October 19, 2006

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Three days of face-melting metal
This weekend is all about the Manchester Metal Festival
By Erica Febre efebre@hippopress.com

After the New England Punk, Goth and Metal Festival (NEPGM), they promised to return to Manchester in a big way. That’s exactly what they did, as Matthew Marchesi and Anderson Mar, the organizers of NEPGM, return to Manchester with the Manchester Metal Festival.

“The whole reason for the Manchester Metal Fest is because of the response we got in August. The scene was already there, we’re just pulling it all together. We went for an equal representation of the different genres. No matter what kind of metal you like, there is something for everyone,” Marchesi said.

In the span of three days, Oct. 20, 21 and 22, Manchester will experience thrash metal, power metal, death metal, black metal, new metal and dance metal — just about every subset of the loud, hard-driving genre.

The festival will take place in downtown Manchester and will feature more than 30 hardcore to melodic metal bands, all from the New England area. The Steppin’ Out Lounge and Rock-O’s, again, will host the bands on their stage. The festival, starting on Friday, Oct. 20, will run from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Rock-O’s.

“There are all kinds of different sounding bands, which is another good thing about this festival, from rock metal to heavy stuff and trendy stuff,” said Eric Paone of Candy Striper Death Orgy.

Thrash metal legends Candy Striper Death Orgy, and Godless Rising, who boast former members of the well known death metal band Vital Remains, will both be headlining on Sunday at Steppin’ Out. Hell Within plays Friday night and Meliah Rage headlines Saturday evening, both playing Rock-O’s.

“We’re an old-school thrash band, so if you like old school trash … we’ve been doing this for 18 years. We sound like two hydro burning cars taking off. It’ll put you on a rollercoaster with a lot of adrenaline. I like to bring you right into the pit. The band playing after us, Godless Rising, is very intense too,” Paone said.

Both Rock-O’s and Steppin’ Out begin at noon on Saturday, with the show running to 8 p.m. at Steppin’ Out and 10 p.m. at Rocko’s. An after party will be held at Rock-O’s between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. with a DJ playing more metal, giving the bands a break. Both venues start on Sunday at noon, ending at 8 p.m. Another after party will be held at Steppin’ Out from 8 p.m. to closing.

With an established following, other New England bands taking the stage include Mortis Deveia, Change of Season, Chapter 50, SYPHN, Grim Legion, Beg For Change, Actinium, Troll, The D Brotherhood, Habitual Offendaz, Blue Eyed Murder, Bloodshed Unreal, Wings Never Shattered, Shot Down Sun, Afar, Hive Smasher, Hidden Agenda, Demiurge, Terror in the Midnight Sun, Terror on the Twelfth Floor, Heretic Hybrid, Deconformity, New Dead Scene, Forevers Fallen Grace, Shroud of Bereavement, Await Rescue and Four Point.

Metal!
The Manchester Metal Fest will take place Friday through Sunday, Oct. 20 through Oct. 22. Tickets, valid for all shows, cost $15 in advance and can be purchased from local bands or at Goodtimes Emporium, The Music Connection and Morgan Storage. Rock-O’s is located at 253 Wilson Street in Manchester. The Steppin’ Out Lounge is located at 342 Lincoln Street. For more information about Manchester Metal Fest, go to myspace.com/metalfests.