Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock
Michael Schenker is having the status of ‘Special Guest’ on Alcatraz 2015 and that is a well-deserved honour. Schenker is one of the most influential guitarists in rock history and has regained his successful drive after several turbulent years. With a rhythm section from the earlier Scorpions who are indicating the groove and drive, he is back in business.
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It may be hot on the Iberian peninsula but until 25 years ago it was a real desert in terms of metal music. However, suddenly a couple of young fellows from Brandoa, Lisbon appeared with an unheard form of dark metal. Soon they proved to be the perfect counterbalance for bands such as Samael and Tiamat, and they were picked up by Century Media after a nice mini-cd.
Death guitarist Chuck Schuldiner is generally considered as the musician who put the death metal genre on the map. The brutal music and especially Chuck’s deep grunts were exceptional in the eighties, and encouraged hundreds of bands to try it in turn.
Venom is one of those rare bands that still capture the imagination anno 2015. In the early eighties this British gang from Newcastle made a series of albums – ‘Welcome To Hell’ (1981), ‘Black Metal’ (1982) and ‘At War With Satan’ (1984) – which really shocked and changed the whole metal scene.
No not Volbeat, ladies and gentlemen, but D-A-D is by far still the most popular band in their homeland Denmark. For over thirty years they are making quirky hard rock and they know exactly how to throw a party on stage. On their debut ‘Call Of The Wild’ from 1986 the band is still called 'Disneyland After Dark', but to avoid a lawsuit from The Walt Disney Company, they changed the band name into D-A-D. At different periods in their career, the band goes on as D.A.D, D:A:D or D-A-D.
The genius brainstorming between Matthew and Charles Greywolf has caused a veritable sonic power metal storm. They met the eccentric Attila Dorn with his loaded opera voice some years ago and Powerwolf was born. The ‘werewolves of Armenia’ have played numerous festivals since then.
Anyone can plead guilty on a dance step to Pharrell Williams’s ‘Happy' or to Bobby McFerrin’s ‘Don’t Worry Be Happy’. As soon as they pass on the radio, everyone turns into a sunshine mood. Fortunately this is also possible in the metal scene. Armored Saint is a classic example of a feel good band. The band with singer John Bush has its origins in the early eighties when the members were just kids hanging around in school together. With flashy but very thought-through guitars, phenomenal drums and most uncommonly great vocals the guys from Los Angeles recorded very nice records.
Looking back at the festival's history, we find out that it’s the third time the thrashers of Death Angel descend to Alcatraz. The last passage in Belgium of this San Francisco quintet dates back two years ago. Death Angel consciously stayed away from our country to return with a new impetus to the stage in Courtrai. A smart move of a self-conscious band that does not want to burn itself to play our region too often. Of course we are more than happy they choose our festival again. Death Angel likes to play for the die-hard audience of Alcatraz, let’s keep it there.
Everyone who thinks about thrash and melody automatically comes to the mighty Jeff Waters's Annihilator. It were his fans who honoured him with the price of perseverance. Waters has been keeping his band alive like a madman and this for thirty years already. From the first album (and ultimate classic in the genre) “Alice In Hell” from 1989, the band is more than alive in the metal scene. The following albums “Never Never Land”, “Set The World On Fire” and “King Of The Kill” confirm Jeff Waters's talent and Annihilator is an established value.
Whoever follows the grind / death metal scene will undoubtedly have palpitations when hearing the name Carcass. They are definitely a unique and ground-breaking British band from the nineties and had successful releases with their two first albums ‘Reek Of Putrefaction’ (1988) and ‘Symphonies Of Sickness’ (1989). With the album ‘Necrotisism’ (1991), a successful tour with Entombed, Cathedral and Confessor and the modest masterpiece ‘Heartwork’ (1993), they managed to reach a wide audience.
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