The single greatest two-day metal festival I have (or will) ever attend, Heavy MTL 2010 did nothing shy of blow my mind (along with my ears) over this past weekend.
Megadeth and Slayer, Korn and Rob Zombie along with a literal who’s who of both modern and retro metal turned up in full force to represent the genre at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montréal, Québec. Both Megadeth and Slayer committed to playing their seminal ‘Seasons In The Abyss’ and ‘Rust In Peace’ albums in their entirety on Saturday the 24th. Rob Zombie and Korn (both bands recently signed to Roadrunner Records) brought their A-game in a dual headlining evening on July 25th that was rife with pyrotechincs and magical lighting.
If you add in the phenomenal performances from Alice Cooper, Anvil, Lamb Of God, Rob Halford, Mastodon, Testament, Fear Factory, Airbourne and High On Fire, the weekend really shows off why Heavy MTL is THE North American metal festival any fan of the genre simply HAS to attend. Adding in Avenged Sevenfold, Alexisonfire, Five Finger Death Punch, Melissa Auf der Maur, Despised Icon, Hatebreed, 3 Inches of Blood, Winds of Plague, Chimaira, Kataklysm, Atreyu, In This Moment, Norma Jean, Shadows Fall, 36 Crazy Fists, Les Ékorchés, Baptized In Blood, Skeletonwitch, Deadly Apples, Hail The Villain and Beneath The Massacre… well, you have a jam packed two days of metal.
These are some of my photos from the first day – Saturday July 24th. This was really the Canadian Carnage Montreal tour date, with some added zest from additional heavyweight bands.
There is a full review of the full festival on Lithium Magazine