• Dear readers of my blog,

    the administrator of the steadily growing Black Wind Metal website (our Facebook section just reached over 1000 likes) has just updated the section where the reviewers from all around the world introduce themselves. I'm proud to share my profile with you and recommend you to visit...

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    ...to discover interesting interviews, reports and reviews about metal music from all around the world.

    Take good care and have a nice (long) weekend!

    Greetings from Chicoutimi today,

    Sebastian 

    SebastianName: Sebastian Kluth

    Online Alias (if applicable): kluseba

    Position At Black Wind: interviewer, reporter & reviewer

    Age: 24

    Hometown: Leverkusen, North ­Rhine­-Westphalia, Federal Republic of Germany

    What You Do In Real Life: I’m a high school teacher in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada

    Preferred Style Of Metal: Progressive, symphonic, power

    Least Favorite Styles Of Metal: Brutal death metal, grindcore, drone

    Favorite Non­-metal Music: Neue Deutsche Härte, Neue Deutsche Todeskunst, medieval and folk rock, progressive rock, world music, new age, soundtracks.

    How You Got Into Metal: I first got in contact with heavier music through mainstream acts like Puddle Of Mudd, Linkin Park, Drowning Pool, and so on in 2002. In 2003 and 2004, I discovered the German medieval rock and metal scene around bands like In Extremo, Subway To Sally and Saltatio Mortis. I then started to listen to heavy and power metal like Iron Maiden, Edguy, HammerFall, and so on in early 2005. My tastes have continued to evolve since then. My first real metal album (if you don’t take into consideration nu metal and medieval rock) was Iron Maiden’s Fear Of The Dark.

    Favorite Metal Albums (My current 20 favorites):

    1. The Old Dead Tree ­ The Perpetual Motion (2005, progressive gothic metal from France)
    2. The Vision Bleak ­ Carpathia: A Dramatic Poem (2005, gothic metal from Germany)
    3. Amorphis ­ Circle (2013, progressive metal from Finland)
    4. Stratovarius ­ Dreamspace (1994, power metal from Finland)
    5. Heaven’s Cry ­ Primal Power Addiction (2002, progressive metal from Canada)
    6. Amorphis ­ Tales From The Thousand Lakes (1994, progressive death metal from Finland)
    7. Orphaned Land ­ All Is One (2013, Middle Eastern folk metal from Israel)
    8. Amorphis ­ Am Universum (2001, progressive rock/metal from Finland)
    9. The Last Successor ­ The Last Successor (2010, progressive metal from China)
    10. Voivod ­ Angel Rat (1991, progressive metal from Canada)
    11. Savatage ­ Gutter Ballet (1989, symphonic heavy metal from the USA)
    12. Rush ­ Clockwork Angels (2012, progressive rock/metal from Canada)
    13. Tang Dynasty ­ A Dream Return To Dang Dynasty (1992, heavy metal from China)
    14. Therion ­ Sirius B / Lemuria (2004, symphonic metal from Sweden)
    15. Iron Maiden ­ Powerslave (1984, heavy metal from the UK)
    16. Moonspeel ­ Wolfheart (1995, gothic black metal from Portugal)
    17. Pantommind ­ Shade Of Fate (2005, progressive metal from Bulgaria)
    18. In Extremo ­ Mein rasend Herz (2005, medieval folk metal from Germany)
    19. Seraphim ­ The Equal Spirit (2002, symphonic power metal from Taiwan)
    20. Blaze Bayley ­ The King Of Metal (2012, heavy metal from the UK)

    Favorite Metal Artists (In Alphabetical Order): Amorphis, Anthrax, Aria, Dream Theater, Edguy, In Extremo, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Loudness, Moonspell, Ningen­Isu, Orphaned Land, Savatage, Stratovarius, Tang Dynasty, The Old Dead Tree, Therion, The Vision Bleak, Voivod, X Japan

    Most Overrated Metal Artists: Iced Earth, Megadeth, Saxon

    What Metal Means To You: Metal is my favorite music genre because it is so diverse and emotional. It has united many different social and cultural aspects throughout the decades and centuries, and from all over the world.

