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
Sister Kingkong stand for calm Indie to have your mind drift off. This music is supposed to inspire dreaming and, despite the mostly melancholic gloomy mood, lead to a positive world view: one should never give up to believe in one´s dreams. That´s in itself not a bad attitude of the four Germans but the execution looks quite different. The band is dragging along in the genres Postrock, Country and Folk, from where they build up a song with violin, chime and some kind of distorted tones. I have to admit that this kind of music is not my cup of tea, but there are at least 1000 bands, better than Sister KingKong, who share this psycho-taste of music. Incorporating a somewhat friendlier song once in a while wouldn´t have been a bad idea for this record. Indeed they tried that with “The Glory is Lost”, but failed. Always the same kind of singing paired with almost always the same sounding guitars, therefore a certain drab comes up inevitably. As if you looked at a fog-shrouded mountain day by day, year after year and hoped (in vain) that it lightens up, this is how you could explain this record. Unfortunately this album is in terms of creativity and realization just boring and plain for my taste.