Unleashed and Marduk are the headliners for Odense Metalfest, where Swedish LIK and the Dutch hardcore mastodons Born From Pain are co-headliners together with Dutch thrash veterans Dead Head and Danish Maceration, who have been re-united after 30 years.
Odense Metalfest is a new 2-day festival which will debut on 21-22 October 2022 at Posten in Odense, right in the middle of Denmark. Odense is the 3rd biggest town in Denmark. The program is ambitious. 20 bands Denmark and Europe perfoms at the festival.
It is no coincidence that Odense Metalfest takes place at the venue Posten. In the late eighties and nineties, Odense had a very active metal environment with bands, magazines and record companies. Now Odense will once again be the meeting point for metal music in the middle of Denmark.
Odense Metalfest has been started by four organizers who have had the metal genre in their blood since their teens and have all been part of the scene as journalists, musicians and distributors.
Jakob Schultz was guitarist in one of Denmark's most renowned metal bands, Esbjerg's Invocator, and the death metal band Maceration. Back then he organized shows with the biggest death and thrash bands in Esbjerg. In addition, he was a co-founder of Denmark's largest metal magazine Metalized. Martin Lyager has also written about metal as an editor at Danishmetal.dk, as has Morten Nissen from the PR company Trechoma, which was previously a metal magazine and a record company, and Michael H. Andersen, who for almost 30 years has been behind several concerts, festivals and since 2003 has run one of the largest independent, Danish music companies, Target Group.
“Now its time! The other major cities in Denmark have hosted successful metal festivals for years. I have always thought that Odense, as the third largest city in Denmark, also should have a festival for the extreme metal genres such as thrash, death metal and hardcore. Aalborg, Copenhagen and Aarhus have long had metal festivals that present big, foreign headliners. Odense must also have it again", says Jakob Schultz, spokesperson for the festival.
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