by Monica Apostol
MAYHEM- De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas set -, SOULFLY and other 17 metal bands are complete the line-up for one of the most awaited metal festivals in region, ROCKSTADT EXTREME FEST (REF) 2016. The festival is due on the Biatlon ground in Râșnov during August 11-14 next year.
During the event, that will be held in a very beautiful place, the audience can also enjoy: Parkway Drive, Moonsorrow, TesseracT, Insomnium, Tankard, My Dying Bride, Carach Angren, Bucovina, Excrementory Grindfuckers, Indian Fall, Cattle Decapitation, Soilwork, Morgoth, Borknagar, Destruction, Hocico, Infest, Gutted, Clitgore, Mind Assault, Infected Rain, Holocausto Canibal, Hteththemeth, Hypno5e, Ordinul Negru, E-An-Na, Postvorta, Moribund Oblivion, Stercore, Berserkers and… Negura Bunget.
The price of a pass will mount to RON 250 starting July 11 and during the whole time of the festival. There will be also a VIP ticket available at RON 300, including a meet-and-greet session with the artists.
According to the organizers from Rockstadt Extreme Fest, there won’t be any tickets , but only passes that provide access to all the four days of the festival. Passes for the Rockstadt Extreme Fest 2016 are available at eventim.ro and in Eventim network (Germanos, Orange, Vodafone, Domo stores, Humanitas and Carturesti bookshops), at myticket.ro and at Diverta, Muzica stores and at Mihai Eminescu bookshop, as well as at bilet.ro, Inmedio stores and at the Romanian Post office.
Mayhem is a Norwegian black metal band formed in 1984 in Oslo, regarded as one of the pioneers of the Norwegian black metal scene. Mayhem’s career has been highly controversial, primarily due to their violent stage performances, the 1991 suicide of vocalist Per Yngve Ohlin (“Dead”) and the 1993 murder of guitarist Øystein Aarseth (“Euronymous”) by former member Varg Vikernes (“Count Grishnackh”), of Burzum. The band’s music strongly influenced the black metal genre and was instrumental in moving the global black metal scene away from the prevailing trend for speed metal. Their post-Aarseth material is characterised by increased experimentation. The 2007 album, Ordo Ad Chao, received the Spellemannprisen award for best metal Album.
Soulfly is a heavy metal band formed in 1997 and based in Phoenix, Arizona. The original lyrical content revolved around spirituality and religious themes, with later albums encompassing other themes including war, violence, aggression, slavery, hatred and anger. Soulfly is led by former Sepultura frontman Max Cavalera, who formed the band after he left the Brazilian group in 1996. The band has released ten studio albums, one tour EP, 19 singles, and one DVD video. Their debut album, Soulfly, was released on April 21, 1998, while their newest album, Archangel, was released on August 14, 2015. Soulfly incorporates many styles of metal with Brazilian tribal and world music. All of their first six studio albums debuted on the United States Billboard 200, with a peak position at number 32 for their second album, Primitive. Soulfly has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. The band has gone through numerous line-up changes, with Cavalera being the only constant member.