by Monica Apostol
First edition of Bucharest Blast with symphonic, progressive and math metal on September 3rd at Arenele Romane in Bucharest.
Headliner are WHITIN TEMPTATION and Agent Fresco. The other band that confirmed for this event are Mutiny on The Bounty and Sinoptik. If you live outside Romania you can get your instant digital ticket from Kompostor. If you live in Romania and you love printed tickets you can buy them from Eventim, Myticket or directly from ARTMANIA!
Within Temptation have come a long way in the last fifteen years. From their humble beginnings, the Dutch band has now sold over 3.5 million CDs and DVDs world-wide, making them not only Holland’s biggest selling musical export but also one of the biggest rock acts internationally. Formed in 1996 around the nucleus of guitarist Robert Westerholt and vocalist Sharon den Adel, Within Temptation released their debut album “Enter”. Seventeen years later they’ve released their latest album: Hydra, according to within-temptation.com. They have always been classified by critics as gothic metal, although the “gothic” influence varies with each album. Their most prominent and well-known sound is described as symphonic metal, although their earlier material, such as debut album Enter, was mostly gothic metal. Enter even had a hint of doom metal. In an interview, Den Adel said they fell into a symphonic rock genre with various influences.In a later interview with Dutch music platform 3VOOR12, den Adel stated that “we consider ourselves more a symphonic rock band … in my opinion, we are no gothic band”.
Agent Fresco are an Icelandic band, combining pop, alternative, art, metal, and math-rock, formed in 2008 just weeks prior to competing in the Músíktilraunir (an Icelandic version of Battle of the Bands) which they won. They also won “best guitar”, “best drumming” and “best bass playing”. Their first release was EP Lightbulb Universe. The lead singer is Arnór Dan Arnarson (previously with Rosa – the Danish progressive-rock act from Sorø). Vignir Rafn Hilmarsson plays the electric upright bass, Hrafnkell Örn Guðjónsson the drums and Þórarinn Guðnason the guitar and piano / keyboards. In late 2010, Agent Fresco released their first full-length album, A Long Time Listening., Destrier followed, their second full-length album, in August 7, 2015.