NewsApril 18, 2013 9:02 AM ET8,089 views

Indianapolis Metal Fest 2013 lineup announced

Official press release: Festival promoters for Indianapolis Metal Fest have released the lineup for this year's event, slated to take place on September 20th and 21st. True to their promise to put on a European-style underground metal festival that rejects the American "Corporate Festival" trend that has dominated -- and according to festival founder Rob Mason -- commercialized, castrated, and attempted to make heavy metal mainstream, the lineup is chock full of some of the most brutal, underground artists in metal. Some of these bands include DECREPIT BIRTH, INCANTATION, ACHERON, FUNERUS, the recently reunited BYZANTINE, TEMPLE OF BRUTALITY -- a band featuring Megadeth bassist David Ellefson and ex-WASP drummer Stet Howland, guitar virtuoso ANGEL VIVALDI, THE CONVALESCENCE, SADGIQACEA, metal legends VICIOUS RUMORS and LEATHERWOLF, progressive metallers SEVEN WITCHES, SINGLE BULLET THEORY, MOBILE DEATHCAMP featuring ex-GWAR member Beefcake The Mighty, and DIRGE WITHIN featuring ex-members of the band Soil. Also, true to their belief that Metal is in desperate need of new heros, IMF promoters have included a number of lesser known metal bands hand-picked from around the United States, including bands like SYSTEMS, EVOKED, FALL OF THE ALBATROSS, BURNING THE DAY, A FALL TO BREAK, ELCTRIKCHAIR, BEYOND AGONY, OF CREATIONS, EYES OF FIRE and many more to showcase their talents at the festival. Venue and ticket information will be released at the end of April. DECREPIT BIRTH INCANTATION ACHERON FUNERUS BYZANTINE TEMPLE OF BRUTALITY ANGEL VIVALDI VICIOUS RUMORS SEVEN WITCHES LEATHERWOLF SADGIQACEA THE CONVALESCENCE SINGLE BULLET THEORY AS SHADOWS COLLAPSE MOBILE DEATHCAMP FEATURED ARTISTS INCLUDE: SYSTEMS EVOKED A FALL TO BREAK FALL OF THE ALBATROSS BURNING THE DAY CONQUEST TWO TON ANVIL LOW TWELVE BLOODY MARY IDIOM ELCTRIKCHAIR THE HORDE SPECIAL GUESTS INCLUDE: BETRAYED WITH A KISS DEVIL TO PAY EYES ON FIRE I-EXIST DELIVER US FROM EVIL OF CREATIONS TUG FORK RIVER BAND HALIBRID BEFORE I FALL SOULSIK SHUNNED BECOMING THE ENEMY PRAGMATIC BLOODTRIBE RADIATION SICKNESS MAAX THE BURNED EARTH KILLZONE


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first 4/18/2013 6:10:24 AM


anonymous 4/18/2013 6:22:40 AM

^firstgay. Also, this fest looks like it blows.

diaperslut 4/18/2013 6:23:15 AM

Featured Artists Include: no featured artists.

diaperslut 4/18/2013 6:25:06 AM

Special Guests Include: members of the below bands on the Featured Artists' guest-list. May not "hang out" in back stage green rooms (porta-potties).

anonymous 4/18/2013 6:32:15 AM

"Featured Artists Include: no featured artists" is a gay. Was hoping for Born of Osiris

diaperslut 4/18/2013 6:36:38 AM

I was hoping for featured artists.

anonymous 4/18/2013 6:54:24 AM

HELL YES! Finally someone has the BALLS to put on a show that doesn't involve my sisters jeans. Incantation and Decrepit Birth are legends, and if you don't know that, you're either 14 years old, or NOT a metal head.

anonymous 4/18/2013 6:55:03 AM

Last time this "promoter" did one of these, several of the national bands got fcked over big time. I can't believe this dude has the balls to try this again. Rob Mason is a fcking joke. It's obviously taken him 5 plus years worth of backlash from his first shitstorm to attempt to do another one. National bands playing this, good luck dealing with this dude..consider this your warning

sarahIMF 4/18/2013 7:00:17 AM

You obviously have no clue what you're talking about.

anonymous 4/18/2013 7:06:04 AM

^ you obviously had nothing to do with the last bullshit fest in 2008. Or maybe you were part of one of the local bands that managed to play before the whole thing went to shit. fck off..

bloodfiremeth 4/18/2013 7:09:03 AM

eat shit c-cksucker. rob is good people. he didnt fck anyone. hes got the balls to try and help this local scene out. your a fcking dipshit, and need to buy a clue. you sound like a good recipient for the cosby diet.

