Report: Polish Heavy Metal Underground Makes Its Presence Felt

April 25, 2004

The U.K.'s The Observer reports: "It can't get much more heavy metal than this: the all-day Mega Metal Mania festival in Katowice, Poland, kernel of central Europe's heavy industrial core. All around is the charismatic, perverse beauty of pit-heads - turning cogwheels and slag heaps — the dancing flames of steelworks, cloudy plumes of power station smoke and row upon row of apartment blocks in the Stalinist style. Hallmarks all of an unrelenting life.

"But what the hell. The scent on the breeze this afternoon alternates between that of coal and Zywiec lager. Inside the flying saucer-shaped amphitheatre, shaven-headed Wojciech Wasowicz — on vocals for DECAPITATED, who make MEGADETH sound like Joan Baez — is growling out another wall of sound. This is the annual high point for miners from around here who 'eat bread and dripping all year round to buy a ticket for this', as miner Robert Filipek puts it." [Read more]

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