Wednesday, 31 December 2014


I wish you all a great 2015 with a lot of great music and a lot of great shows too!
Be prepared for the new, great thing that I'm adding on my YouTube channel soon (and this will be just the first of many). And I still will be adding more livevideos I made too ofcourse. 
Just be openminded and check the bands I tell you about, when you can, because they're good and deserve your attention. 
And in 2015 spend your time with the people important to you and the music you love ofcourse!
See you with a new post! 

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Satanic Surfers! and new bands to check out!

First some very good news, the Satanic Surfers are back!!!!! Well at least they are for a show on the Resurrection Fest in Spain! I think it's about time I visit Spain, don't you think? But let's hope they do more than just one show!

Now I want to give you some new bands to listen to and maybe one or a few ones you didn't know yet.
I recently found a very nice punkband from Italy, called Alleyways. They have not one but 2 singers. Not something that's has never seen or done before, but that doesn't make it any less good. Just give it a try and take a listen to these awesome guys from Italy who just released their debutalbum a few months ago (september).

Now something completely different, stonerrock. Already a few months ago I got to know this band thanks to my Instagram and my big musicsource called Twitter (I found so many great bands there) and that band is called Crobot and they released their album Something Supernatural a while ago this year.
They're a bit crazy, as it should be, being normal is just so normal.
These guys make, this rock is good, got me hooked since the first time I listened to it. Absolutely no need to be high to listen to this band. 
Well, no, just open the page, fill your cd-player or get your vinylplayer and spin that awesome shit!

You can already listen to these bands while I get to think about a few more bands and find some time while travelling to write about it.
And think about this, every band is worth a listen, even if it turns out it's not your style or you simply don't like it. Broaden your musical horizon.

Monday, 15 December 2014

While in Chile

I know it has been a while, sometimes life gets in the way and the planning of my trip to see friends and concerts took all my time too. 

So here I am in Chile now, where I saw Nuclear live last night. And it was awesome! It was a short, but sweet show, but you know some shows will never be long enough.

I hope to show you some new things on my YouTube channel soon and not only new livevideos, but you'll see when I'm ready with that. I think it will be a very nice extra on my channel there. And I hope to improve that every time ofcourse (I'm not a music-beginner, but with blogs, videos and stuff I still am).

I will update the concertdates as soon as I have time and wifi again, which can be difficult when you travel and want to see a lot.

Will you wait until the band you like maybe will play your city or are you prepared to travel around your country or even cross (far away) borders to see them live? If you are able travel around, I would say do it! Nothing better than new places, new sights, new experiences, new friends and seeing the band you love. Not that it's all fun always, some things go wrong ofcourse. I for example, totally couldn't find a venue I was supposed to visit to see Atlas Losing Grip. It was kind of embarrasing, but some days...well, some days can better be over quickly hahaha. But for every bad day thousands of good and awesome ones.

So 2015 is approaching quickly and I can tell you some albums that I'll be looking forward to:

The new Atlas Losing Grip, that is released on January 16th is one I was eagerly waiting on. Can't wait for great great music and Rodrigo's voice, yes!!

Also, ofcourse I'm can't wait to have the new Nuclear album in my hands. The  magicians of awesome oldschool thrash with the amazing riffs, are supposed to release a new album in 2015 as well, so I'm already excited for this! 

Ah yes, my friends from Fuzi and Anzol as well, are  still working on their albums, so I expect 2015 will be their year also. If it doesn't matter to you that they sing in Portuguese, and you like punkrock and rock'n'roll from the heart, than you surely need to check their new stuff next year!

Another punkrelease to look forward to is the new Versus The World-album. Can't wait to see these guys giving their all live the stage again and the new album should be great as always! No doubt in my mind about that. 

Let's not forget the thrash/deathkings of Amsterdam called Seita, 2015 should be their year as well. If I remember correctly the new album will be released in the first part of 2015 and these guys will blow you away with their songs if you give them a chance in your record-/cd-player (and on stage ofcourse).

The punkveterans of Good Riddance are I'm the studio again as well, so I think we might expect the new album of them in 2015 too! That would be so good to hear some new things next to the already impressive discograpy they already have.

I'm probably forgetting loads of bands and I'm sorry for that, but hey I'm on vacation ;-).

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Back again with some cool bands!

Sorry for letting you wait, but here I am again, trying to write a new post.
So, this time again about some bands that I think you need to listen to.
And I'm not a professional writer and not good at cd-reviewing yet either, but still what I have to write should be fun to read and if you keep visiting my blog, I'll only keep writing more and show you new and also old bands that are definitely worth a listening. Some you may like, some not, but keep checking my blog and get to know some awesome bands.
And for a lot of tourdates you can watch all the concertpages. I try to put in what I can find of the bands that deserve your live attention at their shows!

Let's start with Slasher from Brazil, they released their album "Katharsis" this year. I had to privilege to witness live in person some of their recordings that they did at home. This is just their second album, but I already knew with their first album that they were making some pretty good modern thrashmetal. So as I said they recorded and released this album theirselves and they even had Tue Madsen to produce it. So it's still hard working, like being in a band simply is, but I believe these guys will do very well in the future. And keep your eyes open Europe, because they had to cancel their tour for this month (October 2014) yes, but they will return in 2015 for a tour. Check their site to get the album and other merch or find a link to just listen to the music (or both).

Now from thrash to punkrock. The Apers released their new album, Confetti on the floor, last week. (I haven't heard it yet honestly, but I hope t buy it soon at the releaseshow).
I'm sure that this june with the Travoltas, at Paradiso, wasn't the first time I saw them live, but my list of concerts is so long (at least 500 shows..festivals included, but it could be more) that I simply can't remember it. Anyway, I have to say they make very nice punkrocksongs and that you should give them a try right here:

Wow, just read some awesome news on internet 2 days ago!: Burning Heart Records is back!! They are the label that used have bands under their wings like Millencolin, Satanic Surfers, Refused, The Hives and many more. But they've been away for years. It would be awesome if they will get some new, awesome and timeless bands on the label again.

So, this was it for now, since I'm eager to put this new post out there, but I have lots of bands that I want to tell you about and I will do it asap. Hope you'll give the bands a listen and like them!

