As anyone who’s ever talked music with a Chilean can tell you: even the polite, unassuming types in this rock-loving country have a soft spot for heavy metal.
And you can expect to see a sharp surge in Megadeth T-shirt sightings over the next two months, following the announcement of the line-up for the 2012 Metal Fest, hailed as the biggest, baddest metal event in the country since the legendary Monsters of Rock tour in the mid-90s.
To be held at the Movistar Arena on April 28-29, this year will feature some of the most important bands in all the various incarnations of the metal genre: thrash metal idols, Anthrax; horror punk pioneers, Misfits; and German speed metal band Kreator; alongside some of the best local hardcore acts.
Saturday will feature international bands Obituary, U.D.O, Fear Factory, Volbeat, Testament, Venom and Anthrax, as well as local artists Massacre, Kingdom of Hate, Six Magics, Poema Arcanus, Sacramento, Break Down, and RTumb.
Sunday’s internationals will be Misfits, Forbidden, Destruction, Exodus, Blind Guardian and Kreator, and local bands Dorso, Necrosis, Polimetro, Mar de Grises, Thornafire, SCL and Raíz Terca will round out the line-up.
And if that wasn’t enough, organizers have yet to announce one international mystery guest.
Alongside the music will be various stalls, including a Harley Davidson exhibition, tattoo parlor, Guitar Hero battle zone and a “metal queen” competition – in which the lucky ladies deemed to best personify one of the festival acts will be presented to that band on stage.
Doors open at 3 pm and both days will end after midnight. Entrance tickets cost US$69 (CLP33,000) for each day or US$125 (CLP60,000) for both days.