for the generosity of many kind donors."
Roberto Maldonado adds:
"We would like to thank the Wacken community very much for their great support", comments the certified forestry manager and South America spokesman at WWF Germany. "In cooperation with Instituto Terra we will now be able to plant the first 5,000 native trees in Mata Atlantica. Working together with small local farmers, we will restore river sources and carry out to enrich the plantations with native trees in a private reserve. Hopefully, this is only the beginning and that your kind help will allow us to reforest even more areas in the Mata Atlantica".
Further information about the reforestation project and instructions on how to donate can be found at this link: http://wacken.click/donate-a-tree
The World Wide Fund For Nature will be on site and report from there how the donations are being used in a few weeks.
More information about the Wacken Open Air can be found at wacken.com.
Nuclear Blast adds Paris to the list of ever expanding markets in the world, which already includes Los Angeles, London, Hamburg, and of course, the headquarters in Donzdorf, Baden Württemberg.
The label has additional representatives in Australia, Brazil, Finland, Italy and Sweden amongst others.
Nuclear Blast Paris resides in the brand new Believe offices, located at 24 Rue Toulouse-Lautrec, 75017 Paris.
The new office is managed by Jerome Riera, France and International A&R. He started his career as a musician, working with independent labels and major companies, recording and touring with hardcore, metal and rock bands for 15 years. In the beginning of 2010 he started to work as music supervisor, while developing a publishing and management company.
Myriam Silberstein is the new project manager for France. Having graduated with a Masters in Digital Marketing, she most recently worked as a junior talent manager for brand partnership at Universal Music. Myriam joins as a new force to develop the digital side of Nuclear Blast.
Jerome Riera says:-
"France is a great territory for international acts and we have a lot of strong talents here, so I am happy that Nuclear Blast saw the necessity to have a base in Paris. We will offer all artists the best possible set up to develop their careers both in their home country, as well as internationally."
Marcus Hammer, CEO adds:-
"With this new French office, this new team, supported by our talented marketing and PR team Jean Marc Tristani and Valerie Reux, Nuclear Blast continues its international growth in the metal world, hiring the best people to give to our artists the best assets everywhere in the world."
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Die With Your Boots On is the name of a unique collaboration between Iron Maiden and West Ham United. Named after the 1983 song of the same name and driven by die-hard West Ham fan and founder member of the band Steve Harris, this partnership brings together two institutions with shared origins in London’s East End.
Harris has been flying the flag for West Ham on stage for decades, with his bass guitar even featuring the club’s iconic logo. His love for the Hammers goes back to 1965, as he recollects:-
“I went to see West Ham play against Newcastle when I was 9 and my mate was 10. We jumped on a bus and went to the game, and they won 4-3 and that was it. I was hooked!”
Many Maiden fans around the world have embraced Harris’ passion for West Ham and taken up support for the club themselves, often appearing at concerts in Hammers apparel. Steve added:-
“When I’m up there playing and I see fans in the audience wearing West Ham stuff it gives me goosebumps.”
Tracey Stratton, Licensing Manager at West Ham, was aware of the phenomenon:-
“One weekend last summer our club shop was inundated with rock fans from all across the globe, and we realised that Iron Maiden were playing two sold out shows at the O2. It makes perfect sense to launch this collaboration, and with Steve’s passion for it and attention to detail it has been amazing.”
Harris is very proud of the tie up with West Ham and was deeply involved in the design process, commenting:-
“I think it’s brilliant. I really love that version and colour of the crest, and that old classic kind of kit. It’s a modern shape but with a retro design, and I like that. Up the Irons!”
A full home kit will be available to fans around the world, who can now show their love for both institutions with one unique homage to the Irons. Steve launched the kit with West Ham and Argentina defender Pablo Zabaleta, who added:-
“Iron Maiden are a huge icon back home in South America and it’s great for fans of West Ham and the band to be able to show their support for both!”
The kit is available to order now from maiden.store/whu and www.officialwesthamstore.com. A limited number of shirts will also be made available in the West Ham store at the London Stadium upon release.
Photos by John McMurtrie
A final decision has been reached in favour of Max Cavalera in the ongoing libel case filed in Brazil by Cavalera's former sister-in-law.
The former wife of Cavalera's brother Igor alleged that Cavalera defamed her in his 2014 autobiography, My Bloody Roots. Cavalera was initially ordered to pay a sum to the plaintiff, who then wrongfully claimed to have won the case before the final judgment was made.
"It feels great to put this case behind me," Cavalera says. "It was very frustrating knowing I had always been honest about the events of my life, even the negative times. I am grateful to the courts in Brazil for seeing the truth in this matter and letting justice prevail."
Cavalera won every appeal, the case is considered "res judicata," meaning it cannot be changed, and Cavalera is released from any obligation toward the plaintiff. Additionally, due to baselessly filing multiple appeals, Cavalera's lawyer petitioned the court to penalize the plaintiff. As a result, the plaintiff will now have to pay a fine of one percent of the total amount she asked for from Cavalera.
