Metal up your ass!

Montreal’s biggest metal festival returns

by Tyler Finigan

Are you ready for screaming licks and mind pounding double bass? Well, it’s time to mosh your hearts out on July 24-25 , because Heavy MTL is back at parc Jean-Drapeau.

Coming back from a break, Montreal’s ear drums are ready for more. The festival will be headlined by none other then the thrash metal gods themselves Megadeth and Slayer. Also on the line up are dozens of other bands such as Rob Zombie, Lamb of God, Mastodon and Canada’s diamond in the rough: Alexisonfire, who promise nothing but a headbanger’s ball.

“I can’t wait, it’s going to be sick,” said Dimitri Vadrahanis, second semester Cin/Vid/Com student.

Unable to contain it’s overflowing sound, the metalfest will be spread out over two days to ensure a never ending flow of heavy metal. Bands coming from all over the  grid, ranging from Thrash to Death and a little hint of Metalcore, fans of metal, in general, will be punched in the face with diversity.

Both days will feature the festival’s newcomers as well as some returning acts. On Saturday, fans will be treated to some experienced bands that have been in the music scene long before some of these bandees were even born.  Alice Cooper, the brilliant mind who created songs like “poison” and “school’s out,” who has been rocking since the late sixties and will take the stage alongside headliners: Megadeth and Slayer, who’ve also been around for a few decades.

Also part of Saturday’s lineup is Montreal’s own Melissa Auf der Maur. From 1994-1999 she was a member, songwriter and bass player for Hole contributing to the album “Celebrity Skin”. In 2000 she joined The Smashing Pumpkins for their farewell world tour. In 2004 she released “Auf der Maur,” her first solo album. MAdM is preparing the release of her new multimedia project “Out of Our Minds”.

Sunday will showcase the darker, heavier, crunchier bands of the festival. It will be headlined by nu-metal gurus Korn and the gruesome frontman/movie director Rob Zombie. Before they step onstage, a list of over 12 bands will perform. Amongst these bands are Vancouver natives, 3 Inches of Blood and the brutal becomings of Hatebreed. This day will display the raw power of new age metal at its best.

In 2008, Heavy MTL was born and quickly became the biggest metal festival in North America. Fans filled Parc Jean-Drapeau to its full capacity, yet people still found ways to thrash around and party. The festival was meant to be held every summer but due to an overload of metal concerts over the last year, Heavy MTL organizers decided to cancel. With high expectations, this year’s festival looks promising and will be an experience of a lifetime. Rain or shine, in true Montreal fashion, die hard fans will flock to the Parc to enjoy their yearly dosage of Metal.

Tickets are on sale and can be purchased at the bell centre box office, any other information can be found at


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