The Summer Breeze festival is a metal festival located in Dinkelsbühl, Germany. For those unfamiliar with Germany: South East Germany. Attracting roughly 40000 metalheads every year it is a chosen alternative to Wacken Open Air for many South German fans.

夏日微风音乐节( The Summer Breeze festival)是一个在德国丁克尔斯比尔举办的金属音乐节。对于那些对德国不太熟悉的人来说,它是一个举行在德国东南部,每年大约吸引四万多酷爱金属音乐的人的盛会,并且是一个对于德国南部的粉丝来说,可以代替Wacken Open Air 的音乐节。

The festival is having their 15th anniversary this year (2012) and have invited major metal acts ICED EARTH, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, WITHIN TEMPTATION, PARADISE LOST and KATATONIA amongst others to perform on one of their three stages.

今年(2012)夏日微风音乐节迎来了它的第十五个生日,为了庆祝这个值得纪念的年份,他已邀请了像Ice Earth, Die Apokalyptischen Reiter, Within Temptation, Paradise Lost, Katatonia等其他大牌金属乐队前来参加这次金属的盛会,这些优秀的乐队将分别在三个舞台上为大家带来精彩的演出。

Last year’s performances of NAERA, THE OCEAN and HATEBREED caught the attention of many fans and Summer Breeze is one of the few festivals in Germany still allowing Walls of Death and Circle Pits. During the gig of NAERA the circle pit involved over 2000 people and ran once across the party stage tent and around the sound station.

去年像Naera, The Ocean, Hatebreed这些乐队的演出吸引很多粉丝的眼球。在德国夏日微风音乐节是为数不多的仍然允许死亡之墙和拉圈的音乐节之一。在Naera的演出当中,有超过两千人参与了拉圈,并且穿过了能够容纳上千人的金属派对舞台,甚至跑绕过了音效站。

Between the Party Stage and the Main Stages there is a huge metal flea market that offers CDs, T-Shirts and other accessories for the metal fan, from the obligatory German festival drinking horn (Viking style) to a full-blown gothic lolita dress.

在主台和派对舞台之间有一个金属跳蚤市场,那边有CD,T恤等其它饰品可以供金属迷们自由选购,从带有德国音乐节“强制性’色彩的,具有维京特色的饮酒号角到哥特式的洛丽塔长裙,应有尽有。

Most of the fans choose to camp on one of the many camping grounds set up directly around the festival area and they stay usually the full three and a half days (16th to 18th August) enjoying free shuttle bus services to Dinkelsbühl in the morning for shopping food for the day or eating at the McDonalds.

大部分粉丝会选择在围绕着音乐节的众多露营场地之一搭建帐篷。通常他们会足足待上三天半(8月16至8月18)享用到丁克尔斯比尔免费的班车服务,早上去那边买些吃的或是白天的时候去吃些麦当劳。

A particular advantage of Summer Breeze compared to other German festivals is the excellent washroom service team which is taking very good care of the camping ground and festival toilets, cleaning them every 4 hours and thereby ensuring that despite the daring sun, taking a time out is still bearable.

同其他的德国音乐节相比夏日微风音乐节有一个特别的好处就是有一支优秀的服务团队提供良好的公厕和洗漱间服务,

The atmosphere at Summer Breeze is friendly, usually a little bit drunk and full of music-crazy people that like to show off their latest metal gear。 It can also happen that suddenly on-the-spot mud wrestling somewhere on the camping ground is arranged or that someone shares with you a cold beer from the gas-engine-driven fridge (tightly secured with a motor bike chain).

夏日微风音乐节的整体氛围是很友善很和谐的,通常那些微醉又满脑子都是对于音乐的疯狂的人都喜欢秀一秀他们最新的金属装备。有时候有人会在露营地附近上演泥浆摔跤,有时候又会有人与你分享一杯刚从冰箱里拿出来的凉啤酒。

Hail Metal and Hail Summer Breeze!

向金属致敬!向夏日微风致敬!