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Pre-order madness

When a band brings out a new album, then often you can order it in pre-order these days. I think that's a good way to get the true fans involved in it again. And the most bundles are pretty awesome too. That's just the way music is now: pre-ordering, crowdfunding and things like that to get to the fans. I've listed some very nice pre-order albums under this text. With everything from punk, hardcore to rock and metal. It's all different and you can find out one by one if you will like any of the bands, if you don't know them yet. But I wanted to write about some other things first so that this post isn't only a long list of pre-orders.

I think september is one of the months that you get bombarded with new albums. And maybe this is not so crazy, since the concertseason (indoors) really starts again this month. At least here in Europe it does. But on the other hand this is a bit weird too, because the music never stopped. It has been festival after festival this summer and the festivalseason has just ended (with some exceptions here and there).
So I think the fall here in Europe will start very good with tours this september/october with the metal of Slasher, Eminence and Cannibal Corpse and also the punkrock of  OFF!, Helmet and The Menzingers. 
After that in november/december more metal from Kreator (with Sodom, Arch Enemy and Vader) and Machine Head. 

In the USA/Canada region first the season will start with the punk of Authority Zero and MxPx and this fall will also be very good for the metal-lovers with tours of Carcass & Obituary (and also Exhumed), Crowbar (with Havok & Revocation) and Kataklysm & Suffocation (and also Jungle Rot). Furthermore Snot and also Drowning Pool have found their way to the stages again. And finally one you can't miss in my opinion is Slayer & Suicidal Tendencies, what a good line-up those two together!

South America will be visited this coming spring and summer by Toxic Holocaust, The Hives, No Fun At All, Within Temptation, Hatebreed, Queens of the Stone Age. So as you can see pretty filled last months of the year with awesome bands.

The new liveseason in Australia this summer will be filled with great bands and musicians like Sepultura, Joe Satriani, NOFX, Prong and InFlames & Trivium.

But that's just the top of the iceberg, there's so much going on these last months of 2014 in all kinds of countries and you can find all the dates I found of a lot of different, but good bands in the concertdates-pages.

Now you can find the new albums, that I think you should give a listen, and are coming out soon here:

New album 'Blackout' 

At The Gates
New album 'At war with reality' 
-pre-order US:
-pre-order EU and rest of the world: not yet

New album 'Something supernatural'

New album 'Blood mantra'
-pre-order EU:
-pre-order US:

Devin Williams
New album 'Destruction of kings'
-get it at:

New album 'Blood in, blood out'
-pre-order EU:
-pre-order US:

Joey Ramone
Re-issue 'Don't worry about me'
-pre-order here:

New album 'The ophidian trek'
-pre order EU:
-pre-order US:

New album 'The return'

New album 'Inked in blood'

Scar Symmertry
New album 'The singularity'
-pre-order EU:
-pre-order US:

Sick Of It All
New album 'Last act of defiance' 

Suicide Silence
New album 'You can't stop me'
-get it at:

Awesome albums that already out (for a while), but still are worth your attention (and orders):

Album 'The Storytailor'
-get it at:

Album 'Role model'
-get it at:

Album 'EPic'
-get it at:

Album 'The Stalker'
-get it at:

Every Time I Die
Album 'From parts unknown'
-get it at EU-store:
-get it at US-store:

Gemini Syndrome
Album 'Lux'
-get it at:

Me First And The Gimme Gimmes
Album 'Are we not men? We are diva!
-get it at:

Rise Against
Album 'The black market'
-get it at:

Album 'Katharsis'
-get it at:

Statues Of Fire
Album 'Phoenix'
-get it at:

Water Rats
Album 'Ugly by nature' 
-get it at:

Winchester Rebels
Album 'Warrior'
-get it at:

Friday, 29 August 2014

Getting robbed, vans breaking down and other tourtrouble

Unfortunately it seems to get more and more standard than ever that bands vans get robbed or airlines losing equipment. I know how much a guitar can mean to a person and some are irreplaceable. So if you leave your van outside, and to sleep inside, at night take your 'girlfriend' with you. Because it's better to sleep with a guitar in your sleeping bag than losing it to people that take it from your van.
But I'm not really sure if you can do a lot to prevent getting your instruments lost by airlines. The only thing I can think of might be renting your backline in the same area that you get your rented van and only bring your guitar, bass, personal microphone, snare drum, sticks and picks and keep it at that. Or maybe you can use the backline of your friends in the city/country that you're going to play in.

That's why I have to show you a few bands again that can need your help now.
But if you rather help another good cause, then by all means do that. I'm happy that you want to help, any good cause is better off with your help, no matter how small your donation might be. But here some bands, (that you can find now in my tab "Contribute to help bands and projects"), that need help for broken down vans or bands that simply want to release a new cd and need money for that:

The van of Allegaeon broke down.
Allegaeon: Allegaeon are going on tour to support Arsis next week, but ofcourse on this 'moment suprême' their van is calling it quits. If you want to donate a bit to help them out so that they can rent a van to complete this tour or have a start on a new (secondhand) van, that would be very much appreciated. Please just send some money to their Paypal-account

Just 2 days left to buy an awesome Trigger Happy shirt and help the family of the late Mark Gibson.
Almighty Trigger Happy: Unexpectedly and unfortunately the guitarist of this band died last year and now this campaign is started to help the wife and son with covering the bills following this tragedy. If you can, please help out:

Nerf Herder a re hard working on their new cd and even if they reached their goal already...touring will cost money too (or their next cd).
Nerf Herder: Pledge to help the band make their new album

Honestly I don't even know the music these guys make, but I can imagine they're devastated and desperate after some bastards robbed them of almost everything except from the things they wear. Sirens And Sailors: I don't know this band actually or the music that they make, but they're stranded in a strange country and their robbed of literally all their stuff. Help them out if you can or want. You don't wish this on any band or person that is on tour.
Read here: 
Ladies and Gentlemen, if you would be so kind as to please take the time to read this, it could make a gigantic difference in our lives today.

It is every bands nightmare to come back to their van and see that it has been broken into and robbed, and today that nightmare has become reality for us. To add to it, we are overseas in completely foreign territory feeling more helpless than ever. 

