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With the full moon just a week away from raising after Whitsun, one of Germany’s finest locations will turn into a place of darkness all over again as the annual Rock Hard Festival takes over from May 13th to May 15th – and yes, we even got another Friday the 13th to celebrate upon this years’ event.

The initial night brings yet two acts raising the flag of obscurity and damnation. Swedish sextet Year Of The Goat and their German labelmates Sulphur Aeon are a most well-balanced representation of the current artist roster of German cult label Ván Records. With their melodic blent of Occult Rock, Year Of The Goat are known for catchy tunes, while Sulphur Aeon won the Rock Hard soundcheck with the latest full-length “Gateway To The Antisphere” – a real Black/Death Metal masterpiece.

TribulationTribulation – Photo by Linda Åkerberg

Day two brings another Swedish act that seem to have risen straight from the grave – Tribulation just recently proved their brilliant live skills and theatrical talent on the road leading the “The Wailing Dead Tour” alongside Grave Pleasures & Vampire. Hailing from the depths of Berlin, it was about time Kadavar pay their dues at the presumably Metal capital of the country – at least for these few days. Their third album “Berlin” is not only a tribute to their hometown but also a commercial success that entered the German charts on rank #18, making it clear just how established the fuzzy threesome is.

To conclude the 2016 edition of Rock Hard Festival, a final Swedish invasion will annex the amphitheatre, bringing two more acts to this gloomy gathering. Finally, with their 2014 output, “Triumph And Power”, Stockholm-based trio Grand Magus convinced even me to raise my fist to their battle hymns. Put together (former) members of Entombed, Dismember, Nifelheim, Necrophobic and Enforcer and you will get the next Scandinavian supergroup, or to keep it short and simple: Black Trip.

Kadavar black&whiteFrom the country’s capital to the coal capital: Kadavar

Friday – May 13th

SODOM
DESTRUCTION
TANKARD
SATAN
YEAR OF THE GOAT
SULPHUR AEON

Saturday – May 14th

TURBONEGRO
METAL CHURCH
KADAVAR
THE EXPLOITED
ORDEN OGAN
TRIBULATION
SORCERER
ACCU§ER

Sunday – May 15th

BLIND GUARDIAN
CANNIBAL CORPSE
RIOT V
MOONSPELL
GRAND MAGUS
NIGHTINGALE
BLACK TRIP
DISCREATION

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