The Heavy Montreal festival has announced a 2018 line-up top-heavy with commercial 90s stalwarts and a few bands that might be of interest to It Djents readers. No commercial festival can take place without headliners that have mainstream crossover appeal, and Heavy Montreal has always had those. Complaining about this would be both counterproductive and pointless. Instead, we will focus on the more prog-ish, heavier bands who will benefit from this festival’s huge stages and crowds.
Always a hit in Montreal, because they speak the local language.
It will be interesting to see if Samoth’s criminal record for burning a church will keep him out of Canada.
This band bowed out of Heavy Montreal in 2016 at the last minute due to a scheduling conflict. They did play here in November 2017, though.
They are local. Last year, they talked about being in the studio for a new album.
Expect a new album on March 9. Expect awesomness.
A bit of an odd choice for a metal festival, but a spot better than the slew of pop-punk bands who have mingled with the metal in the past.
They headlined in Montreal in October, attracting a decent-sized crowd.
Igorrr released It Djents’s pick for album of the year in 2017. Enough said.
Yet another weird choice for a metal festival, particularly considering he will play outdoors during daylight hours.
Another It Djents favorite, they play old-school thrash at its best.
Heavy Montreal occasionally invites a Canadian band from outside the province of Quebec, and this would be their pick of 2018.
Another unofficial policy Heavy Montreal seems to adhere to is to have at least one female-fronted band per year. This Ukrainian band will complement Montreal’s The Agonist in this role in 2018.
In case you did not notice this from reading various reviews by David, Jake, and occasionally me; we like doom, sludge, and stoner metal a lot over here. Khemmis would be the festival’s slow pick of the year.