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Rock Metal Fest
December 16, 2009   
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Warsaw's Stodoła Club will be reverberating to the sound of heavy, thrash, death, nu and other forms of metal as it hosts the Rock Metal Fest Dec. 19. The organizers hope to recreate the success of the country's first Rock Metal Fest, held in Cracow in March.

A bevy of Polish bands will be appearing, including TSA, Acid Drinkers, Kat & Roman Kostrzewski, Hunter, Frontside, Turbo, CETI, NoNe and Carnal.

TSA is a hard rock outfit generally regarded as a forerunner of Polish heavy metal. They have been around since 1979. They have put out six Polish-language albums, the latest being Proceder (2004).

Acid Drinkers started out in 1986 and play thrash and heavy metal. They have released 14 studio albums and still counting. Their influences include Deep Purple, Megadeth, Sepultura and Slayer.

Kat & Roman Kostrzewski is an offshoot of thrash metal band Kat (which means "executioner" in Polish). It was formed by lead singer Roman Kostrzewski and drummer Ireneusz Loth in 2004. The band have yet to record an album. Onstage, they play songs by the original Kat.

Hunter first got together in Szczytno, in the northeast of Poland, in 1985 and took their name from the Def Leppard's song "Die Hard the Hunter." Hunter is a force to be reckoned with both on the Polish and international metal scenes. The group are promoting their fourth and latest album HellWood, which came out in April.

Frontside have been around since 1993 and their music has been described as a cross between metalcore and death metal. The band has released five albums with Polish lyrics and three with English lyrics.

Turbo came into being nearly 30 years ago. By the end of the 1980s, Turbo was numbered among the Big Three of Polish metal, along with Kat and TSA. They have made 13 studio albums, the latest of which, Strażnik ¶wiatła (Light Keeper), came out in November.

CETI is named after a 1971 NASA program dedicated to seeking out extraterrestrial civilizations (Communication With Extraterrestrial Intelligence). The group plays classic heavy metal with the addition of keyboards. They have released seven albums, the first of which, Czarna róża (Black Rose), came out in 1989.

NoNe is a group that play nu-metal/metalcore. They were founded in the northern city of Bydgoszcz in 1999. Their debut, No One, came out in 2000. Since then, they have put out Procreation (2001), Black Star (2003), and The Rising (2008).

Carnal have been going since 1999. They have three studio albums to their credit. The latest, Re-Creation, came out in September this year. They play doom and death metal.

Dec. 19. Club opens 2 p.m.
Gig starts 3 p.m.
Stodoła Club, 10 Batorego St., Warsaw
Tickets: zl.85 (early bookings) and zl.99 (on the day) can be purchased at Empik, Media Markt and Saturn outlets or online at www.ticketpro.pl
Standing room only
Collectible tickets available from Stodoła Club, Hey Joe at 8 Złota St., Traffic Club at 25 Bracka St., Gulestus tattoo studio at 109G ¦widerska St., and Black Star Tattoo Studio at 1 Zamenhofa St.
For more information, go to www.stodola.pl
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