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(gig report) Core System/Pale Origins-20.09.2019.-Metalac Industrial Bar Čakovec

Core System from our hometown had a record release party yesterday, celebrating the release of their second full length album called Contrast. As it slowly becomes annual tradition, the guys chose Metalac Industrial Bar as a place to do it. Also, they invited Pale Origins from Zagreb to support them for this occasion.

Upon arriving to the venue, which is in my opinion the most beautiful club in our hometown, we saw that there were not many people preparing for the gig. The guys from the bands were finishing last checks for the start of the concert and the people were relaxing with beer, soda and talking to each other, while the dj played a bit weird set. There is only one thing I can´t understand in Metalac club. There is a secluded smoking area for the cigarette smoking people and it is okay that way. But, why do they let smoking in front of the stage and everywhere in the club when the gig starts? What is the purpose of secluded smoking area when we non smokers all stink like hell from the cigarettes after the gig?!

Back to the music. Around ten pm Pale Origins from Zagreb started their set. I never listened to this band live, but I heard only praise for their music, so I was eager to check them out. I was not wrong. I am not an avid fan of this modern metalcore/hardcore, but these guys deserve all the praise. The music is brutal metalcore turning into atmospheric beautiful parts with both the singer and guitarist combining awesome clean vocals and the interplay of their voices is fantastic. Add to that some electronic loops and samples to enrich the whole song structures, you get the superb band. I am sorry that for the first two or three songs there was some trouble with adjusting the sound, but no matter. The interaction with the not so numerable audience was also on high level so that is another plus for this band. I loved their circa 45 minutes set and I recommend this band to all the fans of such music.

The headliners, Core System were next to enter stage. This was my fourth time to see them play live, and I love how they managed to upgrade their set each time I see them with something new. The music of their progressive metalised hardcore is the story for itself, with so many, atmosphere changes, the fantastic two singers, one singing brutal parts and the other having beautiful voice for clean, dramatic vocals. There was some trouble with the sound again during the first songs, because I just couldn´t hear well the brutal singer harsh vocals and there was also something wrong with clean vocals, but no matter, the problems were erased and their set continued with as expected, the songs from their new studio effort which represents fine progression from already cool first full length album. After their official set, they played Limp Bizkit and one more song from their first album as encore and left all the people there happy until next time. This is a band which gives much effort and input to their music and image, so they deserve more attention, so go check them out and show some support, I am sure the guys will appreciate it very much.

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(tour alert) Parkway Drive announce European tour for 2020. Viva The Underdogs – European Revolution 2020 tour is under way next year!

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Parkway Drive continue with their conquest of stages after successfully finishing their festival Summer gigs. After headlining Wacken, With Full Force and Summer Breeze among others, the relentless touring continues with the announcement of new arena European dates.

Parkway Drive – “Viva The Underdogs – European Revolution 2020” Tour:
+ Special Guests
01.04 2020 – DE – Hamburg, Sporthalle
02.04.2020 – DE – Leipzig, Arena    
03.04.2020 – DE – München, Olympiahalle
04.04.2020 – CH – Zürich, Samsung Hall
06.04.2020 – HU – Budapest, “Papp László Budapest Sportaréna“
07.04.2020 – AT – Vienna, Stadthalle
09.04.2020 – DE – Frankfurt, Festhalle
11.04.2020 – DE – Dortmund, Westfalenhalle  
15.04.2020 – FR – Paris, Zenith  
16.04.2020 – BE – Brussels, Forest National  
18.04.2020 – UK – London, The SSE Arena Wembley  

(photo gig report) CJ RAMONE+DEECRACKS-GALA HALA, LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA

CJ Ramone, former bass player for the legendary Ramones, built up a cool solo music discography delivering melodic and catchy punkrock. He recently announced that this Europan tour is going to be his last, so it was about time that our sister Irina went to Gala Hala, Ljubljana, Slovenia, to catch up his gig. DeeCracks punkrock band from Austria were playing as a support. Here is the photo report!

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(gig report) KOFFIN KATS(USA)+LATEX MY ASS(CRO)-Unterhund, Ormoz, Slovenia-24.06.2019.

Yes! Only two days after great set at Trash N Burn festival, we went so see Koffin Kats again, this time in legendary Unterhund club, Ormož, Slovenia.

This beautiful club is situated in the basement of the town old castle, great venue and it is only circa 20 kilometers from our hometown so when the heat gave in a bit, the three of us went there. Upon arriving, the cops redirected us to the club because some kind of marathon was taking place in the pretty little Ormož town. In front of the club some of us had beer, some water and soon Eric, Tommy and Zac were there and we all hung around and talked and joked one bit, also Simon, the roadie/merch guy/driver was there and I am still awed how great and friendly those guys are. Also, our buddys from Latex My Ass from Zagreb were there and fun could start. After I did an interview with Peppers from Latex for this zine, which you will read soon, we had some more beer and greeted Tjaša, Sara and all other girls and boys who do such a great job with gigs and events over there.

Night fell, fun was at its peak and LATEX MY ASS took their place on stage. This is a new band from Zagreb, Croatia, which was born upon ashes of psychobilly band Latex Willer which was active in the last decade. Peppers, the singer and guitarist of Latex Willer is now joined with former LW drummer and his son Filip on bass. The new material is more garage punk and rock oriented, not so much psychobilly anymore, but they also play some old Latex Willer classics and unreleased songs. The difference is also they don´t have upright bass anymore but I was impressed with how Filip plays his bass and brings new energy to the old guard and he is only 16 years old. Peppers still plays with his intimidating black make up on his face and it looks impressive how some mask changes man into a kind of alter ego on stage. Their set was great and we really had fun listening and watching them play.

KOFFIN KATS were next. The venue was not full, not nearly, but all of us there gave our best with hearts, minds and ears and voices to the band and I could see they really appreciated. I am still impressed how tight this band is, how beautiful Zac´s voice sounds and how skillful they are with the upright bass, drums, and guitar. The show included mainly the same setlist as two days ago, plus Vampire´s Curse and all the favorites were there: Splatterhouse, Chaos, Giving Blood, For Hire, V8 Nightmare, Witch In The Woods, Nostrovia….Also, the people in the crowd really liked all the stunts with guitar/bass change between Tommy and Zac and jumping around. I love how all of them smile to each other and are happy when playing their set, still loving what they do after all these years! I think the show was a bit better than the one two days ago, we all put our energy, hearts and minds into that and the band gave us back that hundred times more. After approximately one hour the band finished their regular set, but they continued playing because we wouldn´t let them go off stage, so they played couple of songs more and triumphally ended the gig after almost hour and a half.

We were tired but also happy and kinda sad that those two shows are now over and we have to say goodbye to our new friends for a while until next year and another European tour. We also hung around with our friends from Zagreb for a time eating some delicious pastry and finishing our drinks. Then, it was time to go home and rest a bit. Thank you Unterhund for hospitality, thank you Koffin Kats and Latex My Ass for an awesome night,  see you all very soon!

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