Wednesday, July 15, 2009


Indonesian heavy metal musicians and their fans will rock Metal Fest 2009 this weekend, Sunday, July 19. News at The Jakarta Globe revealed an exciting news about the country's metal scene and through this concert, it promises an opportunity to see just how far Indonesian metal scene has come.

Jakarta Metal Fest 2009 is the brainchild of event organizer Divisi-20. Yura Lagan, founder of Divisi-20, said Metal Fest was a spinoff of Jakarta Death Fest, which began in 2005 with performances by local extreme heavy metal groups.

Yura said Jakarta Metal Fest 2009 would feature Jakarta bands, as well as bands from around the archipelago that are still building their careers like Kumal from Medan, North Sumatra, and Pernicious Head from Purwokerto, Central Java.

“I wanted to have bands other than the well-known city ones like Seringai and Noxa,” Yuri said. “I saw Kumal when they opened for [German band] Caliban, when they played Jakarta. I only managed to catch their last song, but their mix of Indonesian ethnic music and heavy metal, and their political lyrics in particular, really intrigued me.”

Ari Winarto who will be playing at the festival along with his group Death Valley said, "These kinds of gigs show general audiences that metal can be accepted by the mainstream. It’s not about extreme music — being loud and causing riots — it’s art,” Ari said he was most excited about watching the performance of veteran metal act Mortus.

“For some reason, we always encounter hassles obtaining permission to stage concerts,” Yura said. “But it is never the true metal kids [who cause riots], it is always the same group of guys who come only to stir things up.”

Both Yura and Ari, however, expressed confidence that the festival would come off without a hitch. Ari added, you will not even have to wear a black T-shirt and long wig: “Metal is in the heart. You can be completely naked and still have a heavy-metal soul.”

Read the full story at here.


lina July 15, 2009 at 8:11 PM  

Thanks for the info. It's a good news for heavy metal fans.

Anonymous,  July 27, 2009 at 8:01 PM  

Hi guys!
I will spend my holidays in Indonesia and I would like to know some places in Jakrta where I can have a beer and listen to fucking metal music! Please, help me to shake my head in Indonesia!

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