sarahIMF 4/18/2013 7:09:46 AM

Actually I was. If it was such a huge deal to you, then A) why do you care? and B) why post anonymously? Trolls are funny.

anonymous 4/18/2013 7:28:55 AM

I think someone that didnt get on the bill is shitty... lol

anonymous 4/18/2013 7:35:23 AM

Who fcking cares about metal anymore. I am only at shows for the hot scene girsl. No ADTR-Not going.

anonymous 4/18/2013 7:37:30 AM

rob's a gay. indy sucks. fest flip.

bloodfiremeth 4/18/2013 7:37:36 AM

good for you dipshit. i think those girl pants are constricting the bloodflow to your brain. stuff your mouth full of shotgun, with your toe on the trigger.

bloodfiremeth 4/18/2013 7:38:54 AM

if you truly know rob, you know hes a good dude. rob, and sarah have done more for this scene than anyone in the last ten years.

anonymous 4/18/2013 7:44:19 AM

HEY BAstuffT DWELLERS! Take up your shit with the person you have a problem with LIKE A MAN. Being a keyboard warrior is SOOOOOO cool.

anonymous 4/18/2013 7:51:01 AM

shit i have no problem giving my name. no internet warrior here. ill gladly crush this fcks face. dude knows absolutly shit about o8, and really doesnt concern him. dude probably shops at abyss.

anonymous 4/18/2013 7:53:06 AM

Sweatpants are stoked for your "scene" crybabies.

anonymous 4/18/2013 7:55:54 AM

^ and what "scene" are you talking about? Name me one good thing they've done to make Indianapolis a thriving metal community? And if you mean, by booking bullshit local bands at the Emerson Theatre, then you obviously don't have a fcking clue, & are just defending your "friends"

bloodfiremeth 4/18/2013 7:57:58 AM

um putting five locals on a national tour. nope thats not supporting anything is it? go back to selling your shit wears, and bands that no one gives 2 shits about. youre a fcking imbecile of the first order, and someone who shouldve been swallowed instead of conceived.

anonymous 4/18/2013 7:59:22 AM

I've literally heard of 0 of the bands.

sarahIMF 4/18/2013 8:04:44 AM

Here's the reality: If you think our fest sucks, good for you. If you love it, even better. Everyone is entitled to an opinion, even if it has no basis in reality and is completely invalid. 2008 WAS a mess, but not because of ANYTHING Rob, I or IMF did.

sarahIMF 4/18/2013 8:05:10 AM

Three quarters of our sponsors renewed sponsorship for this year and know the situation. Regional and local bands that did not get to play (every national got to play with the exception of one who couldn't get into the country) are getting to play this year. Email me if you have a problem. sarah@indianapolismetalfes

anonymous 4/18/2013 8:05:12 AM


anonymous 4/18/2013 8:25:33 AM

This dude threw my unknown touring band on a show once. Nice guy, and so was his crew. The show wasnt crazy, but he payed us and it was a good time.fck the haters

truthstar 4/18/2013 8:30:52 AM


anonymous 4/18/2013 8:42:15 AM

My name is Jaso LOCO. I have been an active member of the Indianapolis Metal scene for over 14 years now. I know a lot of bands didn't get to play in 2008 thanks to the fire Marshall waiting until the day of the show to condemn the building. I've got more credibility than any trolls on here so if anyone important wants the REAL info feel free to contact me.

LoydChristmas 4/18/2013 8:42:35 AM

^lol no kidding. all this back-and-forth and i'm sitting here like Heh, you guys know no one outside of your little scene knows who any of you are or gives an 8th of a shit about this.

anonymous 4/18/2013 8:42:43 AM Haters can go swallow themselves because chances are you were never good enough to be a part of this (LOCAL) scene to begin with...

anonymous 4/18/2013 8:56:34 AM

NOBODY HAS HEARD OF THIS LINEUP. Enjoy being locally "famous". You all have bar cover bands in your future.

anonymous 4/18/2013 9:00:04 AM

Why is this lineup announcement on a hardcore website? No hardcore kid is gonna know who the fck Decrepit Birth and Incantation are.