Painkiller and Icon Promotions present brutal death metal band Revilement from Taibei, Taiwan. The band will tour China in April this year. Here is what the band said about themselves on their Reverbnation page:

Revilement was founded in September of 2006 and started out as an old school death metal band. Over time, membership changes brought a change in musical style, and the band evolved a more brutal and technical style in the vein of bands such as Dying Fetus, Skinless, Suffocation and Devourment. In August of 2009, the band released its debut E.P., Human Vivisection, and played its first gig outside of Taiwan at Hong Kong’s Tomahawk Metal Fest. Since then, Revilement has toured Japan, South Korea, and will soon head to Singapore, Thailand, and the Philippines to spread the sickness even further throughout Asia. Revilement is currently completing it’s debut full length album, Pillars of Balance, which will be released on Coyote Records.

Check out Revilement’s song “Perverse Malevolence”:

Support bands are not yet announced but will be added soon. For those unfamiliar with the China scene, the selected venues 13 Club and VOX Bar have quite a history, with 13 Club being the metal haven of Beijing and its owner Liu Lixin being band member of ORDNANCE and founder of metal label DIME RECORDS. VOX Bar in contrast is the number one stop for all kind of bands in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, and was home for most of the punk scene during the 2000s. Being open for over 10 years is a record by itself and being able to play in VOX is an honour.

Further details:

Beijing

http://www.douban.com/event/16033404/

Date: April 1st 2012

Venue: 13 Club

Tickets: 60 RMB

Wuhan

http://www.douban.com/event/16033421/

Date: April 2nd 2012

Venue: VOX Bar

Tickets: 50 RMB

Guangzhou

http://www.douban.com/event/16033457/

Date: April 3rd 2012

Venue: MUSICIAN LIVEHOUSE 南华中路180号兰亭御园首层,海幢寺北门旁

Tickets: 预售50元,现场70元(票价包含赠送啤酒或饮料一支)

Above is the song “Of Living and Dying” from Henan metalcore band Why Lazy, who have recently joined the CORE IN CHINA compilation project. This song was taken from the Resurrection of the Gods 7 compilation released by our sister company Mort Productions that also released Why Lazy’s EP Precipitation. Having been around for a couple of years, this band underwent a series of lineup changes until finally resting with the band members that perform the song above. Originally based in Zhengzhou Why Lazy have chosen to move to Beijing to be closer to the creative music scene and to have more opportunities to perform with some of the leading artists in the Chinese metal scene. Below are two photos of Why Lazy still performing in Zhengzhou:

Why Lazy at the 7 Livehouse, Zhengzhou, June 25th 2010 (7LIVEHOUSE躁等我回来,金属专场), photo (c) Douban

Why Lazy at the Zhengzhou Peace Music Festival (和平天空大河音乐节), October 2nd 2010, photo (c) Douban

Being international correspondent for the Painkiller Magazine and also co-founder of the Rock in China wikipedia, I (Azchael) have worked hard in the past couple of weeks on a project called “CORE IN CHINA” which features Chinese metalcore bands and will be released in May 2012. As part of that preparation work, a number of interviews with young and hot Chinese metal acts were conducted that I would love to share with the audience of Painkiller. Read what the young and hot new blood of heavy China have to say:

All interviews are linked to our sister blog Rock in China.

Painkiller Magazine 《重型音乐》杂志 (zhòng xíng yin yuè zá zhì) was originally formed by some metal fans in Beijing in 2000. After almost a year of preparation, the first issue came out on a huge release party concert at Volcano Disco (火山迪厅) with 22 rock and metal bands from Beijing. The first issue turned out to be a huge success and sold out very soon, even though due to the high print costs, the retail price was 30 RMB (back then not cheap at all).

Painkiller kept issuing the magazine in unregular publishing periods at first and within two years, it settled by 3 issues a year. The quantity also rose from 3000 copies of the first issue to later 20.000 at its peek time before SARS happened in 2003. With the increasing popularity of online and new media, print numbers of all periodicals in China dropped down dramatically, but Painkiller Magazine managed to stay stable with issuing quatity of curently about 12.000 to 15.000 copies.

