The SXSW festival merges music, film, art and interactive showcases from around the world and is held every year around the second week of March in Austin, Texas. For one week there are thousands of bands performing at any number of venues in downtown Austin. The streets are jam packed with thrill seekers, industry folks, journalists, tourists and pedicabs. In year’s past we have witnessed monolithic mega-star acts like Metallica, Motorhead and Voivod; not to mention up and coming acts like 1349, Sabaton, Steel Panther, Bison B.C. and Crashdiet who would all go on to establish themselves as forces to be reckoned with. The past two or three years have been sparse in terms of metal. By that I mean legitimate “metal” and not some new-age, dreadlocked, crustified gutter rock or faux-pas hipster rock. We were able to check out some showcases from Bremen, Germany’s crushing two-piece Mantar, the seventies inspired psychedelia of Philadelphia’s Ruby & The Hatchet, Belgium’s hard rockin’ speed freaks Speedozer, South Korea’s glam metal bad boys Victim Mentality and Austin, Texas’ own power metal juggernauts Immortal Guardian. Until next year enjoy the live clips and feature interview with Victim Mentality!
2015 SXSW Live Clips
Interview with Victim Mentality