Why You Should Buy A Ticket For Bloodstock 2016

Bloodstock is easily the best metal festival I’ve been to in the UK. That’s easy to type because it’s the only other full on metal festival I’ve been to in the UK excluding the day long North of the Wall in Glasgow. My other festival jaunts include Download and Sonisphere, and despite the size and pedigree of the bands, they haven’t got a patch on a wee festival around Walton on Trent.

Here are five reasons you should consider buying a ticket this year. Continue reading “Why You Should Buy A Ticket For Bloodstock 2016”

5 Non-Metal Songs That Could Be Metal Songs

These kind of lists crop up all the time so it’s about time one appeared here. This isn’t a list of the most metal non-metal artists though (Robert Johnson selling his soul and dying howling would take that), nor is it a list of songs with deep or heavy subjects. This is a list of songs that would transfer to easily to metal if you played sections/the whole thing as written but with heavier instruments. Continue reading “5 Non-Metal Songs That Could Be Metal Songs”

Rants: Bullshit Moves By Festivals

For my money, festivals are one of the best ways to spend a weekend. If I had more money I would gladly hit as many of the Euro festivals (and beyond) as possible each year, sadly I don’t have that luxury and have to settle for one or two moments of triumph in summer.

However, it isn’t all bands, beer and fun. I mean it mostly is, but there’s always a few issues petty people will take issue with, and as a petty person I have compiled a short list of those annoyances. Continue reading “Rants: Bullshit Moves By Festivals”

5 Happy Power Metal Tracks For The Middle of the Week

On April 1st, after a month or so of hinting on Facebook, Power Quest finally confirmed that they’re back. After saving my excitement for April 2nd because I’m an untrusting bastard, I stuck on Neverworld and went off to happy metal land (best land).

It’s now the middle of the week and most people need a bit of optimism to carry them to the weekend. With that in mind, here are 5 power metal tracks so full of joy and triumph that you really should be riding a majestic unicorn over a mountain after a glorious victory while listening to them. Continue reading “5 Happy Power Metal Tracks For The Middle of the Week”

Ten Things to Experience at Download Festival 2015

It’s Download weekend and as usual the war between ground splitting sunshine and biblical rain is raging. It’s been a couple of years since I’ve been so I had considered going this year, but I thought the line-up was a tad poor and therefore decided to save my t-shirt money for Bloodstock. However, looking at the line-up again I can’t help regret missing at least a few of these bands/moments. With that in mind, it’s list time! Everyone loves a list; it’s like the journalistic equivalent of fast food. Quick, easy and probably bad for you. Continue reading “Ten Things to Experience at Download Festival 2015”

“Be More Open Minded” – 3 Reasons Why People Who Say This Should Be Gelded

As this is a metal based website, I’m assuming that you, the reader, are a fan of metal based music. The chances are that at some point in your life you’ve had someone say it to you or have heard it said. “Open your mind.” “Broaden your tastes.” “Be more open minded.”  This article is about why the response to these statements should be “fuck off.” Continue reading ““Be More Open Minded” – 3 Reasons Why People Who Say This Should Be Gelded”

World Beard Day – Celebrate with 5 Beard Filled Songs (AKA – Lazy Journalism 101)

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It’s World Beard Day today and as we at Sound The Charge! use beards/facial hair in our totally legitimate rating system, it seems fitting to share some music made by some mighty beards (or those lucky to be attached to said beard. Therefore we present to you a list of five bearded behemoths (Behemoth aren’t in this). Also, please keep reading after the list, there are updates and so forth for those of you who support unsigned bands. Continue reading “World Beard Day – Celebrate with 5 Beard Filled Songs (AKA – Lazy Journalism 101)”