Yang Yu, who had his own metal magazine “Evil Message Mag” and worked long years for AFM Records when he was in Germany, brought in his old contacts from Europe to help Painkiller Magazine build up his recognition outside China and improve its content. A small network of oversea corresponding editors and reporters slowly emerged with time with Sun Yue in the U.K. and now Denmark, famous photographer George Chin in the U.K., Micheal Sean in the U.S., Al Di in Canada (till his return in 2007), Yang Yu’s former colleague Andreas Stappert (now editor at Rock Hard) in Gemany, etc.

Since several years, long term relationships between famous international labels and record companies has been established, e.g. AFM Records, Nuclear Blast, Century Media, Wacken Records, etc. As one of the first and still til today almost the only music magazine in China, Painkiller remains in regular contact with the international scene and conduct CD reviews and interviews with international labels and management/promotion companies directly. To each issue, their will be an exlusive label report featuring interviews of bands and song contribution of the label on the cover CD.

Meanwhile, Painkiller’s artistic supervisor and designer Zakk Wu started a project to print metal shirts for the readership, mostly with his own designs. Occasionly, bands shirt deals were also done for both international and local bands. Dragon Skin is the establishment for those shirts. Due to increasing activities in the live show production, less time could be spend on doing new designs these days, but when every you go to a local metal show in Beijing, you’d still see kids wearing one of the Dragon Skin-shirts.

Since the beginning, the Painkiller crew would also do local concerts with metal bands regularily. Mostly in the old Get Lucky Bar, where they provided a new home for metal bands, who previously didnt have a steady place to perfome. Later now, new clubs opened such as Nameless Highland and 13 Club. In 2004, an offer came in to do a concert for an italian power metal band, Labyrinth. Painkiller as the first local institution took the oppurtunity and inacted a great show for all metal fans and like-minded peers in the scene. 2 years later, the first real challange came in, to do a show with the famous Germany metal band Edguy, which turned out to be a success as well and boosted Painkiller’s reputation within the domnestic scene. A lot VIPs of the local music business and media attended the show and they all were thrilled by the quality of the gig. Since then, Painkiller has mapped themselves as local promoter for foreigner bands. German gothic giants Lacrimosa followed in October that year which broke the record of attended visitor number in Star Live. Before long, Painkiller started to do shows almost non stop.

With the success of its live shows, a lot other companies and organisations outside of the metal realm started to pay attention to Painkiller’s quality and ability to organize concerts and live show. Soon, a lot collaboration projects came in, where Painkiller Productions worked as production team. At first in collaboration with Midi Festival, later Pilot RecordsInMusic FestivalGoethe Institute/Germany Embassy, Danish Rock Council ROSA, MuSex/Finnish Embassy, the British Embassy, etc., which also led Painkiller to get more and more involved onto the area of cultural exchange. And with the fast development of Chinese festivals, more and more festival organizers engage Painkiller to be their booking agent and/or production team, e.g. Westlake FestivalKama Love FestivalYixian Music Festival, just to mention a few.

In 2008, a collaboration between Painkiller and Wacken Open Air was initiated for W.O.A.’s international band contest project Metal Battle. Painkiller therefore started to organize a series of band competition events under this banner and contributes the winning band of each year to participate on the international final battle on the annual W.O.A. festival in Germany.

The more shows Painkiller is doing the broader the spectrum of band choices and it goes beyond the limitation of the metal genre. In collaboration with different local partners, Painkiller is now also often invoved in live shows featuring a diversity of music styles including indie rock, jazz, electro/DJ, pop, etc.

After more than a decade since its establishment, Painkiller has become an solid institution in Chinese rock and live music market. Future focuses are to expand the live show sectoer, building up a better international network for culture exchange purposes and construct a new online plattform to combine sources for better communication.

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