Every single dollar we brought with us, every single penny that we have earned over the past month of touring overseas has been stolen. Licenses, credit cards, essential medical supplies, laptops, electronic equipment, even down to our toiletries, GONE. In a matter of minutes, our livelihood has been taken from us. Our dream come true has become the exact opposite.

We have always been against starting a kick starter or any sort of band funding besides playing shows and selling merch, like any touring band should earn their keep. We have done it successfully for years now, but today we have no choice, and no other option.

If you would like to help us in any sort of way, whether it's something as easy as sharing this post so others can see it, or if you would like to donate to help us in any amount you can, here is our PayPal information to do so:

PayPal account:

Please click "Friends & Family" so you do not get taxed for your donation.

There are really no words to describe what we are feeling at this moment, and we are so grateful for all of you and the support you have given us throughout the years. Thank you.


I assure you, helping others make you feel good too, but don't do it to expect something back. Do it to genuinely help out and make a difference even if it's just a little donation you can make. A lot of 'little' donations also can give a very big endresult!

Depression is a disease, not just being lazy

Don't worry, the next post is about music again, but I felt the need to write something about depression, because of a lot of things that happened and also the suicide of Robin Williams. And also because a lot of people suffer from it, they just have hidden it very well for you sometimes.
I just want to let people realize that's it's not just being sad when you got your heart broken or something, but it affects much more than that. I think in my experience with people with depression, that a trauma can trigger this disease. For one person it's the death of someone close, rape, or things like that. But it can also be something insignificant to other people, like a broken heart. It may well be that people that suffer from depression are more sensitive than others (I don't know if this is true, I'm just guessing now) and they had every rejection build up inside over the years, until it one day comes out and bursts, sort of speak. I'm not saying this is the case for everyone, it's just an example that I know has happened. 
When you have a depression, others may think you're a lazy bastard, but honestly it's not that, you simply lose the will to do anything. It's not just procrastination, it's not simply that when you have depression, that you don't want to do things. You just can't make yourself do it. Ofcourse it's not good for any person that amount of selfpity and stuff, but when you have this, you can't control your mind so well, it's taking over your thoughts and making them worse. Some days are not so bad, but other days are complete misery...just laying on the bed crying and crying, seeing no future and that maybe you'd be better off if you were not on this world. But that's why it's so important to have treatment from a psychologist or psychiatrist. Because it's almost not possible to get over it yourself. If you're blessed with good and true friends it might seem that you're over it and it will feel like that for a while, but it simmers inside of you waiting to come out. And then one day, when you least expect it, something happens in your life and it hits you like a kick in the face again. 
If you feel like you have a depression, stop being stubborn, stop thinking: 'Oh I can fucking do this myself'. Stop it, STOP IT, because before you know it, years have passed and nothing has happened. Inside you know you are still depressed, you've just covered it with other things. To the outside world, you just seem fine, your life seems okay, but this depression is a disease, it hits you and it can hit you damn hard. So, it's time you realize that it's not a shame to get help and that you are NOT weak. You'll only regret it later that you haven't called out for help sooner. But I can assure you, admitting you have a depression (or admitting that you think that you have one) or admitting that you need help, is a fucking brave thing to do. You have saved a life and an extremely important one: THAT ONE OF YOUR OWN. Because you are not worth less than anyone else, no matter who makes you feel that way. If anyone makes you feel that way, than they are the ones that need help. They are jealous and want to make you feel inferior in the most cases. And that is the same when anyone gets angry at you. Ofcourse anger may seem like it's justified sometimes, but is it really? Does the person you're angry at really deserve your anger or is he/she just triggering something that's already deep inside you, something that you're trying to push away. 
Do people really not care about you or are you just thinking that? Because you don't know what other people think, maybe you mean the world to someone and you just don't know it. I know there's enough in this world that is still reachable for any of you. Some dreams are maybe not going to happen anymore no, but is that a reason to step out of this world? Aren't their more dreams to be made? You think nothing good is waiting for you anymore, but you cannot know that! Why? Because you have not been there yet, it's what lying ahead of you. And who knows what magical, lifechanging things are going to happen if you'll just try it again. Maybe the love of your life is just waiting until you arrive, maybe your dreamjob was just waiting on the corner.
 I know it's a long way and I see many people suffer from it. And I know realizing you're sick is one thing and doing something about it another. But do you really need to wait until you're ready to do something about it or do you decide to be ready? Take your life in your hands now and don't you dare think you are not worth it, that it will suck anyway or that nothing is going to change. Because the only one who stops your life from changing in a good way is YOU. 

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Cross your boundaries

What I'm trying to say is, cross your music boundaries. Don't be stuck in only metal, only punk or hardcore. There's so much worth a listen out there. For the most of us there will always be a 'genre' that you love more than others. But as I always say: I only have two genres: Good music and bad music. Or maybe better said: Music I like/love and music and don't like. I probably have written this before, but there is a difference between musicians that put their heart and soul in it and musicians that only wanted to make music for the money. I won't say you can't combine those things, but there is a difference. 
I, myself started as a metalkid, then after I was totally into hardcore for a long while and into punkrock as well. And rock was a favourite for a good while as well. Now I just listen to everything and it differs from day to day or even hour to hour. As you might have seen, I visit quite some concerts and that can be one day Red Fang, the next Bodyjar and then I just go to Six Feet Under or Satyricon the day after. As you see, I'm not stuck to one 'genre', simply because good music doesn't limits itself to a genre or language for that matter.

I hope you can take some time to listen to all or a few of the bands that I'm going to tell you about today. 

First off some great metal from Sweden from these guys that I found a few years back on twitter. That band is called Another Hell and they can make some brutal metal I can tell you that! they catched my attention and I liked their metal and attitude from the start.
Listen to the pre-releases from their upcoming album: "Trade of the apocalypse" on Soundcloud now.

I just got to know this band a few days ago, but I honestly can't stop listening to this debut-EP of the band called 'The Night'. It's kind of horrorpunkrock as you can say, I think (I don't know so much about them yet), but I'm almost sure that you won't be disappointed listening to this if you're into punkrock.

