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Metal community and subcultures in Slovakia

While the Slovak metal scene may be relatively small, it proudly showcases a rich tapestry of diversity across various genres; there's something for every metalhead to discover. Ever wondered which iconic metal bands make regular appearances in Slovakia, igniting the stage with their fiery performances? Curious about the hidden gems among clubs and festivals that are worth experiencing? Want to delve into the intricate landscape of metal subgenres and subgenres shaping the Slovakian music scene? This panel discussion offers a unique opportunity to gain insights straight from the heart of the Slovak (and beyond) metal community. Join us as we unravel the intricacies of this thriving musical landscape. From exploring the pulsating beats of underground metal venues to uncovering the latest trends in metal music, our panelists will provide insights and anecdotes sure to captivate all metal enthusiasts. Get ready to dive deep into the heart of Slovak metal culture and unearth hidden gems waiting to be discovered. 

Thursday 28. March 12:00 - Room: Frognerparken

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Daniel Hevier jr. // Music Press Production (SVK)

Daniel Hevier is a chief editor of the online music magazine Music and co-owner of a music agency Music Press Production. He has organized concerts in Slovakia, Hungary, Czech Republic as well as Norway, Romania, Serbia, and Germany. He is focusing on various music genres and within the edition of Nu Sound of ... invited to Slovak capital Bratislava various interprets of dark music such as Zola Jesus, Emma Ruth Rundle or Jozef van Wissem. He has visited a lot of festivals and has seen many metal music bands (Cannibal Corpse, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Lacuna Coil, Cradle of Filth, The Exhumed, Black Sabbath, Slayer etc.). What he likes about metal is its original invention and atmosphere. 

Michal Jahoda // Black Hole Constellation (SVK)

Michal is a musician, composer and producer. His constant obsession for playing and creating with his bands and projects, whether supporting bigger acts of their breed such as Dillinger Escape Plan, Bring Me The Horizon, War From a Harlots Mouth, Igorrr, playing own tours, or some of the biggest national summer festivals around - Rock for People, Brutal Assault,... resulted into more than 400 played concerts in fourteen European countries. He released 4 albums, dozens of singles, some of them had a great featuring host, such as Liam Cormier of Cancer Bats. As a bassist, he also cooperated with bass guitar and equipment companies such as Darkglass Electronics.

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Martin Saksa // Music Press Production (SVK)

Although he is employed with Soil Science Institute, Martin has been cooperating with since 2006, specializing in live gigs review. His personal music preferences spread from hard rock, through "old school" metal to extreme metal genres. Martin is also open to the newest rock and metal recordings and love lives shows (Leprous, Dream Theatre, Paradise Lost, Swallow Sun etc.)

Denis Kollár. // Music Press Production (SVK)

Denis Kollar has education in camera, sound, and editing of audio-visual creations. He has been listening metal music since his childhood. He enjoyed the mystic atmosphere not only at metal concerts but also during his walks in nature, so Norway is an ideal country for his hobbies. He works not only for Music but also for Rock For, where he has the position of chief editor. Thanks to photography he had an opportunity to be an accredited photographer for bands such as Judas Priest or Testament´s concerts and many other metal bands.    


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Rastislav „Ralf“ Ševčík // Randal & MMC / Lemmy's Pub (SVK)  

Rastislav Ševčík, also known as Ralf, used to have strong connections with the former Czechoslovak underground scene. He had the privilege to meet in person Debbie Harry, Iggy Pop, and other underground heroes in New York where he had been living for almost five years. Thanks to the contacts he made in the USA, bands such as Nitzer Ebb, Die Krupps, Alan Wilder, The Damned and New Model Army came to play a concert in Slovakia. He works at Lemmy's Pub as a bar operation manager and at Randal & MMC as selector.

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