However. Antwerp Metal Fest is one of the greatest things happening in the local underground. With an array of local bands, plus a few smashers, the people behind AMF have created something that is bigger than a metal festival. This is the loud equivalent of a family reunion. Instead of complaining about traffic jams, greedy Uncle George or the kid's weird diseases, people talk about music. People say things like: "Oh shit, I got to be on stage in three minutes." or "can I touch your boobs?". You know, stuff that only occasionally happens at family reunions.
Antwerp Metal Fest is fucking cool. If you're from Antwerp and love metal, you should be there. Or better yet, you should volunteer to help out (click here)
One of the coolest things about this festival is their support for local, upcoming bands. Your Highness, Bütcher, Furia, Sons Of A Wanted Man, Mästürbätör, Throatsnapper, Fractured Insanity, Huracán,... iI's pretty much an Antwerp Music City thing if you see those names, or at least the wide local underground. I've seen most of them live already and I can guarantee that you will bang your head, mosh that pit and probably break a few limbs along the way.
At The Gates
For I Am King
Sons Of A Wanted Man
Only seven bands, is that all?
Perhaps the ferocious death metal of Krisiun is right up your alley. If so, you'll also need to check out Furia for some nutsack ripping grindcore. Your Highness and Huracán will destroy the place and Goe Vur In Den Otto will send you home in good spirits, even though your head, your neck, your legs and your stomach will hurt like hell the day after.
I've given you seven reasons to go to Antwerp Metal Fest and I'll give you one more. Pre-sale tickets are €45. That's two days of pure metal for the price of twenty minutes Metallica. And, euhm, each and every one of the bands at Antwerp Metal Fest will play their best songs. I'm not sure Metallica will. Anyway. Go buy tickets for this awesome gathering now (and here).