Cape Town, South Africa: fondly referred to by locals as “die groot space haai”, djent-infused tech-metallers Megalodon will be co-headlining this weekend’s second annual all-ages-welcome concert We Came To Build 2017.
With the band having just taken top honours at the third heat in this past weekend’s Wacken Metal Battle (the band was also a finalist in the South Africa leg of the contest in 2013), which will see them off to measure against nine other national finalists in May, we got in touch with the band’s front man to chat about the current state of affairs within Megalodon.
“As a band, we are feeling very ready and positive for this time around at the Wacken Metal Battle. We’ve experienced this before in 2013 and that has given us some insight. Since then, we’ve grown considerably. We went back to the drawing board and laid out a plan of action which we’ve been sticking to ever since. We have been working on setting our own standards even higher and have really worked hard these last couple of months. Regardless of the Wacken Metal Battle, we’re still going to have an amazing year in 2017 for what we have planned.” ~ Thomas Theron (vocals, Megalodon)
As to the coming show, Thomas is very excited to be bringing Megalodon to the We Came To Build stage, since opportunities to play to new audiences are scarce, even for giant space sharks.
“I really take my hat off to the guys from Build Your Scene. I remember being in High school and never got the chance to watch metal acts back then. When I finally did get the chance, that really inspired me to be a part of the metal scene. Now, here I am ten years later. We Came To Build is a platform to introduce younger generations to our growing metal scene and, somewhere in that midst, we will inspire the next generation of metal bands to show us what they’ve got. Personally, I feel we should have more of these types of shows, but I understand the difficulty of logistics behind it. Megalodon feels very proud to be a part of this show and to help build and nurture the future of South African metal.” ~ Thomas Theron
Of course, being “metal” and what sort of image that places into the minds of many adults – and parents in particular – we though to ask Thomas for an extended view on that matter, owing to his experience in dealing with both kids and parents in his trade as a school teacher.
“Well, as a teacher, I understand parents having concerns about allowing their kids to come to such a show. From personal experience, I can say that metal shows have always greeted me with respect and friendliness. The community is very close, safe, and looks after each other. Its much safer when comparing it to other music genre shows in Cape Town. Megalodon aims to perform and entertain with professionalism and intensity. As a parent, if you want your child to experience a quality and safe metal show, then this is the place to be.” ~ Thomas Theron
Megalodon will be co-headlining the concert alongside last year’s international winners of the global Wacken Metal Battle in Germany; Cape Town’s own Zombies Ate My Girlfriend. Other bands on the line-up include: Pyjama Planet, Last One Alive, Peasant and Atlantic South. Full concert details can be found at the official facebook event page.
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