The final day of the fest (until the Hangover Party was announced early the next day) was a busy one and the lineup at Dicken’s Pub was really well chosen. We didn’t make it over to Vern’s at all on the final night due to set times that overlapped too much and little time between bands.
Gatekrashör is a band that could have held a headlining spot at this festival. But being a local band on a night with many out of town bands and the international headliner, they were relegated to an early spot. There was a sizable amount of people in front of the stage for their set though and everyone was thrashing. Gatekrashör is speed metal done right.
Planet Eater from Saskatchewan took the stage and with little said to the audience launched into a crushing and intense set. They were unrelenting as they tore through their twenty five minutes and left the audience wanting more.
Calgary’s Dark Forest is a studio project by David Parks that occasionally can be brought out onto a live stage with the help of some well-known musicians in the Calgary metal community. The Calgary Metal Fest crowd was ready to take in the atmospheric black metal and the front row was packed.
The Order of Chaos is always fun to see live. The band utilizes the entire stage, posing together while playing and vocalist Amanda Kiernan and bassist Duncan Hickerty even jumped into the pit during the set.
The last time the the bad boys of Toronto, Midnight Malice, played in Calgary was for Noctis 4.20 in 2011 and they made quite an impression. Calgary was eager to see them on stage again and they had the biggest and rowdiest audience of the night. Midnight Malice slammed the room with solid riffs and a lot of attitude.
Canadian black metallers Panzerfaust were another favorite of the fest. Their stage presence, outfits, and menacing faces masked with dirt from a cemetery along with the lighting and props drew the audience into their ritualistic and captivating set.
The final band of the evening was the international headliner, Abigail Williams from the U.S. The crowd thinned out a little for their set after having withstood an onslaught of excellent bands from the very beginning of the night. After snapping a few photos, I went to get some last minute merch from bands.
The third installment of Calgary Metal Fest was a fun weekend with many excellent metal acts and friends from across the country and even the U.S. All the venues ran smoothly as CMF has experienced and efficient crews and volunteers working doors, merch and stages. Every year the festival keeps getting bigger and better and we can’t wait to see what is in store for next year.