Review by OFFICER NICE
METAL TO INFINITY
the first edition of the Ages Of Metal festival was a blast! The organization,
from which Bart Calis is the driving force, is totally into Eighties Metal and
who are we to complain. Last year was sold out, this year this little Festival
was sold out again. It’s clear that there still are a lot of True Metal
fanatics in Belgium but if we’re honest the scène needs more youngsters to
really be re-activated.
I adore this festival because of its location and because of its public. This
venue is a youth house and it’s a big advantage there are a lot of parking
spots, a good pub to relax and enough possibilities to eat in the neighborhood.
Another positive points is that, next to the merchandise, also sellers of CD’s
found their way to this festival. Hopefully there will be a real Metal Market
next year. Anyway the question is of this festival can stay in this youth house
because the organization had to disappoint too much people and therefore needs a
bigger place… for a bigger festival. There are opportunities and I can only
hope this festival will grew. The biggest advantage is the fact that this
organization isn’t after any form of profit; it’s Metal that counts and
besides Alcatraz concerts I don’t really know that much organizations who are
keeping the flame of true Metal so burning in our country!
was announced but the band had to cancel their appearance. To
me there were scheduled too early anyway but it’s a pity they didn’t show up.
US Metal is the only kind of music this festival still misses and I know there
is a big fan in the organization but this costs money…
I’m hopeful for the
future anyway. GAE
BOLGA, a Belgian Thrash band, was their replacer and I just
missed their gig. I saw them the week before in front of James Rivera’s Sabbat
Judas Sabbat concert and back then they were pretty good. This band is growing
and I believe in them. True fact is that Gae Bolga signed a well
based Emanes Metal Records and their first full length effort will be released
very soon. We at MTI definitely will write down our thoughts on GB's
the time is right!
leading Thrash Metal band in Belgium is nowadays AFTER
ALL. Okay, I hear some
people say the reunited Channel Zero is but for a part I don’t count them into
the true Metal scène anymore. Since Sammy Peleman joined After All they become
an amazing interesting band!
Sammy is in fact a Heavy Metal singer but he and
only he lifts the band up to a higher level. With friends we discussed the fact
if After All shouldn’t even change their band name and to start all over again
because they sound new but I can understand if they shouldn’t. Nowadays After
All is ready to compete with plenty of bands in the Thrash Metal scène. The
good musicians are there, the front man is one with so much more possibilities!
He’s probably the best Metal singer Belgium ever contained and we should be
proud! The fact he stays so cool and so ‘Metal’ is only fantastic and what I
expect him to do! The show was good and I can’t wait the band to record a new
in row was ADAM
and I will be short on this one; this wasn’t my thing!
Nor the music nor the vocals were able to please me although this man is
experienced enough to write music that would blow us away. He was in TKO before
and did you know he worked with Geoff Tate (Queensryche) as well?
gave mixed feelings to many spectators. I am quite sure when
must have closed their eyes they would have adored this gig. Now there were
several negative responses because of the fact these musicians were looking so
gay and this public isn’t really in for it. Okay, Glam Metal musicians have
never looked convincing male but these guys were incredible. In a rough scène
as our Metal movement it isn’t always accepted and the battle between
Thrashers and Posers isn’t finished for the oldies amongst us. To me it
doesn’t matter that much because the music count and I am sure if everybody is
fair they should have heard this band played fantastic songs, performed first
class sounding Heavy Metal and were awesome on stage. These guys were convincing
for me and I really enjoyed their show.
JAGUAR is a NWOBHM band every Eighties fanatic should know. They appeared on the Metal Batlle album with “Run For Your Life” and that’s wee I’ve learned about the band. They released two good albums in the eighties but disappeared for so many years. They came back in 2000 with the “Wake Me” album and ever since they gave some shows all over Europe. As far as I know only Garry Peppard is still an original member, I mean who was there from the
I’ve witnessed a good show although I saw better gigs before. The best NWOBHM
band is till Satan and I am still hoping Brian Ross will come next year to this
festival, with Satan or Blitzkrieg.
rather strange but the very first concert I have ever been to was Ostrogoth with
Picture in the ‘ATC’ in a place called Zottegem. I was thirteen and I also
remember that legendary Metal pub over there, The Smash. Meanwhile Picture
disappeared also to reunite again a few years ago. I saw them at KIT and
HOA before and I know the band still sounds good. Their last album “Old Dogs…”
was a decent comeback album but “Diamond Dreamer” and especially “Eternal
Dark” are still their best efforts. PICTURE
played old and new songs and was
ultra professional as always!
Who could imagine the band would reunite again? I know Oliver from the KIT
organization have asked so many years for the band to reunite and appear on the
festival but it took seven years to agree. So, Ostrogoth will appear on the next
bill of this
festival and it was something to look forward to. It was because
what I have seen tonight I am not looking forward to that show anymore! This was
painful, this was awful and this wasn’t a deserved headliner of this fantastic
festival! Marc De Brauwer, who was a first class singer in the Eighties, lost
his voice and isn’t able to sing the oldies anymore. “Full Moon’s Eyes’,
“Paris By Night”, “Too Hot”… they all sounded very bad! I don’t know
why Peter De Wint wasn’t asked to rejoin the band because I know he still has
his voice. Sorry Marc, these are hard words but they’re true! The band itself
still plays still good and these oldies have a young guitarist from Ostend
amongst them. This guy was good, so was the band but the vocals… made me run
away. I couldn’t face this anymore and it was also for me painful to witness
This was another remarkable edition of the Ages Of Metal festival but for the second time the headliner was disappointing. Nevertheless this is one of the best and most pleasant festivals in Belgium. The place, the crowd, the organization and most of the bands… all are good to have a memorable day. I will be back next year, be sure!
Special thanks to photographer in charge named RIK BAUTERS - check out more about Rik's pics at: http://www.myspace.com/rik.bauters
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