Ireland's DAY OF DARKNESS Festival: Final Lineup Announced

Greek metallers ROTTING CHRIST will headline this year's Day of Darkness Metalfest, set to take place on Saturday July 9 at Pedigree Corner, Ballylinan, Co Laois in Ireland. Now in its fourth year, the festival will once again bring together bands from Ireland's thriving domestic metal scene with a number of their international peers. Tickets for the event are priced at €30/£22 stg and are available online from or selected agents nationwide.

ROTTING CHRIST will make their first ever Irish performance at the festival. The controversially named metal veterans recently made headlines when MEGADETH's Dave Mustaine spoke publicly about his unwillingness to share a stage with the group at a festival in Greece this summer. Mustaine cited his difficulty with the band's alleged "Satanic" beliefs as the root of the problem.

Among the acts joining ROTTING CHRIST at the festival will be Germany’s fast-rising blackened thrashers DESASTER who will arrive off the back of an acclaimed performance in Dublin last year. The four-piece are currently hard at work on a new album which will be released through the band's new label Metal Blade later this year.

Doom titans MOURNING BELOVETH will lead the Irish contingent at the festival. The five-piece is enjoying increasing international success, having recently released its third album, "A Murderous Circus", through German label Grau Records. The album sold in excess of 4,000 copies in Germany during the weeks following its initial release. MOURNING BELOVETH previously headlined the one day event in 2003.

The festival will also play host to CELTIC LEGACY's only live performance of 2005. The much celebrated Irish outfit will take a break from recording their second full-length album to play a special hour long set at the festival. Fans from as far away as Japan and the U.S. are expected to make the pilgrimage to Ballylinan for a uniquely Irish metal experience.

The full lineup for Day of Darkness 2005 is:


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