More Heavy Music Headed to SA in 2013


In a statement from RAMfest, they announced, “USA band As I Lay Dying and Bring Me The Horizon from Britain are the latest two international acts that will be joining Rise Against (USA) and Paul Harding & Ben Verse from Pendulum (Australia and England) to perform at RAMfest 2013.”


Champions of Metal Blade Records and one of USA’s top metal attractions this side of the millennium is the band As I Lay Dying, and they will be jetting into South Africa during March of 2013 to appear at RAMfest 2013. The band, from San Diego in California, has celebrated their latest worldwide release only last week (25 September) with Awakened. This is the band’s sixth studio release to date and is already receiving excellent reviews from metal communities all across the globe. The appearance at RAMfest will make up a part of a world tour in promotion of Awakened and will include appearances in the cities of Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Durban. The band has been described by many as a rough blend between thrash and melodic death, but more commonly described as a leader of the metalcore sound – which fuses extreme metal with elements of hardcore punk. What we can be certain of is that As I Lay Dying are world class metal entertainers who have featured prominently at major international festivals such as Wacken Open Air, Soundwave Festival, and Bloodstock, to name only a few. Other bands signed to Metal Blade include the likes of Amon Amarth, Whitechapel, Behemoth, Six Feet Under, Cannibal Corpse and many others.

Formed in Sheffield in 2004, Bring Me The Horizon has had many career highlights including three Kerrang Awards (Best British Newcomer, 2007; Best Album with There Is A Hell…, 2011; Best British Video for “Alligator Blood”, 2012). The band is a social networking powerhouse, with them ranked as officially the biggest band on Myspace in the UK for 2011, with over 3.4 million facebook fans, and over 50 million UK & European views on youtube for their official videos.

At this time, no local supporting acts have been announced, but RAMfest have confirmed receiving more than 90 very competitive submissions from every corner of the country and are faced with the extremely tough task of filling very limited slots. Submissions have been closed today and announcements on the full RAMfest line-up for each city is expected in early November. Discounted early bird tickets in Johannesburg have already sold out since the recent announcements of Rise Against and Pendulum, but an estimated 500 early bird tickets (including full weekend camping) remain for Cape Town audiences at R490. Regular tickets for both major cities will remain readily available via www.ticketbreak.co.za for R550 and will cost R650 at the gate. Although the Cape Town venue has unlimited camping, the Johannesburg venue only allows for 5000 camping tickets to be available – half of which are already sold – and they are the same price as general access tickets, so it’s first-come first-served. Durban is a one day event and tickets are available at R350, also via ticketbreak.

Watch videos for As I Lay Dying‘s “Cauterize” and Bring Me the Horizon‘s “Anthem” below:

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