February events


Happy Valentine’s Day sacrifice! Ehem… I meant surprise of course.

Who cares about Valentine’s Day if you can go on a kick-ass gig?

Geneve, Kalvingrad: Project 72 [rock] event info

Geneve, La Makhno: Dream Nails [punk] event info
Fribourg, Cafe XXe: The Crotals [stoner] event info

Lausanne, Bleu Lezard: Ida Mae [rock] event info
Geneve, La Makhno: Les Vaches Laitieres, Les Clebards [punk] event info

La Sarraz, La Bille: Les Clebards, Prolotov [punk] event info
Lausanne, Duke’s: Am Samstag, Dirty Sound Magnet [grunge, rock] event info

Yverdon, L’Amalgame: Sideburn [hard rock] event info
Martigny, Caves du Manoir: Pete International Airport, Lorelle Meets the Obsolete, Tim and the Thieves [rock psychedelic, krautrock, rock] event info
La Sarraz, La Bille: The Crotals, Am Samstag [stoner, grunge] event info

Fribourg, Cafe XXe: Animal Club, Clay Regazzoni, Parallel [punk] event info

Geneve, La Makhno: Hundred Year Old Man, Invouta [post metal, sludge, doom] event info
St. Maurice, Manoir Pub: Chrome Division, Frozen Crows, Crossplane, Virginia Hill [heavy metal, rock] event info

Geneve, Champmesle: Am Samstag, Oaxaca, Jane Barnell [grunge, rock, stoner] event info
Lausanne, Le Romandie: Preoccupations, Hubeskyla [post punk] event info

Lausanne, Les Docks: The Wombats, Circa Waves, Bloxx [rock] event info
Geneve, La Makhno: Hand and Leg [post punk] event info
Martigny, Caves du Manoir: Velvet Volume, Bad Wolf Syndrome, Kode [rock’n’roll, fuzz rock, slowcore rock] event info

Yverdon, Citrons Masques: Clarksdale Blues Band [blues] event info
Montreux, NED Club: Celtachor, Norvhar, Morgarten [folk metal] event info

Monthey, Le Pont Rouge: Stray from the Path, Landmvrks, Catch my Story [hardcore, metal] event info

Geneve, Crache Papier: Sordide, Turia [black metal] event info

Geneve, Post Tenebras Rock: De Staat [rock] event info
Fribourg, Cafe XXe: Calcined, Inhumane Existence [death metal] event info

Geneve, Kalvingrad: Altin Gun, Cyril Cyril [rock] event info
Lausanne, Le Romandie: Warmduscher, Obacht Obacht [punk, garage, rock] event info

St. Maurice, Manoir Pub: Scuorn, Kyterion, Deos [black metal] event info

Martigny, Sunset Bar: Ostande, Barde & Orage [rock] event info
Monthey, Le Pont Rouge: Herod, Olten, Oregon Trail [sludge, post hardcore] event info

Geneve, La Makhno: Brokenhead, Titans Fall Harder [death metal, cyber metal] event info

Geneve, Urgence Disc: Filade [math rock] event info

Fribourg, Fri-Son: Unhold, Falcifer, E-L-R [post metal, black metal, doom] event info
Martigny, Caves du Manoir: Toundra, My Diligence [post rock, rock] event info


January events


That’s what I call a New Year’s resolution!

Rocktato wishes you all the best, awesome gigs and a lot of fun! Welcome to 2019!

Yverdon, Citrons Masques: Gran Torino, Charles in the Kitchen [stoner rock] event info

Geneve, L’ecurie: The Erkonauts, Brokenhead [progressive metal, thrash metal] event info
Geneve, Le Bouffon de la Taverne: Sonic Crash, Oaxaca [rock, alt rock] event info

Geneve, Kalvingrad: Forest Pooky, Fallan [rock] event info

Geneve, La Makhno: Devoid of Thought, Anachronism [death metal] event info

Martigny, Sunset Bar: Terrorizer, Skeletal Remains, De Profundis [death metal] event info
Lausanne, Barberousse: Velvetfish [blues rock] event info

Martigny, Sunset Bar: BAK XIII, Geisterwald [cyber punk, indus] event info

Geneve, Undertown, New Gang in Town: Don’t Kill the Cow, Critical Heartbeat, Duke [rock] event info

