Presenting the Inaugural Edition of The Shockwave Festival

As readers of the PiercingMetal site and companion blog are very aware, we love to go to and cover concerts for the sake of larger awareness and just get a general kick out of seeing bands deliver their goods on the live stage. To me it’s very, very, exhilarating when it all comes down to it and I just find inspiration when I write about them or share photos from the performances with you all. That being said, it gives me great pleasure to announce another new festival that is launching this year for the summer of 2012. Presenting the Shockwave Festival (queue dramatic music).

The inaugural edition of the festival will feature both Fear Factory and Voivod as the apparent co-headliners and I guess depending on your level of excitement about each of them would gauge the level of anticipation in the overall event. Whatever the case may be it joins the ranks of the Rockstar Mayhem Fest, The Summer Slaughter Fest and also appears to be a good replacement for the no longer running Sounds Of The Underground Festival that ended in 2007. Check out the list of the rest of the performers on the event.

The Bands: Fear Factory, Voivod, Cattle Decapitation, Misery Index, Revocation, Havok, Dirge Within, Last Chance to Reason, Vildhjarta, The Browning, Forged in Flame.

Here are the dates of this Festival and as you can see it runs for about a month with limited breaks between days. It’s not as long as you might have expected but its still better than nothing for those fans who cannot wait to sink their fangs into its offerings and its probably .

The Tour Dates:

7/06/2012 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
7/07/2012 Vogue Theatre – Vancouver, BC
7/11/2012 Pyramid Cabaret – Winnipeg, MB
7/12/2012 Station 4 – St Paul, MN
7/13/2012 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
7/14/2012 Kool House – Toronto, ON
7/17/2012 Imperial Theater – Quebec City, QC
7/18/2012 Club Soda – Montreal, QC
7/20/2012 Northern Lights – Clifton, NY
7/21/2012 Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
7/22/2012 Reverb – Reading, PA
7/24/2012 Revolution – Amityville, IL
7/25/2012 Palladium – Worcester, MA
7/26/2012 Empire – Springfield, VA
7/28/2012 Mojoe’s – Joliet, IL
7/29/2012 Tebala Shrine – Rockford, IL
8/02/2012 Nakai Hall – Window Rock, AZ
8/03/2012 The Marqee Theater – Tempe, AZ
8/04/2012 House Of Blues – Hollywood, CA

PiercingMetal Thoughts: I like a fair amount of Fear Factory and had actually just seen them the night before posting this announcement but I admit I was a little surprised to find them being the headliner for this new Festival. As far as Voivod is concerned I have only ever been a marginal fan of their output and think that my favorite material was from releases like “Nothingface” and “Angel Rat”. Still some folks find them to be right up their alley. The other bands are only half interesting to me, but perhaps its time to give those ones who I am iffy on another fair listen and focus on. What do you folks think of the lineup roster for this event? Will you be planning on attending? Since PiercingMetal.com HQ is based in NYC our own attendance will be based on whether or not an actual performance takes place in the Big Apple. So far they are playing in Buffalo NY and Clifton NY and while the first is super far away, I don’t even know where that last one is so I am not making any travel plans. OK back to the regularly scheduled programming. Here are a bunch of album codes that will help you get up to speed on the bands that are performing on this event in case you need a little Metal guidance.

Official Websites:
Fear Factory: http://fearfactory.com/
Voivod: http://www.voivod.com/
Cattle Decapitation: http://cattledecapitation.com/
Dirge Within: http://dirgewithin.weebly.com/
Forged In Flame: http://www.forgedinflame.com/
Havok: http://havokband.com/
Last Chance To Reason: https://www.facebook.com/lastchancetoreason/
Misery Index: http://themiseryindex.tumblr.com/
Revocation: http://www.revocationband.com/
The Browning: http://www.thebrowningofficial.com/
Vildhjarta: https://www.facebook.com/vildhjartaofficial/

UPDATE 6/22/2012: It’s been reported that the previously announced bands of Forged In Flame, Revocation, Dirge Within and Vildhjarta have all pulled off of this tour.

UPDATE 7/3/2012:  It has been reported that co-headliners Voivod have dropped off this tour.  To my knowledge no other bands have been added in to replace the ones that have dropped off.

UPDATE 7/4/2012: It appears as though the entire Shockwave Festival is cancelled.  I hope that any fans who shelled out money for this event will be able to get their money back without incident.  Of course there is usually no bypassing the Ticketmaster Fees but maybe that is different with a full on event cancellation.

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