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REVOCATION, DIRGE WITHIN, VILDHJARTA, AND FORGED IN FLAME OFF SHOCKWAVE FESTIVAL BILL

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The newest edition to the summer festival circuit, the Shockwave Festival, may have just gotten a little, um, smaller: headliners Fear Factory released a revised admat for the tour on their Facebook page which does not feature either Dirge Within or Forged in Flame, and Dirge Within have apparently removed all the trek’s dates from their own Facebook page (I’d check but I’m afraid of getting Facebook cooties). Meanwhile, Metal Insider reports that the fest’s organizers have confirmed that Revocation and Vildhjarta are off the tour as well, “due to unforeseen circumstances.”

I don’t really care about Forged in Flame, but Dirge Within are TERRIBLE, and the line-up is actually stronger without them. I’d be curious to see Vildhjarta, but I’m not nearly as heartbroken that they’re off the bill as I am about the loss of Revocation, a truly great live band.

Still, the remaining line-up — which also includes Voivod, Cattle Decapitation, Misery Index, Havok, and Last Chance to Reason — is pretty great, and has only one glaring weak spot: The Browning. Who, it appears, will now be going on first. In other words, you can skip them altogether and then just go see Last Chance to Reason. I’m not even a Fear Factory fan and I think that’s a bill worth seeing.

What do you think? Will the loss of these bands mean the loss of your interest, or do you have no care ever? Weigh in with your thoughts below. You can get dates for the tour here.

-AR

[via The PRP]

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