anonymous 4/18/2013 9:05:05 AM

I don't know about the other people posting in here but there are a lot of people outside of the scene that know who we are... lol -Jaso

anonymous 4/18/2013 9:06:27 AM

Hell I promote the big metal shows when they come through The Murat. The "REAL LOCAL" Metal scene here has always been about supporting friends that share the love of metal... We welcome outsiders with arms open unless you fck us over... Rob didn't intentionally fck anyone over. EVER. -Jaso

anonymous 4/18/2013 9:07:13 AM

You people can talk to me, him or whoever you want however you want to... But it's not going to change the fact that Indy Metal is coming together bigger and badder than ever and if you don't like it you can piss off ya fcking wankers... \m/ -Jaso

anonymous 4/18/2013 9:09:49 AM

fck it might as well promote too lol... rid I don't have time for anymore of this though kids... Have fun >:)\m/ -Jaso Loco HALIBRID

anonymous 4/18/2013 9:10:03 AM

"you were never good enough to be a part of this (LOCAL) scene to begin with..." Umm, yeah, EVERYONE wishes they could be part of the Indie scene. So many great bands from there. This fest will have more band members than attendees.

anonymous 4/18/2013 9:16:46 AM

Is Abyss butthurt?

bloodfiremeth 4/18/2013 9:39:38 AM

dan abyss is a butthurt dipshit. this scene is growing as we speak. jasos band is legit. so take your shit black metal and shove it up your ass. dan abyss does nothing for this scene. fck him and anyone else who talks shit.

anonymous 4/18/2013 9:41:34 AM

Its like hes a movie nerd on a W.O.W. rant that cant be stopped because hes a robot that shits out a script with his auto response. He knows Metal more than real people because hes an underground metal legend. Props to Metal Roger Ebert ladies and Gentlemen!

anonymous 4/18/2013 9:45:15 AM

As someone whose band was booked for the 08 fest, and dealt with it from a band perspective (no, we didn't get to play.. some left.. were told we would get to play.. came back.. didn't end up getting to play.. and for wholly separate and totally understandible reasons did not get booked this year), and someone who has known Rob for 10+ years now, I think if anyone had a right to be butthurt about things it would be me. Am I? Not in the fcking slightest. (continued below)

anonymous 4/18/2013 9:47:55 AM

(continued from above) I paid very close attention to the things that went on in 08. As a promoter did Rob do everything perfectly? No, probably not. But do I think he did everything in his power to ensure that things went as smoothly as possible? Yes. Do I think he's primarily responsible for the mess 08 ended up as? HELL NO! (continued below)

anonymous 4/18/2013 9:49:32 AM

(continued from above) I saw what went down, and Rob or any other promoter would have been absolutely helpless to stop it. I helped build some of those stages, set up the venue. I know how much sweat, money, personal equity, and hard work Rob put into it. I know it will be no different this time. Barring any surprises by the city this fest will be one of the smoothest run, most band and fan friendly fests you'll see this side of the Atlantic. (continued below)

anonymous 4/18/2013 9:52:54 AM

(continued from above) Lastly.. Not a lot of people even in this scene know the extent Rob has gone to over the years.. even before IMF came to be.. to help FOR NO PERSONAL GAIN WHATSOEVER any local band that asked for it learn how to market their art. He has -always- been there for anyone in the scene, and is usually the first with his hand out to help. That's hardly the sign of someone trying to do bands dirty. James Gates - Born Under Burden / Shunned

bloodfiremeth 4/18/2013 10:10:19 AM

james speaks the truth. rob would give anything to help the locals out around here. dude is solid as they come. thats what i love about this scene. no back stabbing bullshit, just trying to help the deserving bands out.

anonymous 4/18/2013 10:15:32 AM

Rob Mason....Thundercore...lma o

anonymous 4/18/2013 10:26:09 AM

^Why are you so focused on him? Some man love goin on right hurr.

anonymous 4/18/2013 10:36:07 AM

Fest is mostly full of bands no ones ever heard of. But if you don't know who Decrepit Birth and Incantation are then you're probably not into metal

anonymous 4/18/2013 10:51:04 AM

lots of fat olds are stoked

LoydChristmas 4/18/2013 11:48:10 AM

" Indy Metal is coming together bigger and badder than ever and if you don't like it you can piss off ya fcking wankers... \m/" LOL, you have a cause. cute.

anonymous 4/18/2013 12:59:06 PM

But it's not going to change the fact that Indy Metal is coming together bigger and badder than ever Yeah, LOTS of bands really popping off from Indie. LOTS. Also, seems to get skipped quite often by touring metal bands. Really big and bad.

TheDerekForkRiverBand 4/18/2013 1:11:08 PM

I've never been so disappointed to be from Indy after reading these comments O_O

anonymous 4/18/2013 2:44:46 PM

" Indy Metal is coming together bigger and badder than ever and if you don't like it you can piss off ya fcking wankers... \m/" Who from Indiana calls people wankers??

