German Hardrockers BERSERKER will donate 18.000€ to the Berlin cancer charity for children on May 25. November 2011 BERSERKER front man Schröder was diagnosed with cancer, now he is cancer-free. In 2012 the band collected money for this charity at their concerts and will also continue to do so in the future. Slayer´s Jeff Hanneman is dead: he passed away at about 11AM on May 2nd near his Southern California home because of liver failure due to an infection after a spider bite. More info: www.facebook.com/slayer
R.I.P. Jeff! Festivals cancelled: ROCK AM SEE (GER) takes a break in 2013 "lacking attractive headliners"; BURNING SEA in Croatia had to succumb to a new tax regulation; yet purchased BS-tickets can also be used to visit METALDAYS in Slowenia.
The Siberian Jay music video "I´m Holding" featuring Mikko Sirén from Apocalyptica on drums - we reported about the videoshoot in our "1h with" Special - can be watched here: http://youtu.be/C-hSNurZVcs
NORTHUMBRIA came in as a real surprise. Their dreamy and wonderfully recorded EP (a cathedral in Canada was chosen for the live recording sessions) takes you to a very interesting place in Drone/Ambient music. In today´s musical times, where „faster, higher, stronger“ has become an unwanted dogma, NORTHUMBRIA really hit a spot for me. Organic to the max, never too dense in sound or atmosphere, but always breathing, moving like the waves of the ocean, an intense breeze of colors...Did I mention their sound had a dreamy nuance to it? Well, you might have guessed by now, and if you are into ambient music in general, be it electronic or purely organic, You should visit NORTHUMBRIA´s homepage right away and download their free EP and float away on the waves of sound...