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A very, very new festival on the progressive metal scene, the Netherlands’ Complexity Fest raised a few eyebrows of interest back in September when it named a conservative but intriguing three bands for its second annual event next year: exciting main headliner and former Emperor frontman Ihsahn, the mainland European debut of trans-global noise demons Frontierer, and Dutch prog metal group Extremities. Not a bad trio to wet your whistle.

Last Friday’s announcement took moistness levels from slippery to sodden however, with a much meatier injection of names for the Haarlem-based celebration of complex metal – no fewer than nine, to be exact.

Chief among them – in terms of renown, at the very least – is French tech death giants Gorod, who will be celebrating their 20th anniversary next year. If a figurative pantsing by way of note bombardment and angry grimacing is your thing, then they will likely be a significant draw for Complexity.

Joining the British elements of Frontier in representing Europe’s newest pariah, the UK, will be recent UK Tech Fest Thursday headliners Napoleon, and Monolith favourites Exist Immortal, both of whom have garnered significant admiration for 2016 efforts Newborn Mind (Basick Records) and Breathe (Primordial Records).

Joining them from elsewhere in Europe will be the absolutely superlative and continually impressive DispersE, Luxembourg’s Mutiny On The Bounty, recently resurrected German prog dudes Disillusion, the savage Beaten To Death from Norway, and Netherlands progcore outfit Pelgrim.

Finally – and very excitingly – from across the pond will come Floridian mathcore project Arms, whose utterly, ridiculously fantastic debut Blackout we reviewed at the turn of the year, and have continued to push as often as we can ever since.

More acts are yet to be announced, so keep your eyes and ears peeled. Complexity Fest 2017 hits Patronaat in Haarlem, Netherlands on Saturday February 25th 2017. Anyone struggling for Christmas presents for their loved ones? For a mere €25, look no further…

 

Chris

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