Metal Warriors Playlist 21.04.15 – Post-Witchfest Depression

Here’s the playlist from the special Post-Witchfest Depression Show! The Alesorm interview will be available on the Grind Radio website soon if you’d like to hear it again.

Tune in every Tuesday 9-11pm (GMT+2) for the Metal Warriors Show!

Heidevolk – Het Dwalende Licht

Ensiferum – My Ancestors Blood

 

Nightwish – My Walden

Leaves’ Eyes – To France

Epica – Sancta Terra

 

Terminatryx – Holy

Ministry – Permawar

Rob Zombie – Iron Head

 

Fleshgod Apocalypse – Pathfinder

Septicflesh – Prometheus

Belphegor – Lucifer, Take Her!

 

Sirenia – Once My Light

After Forever – Follow In The Cry (The Embrace That Smothers – Part II)

 

Alestorm – Keelhauled

Korpiklaani – Bring Us Pints Of Beer

Rhovanion – Heth (A Maiden’s Revenge)

 

Kamelot – Veil Of Elysium

Stratovarius – Hunting High And Low

Sonata Arctica – Only The Broken Hearts

 

Just because we can – two brand new Nightwish songs back to back!

 

Nightwish – Alpenglow

Nighwish – Weak Fantasy

 

 

J

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My Incredible Witchfest Experience

I went to Witchfest this past weekend, and it was a mind blowing experience. We made African metal history! You can read a Times Live SA article on Witchfest here.

Here are some of the highlights of the festival…

 

Thursday:

  1. It was my 3 year anniversary with my boyfriend and we were really excited for the festival to start.
  2. We set up camp in a lovely shaded area. I think we got the best camping spot – we had 2 trees and 2 gazebos. Our camp started out with only the planned people, and expanded when people we knew arrived and wanted to camp with us. Eventually we were a huge group and our two gazebos and many chairs weren’t enough for everyone!
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My boyfriend and I

 

 

Friday:

  1. My friend’s band Scroll of Thoth kicked off the festival at 12:15.
  2. We checked out the stall and bought some cool stuff.
  3. I got to meet and interview Alestorm – one of my favourite bands! After the interview we chatted for almost an hour.
  4. Seeing Alestorm live was incredible – I was right in front. During the show, Christopher Bowes (vocals and keytar) made eye contact with me and sang the entire chorus of my favourite song to me. Elliot Vernon (keyboards) saw me taking photos of him and pulled a funny face at me.
  5. After the show, I ran backstage to try to speak to the band. Gareth Murdock (bass guitar) greeted me with a hug, we spoke for a while and he gave me one of his picks with his signature on.
  6. I watched Decapitated with my boyfriend and we met the band after the show.
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Me with Alestorm!

 

Saturday:

  1. I saw local power metal band Strident live and they were incredible.
  2. We chilled with Henk Kruger from ING for a while and watched them play.
  3. Belphegor’s performance was phenomenal and after the show we attended the meet and greet where I got one of the bones from their mic stand, as well as a guitar pick and their autographs.
  4. Although I’m not a Cannibal Corpse fan, I enjoyed watching their show. Corpsegrinder’s energy and strength to headbang throughout the entire show was quite impressive.
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Belphegor

 

Sunday:

  1. I discovered how cool Martin Rocka & The Sick Shop is. I ran from my tent to go watch these guys when I heard them play!
  2. I saw my favourite local band Terminatryx again and took a selfie with them (their idea!).
  3. I met Epica thanks to my friend Charl who bought me the VIP add-on. They were all very nice and Simone Simons told me that my tattoo is beautiful.
  4. Fleshgod Apocalypse‘s performance was incredible – by far the best live performance I have ever seen. I saw these guys back in 2012 and I can’t believe how much they have improved since then. All I can say is wow!
  5. Septicflesh was almost just as spectacular as Fleshgod.
  6. Epica brought the festival to a close with a spectacular performance. I had goosebumps for almost the entire show.
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Epica held the South African flag for a photo for their page

 

I’d like to say a huge thank you to Witchdoctor Productions for this historic event for African metal history! The lineup was better than many international festivals and the urban camping was a unique and exciting experience.

