It’s been a while since the previous update but we’re sure the wait has been worth it, as we announce that the Dutch dealers of Ancient Death Metal, Pentacle, as well as German black/death/thrashers Insulter will be joining the bill of the Old Grave Fest 2016.
More than a quarter century ago, Pentacle came to life with the purpose of continuing the legacy of the black and death metal legends of the 80’s. While in later years the underground metal scene has been rife with retro trends and just mentioning Hellhammer/Celtic Frost or Possessed on your liner notes would get you points with the “true” crowd, few bands have been so consistestly honest in their approach for such a long time, while also forging their own musical identity. The early 90’s saw the release of a rehearsal tape and a demo, followed by two EPs, Exalted Journey and The Fifth Moon, which clearly pointed out the path to be taken for the next 20 years. The raspy vocals, crushing riffs and haunting melodies and the no-nonsense approach of the drumming would be cornerstones of the first full-lenght album, …Rides the Moonstorm (1998), now a cult classic of the genre. A further EP, Ancient Death, came out in 2001, bracketed by splits with Desaster and Repugnant, and the second full lenght, Under the Black Cross (2005) would be another milestone in the history of the band. Further splits with Mortem and Eternal Solstice and a couple of EPs that came out since only just sated the hunger for more bonecrushing old school death metal, so we can only hope for news of future ventures. Until then, Pentacle performing in Romania for the very first time at the Old Grave Fest 2016 is surely something that a die-hard will not want to miss!
Joining Pentacle is the black/death/thrash outfit Insulter from Germany. They’ve only just released their debut album, Crypts of Satan, on Witches Brew/Left Hand Path, this April, and it is a riff fest! Just the right amount of speed in a blackened thrash mix laden with death metal touches certainly makes for one of this year’s highlights.
Following these additions, the current lineup is: ARCHGOAT (FIN), VARATHRON (GR), ANTISECT (UK), PENTACLE (Ned), GAMA BOMB (IRE), CASTLE (USA), KORGULL THE EXTERMINATOR (SP), EXECRATION (NOR), DISKORD (NOR), KHTHONIIK CERVIIKS (GER), VIGILANCE (SLO). STEREO NASTY (IRE), INSULTER (GER), HELLSODOMY (TUR).
Old Grave Fest 2016 will take place in Club Fabrica (Bucharest) in October 7th and 8th 2016. Limited tickets are already available for only 119 lei / 27 EUR, online at http://www.rtmc.ro/tickets/ and www.iabilet.ro. The hard tickets are also available, in UMAN shops, MUZICA store, Perfect Tour shops, in Private Hell bar (Bucuresti, 5 Soarelui Str.) or via Titus Constantinescu (Bucuresti).