Friday 23rd – Saturday 24th February 2018
McClean’s Pub, Pentre, Deeside
And lo, the marauding hordes converged once more, reconvening from their travels far and wide. In the Great Hall they would gather, trading tales of daring and adventure, as they caroused with rebellious abandon. Much ale would be drunk, for tomorrow many a skull would be split asunder.
So began the revelry of Pentre Fest, wherein the brave and mighty warriors celebrated their many victories and remembered comrades long fallen.
The first of the tribes to address the throng were The Forgotten Age, young but mighty in their conviction. Hailing from the Western Shores of Bangor, their stories were exciting yet accomplished, embellished with some fine melodies. An exceptional and heartening start to the evening’s merriment.
Next to command the stage were Obey, who were indeed a revelation to behold. Their immense riffs were sheer brutality, heeding no compromise as they delivered tales of destruction. Obey were champions of the event to my ears; voraciously did I consume their merchandise (CD and patch!). May the wind fill their sails and carry them to successful conquests aplenty.
Our next heroes were Torqued, a merciless crew who had engaged in a gruelling voyage from the far kingdom of Devon to regale us with their musical fables. The clash of metal was devastating, the battle cries rousing. A superb performance. Safe voyage home, brothers – for ye shall be missed for now and welcomed warmly again.
The night’s final victors were the relentless, uncompromising Foetal Juice. Looming over all with a malevolent thunder, the band decimated all in their path. With grim intent they vanquished the unworthy, leaving only the gratefully redeemed in their wake.
Thus was the first part of Pentre Fest concluded. Sadly I would embark on a personal quest of my own the next day; therefore being unable to rejoin the ceremony.
Regardless, though our warriors’ hearts were sated, for yet more metal majesty do we crave. Till the next Pentre Fest, my brothers (and sisters) – stay strong and may your adventures be praised in Valhalla.
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