Metalitalia.com Festival 2018

Spring 2004.

At the time I was studying at the high school. In Italy it is called Liceo Scientifico and I was attending the second year of five. That year has been fundamental for my life: I started listening Heavy Metal. One of my school mates introduced me to this world giving to me three albums: Paranoid, Master of puppets and The number of the beast. Since then my travel in to music has become a constant in my life, I listened (still listening) everything I could. After those three albums, I remember a particular day of that spring, just after school. My friend and I were at the bus station ready to come back to home after school. He gave to me a cd with a simple cover album: there were three head of robot-dinosaurs. My friend only said “This is for you, I think you could like it”. Just the time to put the cd on my cd player and the sound of Peavy Wagner and Victor Smolsky drove me crazy. That album was Soundchaser and the band Rage. Since then my love for that band is unlimited. I started to learn the power of Heavy Metal and of Power Metal with them: that album was a milestone in my personal growth.

14 years later I had the chance to see them live. The lineup changed a lot in these years but Peavy, the soul of Rage, is still there, mighty as he was at the beginning. On September 15, at Trezzo sull’Adda (Milano) there has been the metalitalia.com festival. One peculiarity is that at this festival there is free meets and greets with all bands: I had the chance to say hi to Peavy.

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September 15, 2018

The first day of Metalitalia.com Festival 2018 was dedicated to the metal power. The first two band were ASGARD and ROSAE CRUCIS. After them WHITE SKULL with a show for their thirtieth anniversary with songs picked up from masterpieces like “Tales From The North” and “Public Glory Secret Agony”:

  1. Embittered
  2. Kriemhild Story
  3. High Treason
  4. Cleopathra
  5. Tales from the North
  6. The Roman Empire
  7. Asgard

ELVENKING, one of the best Italian metal band well known in all the world:

  1. Invoking the Woodland Spirit
  2. Draugen’s Maelstrom
  3. Runereader
  4. Pagan Revolution
  5. Trows Kind
  6. The One We Shall Follow
  7. Elvenlegions
  8. The Divided Heart
  9. Neverending Nights
  10. Era Theme
  11. The Loser

DOMINE have been magnificent. Their mighty and direct epic metal has destroyed everyone who were there.

  1. Thunderstorm
  2. True Believer
  3. The Aquilonia Suite
  4. The Fall of the Spiral Tower
  5. The Hurricane Master
  6. The Ride of the Valkyries
  7. Arioch, the Chaos Star
  8. Dragonlord (The Grand Master of the Mightiest Beasts)
  9. Defenders

GRAVE DIGGER made a special show on “The Middle Ages Trilogy”, with the albums “Tunes Of War”, “Knights Of The Cross” and “Excalibur”:

  1. The Brave
  2. Scotland United
  3. Lionheart
  4. The Dark of the Sun
  5. The Bruce (The Lion King)
  6. Knights of the Cross
  7. The Round Table (Forever)
  8. The Ballad of Mary (Queen of Scots)
  9. Killing Time
  10. Morgane le Fay
  11. The Curse of Jacques
  12. Excalibur
  13. Rebellion (The Clans Are Marching)
  14. Healed By Metal
  15. Highland Farewell
  16. Heavy Metal Breakdown

Finally arrived the time for the first headliner: Mr. Peavy Wagner decided to bring in Italy two versions of his vision: REFUGE with the historical lineup (Peavy, Chris Efthimiadis and Manni Schmidt) and after that the last version of RAGE (Peavy, Marcos Rodriguez and Vassilios Maniatopoulos):

  1. Don’t Fear the Winter (REFUGE)
  2. From the Ashes (REFUGE)
  3. The Man in the Ivory Tower (REFUGE)
  4. Enough Is Enough (REFUGE)
  5. Invisible Horizons (REFUGE)
  6. Nevermore (REFUGE)
  7. Solitary Man (REFUGE)
  8. Refuge (REFUGE)
  9. Justify (RAGE)
  10. Great Old Ones (RAGE)
  11. Sent by the Devil (RAGE)
  12. From the Cradle to the Grave (RAGE)
  13. My Way (RAGE)
  14. Season of the Black (RAGE)
  15. Black in Mind (RAGE)
  16. Higher Than the Sky / Heaven and Hell / Holy Diver / Higher Than the Sky
    (RAGE with Manni Schmidt on second guitar)

At the end of the day as Co-headliner there were HAMMERFALL with a best-of show of the entire twenty-five year career of the band:

  1. Hector’s Hymn
  2. Riders of the Storm
  3. Renegade
  4. Dethrone and Defy
  5. Blood Bound
  6. Any Means Necessary
  7. B.Y.H.
  8. Crimson Thunder
  9. Threshold
  10. Built to Last
  11. Last Man Standing
  12. Legacy of Kings Medley
  13. Heeding the Call
  14. Let the Hammer Fall
  15. Hammer High
  16. Bushido
  17. Hearts on Fire
  18. Dreams Come True

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I really enjoyed from beginning to end this festival. Every band made my day special and I truly loved the opportunity to meet with each guy who were on stage. Ok, I only had the chance to say hi and let them to sign my poster of the festival, but it has been a real pleasure.

For sure, the thing that will remain in my heart for ever it’s the moment I met Peavy. Shy like a teenage boy with a girl, I shacked his hand and I gave to him the cover of one of his album to sign. Of course that album was the first album of Rage that I ever had listen, the album that my friend gave to me 14 years ago. Soundchaser.

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