By Jonathan Kyrein on 19 September 2016
To an outsider, Metallion would look like a modern day Mongol horde, celebrating after a victorious battle. Long hair, beards, tattoos, and beer filled drinking horns.
In its third year running, this year at Metallion was the best. With pre sale tickets outnumbering total ticket sales of the previous year. On the first day of the festival, metalheads and rockers started coming though the gate and began scouting the best camping spots with their friends. Lots of these camp areas became their own parties, usually named after the group or band who set up the camp site. Such as Camp Hellsmen or Camp Dillion. These mini parties would welcome any passerby into their group to share a drink or talk music. At 3pm, Crucible of Scorn took the stage and got everyone warmed up for the nights events. Being followed by other local favourites Seraphic Nihilist, Flesh Martyr, and non locals Tides of Kharon. As night fell, a lot of fans were anticipating the debut performance of Gladius Sky featuring members of Xul, Cadaveric Lividity, and Prince George metal celebrity Taylor Pottle (Axis Disrupt, Flesh Martyr). After a bone crushing set, heavy music fans were not disappointed. As the night progressed more bands showcased their talents and were the soundtrack to those who were partying at their campsites.
When Saturday morning came around, the Sun reminded everyone that it wasn’t the music that was the most brutal thing at the festival, but the heat. As people crawled out of their tents, looking like some sort of lobster zombies, due to sunburn from the day before. The survivors felt their only refuge was the creek that runs near the campgrounds.
As the day progressed everyone got reenergized by bands like Deveined who are made up of the creators of Metalloid, Brad Foster, Sean Robinson, and Les Wade. Who have unknowingly become godfathers to the Prince George metal scene by providing one of the best events Prince George has to offer.
Saturday had its own relaxed vibe, as even more concert goers showed up to the festival, bringing their kids with them. Lots of families brought camping chairs to sit and watch the bands perform, making future metalheads of their kids. In between bands, people would shop at the merchandise stalls set up by local artists and businesses. Showing that Metalloid wasn’t all about musicians, but also supporting other creatives in what they do. At a festival full of heavily tattooed metalheads with satanic themed band shirts, you would not expect how friendly and welcoming everyone is.
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