If you live outside Brazil (or Portugal) and language doesn't matter when you listen to music, than you should give this awesome punkrock'n'roll band called Anzol from Brazil a listen. They sing in Portuguese yes, but oh they have so much cool songs that stick in your head. I can play this over and over and still never get bored with it, because it's well written and you feel the raw passion.
So far there's only one EP out, but I heard from them that they're working on new stuff. 
Here on bandcamp you can listen to it and find a link to buy the album:

It's a long time back and unfortunately they don't exist anymore: Satanic Surfers. My ultimate punkrock love from Sweden. Sweden is really a country with an ashtonishing amount of good bands. From metal to punkrock, you can all find it. Here a concert from them:
If you want to enjoy Rodrigo's beautiful voice these days, you can buy the album ofcourse, but I advise you also to visit a show of the band where he's singing for now and that is: Atlas Losing Grip. They are amazing and their new album is about to be released soon. I honestly can't wait to hear it, Because their other albums are great too. Here you can hear their latest one:
Find them on FB:

Besides listening to music I also updated the concerts as much as I could, added more festivals (even for 2015) to the 'Festivals'-tab and also some things to the tab 'Contribute to bands and projects'. Check it out regurlarly, because there are a few things worth your donation or pledge (bands making new albums, t-shirts/merch and good causes). 


Friday, 8 August 2014

New albums out & more

In this post I wanted to bring some bands to your attention that had a album released recently (or a little bit longer) and also some longer existing bands that are simply worth your attention.

First Statues On Fire from Brazil: They released their album 'Phoenix' (English) a little while ago. They make great punkrock in mostly short and strong songs (Here you can get an idea how they sound: 
And you can get their album on black or red vinyl at: and check their FB-site as well

A band that  I had the pleasure to see many years ago, with the Satanic Surfers, is back together to play liveshows again. They're called The Almighty Trigger Happy and they're from Canada and I couldn't be more happier that they play together again. That tour from them with the Satanic Surfers brings back many good memories and I simply missed the guys that gave me such a great time and great music together with the Satanic Surfers ofcourse. Still two of my (many) favourite bands. Check the albums out on Soundcloud or read more about them on their FB-page:
They also have a campaign now to support the widow and son of their guitarist, Mark Gibson, that has unfortunately passed away. You can buy an awesome Trigger Happy t-shirt and at the same time help those people out.

Water Rats (from Brazil), released their (digital) EP already a long time ago but now they finally released a whole album, 'Ugly by nature' (English), with their old digital EP-songs included on it. They even have a 2-week USA-tour planned this month. So if you live in Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Las Vegas or near these cities be sure to check them out live. They are touring together with the band Lo-Fi. 
If you like them than you should consider buying the vinyl album and help them with touring this way as well. You can listen to the music here: and if you live outside Brazil than you can easily order the album with an e-mail to

Not so long ago a great Dutch 3-piece band, also released a new album. That band is Bambix. They've been around for years and they're still going strong. They make quality punkrocksongs and it's a joy to watch them on the stage as well. The new album is called 'The Storytailor' and if you like them you should give that album a listen. You can see them here:
More Bambix-info here: and here:

I think these bands are great and you should check them out, because they're all worth at least a listen. If you like it that's up to your own taste ofcourse..

I've also uploaded a lot of new videos on my channel on YouTube that's also called: hollandgirlie. Lots of cool and amazing metal, rock and punkbands to see live on there.

More bands and news to come soon.
And remember buying an album is supporting the band (in many ways)!

Monday, 4 August 2014

Concertreviews too, from now on

Is it unprofessional to write a blog and have a bandcrush (or several bandcrushes)?
Who cares, I'm not here especially to be objective, since this blog (and other pages) is to help the bands that I can and want to help and therefore my whole blog & co is my taste/opinion. You may like the same bands that I like or maybe not. But I like so many bands that you probably can find something of your taste as well. Maybe after a while I get more objective, since it's better to be honest and let the band learn and grow from your well-intentioned critisism than that they make the same 'mistake' again or delivering albums that all sound the same (although maybe a few bands can get away with that..).

But anyway, as you can see I started with an extra tab with concertreviews, since I thought that would be a nice extra for my site and since I visit lots if shows as a showaholic/concertaholic. 
And the first band I start with is Nuclear from Chile!

Nuclear at The Cave in Amsterdam, NL, 24/07/2014
I got to know this thrashmetalband from Chile through Twitter already quite a while ago and I did like their music from the start. So when this time they played at some reachable cities for me here in Europe, I definitely needed to go and see them live. Past thursday was the day. I went to Amsterdam to see Nuclear. This was also the first time I met the guys and it felt good that they had noticed and appreciated my support on twitter. You know that I help the bands that I like whenever I can, but this makes it really better, just the appreciation.
But okay back to the concert, unfortunately I missed the 2 supportbands, but I was on time to see the whole Nuclear-show from the start. 
The band started with the song 'Inner Hate,' that was released last year,
and from the first song the crowd went crazy. I think it was pretty full for the small bar that The Cave is. It's too small for a real circlepit or something but they sure had something going there in the front. 
Maybe they were already tired because these were the last few dates of the tour, but they didn't show it on stage. Small or big stage, it doesn't matter for these guys, they went fully for it and were eager to play more. I already knew I had to see more of this than one show and I already regretted that I couldn't make it earlier this year when they were also here in Europe. 
Sadistic method for crime, also a great song that had a good response, but in fact all songs did. Then near the end it was Asphyxia and Apatrida, that's officially one of my favourites now, what a song, already that start...after this you want an encore for sure. And yes there was a little 'encore', even if the place is too small to get off the stage and return, it was the cover 'Chaos is my life' from The Exploited. Great choice. That's also a big plus, loving metal and punk. No better thing than an open-minded musician that has great taste in music with no limitations to the 'genre' (as we like to call it). Well, that was the end of the show, damn, this left me only craving for more...

