Yet another incredible edition of Warhorns Festival at The Trades in Rotherham. Don’t miss out on buying your tickets for 2020 now, otherwise you’ll miss out on some of the amazing bands already booked for next year!
Grimgotts – Dragons of the Ages
Far from their Harry Potter themed power metal (which I am still a little disappointed they abandoned), I feel like Grimgotts have a potentially great future as a band together. They have their own take on power metal which is reminiscent of the Swedish power metal scene with bands such as Dragonland and Bloodbound springing to mind, but they add their own twist with the nautical themes which don’t dive straight into the pirate metal trope.
POWER METAL QUEST FEST 2019 Preview
A preview for all the amazing talent playing at the third installment of Power Metal Quest Fest!
WARHORNS FESTIVAL 2019 Preview
My preview of Warhorns Festival 2019, taking place over 30th and 31st August at The Trades, Rotherham.
Sellsword – …Unto The Breach
Band: SellswordAlbum: …Unto The BreachRelease Date: 3rd August 2019Record Label: Unsigned I’ve known Sellsword as a band and friends for a number of years now,
BLOODSTOCK PREVIEW 2019: Festival Advice and Other Things to Do!
Other things to do and some festival advice for Bloodstock Festival 2019!
BLOODSTOCK PREVIEW 2019: Hobgoblin New Blood Stage and Jagermeister Stage
A preview of some of the excellent upcoming bands playing the Hobgoblin New Blood and Jagermeister stages at Bloodstock Open Air 2019.
BLOODSTOCK PREVIEW 2019: Sophie Lancaster Stage
My preview of some of the amazing bands I’ll be checking out on the Sophie Lancaster stage at Bloodstock 2019!
BLOODSTOCK PREVIEW 2019: Ronnie James Dio Stage
The Ostara Metal preview of the Ronnie James Dio stage at Bloodstock Open Air 2019!
Gloryhammer – Legends From Beyond the Galactic Terrorvortex
I absolutely love Gloryhammer, and music like this never fails to bring my joy on a sad day. Gloryhammer have stuck to their core style, harking back to elements and melodies of previous tracks, as well as bringing a new and exciting installment to their sage to save the Kingdom of Fife and the mighty City of Dundee.
Amon Amarth – Berserker
Amon Amarth have successfully managed to try something new whilst still holding true to their roots and previous records. They have got the right balance between maintaining their sound while keeping it fresh, and that, in my opinion, is not always an easy thing to do, particularly for a band such as Amon Amarth who have such a distinctive sound and image.
Once again, Månegarm have produced another fantastic album. It’s new and fresh while still being true to their signature style. I hope that I am able to catch them live again very soon, as I am sure a lot more UK fans are!
Vanir – Allfather
Vanir are definitely a band I should have taken the time to listen to earlier. I really enjoyed this album, and I look forward to getting a chance to give their back catalogue a proper listen.
Ancient Bards – Origine (The Black Crystal Sword Saga Pt. 2)
I do appreciate the skill and thought that has gone into the music, and that there will be a lot of people who will really enjoy this. I really do look forward to seeing Ancient Bards live at Power Metal Quest Fest.
Wolfhorde – Hounds of Perdition
Band: WolfhordeAlbum: Hounds of PerditionRelease Date: 11th January 2018 Wolfhorde are a band that have been around for a while, but until I saw news
Haggefugg – Fass zum Teufel
I am definitely going to try and catch them at Wacken Winter Nights, as from what I can hear the live performance is likely to evoke more feeling, and of course, you can’t have a jig pit while sitting on a bus listening to this album on the way to work…
Ostara Metal’s Wacken Winter Nights 2019 Picks
This will be my first outing to Wacken Winter Nights, and I am really looking forward to it. There are so many amazing bands on the lineup and so many great things to see and do when there are no bands playing. Is it possible for a festival to be too good???
LIVE REVIEW: Nightwish Decades Tour with support from Beast in Black
One of the best possible ways to end my live music experiences of 2018. What a show!
DOUBLE LIVE REVIEW: Heilung (supported by Jo Quail) 9th November 2018, and Wardruna 21st November 2018
A special double feature review of my experiences at the Heilung performance on 9th November 2018 at the Islington Assembly Hall in London, and of Wardruna’s performance at the Albert Hall in Manchester on 21st November 2018.
Ostara Metal’s HRH Vikings Picks
HRH Vikings is my final festival of the year, and I really am looking forward to it. It’s my kind of metal, and some of