• What would convince you to listen to a new metal show?

    30 Oct 2012, 19:35 by miotailtmilidh

    I guess this is a little bit of market research for those of you who like your music heavy.

    I'm co-hosting a weekly metal radio show on university radio which can be streamed live across the world. We play a whole range of different metal but are trying to keep it fresh and inspiring by playing new music, less well known artists along with more mainstream metal artists. Not only do we seek out music ourselves to play on the show, but we invite artists to send us demos that we can potentially play on the show and for listeners to send us requests to play.

    As a potential listener to our show, what would YOU look for if you were tuning into a metal show? What kind of image would you want to see portrayed? What would keep you coming back to listen to our show every week? What would put you off from listening?

    Thanks in advance for your replies.

    6 Feb 2012, 02:12 by bunchakeze

  • Glass Hammer & Kinetic Element added to OhioProg 2012 festival line-up w/Arena, FM,…

    30 Nov 2011, 17:04 by nacho220

    OhioProg announces the addition of Glass Hammer and Kinetic Element to the OhioProg 2012 festival line-up.

    Glass Hammer is a symphonic-progressive rock band from the USA. Multi-instrumentalists Steve Babb and Fred Schendel formed the band in 1992 and will be celebrating their 20th anniversary at OhioProg 2012. The band recently released their 14th studio album Cor Cordium which is a follow-up to last year's highly acclaimed If. Glass Hammer is certainly one of the most well-known and highly regarded progressive rock acts over the last 20 years and will be featured as a headliner alongside FM, Nightingale and Arena. They will play ahead of FM on Saturday, September 8, 2012.

    You can listen to two tracks from Glass Hammer on the OhioProg Soundcloud and/or the Glass Hammer artist page. "Nothing Box" from their latest Cor Cordium and "If the Stars" from last year's If.

    Kinetic Element hail from Richmond, Virginia and released their debut album Powered by Light in 2009. The band formed as an outlet to perform the solo material of composer and keyboard player Mike Visaggio. The group quickly created their own identity and began playing alongside some of today's foremost progressive rock acts including Circa and IZZ. Kinetic Element will perform in the first slot on Sunday, September 9, 2012. The Kinetic Element artist page will be updated with audio tracks soon.

    Tickets are available now and until January 2, 2012 for the OhioProg 2012 festival through Kickstarter. It is important to note that if the funding goal is not met the festival will be canceled. There are 33 days left to sell enough tickets and reach the funding goal. If you want to go or are planning on going, get in there and pledge your ticket to guarantee the fest doesn't get canceled! All of the ticketing info and additional event info can be found on the ticketing page and on the OhioProg website.

    OhioProg is set to take place September 7th, 8th & 9th of 2012 at the Canton Palace Theatre in Canton, Ohio. The updated performance schedule now features 15 bands representing 5 countries.

    b]Friday, September 7, 2012 "A Tribute to the Classics" Pre-Show

    Going for the One perform the music of Yes (USA)
    Gende's Giant perform the music of Gentle Giant (USA)
    SCRIPT FOR A JESTER'S TOUR perform the music of Marillion (UK)

    Saturday, September 8, 2012 "Main Event"

    Orphan Project (USA)
    Persephone's Dream (USA)
    RC2 (Spain)
    Glass Hammer (USA)
    FM (Canada)

    Saturday, September 8, 2012 "After-Party" at The Auricle

    Dag Swanö (Sweden)
    Gravity (USA)

    Sunday, September 9, 2012 "Main Event"

    After the Fall (USA)
    Kinetic Element (USA)
    Cryptic Vision (USA)
    Arena (UK)
    Nightingale (Sweden) event page ||+Ohio%27s+Premiere+Progressive+Rock+Festival

    12 Nov 2011, 16:05 by nacho220

    OhioProg 2012 | Ohio's Premiere Progressive Rock Festival
    September 7th, 8th & 9th of 2012
    Canton Palace Theatre | Canton, Ohio | USA

