Metalwest Fest II to brutalize The House Cafe Easter Sunday

By Chris Krapek

DeKALB | This Easter, seek wisdom from your priest…Judas Priest.

Metalwest Fest II will take place at The House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway, at 4 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $7. The seven-hour show will feature a line-up of metal bands throughout the area including Deities of Darkness, Art of the Flesh, Acts of Atrocity, Spirts Asunder, Panzer, Warseid, Savagery, Zaegan and Rhemora.

Jordan Birchfield, guitarist and lead singer for Deities of Darkness said Metalwest Fest got started in December 2010. He approached The House Cafe about doing an all-metal, all-local showcase of up-and-coming bands in the northern Illinois and Chicagoland regions.

“The gathering of local metal on this scale is vital for a healthy local metal scene because all national touring or famous metal groups have all at one time got their start in their local metal scene,” he said.

Deities of Darkness is a special blend of metal with roots in Scandinavian black metal, mixed in with elements of death, melodic and folk metal, Birchfield said.

Panzer guitarist and freshman illustration major Lauren Gornik said that all the bands at Metalwest Fest II are friends and they each played a role in putting it together. This will mark the first time that the Naperville/Lisle-based band will play The House.

Gornik describes Panzer’s music as a myriad of metal sub-genre influences, while still staying true to their favorite bands like Death, Wintersun, Iced Earth, Rhapsody and Testament.

“Power metal, black metal, classic heavy metal, thrash metal and death metal all have their place in our sound,” she said. “With this in mind we hope to create music that is uniquely it’s own while still being reminiscent our favorite metal acts.”

Freshman history major Andrew Oosterbaan, vocalist and guitarist for Panzer, hopes that Metalwest Fest II will unite all fans of metal, even if you still can’t make up your mind between Maiden and Priest.

“It’s really great to do a big show like this that has a long bill of bands playing, he said. “It’s a great way for people who only know one or two of the bands to hang out and discover all the others. I think our local scene has a lot of different metal to offer and most of it is pretty good. We’re excited to be doing Metalwest Fest to spread awareness of our band, as well as support the other acts there.”