    Why You Enjoy Reviewing: I’m a creative person and have loved reading and even writing my own books since a very young age. I have worked as a journalist for several years now, where I have learned many new things, met a lot of interesting people, and enjoyed exposing my writings to a larger audience and getting all kinds of feedback. I always feel the need to create and write new things.

    Today, I most enjoy supporting young and obscure artists. I also like to help people to discover all kinds of arts and to discover the same things from artists, colleagues, and readers of my works.

    Best Personal Encounter With A Metal Musician: I consider musicians to be human beings who don’t like to get stalked after concerts and deserve some free space, and that’s part of why I’m somewhat shy to approach some of the musicians I adore. I have met and talked numerous times with the bass player and singer Vincent Peake, who is involved in alternative rock bands such as Groovy, Aardvark, and GrimSkunk. Since I have done an interview with Seraphim’s singer Quinn Weng via internet, I have stayed in contact with her and consider her to be a very kind person. I also enjoyed meeting the members of the band Krypteria at a festival and they were all very kind and generous. One of my favorite interviews (which led to meeting him in person) was with Blaze Bayley, who is an extremely friendly person.

    Favorite Literature: I enjoy reading: Enid Blyton, Ray Bradbury, Jason Dark, Annette von Droste­Hülshoff, Dmitry Glukhovsky, Ralf Isau, Michel Jobin, Karl May, Hans­Georg Noack, Edgar Allan Poe, Erich Maria Remarque, J.K. Rowling, John Saul, Friedrich von Schiller, Dan Simmons, Yves Thériault, Thomas Thiemeyer, Jules Verne, Edgar Wallace and many more

    Favorite Films (Top 20):

    1. The Good, The Band And The Ugly (1966)
    2. Twin Peaks ­ Fire Walk With Me (1992)
    3. Gojira (1954)
    4. Sympathy For Mister Vengeance (2002)
    5. Lost Highway (1997)
    6. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
    7. Vidocq (2001)
    8. A Tale Of Two Sisters (2003)
    9. Shining (1980)
    10. Metropolis (1927)
    11. I Saw The Devil (2010)
    12. Sin City (2005)
    13. Once Upon A Time In The West (1968)
    14. Inglorious Basterds (2009)
    15. The Naked Gun (1988)
    16. Mongol: The Rise Of Genghis Khan (2007)
    17. Good Cop Bad Cop (2006)
    18. Marebito (2004)
    19. Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood Of War (2004)
    20. Gozu (2003)

    Favorite Television Show: Twin Peaks

    Favorite Cuisine: I’m pretty open­ minded to discover any kind of cuisine. I especially enjoy eating Chinese, Croatian, German, Greek, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Mongolian food.

    Favorite Beverage: My favourite non­alcoholic drinks are Almdudler, Arizona Ice Tea, blueberry or liquorice tea, Evian and Gerolsteiner water, Granini’s banana juice, Fruitopia orange juice, kvass, Sinalco Cola, vanilla soy milk, and Vita Malt. My favourite beer breweries are Baltika Breweries, Bavarian State Brewery Weihenstephan, Grimbergen, Les Brasseurs du Nord, Les Brasseurs du Temps, Les Brasseurs RJ, McAuslan Brewing, Mill Street Brewery, Unibroue and Velkopopovický Kozel. I rarely drink hard alcool but if I do so, I drink some Cuarenta Y Tres (Licor 43), some Ouzo 12 Gold and moderately different kinds of absinthe.

    Song That You Would Have Played At Your Funeral: Iron Maiden’s “Fear Of The Dark”

    Message To Black Wind Readers: Thanks for reading our contributions and keep on commenting, discussing, and enriching our writing and your listening. Please support the artists and purchase your music legally. Have some fun at concerts and festivals. Carpe diem!

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  • Ladies and gentlemen!

    Today is the third anniversary of my blog. In its first year, this blog had been visited 5182 times. The second year saw a significant rise to 20539 visitors. I'm proud to realize that this amazing number has more than doubled in one year as a stunning total of 46971 people have read an inredible 197147 pages on this blog and a record of 73 visitors had been connected at the same time at a certain point over the course of the last twelve months. I want to thank your for your faithful attention and hope that you will continue visiting my blog in such a high number and spreading the word about it on the internet.

