Warriors of Metal Fest Columbus OH
Warriors of Metal FestColumbus OH

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"What can I say? The Warriors Of Metal Festival Open Air just gets better every year! A big hug and thanks to Datis Alaee and Lea Alaee for all their wonderful hospitality during my entire duration at WOM this past weekend. Really! You two just went the whole nine yards!!! Again, a huge thanks to my killer band mates Xander Demos, Dennis Hayes, and Jeff Curenton, who literately pulled a rabbit out of the hat with the debut performance of the JAMES RIVERA solo career! The awesomeness of getting a set list down like that in less than 2 weeks is pure magic!!! Last but not least, thanks to all the fans and sponsors who made this possible, and also a personal thanks to Tony Canillas." -James Rivera (WOM Fest VI Open Air Friday headliner and 2 time Fest performer)

 

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"Day one Complete. Great bands!! Great location too. Feels like Germany in Ohio. Day two Warriors Of Metal Festival Open Air is about to begin!! Oblivion Myth | Nashville, TN having a good time!" -Keith Smith (guitarist for Oblivion Myth, 2 year performer in 2010 and 2013)

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"DATIS!!! there are no words to explain how good we felt playing at your festival, it was truly a magical experience even thouhg we were incomplete. By far one of the best festivals we have attended, people should really pay attention to what you are doing, the sound was PERFECT, the place is just right for an open air, the atmosphere is great and thats what a metalhead enjoys when going to a festival. on behalf of all the band THANK YOU and you have our full support!!! -Diego Ma (Voltax)

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"Fucking Warriors Of Metal Festival Open Air VI, Got to perform, camp, and party with some amazing people from all over the world. There really was a great vibe, 100% real." -Matt Martin (Guitarist of Wulfhook, first year performer)

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"Flotsam and Jetsam rocking my face off at Warriors Of Metal Festival Open Air last night. Thanx to Datis Alaee for keeping the flame alive and making it possible for me to meet one of musical idols!" -Andrew D'Cagna (WOM Fest III Open Air vocalist for DOFKA)

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"For those that don't know yet... Datis Alaee is the organizer for the Warriors Of Metal Fest Open Air. He received our team with an open house policy and let us record wherever we wanted. He even gave us access to the soundboard which has being masterfully mixed. Great sound. Many thanks Datis for allowing us to be there. See you next time!" -Dr. Nelson Varas-Diaz (University of Puerto Rico Documentary Film Team)

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"Thanks to everyone who supported us and Warriors of Metal this weekend. We had a blast, saw some killer bands, and met some new friends. That is what Metal is about. Thanks to Datis for giving us the opportunity to be a part of WOM Fest VI!


Especially the 50 people who were able to wake up by 11am to come see us play. It means a lot. We know you probably weren't feeling too great after the prior night's festivities." -Mithridium Official Facebook page

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"DANTESCO AND ME PERSONALY WANT TO THANK DATIS AND LEA AND ALL AT WARRIORS OF METAL FOR A GREAT WEEKEND OF MUSIC AND BROTHERHOOD!!!!.....ETERNAL HAILS!!!!!" -Erico "La Bestia" Morales (Dantesco)

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"Noble Beast would like to thank everyone who attended Warriors of Metal Open-Air this weekend. Playing this festival has been a truly magical experience. To be received so warmly by complete strangers was amazing, and a bit humbling. We now understand what Jon Bon Jovi meant when he wrote "I've seen a million faces, and I've rocked them all." Well, no, that lyric is still pretty baffling, but it makes more sense to us than ever before! But anyway, we loved playing for so many new people and making so many new friends, and we hope to see you all again very soon." -Noble Beast official Facebook page (First year performers / attendees)

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"Great show at The Shrunken Head last night! We had a blast! All the bands were amazing & we are honored to be a part of it. Looking forward to 2 more days of metal! \m/ \m/ Mike Gilbert from Flotsam wearing our shirt during the encore!! Heading home from Ohio. Great weekend! Met a lot of great people...saw a ton of amazing metal! Thank You Datis & everyone who had a part in the Warriors of Metal Fest." -Shallow Ground official Facebook page (First year performers / attendees)