    Tickets are now available for OhioProg 2012 | Ohio's Premiere Progressive Rock Festival . Get your tickets through the OhioProg 2012 "Pledge Your Ticket" program on Kickstarter from now and until January 2, 2012. Be a part of an event funded by the fans, for the fans and enjoyed by the fans of . Even if you can't attend you can receive a reward if you pledge. Don't miss out, get your ticket by pledging today! event page |

    The band schedule is as follows:

    Friday, September 7, 2012 "A Tribute to the Classics" Pre-Show

    Going for the One perform the music of Yes (USA)
    Gende's Giant perform the music of Gentle Giant (USA)
    SCRIPT FOR A JESTER'S TOUR perform the music of Marillion (UK)

    Saturday, September 8, 2012 "Main Event"

    Orphan Project (USA)
    Persephone's Dream (USA)
    RC2 (Spain)
    FM (Canada)

    Saturday, September 8, 2012 "After-Party" at The Auricle

    Dag Swanö (Sweden)
    Gravity (USA)

    Sunday, September 9, 2012 "Main Event"

    After the Fall (USA)
    Cryptic Vision (USA)
    Arena (UK)
    Nightingale (Sweden)

    Additional information at the OhioProg website

    To help promote tickets becoming available, we've put together a couple of Prog Prize Pack's. Check 'em out and enter to win here

    Look forward to seeing you at OhioProg 2012!!!

  • OhioProg 2012 | Ohio's Premiere Progressive Rock festival | Canton Palace Theatre,…

    25 Aug 2011, 17:40 by nacho220

    Ohio’s premiere festival, OhioProg, announces its inaugural year. OhioProg 2012 is set to take place over three days, September 7, 8 & 9 of 2012 in Canton, Ohio at the Canton Palace Theatre located at 605 Market Avenue North in Downtown Canton, Ohio. This 1509 seat theatre originally opened in 1926 and each seat provides a glorious view of the stage and scenery. An exceptional line-up has been assembled which includes a Friday pre-show, “A Tribute to the Classics,” and a Saturday & Sunday full-day main event.

    The schedule features eleven bands from five countries. The Friday pre-show “A Tribute to the Classics” will include music from Yes performed by Going for the One and Marillion performed by Script for a Jester’s Tour featuring original Marillion drummer Mick Pointer and Nick Barrett of Pendragon among the ranks. Eight bands will perform over the two-day main event including day one headliners FM, a regrouping of Cameron Hawkins' Canadian progressive rock act, with 2011 being the 35th anniversary of the band’s inception. Headlining day two of OhioProg 2012, legendary musician/producer Dan Swanö and brother Dag Swanö return from Sweden to bring their progressive rock act, Nightingale, back to the US for their second ever appearance. They first played in 2001 at ProgPower in Atlanta. Mick Pointer, Clive Nolan, John Jowitt, John Mitchell and Paul Manzi round out the all-star cast of the veteran UK progressive rock band Arena. Jowitt returns to Arena on bass and the band will have a new album under their belt before OhioProg 2012. RC2 from Barcelona will be making their first US appearance at OhioProg 2012. After nearly 20 years together, Persephone’s Dream out of Pittsburgh will be making their first ever northeast Ohio appearance at OhioProg 2012, as will Maryland's Orphan Project. Connecticut based band, After the Fall, have regrouped for an OhioProg 2012 appearance. After the Fall’s last release, “kNOwleDGE,” came out in 2005. Additionally, hailing from Florida, progressive rock festival veterans, Cryptic Vision, return to the festival circuit with a new album forthcoming, the third album in a trilogy started in 2003 with “Moments of Clarity”. Gende's Giant will complete the inaugural OhioProg line-up. This Illinois group, led by Mike Gende, come together to perform the complex, intricate and classic music of Gentle Giant. They will perform alongside Going for the One and SCRIPT FOR A JESTER'S TOUR on Friday, September 7, 2012 as part of the "A Tribute to the Classics" pre-show.