    Currently, I'm busy with a new job and some bureaucratic issues but I'm still regularly writing film and music reviews and I continue working on my third novel about the Russian journalist and demon hunter Aljenikow. I have a couple of other projects on my mind for the future such as different reports about my trips to different North American cities, a list of my twenty favourite video games of all times and a new novel that talks about a lonesome and mysterious man seeking for revenge in the People's Republic of China. I will keep you informed about my new projects on this blog.

    Take good care and let's stay in touch. I'm always open for suggestions of any kind, so don't hesitate to leave me a message.

    Sincerely yours,

    Sebastian Kluth

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  • Official 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup logo

    Dear readers of my blog,

    after the win of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2014 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, another German squad has now won the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Canada. After victories over the United States of America and Brazil as well as a breathtaking 5:5 draw against the People's Republic of China at group stage, the young German women have won their quarter-final againt host nation Canada, their dramatic semi-final against France and in the end the final against Nigeria thanks to a goal by Lena Petermann after extra time. 2014 is definitely the best summer ever for German soccer! Congratulations to these clever, disciplined and powerful young women! Let's hope that the senior team will be able to repeat this triumphant achievements at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada. I will try my very best to go and see some of the games in Ottawa and Montreal just as I did for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.

    Official 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup logo

    PS: Here are a couple of pictures taken inside and outside the Olympic Stadium of Montreal prior to the games Germany versus Brazil and Canada versus North Korea two weeks ago!

    Three in a row: Go, Germany, go!

     

    Three in a row: Go, Germany, go!

    Sincerely yours,

    Sebastian Kluth

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  • Liebe Leser!

    Derzeit hat das Amphi-Festival eine Umfrage gestartet und möchte darin wissen, welche Bands den Festivalbesuchern dieses Jahres für die kommende Edition vorschweben würden. Ich habe mir über die Umfrage hinaus einige Gedanken gemacht und ein mögliches komplettes Programm erarbeitet. Lediglich die Aktivitäten im Theater, die meist eher überflüssig sind, haben dabei keine Berücksichtigung gefunden. Ich war bislang fünf Mal bei dem Festival (2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 und 2014) und mag es wirklich sehr, allerdings geht die Ausrichtung leider immer mehr Richtung EBM. Zwar liebe ich Bands wie Apoptygma Berzerk, aber früher habe ich mich eben auch ganz besonders über Bands wie The 69 Eyes und Co. gefreut. Ich denke, dass eine gesunde Mischung aus allen Sparten (Darkwave, EBM, Gothic Rock/Metal, Mittelalterrock, Neue Deutsche Härte, Neue Deutsche Todeskunst, Symphonic Metal), die beste Lösung wäre. Zudem wäre es wichtig nicht nur altbekannte, sondern auch neue und frische Künstler aus dem In- und Ausland zu fördern. Eisbrecher, Front 242 und VNV Nation sind zwar tolle Bands, waren aber alle inzwischen schon etliche Male dabei. Es ist mir natürlich durchaus klar, dass das Amphi-Festival nicht die ganz großen Namen wie etwa das M'era Luna stemmen kann. Unter dieser Berücksichtigung habe ich also folgendes Programm entworfen und würde mich gerne über Inspirationen und Kommentare freuen:

    Samstag:

    Staatenhaus

     

    12:30 – 13:10: Liebe, Tod + Teufel

     

    13:30 – 14:10: Rebentisch

     

    14:40 – 15:20: Wumpscut

     

    15:45 – 16:25: Cultus Ferox

     

    16:45 – 17:30: Leaves' Eyes

     

    18:20 – 19:10: Joachim Witt

     

    19:30 – 20:30: Sigh

     

    20:55 – 21:55: Chthonic

     

    22:30 – 23:30: Edenbridge

     

    00:00 – 01:30: Orphaned Land

     

     

    Mainstage

     