Geneve, Post Tenebras Rock: Flogging Molly, Buster Shuffle [celtic punk, rock’n’roll] event info

Lausanne, Bleu Lezard: Takalyde [rock] event info
Lausanne, Les Docks, Persistence Tour: Sick of it All, Ignite, Municipal Waste, Walls of Jericho, Booze & Glory, Siberian Meat Grinder, Take Offence [hardcore, metal core, thrash, punk] event info

Fribourg, Le Nouveau Monde: Ogmasun [postrock] event info
Geneve, Kalvingrad: Ultra Zook, Merzuga [noise rock, rock minimal] event info
Geneve, Urgence Disc: Ostande [rock] event info

Fribourg, Le Nouveau Monde, Full Metal 59: Ogmasun, Killbody Tuning, Six Months of Sun [postrock, stoner] event info
Yverdon, Citrons Masques: Ruido International [punk ska] event info

St. Maurice, Manoir Pub: Smash Hit Combo, Chaoseum, Circle of Execution [metal core] event info
Martigny, Sunset Bar: Reverend Beat-man, The Revox [thrash blues, rock] event info
Yverdon, L’Amalgame: Promethee, Almost Human [hardcore, groove metal] event info
Martigny, Caves du Manoir: Invouta, Buryme, Reaptile, Falcifer [doom, sludge, drone] event info

Vevey, Rocking Chair: Fomies [punk rock] event info

Geneve, Urgence Disc: Takalyde [rock] event info

Geneve, Urgence Disc: TV Party [rock] event info
Geneve, Kalvingrad: Ayatollah [sludge punk] event info

Geneve, Urgence Disc: Reverend Beat-man [rock] event info

December events


That’s what I call “Rocking around the Christmas tree”…

What would you like to get for Christmas? How about a blue eye from the circle pit?

Fribourg, Nouveau Monde: Triggerfinger, Death by Chocolate [stoner rock] event info

Geneve, Urgence Disc: Slang [rock progressive] event info
Martigny, Caves du Manoir:  Somnolent Priest [doom, post metal] event info

Geneve, Urgence Disc: Beaver Badger [rock] event info
Geneve, Le Bouffon de la Taverne: Dirty Sound Magnet, Rambling Wheels [rock psychedelic, rock] event info
Geneve, ABARC, Death’skalade: LeenC [hip-hop] event info
Martigny, Caves du Manoir:  Somnolent Priest [doom, post metal] event info

Lausanne, Les Docks: The Inspector Cluzo, Hey Satan [blues rock, stoner rock] event info
Neuchatel, Case a Chocs: Rambling Wheels, Dirty Sound Magnet [rock] event info
Geneve, Urgence Disc: Vague Scare [dark wave] event info
Geneve, Undertown: The Night Flight Orchestra, Black Mirrors, Macakatac [rock] event info
Geneve, ABARC, Death’skalade: BAK XIII, Mandroid from Krypton, Conjonctive [electro punk, metal punk, deathcore] event info
Martigny, Caves du Manoir: Shores of Null, Akshara [doom metal, progressive metal] event info

Yverdon, Citrons Masques: Fullhouse, Stone Eyes [alternative rock, rock blues] event info
La Sarraz, La Bille: Deos, Hypocras [blackened death, Viking metal] event info
Lausanne, The Rockies: Endless Experience, What Aleph Said, Reborn [post rock, rock] event info
Geneve, Le Bouffon de la Taverne: Bigbone, Oversight [stoner rock, grunge] event info
Geneve, ABARC, Death’skalade: Alcosynthic, Komatix, Komodo 3000, 11 Louder [punk, oi!, speedrock’n’roll] event info
Geneve, Mr. Pickwick: Black:n:Black [AC/DC covers] event info

Geneve, Urgence Disc: Enlarge Your Monster [desert stoner rock] event info

Geneve, Post Tenebras Rock: Mamoth Mamoth, Mystic Sons, Six Months of Sun [heavy rock, stoner rock] event info
Geneve, Urgence Disc: La Marmite [rock] event info
Geneve, La Makhno: The Shifoomies Band, And the Killer is [rock’n’roll, stoner] event info
Geneve, Le Bouffon de la Taverne, Emergenza Festival: plethora of performers event info

