The year of 2015 is shaping up to be a raucously loud one with Witchdoctor Productions sweeping local metallers off their feet. Already announced in July, it is by now well-known that Sweden’s melodic death metal pioneers At The Gates are amoung those scheduled to tour to Johannesburg South Africa in May for a two-night throttling.
This week it was revealed that local support will be provided by four bands, featuring two per night for a unique experience on each. Friday 29 May will see Gauteng’s The Drift and Octainium hitting the stage to preempt At The Gates. On Saturday, Pretoria’s Maximum Carnage will stomp alongside Mind Assault, imported all the way from Cape Town to herald the mighty headliners.
The Drift, a quintet of scene veterans from various other bands, exploded onto the South African circuit in 2013 with a powerful debut album (Dreams Of Deluge) and a string of live shows. In this short span of hardly more than a year, the band has already provided support for other internationals including Dreamshade and Lamb Of God.
Maximum Carnage recently blew minds at our own M4A WinterFest’14 day festival whilst on only their second visit to Cape Town. The band has been gaining strong momentum and fared very well also at the Wacken Metal Battle: South Africa earlier this year. They toured South Africa last year with Egypt’s Anarchy.
Mind Assault have been active for a little more than a decade and having played an array of festivals and concerts of variable esteem (including the likes of WitchFest, RAMfest, Oppikoppi, etc) across the country, are no strangers to the national scene. The band also appeared in support of Lamb Of God at both cities this year. A follow-up for their 2011 Metal Rites release is on the cards for 2015.
At The Gates were a dominant force since the early 90s and can be credited as one of the main propagators of what is today termed as “the Gothenburg sound”, otherwise also made renowned by bands such as In Flames, Dark Tranquility and, in part, later arrivals such as Soilwork. The band later split. However, the lasting legacy and powerful imprint left by the band since the 90s has manifest in a reunion some ten years later in 2007, and which spurred a renewed chapter in the bands active history. A brand new 2014 album has just been released, titled At War With Reality.
Event information can be viewed at the Facebook event pages for Friday night with The Drift and Octainium, and Saturday night with Maximum Carnage and Mind Assault. Tickets are on sale at the Witchdoctor Productions website.
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