Show Me The Metal Belgium and Brazil!


Despite being famous for chocolate, beer, waffles and French fries, Belgium hosts two major Heavy Metal festivals. (Note: French fries have absolutely nothing to do with France – it is the manner in which the potato is cut. To French means to cut into slivers)
Back to the Metal in Belgium:

Graspop Metal Meeting

I have to admit the gras and pop names threw me back into a Hippy vibe but never judge a Greek by his name. Graspop Metal Meeting has hosted thee best Metal acts since 1996. Iron Maiden, Slayer, Motorhead, Megadeth, Saxon, Manowar, Sepultura, Judas Priest (phew!) and the list goes on. As the official logo on the site reads “three days of intense metal experience” – I have no doubts!
The 2011 official line-up goes up on 6 December 2010.

Metal Female Voices Fest (MFVF)
For those of you who are going to scorn – go ahead but this is real and it’s been going strong since 2003. Grrrl!
It is conducted by the Metal Organization Agency (I learn something new everyday) and is held predominantly in October.
The list of female vocalists in the Metal genre is expanding and has become less of a gimmick. The 2011 Line-up includes Nemhain, Echoterra, Benedictum and Draconian. For those who do not know these bands – go look them up. This blog serves as an awareness.


I typed in “Brazil” on the Google  search engine and the first hit;
Beautiful Brazilian girls …
Go figure!

Apart from the beautiful people in Brazil – there is also the largest Metal/Hard rock festival called Rock in Rio. It is the mastermind creation of a Brazilian entrepreneur.
The festival was originally held in Brazil and later moved to Portugal and Spain. Rock in Rio hosted some of thee most credited Metal acts and gathers about 1.5 million people every year.

Unfortunately Rock in Rio became an alternative scene and other genres of music were explored but nonetheless – if you want to see Sepultura, Metallica and Iron Maiden share a stage – then let’s rock to Rio.
Fun fact: McDonalds sold 58,000 hamburgers in a single day which is a Guinness World Record at the First Edition (1985) of Rock in Rio. 
In the next Blog post – Metal festivals in Bulgaria and Canada.


Yours Truly – The Metal Goat
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