(Calgary, AB. Canada) Scarab Metal Productions is putting the final touches on the Noctis IV Metal Fest and Conference. The festival is taking place over two days at the University of Calgary’s MacEwan Hall Ballroom. Headlining the event, are German thrash gods, SODOM in a rare North American appearance. Sub headliners include grinders ROTTEN SOUND from Finland, and legendary death metallers INCANTATION (USA). Making a first Canadian appearance will be the pagan/war metal act METSATOLL from Estonia, and giving folk metal fans something to rejoice will be Swedish folk metal band, from the Czech Republic; and brutal death/war metal act MANEGARM. Lending the festival an evil twist will be the up and coming black rock occultists THE DEVIL’SBLOOD from the Netherlands; reclusive black metallers ROOTMARTIAL BARRAGE from Manitoba. Completing the international line-up are MIDNIGHT, speed metal hellions from the USA. Other Canadian acts on the bill include tech/prog metal act DIVINITY, from Calgary, whose recent release The Singularity has met with outstanding international reviews, and STRIKER, a speed metal act from Edmonton, recently recruited for the 2011 Headbangers Open Air Festival in Germany. Also appearing from Calgary are death/thrashers MARK OF CAIN, prog/power act VIATHYN, and new death/doomers, OMINOSITY, all with recent CD releases.
In addition to the festival, guest speakers and panellists for the second instalment of the NOCTIS METAL MUSIC CONFERENCE, being held Friday Sept. 24, 2010 at the Ramada Hotel, downtown Calgary have been announced. A partial list of speakers includes guest appearances from TOM ‘ANGELRIPPER’ SUCH (Ger) of SODOM; filmmaker and producer SAM DUNN, (Can) of Metal: A Headbangers Journey, Iron Maiden: Flight 666, and Rush, Beyond the Lighted Stage; IAN CHRISTE (USA) author of Sound of the Beast; ANDY SNEAP, (UK) well known metal producer, sound engineer, and member of Sabbat; MATT JACOBSON, (USA) CEO Relapse Records; ERIC GRIEF, entertainment lawyer and former manager of Death; RYAN TAYLOR and EVAN HARTING, promoters of the MARYLAND DEATHFEST; CHRIS BRUNI, (Can) CEO, Profound Lore Records; MARTIN ATKINS, (USA) author of Toursmart; DAN ROZENBLUM (USA) lead agent of The Pantheon Agency; ROB SHALLCROSS (Can) Producer, Reversed Records; CRAIG BOYCHUCK (Can) Producer, CBAudio; MIRA BORN (Netherlands), freelance music photographer for metalshots.com, Metal Hammer and Terrorizer; TOPON DAS (Can) from Fuck the Facts, SEAN PALMERSTON, Editor, Hellbound.ca; JOSH HOGAN (Can) of Diminished Fifth Records; JON ASHER (Can) from Asher Media Relations; and more.
Topics for the conference will include items of interest to metal bands and fans and will feature live interviews with artist and producers, and discussions on various topics such as what it takes to get signed to a label; how to get endorsements and distribution deals; the latest in DIY recording; how to promote your band; touring, working with promoters, improving your live metal photography; etc. For more information on all the speakers, the metal music conference, bands, venue and tickets please visit: www.noctisvalkyries.com