Extreme Metal Fest Full Terror Assault Festival Returns To Illinois In September
On September 4, 2019, extreme/underground metal fest Full Terror Assault will return for its fifth year. Held in the Shawnee National Forest in Cave-In-Rock, IL — the same place, in fact, where the Gathering Of The Juggalos was held between 2007 and 2013 — this year promises a whole ton of metal mayhem combined with camping in one of the state’s most scenic locations.
The 2019 incarnation boasts some pretty special headliners, too. Across two days of music, there’s metal legends Soulfly, thrash metal icons Vio-lence, who will be making their only Midwestern appearance of 2019, Canadian death metallers Kataklysm and Swedish death metal veterans Grave. And if that wasn’t enough of a draw, thrash metal crossover stars M.O.D. will perform a unique half M.O.D./half S.O.D. set, bringing together frontman Billy Milano’s two bands.
Beyond the headliners, there’s a whole host of acts there to damage your eardrums all weekend, including Exhorder and Crisix — who will play their first ever U.S. set — while other bands on the line-up include Cliteater, Waco Jesus, Sexual Atrocities, Bleed The Victim and Cheese Grater Masturbation. And yes, we did just handpick some of the grossest/most offensive names there, because why not? You can see the full-line up on the poster below.
In a statement, the organizers of the festival said: “FTA is definitely not your typical metal festival and we are proud to be the first true extreme music open air festival in the USA. Above all, it is a labor of true passion for us and we are excited to be celebrating five years strong in 2019. We want you to come celebrate with us and see what it’s all about!”
Two, three and four-day tickets to the event are available from www.fullterrorassault.com — and what’s even better is that camping is free. If you don’t feel like sleeping in a tent, though, VIP upgrades are also available. See you there!
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