 

Tickets for Witchfest 2016 will go on sale at the end of the month and I’ll definitely be getting mine as soon as possible!

 

You can check out the rest of my photos from Witchfest here!

 

 

J

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An Oppikoppi Festival Virgin’s Experience & Tips For Next Year

So I went to my first Oppikoppi Festival this weekend and I hated it – not because the festival was bad, but because I wasn’t prepared. So here are the top 5 things I wish I knew before Oppikoppi so that I could have enjoyed it. At least next year I know what to expect and won’t make these mistakes again. I hope this can help other ‘Koppi virgins to prepare so they don’t make the same mistakes I did.

 

1. The dust really is that bad.

I’m very allergic to dust but have been camping before many times without taking my allergy meds. I assumed that everyone was exaggerating and left my prescription allergy medication at home. BIG MISTAKE. I was feeling tired and sickly all weekend, and on Saturday night I had to basically be carried to the medics because I couldn’t breathe. Of course they didn’t have prescription drugs so could only give me Allergex, which didn’t help much. They advised me to get an allergy injection before I go next year and to bring my medication with because I will most probably still need it. Even if you aren’t allergic to dust, I suggest you prepare yourself. At the beginning of the festival I laughed at the people wearing medical masks and stuff because they looked funny, but eventually I wish I had done that. Wearing a buff over your nose and mouth help a little bit, and there are loads of places to get them at shops beforehand  or at the festival if you don’t already have one.

 

2. Bring a gazebo.

We learned the hard way that bringing a cooler full of ice packs isn’t enough to keep your drinks and food cold. We arrived on Wednesday afternoon and by Thursday night all our ice packs had melted so we had to cook and eat all our food. Hundreds of Rands wasted because we specifically brought food so we didn’t have to buy food at the event, then ended up having to buy anyway. Also, the campsite is as hot as the flames of hell if you don’t have any shade. So yeah, if you don’t want to melt, bring a gazebo.

 

3. Never, ever work at Oppikoppi. Or at least not your first one.

You miss so much when you have to work. I couldn’t enjoy my first time because I felt like I was missing everything. Yes it sounds awesome to get paid to be at ‘Koppi, but trust me, it’s not worth the money. I’d rather pay the R750 for the ticket. You miss out on the whole experience if you work. We only saw one band’s entire show because of work (and being sick later). And the hours were terrible, and the pay was almost just as bad. For the whole weekend bartending, I made about what I make in one night waitering. And after the first day (we worked a double – 10am-2am), our feet were covered in blisters, we were exhausted and so covered in dust that all the wetwipes in the world couldn’t clean us. Which brings me to my next point…

 

4. Wetwipes, wetwipes and more wetwipes.

Bring wetwipes! There are showers (I didn’t know about them and didn’t bring a towel) but the queues are always long and you have to be there very early if you want hot water. We bought 2 packs of wetwipes between myself and my boyfriend, and we ran out by Friday. So make sure you bring enough wetwipes, or else prepare to look like a homeless person for the rest of the weekend.

Here’s how my shoes and legs looked after working on Thursday (I’m actually VERY pale, that is a dust tan):

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5. If you’ll be upset if it gets broken, damaged or stolen, leave it at home.

I cannot stress this enough. Just to give an idea, we had two awesome mugs – a Trooper beer cup which was bought for me by a friend at Download Festival and a limited edition Black Label mug. Emphasis on had. The Trooper mug got stolen on the first night and on Thursday afternoon we found that some idiot had thrown his lit cigarette in the Black Label mug, which had melted into the plastic bottom, ruining it completely. Don’t bring anything valuable or sentimental, it will be stolen or destroyed, or covered in vomit (your own or a random stranger’s).

 

So these are just a few of the things I wish I knew. I’d love to hear some of your tips and experiences in the comments!

 

J

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