This past weekend Scion Rock Fest took over Tampa, Florida, marking the fourth year of this annual event that metal fans now eagerly await. In just one day, 26 bands representing a range of extreme music played four different venues to over 4,000 concert-goers. And of course it was all for free.
The New York Times, who also covered Rock Fest in 2010, once again returned to review the proceedings. Noting the diversity of this year’s lineup, critic Ben Ratliff, wrote, “The festival’s general scope is metal and beyond, with no particular allegiance to locality or subgenre. But this year…it went broader than usual, moving into variations of hard-core and noise and industrial music.” The range of acts highlighted in the review included Saint Vitus, Psychic TV, Down, Merzbow, Sleep, Vermapyre, and Oxbow. Read the full article here.