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Scion Rock Fest

Scion Rock Fest was an annual heavy metal music festival held in various cities throughout the United States. The festival lineups included bands from several genres of metal, such as death metal, grindcore, doom metal, metalcore, and experimental metal, and booked headliners that include Cannibal Corpse, Mastodon, Morbid Angel, Down, and Sleep. The festival was produced by Scion's lifestyle marketing brand, Scion AV, and admission was free every year.[1] Live video recordings and band interviews were also released after each fest.[2]

History

Scion Rock Fest was established in 2009 as part of Scion AV's involvement in the metal music genre. The five festivals that occurred since 2009 featured performances from 110 bands from all over North America, Europe, and Asia.[3]

Venues & Lineups

2009

The first Scion Rock Fest took place on Saturday, February 28 in Atlanta, GA at The Masquerade and an outdoor stage.[4][5]

2010

Scion Rock Fest 2010 took place on Saturday, March 13 at four venues in Columbus, OH.[6][7][8]

2011

Scion Rock Fest 2011 took place on Saturday, March 5 at two venues and two outdoor stages in Pomona, CA.[9][10]

2011 Lineup
Fox Theater The Glass House Outdoor Tent #1 Outdoor Tent #2

Morbid Angel
Obituary
Agalloch
Floor
Kvelertak (did not perform)
Crom
Black Cobra (replaced Kvelertak)

Municipal Waste
Death Angel
Immolation
Atheist
Bonded by Blood
Christian Mistress

Integrity
Bastard Noise
Black Breath
Nails
Primate
Fuck the Facts
Wormrot

Anaal Nathrakh
Dispirit
Necrite
The Body
Cough
Woe
Dark Castle

2012

Scion Rock Fest 2012 took place on Saturday, June 2 at four venues in Tampa, FL.[1][11]

2012 Lineup
The Ritz Ybor The Orpheum Czar Bar Crowbar

Down
Sleep
Saint Vitus
Church of Misery
Witch Mountain
Atlas Moth

Exodus
Suffocation
Origin
Revocation
Decapitated
Party Time
Flyingsnakes

Merzbow + Balázs Pándi
Oxbow
Wold
Psychic TV
Vermapyre
Ides of Gemini

Repulsion
Sick of it All
Terror
Phobia
Cerebral Ballzy
All Pigs Must Die
Cellgraft

2013

On March 6, 2013, Scion announced that the next festival would take place on June 1, 2013 in Memphis, Tennessee.[12] The full lineup for the 2013 festival was announced on March 26, 2013. The 2013 festival took place at five venues on Beale Street in Memphis.

2013 Lineup
New Daisy Handy Park Club 152 Hard Rock Cafe Coyote Ugly

Testament
Melvins
Municipal Waste
Corrosion of Conformity
Vektor
A Life Once Lost

Whitechapel
Six Feet Under
Noisem
Impaled
Arsis
Gigan
Complete Failure

The Obsessed
Pallbearer
The Gates of Slumber
Subrosa
Ice Dragon
Inter Arma

The Casualties
Negative Approach
Touché Amoré
Vision of Disorder
Code Orange Kids
Rotting Out
Call of the Void

Royal Thunder
The Shrine
Indian Handcrafts
Hot Lunch
Dirty Streets
ASG

2014

The 2014 Scion Rock Fest was announced on March 13, 2014 to take place in Pomona, CA. The full festival lineup was announced on March 25, 2014.

2014 Lineup
Fox Theater The Glass House Sky Fox Lounge Acerogami

Machine Head
High on Fire
Red Fang
Crowbar
Orchid
Big Business
King Buzzo

Midnight
BL'AST!
Exhumed
Power Trip
In Cold Blood
Speedwolf
Nekrogoblikon

Coffins
Jex Thoth
Windhand
Lord Dying
MOAB
Black Sheep Wall

Aqua Nebula Oscillator
All Them Witches
Hot Lunch
The Well
Pins of Light
Carousel

Controversy

In the weeks leading up to the first Scion Rock Fest in 2009, Scion removed Nachtmystium from the lineup due to alleged ties to Nazism.[13] The band's first album, Reign of the Malicious, was distributed via the National Socialist Black Metal record label Unholy Records. The band was outspoken about the accusations and denied any true ties to the Nazi movement.[13]

Several months before Scion Rock Fest 2012 and before the final lineup had been officially announced, American sludge metal band Eyehategod announced on their Facebook page that they had been banned by Scion from performing at Scion Rock Fest.[14][15] Brian Patton, a guitarist in the band, later told The Age of Metal in a phone interview that Scion had originally approached the band to perform at the 2012 festival, but later rescinded the offer due to their lyrical content and the religious connotations in the band's name.[16]

External links

References

  1. ^ a b "26 Metal Bands at Scion Rock Fest in Tampa, Fla". New York Times. Retrieved 2012. 
  2. ^ "Scion AV YouTube Playlist". Retrieved 2013. 
  3. ^ "Official Website". Retrieved 2013. 
  4. ^ "Mastodon, Boris, Neurosis Play Ridiculously Badass Fest". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2009. 
  5. ^ "Mastodon Bring Metal Madness to Scion Rock Fest". AOL Spinner. Retrieved 2009. 
  6. ^ "Second Scion Rock Fest to Take Place in Ohio This March". AOL Noisecreep. Retrieved 2010. 
  7. ^ "Metal Variety: Death, Doom, Black and Cars". New York Times. Retrieved 2010. 
  8. ^ "Headliners: Scion Rock Fest". Columbus Alive Magazine. 
  9. ^ "Scion Rock Fest 2011 to Be Held in Pomona, Metal Legends Morbid Angel to Headline". LA Weekly. Retrieved 2011. 
  10. ^ "Two musical events this week will help rock downtown Pomona". Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. Retrieved 2011. 
  11. ^ "DOWN AND SLEEP TO HEADLINE SCION ROCK FEST". Loudwire. Retrieved 2012. 
  12. ^ "Scion Rock Fest 2013 Will Be in Memphis, Tennessee". Metal Sucks. Retrieved 2013. 
  13. ^ a b "Scion Rock Fest: Photos and Nachtmystium Controversy". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2009. 
  14. ^ "HAVE EYEHATEGOD BEEN BANNED BY SCION A/V?". Metal Insider. Retrieved 2012. 
  15. ^ "Eyehategod Facebook Page". Retrieved 2012. 
  16. ^ "The Age of Metal speaks with Brian Patton of EYEHATEGOD". The Age of Metal. Retrieved 2012. 

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