    OhioProg 2012 has turned to crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to help ensure its success by rolling out a “Pledge Your Ticket” program. By pledging at various tiers you can secure a ticket of your choice to either the pre-show or main event, or both. A number of rewards will be given for specialized pledges, and patron tickets are available for those who wish to have first choice of seats. Pledging begins November 4, 2011 and is a great way to show your support to the progressive rock festival community even if you are unable to attend the festival. Pledges start as low as $1, and even non-attendees can walk away with an OhioProg 2012 program, poster, t-shirt or limited edition compilation by pledging at the appropriate tier. Pledges will fund all aspects of the festival including all operational, marketing, and transportation costs. The “Pledge Your Ticket” funding goal must be reached by the end of the day on January 2, 2012. Pledges will only be processed on January 3rd if the festival reaches its funding goals. The promoters built the festival around the Kickstarter platform so that if the goal is not met, the festival will not happen and pledges will not be processed. Despite this approach, the promoters have a full schedule of bands committed to the event and have laid the groundwork for a very special event. Learn more about the "Pledge Your Ticket" program by clicking on "Tickets" on the website.

    Latest updates on OhioProg 2012 can also be found on our Facebook page, by following us on Twitter @OhioProg and signing up for the mailing list on the website.

    OhioProg is proud to begin its history in Canton, and feels it will be right at home in the heart of the Downtown Canton Arts District. There are many great amenities in the area for visitors. Over 30 restaurants, bars and coffee shops within walking distance of the venue. Attendees will find 100 shopping destinations including the Westfield Belden-Village Shopping Mall and many one-of-a-kind shops unique to Canton. There are plenty of attractions, parks and recreational choices, including the McKinley National Monument and The Pro Football Hall of Fame. Dedicated sections can be found on the OhioProg website highlighting each of these amenities. Canton is also conveniently located within an hour of the major cities of Akron and Cleveland.

    Fans traveling from abroad and will be happy to see several host hotels to choose from, including the McKinley Grand Hotel, OhioProg 2012's main host hotel. The hotel is located just 4 blocks from the venue and is within walking distance to the OhioProg festivities. Thorpe's Market Avenue Grill and Thorpe's Pub are among the 30 dining options downtown and both are located inside the hotel for guests' convenience.

    There is plenty more in the works for the festival and we will make those announcements as they come along. We hope to add everything to the plate in time for the start of the "Pledge Your Ticket" program on November 4, 2011.
  • Iron Maiden 05/08/2011

    7 Aug 2011, 07:19 by adg211288

    Fri 5 Aug – Iron Maiden, DragonForce

    Iron Maiden Live at the O2 Arena – 05/08/2011
    With Support From DragonForce

    The O2 Arena in London is an impressive place to be sure, but not the most comfortable of venues. Stairs in the seating area are about as steep as they are probably allowed to come by health and safety rules, and leg room is naturally at a bare minimum. No one really cares though because the heavy metal legend that is Iron Maiden is why everyone is here to night, and the atmosphere of the fans is, in a word, awesome.

    UK power metal act DragonForce is opening the show tonight. They’re with us for about half an hour, and give us five songs. New vocalist Marc Hudson quickly proves he has the pipes to the fill the position vacated by ZP Theart in 2010. It’s only his second gig with the band, but seems comfortably installed within their line-up all the same, even with a crowd the size of what the O2 can hold (though it hasn’t filled up by this point). The show is as expected – all speed and high pitched vocals; a typical showcase of ‘power metal cheese’. The only surprise of their set is their 3rd song, which Hudson introduces as a new song from their forthcoming fifth album that will be available early next year. The song is called Cry Thunder, and it seems a lot more restrained on the ultra fast leads from Herman Li and Sam Totman. As such you can hear a lot more of what is going on within the song than you can with the other four they play, which all sound the same, and makes Cry Thunder the highlight of the DragonForce set. The band seems to get a somewhat lukewarm reception however. Still it could be worse, we could have once again been treated to a performance by Lauren Harris, who for the first time since this reviewer has been going to Iron Maiden gigs, is absent from the billing.