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"What an awesome weekend! We are all still on a WOM high, lol! Thank you so much Datis Alaee and crew for all your hard work and sacrifice to put on such an awesome event! We made so many new friends and come home with such great memories. James Rivera said it best Friday night about the importance of supporting up and coming festivals like WOM. I know I'm not the only one his words meant so much to. I have never been to a European festival, but for me, WOM is what I picture a true European metal festival to be like. The WOM experience as both a band playing, and us as huge metal fans totally surpassed everything I always wished to experience at a festival. To have the opportunity to get to listen to all these great bands was like Christmas for me. Wishing we could put this past weekend on rewind and do it again, lol! We, Global Warning are very honored to have been part of such an awesome festival, and thank you so much for having us!! Looking forward to OUR METAL X-mas in summer 2014 for WARRIORS OF METAL VII!!! Much love and respect, Sandy, Matt, Brook, & Julia XO" -Sandy Kruger (vocalist of Global Warning, first time performer)

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"Had a killer weekend at Warriors Of Metal Festival Open Air even as worn out from all the amazing bands hanging with awesome friends LOL I wish it was still happening!!! -DJ Valkyrie Lawson (Festival Hostess since 2011)

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"STEEL ASSASSIN would like to thank everyone involved the Warriors of Metal Open Air Festival, we had an amazing time and it was pleasure to be able to perform for such amazing people, to Datis Alaee, the production staff, vendors, all the metal bands and meta fans.....WE SALUTE YOU!!!!!!! Until next year!!!!!" Michael Mooney (Guitarist for Steel Assassin)

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"Just getting back into town from the Warriors Of Metal Festival Open Air! Words can not begin to describe how awesome of a trip this was. As a performer I was blown away by the backline and stage and the kick ass crowd, very proffessionally done. As a fan the line up was amazing, not a bad band on the entire bill. And as a musician I couldn't ask for a better group of musicians to play with me in Dawn Of Valor and share an amazing trip like this with! Special thanks to Datis Alaee for having us on his festival!" -John Leibel (Guitarist for Dawn of Valor, first time performer at the festival)

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"The concept of metal Brotherhood has become a well-worn cliche, driven into the ground by a thousand bands that all wish they were Manowar until it has ceased to mean anything to me. Or at least it did, until this weekend.

 

As great as the bands were, my favorite thing about Warriors of Metal was the strong sense of fraternity, permeating every aspect of the festival. I could wander over to any tent, any group of people, and instantly be part of the conversation. Everyone was everyone's pal. I went in not knowing anyone outside the Minnesota crew, and left having made friends in Chicago, Ohio, Boston, Georgia, and Australia (and I hope I'm not leaving anyone out!).

 

So, yeah. Metal brotherhood is a thing, and it's awesome. A popular line is that metal is all about standing out and being an individual. Kind of? It's really more about being part of something bigger than yourself; of sharing a culture with millions of people across the globe who would totally give you a place to crash if you played a show in their town.

 

You guys gotta go to this thing next year. It's fantastic. Let's take like 3 cars full of dudes to Ohio. You'll all see what I'm talking about." -Rob Jalonen (Vocalist & guitarist of Noble Beast, first year performer)

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"I can't thank you and Lea enough for WOM Fest VI Open Air this year. As a life long metal fan, it was metal paradise! All the bands were great and talented. Most importantly, I met alot of really wonderful people. It felt like a family gathering not a music festival. Mike and I are already planning on taking a full week off next year." -Edward Schmidt (first time attendee and fan sponsor)

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"Thank you Datis and Lea for sharing your passion of metal with all of us , had an amazing time , completely exceeded all expectations." -Scott Calhoun (WOM Fest VI Sponsor and first time attendee)

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"We had the most amazing time this year with everyone. Thank you to Datis, all the bands and all the people who came and raged." - Skull Hammer Official Facebook page

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"Thank you Datis and Lea for one of the greatest weekends of my life!!! This was the most Metal thing that I have been apart of and truly amazing. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming. I can't wait for next year's Fest and to sponsor a band or two! \m/" -Nick Sigmon from Independence, KY (first time attendee)

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"Totally whooped, after playing Warriors Of Metal Fest VI Open Air, watching all the awesome bands, sleeping outside and having lots of fun...!" -Matt C Axe (SEAX) (2nd year performer)

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"I finally have a chance to write. I wish Warriors Of Metal Festival Open Air, would have never ended. We would like to thank Datis for the invitation and opportunity to be a part of such a memorable event. We also like to thank Lea & Jim for taking care of us. A great big hug to our Metal Goddess Veronica Freeman from Benedictum \m/ & DJ Valkyrie.