Inner hate
Criminal solicitation
Sadistic method for crime
Eleventh block
Architects of war
Chaos is my life

Here already one video with Asphyxia/Apatrida, more to follow:

Check my YouTube for more videos:

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Concerts, merch & streaming

Have you ever thought about the reason why you see more and more bands asking the bands to help them out with pledging/donating? For example they ask money to make a new album, to tour (so you can see them live), for a new van and that kind of things.
It seems like I repeat myself and probably I do yes, but just think about it.
You see more and more bands doing this because making music cost money (buy or maintain their instruments, hire a studio, record their music ideas), touring around the world to entertain you (and ofcourse themselves) well then you need a bus or car, gas, food, a sleeping place and ofcourse the planeticket if your touring country isn't near your country. 
That's why I put concerts on here too of so many bands as possible that I like and on my twitter too. That's also why I show songs of bands that I saw live on YouTube. Because I want to make them more known around the world, since they are good bands and nice people that deserve to have their dream(s) realized. 
So the bands/artist/musicians gain nothing if you stream it for free  or if you download illegally. Spotify or Deezer or something like that is already a big improvement since you pay a little for that (mostly) and you can get to know a lot new bands that you never even heard of (for a very low price). 
But the best way to make sure your bands keep on making music is:
buying the albums, t-shirts and other merchandise on bandcamp or iTunes (and similar sites where you can buy albums), the stores of the bands themselves online and at shows/concerts.
So I think I said enough times for a while that (making) music isn't for free, but think about it and you'll come to the conclusion that you are partially responsible if you expect new music and more shows of the bands and artists you want to see!

Monday, 7 July 2014


These days more and more bands need the help of their fans to make a new cd, buy a new van to tour or multiple other things.
Maybe you don't like it, but this is the future. Why? Because they hardly make money with their music anymore, since still a lot of people rather download music illegal than pay for the hard work the bands put in it.
Why do you think bands come with things like beer, wines and all other crazy merch/sidestuff? Because they need to make money first before they can make more music again for YOU! I don't say to go support bands and buy merch when you can for nothing..I know that making music and especially touring isn't cheap.
A lot of bands do a little tour in their vacation (if they can get the days off from their normal work that they do to make money for their families), and they are lucky to make it even. 
What keeps all these bands going? Why do they still keep making music? Because of their passion, their drive, the feeling that this thing called music gives us. 
So, realize that the surviving of the bands you like will (when you don't count fights and passing away of bandmembers in the whole thing) rely for a big part on you, the fan, too! 
Show your support!!

Thursday, 5 June 2014


Reunions of bands can be so awesome. Some are good, some are bad, but still we want to see them that one more time. Just to see if the feeling is still there that they gave you with their music or because you remembered that the shows were always so great. 
I just saw Prong (prongmusic) a few months ago. I don't know if he ever really stopped with the band (Mr. Victor I mean), but it felt like a reunion, but I knew when I saw them again it was more like a resurrection. And no not like the Walking dead or something, but more like a phoenix, all revived and like new. Because wow they were awesome live, truly awesome. When I think back of the show that I saw at the Patronaat in Haarlem, NL...oh I still smile, what a show. 
The Police too by the way, that is some years ago too. They were pretty good. Not that I like big arenas, smaller venues give a better feeling musicwise. It feels like you're more part of it, like it's you and the band and not you, thousands of others and oh yeah..the band too. If you like the Police, Sting's old band but you miss the vibe and the feeling of old times or want to get the idea how a Police-show would have been when they were younger..then I recommend a show of Fiction Plane (fictionplane), so good. Just like how the Police would have been and they made so many great songs already.
Just was in London last week, but I got just back in time to see one reunion show of The Travoltas (therealtravoltas), oh my, I have missed these guys so much, unbelievable. This feelgood surfpunk is so addictive. And I totally remember again why I always followed them to see so many concerts as possible.
One band I would really like to see again is Pulley (pulleymatters). They already did some shows again, but mostly in the USA. If I remember correctly they were here in Europe last year and I unfortunately had to miss them, since I was not in Europe and I felt quite bad about it. Well you know, because I love them, like I love so many bands but okay I love music, it's my true passion, I can't help it. At least this year Ten Foot Pole (tenfootpole) is coming to Europe and that makes me superhappy too, since Ten Foot Pole/Pulley are like twins, not because they look too much alike, but still they belong together, one way or the other. 
I can not forget the band that toured with a band I love very much, the Satanic Surfers, and they are called: The Almighty Trigger Happy (The-Almighty-Trigger-Happy). They play awesome punkrock and they have tunes and give shows you won't forget. They just started again with playing this year and I really hope that I can see them playing live, even if that means that I have to visit Canada for that.
Whoa the rest of the year my ears are going to hate me so many good bands (not all are reunions) coming this way: Only Crime (officialonlycrime), Prong again, Ten Foot Pole, Richie Kotzen (richiekotzen), Ignite, OFF! (offband), Kataklysm again, Havok again too, Hatebreed, Chimaira (chimaira) and I can go on. And comeback albums are not all bad, they're not doomed to fail on beforehand and they are not all done for the money. When music is in your blood it's often what you HAVE to do, simply because you need to. It's a feeling inside that musicians will know.


Cherish your friends, because one day they just dislike you for no good reason. No matter if you were a good friend or not, they just don't want to see it. Their heads so filled with other stuff that they don't even care about a friend that genuinely cares about them, annoying or not. I hope this person finds the way back to the amazing friendship that we had, before it's too late. I miss you.

Sunday, 6 April 2014


What is it about music. How is it that it can give a peace of mind and soothe the soul? How is it that it can help us through the worst of times? I, and I suppose a lot of you too, have music to thank for my life, for giving me an undying passion for these melodies that take me away to a better place. A place without fear, pain, rejection, but with moments of joy and happiness. The feeling of only you and the music, a moment of something like paradise just for a little while. Because it gives you a chance to cry out all your pain and let this sorrow leave your body as soon as the music stops. It gives you a chance to scream out all your frustrations or maybe even headbang and letting all the anger go, simply by your favourite heavy song. When there's no friend around, the voice of your favourite singer can soothe your soul and help you through your day. You owe the music that you listen to, and the bands that make it, much more than you realize.
It's like you have a friend that you can carry with you. It's not the same as a pair of arms around you, no. The hugs of a real friend could do so much good to a person. But if you are not around a friend now, than you know you can count on your music. What other thing can I say than: thank you so much bands/musicians for helping me through the bad times, making me want to be alive. Thank you for showing me that life will get better and that it's not only dark times. 
As long as you have your music player than you have all you need for now, the rest will follow...

