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Events Recap & What's on the Horizon!

Morsrot to play at Wacken & Metaldays

Morsrot emerged victorious in the inaugural New Forces (Malta) by Metaldays 2024, hosted at The Garage, Zebbug on March 8 and 9.

Additionally, they've secured a spot on the lineup for Wacken Metal Battle 2025, a revelation made by organizer Nick Grima shortly before the competition began.

In the event that Morsrot is unable to attend any of these festivals, runners-up Repugnance will step in to take their place.

Stay tuned for a more extensive coverage of this event, coming soon.

Band photo by Maria Baldacchino

NWOBHM Legends Pagan Altar with Leo Stivala Live at The Garage!

This weekend marks a historic moment in global music as the British NWOBHM band Pagan Altar takes the stage at The Garage, featuring our very own Leo Stivala (of Forsaken and Anchorite) as their front-man for the night. Founded in 1978 by father and son Terry and Alan Jones, Pagan Altar enjoyed activity until 1985. Alongside Witchfinder General, they stand out as one of the few NWOBHM bands to delve into doom metal.

Their performances are renowned for their moody, epic compositions, accentuated by stage effects that mirror their fascination with occult themes. Pagan Altar's sole release from the NWOBHM era was a self-titled demo album, later re-released as "Volume 1" in 1998 by Oracle Records.

After reuniting in 2004 to record previously unreleased material, the band garnered praise for their 2006 album "Mythical and Magical." In subsequent years, they graced festivals like "Metal Brew" and "British Steel" and continued their creative journey with albums like "Never Quite Dead."

Sadly, vocalist Terry Jones passed away in 2015.

In 2017, Alan Jones announced plans to partially re-record the album due to dissatisfaction with the original outcome. In 2017 Brendan Radigan joined the band on vocals for two shows as Time Lord for the release of The Room of Shadows. The same lineup performed select shows (as Pagan Altar) in 2018 in celebration of the band's 40th anniversary.

An in-depth interview featuring Alan Jones, Leo Stivala, and event organizer Glen Gauci was broadcasted during Noel Mifsud’s radio programs Heatstrokes and Rock Moods, available for streaming here.

Introducing Crowned Events' Inaugural Showcase: The Battle of the Bands!

Crowned Events specializes in organizing live music events, with a mission to bring unique experiences such as Battle of the Bands and collaborative music projects involving diverse artists.

On Wednesday 12th March they announced their first event - The Battle of the Bands! A thrilling 2 day competition on July 5th and 6th at The Garage. They're on the lookout for 6 exceptional upcoming bands to compete for three juicy prizes -

An exclusive 2-track recording studio session at SPINESPLITTER STUDIO, a distribution and promotional deal with Kewn Records, and the golden opportunity to perform at the prestigious Farsons Beer Festival 2024.

If you believe your band has what it takes, seize this chance, click the link and sign up today!!

Music Releases: Sfera's 'Gatt Groove' Unveiling & Jes Psaila’s Hinge Project's 'Causatum'

Sfera (left) & Jes Psaila's Hinge Project (right)

The jazz supergroup Sfera has exciting plans to unveil their album 'GATT GROOVE', dedicated to Charles Gatt, during two special concerts at Spazju Kreattiv on April 3rd and 4th at 8 pm. Joining them for these performances will be the talented Nadine Axisa and the renowned Swedish trombonist Bertil Strandberg.

Tickets for this events can be brought here

Simultaneously, Jes Psaila’s Hinge Project has announced the upcoming launch of their latest album, 'Causatum', which will be released on vinyl on April 6th. The release will be celebrated with a performance at the Valletta Campus Theatre. This album comprises four new tracks alongside two previously unreleased songs from their debut album, which was released three years ago.

Tickets for this events can be brought here

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