    12:00 – 12:30: Ivory Twilight

     

    12:50 – 13:30: Ewigheim

     

    13:50 – 14:30: Sound Horizon

     

    14:55 – 15:45: Xandria

     

    16:10 – 17:00: Crematory

     

    17:25 – 18:25: Das Ich

     

    18:55 – 20:05: Apocalyptica

     

    20:35 – 21:55: Moonspell

     

     

    Sonntag:

    Staatenhaus:

     

    12:15 – 12:55: The Samans

     

    13:20 – 14:05: Grausame Töchter

     

    14:30 – 15:20: Cephalgy

     

    15:45 – 16:35: Emily Autumn

     

    17:00 – 18:00: Ost+Front

     

    18:25 – 19:25: Lindsey Stirling

     

    19:55 – 21:10: The Vision Bleak

     

    21:40 – 23:00: In Extremo

     

     

    Mainstage

     

    12:00 – 12:30: Nocturne Moonrise

     

    12:50 – 13:30: Hämatom

     

    13:50 – 14:30: The Birthday Massacre

     

    14:55 – 15:45: Emigrate

     

    16:10 – 17:00: Atrocity

     

    17:25 – 18:25: Deathstars

     

    18:55 – 20:05: Die apokalyptischen Reiter

     

    20:35 – 21:55: Epica

     

    Beste Grüße,

    Sebastian

     

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  • 1. Frauen aus Boppard Bad-Salzig sind allein schon auf Grund des Namens ihres Ortes als attraktiv einzustufen.

    2. Punk Rock war gestern – dem „Pnuk Rock“ gehört die Zukunft.

    3. „Die Brücke von Rehmagen“ ist ein kulinarischer Kriegsfilmklassiker.

    4. Rheinländer haben einen komischen Akzent und benutzen Beleidigungen wie „Fotzenknecht“ oder „Kackspecht“.

    5. In Bayern schmiert man an Stelle von Hakenkreuzen das Kürzel „CSU“ an die Wände der Bahnhofsstationen.

    6. In Bayern hat jede windschiefe Scheune ihre eigenen Solarzellen.

    7. Die Spree fließt durch München.

    8. Bayern gehörte mal zur DDR.

    9. Die berühmte „Münchner Mauer“ ist allerdings schwer zu finden.

    10. In bayerischen Hofbrauhäusern wird erst gezahlt und dann gegessen, wenn man einen Akzent hat.

    11. Das schöne Wort Kackspaten schreibt man jetzt mit einem zusätzlichen „r“.

    12. Wenn man den Anhängern der EBM Kilometergeld fürs Tanzen geben würde, könnten sie sich glatt zu den Jet-Set-Deutschen in Lindau gesellen.

    13. Bayerische Fahrkartenkontrolleure suchen gerne Streit und geben sich als ungehobelte Korinthenkacker, die ihren Landsleuten sämtliche Ticketpreise und Bußgelder auswendig rezitieren können.

    14. „Merrsieh!“ ist bayerisches Französisch und bedeutet eigentlich „Danke!“.

    15. Deutschlands Costa Concordia 2014 ist der Mannheimer Zugsturz.

    16. In Baden-Württemberg liegt das berühmte Diabetestal mit Orten wie „Kuchen“ und „Süßen“.

    17. „Stuttgart 21“ wird an selbigem Bahnhof charmant als „mafiöses Drecksprojekt“ beworben.

    18. Chinesinnen importieren Damenbinden aus ihrem Herkunftsland, die sie nach Benutzung gerne mal in einem durchsichtigen Plastikbeutel im Treppenhaus stehen lassen.

    19. Falls eben solche Damenbinden älteren koreanischen Frauen aus dem Mittelrheintal ausgehen, bricht bei diesen öfters mal eine hemmungslose Panik in Form von hektischen Seufzern und Schimpftiraden am Handy aus. 

    20. Als Frau muss man erst einmal den Führerschein bestehen, bevor man sich einen Arzt oder Innenarchitekten angeln kann.

     

    Ich freue mich bereits auf die zwanzig Erkenntnisse der nächsten Deutschlandtour!

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