Now there is next to Judas Priest, Scorpions, Ozzy Osbourne, Slipknot and Volbeat and many other bands at the Graspop Metal Meeting.This Welsh metalcore band BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE needs no introduction and with their fourth appearance at GMM they are fast becoming something of a household name in Dessel.
The band is a crowd favourite, the guys love it at GMM and they never disappoint. The recently released ‘tour edition’ of their latest album ‘Fever’ included a bonus DVD with three tracks from their 2010 GMM set, which illustrates the band’s special relationship with our festival. Welcome back boys! (Saturday 25 June)
What started one day as a modest Californian metalcore band on a small Belgian label has grown into a modern heavy metal band that sells out major arenas in the States, Japan and Europe. In 2009, fate struck AVENGED SEVENFOLD a horrible blow with the untimely death of drummer Jimmy ‘The Rev’ Sullivan. The tight-knit group of friends reacted by focusing on a single mission: honouring their friend with a fantastic new record. ‘Nightmare’ was released in 2010 and, truth be told, Sullivan couldn’t have wished for a better tribute. A7X has a great live reputation so be sure to check them out on Sunday 26 June!
Some bands never get old and draw larger and larger crowds as time goes on. OPETH is definitely one of those bands. They single-handedly developed a flamboyant crossover between progressive seventies rock and the melodic but brutal death metal of their hometown Stockholm. The result is a cocktail of sharp contrasts where subdued, semi-acoustic passages with soothing vocals suddenly degenerate into pounding riffs with a roaring underbelly grunt. This may appear an unlikely combination to the uninitiated, but the ease with which these musical geniuses create seemingly endless and spellbinding compositions will convince even die-hard skeptics. Moreover, front man Mikael Åkerfeldt is a natural entertainer with a great sense of humour. This year marks the band’s twentieth anniversary so be sure to invite yourself to this party. (Sunday 26 June)
Thrash is back – even though some will say it never really went away. The fact remains that a truckload of new bands are pumping fresh blood into the genre. One of those exciting new bands is the Ontario-based thrash quartet BAPTIZED IN BLOOD. They appeared out of nowhere but the newcomers still managed to sign a deal with Roadrunner Records. BIB combines thrash riffs with a hint of Swedish melodious death metal à la Soilwork and let me tell you, it rocks like a mother! (Sunday 26 June)
Last year a puny Icelandic volcano messed up air traffic all across Europe and lots of international acts were forced to interrupt their tour because of the colossal ash cloud. Twelve months later, Iceland’s latest export product is ready to conquer the world. ENDLESS DARK from Ólafsvík/Grundarfjörður (who comes up with those names?) may be relatively new on the scene but their music will definitely appeal to fans of Bring Me the Horizon, Parkway Drive, Escape the Fate and the like. This six-piece post-hardcore band is gearing up for an international breakthrough so GMM2011 is the ideal opportunity for an introduction. (Friday 24 June)
Line up Graspop Metal Meeting (Update 5th February 2011)
Scorpions, Volbeat, Korn, Journey, Foreigner, Iced Earth, Epica, Parkway Drive, The Damned Things, Masters Of Reality, Heaven Shall Burn, Sepultura, Angel Witch, The Black Dahlia Murder, Arkona, FM, Endless Dark, Revoker
Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, Whitesnake, Disturbed, Bullet For My Valentine, Cradle Of Filth, Arch Enemy , Moonspell, Pain, Triptykon, Electric Wizard , Spiritual Beggars, Suicide Silence, Times Of Grace, Firewind, Kvelertak, Adept, Ghost
Slipknot, Rob Zombie, Avenged Sevenfold ,Cavalera Conspiracy, Opeth, Bring Me The Horizon, Amorphis, Soilwork, Terror, All That Remains, Architects, Escape The Fate, While She Sleeps, Baptized In Blood
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