28.03.2018 Vevey, Rocking Chair

Vevey will host a very exciting event soon – Betraying the Martyrs is coming to town with a gig. This is one stop on the Still Resilient tour with two other accompanying bands – Modern Day Babilon and From Sorrow to Serenity. Their special guest in Vevey is AM:PM, which I personally adore.

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Lets start with the description.

Betraying the Martyrs is a French band originating from Paris. They create some nice progressive and death metal music. In 2011 they released their debut album “Breathe In Life” which was quite successful. Just last year they released their third album, which is actually the reason of the tour. They describe their new album “The Resilient” as a “definition of a band at its absolute peak”. After such a description I would expect a hell of a show! Here you have a sample:

Another band comes from Czech Republic and was founded in 2010. Modern Day Babylon is an instrumental trio which creates nice chilling music at the edge of ambient and progressive metal. They released 4 albums including “Coma”, a brand new album released this February. Here is an opening track from this album:

From Sorrow to Serenity is a metalcore band formed in 2013 in Glasgow. They released 3 albums until now and their newest piece “Supremacy” was also released in February. You can give a try to the song promoting their new album:

And now last, but not least – AM:PM. I have a huge soft spot for these guys. I saw them live already twice and both times they were amazing. I really recommend going for their live performances. They are super energetic on the stage and look like they truly enjoy the music. This mood spreads to the crowd in no time making the deathcore party really intense! They come from Vevey and in 2016 they released their debut album “Amazing Mega Party Motherfucker”. This is my favourite track from this album, but you can listen to the whole piece here AM:PM awesome album :


with love,



Changes, changes, changes

Hey hey hey!

Since few days Rocktato has been under maintenance, some changes were applied to make the navigation easier. I must admit that WordPress was making it hard for me sometimes but finally we managed to achieve some sort of consensus in the end.

Let me introduce you to some of the improvements.
You probably already noticed that the theme of the page is much different, not only the colour changed but the whole layout. Now the menu is on the left side and it is always visible, so you don’t have to scroll all the way to the top anymore to fetch it.
Next thing, I have a tendency to hide valuable info within extensive writing about random stuff and I do understand that not everyone wants to go through it just to find the right event on the list. Therefore, another significant change was applied – the new option in menu named ‘Calendarium‘ where only posts with listed events are gathered. Also, I think the experiment I did in March worked for all of us. Reading my descriptions of the events is still possible either by clicking the correct option in the ‘What would you like to know’ menu –  (bottom left panel) or clicking on the hyperlinks (highlighted names of the bands) on the page with listed events.
I also added an ‘Archives’ menu, so if you ever feel like digging out some old stuff, you are more than welcome to go through my nicely sorted previous posts.

I am sure that these are not final changes. I will still work on improving this site, so don’t be surprised if one day nothing works or everything looks different. I am probably messing up with this site again.

The ultimate goal is to spread the information about live music events and you are an important element of this chain so your feedback is much appreciated. If you have any suggestions how to improve Rocktato, please contact me or leave a comment.

Meanwhile enjoy the spring and good music.

With love,


April 2018

Hell of a spring is just ahead of us! Just take a look, I am sure you can pick something for yourself!

