If you are missing out on concerts and festivals this year because of the Coronavirus, you are not alone. But as live concert streams continue to flourish due to the ongoing viral pandemic that has sadly postponed or cancelled most 2020 live tours and festivals across the globe, we thought of promoting probably the best online metal festival organized in Romania.
Adrian Sasu is the mischief maker of Bloody News, a Romanian metal webzine that promotes pretty much everything, including interviews, news about metal scene or reviews. Within his passion for music, it slowly developed an interest on keeping in touch with artists and spreading their music to the world. The abundance of information can only show his dedication for the webzine.
What took us by surprise was the announcement of the first ever Bloody News Online Fest. ‘After spending so much time in quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic over the world we decided that the best way to handle the situation is to bring back the Metal shows and there is no better way in this time to do it, then making a big online streaming Metal Fest.’
The organizer has distilled the atmosphere the metal webzine created and served it in a neat online package, where 18 bands will broadcast their live performances. The online festival will last for 2 days, starting 28 of August and will be available for free streaming on Bloody News website. Now let’s get to know the bands!
Friday, August 28:
Arida Vortex (RU) was formed on April 25, 1998 in Moscow, Russia by Roman Guryev. The band had the name Vortex until November 2002.
EphemeraL (GR) Over the past few years Elias Elias (vocals, guitars, bass, orchestrations, additional keys), Kostas Matis (drums) and Angel G. (keyboards) have been playing in various Rock and Metal bands, in Thessaloniki, Greece. After their bands parted ways they decided to follow their paths with one common Love for music.
Belle Morte (BY) is a musical project from Belarus, Minsk playing something in between Symphonic and Gothic Metal. The band was fromed in 2015. The idea behind Belle Morte is combining the beautiful and innocent part (Belle) with malicious and twisted one (Morte).
Horn Of Asgard (RU) Russian Warrior Metal band Horn Of Asgard was formed in 2018 in Sochi, Russia. As of today the band has the concerting experience at the best venues in the south of Russia, including joint performances in Krasnodar and Rostov-on-Don with Melodic Death Metal legends – Children of Bodom.
Velkhanos (ES) The band was founded in June 2018 by Nando, José Antonio and Pablo. Two months later Ángel and Miriam joined. In March 2019 the band performed in concert for the first time and a month later they began preparing their debut album “The Wrath”.
Breathelast (RO) is an Alternative Metal / Metalcore band, with members from Bucharest and Constanta, established in Bucharest city. The band formed in 2010, changed it’s line-up twice since then and evolved in two directions, performing in English and later on, in Romanian, describing two distinct facades of the same rage and live like type of playing and production, that are part of the band’s signature.
Illusion Of Fate (US) American Atmospheric / Blackened Death Metal band Illusion Of Fate was formed in the summer of 2019 by guitarist / composer / producer Hayden Crownover. Recruiting Joshua Hetzel on drums and Kevin Wegner (aka King Morbid) on vocals. In April 2020 the band self produced and released their first EP titled “Emerging Sentience”.
Ravenhate (UA) was formed in 2008 (until 2009 Raven) in Zaporozhzhia, Ukraine, by Andrey Donzhenko and Artem Plahin.
Susurro (DE) was raised on the day of the work on 1.5.2019 from the baptism. Susurro’s music gives a fat Thrash Metal sound with electronic influences: Jack Skaner, who founded the band in 2019, is the band’s head and composes the songs in his homestudio in Allmersbach in the valley near Stuttgart.
Saturday, August 29:
Addict (RU) was formed in 2011 by guitarist Daniel in Moscow, but active work was started only in 2017 when a permanent line-up was formed and the band was preparing for the first official record. The band plays uncompromising aggressive energetic and possessing its own face (and most importantly – sound) material for those who appreciate real music with balls.
Mortalfall (CA) was formed in 2016 in Toronto, Canada and consists of Anastasia Utoplova (vocals), Steven Savo (guitar), Tristan James Biggar (bass), Martin Drozd (keyboards) and Alejandro Carrier (drums). The band released their new EP “Point Of Departure” in April 2020.
Strident (IL) The group was formed in 2004 in Be`er Sheva (Israel). In 2010 the band released the debut studio album “On Aim” – that become the first full-length Thrash Metal album released in Israel back in the day.
Rusted Nail (RU) is a Melodic Death Metal band that was formed in 2013 in Moscow, Russia by Vadim Matveev (guitars) and Sergey Ivanov (keyboards). In 2017 Alexander Kuzovkov (vocals), Dmitry Klimov (guitars), Dmitry Lvov (bass) and Roman Koshelev (drums) joined the band and the line-up was completed.
Echoes of Agony (DE) is a Melodic Black Metal band which was formed in 2016. Their sound captures a lot of different influences from Black Metal to Heavy Metal to post-rock and many more.
Judgment (MX) was formed in 2010 by Jose Luis Valero (rhythm guitar) and Oscar Robles (bass). In March 2019 the band released their self-titled debut EP, and now they are working on their first full length conceptual album.
Neolia (IL) was formed in 2014 in Tel Aviv, Israel by Tomer Mash. He wanted to create a unique band that will play Metal music with combinations of genres such as Rock, Soul, African and Latin music.
Cultural Abomination (NO) is a Norwegian Heavy Metal band founded in 2015. The band released their debut album, “Shattered Reality”, in 2018 and is currently working on a future release.
Ladushka (RU) is a Russian Folk Metal band from Kozelsk. The band was formed in 2014 and released their debut album “Солнцекараул” in 2015 and the second album “Солнцеворот” in 2018.