Now in Portuguese:

O que e faz a musica especial? Que ela consegue calmar a cabeça e a alma? Como ela consegue nos ajudar nos nossos momentos mais dificeis? Eu, e acredito que muitos de voces, tem que agradeçer muitas vezes pela musica que com as suas melodias leva para um lugar melhor. Um lugar sem medo, dor, rejeição. Ao contrario com felicidades e alegria. Aquele sentido que existe so vc e a musica, um momento de paraiso para um momento. Ela te da a chance de chorar e se livrar de todas as dores e deixa a tristesa sair dor corpo com o final da musica. Ela abre a oportunidade de gritar para fora todas as frustrações ou simplesmente bater a cabeça e soltar toda a raiva, simplesmente escutando o seu som pesado favorito. Quando não tem um amigo perto a voz do seu cantor favorito consegue calmar a sua alma e ajudar vc no seu dia. Voce deve para a musica que vc escuta e as bandas que criam-la mais do que voce imagina. E como se fosse um amigo que sempre te acompanha. Não e a mesma coisa como um abraço, não. Os abraços de uma pessoa verdadeira podem fazer tão bem. Mas se não tiver uma amigo perto voce sabe que pode depender da musica. O que mais posso dizer que muito obrigado as bandas/musicos para terem me ajudados nos tempos dificeis, me dando a força de vida. Obrigado para ter mostrado que a vida melhora e os tempos ruins são somente fases. Então enquanto voce continua com o seu player vc tem tudo o que precisa por enquanto e o resto vai se encaixar.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014


Hello everyone,

Let's talk about appreciation this time. When you do something for another person most people do that without expecting something in return. I do that too, at least well...all I want is a bit appreciation for my work. Ok I would lie if I say that I don't like the free cd's, t-shirts or entrance-tickets that I get once in a while. Because I love them ofcourse, but real, genuine appreciation would do the people that help you and care about you so much. 

And I'm not talking only about friendships here but also about music.
As a band, a musician, you have to realize that if you wouldn't have any fans, you would still be playing in your garage for your reflection in the mirror. If you wouldn't have any fans, maybe you wouldn't ever had the chance to see other countries all over the world. Realize and acknowledge once in a while that they're the ones that help you reach your dream, that otherwise would still be a dream. 
Making music is about passion, the passion that comes naturally and flows from your hands into your instrument or comes out through your voice.
Fans feel that passion too and find happiness or can soothe their soul with your music. Some fans out there will try to help you out, with promoting you and your band on twitter, Facebook and such, so your band will get more known. They will make flyers or posters so lots of people will show up at your show and buy your merch. Make t-shirts because they're proud to know such a great band and want to get you more fans, simply because they know you deserve this. They will give you a safe place to sleep when you are on tour. And I can go on and on. 
Bands, musicians, you truly exist and can only realize your dream with the support of your fans, don't forget them and show them some appreciation. If you only would see how much a shout-out could do and make a fans' day so much better. 
And while you're on it, don't forget the friends that supported you all the way and never stopped believing in you. Family, friends and fans those three things are the backbone and power of a musician.

See you later!


Now in Portuguese:


Olá a todos, 

Hoje eu gostaria de falar com vocês sobre valorização. Quando se faz algo para outra pessoa, na maioria das vezes, fazemos isso sem esperar algo em troca. Eu costumo fazer dessa forma, bom, pelo menos eu tento... 

Tudo que esperamos é que nosso trabalho seja valorizado. Ok, eu estaria mentindo se dissesse que não gosto dos CDs, camisetas ou ingressos que ganho de vez em quando, porque eu amo isso, claro, mas na real, a apreciação genuína faz com que as pessoas façam tudo com mais vontade. 

E eu não estou falando apenas de amizades aqui, mas também de música. 

Como uma banda (ou músico), você tem que perceber que, se você não possui fãs, você não sairá da garagem e não terá mais do que seu reflexo no espelho. Se você não tem fãs, talvez você nunca tenha a oportunidade de ver outros países ao redor do mundo. Perceber e reconhecer, de vez em quando, que eles são os únicos que ajudam você a alcançar seu sonho, eleva isso a outro patamar. 

Fazer música é paixão, e paixão que vem naturalmente e flui de suas mãos em seu instrumento ou através de sua voz, e os fãs tem que sentir essa paixão também e encontrar a felicidade, acalmando a alma com a sua música. 

Alguns fãs vão tentar ajudá-lo promovendo sua banda nas redes sociais, como Twitter, Facebook, etc., tornando sua banda mais conhecida. Vão fazer panfletos ou cartazes e assim mais pessoas aparecerão em seus shows e comprar seu material demerchandise. Faça camisetas, porque eles têm orgulho de conhecer uma grande banda e querem que você consiga mais fãs, simplesmente porque eles sabem que você merece isso. Eles vão conseguir um lugar seguro para você dormir quando estiver em turnê e muito mais. 

Bandas e músicos em geral, tenham em mente que vocês só realizarão seu sonho com o apoio de seus fãs, então não se esqueçam deles, deem valor a isso. Pode parecer que não, mas simplesmente mandar "aquele alô para a galera" pode fazer o dia de um de seus fãs muito melhor. 

Se você está realmente nessa, não se esqueça dos amigos que o apoiaram durante todo o caminho e nunca deixaram de acreditar em você. Familiares, amigos e fãs são a espinha dorsal de um artista. 

Até mais! 


Sunday, 2 March 2014

Festivals and more

Hello guys,

Sorry, I wrote this post a while ago, but I updated it, so I hope you still will enjoy it!

