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Traditional metal double shot at OGF 2017: Atomkraft and Angel Of Damnation

Traditional metal double shot at OGF 2017: Atomkraft and Angel Of Damnation
It is with great pleasure that we present you a legendary name from the ranks of the famed new wave of British heavy metal: Atomkraft. This marks, as far as we know, the very first time a band belonging to the underground of that creative big bang known as NWOBHM is set to play in Romania, which gives us the opportunity to try a short presentation of this genre. 

Great Britain, end of the 70’s – beginning of the 80’s… An amazing effervescence encompasses the British musical underground, where literally hundreds of young bands start swarming on the heavy metal’s foundations laid by pioneers such as Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy or Judas Priest a few years before, and build upon them their own style, lively and imbued with the madness of the age, influenced either by punk, doom, hard rock, prog rock or rock’n’roll, but always under the sign of the heavy metal riff & attitude. The movement was named new wave of British heavy metal and, later on, will directly influence the birth of thrash metal and, indirectly, the creation of the rest of the extreme metal subgenres. A few of these bands (Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Venom, Saxon) eventually taste mainstream success, but in time, they also discard most of the NWOBHM elements in their music. Others (Raven, Demon, Girlschool, Blitzkrieg etc.) struggle for more than three decades in the underground. 

But most (Diamond Head, Angel Witch, Satan, Pagan Altar, Hell, Cloven Hoof, Quartz and many more) disappear after a while, some of them being resurrected only in the 2000’s, when the movement is met with renewed public interest… Among these, Atomkraft. Founded by one of the most famous and picturesque characters in British metal underground, Tony “The Demolition Man” Dolan (M-pire Of Evil, Venom Inc.), Atomkraft released the “Future Warriors” full length in 1985. Dwelling in the most harsh and raw region of the movement (often compared with first Venom releases), in places moving towards speed metal, “Future Warriors” is still widely regarded as one of the best NWOBHM albums ever, a compact package of Total Metal, as the band itself proclaims in a famous anthem. Atomkraft released two more EPs, “Queen of Death” (1986, without Dolan) and “Conductors of Noize” (1987, with Dolan returned for bass guitar duty and vocals provided by Avenger’s Ian Swift), leaning heavily toward speed/thrash, before calling quits in 1988, following Dolan’s recruitment by Venom. Revived in 2005 by the same inexhaustible Demolition Man, Atomkraft will now bring their intense brand of rugged heavy metal to the best Romanian stage suited for such thing, the Old Grave Fest stage.
 
 
 
The most promising new avatar of the German doom, if not of the old continent’s altogether, Angel Of Damnation made a breakthrough in 2004 with a solid self-titled EP, which was followed, in 2011, with the excelent debut album “Carnal Philosophy”. Continuously and nonchalantly trespassing the subtle border between traditional and epic doom metal, Angel Of Damnation decisively ascribe themselves to the great tradition of European doom, treating the primordial Black Sabbath influences with obvious respect, in a seamless blend with later ones traceable to such names as Count Raven or Dawn of Winter. On top of that, the metalic pedigree of members like vocalist Doomcult Messiah (Dawn of Winter, Sacred Steel, Battleroar) or guitarist Avenger (Front Beast, Black Priest of Satan, Nocturnal – some of you surely saw him with Nocturnal at OGF 2013) is a certain guarantee that Angel Of Damnation will be among the highlights of the 2017 edition.
 
 
 
Old Grave Fest VI takes place on the 13th and 14th of October 2017, at Club Fabrica, in Bucharest, Romania. The two days passes at a price of 115 lei (26 ‎€), can be found on the Romanian Thrash Metal Club’s website, on www.iabilet.ro or directly from the RTMC’s members. 
 
Here is the lineup announced so far: NECROPHOBIC (Sweden), GEHENNAH (Sweden), ATOMKRAFT (UK), EMBRACE OF THORNS (Greece), UNDERGANG (Denmark), ANGEL OF DAMNATION (Germany), EXTIRPATION (Italy), BLACKEVIL (Germany), SARINVOMIT (Turkey), KROSSBURST (Italy/Norway), HELLRIPPER (UK). More to come!
 
 

Source: Cristina Bȃlbȃie | Official Romanian Thrash Metal Club


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