After the band 'Symphorce' (see my very first post here on the blog titled 'Today is day one') called it quits (I am very sad about this,they had such great songs but too few people knew them I am afraid) I feel more than ever the urge to support Heavy Metal underground bands.
Besides the Metalshock festival there's another underground festival coming up this year. It's the AFM Festival,celebrating the 15 years anniversary of the AFM Records Company. There will be 15 bands playing all day long at Markthalle Hamburg, Germany on 26th of November 2011. Bands performing will be Crystal Viper,Mob Rules and U.D.O. and many,many more. Tickets are sold on a low price plus every visitor gets a free 3- CD label sampler with classics and even unreleased tracks. You can pick up more info and order your ticket at
Update 10/13/2011: Mailorder Nuclear Blast currently has a special offer for this festival. In addition to ticket and 3-CD you'll receive a festival shirt in XL size at a very little add to the standard price. Here's the direct link to the online shop item:
Update 10/30/2011: EMP Merchandising features this nice package now as well,same offer and price as Nuclear Blast. Here's the direct internet-shop link:
Update 10/26/2011: A trailer for this event has been released. Watch it here
U.D.O. may already be known by some of you since they do feature ex-Accept members Udo Dirkschneider on vocals and Stefan Kaufmann on guitars. The band constantly puts out classic solid metal albums in the good tradition of the style of the 80's but always adding some fresh elements of today like modern production or hacked riffing. Most of all they do create great metal hymms to sing along to. But check out for yourselfs.
Find more details and songs from U.D.O. at the official website of the band