By Shawn Despres
On March 28 the 2nd annual Asia Metal Festival is taking place at Sangsang Madang Live Hall. It’s well recommended that all metalheads attending get plenty of rest and take their vitamins beforehand to help keep their endurance up for six-and-a-half-hours of headbanging, throwing up devil horns, and for the more zealous devouts, moshing along to the wide range of loud, aggressive anthems being presented.
Japan’s Devour and Shady Glimpse, Taiwan’s Emerging From The Cocoon, and Hong Kong’s Evocation are scheduled to appear alongside locals Hunter’s Moon, Oathean, Method, Legend, Mahatma, Baekdoosan, and Mad Fret. I’m mostly looking forward to checking out all-gal hardcore quintet Mad Fret, who released their first full-length album, Smash The Lie, late last year. Asia Metal Festival’s MySpace site has songs and live videos from most of the performers. It also has photos of the “Hell was full so I came back” official t-shirt for the event.
Tickets for the Asia Metal Festival are 25,000 won in advance and 30,000 won at the door. There’s info for purchasing advance tickets on their MySpace.
Here are the set times for Saturday’s metal marathon:
4:30 – 4:55 Hunter’s Moon (Melodic Death Metal)
5:05 – 5:30 Legend (Melodic Power Metal)
5:40 – 6:05 Devour (Melodic Death/ Black Metal)
6:15 – 6:40 Mad Fret (Hardcore)
6:50 – 7:15 Emerging From The Cocoon (Death Core)
7:25 – 7:50 Method (New Wave/ Thrash Metal)
8:00 – 8:25 Evocation (Symphonic Black Metal)
8:35 – 9:00 Mahatma (Thrash Metal)
9:10 – 9:35 Shady Glimpse (Hardcore)
9:45 – 10:10 Oathean (Progressive Extreme Metal)
10:20 – 11:00 Baekdoosan (Heavy Metal)