Le Buffon de la Taverne: Los Explosivos [garage rock] event info
Bar in Grad: Lovecraft, Avo [grunge, rock] event info
, Bar in Grad: The Emigrants, Capitaine Etc. [celtic, irish] event info
Geneve, Blackened Tatoo Art: We are the Incredible Noise [post rock] event info
Geneve, Urgence Disc: G.rag/zelig Implosion Deluxe [thrash’n’roll] event info
Geneve, Blackened Tatoo Art: Geisterwald [metal electro] event info
La Sarraz, La Bille: The Unabomber Manifesto, The Flying Tiger Claw [punk psychedelic] event info
Geneve, Post Tenebras Rock: Trivium, Power Trip, Venom [death metal, metalcore] event info
Geneve, Champmesle: Fallcie, Ten Seconds Era [metal, rock] event info
Geneve, La Makhno: Silent Era [melodic punk rock] event info
Geneve, Palexpo: Metallica, Kvelertak [hard rock, heavy metal] event info
Geneve, Champmesle: King Satan, Lecks Inc, Geisterwald [industial metal] event info
Geneve, La Makhno: Siberian Meat Grinder, Horace [metal, hardcore] event info
Lausanne, Le Romandie: Peter Kernel, Future Faces [art punk, post punk] event info
Geneve, Champmesle: Flying Peppers, Slimy Slugs [rock’n’roll, rock, rock alternative] event info
Fribourg, Nouveau Monde: The Red County, Tripping Tombstone, Thee Maximators, Service Fun, Dusty Mush [grunge, garage punk, metal] event info
Geneve, Le Buffon de la Taverne: Crankcase, Hi-Lites [rock’n’roll, punk, rock] event info
Geneve, Champmesle: Blues Train [blues] event info
Saint-Maurice, Manoir Pub: Pokerface, Beneath My Sins, Feelament [thrash metal, symphonic metal] event info
Meyrin, Undertown: Deus ex Machina, Monolyth, Titans Fall Harder [deathcore, death metal] event info
Fribourg, Nouveau Monde: Penkowski, Massicot, All Ship Shape, The Lombego Surfers [garage, shoegaze, punk] event info
Geneve, Le Buffon de la Taverne: AM:PM, Oblivion, Melatonin [death metal, rock, metal] event info
Lausanne, Les Docks: Machine Head [thrash metal] event info
, Champmesle: Resolve, Feals [metalcore] event info
Geneve, Urgence Disc: Hipbone Slim [dirty blues] event info
Geneve, La Makhno: Syk, Convulsif [experimental, metal] event info
Geneve, Bar in Grad: The Mudcats [rock’n’roll] event info
Geneve, Champmesle: Oaxaca, Nyx’O’Night [hard rock] event info
Vevey, Rocking Chair: Exhumed, Rotten Sound, Implore [death metal, grindcore] event info
Saint-Maurice, Manoir Pub: Blaze Bayley, Luke “Iced Earth” Appleton [heavy metal] event info
Neuchatel, Case a Chocs: Silver Dust, The Yelins [alternative rock] event info

Meyrin, Undertown: Hrothgar, Stortregn, Hypocras [death metal, viking metal] event info
Geneve, Le Buffon de la Taverne: Last Minute Panic, Nuclear Navels [garage rock, post rock] event info
Geneve, Champmesle: Way of Changes, Life’s December, Eleventh, Mycelia [metalcore, death metal, thrash metal] event info
Geneve, Bar in Grad: Darjeeling Opium, By My Side [metal rock] event info
Geneve, Urgence Disc: Last Call Fernanda [noise rock] event info
Lausanne, Les Docks: Converge, Crowbar, Grave Pleasures, Thou [doom metal, psychedelic] event info
Geneve, Bar in Grad: Yves Remords [punk rock] event info
Saint-Maurice, Manoir Pub: Dee Cahloun, Jane Barnell, Big Bone [doom metal, post rock] event info
Geneve, Post Tenebras Rock: Ultra Vomit, Display of Power, Marechal [metal, motorpunk] event info
Fribourg, Nouveau Monde: Promethee [metal hardcore] event info
Neuchatel, Case a Chocs: Sleaford Mods [post punk, minimal] event info
Geneve, Champmesle: Amoena Patrivm, Back to the Ocean [hardcore, melodic hardcore] event info
Geneve, La Makhno: Conjonctive, Hybrid Sheep [deathcore, death metal] event info
Lausanne, Les Docks: High on Fire, Orange Goblin, Black Willows [stoner, sludge] event info
Fribourg, Nouveau Monde: Promethee, Wolves Scream, Defender [melodic death metal, metalcore]
Montey, Pont Rouge: Dark Tranquillity, Equilibrium, Black Therapy, Miracle Flair [melodic death metal, pagan metal] event info
Geneve, Urgence Disc: The Mudcats [rock’n’roll] event info
Geneve, Le Buffon de la Taverne: Tim and the Thieves, The Revox, Strunk [garage rock, punk] event info
Geneve, Bar in Grad: Mudstain Sally, Forbidden Planet, Grief [hard rock, punk hardcore, metal] event info
Neuchatel, Case a Chocs: Bunkr, Monument [math rock, noise rock] event info
Saint-Maurice, Manoir Pub: Voltumna, Cristalys, Noctem, Stortregn [black metal, death metal] event info
Lausanne, Le Romandie: Celeste, Uniform, Spotlights, Pauwels [black metal, sludge, noise] event info
Meyrin, Undertown: Fat Loads, Ice Cream Men, Spit Reckless [rock’n’roll, blues rock, rock] event info
Geneve, Urgence Disc: Mighty Bombs [garage rock] event info
Lausanne, Le Romandie: Ought, Foammm [post punk, shoegaze] event info

17.03.2018 Geneve L’Usine Urgence Disc

Another event organised under Drone to the Bone flag. This time two Portuguese bands will play in Urgence Disc on 17.03.2018. You can read more here.

