No not Volbeat, ladies and gentlemen, but D-A-D is by far still the most popular band in their homeland Denmark. For over thirty years they are making quirky hard rock and they know exactly how to throw a party on stage. On their debut ‘Call Of The Wild’ from 1986 the band is still called 'Disneyland After Dark', but to avoid a lawsuit from The Walt Disney Company, they changed the band name into D-A-D. At different periods in their career, the band goes on as D.A.D, D:A:D or D-A-D.
The genius brainstorming between Matthew and Charles Greywolf has caused a veritable sonic power metal storm. They met the eccentric Attila Dorn with his loaded opera voice some years ago and Powerwolf was born. The ‘werewolves of Armenia’ have played numerous festivals since then.
Anyone can plead guilty on a dance step to Pharrell Williams’s ‘Happy' or to Bobby McFerrin’s ‘Don’t Worry Be Happy’. As soon as they pass on the radio, everyone turns into a sunshine mood. Fortunately this is also possible in the metal scene. Armored Saint is a classic example of a feel good band. The band with singer John Bush has its origins in the early eighties when the members were just kids hanging around in school together. With flashy but very thought-through guitars, phenomenal drums and most uncommonly great vocals the guys from Los Angeles recorded very nice records.
Looking back at the festival's history, we find out that it’s the third time the thrashers of Death Angel descend to Alcatraz. The last passage in Belgium of this San Francisco quintet dates back two years ago. Death Angel consciously stayed away from our country to return with a new impetus to the stage in Courtrai. A smart move of a self-conscious band that does not want to burn itself to play our region too often. Of course we are more than happy they choose our festival again. Death Angel likes to play for the die-hard audience of Alcatraz, let’s keep it there.
Everyone who thinks about thrash and melody automatically comes to the mighty Jeff Waters's Annihilator. It were his fans who honoured him with the price of perseverance. Waters has been keeping his band alive like a madman and this for thirty years already. From the first album (and ultimate classic in the genre) “Alice In Hell” from 1989, the band is more than alive in the metal scene. The following albums “Never Never Land”, “Set The World On Fire” and “King Of The Kill” confirm Jeff Waters's talent and Annihilator is an established value.
Whoever follows the grind / death metal scene will undoubtedly have palpitations when hearing the name Carcass. They are definitely a unique and ground-breaking British band from the nineties and had successful releases with their two first albums ‘Reek Of Putrefaction’ (1988) and ‘Symphonies Of Sickness’ (1989). With the album ‘Necrotisism’ (1991), a successful tour with Entombed, Cathedral and Confessor and the modest masterpiece ‘Heartwork’ (1993), they managed to reach a wide audience.
With Queensrÿche, AMF is adding a legendary name to the 2015 line-up. We heard this American progressive rock band for the first time in 1982 with their EP ‘Queensrÿche’. This little gem immediately earned them international recognition. The real breakthrough however came in 1986 when ‘Reach For Order’ made the band one of the most respected and successful progressive acts.
From the gutters of New Yersey the thrashers of Overkill have been operating for almost 35 years now, headed by frontman Bobby ‘Blitz’ Ellsworth and bass player D.D. Veni. If we count well, Overkill is the longest active thrash band on this planet. Along with Anthrax they put thrash metal on the map in the mid-eighties. Not only on the East Coast and the rest of the US, but the band also developed a solid core of supporters in Europe.
All right, no introduction needed for Accept. If we only used the words ‘BALLS TO THE WALL’ no further explanation would be required. Nevertheless, we would like to have your attention for a small piece of Alcatraz history. In 2011, Udo Dirkschneider was already invited to our humble festival.
For several years now, Behemoth's reputation has been unapproachable, but long before they were popular elsewhere the band had built up a large fan base in our little country. No wonder, because (after a fairly purist start) this Polish company knew exactly how to combine their black metal roots with the better occult death metal. This made their strength grow even stronger and quicker.
Finland’s Nightwish had a grip on thousands of people from the very first record on. In Europe the band belongs to the absolute top artists in the music industry. The counter of record sales now stands at several millions, but also South America is going down for them and for North America there will be a comprehensive tour in 2015.