Geneve, Post Tenebras Rock: Rise of the Northstar, Dope Dod, 1Kub [hip-hop metal, electro metal] event info
Geneve, Le Bouffon de la Taverne, Emergenza Festival: plethora of performers event info

Fribourg, Nouveau Monde, House Fest [punk, ska, hadrcore] event info
Geneve, Post Tenebras Rock: The Toy Dolls [punk rock] event info
Geneve, La Makhno: Sud – Disorder [street punk] event info
Geneve, Le Bouffon de la Taverne, Emergenza Festival: plethora of performers event info
Yverdon, L’Amalgame: Hex, Ølten, Chozo [rock industrial, heavy rock, rock experimental] event info

Fribourg, Nouveau Monde, House Fest [punk, ska, hadrcore] event info
Lausanne, Les Docks, MTV Headbangers’s Ball Tour 2018: Exsodus, Sodom, Death Angel, Suicidal Angels [thrash metal] event info
Martigny, Sunset Bar: Promethee, Akshara [hardcore, progressive metal] event info
Geneve, Le Bouffon de la Taverne, Emergenza Festival: plethora of performers event infoGeneve, Mr. Pickwick: Ca Va Chier [hard rock covers] event info

Geneve, La Makhno: Mini jupe [garage punk minimal] event info

Geneve, La Makhno: Los Wavy Gravies [rock’n’roll] event info

Geneve, Kalvingrad: Not Scientists, Lashing Fred, Off the Yard, The PFK [punk, punk rock, hardcore punk] event info
Geneve, Le Bouffon de la Taverne: The New Balls [blues rock] event info

Martigny, Sunset Bar: Coke’Tale [hard rock] event info

La Sarraz, La Bille: Convulsif, Inhumane Existence [hardcore] event info
Geneve, Le Bouffon de la Taverne: The One Klaps, Blutbuzz [rock] event info


Gedarkrise 2nre: Death metal
Origin: Lausanne, Switzerland
Active since: 1998
Connections: Sounds of Fury, Murge, Eternal Flight, Flesh and Blood, Near Death Condition, Legaside
Current members:
Thibaud – Vocals
– Bass
Nicolas – Guitar
Dario – Guitar
Axel – Drums
DarkRise Facebook
DarkRise Official Website and Their Stuff

DarkRise is one of those bands that are out there doing their job but for some reason you never get to know them. Until the moment you get a glimpse of their work by coincidence and when that happens, you keep asking yourself how the hell did they manage to stay hidden from you all this time. DarkRise is around for 20 years, 20 years of doing kick ass death metal that unfortunately was discovered by me only recently…

Simple math operation shows that the story of this band starts in 1998 in Lausanne. During 20 years of existence the line-up changed a few times, leaving the bass player Wil as the only original member of the band. In these 20 years, DarkRise released one demo and 5 full length albums so there is a lot of their work to catch up with, if you are a new fan like me. Already “Built”, their third full length album that was released in 2009 got a lot of good reviews and brought more recognition to the band. The following album “Realeyes” released in 2013 repeated this trend. Two years ago DarkRise released their newest piece “Fear, Hate and Corruption” that so far gathered the biggest number of reviews.

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Fear! Hate! Corruption! Dark rice!

In general, “Fear, Hate and Corruption” is a really good piece of modern death metal spiced up with technicality and thrash. The opening track “Do or Die” begins with a melodic intro just to brutally slap you in the face few seconds after. The momentum of this strike is not lost until the end of the album and keeps you awake with the unpredictable yet harmonic and brutal sounds. This makes these 45 minutes of an album a gluttonous feast, composed of juicy meat that death metal lovers can chew on with delight. The drumming is intense, guitars are melodic and complex. Grinding bass is not only keeping everything together but is often brought to the first plane. In “Just Before” song we can enjoy short but memorable bass solo.  All this is completed with vocals that inhumanly roar with anger. If you are a fan of Cannibal Corpse or Nile, you will dig this album, trust me. You can find it on youtube, but if you first want to give it a quick try, here is an opening track, which will give you an idea about the overall taste of this album:

Beside the Cannibal Corpse, DarkRise is strongly influenced by bands such as Behemoth, Slayer or Exodus with whom they even managed to share the stage! They also played with other great bands like  Morbid Angel, Six Feet Under, Fear Factory, aforementioned Nile and many more. Now to this already impressive list you can add Napalm Death whom they will support on 22nd of November in Manoir Pub in Saint Maurice! It’s going to be a blast!