This is the time to think about festivals already. Festivals?  Yes, here in Europe the festivalseason is roughly from early June to the end of August (some exceptions ofocurse)  and is filled with hundreds of festivals. Now, in the last months of last year, a lot of festivals already revealed the names of some headlining bands and some festivals are even sold out already (like Wacken Open air in Germany!).
 I think you have good festivals all over the globe, but if you love them, than it’s worth considering spending your hard earned vacation days here in June, July or August (summer on the European continent) and go crazy seeing all your favourite bands in many different European countries. I know you will have a blast because you can visit a festival every weekend and most of the times also inbetween weekends too hahaha.
 I must say it’s not all very cheap, especially when you want to visit a lot. But if you can afford, or choose a few ones you really want to visit, it can be done. Or consider a whole camping vacation (you do on the festivals as well so why not..).
Bands that I’ve seen so far, on the festivalwebsites, that are coming  this way are Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden , Soundgarden, NOFX, Metallica, Volbeat, Pearl Jam , Carcass, Trivium, Rob Zombie, Megadeth, Authority Zero, Alter Bridge, Death Angel, Nine Inch Nails, The Offspring, Hatebreed,  Kataklysm, Alice Cooper, Crowbar, Decapitated, Prong, Suicide Silence, Obituary, Soilwork , The Black Dahlia Murder, Misfits, Millencolin and I can go on and on like this.
The most festivals will have metal, rock, hardcore and punkbands but there are a few mainly punkrock (and ska, etc.) like Groezrock (is in May in 2014), Punk Rock Holiday, Rocco del Schlacko or the Tells bells festival. If you go, don’t only check the names you know but try to catch some other bands, that you haven’t heard of before, too. This is how I discovered a lot of great bands that I still listen to today!
If you ever going to do a trip like this or not, one thing I can guarantee you:  you’ll have a vacation you won’t forget.
Check my festivals page, right here on the blog, to find all the festivals I could find for 2014 so far.

Now that we’re talking about festivals. I saw a lot of old bands are going to play these festivals, so I’m going to tell you about a few that you should check out!

If you don’t know Millencolin yet, it’s about time. It’s a (skate)punkband that came up in the same timeperiod as the Satanic Surfers, Refused, 59 times the pain, The Hives (yes they exist for a long time!), Liberator and they were all on the same punkrecordlabel Burning Heart Records.
They made some very nice albums, for example: ’Life on a plate’,with the wellknown songs ‘Bullion’ and ‘Killercrush. Another album from them you might also know or want to check out is ‘Pennybridge Pioneers’ with fanfavourites like ‘No cigar’ and Pinguins & polarbears’. If you like Millencolin you can check out a lot of bands that were on the Burning Heart-label, that unfortunately -if I’m correct- doesn’t exist anymore, because they always knew how to find the good bands out there.
Millencolin will play some festivals in Europe in May/June for now, more can be added ofcourse:

Nine Inch Nails, a band that if I’m correct is from the same timeperiod as Nirvana (but doesn’t sound like Nirvana at all). With guitar and soundeffects they created their own industrial style where they are known for and their ‘hits’ like: ‘Head like a hole’ and ‘March of the pigs’. I don’t think Trent Reznor ever really stopped with Nine Inch Nails but was just in the background laying low and now they’re back and touring in 2014. In february in doing (big) clubshows and in july/august festivals.

Prong also exists for quite a while, but there’s one album that once you’ve heard it, you won’t forget that’s called  ‘Cleansing’, and then especially the song ‘Snap your fingers, snap your neck’, it’s a real classic and after hearing it this is what you hear in your head when giving someone a look that could kill or the evil eye o.O hahahaha.
So next year a new  album and they’re not only doing the festivals here but also a little tour on the European continent (and other countries too I presume). A lot of bands  are always easy to check out on (music)websites like YouTube, Spotify, Deezer or that kind of sites and the bands own websites too ofcourse.

Time to thrash now with a band from Brazil (from the city’s Itapira/Campinas) called Slasher. Not on any festival in Europe next year unfortunately, but they should be in my opinion. They make a modern style of thrash which really sounds nice in the ears, sort of speak. Not that it’s soft or anything but it’s just easy listenable and the tunes stick in your head.  Slasher is still a young band (started in2008) and they made their first album ‘Pray for the dead’ in 2011. 
Now they’ve just finished their new album ‘Katharsis’, that they made with help of Tue Madsen, and will release early 2014. They did a lot of work on this album theirselves and asked Mr. Madsen to finish it off and make it sound awesome. Check out the trailer for their new album here:

Further more I saw that in early 2014 some good bands/musicians  are visiting Australia and Asia, for example: Kreator, Death Angel, D.R.I., Devildriver, Testament and Suicide Silence.
In Middle & South America it will be Rob Zombie, Metallica, Rob Zombie, Metallica, Kataklysm, Amon Amarth and Havok in the first part of the year.
In the USA you can watch out for Reel Big Versus The World, The Ataris, Authority Zero, Affiance, D.R.I., Carcass, Gorguts, Dillinger Escape Plan and A LOT more in the spring
And for my continent, Europe, so many bands to look forward to, like Crowbar, Red Fang, Soilwork, Devildriver, Sylosis, Corrosion Of Conformity, Prong e Sepultura! I already got some tickets for a few things that I don’t want to miss but I could visit a show every day if I wanted and had enough free time (and money hahaha).
So start 2014 good with some good music that I recommended here and in my other posts or stuff that you found yourself and I’ll be back with a new blogpost with more music and other things soon!


Now the translation in Portuguese:
Agora, a tradução em Português:

Olá pessoal, 

Desculpe, eu escrevi este post há um tempo atrás, mas eu atualizei isso, então eu espero que você ainda vai se divertir!

Já é hora de falar em festivais! Festivais? Isso mesmo, aqui na Europa, a temporada de Festivais acontece entre o início de junho e vai até o final de agosto (com algumas exceções, claro) e há centenas deles por aqui. Em meados do último ano, uma série de festivais revelou nomes de algumas bandas headliners e outros já estão esgotados, como o Wacken Open Air, na Alemanha. 

Eu acredito que há vários festivais pelo mundo, mas se você realmente os ama, vale a pena considerar a ideia de passar alguns dias de suas férias e gastar um pouco por aqui em junho, julho ou agosto (verão do continente europeu), para ficar louco vendo todas as suas bandas favoritas em muitos países diferentes. Certamente você irá delirar, porque você poderá curtir um festival a cada fim de semana e na maioria das vezes durante a semana toda também, hahaha. 

