Yesterday I shared with the readership the full lineup of this years Hellfest which is taking place in France later on in the year. We’re not heading there I’m sad to say but when I learned of the full lineup for the Rock Fest which is held in Barcelona, Spain, I figured to give them some equal time and share it with you all to get your thoughts and to potentially make you aware early enough for you to make some vacation plans
PiercingMetal Thoughts: So let’s take a glance at this one as we did with the Hellfest and as you can see a few of the most prominent names are Iron Maiden, Whitesnake, Twisted Sister, Amon Amarth, Blind Guardian and many, many more that will make your fist pump higher into the air than ever before. No Five Finger Death Punch or Papa Roach and any of the other bands that the US festival circuit ALWAYS seems to have on the main stages. Now don’t get me wrong because I enjoy both of those groups but I have heard many Metal Legions grumble about how we don’t do Metal Festivals properly while Europe wins out over and over and over. Yeah we used to have Ozzfest but even that was only so good because you had half awesome and half GTFO of here. We definitely need a US version of the Wacken Open Air festival at this point but I guess its still rather hard to finance so I will keep my complaints to a minimum about it all. Now what do you readers think of this festival and will you be brushing up on your Spanish to head out there and be one of the masses? Let me know in the comments section below. I always love bantering about this stuff.
For those Metal Legions who were planning on a trip to France to enjoy The Hellfest for 2016, here is the fully revealed final lineup roster. It seems to be quite a good one so check it out below and then I will toss in some added thoughts.
PiercingMetal Thoughts: This sure does look like a great event to enjoy during the summer and as you USA residents and fans of the Metal will likely agree, is another example of just how good the European side of the fence puts together a massive Metal event. I mean come on now, Black Sabbath, Ghost, King Diamond, Rammstein, Volbeat and Twisted Sister to name a few. Whew. My heart is palpitating just at the thought of all those bands on the same stage. As I write this there is some hubbub around the band Down’s inclusion and that based on the festival promoter refusing to drop Down from the roster that a lot of government funding was pulled back from it. This all stems from Phil Anselmo’s racist outburst which has been the talk of the Interwebs for a few weeks now and based on France’s strict policies on this sort of thing, made them force their hand on the promoter. I think its nice that the promoter wishes to move on from this ugliness but I think that the entire festival should not be risked just to leave Down on the bill (and I am a fan of the bands music for awhile now). Let’s see what happens with this going forward. Honestly, I don’t see myself getting to France for this festival but I wondered what you readers think of it and if some of you are planning on attending. Perhaps one of you can bring us back a t-shirt 🙂 Let me know your thoughts on this festival in the comments section.