| K.O.B.U.S personally invited by Manowar to perform at Magic Circle Festival in Bad Arolsen, Germany – July 2008
The world-renowned American metal band Manowar has invited K.O.B.U.S. to perform at the Magic Circle Festival in Bad Arolsen, Germany from 9 – 12 July 2008. The first Magic Circle Festival was held in 2007 and was attended by more that 25 000 metal fans. The 2008 festival will mark the 20th anniversary of the classic Manowar album “Kings of Metal.” In order to commemorate this momentous occasion, Manowar`s record label, Magic Circle Music will construct one of the largest stages in Germany. Manowar will perform their first six albums in their entirety.
Theo Crous from K.O.B.U.S. made contact with Ecki Scoltz from Magic Circle Music after hearing that Ecki regularly travels to South Africa. Eric was excited to hear about an Afrikaans metal album and asked Theo to forward a copy of K.O.B.U.S. `s latest album SWAAR METAAL to him.
Shortly after sending the album, K.O.B.U.S. vocalist Francois Breytenbach Blom received a personal call from legendary Manowar bassist Joey DeMaio. Joey, who was also the founder of Manowar, said that he is very impressed with SWAAR METAAL, especially the tracks AMEN and KINDERHEL. During this conversation, Joey personally invited K.O.B.U.S. to perform at Magic Circle Festival 2008. K.O.B.U.S. has accepted the invitation and is booked to perform on the main stage.
More on Magic Circle Festival: www.magiccirclefestival.com
More on Manowar: www.manowar.com
SWAAR METAAL received rave reviews both locally and internationally. These quotes reflect why it is currently being hailed by media as one of the most siginificant releases of 2007:
“But occasionally i hear a metal album and just think, man, no matter what you're into you've got to acknowledge that that's a nice heavy album, whether your usual thing be Dimmu Borghir or Seputura or Korn or whatever. Last time i felt that was with the new Slayer album and Swaar Metaal honest to god gives me that same feeling.” Clive’s Dominion.
“From the first listen it blew my socks off! Not only is it the best SA album I've heard in a long time it's also the best damn metal album of the decade!” Dr Mullet.
“The sound is awesome, the musicianship spectacular, and the lyrics a masterpiece of social observation brilliantly conveyed in a language particularly suited to the harsh vocal quality of metal.” BD The Citizen
“Their heavy-metal packs a seriously lobotomising punch, with an idio-syncratic head-bangers ball appeal …ingeniously original satire”
Miles Keylock, Mail & Guardian
“As we staggered out of the Bohemian in the early hours of the morning, I was convinced we had just witnessed a landmark moment in
South African music. K.O.B.U.S! had just stormed the castle and proclaimed themselves King.” Loyd Gedye, Isolation – live review.
“I've just converted a 21-year-old Indian girl to fan status, and that breadth of appeal makes Swaarmetaal a crucial local album for
any metalhead's collection.” Michael Schmidt, Tonight.
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