Devo dizer que não é tudo tão barato, especialmente quando você pretender fazer alguns/vários city sightseeing, mas, se você puder pagar por isso, faça-o, caso contrário, escolha uma versão reduzida, selecionando menos lugares para se visitar e escolhendo os melhores os eventos (aqueles em que você pode ver a maioria de suas bandas favoritas). Uma dica é considerar fazer camping, pois existem áreas reservadas para isso nos festivais. Por que não?! 
Até o momento, pesquisando nos sites dos festivais, encontrei as seguintes bandas que desembarcarão na Europa nesse verão, são elas: Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Soundgarden, NOFX, Metallica, Volbeat, Pearl Jam, Carcass, Trivium, Rob Zombie,Megadeth, Autoridade Zero, Alter Bridge, Death Angel, Nine Inch Nails, The Offspring, Hatebreed, Kataklysm, Alice Cooper,Crowbar, Decapitated, Prong, Suicide Silence, Obituary, Soilwork, The Black Dahlia Murder, Misfits, Millencolin. Eu posso dizer que esse número vai crescer mais e mais! 
Na maioria dos festivais você terá muito Metal, Rock, Hardcore e Punk, mas há alguns, essencialmente voltados para o PunkRock (Ska, etc.), como o Groezrock (que ocorrerá em maio de 2014), o Punk Rock Holiday, Rocco del Schlacko e o Tells Bells Festival. 
Se você vir, tente não se ater apenas aos nomes que você conhece, tente assistir também outras bandas, das quais você não tenha ouvido falar antes. Foi assim que eu descobri um monte de grandes bandas que ainda ouço até hoje. 
Se você vai fazer uma viagem como essa ou não, só há uma coisa que posso lhe garantir: Você vai ter férias inesquecíveis! 

Confira aqui no blog, os sites dos festivais onde você já pode conferir as atrações de 2014. 
Bom, já falei bastante sobre os festivais, então agora vou falar um pouco sobre bandas que já estão confirmadas para a próxima temporada. ;-) 

Se você não conhece o Millencolin ainda, é só uma questão de tempo. É uma banda punk que surgiu na mesma época dos Satanic Surfers, Refused, 59 Times The Pain, The Hives (sim, eles existem há muito tempo!), Liberator, e todos eles eram da mesma gravadora, a Burning Heart Records.
Eles gravaram discos muito bons, como ‘Life on a plate’, que contava com músicas conhecidas como ‘Bullion’ e 'Killercrush’. Outro álbum deles, que você pode conhecer ou querer conhecer é o ‘Pennybridge Pioneers’, que contava com as músicas ‘No Cigar’ e ‘Pinguins & Polarbears'. Se você gosta de Millencolin você deve conferir algumas das bandas da Burning Heart Records, que infelizmente, se eu estiver correta, já não existem mais, pois eles sempre souberam achar boas bandas por aí.
Millencolin vai tocar em alguns dos festivais por aqui em Maio/Junho, mas ainda podem confirmar ainda mais.

Nine Inch Nails, que pelo que me lembro, é da mesma época que o Nirvana (mas não soa nem um pouco como eles, hehehe). Com suas guitarras cheias de efeitos sonoros, eles criaram seu próprio estilo dentro do que se chama de música industrial, e são conhecidos por e seus 'hits', como ‘Head like a hole’ e ‘March of the pigs’. Eu não acho que Trent Reznor nunca realmente parou com o Nine Inch Nails, ficando no segundo plano controlando as coisas levemente para agora estarem de volta em turnê em 2014. Em fevereiro irão fazer grandes shows em clubes e entre Julho/Agosto, em festivais.

Prong também existe há um bom tempo, mas há um álbum que, depois de ouvi-lo, você não esquecerá jamais, que é o ‘Cleansing’, que tem um som muito especial, chamado ‘Snap your fingers, snap your neck’, um verdadeiro clássico, que, ao ouvi-lo, vai se sentir como se estivesse olhando para alguém com aqueles olhos assassinos dizendo: “Eu vou te matar!” o.O hahahahaha…

Bem, novo ano, novo álbum e eles não vão apenas tocar em festivais, mas vão também fazer uma pequena tour por toda Europa (e em outros países também, eu acredito). Um monte de bandas sempre são fáceis de verificar em (música) sites como o YouTube, Muitas dessas bandas são sempre fáceis de se achar em sites de música como o Spotify e Deezer, ou vídeos, como o YouTube, além de vários outros sites voltados a música, claro.

Agora é hora de falar de thrash, com uma banda do Brasil, surgida no interior de São Paulo, nas cidades de Itapira e Campinas, chamada Slasher. Não tocarão em nenhum festival europeu nesse ano, infelizmente, mas na minha opinião deveriam. Eles fazem um estilo moderno de thrash, que faz muito bem aos ouvidos. Não que seja leve ou algo assim, mas é audível e tem melodias que grudam na sua cabeça. Slasher ainda é uma banda nova, que começou em meados de 2008, e lançaram seu primeiro disco em 2011, chamado ‘Pray for the dead’.
Agora eles acabaram de lançar seu novo álbum, 'Katharsis', gravado com Tue Madsen. O álbum foi gravado, em sua maioria, por conta dos próprios músicos, e então contaram com Mr. Madsen para mixá-lo fora do país e faze-lo soar de forma incrível. Confira do novo álbum aqui:

Eu vi ainda que em 2014, algumas boas bandas/músicos estão visitando a Austrália e Ásia, como: Kreator, Death Angel, D.R.I., Devildriver, Testament e Suicide Silence.
No América Central e América do Sul terão Rob Zombie, Metallica, Kataklysm, Amon Amarth e Havok nos primeira parte do ano.
Nos EUA, teremos Versus The World, The Ataris, Authority Zero, Affiance, D.R.I., Carcass, Gorguts, Dillinger Escape Plan e muitas outras nessa primavera.
E para meu continente, a Europa, muitas bandas para se assistir, como Crowbar, Red Fang, Soilwork, Devildriver, Sylosis, Corrosion Of Conformity, Prong e Sepultura! Eu já tenho ingressos para alguns que eu não quero perder, mas eu gostaria de poder ir a shows todos os dias, se tivesse tempo livre e, claro, dinheiro… hehehe
Então comece 2014 bem, com boa música, como recomendei aqui e nos meus posts mais antigos, ou até mesmo procurando por outras bandas das quais você goste. Logo eu voltarei com mais música e coisas boas pra vocês!