Metaldays 2018 in Tolmin, Slovenia is approaching and I just printed my festival and transportation tickets. Don’t miss my Metaldays guide to practical stuff like beer prices, Tolmin town and other festival things below. Here, we will focus on the bands. 2018 is my third, and weakest, Metaldays Iine-up. There are still plenty of bands to be excited about!
Keep reading for a complete guide to the Metaldays 2018 bands. I’m arriving at the festival on Sunday; hence no bands from Saturday or Sunday in the article. Don’t trust the times from the article since they are taken from the current Metaldays homepage. They have a tendency to the change. And if they don’t change, they will when the Slovenian storm arrives.
The quick version – five mandatory Metaldays 2018 bands:
- Harakiri for the Sky (26 July, 15:35-16:10)
- Obituary (26 July, 19:10-20:00)
- Judas Priest (26 July, 23:00-00:30)
- Cannibal Corpse (27 July, 20:30-21:30)
- Primordial (27 July, 00:30-01:40)
Monday 23 July
Dust Bolt (14:50-15:20)
Starting Metaldays 2018 off with some crossover thrash metal seems reasonable. Dust Bolt has some solid aggression and should deliver a set fitting for those afternoon festival beers in the sun.
I’m far from a black metal fan, but the Agalloch-related project Pillorian’s full-length debut “Obsidian Arc” really caught my attention. I will do my best to see the Pillorian set, and so should you.
Hate or Leprous (19:25-20:10 or 19:20-20:10)
Tuesday 24 July
Shade Empire (15:35-16:10)
I really love the Shade Empire-related project Thence. Shade Empire themselves is a fairly solid Finnish melodic death metal band with symphonic tendencies that could get another day at Metaldays 2018 going.
Way too sad for a festival in the glorious Slovenian alps. Also way too good to miss out on. Sad, melodic doom metal with gorgeous lead guitars.
Rotten Sound (20:35-21:25)
Wednesday 25 July
Supreme Carnage (time unknown)
Thursday 26 July
Harakiri for the Sky (15:35-16:10)
This blackgaze band went from decent to awesome for me just in time for Metaldays 2018. Delivers both sorrow and intensity. Looking forward to see what they can bring in a live environment.
The Metaldays 2018 highlight! I’ve seen Obituary many times and they always deliver grooves and oldschool energy that gets the crowd going. Mandatory!
Judas Priest (23:00-00:30)
Living legends are fun, and Judas Priest also just released their best album since “Painkiller”.
Friday 27 July
Turbowarrior of Steel (13:20-13:50)
Goatwhore or Municipal Waste (19:25-20:10 or 19:20-20:10)
Damn band crashes! This is a hard choice between two party bands. I will probably go for Goatwhore at Metaldays 2018, since I’ve previously seen Municipal Waste. Might try a brave stage switch if Goatwhore opens with killer “Alchemy of the Black Sun Cult” and then fades in intensity.
Cannibal Corpse (20:30-21:30)
Cannibal Corpse on the night of the last festival day will be rough, I still remember being almost paralyzed at the excellent Death Angel gig at Metaldays 2017. I hope I will be in shape to enjoy it and even do some headbanging.
Primordial will be an epic Metaldays 2018 finale. It’s going to be hard to stay awake, but it should be worth it.
About Metaldays 2018
Guide to doom metal and its subgenres ->
Soliloquium, Swedish doom metal ->
Death Angel review from Metaldays 2017 ->
The Foreshadowing live review from Metaldays 2017 ->
Katatonia live review from Metaldays 2017 ->