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Best Music Of 2015: Writers' Picks

Best Music Of 2015: Writers' Picks

It’s the season, dear readers, for traditions aplenty, sure enough, but most importantly it is the season for one tradition to rule them all: It’s time for Best Of The Year Lists! As for so many other publications, we join in taking the approaching New Year as an occasion to look back and single out the best new works of music from the preceding twelve months. This year the Rockfreaks.net team will have managed to review almost 600 albums by the time the champagne pops and the fireworks go off, while sampling quite a few more that we ...

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Loppen confirms Mondo Drag show; includes Elder & Carousel

Posted by AP on 9/02/16

Following up on yesterday’s news about Mondo Drag’s European tour announcement, the Copenhagen show of that trek at Loppen on April 25th has now officially been confirmed. Furthermore, the concert will feature Elder and Carousel as well, the former of which delivered a mesmerising performance at Pumpehuset in August last year.


Tickets are available now from Billetlugen.dk, costing just 105 DKK a piece. For more information, join the official Facebook event.


As previously reported, Mondo Drag will release a new album titled ”The Occultation of Light” on February 26th. Elder put out their excellent new LP ”Lore” about a year ago, and we have every intention of having it reviewed before this upcoming show. Carousel likewise unleashed their new full-length ”2113” last year.

Roky Erickson to perform at Pumpehuset

Posted by BV on 9/02/16

Roky Erickson, the front-man of legendary psychedelic pioneers The 13th Floor Elevators returns to Denmark on April 19th to play a show at Pumpehuset. Erickson, backed by The Hounds of Baskerville will be performing material from his time in The 13th Floor Elevators, thereby dipping into a pool of timeless classics like "She Lives (In a Time of Her Own)", "You're Gonna Miss Me", "Rollercoaster" and others.


Tickets can be sourced here for the price of 320DKK. Please note that tickets will not go on sale before Friday, February 12th.

Hellfest '16 finalises line-up; has public funding revoked

Posted by AP on 9/02/16

Hellfest, one of Europe’s leading metal festivals which takes place in the town of Clisson, France between June 17th and June 19th, has finalised its line-up and day-splits. You can view both in this PDF document.


In related news, the French government has revoked the festival’s €20,000 grant after it refused to remove Down from this year’s bill as a response to Phil Anselmo’s well publicised on-stage nazi salute and ”White power!” roar at the recent Dimebash.


Presumably however, the unavailability of this grant will not cause a particularly large dent in Hellfest’s budget, and the festival’s promoter Ben Barbaud seems adamant that French senator and President of the General Council of the Vendeé Bruno Retailleau, a known opponent of the festival in general and the person who issued the demand to have Down barred, was simply looking for an excuse to pull the funding.


Down was recently barred from the FortaRock Festival in Nijmegen, Netherlands however.

Mantar announces European tour (with Danish concert)

Posted by AP on 9/02/16

German extreme metal duo Mantar has just announced a concert at Beta in Copenhagen on May 05th.


Tickets can be bought from Billetlugen.dk for 100 DKK a piece, whilst more information is available in the official Facebook event.


The show is part of a larger European tour in support of the band’s forthcoming album ”Ode to the Flame”, which will be released through Nuclear Blast Records on April 15th. Here’s how the entire trek currently pans out:


April 14th - Doom Over Leipzig, Leipzig, GER

April 15th - Schaubude, Kiel, GER

April 20th - TBA, Dortmund, GER

April 21st - Schlachthof, Wiesbaden, GER

April 22nd - B58, Brunswick, GER

April 23rd - Stock Rock Festival, Hagen, GER

April 28th - Desertfest, Berlin, GER

April 30th - Desertfest, London, UK

May 05th - Beta, Copenhagen, DEN

May 07th - Volksbad, Flensburg, GER

May 13th - Post Valley Festival, Giessen, GER

May 14th - Doomed Gatherings, Paris, FRA


In addition, the duo will perform at the following European summer festivals:


May 28th - Visbek Rockt Open Air, Vechta, GER

June 03rd - Metalhead Meeting, Bucharest, ROM

June 18th - Hellfest, Clisson, FRA

July 01st - Tuska Festival, Helsinki, FIN

July 02nd - Vainstream Rockfest, Münster, GER

July 16th - Gefle Metal Festival, Gävle, SWE

August 20th - New Noise Festival, Karlsruhe, GER

August 26th - Neuborn Open Air, Wörrstadt, GER

Cold Night For Alligators announces UK shows in March

Posted by AP on 8/02/16

Danish tech-metal wizards Cold Night For Alligators will head over to the United Kingdom next month to play a string of shows supporting No Sin Evades His Gaze. Here’s how the trek pans out:


March 25th - Frog, Worksop, UK

March 26th - Alma Inn, Bolton, UK

March 27th - Opium, Edinburgh, UK

March 28th - Downstairs, Aberdeen, UK

March 29th - Audio, Glasgow, UK


For any of our UK-based readers, these concerts come highly recommended given the strength of their debut album and their abilities as a live band. Still not convinced? Stream the entirety of said record, ”Course of Events”, right here:


Woes reveal single "Derange"

Posted by TL on 8/02/16

The new Copenhagen group Woes have their first new song up, "Derange", from their upcoming split with Wales' Coldhands.


The Copenhageners self-label as 'blackened hardcore/neo-crust', and the split will be released on March 14th. They share bassist with fellow Copenhageners EVRA, whose drummer has the job of vocalist here.




Local fans eager to check the band out live will have an opportunity to do so, on Wednesday, Feb. 10th @ KB18 (facebook event) where they play alongside Grieved and Lifesick.

