With 2012 racing to an end, and the awesome Whiplash safely in the rear-view mirror, SummerFest’13 now rears its beautifully hideous head above the forward horizon. The date is set for Saturday 02 February and continues at the venue which all of us have come to think of as ‘home’ over the years since the festivals beginning in 2007, the Klein Libertas Theatre in Stellenbosch. Of course, you can expect awesome sound & light provided by the team of MacAudio, with bands playing on a killer back line generously provided by Laney Amplification (yes, and they’re giving us an upgrade of backline this time around, with the latest Ironheart series which we test-drove at Whiplash last week), the outdoor stage in full swing with DJ ‘Bearded Bastard’ getting up to his usual antics, and pretty much everything else about M4A which has brought hundreds of people back for more year after year.
We must admit to having had a particularly difficult task of selecting a fresh line-up for this years SummerFest’13, with the event sandwiched neatly between Rock The River new years festival and the mighty RAMfest in March, both of which sport pretty intensive line-ups relevant to the metal community. Of course, we can’t have M4A looking like a “best of…” either of those events, nor can we allow ourselves to digress to scraping the bottom of the proverbial barrel. Regardless, we’ve managed to summon up a beast of a line-up including new kids on the block, old favourites, two come-backs, two album launches, and a never-before-seen-in-SA death metal band from the Kalahari! In order of appearance:
17h00 – MY DARK FUGUE
This young band from Paarl has been trying hard to bust their way into the greater Cape Town scene in 2012. We went through to check them out on their home turf a few months ago to see what the fuss was about and were instantly impressed. We might not be able to hand them a golden key to the city, but we can sure give them a decent foothold in expanding their territory into Stellenbosch. Come and measure this band with your headbang-o-meters, and you decide if they should play near you sooner rather than later!
17h45 – MESSIAH COMPLEX
This is an already-proven name in Cape Town metal. Having first hit the live scene in 2011, Messiah Complex attacked with force in 2012, showing a strong sense of determination with a full gigging roster to deliver their powerful metalcore to as many people as possible. Our only regret is that we did not have them on the M4A stage sooner.
18h30 – MOMENT OF CLARITY
If you do not remember this band from 2009-2010, then prepare to reach your very own moment of clarity as this band blows your mind! We were extremely excited to hear news of these guys reforming to give local metal another blast in 2013, and decided that there could be no better re-entry than from the point where they departed… on the M4A Stage. These guys deliver a well-balanced mix of melody and murder, perfectly straddling the line between dirty and clean.
19h15 – BULLETSCRIPT
Hailing from various corners of the city, with one member based also in Stellenbosch, Bulletscript return to the M4A stage for a well-deserved second time. If you like to headbang, don’t miss this bands stern delivery of power-thrash metal, sensible song-writing and riff-mastery second to none.
20h00 – OVERTHRUST
This is not to be missed! Overthrust, hailing all the way from the “Capital of The Kalahari” in Ghanzi, Botswana, are dusting off their leathers from the desert sands and coming to visit the fairest Cape for the first time ever. If you ever wanted to hear an indigenous brand of old-school Death Metal smashing on your own back door, then this is your opportunity to show our neighbouring metal scene a very warm Cape Town Metal welcome. It is expected that they will also have completed their début album in time for this first-time visit to the RSA, so this show should double as an album launch too.
20h45 – THE WARINSANE
If death metal from the Kalahari was not heavy enough for you, then try some from behind the ‘Boerewors Curtain’. The Warinsane remain one of the regions highly respected extreme metal acts and we’re very glad to see them steering back onto course in recent months following a brief spell of inactivity; and they’re sounding stronger than ever.
21h30 – INFANTERIA
It has been an extremely long time coming, but what we have long regarded as one of the city’s most underrated bands is about to turn that all around with the launch of their debut album at SummerFest’13, titled ‘Isolated Existence’. We’re confident it will have been worth the wait! From many live shows over a span of over six years, this quintet of progressive thrashers are extremely well-deserving of co-headline status for this event, and very well able to deliver the highest class of metal entertainment.
22h30 – SUIDERBEES
Suiderbees are widely known for their rapid rise to power in local metal circles. They have sky-rocketed from an opening act at SummerFest’11 to co-headliner in 2013. Their brand of symphonic death metal has had audiences enthralled to crescendo, and beware… the ‘bees‘ funnel! Bring your neck brace for after the show, and a packet of Essentiale liver tablets.
23h00 – SADISTIC DEMENTIA
It has been a bumpy ride for Sadistic Dementia since first hitting the scene in 2010, with member changes owing to emigration and what-not. Nonetheless, the band has shown their spirit of endurance by coming back with force in 2013 after a years absence from the scene with newly acquired members and a lust for metal. We’re very glad to have them making their début on the M4A Stage, and as a great platform to herald their return.
Well there you have it! We at M4A trust that you will find this line-up, along with our other entertainment (more to be announced in the following weeks) to be quite invigorating, as we have. We’re also very proud that our bi-annual “Showcase Of African Metal” is entering its seventh year of existence, and shows no sign of floundering. This has given us the confidence to draw on the metal resources of Botswana, and we hope that in the events to follow, we can make visiting bands from other African nations a staple in our diet. Of course, this is only possible with your continued support, and we thank you for everything that you have shown so far.
Yours in METAL
The team at www.metal4africa.com
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