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Metalfest 2008 - Metalrage recommends: Metalfest 2008

In the series of “Metalrage recommends” we like to put the spotlights on the upcoming Metalfest tour, promoted by Rock the Nation. This European tour will start on November 27 in Saarbrücken, Germany and will end on December 21 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The line-up features a diverse list of extreme metal bands. Some of the dates have an extended program with guest acts. We’d like to give you a small summary of the bands that will appear on stage.

Morbid Angel (USA)
Kataklysm (CAN)
Marduk (SWE)
Keep Of Kalessin (NOR)
Arsis (USA)

27.11.08 DE Saarbrücken - Garage
28.11.08 FR Paris - Elysee Montmartre
29.11.08 FR Rennes - Cite
30.11.08 BE Antwerpen - Hof Ter Loo
02.12.08 DE Neu-Isenburg - Hugenottenhalle
03.12.08 DE Stuttgart - LKA Longhorn
04.12.08 AT Innsbruck - Hafen
05.12.08 CH Pratteln - Z7 (+ Aborted + Thyrfing)
06.12.08 DE Bamberg - Hauptsmoorhalle (+ Aborted + Thyrfing + Hackneyed)
07.12.08 AT Linz - Posthof
09.12.08 IT Milan - Rolling Stone
10.12.08 SI Maribor - Stuk
11.12.08 IT Padova - Palanet
12.12.08 DE Munich - Backstage (+ Belphegor)
13.12.08 AT Wien - Gasometer
14.12.08 SE Belgrade - SKC
16.12.08 PL Warsaw - Stodola
17.12.08 DE Leipzig - Hellraiser
18.12.08 DE Hamburg - Markthalle
19.12.08 DE Osnabrück - N8 (+ Aborted + Hackneyed)
20.12.08 DE Essen - Weststadthalle (+ Aborted + Hackneyed)
21.12.08 NL Amsterdam - Melkweg (+ Aborted + Hail Of Bullets)

Arsis from the USA acts in two subgenres of death metal. On one hand they’re very melodic, but on the other hand quite technical, too. Their latest showcase is We Are The Nightmare of which they will of course play some tracks. Let’s just hope that their sound won’t suffer because of the fact that Arsis currently operates as a three-piece.
The first of the two Scandinavian black metal acts on this Metalfest is Keep Of Kalessin from Norway. This band is not your every-day black metal band. Critics all agree that they present a progressive and unique sound that is both fast and crystal clear.
Marduk is the other black metal band on the bill and was founded with the goal to become the most blasphemous and satanic band ever. In the meantime, the band released 10 studio albums and is one of the pioneers for the genre.
Also, Canadian death metal band Kataklysm can be seen as a pioneer, being acknowledged as the founders of the “Northern Hyperblast”, a style that refers to Max Duhamel’s gravity blasts. Their last record Prevail is already their ninth studio record and now they’re ready to promote it.
Worthy headliner of this package is without a doubt Morbid Angel. They, along with Death, Possessed, Obituary, Deicide, Massacre, Cannibal Corpse and a handful of others were crucial in the development of the death metal genre and its standards. Fans will be delighted with the news that after six years, the band will finally release a new studio album next year. Will they play some new stuff tonight?

Metalrage will be present at the Metalfest edition in the Melkweg in Amsterdam. In addition to the aforementioned line-up, two more bands were added to the bill.
Hail Of Bullets is the only band that plays a home game. They formed in 2006, but their roots have been entangled in the death metal scene for a long time already. Among the band members are Martin van Drunen, who we know from legendary bands such as Pestilence, Asphyx and Bolt Thrower. Drummer Ed Warby got his fame from Gorefest, Demiurg and Ayreon, while all the other members have a history in Thanatos.
Ever catch Aborted playing a weak show? I sure didn’t. These Belgian death metallers are one of the biggest bands out there and always destroy on stage. Must-see!

Come back afterwards, read our review and, of course, throw out your rage! For more general information about the Metalfest tour, check
Details Written on Nov, 2008
Writer @Mindsaver

Tags: #metalrage
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