Redemptus exists since 2014 and released up to now three albums, including the one from last year “Every Red Hearts Fades to Black”. As they say, their sludge music is about “all the rotten matters of mankind existence” and you can feel it through the heavy tones and dark atmosphere radiating from the speakers. They certainly give the feeling of approaching doom and nullity of all matters. Good job! Right now Redepmtus is on the Cold Heart Tour and the gig in Geneve is another stop on their list. Give them a try with this live record music video:

Another band Cruelist is touring along with Redemptus the whole Cold Heart Tour. They started in 2014 and their music oscillates around hardcore and punk. Here you have a song from their new record “Poison Ivy”:

with love,


14.03.2018 Lausanne Le Romandie

We are approaching the middle of the month and my resolution about describing at least half of the events in March is becoming less and less feasible… This list just keeps growing! From 16 events in the original post, it went up to 24 and this is absolutely fantastic! I wonder if it will reach 30 at some point…

Whether I will fulfil my resolution or not, here is another event description.

This time, one can have fun in Le Romadie in Lausanne where two bands will play – J.C. Satan and Papaya Fuzz. You can read more here: garage rock event

J.C. Satan is a French band founded in 2010 and now they are touring to promote their recently released fifth album “Centaur Desires”. They make very energetic garage rock with some elements of other genres. Here you have a song from their new album (I picked this one because of the excellent title):

Second band, Papaya Fuzz comes from Fribourg. They are making alternative garage rock with a nice scent of punk. You can enjoy their music by listening to their debut album “Get Bye Good High” or their recently released EP “Surf Attack Avenue”… Or going to their gig in Lausanne. Here you have a sample – music video to a song from their debut album:

With love,


14.03.2018 Geneve Pavilon Bleu

If you particularly enjoy slow tempo with heavy and long tones in metal or if you are looking for some experimental bands, Drone to the Bone initiative might be just perfect for you. Drone to the Bone is actually a set of concerts in Geneve which are taking place all over the year since 2010. If you feel like learning more about Drone to the Bone and be updated about shows organised by this initiative visit this site: Drone to the Bone. As in the case of Rocktato, events are popping out all the time so check them regularly if you want to be kept up to date.

On 14th of March in Pavilon Bleu in Geneve there will be one concert organised by Drone to the Bone. There will be only one band playing – Woven Skull. This Irish band realises its psychedelic music since 2010. Here you have more info about the concert: woven skull, and here is a sample of their music:

I bet if you close your eyes on their gig, you will be magically transferred to some enchanted Irish landscape…

with love,


8.03.2018 Le Bleu Lezard

Wow, I had to update the last newsletter with events in March at least twice since I posted it at the end of February. Sometimes events are popping out very late and sometimes I am finding them in the least expected places at the last moment… Long story short – this list is not final and it continues to grow so check it out from time to time, maybe something interesting for you was updated yesterday or will be posted tomorrow?

Anyhow, lets go back to the business. Last time I was describing an event in Le Bleu Lezard and now I am going to write about an event… also in Le Bleu Lezard. Such a surprise, title was not revealing this secret at all..!

This time, instead of battle of the bands, there will be regular concert of four extreme metal bands. Woha! I have a feeling that it is going to be great! This event is a part of the big tour Out of Control:


First band which I am going to show here and which is going to perform that evening is a group from Lausanne named Way of Changes. They just released their new album “Reflections” and they are going promote it on this event. They started their band in 2014 and the same year they released EP named “Honesty”. “Reflections” is their first full length album. They released it just few days ago – on 16th of February so this is very, very fresh piece… Way of Changes are performing excellent death metal/metalcore music:

Next band named Life’s December is from Zurich and was created in 2012. They perform progressive, quite emotional but still very rough metal. Alas, they announced on their Facebook account that they are going to take some break from gigs and shows on the Out of Control tour are, so far, their last. If you want to see them live, now is the time and I tell you, this time is worth it:

Mycelia is the the third band which is going to play on 8th of March in Bleu Lezard and they also come from Zurich. This band was created in 2010 and they already released 4 albums! Mycelia is producing deathcore in the finest form. Their last album “Dawn” was released in 2017. You can give it a look on youtube where some of the songs were uploaded on their official channel. You can also download some of their music for free, it really kicks ass! Definitely kicked mine so give it a try, it kicks in an awesome way:

The last band, which is actually a special guest of the evening, is Peace is Just a Break which I already introduced here. I liked their gig so much last time, that I am going to put here another song anyway. So there you go, check out their song, or even better, come to the event and see them live:

It looks like it is going to be a quite extreme and awesome evening!

with love,