Nile & Melechesh European tour officially announced

Posted by AP on 8/02/16

The dates for Nile’s European tour with Melechesh and Embryo this Spring have now been officially announced, and unfortunately, the trek does not include a Danish stop at present. The full list of concerts is given below:


March 25th - Inferno Festival, Oslo, NOR (only Nile)

March 26th - Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg, SWE

March 27th - Debaser Strand, Stockholm, SWE

March 29th - Klubi, Tampere, FIN

March 30th - Nosturi, Helsinki, FIN

March 31st - Melna Piektdiena, Riga, LAT

April 01st - Progresja, Warsaw, POL

April 02nd - B90, Gdansk, POL

April 03rd - K17, Berlin, GER

April 04th - Bastard, Osnabrück, GER

April 05th - Luxor, Arnhem, NET

April 06th - Patronaat, Haarlem, NET

April 07th - Bierkeller, Bristol, UK

April 08th - Tufnell Park Dome, London, UK

April 09th - Muziekodroom, Hasselt, BEL

April 10th - Baroeg, Rotterdam, NET

April 12th - Z7, Pratteln, SWI

April 13th - Centrale, Erba, ITA

April 14th - Zona Roveri, Bologna, ITA

April 15th - Mostovna, Nova Gorica, SLO

April 16th - Randal, Bratislava, SVK


We should have a review of Nile’s latest album ”What Should Not Be Unearthed” ready for your soon.

New Helhorse album to arrive in May

Posted by AP on 8/02/16

Danish stoner metal / southern rock group Helhorse have set the official release date for the third, as-of-yet untitled album to be May 13th on Spinefarm Records. Whilst more information is still pending, the band has posted the following teaser, created by Jacob Printzlau:



Helhorse will make an appearance at this summer’s Copenhell festival, which takes place at the Refshaleøen industrial area in Copenhagen, Denmark between June 23rd and June 25th.


They are, however, planning to play a series of shows before then as well, with the following dates confirmed thus far:


April 02nd - Von Krahl, Tallinn, EST

April 29th - Skråen, Aalborg, DEN

May 07th - De Sorte Huse, Agger, DEN

Mondo Drag to tour Europe in April (incl. two Danish shows)

Posted by AP on 8/02/16

Oakland, CA heavy psych outfit Mondo Drag have mapped out a European tour in support of their upcoming album ”The Occultation of Light”, which lands i

Spiritual Beggars announce new album & European tour

Posted by AP on 8/02/16

Halmstad, Sweden based stoner rock crew Spiritual Beggars (the brainchild of Arch Enemy founder Michael Amott) will release a new album dubbed ”Sunris

The Lumineers announce new record "Cleopatra" and reveal first single

Posted by HES on 8/02/16

The folk-rockers of The Lumineers announce a new album "Cleopatra" to be released on April 8th of this year.


Frontman and vocalist Wesley Schultz tells The Rolling Stone that their sophomore record will sound "darker".


The Lumineers came to fame with the single "Ho Hey" as they released their first self-titled album. The soundscape was to the lighter side of the folk-rock spectre, taking inspiration from hippie-culture and the new wave of folk-rock spearheaded by Mumford and Sons.


Listen to the single "Ophelia" here:

Tonight Alive streaming music video for "Drive"

Posted by LF on 7/02/16

Alternative rock/pop punk band Tonight Alive have released yet another new music video leading up to the release of their new album "Limitless" on March 4th. The new song is called "Drive" and you can check it out in the video below.


New Color Copenhagen reveal new single "Close To Home"

Posted by TL on 6/02/16

Copenhagen emo/pop-punk group New Color Copenhagen has a new song out called "Close To Home".


The song will be featured on an upcoming debut EP from the band, details about which have yet to be revealed. Check it out here if you're into stuff like Finch, Bedlight For Blueeyes, Icarus The Owl and more in that vein.


Close to home

As the legend Lionel Ritchie would sing: "Hello, is it me you're looking for"Here it is, at the tip of your toes, our 2nd single off our upcoming EP.!And by all means share it, if you'd like <3Much loveNew Color Copenhagen"Build it up and tear it downbuild it up and burn it downwe're getting closer now"

Posted by New Color Copenhagen on Thursday, 4 February 2016

Erra announces new frontman and album "Drift"

Posted by TL on 6/02/16

Alabama-based progressive metalcore group Erra has announced the upcoming release of a new album called "Drift".


The album will be the first with new singer JT Cavey, and it follows 2013's "Augment", which was praised highly by our former writer BL in this review.


"Drift" will be released on April 8th via Sumerian Records and to get a feel for its sound, you can check out the song "Luminesce" right here:


The Rocket Summer streams new song "Help Me Out"

Posted by TL on 6/02/16

US emo/pop-rock songwriter Bryce Avary - aka. The Rocket Summer - has a new song out called "Help Me Out", from his upcoming 6th album "Zoetic".


This song is a more electronic and produced affair than usual from Avary. You can check it out in the player, while making note of "Zoetic" 's release date, February 26th.


Primordial announces headlining Danish concert

Posted by AP on 5/02/16

Irish black / pagan metallers Primordial have announced only their second-ever concert in Denmark this autumn. Set to take place at Lille Vega in Copenhagen on September 24th, the show is in continuing support of the group’s 2014 album ”Where Greater Men Have Fallen” which received a nigh perfect review from us.


Tickets cost 225 DKK (incl. fees), and are available for purchase from Billetnet.dk. Find more information in the official Facebook event.


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