Cavalera was represented in this case by Daniela Pasqua of Pasqua Sociedade de Advogados.
Owners of SRCVinyl, prominent independent vinyl record retailer, to open world’s first “Craft Distillery Record Shop”
SRCVinyl founders Jenna Miles and Danny Keyes have launched a small batch distillery – Limited Distilling, which will share its tasting room with SRCVinyl creating a unique indie record shop and craft spirits experience in the heart of Niagara, Canada’s wine region.
Grand opening celebrations will commence October 18th – 20th with free tours & tastings, meet and greet with the distillery owners, a limited whisky release and a complimentary grand opening gift.
Free tours can be booked HERE: http://www.distillery.ltd.
Spirits available at the grand opening will include a Rye and Corn “Sour Mash” Moonshine, Jalapeno Moonshine, Mint Elixir and a single cask Pumpkin Spiced Rum. Additionally, Limited Distilling will be releasing a very small batch of aged, single malt whisky, exclusively for the Grand Opening.
Located at 14 Henegan Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Limited Distillery is centrally located within Niagara’s famous brewery, winery and distillery trail. The 9,000 square foot industrial space will provide spirit and vinyl record enthusiasts the ability to tour and experience a true craft distillery, sample and purchase seasonal, small-batch spirits while shopping for vinyl records.
Limited Distilling was built as a place to explore, create and experiment with recipe ideas and curiosities. The distillery is furnished with a variety of equipment that will run it as a full-on 'spirit' laboratory. Many spirit companies focus on producing a few or even a single type of alcohol that is often ‘neutral’ tasting. Limited Distilling will place emphasis on exploring a variety of products while embracing the uniqueness and characteristics of each batch. Spirit runs will often be small allowing the opportunity to explore the use of different ingredients and spirit productions methods, both local and from around the world.
SRCVinyl is an independent online and brick & mortar retailer specializing in vinyl. Additionally, SRCVinyl exclusively release major label titles on high quality, limited edition vinyl. The SRCVinyl release repertoire includes top-selling albums from artists such as Blink-182, Angels & Airwaves, Thrice, Jimmy Eat World, Silverchair, Quicksand as well as various soundtracks such as Forrest Gump, Clerks, Sopranos and more.
Watch the trailer for ‘Extreme Nation’, documentary about the Indian subcontinent's extreme underground Metal scenes
Chennai based subculturalist, film-maker Roy Dipankar's Extreme Nation is a documentary film about the underground extreme music and socio-political conditions in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. This film unearths a facet of South Asian music culture which is quite different from the Americas and European countries or in the Far East.
The 81 minute-long film features commentaries from various musicians and people involved in the extreme music scene, including Bangladeshi black metal group Nafarmaan; Primitiv, Plague Throat, Syphilectomy from India; Konflict and Genocide Shrines from Sri Lanka; and Pakistani grind/hardcore punk duo Multinational Corporations. Comments from many obscure bands, metal enthusiasts, members of the underground and journalists as well as internationally touring bands like Impiety (Singapore) and Cult of Fire (Czech Republic) were also documented during their bone-chilling performances.
"It took me five years of travelling across the Indian subcontinent documenting intricate stories of the underground music subculture spanning India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka - past conjoint history and the present. It explores many dimensions of extreme music which is not just limited to metal but also discovers noise, power electronics entwined with the occult and political ideology," informs Roy.
He goes on further to explain that:-
"The film delves into known and unknown territories related to music, history, geopolitics, ethnographic and relevant humanitarian issues in a musical way. It's a film about nations. It's a film about dark music. it's a cinematic journey with measured ounces of robust fun & critique of our times - a loud and clear message against hate, new wave nationalism, religious dogma, border conflict with abrasive and shock-inflicting music, imagery and art."
Currently Extreme Nation is being showcased at film festivals globally, selections and awards so far:
The Rockfabrik Ludwigsburg is in danger. At present the tenancy agreement of the 36-year running rock, hard rock and heavy metal club and discotheque was not granted renewal by the landlord of the industrial facility in Ludwigsburg, South Germany. We need your help, your voices and your power. Each one of you: https://www.openpetition.de/petition/online/verlaengerung-des-mietvertrages-der-rockfabrik-ludwigsburg
You might know the Rockfabrik Ludwigsburg because you’ve seen your favourite band sweating up on stage, maybe you had some drinks at our bar or you might have been banging your head, shaking your rump on our dance floor in Ludwigsburg. That’s our business for 36 years now. We’re home to all sorts of rock music lovers and their favourite bands and it all started on the 30th of November 1983.