RobMason 4/18/2013 3:38:58 PM

The "Troll" is Dan Ferguson from Abyss Records. He's pissed because I refused to pay $10,000.00 to put a Euro band on the fest that in no way draw in Indy. To those who have left kind words in my defense...thank you so much. To those who don't like the lineup -- please stay away; it's not for you.

RobMason 4/18/2013 3:40:37 PM

Continued from above: It's for real metal heads. If you prefer some corporate-style fest featuring awesome bands like FFDP and Rob Zombie...more power to you. IMF is about Killer underground metal...and as-yet-undiscovered talent.

RobMason 4/18/2013 3:42:06 PM

Continued from above: As for 2008 -- don't take my word for it -- it's all a matter of public record. The venue was fined TWICE by the City of Indianapolis -- and I sued them. Suit is ongoing...also a matter of public record.

RobMason 4/18/2013 3:46:15 PM

Continued from above -- I don't have to hide behind anonymous posts. Have a problem with me, bring it to me: rob@indianapolismetalfest. com.

anonymous 4/18/2013 4:31:40 PM

I have literally heard of ONE of these bands. Wtf?

anonymous 4/18/2013 4:40:27 PM

Miss May I dropped off this because they aren't headlining.

anonymous 4/18/2013 4:42:30 PM

is there bez brkdwnz? i just baughtz new vacuum pack jenz, and child size hoodiez wif wh1teCh4pz logz on it, also got new neutrogenia hair spikerz for meh backz and moptop tamez for frontz, what doez bandz sounz likz? Iz Suicidz playinz? Also im 14 is it all agez?

anonymous 4/18/2013 4:53:38 PM

glad i live in a real city.

anonymous 4/18/2013 5:01:07 PM

as opposed to what?

anonymous 4/18/2013 5:12:48 PM


PainINtheTIGHTpants 4/18/2013 8:57:02 PM

Makes me miss the days of Dude Fest.

anonymous 4/18/2013 9:10:54 PM

People actually live in Indiana?

anonymous 4/18/2013 10:02:18 PM

One final note, I love penis super long time. PM me if you'd like to ride the 'Jaso Loco-motion' - Jaso

anonymous 4/19/2013 7:52:00 AM

what euro band did dan apiss want for 10 grand?

anonymous 4/19/2013 8:17:31 AM

more people will comment on this article than will show up.

anonymous 4/19/2013 9:42:57 AM

^Yeah...bc this is a HARDCORE website, and this show is a METAL festival. Not a girl pant fest.

anonymous 4/20/2013 12:43:20 AM

Anapparatus forever.

FarewellFix 4/20/2013 3:53:21 AM

I thought Indiana was a city in Alaska.

anonymous 4/20/2013 9:54:37 AM

sarah wears jncos still. also one good band doesn't make for a fest. incantation is famous because of rear c*nt.

anonymous 4/20/2013 11:28:37 AM

good god this fest sucks. i've heard of 1 band. all those defending it are fcking gays.

iatemygoat 4/22/2013 2:24:36 PM

Looks like a good time. This is good for Indy. Its always been super hard to book a show on tour in that town. ive seriously gotten more "just skip it dude" emails than "it will be hard, but ill try my best!" Running a fest i can only imagine as being fcking insane, props to you guys setting this up. hopefully i can make it, Minnesota's not too far away.

anonymous 4/22/2013 8:58:33 PM

there is a handful of "indy" bands that put out records and tour..not really seeing any of those included but whatever.its good for the local kids and the newer bands for sure. only stupid fcking poser dipshits don't know whats up with Incantation.

anonymous 4/23/2013 11:11:56 AM


anonymous 4/23/2013 11:33:21 AM

This should just be called "fest of 6th grader named metal bands and the most generic band names ever" Seriously, look at all these names...half seem like some kid in 6th grade who listens to shitty radio metal, made them up and the other half make ZERO sense

anonymous 4/23/2013 11:43:17 AM

Oh and Indy fcking blows too. The town is a dump full of sketchy sages and white dirt balls begging for change. Good luck finding booze on Sunday also, it's a fcking dry town and a joke. Lastly, you know the promoter is desperate when he needs to come on here to defend himself...bahaha. Seriously, I bet I'd have more fun typing these dumb captcha codes than attending this.

anonymous 4/24/2013 4:03:26 PM

LULZ. Rise of the Psycho Bunnies Is there anything that goes with a Metal concert better than a Hot Metal Girl? We don't think so! That's why we created our very own group of seriously hot spokesmodels! Meet the Psycho Bunnies! You'll see them on the website, on the TV show and, of course, at the Festival! ?Interested in learning how to become a Psycho Bunny Girl? If you're at least 18 years of age and love Metal, email Sarah for details."

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