Winterfest ’11 Line Up Revealed

Metal4Africa Winterfest '11 has released details of the line-up for their annual winter-time event coming up on 30 July, dubbed this year as WinterFest’11. WinterFest is the sister festival to the annual SummerFest which takes place usually at the end of January. Established in 2007, this will be the 10th day festival event hosted by Metal4Africa in Stellenbosch, nestled in the Western Cape Winelands, some 45 minutes outside of Cape Town CBD. The website team takes pride in that these events have become widely known as amoungst the few – if not the top – leading annual events on the Cape Town metalheads social calendar. As per the norm, the line-up is representative of a strong variety of metal acts, showcasing much of what South African metal has to offer today’s listeners.

Kick-starting the festivities at 17:00 is one of the regions hardest working acts of late, tech-death metallers Imperium Of Man. In the short time since the bands establishment, they have trail-blazed the Cape Town gig circuit, gate-crashing their way onto high-key line-ups, and have even launched an assault on Port Elizabeth already. With such ferocious display of determination, it was only a matter of time before Imperium Of Man would attract the attentions of the WinterFest’11 selections committee.

Following closely at 17:45 is a demonstration of what happens when members of former top bands merge to forge a now sound. Bulletscript boasts an all-star line-up with members hailing from Azrail, Half-price, and also the 90’s legends of Pothole. Bulletscript brings a taste of heavy grooves with strong melodic elements.

The festival takes an interesting turn of events at 18:30 with the inclusion of Cold Hand Chemistry. This eclectic mixture of progressive hard rock & metal driven by the passionate vocals of Chantel Smit wowed audiences on Metal4Africa’s stage at Ramfest in 2010, and are not likely to disappoint at WinterFest’11.

Cape Town punters will get a rare treat at 19:15 when Pretoria-based folk metallers, Balyios, take to the stage. Complete with war paint and traditional garb, this new phenomenon promises to take festivities up a notch with their anthems of battle and conquest. WinterFest’11 will highlight their first-ever visit to the region.

If by 20:00 there are any who might be thinking that M4A – as it is fondly referred to – has lost it’s harder edge, they will be proven sorely mistaken when Ing take to the stage in a barrage of cheeky death metal-inspired thrash. It will be hard, controversial, and unforgiving! Ing also stands testament to the values of ‘old-school’, featuring members who have been banging heads and stirring up moshpit mayhem since the early 90’s.

WinterFest’11 will undoubtedly have a number of punters present who were not yet even born when the next band takes to the stage. Established in 1993, the legendary and longstanding SacriFist is one of only 2 metal bands who can boast this long legacy of South African metal (the other, Agro, has already performed at SummerFest’09). This onslaught of melodic death is not to be missed!

Co-headlining the festival alongside the 2 aforementioned will be Infanteria at 21:55. Since 2006, Infanteria have been climbing the ladder to become, not only one of Cape Town’s longest holdouts, but also one of the city’s trophy metal acts. They are well-known for keeping thrash metal alive and healthy over the years, and have even added a Megadeth tribute set to their repertoire; although at WinterFest’11 all will be treated to mostly original material from their upcoming album.

At 23:30 things will take an unmistakable turn for the dark! One of the cities most underground, yet eagerly anticipated acts resurfaces for the first time in almost a year with Wolven Decorum. Many don’t believe that Cape Town sports much of a black metal scene, but indeed, the city does! There are a number of projects at work at any given time, and every now and again, Metal4Africa will attempt to snatch one up to showcase at these festivals of local metal… not to mention the few other surprises that WinterFest’11 will hold for it’s guests!

So for those who have yet to experience a festival hosted by, don’t miss WinterFest’11 at The Klein Libertas Theatre (Bergzicht Plaza, Du Toit Street, Stellenbosch) on Saturday 30 July. As for the rest of you, the M4A team looks forward to seeing you again.