AMF 2014 - Be There!
Whether we could still add a nice thrash band to the line-up? It’s a question we received several times in the past weeks. With Sacred Reich and Toxik we actually have already two top thrash bands on the bill, but with our core audience in mind, which have been faithfully for years, we are happy to give them some extra. And the last band for this edition from AMF will THRASH for sure.
Cradle Of Filth
It took blood, sweat and tears to put the upcoming Alcatraz festival together, where we had some bands in mind to program. In conjunction with the sensational and differentiated program we have made so far, Cradle Of Filth should not be missed. The controversial British band – revered by many as idols, torpedoed by others to the damnation of hell, a hell where they are unabated flirting and showing their satanic smile on a subsequent successful tour. They marked the nineties for the older generation as well as for the youth with their pioneering albums “Dusk…And Her Embrace” and “Cruelty And The Beast”.
Let’s be honest here, this band was recommended to us by Aardschok editor Metal Mike with the words: “They have good albums, but live this band is an outright bomb”. And who are we to doubt those words? Also here with Rock Tribune some editors were talking about the remarkable achievements from this Swedish band. People who already have the May edition from Rock Tribune will certainly have noticed the track from Avatar on the cd sample. The success was inevitable and it was already clear when “Black Waltz” was published in 2012, a record which was not that popular in Europe but received especially favourable comments.
Last year when we announced Channel Zero it was like: ‘finally’. We were then trying to get the band to Alcatraz for a few years but every time there came something in between. It’s about the same feeling we have today while announcing Diablo Blvd. However, at the Rock Tribune headquarters there is a core of die-hard fans around the band from Antwerp who did not failed to apply pressure hooligan-wise and with clenched fists to the bookers from the festival. Flat tires, threatening letters, and even a few stones through our windows…the usual ‘pressure’. And though we are still healing we know to estimate the efforts to value. At least when we hear the new album which will be released soon.
We are so proud at Alcatraz headquarters about the bands we are programming. We just don’t book any band that is offered or popular at the time being. Not rarely we do invite our own heroes. In the past we certainly did, but actually we still do. Our pride is our honour. Also it’s our choice to write down some information about the bands we are programming because we think we should. We ‘d rather not announce a series of bands without a word of interest or worse, with the wrong info. We are happy to put our bands individually in the spotlights with all respect for their often long career. This being said, we are pleased to confirm Hellyeah for Alcatraz Metal Fest.
Last week it was raining reactions into our offices. Some lesser, which we expected, but mostly positive about the fact we are programming Marilyn Manson and Life Of Agony on our opening day and all this because we are going outside of the traditional line-up of what is known to Alcatraz. The bigger majority talks about two outright top acts and they are quite right. Don’t panic, on Saturday we continue to serve our loyal audience hard rock and metal mainly from the eighties, witnessed by the names we already announced. However, we will go for a broader programming on Friday. Nevertheless we are following a straight line here and have no intention to just program any band. We were very pleased the Italian band Lacuna Coil volunteered for a spot at the AMF. There are still certainties in life and one of them is that we never say ‘no’ to a lady like Cristina Scabbia. Marilyn Manson, Life Of Agony, Lacuna Coil, it seems the perfect match knowing we still have some more surprises coming.
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