November events


November? Gloomy photo shoot season for black metallers is open!

The most sinister ambiance of the year can be a powerful inspiration to some ghastly photos… Try that to fight your seasonal depression and if your nose gets cold, warm yourself on a heated gig.

Geneve, Kalvingrad: Bar, Bug Baum [country doom, post noise rock] event info
Geneve, Urgence Disc: Lunch [punk rock] event info
Geneve, La Makhno: Lantern, Oregon Trail [screamo, hardcore] event info
Geneve, Champmeslé: Exsom, Drunk Enough To Dance [heavy metal, hardcore] event info
Bulle, Ebullition Festival de Poutres: Minsk, Zatokrev [post metal, sludge] event info

Martigny, Sunset Bar: Primal Age, AM:PM [hardcore, deathcore] event info
Lausanne, Espace Autogere: Ruinas, Ocaso [stenchcore, neocrust] event info
Bulle, Ebullition Festival de Poutres: Promethee, Challenger, The Dali Thundering Concept, Akantha [hardcore, mathcore] event info

Geneve, Urgence Disc: Frana [punk rock] event info
Geneve, Undertown: Goatfather, Stoneforge, Hey Satan [stoner rock] event info
Fribourg, Fri-Son: Hubeskyla, Leopardo [psychedelic, math-craut-rock] event info
Martigny, Caves du Manoir: YOB, Wiegedood [doom metal, atmospheric black metal] event info
Bulle, Ebullition Festival de Poutres: Abraham, Set and Setting, Future Usses [post metal, doom] event info
Lausanne, The Rockies: Sons of Morpheus, Exsom [blues rock, heavy metal] event info

Geneve, Urgence Disc: The Bastards [punk] event info
Geneve, Champmeslé: Continental Band, Fell’Oz, Dead Spoon [rock’n’roll, punk rock, blues rock] event info

Geneve, Urgence Disc: Divine Shade [darkwave] event info

Geneve, Undertown: Agnostic Front, The PFK [hardcore] event info

Geneve, Post Tenebras Rock: Endless Boogie [psychedelic] event info

Fribourg, Nouveau Monde: JC Satan, Jessica 93, Fat Wang [punk rock garage] event info
Geneve, Undertown: Infected Rain, Fallcie, Deux ex Machina [metalcore, metal] event info
Martigny, Sunset Bar: Bloodlost, Mission in Black [thrash metal, metal] event info

Geneve, Post Tenebras Rock: Nashville Pussy, Worry Blast [hard rock, rock’n’roll] event info
Geneve, Champmeslé Greenfield Foundation Tour 2018: Defender, Uberyou, Polar Circles, Ultima Ratio [post hardcore, punk rock, rock] event info
Geneve, L’Arcade aux Grottes: Stortregn, Geisterwald, Atomizator [blackened death, industrial, thrash] event info
Martigny, Sunset Bar: Flayst, Deus ex Machina [melodic death metal, metal] event info
Fribourg, Fri-Son: Papaya Fuzz, The Anomalys, Trash K-Stor [garage punk, punk] event info

Geneve, Kalvingrad: JC Satan, Jessica 93 [garage rock] event info
Geneve, Arena: Nightwish [symphonic metal] event info
Martigny, Sunset Bar: Nashville Pussy, Worry Blast [hard rock, rock’n’roll] event info

Geneve, La Makhno: Skampida [ska, rock] event info

Lausanne, Les Docks: Powerwolf, Amaranthe, Kissin’Dynamite [power metal, metalcore, glam metal] event info
Geneve, La Makhno: Dark Buddha Rising, Fuoco Fatuo, Sam Haven [doom, drone] event info
Fribourg, Fri-Son: Aborted, Cryptopsy, Benighted, Cytotoxin [death metal] event info
Martigny, Caves du Manoir: Brant Bjork [stoner] event info

