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  • Metal Obsession – European Summer Festival Preview (Leyendas del Rock)

    Leyendas del Rock, or Legends of Rock, is a heavy metal festival in the Valencia region of Eastern Spain. The 12th edition of Leyendas del Rock, which will be my first is a veritable who’s who of...

    • Posted 3 years ago
  • Metal Obsession @ Summer Breeze Open Air 2016

    Images: www.summer-breeze.de Words: Gary Carson This was my first time at one of the final big festivals for the European summer, Germany’s Summer Breeze Festival, in its 19th iteration, located in the corn fields of Northern Bavaria in...

    • Posted 4 years ago
  • Metal Obsession @ Wacken Open Air 2016

    Wacken Open Air 2016 Images: Sonja Maglicic Words: Gary Carson Click here to view the full gallery. I met Germans. I met people from Italy, Austria, Finland, Norway, and Denmark. I met a couple from Ecuador, some people...

    • Posted 4 years ago
  • Wacken Open Air 2016 – Metal Obsession Preview

    Wacken Open Air (Germany): August 3-6 Aussies travel. We have to. We need to. We want to. And once again the team from Metal Obsession will be converging on the Mecca that is the European Summer Heavy...

    • Posted 4 years ago
  • Summer Breeze 2016 – Metal Obsession Preview

    Summer Breeze (Germany): August 17-20 Summer Breeze is in its 19th year but this will be my first visit. My metal colleague, Anwar Rizk, has been a number of times and always talks it up so I’m...

    • Posted 4 years ago
  • Does heavy metal and comedy mix? Hamish and Andy meets Screaming Symphony

    Does heavy metal and comedy mix? Probably not. But drive-time comedians and no-longer-eligible-bachelors Hamish Blake and Andy Lee from The Hamish and Andy Show on the Austereo Network gave it a crack when they invited Melbourne metal...

    • Posted 4 years ago
  • Anathema (UK) @ Corner Hotel, Melbourne 23/08/2014

    Having recently arrived back from a run of European metal festivals (Masters of Rock, Metal Days, and Wacken Open Air – reviews up very soon), I was itching to see something a little more intimate. Anathema. The...

    • Posted 6 years ago
  • Metal Obsession Metal Festivals: 2014

    It’s time for another sojourn, a hiatus from the minutiae of work, life and local metal, and to journey across the seven seas (via the magic of aeromoplanes) to the land of kings, queens, castles, and mountains...

    • Posted 6 years ago
  • Gary Carson’s 2013 Hit And Shit List

    A Happy New Year to you all and welcome to the second of my annual wrap-up of the hits and shits of progressive and power metal from 2013. As of today I’ve purchased around 250+ prog/power CDs...

    • Posted 6 years ago
  • Soilwork, Naberus & Damnation’s Day @ Billboard The Venue, Melbourne 02/10/2013

    Words: Gary Carson Images: Len Panecki Click here to view the full gallery. They may be broken. Or they may be bruised. Either way, my ribs fucking hurt. Every chance I get to see Sweden’s purveyors of...

    • Posted 7 years ago