Feature Story                                                               Friday, August 17, 2017


Go Big or Stay at Home

Armstrong has that welcoming feeling for rock show

Staff/photos Derek Carr


Aggression above and Revocation below, were two of the bands on a big lineup at the 2017 Armstrong MetalFest in July.

hey say rock is dead. It's not. It just reinvented itself. Again. The annual Armstrong MetalFest is not for the weak. On show nights, beams of coloured lights cut through the foggers illuminating a parking-sized lot of heads and hair. Dio's "devil horns" blanket the hardcore audience.

Gone are the stereotypical Styx-like glam rockers with painted faces in the 80's who later drifted off into obscurity and marrying movie stars. Those were the warm and fuzzy days of rock and roll. They've been replaced now with hard, fast-edged tattooed bands pounding at eager ears like hammers on steel anvils.

If punk rock bands like Jello Biafra's Dead Kennedys were still around, these bands would put the screws into them and tear the strings off their guitars while descending into the bowels of the visceral.


"Armstrong Metalfest 2017 was hands down the best festival we have put on to date," says promoter Jon Asher. "The smoke from the forest fires around our province departed for exactly the dates of the festival so our fans got to enjoy a true Okanagan summer weekend."


Revocation were one of the bands putting on shows at the 2017 Armstrong MetalFest.


"The sound off the stage and production was truly mint, and their team ran the show like a well-oiled, mechanically-determined beast," added Asher.


The town of Armstrong raised their metal flags to welcome their guests for the weekend, by painting their front doors with the AMF logo, rocking metal shirts and playing their favorite metal music.


Revocation were one of the bands putting on shows at the 2017 Armstrong MetalFest.


"I personally have not had a more satisfying year. The amount of smiling faces I saw enter and leave the venue all day just proves to me why we do what we do," says AMF co-founder Jesse Valstar. "Bands and fans mixed and mingled, new friendships were born and memories were made. Plain and simple, the best weekend of 2017 for this guy."


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