On Friday I’m off to Holland for four days. Originally it was meant to be a quick trip to catch the Dynamo Metal Festival (DMF) in Eindhoven, but as it is my better half’s birthday later in the week I’m heading out for an extra day either side of the original plans.
The DMF is held within the confines of the Ijssportcentrum Eindhoven – the cities ice hockey venue. 2016 marks the second edition of the festival, last years included Bio-Hazard, Nuclear Assault, Death Angel and overseen by Arch Enemy.
Four of the first five bands I’ve had no dealings with so the next few days are going to be a novelty trip for myself also. I originally purchased two early bird tickets the Monday after the first festival finished whilst sitting in a hotel room in Dublin after seeing Nuclear Assault playing the evening prior. Only Sacred Reich were announced, but at €10 for a ticket how could I go wrong? One stage nine bands – now that’s an old school festival!
The privilege of opening up proceeding is local band Extremities who won a battle of the bands contest for this opportunity. They describe themselves on Facebook as a progressive groove metal band. Their debut EP will be released on the day of the festival which is a shame as it would have been nice to hear a few more tracks beforehand. Judging from the one track I have heard they seem to be a very competent bunch of kids, this sounds really good for a band that have been together for a little over a year. Hopefully we’ll make it to the Ijssportcentrum in time to see them hit the stage just before noon, but as we are based in Amsterdam for the weekend it’ll be a bit hit and miss.
A 7 minute version of Thousand Faces is taken from the Rakshasa EP that surfaces on July 16th. At the very least look for it on streaming sites and check out their Facebook page.