St. Maurice, Manoir Pub: Sirenia, Triosphere, Dawnless, Paratra, Season of Tears [symphonic metal] event info
Geneve, Champmeslé: Bottle Hymn, Burn the Beauty Queen [heavy metal, stoner rock] event info
Lausanne, The Rockies: Continental [rock’n’roll] event info

St. Maurice, Manoir Pub: Absolva, Chainer, Neos [heavy metal] event info

Fribourg, Nouveau Monde: Anna Calvi [rock] event info
Vevey, Rocking Chair: Mudhoney, Please the Trees, WTF Bijou [grunge] event info
Moudon, Les Prisons: Unfold, Beyond the Styx, Henriette B [hardcore, metalcore] event info
Martigny, Caves du Manoir: Bolzer, Hathors [black metal, noise rock] event info

Lausanne, Les Docks: Idles, John [punk rock] event info
Geneve, La Makhno: The Devils [trash rock’n’roll] event info

Geneve, Post Tenebras Rock Never Say Die: Being as an Ocean, Northlane, Alazka, Casey, Polar, Currents, Thousand Below [metalcore] event info
Geneve, La Makhno: The Hi-Lites [garage post punk] event info

St. Maurice, Manoir Pub: Napalm Death, Cremation, DarkRise [grindcore, death metal] event info
Martigny, Sunset Bar: Pro-Pain, Blasted [hardcore, metal] event info

Lausanne, Bleu Lezard: The Peacocks [rockabilly] event info
Geneve, La Makhno: Elephants, Wrensh [hardcore] event info
Martigny, Sunset Bar: Hathors, Staff, The Newgate’s Knocker [rock] event info

Martigny, Sunset Bar: La Muerte, Unfold, Mystic Sons [rock, hardcore] event info
Vevey, Petit Leman: Dux, Tyrmfar, Sulfure [black metal, thrash metal] event info

Lausanne, Les Docks: Broken Bridge [garage rock] event info
Yverdon, Citrons Masques: Redeem/ Revive, Resolve, Inhumane Existence [post hardcore, death metal] event info

Geneve, Kalvingrad: Rendez-Vous, Buzz Kull, Future Faces [post punk, darkwave, coldwave] event info
Geneve, La Makhno: Cooper, Crankcase [punk rock] event info

Fribourg, Nouveau Monde: Canailles, The Goon Mar, Lord Benardo [bluegrass, blues trash] event info
St. Maurice, Manoir Pub: Finntrol, Norvhar, Vaalnor [folk metal] event info


20452013_1380947601959154_4948229179608188591_oGenre: Melodic blackened death metal
Origin: Geneva, Switzerland
Active since: 2005
Connections: Brokenhead, Hypocras, Versus
Current members:
Romain – Vocals
Johan – Guitar, backing vocals
Duran – Guitar
Sam – Drums
Manuel – Bass, backing vocals
Stortregn Facebook
Stortregn BandCamp
Stortregn official Website

This is getting complicated… It’s absolutely awesome when genres are mixed and a band is able to use all of the advantages offered by a certain type of metal, spice it up with features offered by an additional type and finally polish it with another, different style of music. Brilliant. Extremely difficult for a bloggers to describe though… Say hi to Stortregn – a band from Geneva that mixes black metal with death metal, decorates it with melody and some progressive elements.

Despite the generally brutal musical direction that this band took, their name is pretty romantic if you ask me. “Stortregn”, or actually “störtregn”, means downpour in Swedish and it’s definitely not the only Scandinavian influence that this formation is carrying. But let’s start from the beginning. In 2005 Divine Smile was born, the band that was the foundation of Addict Repulsion, which in 2006 was renamed to Stortregn and stayed like to date. As usually, the line up has changed several times within these few years, but Romain and Johan remained as the founders and the only original members of the band.

During the 13 years of existence Stortregn released one demo in 2007, an EP in 2008 and four full length albums, including their newest baby “Emptiness Fills the Void” from this year. Already their EP got a lot of positive reviews but all of the other releases that followed, were gaining even more recognition not only locally but practically worldwide.


They used to put pig’s blood on their faces before each gig, they stopped for the mysterious reason…

“Emptiness Fills the Void” got so many good reviews all over the Internet, that there is not much left for me to say… What I found particularly interesting, is that Stortregn managed to trick pretty much all of the reviewers with this album. Some of them hear a strong influence of traditional heavy metal, some hear clear romance with progressive metal, most of them recognise Nordic black metal echoes, others sense Scandinavian melodeath and few managed to spot tech elements. Despite the huge differences in the genre detection (because it’s complicated not only for me apparently), all of the reviews were positive and very enthusiastic. Stortregn, you are doing your metal alchemy right.

