Rabidfest 2023: Breaking Down The Bands #14: Depolarize!

If you’ve not got the memo thus far, this is the Postit note that you might like to read. It’s the fifth anniversary of Rabidfest this November and with each wave of new bands being announced, the event just keeps on growing in stature. You’ll want to be their to witness the bands, take part in the mosh pits and sink a few beverages of choice in a friendly atmosphere. The event will take place at The Bullingdon in Oxford over the weekend of the 4th and 5th November 2023, the ticket link is at the bottom of this article so do yourself a favour and treat your mate, your sibling, your partner in crime to a weekend away. It’s going to be the real deal. Two full days of wall to wall Metal that will offer pure escapism from the day to day nonsense. Here’s whose been announced to play this year (so far)…

Blaze Bayley
Ward XVI
Tribe Of Ghosts
From Her Ashes
Draconian Reign
Johanna Rey
Cage Fight
Stone Soup
Second Hour
Sworn Amongst

Er… well we were going to do a track review of “Iron Thunder” by Imperium this week… but that’s not out until 17th June… the second choice was Indecorum but they’re so fresh they don’t have a music video or tracks on any streaming platform so… third time lucky. Depolarise. In a couple of days time the Oxford based quartet will be releasing their debut album “Captured“, having kick started the year with a number of high octane live performances and the release of a two track EP titled “Flashback“. Having declared themselves Facebook official in November 2022 and played a free show at The City Of Oxford College, they took on Metal 2 The Masses at The Jericho Tavern in early March for what they affectionately referred to as their first proper show. The first time people had handed over hard currency to witness them on stage. Against all the odds (and hard liquor) they got through. So what do they sound like? Well… they claim to be a Metalcore band with Hardcore influences but in truth their sound is much broader. Their first single, 2022’s “Godless” has the of 1990’s bands like Snot with a funky bass line and rap styled vocal flow while the EP that followed has Sludge Metal leanings and Beatdown Hardcore moments that sound like older, wiser heads on younger shoulders infusing Crowbar with Biohazard in the process of alchemy…

We’re proud to be a Media Partner of Rabidfest again this year alongside Red Death MediaMoomin MerchandiseMetalplanetmusicMoshville Times, GraphicsFix, Unearthed Music and main stage sponsor Devolution Magazine. The Festival is all for charity and this year the profits going to the The Sophie Lancaster Foundation!

Rabidfest will take place at The Bullingdon in Oxford over the weekend of the 4th and 5th November 2023:

Get your tickets here -> https://www.rabidfest.co.uk

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