Belfast band Altus are among the first bands to be announced for the forthcoming Monsters of Rot metal-fest.

Altus guitarist Michael Legge

Altus guitarist Michael Legge

The festival has been one of the country’s best kept metal secrets. The one-day fest of extreme metal is held in the farthest corner of Northern Ireland – Letterbreen, County Fermanagh on Saturday August 1.

Now in its fifth incarnation the first eight bands to appear this year have been confirmed.

The annual celebration is all that is best about the extreme metal scene on the island of Ireland – and beyond.

Altus Guitarist Michael Legge said: “We’ve just about had time to reload our guns after the Siege Of Limerick. Now we’re looking forward to our next festival appearance – at the bone-shatteringly brutal Monsters Of Rot.

“It’s a huge deal for us to be playing MoR and it’s one that’s been on our hit-list for some time. There will be shredding!”

The first eight bands announced for the main PlanetMosh Stage are:

1. Altus
Belfast metal crew and Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses semi-finalists
https://www.facebook.com/AltusBelfast

2. Abaddon Incarnate
Dublin grindcore merchants
https://www.facebook.com/abaddonincarnate

3. Aklash
UK black metallers
https://www.facebook.com/aklashmusic

4. Attack The Day
Lisnaskea alt-metallers
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Attack-The-Day/164901066967572

5. Axecatcher
Limavady hardcord protagonists
https://www.facebook.com/Axecatcher

6. Guttrench
Dublin death metal gurus
https://www.facebook.com/GuttrenchBDM

7. Job Seekers
Dublin punks
https://www.facebook.com/jobseekers.eire

8. Okus
Drogheda crusties
https://www.facebook.com/Okusband

More bands will be announced over the coming weeks, as will details of the event’s second stage.

A special return bus service will operate from Belfast to Letterbreen, via Portadown.

Tickets are £15/€18, including camping and available soon from www.monstersofrot.com. For more check out https://www.facebook.com/events/663751490413618/

By Jonathan Traynor
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