See, that club is so old, Metallica Guitarist Kirk Hammett is wearing a Rockfabrik Ludwigsburg T-Shirt on the Backcover of „Master Of Puppets“. And the Rockfabrik Ludwigsburg is so old, for our third birthday, we had Motörhead playing in that club of ours. Rockfabrik Ludwigsburg is the place where your favourite bands are ordering drinks right next to you.
Over the last 36 years we had the honour to provide a home for a couple of generations of rock’n’roll-fans and -bands. We don’t think we’re done with that. We don’t think you’re done with it.
We need you. We need your voices.
The German PR company All Noir have welcomed a new member to the team, this is what the PR had to say about the announcement:-
"Dear partners, I am more than proud to introduce you to my new co-worker Dominik Goncalves Dos Reis, who will from now on support my agency All Noir on a freelance basis.
Being an active musician himself and known for his current band Downfall Of Gaia, Dominik is not only an expertise in all that is heavy from Sludge, Doom to Black Metal, but due to his long time experiences in the music, touring and business world – having successfully released numerous albums the DIY way and well-known record labels – he is more than familiar with the flip-side of the coin. Seeing All Noir growing from day to day, with its eclectic artist and label roster since the company started just a year ago, I am thrilled to be working with Dominik.
Mona & Dominik
Billy Stever’s forthcoming documentary 'Maritime Metal' is rolling ahead to begin principal photography this June. The production team is finalizing details and planning to visit 5 Canadian Maritime cities across a two-week span. To help fund the cost of production, Stever is currently running an IndieGoGo campaign, where fans can discover exclusive perks and interview clips giving a taste of what they’ll see in the finished film.
TheEastMag.com, speaking about the project, writes, "Atlantic Canada’s metal scene is a curious niche in our cultural cornucopia... (with) a near constant presence over the last several decades. Now, one fan and former music promoter is hoping to shed some light on the scene with a Maritime Metal Documentary." The feature-length film is part ‘Maritime Metal’ history and part analysis of how music scenes evolve with changes in technology. Support for the film has been pouring in from bands and metalheads across the Maritimes, from sharing the campaign on social media to donating footage, music, videos and stories for use in the finished movie. “This project keeps getting bigger and bigger, thanks to the community contributions,” says Stever.
The ‘Maritime Metal’ team has already filmed over 10 hours of content, locking down the style and narrative of the film. Among the preliminary interviews are members of (past and present): Centuries of Decay, Of Hatred Spawn, Skullfist, Mokomokai, Zaum, Deformatory, Holy Cost, Hatred Reigns, Realms of Despair, Dichotic, Tolerance, Soul Devourer, Burning Moon, Skinkeeper, Iron Giant, Uigg, and Church.
‘Maritime Metal’ will release in 2020, and is available for pre-order on IndieGoGo until June 30.
LINK TO CAMPAIGN: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/maritime-metal-documentary-round-2/
Maritime Metal is Billy Stever’s first foray into documentary filmmaking. He was a music promoter in Nova Scotia during the 2000s and currently resides in Montréal.
Yacked Media INC, a media production company founded in Montréal, QC by Dan Crowder, is producing the documentary.
Aura Danciulescu, the Romanian lead singer and lyric writer of the Heavy Metal band Scarlet Aura joins Wacken Radio as the host from April 2019. She will produce the first English show in the history of Wacken Radio. Aura's show is to be named “Go Wild” and she can be followed on air starting from May. For more info, follow Wacken radio Facebook page.
“I was invited to give an interview on Scarlet Aura in the S.T.U.N.T.S. metal show, for Wacken Radio, held by TinU and SlayerOfMadness. We connected immediately and the invitation to join them as host came naturally and I couldn’t be more honoured and happy to say Yes! And soon I discovered that Wacken Radio supports radio hosts applicants that can join the family by applying and going through some tests and if they pass, they can be also part of Wacken Radio! I passed the tests too so here I am! I’ll be joining this Thursday as co-host for the second time the S.T.U.N.T.S. show and soon I’ll be starting my own show, full of metal surprises, in my own characteristic way. Of course, my show is gonna be named “Go Wild!” as this this is our never-ending saying in our band. Join me, join Wacken Radio and Go Wild!”
"Slayer and I were simply overwhelmed by Aura's own personal aura – so we seized the opportunity – to win her as a presenter for Wacken Radio to get English moderated Show on our Stream."
Aura Danciulescu has always been passionate about music and writing, and after numerous music projects and her first rock band Steelborn it all eventually led to creation in 2014 of Scarlet Aura – the exotic rising metal star of the East that got in the attention of the worldwide promoters and public.
Combination of charismatic singer with one of the most interesting metal voices/husky vocals, hard riffs and heavy balance with a seductive, unique stage performances, sparkling angel appearance and bold music sets the band apart on Female Fronted metal scene.
This is not the first connection with Wacken organization for Scarlet Aura: the band has been supported by Wacken Foundation in 2018.
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