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Wacken Open Air Announces Slipknot For A Headliner Slot In 2020

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We’ve been sharing the intelligence secured from the folks behind the scenes at the much vaunted Wacken Open Air Festival (as seen HERE) and while it’s a new month for their side of the fence, its still Halloween over here in the states and what better a day to share news involving their event and the insanity that is Slipknot. Read on.

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The Press Release:
Midnight, the witching hour – even more so in the final night of October to the 1st of November, when according to the popular American Halloween tradition all sorts of ghosts, vampires, and other nocturnal creatures are roaming around in seach of sweets and other treats.

There is no better time to announce a true metal monster for the upcoming 31st edition of the Wacken Open Air: SLIPKNOT!

The mask wearing metal maniacs from Des Moines, Iowa have not just evolved into massive chart strikers since their foundation in 1995, but have also earned a justified reputation as a most impressive live act. Anyone who has witnessed the 9-piece band fronted by exceptional vocalist Corey Taylor on stage knows which enormous power their unique baselball bad wielding brand of modern metal can achieve live. Almost one year after the American headliners released their current album “We Are Not Your Kind”, SLIPKNOT will enter the mainstage at the Wacken Open Air – for the first time ever at this festival.

Thomas Jensen comments: “We are thrilled and admittedly a little proud that one of our great musical dreams will finally come true next year, when Slipknot will be on stage for the first time at the Wacken Open Air”, says the festival co-founder and organiser. “We are also glad for this opportunity to state once again that being sold out is never a reason for us to stop working on delivering a great billing. We would like to thank our fans for their continued trust and hope that this announcement will be as great for them as it is for us.”

The following bands have already been announced for the coming 31st edition of the Wacken Open Air in 2020 (in alphabetical order): AMON AMARTH, ANNIHILATOR, AT THE GATES, BEAST IN BLACK, CEMICAN, DEATH ANGEL, DIRKSCHNEIDER, HYPOCRISY, JUDAS PRIEST, KAMPFAR, MERCYFUL FATE, NERVOSA, ORDEN OGAN, OVERKILL, SICK OF IT ALL, SLIPKNOT, SODOM, U.D.O. (mit Bundeswehr Orchester), VENOM, WHILE SHE SLEEPS

About Wacken Open Air:
Wacken Open Air is the worldwide largest heavy metal festival Founded in 1990, its original attendance of 800 visitors has grown to more than 75,000 fans from all around the globe each year. For a handful of days, the village of Wacken with its roughly 2,000 inhabitants is turning into the third largest city of the state of Schleswig-Holstein. The ICS Festival Service GmbH as long-standing festival organiser is combining music related business areas such as band management, the “Wacken Foundation”, tour booking, music publishing, metal travel, merchandising, and ticketing. In cooperation with diverse partner companies, this network is the source of creative solutions and ideas that revolutionise each visitor’s festival experience, creates technical innovation and produces extraordinary event concepts such as the Full Metal Cruise or the Wacken Winter Nights. This year’s Wacken Open Air will take place from the 30th of July until the 1st of August 2020. Further information can be found at www.wacken.com.

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Though its long been a dream of mine, I have never managed to get to the Wacken Open Air Festival but in all honesty if I ever did attended it would be days of endless work since there are so many bands that never come to this side of the Atlantic and I would want that content on the website. In looking at the list of performers I am happy to notice that I have seen “12” of them in concert. The addition of Slipknot is sure going to add to the appeal of the festival and we caught them here in Long Island over the summer at an event that can only be summarized as controlled insanity. If you wanted to check out my overview you can click HERE to see it. Other than that I am going to close this up and ask what you readers think about this addition to the Wacken Open Air festival for 2020. Do you have a ticket for this? If so, please chime in down in the comments section below. See you next time and once more, “Happy Halloween”.

Official Websites:
Wacken Open Air: http://www.wacken.com
Slipknot: http://www.slipknot1.com
Judas Priest: http://www.judaspriest.com
Amon Amarth: http://www.amonamarth.com

“Live At Masters Of Rock” by Annihilator

Artist: Annihilator
Title: “Live At Masters Of Rock”
Label: SPV Records
Release Date: 10/13/2009
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 3.75/5

If you are a fan of the technical shredders that the Metal scene offers you then there is a good chance that you don’t need an introduction to Jeff Waters and his band Annihilator. As founder of the Canadian Metal juggernaut, he has been delivering some really tasty stuff for decades and yet despite all the accolades that he recieves he remains more of an underground favorite in some parts of the world. “Live At Masters Of Rock” presents a thrilling set of old and new Annihilator tunes for a very loud Czech Republic crowd of some 30.000 people and the recording is clean and powerful which makes for a solid listen. We hear the crowd when we need to but the larger emphasis is on the music which is captured in all it’s power. I so dislike live albums where I hear too much crowd and thankfully, Jeff and his team have managed to avoid this being the case. The thirteen full songs that we get on the release minus the instrumental introduction piece are pieces that span a number of the Annihilator back catalog and while a couple of them come from the most recent album “Metal”, I think that the majority of fans will be leaning on long time favorites “King Of The Kill” and the bands seminal “Alison Hell”. Those were my own favorites as well and I have to add “Phantasmagoria” and “Never Neverland” to the list too. From beginning to end Waters reminds you why he is such a respected guitar player for the genre as he cooks with every single riff that he is doing and there is an amazing level of fluidity to his playing that is to be commended. The band features Dave Padden (guitar and lead vocals), Dave Sheldon (bass) and Ryan Ahoff (drums) and they do a stand up job during the show. Padden was also on the “Metal” album, but Mike Mangini did the drums and Waters all of the guitars on that one.
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“Ten Years In Hell” by Annihilator

Artist: Annihilator
Title: “Ten Years In Hell”
Label: SPV Records
Release Date: 2/21/2006
Genre: Thrash Metal
Rating: 8.5/10

Annihilator is one of those bands whose music was a little ahead of its time in the Metal realm it first made an appearance upon. Founder Jeff Waters is an incredible lead guitarist whose craftsmanship on the axe was borderline extraordinary. This factor made Annihilator a little more of an interesting band but perhaps a little bit out of the league of some of their peers of the time. While I only casually was a fan of their music and a couple of their earliest releases, I found that this DVD set was able to make even the most unschooled of listeners an instant study and fan of what was done during their early years. Entitled “10 Years In Hell” the DVD is a showcase of what went on during the first ten years of the bands existence. There is a lot of emphasis on the release “Alison Hell” and “King Of The Kill” and with these releases the band proved that Canada could deliver the Metal just as good as anyplace else in the World. DVD1 focuses mainly on the very early stuff and celebrations around it.
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