    DragonForce Rating 6/10

    There’s an intermission while the stage is got ready for tonight’s headliners. We know it’s time when the music on the speakers switches to UFO’s Doctor Doctor (a song that Maiden has a cover version of). Opening the Iron Maiden set is Satellite 15...The Final Frontier. For the first part the band is off stage, which only adds to the dark atmosphere of the track, and they appear for the second half, to a great reception. After this though deliver The Final Frontier’s lead single, El Dorado. Over the course of the show the band plays half of the tracks from The Final Frontier, also treating us to The Talisman, Coming Home and When the Wild Wind Blows. Personally I’m disappointed by the lack of Starblind, but Maiden is Maiden, and the show is as powerful as it has ever been, with Bruce Dickinson tearing about the stage like a man of twenty rather than one over fifty, and is ever the showman. Dave Murray provides the shock of the night with a rare appearance without a Stratocaster for some of the songs.

    Elsewhere in the set we’re treated to some of the classics such as 2 Minutes to Midnight, The Trooper and The Evil That Men Do, and set staples such as Fear of the Dark and Hallowed Be Thy Name. A nice surprise in the set is that they include material from Brave New World and Dance of Death, which has been absent from the last few UK gigs that Iron Maiden has done, with the track Dance of Death being a particular treat.

    Eddie appears onstage during The Evil That Men Do, and even has his own Stratocaster at one point, while a larger Eddie appears behind the stage during the band’s signature song Iron Maiden, as is their live tradition. Bruce stops the show a couple of times to address the crowd, in which he promises that The Final Frontier isn’t really the final frontier at all, but rather the bridge to the final frontier, or something. The prospect of a new Iron Maiden album goes down a storm, but I don’t think I’m the only one hoping that there isn’t as long a gap between releases as there was between A Matter of Life and Death (2006) and The Final Frontier (2010). On that note there is a complete lack of A Matter of Life and Death tracks tonight, but I guess that those songs have been put on the backburner for now to make room for some new songs and revive some older ones.

    Iron Maiden is, as always, on fire. By the time their set starts DragonForce is completely forgotten. The set seems to fly by, as anything fun seems to. To be honest this wasn’t the best Iron Maiden gig I ever went to, but the band proves once again that they are a class above all others. After the band departs the stage after closing the set with Running Free, Monty Python’s Always Look on the Bright Side of Life drifts from the speakers to see the crowd out. All in all a great night.

    Iron Maiden Rating 9/10

    DragonForce Setlist

    1. Heroes of Our Times
    2. Fury of the Storm
    3. Cry Thunder
    4. Operation Ground and Pound
    5. Through the Fire and Flames

    (I think, after all, most of it did sound the same)

    Iron Maiden Setlist

    1. Satellite 15... The Final Frontier
    2. El Dorado
    3. 2 Minutes to Midnight
    4. The Talisman
    5. Coming Home
    6. Dance of Death
    7. The Trooper
    8. The Wicker Man
    9. Blood Brothers
    10. When the Wild Wind Blows
    11. The Evil That Men Do
    12. Fear of the Dark
    13. Iron Maiden
    14. The Number of the Beast
    15. Hallowed Be Thy Name
    16. Running Free

    Originally written for Heavy Metal Haven
  • Top 100 Albums of All Time (July 2011 Edition) (as chosen by voters)

    20 Jul 2011, 19:33 by adg211288

    My website, Heavy Metal Haven, runs on on-going top 100 albums of all time feature for our members to vote in. Here I share the top 10 of the 2nd Edition of the list, published on 15th July 2011.

    1. Megadeth - Rust In Peace (156 Points)


    2. Iron Maiden - Powerslave (140 Points)

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    3. Metallica - Master of Puppets (114 Points)


    4. Pharaoh - The Longest Night (103 Points)

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    5. Metallica - Ride the Lightning (93 Points)


    6. Metallica - Kill 'Em All (89 Points)


    7. Ayreon - Into the Electric Castle (75 Points)

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    8. Black Sabbath - Paranoid (71 Points)

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    9. Blind Guardian - Tales From The Twilight World (70 Points)

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    9. Iron Maiden - A Matter of Life and Death (70 Points)

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    View the rest of the list here - why? because I don't have the willpower to link all those artist and album pages

    RE: This List Sucks!!!

