The Legions of Metal Festival was born out of the end of the Ragnarokkr Metal Apocalypse Festival. Legions of Metal Festival will continue to bring the best of the classic metal from the 80’s that we all love and also bring in the newer bands who will carry the torch into the upcoming years in the metal world. You will be able to see some of the newest bands in the scene throughout the day and end each night watching the bands you grew up listening to. The fest will feature two stages and plenty of vendors. Don’t miss the ground breaking first year for the newest metal festival.
Steel Aggressor formed in 2010 by Rick Cope (Ex Phantom Witch), hired Bob Fouts on drums (The Gates of Slumber) and Damon Black on bass to record “From Ruins to Dust” later that year. It was recorded at Bob’s personal studio “Basement Rage” in Beech Grove, IN and submitted to Stormspell Records releasing it in spring of 2011. The album had great feedback, doing multiple interviews and airplay on podcasts such as “Raise the Fist of the Metal Child”. Later in 2011, Bob was hired to record a batch of new songs never to be released in a more traditional metal vein.
In 2012 Rick teamed up with David Phelps (Also Ex Phantom Witch) on lead guitar and wrote some new songs together starting off in a power metal direction, then ended up leaning in a more thrash metal direction. Rick and Dave hired Andrew Moore on drums and recorded at “Music Garage” in Indianapolis, IN. The album was titled “Mourning Star… Total Eclipse” and was also put out on Stormspell Records in 2013.
Not being totally thrilled with the previous outcome, Rick started anew with Steel Aggressor writing brand new songs back to the original “Ruins” format, power/speed metal to stay true to the classic German sound he is prominately fond with. The songwriting began in 2013, Richard Russo (Andrew W.K. among many other projects) was hired long-distanced to perform drum sessions in Nashville, TN. The drum recordings were sent over to The Lodge in Indianapolis, IN to begin recording their biggest production yet. Rick teamed up with Eugenic Death guitarist Jonathan McCanless from NC who performed a guest solo, many backing vocals, and miscellaneous percussion. New instruments have been included in songs such as keyboards, tin whistle, prima balalaika, and contrabass balalaika to broaden the sound.
The recording took nearly 2 years to complete. On Sep 29, 2016, Steel Aggressor’s Third Album “A Rival of the Fittest” was released.
We are now working on our 4th release. We are in the process of recording at Russian Recording in Bloomington, IN.
The Members participating in the are Rick Cope on Guitar, Bass, Vocals and Jonathan McCanless, on Drums, Guitar, Vocals. This may be one of our best albums yet!
Heavy metal with influences of thrash, power, and doom. Soaring vocals over thundering riffs that make you want to bang your head and raise the horns.
American Power Metal. What is that you ask? Well ladies and gents, that’s Knightmare. 4 good ol’ carolina boys, unite to give Raleigh and the REST OF THE WORLD their spin on a classic, time tested and time honored sound. Storming out of the gates from the get go, Knightmare was created to rock your mind, and give you a blast from the past, with a good touch of modern and pioneering sounds. Giving you slamming drums, killer bass, and of course, the two tower axe attack. An act that you will not so easily forget. A live show full of energy and passion for music. Raise the banner and smash down the gates! Lets bring back the days of heavy metal.
2 Day Pass: $100.00 Includes poster, food buffet, meet and greets with various artists.
$40 Friday Single Day
Includes admission to Friday 5/19 only for both Rooms