I can only join this community of “Stortregn positive reviews writers”, and I will do it with pleasure. Fantastic solos, enchanted melodies, fast tempo and versatile vocals are the highlights of this album. Different landscapes unfold in the 50 minutes journey of “Emptiness Fills the Void” and since the music itself extracts a lot of elements from various genres, these landscapes are vivid and full of details. All of this is build on the solid foundation of aggressive tempo and intense riffs. Diverse vocals settling the mood and splendid solos are also definitely a huge advantage of this album. Here you have the closing track, where the lyrical subject finally passes through the dark gates that are mentioned in this album quite often…

If you are a fan of Marduk, Thulcandra, Dissection, Dawn or Sacramentum, you should enjoy Stortregn, since the influence of these bands is clear in their compositions. But as I already wrote, you can find Stortregn music surprising and chances of  detecting some interesting yet different and unexpected elements in their compositions are quite high… If you want to see them live, keep an eye on them because they may roam around. Unless you don’t mind travelling. Then check their tour dates with Marduk. Yes, this Marduk – Stortregn is on fire!

Science of Disorder

science of disorderGenre: Oldern Bastard Metal (Groove metal, Death metal)
Origin: Lausanne, Switzerland
Active since: 1989 as Soulless, 2011 as Science of Disorder
Connections: Sybreed, Promethee, Trailer Park Massacre, Your Own Decay, Blastage, Furia, Ever Since, MXD
Current members:
Jerome – Vocals
Lord Pelthor – Guitar
Baptiste – Drums
Stephane – Guitar and vocals
Science of Disorder Facebook
Science of Disorder BandCamp

I must admit, that I had an idea of writing about Science of Disorder in the back of my head since a few months already. I saw them live more than half a year ago on their release party of “Private Hell” album and I was stunned. I remember asking myself back then “why aren’t they more popular!?”. Today they are conquering the music charts outside of Switzerland and I am sure they are not going to slow down any time soon. I am pleased to introduce Science of Disorder – a band from Lausanne that describes itself as an Oldern Bastard Metal band…

The history of this band is rather long… Science of Disorder is built on the foundation of another band, named Soulless. The story starts in 1989, which for most of the young people today seems to be almost as far back in time as prehistory. Back then, in the shadow of these ancient times, Soulless, a band, which was flirting with thrash, death and gothic metal,  was born. After releasing two demos and two full albums, Soulless was put on hold in 2002 and reactivated and renamed into Science of Disorder after several years in 2007. The new reveal of this formation was directed much more towards death and groove metal than its predecessor.


Fingers of Disorder

The band under the name Science of Disorder released two full length albums, “Heart, Blood and Tears…” from 2011 and the aforementioned “Private Hell” from this year. The latter one gathered really good reviews across Europe and was listed on the international charts taking really high scores! Well deserved gents, well deserved.

I personally think that “Private Hell” is the best album of Science of Disorder so far. It’s a nice blend of death and groove metal that flirts sometimes with slower and heavier genres, even touching sometimes the surface of sludge. The album sounds aggressive but this fury is delivered mostly though hoarse, growly vocals and steady persistent bass lines rather than the fast tempo. Actually, the pace of the songs is just perfect to enjoy all of the elements – impressive vocal range of the singer, catchy riffs, captivating melodies and the gloomy atmosphere. “Private Hell” is focused mostly on the mental illnesses, talking about depression (Carrions) and struggle over the control of life (Choke). At least this is my interpretation of the lyrics, which make the whole album even more somber and intense for me. In this song, Science of Disorder takes you to the mental asylum and shows the fear, confusion and anger of the patient:

So far Science of Disorder shared the stage with bands like Dying Fetus, Necrophagist, Sadus, Samael, Megadeth or Entombed. They are really on fire now, so I am sure this list will grow quickly… The band is busy now with touring and promoting their work outside Switzerland, but keep an eye on them. When they are back they may give a gig for the local audience and delight it once again.