    It is a collaborative list, that is open to any genre of music. This edition had 22 contributions. Heavy Metal Haven is always updating it (well, whenever an update is warranted at least). If you are unhappy with the list, then I personally invite you to Register with us and leave a list of up to 30 albums in the appropriate forum topic. Please do not run down the list without at least being prepared to contribute to it. Thank you for your understanding.

    I reserve the right to remove any comments on this entry that do not respect this.

  • Devin Townsend Project - Ghost

    5 Jul 2011, 19:49 by adg211288

    Ghost is one of a pair of albums released by Canadian musician Devin Townsend under his Devin Townsend Project moniker in 2011. It is paired with the album Deconstruction. Ghost focuses on Devin’s side, while the other album focuses on his side. On Ghost Devin performs what is essentially a brand of atmospheric , with plenty of ambiences to boot and some hints of as well.

    In comparison to its metal partner, Ghost is very much a relaxing and laid-back affair, in pretty much a reactionary sense to Deconstruction, both musically and lyrically. Ghost is like the grown up and mature big brother to the crazy and often comedic Deconstruction. It’s nice to hear that there are many sides to Devin Townsend, but is this case I’m not overly fussed about the results.

    Read the rest of this review on my website
  • Beyond Creation - The Aura

    5 Jul 2011, 19:40 by adg211288

    The Aura is the debut studio album from Canadian Progressive/ band Beyond Creation. The album was released in 2011. When listening to The Aura I can’t help but draw big comparisons to German band Obscura, as Beyond Creation utilize an almost identical sound, right down to the tone of the growls of frontman Simon Girard and the use of fretless bass curtsey of former Augury bassist Dominic "Forest" Lapointe. The most notable difference between the two bands is Beyond Creation forgo use of clean vocals, sticking to a varied growling style that ranges from deep tones to shrikes.

    This album is a showcase of how I enjoy the genre the most. Extreme, but with much thought put into the compositions and a lot of technical skill on offer from the band members. The work is very prominent in the sound and I like that a lot. The bass is one instrument that I often find gets lost in the overall sound in a metal band, and I struggle to find bassists that are really noteworthy enough for me to consider as really good, with too many bassists just following the guitar. Here though the bass is off doing its own thing and that’s just great when combined with the heavy riffs of guitarists Simon Girard and Kévin Chartré, and even better when they start throwing out the technical stuff. The bass doesn’t completely make this album, but it would be a lot more bog-standard affair without Dominic "Forest" Lapointe’s skills.

    Read the rest of this review on my website
  • Symphony X - Iconoclast Review

    5 Jul 2011, 19:28 by adg211288

    Iconoclast is the eighth full-length album from US Progressive/Power Metal act Symphony X, which was released in 2011. Ever since The Odyssey (2002) the gaps between Symphony X albums have been quite long, and this is their first offering since 2007’s Paradise Lost. Like the last time, they’ve returned with a slightly new take on their sound. The album has been released in two editions; a one CD version which features nine tracks, and a 2CD ‘special’ edition which features a total of twelve, some of which are slightly re-ordered on this version. For reviews I normally base my judgement on the regular edition however in this case I intend to make an exception, as the 2CD version is actually the album as it is intended to be by the band. As far as I’m concerned if you’re holding a copy of this and there’s only one disc in the case you’re holding an incomplete album, and you need to take in back and demand your second disc! Now onto the review proper.

    Symphony X is one of those bands that has never disappointed me. With perhaps the exception of their self titled debut since that didn’t feature long-time vocalist Russell Allen (who is pretty much a staple of the Symphony X sound), the band has never delivered an album that wasn’t at least solid to my ears (The Damnation Game), and most of the albums went beyond being solid into the realms of being truly exceptional (pretty much everything else). Even when they changed their sound a bit on Paradise Lost to be more heavy hitting than on earlier albums, especially in Allen’s vocals, they still managed to produce something amazing that sat just as well with their older material. With Iconoclast Symphony X continue going in the direction that Paradise Lost began, resulting of one of the heaviest albums in their catalogue.

    Read the rest of this review at my website