Word has been buzzing via social media and on the streets for a few months now of the coming Witchfest metal festival in Pretoria next April. Already, a steady list of some of South Africa’s most legendary band names has been growing on the event page, directly beneath where internationals Septic Flesh, Alestorm, Belphegor and Fleshgod Apocalypse have been listed.
The locals to date have included V.O.D (Voice Of Destruction), who were last seen on stage during their lauded ten-year reunion tour in 2009. They’ve certainly selected the right time and occasion to reunite again, during the writing of another chapter in the South African metal scene’s history with Witchfest! Also on the list were Agro and SacriFist, of which both have been consistently fueling the local circuit for no less than twenty years; Terminatryx, who have been active since 2002; plus other stalwarts such Insek,Ing and Strident, along with newer names on the circuit such as Bulletscript, The Drift and Junkyard Lipstick.
Last night saw ripples turn to waves when news broke of also the return of Canada’s Kataklysm to Witchfest following their successful tour to South Africa in July of this year. Also announced were Aborted death metal band from Belgium and the Dutch symphonic metal band Epica, along with even more of South Africa’s own finest. Best of all, it is suggested that the international line-up still lacks at least two announcements.
South African bands included in last night’s reveal are Mind Assault, Theatre Runs Red, Bile Of Man, Bleeding Spawn, Maximum Carnage, The Warinsane, Wildernessking, Adorned In Ash, Octainium, Demogoroth Satanum, The Summer Underground and Martin Rocka.
Full-weekend tickets and 1-day tickets are said to be going on sale at 16 September with no price information being available as yet. Early bird tickets are reported to have sold out.
For those who may have missed Kataklysm when they were here in July, music journalist Paul Blom (also of V.O.D and Terminatryx) interviewed them in Cape Town, and shared some views of his own on the general state of live metal in the local context. The original writing can be found at www.mahala.co.za