 

To all the bands that shared the stage with us...We salute you...HAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

And last, but not least, to all the friends we made, you are our brothers & sisters. We will see each other again.

 

Whether its; Heavy, Power, Thrash, Death, Goth, True, Doom, Speed, Epic, Viking, Folk, Progressive, Black... We all Share the Same Last Name in This Family... METAL.

 

From all of us in Alas Negras... "Thank You" *Bows*" -Simeon Felix Flores (Drummer for Alas Negras & first time attendee)

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"WOW what a great weekend!!!!" -Ray Smith (drummer for Eden's Fall, 2 time attendee and organizer of the Midwest Metal Mayhem Festival in Chicago for 6 years).

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"Thanks to everyone who came to see Ravage, Iron Will and Seax at the Warriors Of Metal fest - despite some technical difficulties we had a good time and we hope you did as we'll. Also thanks to Dee for filling in on drums, to Datis for inviting us, and to James Rivera for hanging out with Tony 'The Metal Duke' and making his metal dream come true." -Ravage Official Facebook page.

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"Thanks so much Datis, Lea & everyone involved in the fest. Had such a great time, miss everyone. . .so does Kai, lol! Once a year is not enough to see all you great people." -Dennis Schwan (5 year attendee and 2 year fan sponsor)

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"So, another Warriors Of Metal Festival Open Air has come and gone. This year Vindi headlined the pre-fest showcase. We almost played over our allotted seventy minutes. I was nervous we weren't going to even come close! We had a blast playing some new stuff and some deep cuts. Yeah, yeah, some of them still had the filth of time on them, but it was still fun. I'd like to thank Datis and Lea for a great weekend, again! Thanks to Orion for the many drinks and Owen for the smokes! Thanks to Kit and Jennifer for watching our stuff when Sarah wasn't around! Thanks to James Rivera and Xander Demos for gracing the stage with little ole us to perform Sweet Leaf! Thanks to Michael Spencer for the drinks! And thanks to all those who bought our stuff (and anyone I'm forgetting)! This year's fest was awesome. If you didn't go, you missed out." -Vic Stown (3 year Fest performer)

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"Just got back from the tour. What an awesome time! Got so much to tell and show everyone. Our band was very well received. They loved our set and to top it off, I met, hung out and drank shots with world reknouned singer James Rivera. But I have to say the greatest moment for me was having the honor of closing the Friday night of the festival doing a duet with James Rivera live on stage singing Dio's "Holy Diver". I was so emotional. The crowd loved it. Thank you James. Also a very special thanks to Datis Alaee for putting on the festival. Thank you so much Datis. Iron will talk to you soon. Thanks." Tony Canillas (Vocalist for Iron Will, Sponsor for James Rivera and 2 time Fest performer)

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"Back home and finally able to slow down for a minute and wanted to say THANK YOU to Datis Alaee, Valkyrie Lawson and the crew at Warriors Of Metal Festival Open Air for putting on a killer event and for having Oblivion Myth at the Pre-Fest showcase at The Shrunken Head. Amazing talent all around, day after day! All the bands were great, but we wanted to send a special "shout out" to our new found friends in FLESH ENGINE - It was great kickin' it with you guys during the festival!" -Ray LeGrand (Vocalist of Oblivion Myth and first time Fest attendee)

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"W.O.M. 2013 was a blast!!! Made friends, good music, amazing time!!!! Until next year my family!!!!!" -Noah Emanuel Akins (First time attendee)

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"Hey Datis, I want to thank you for inviting Dawn of Valor to perform at WOM! It was an experience that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Even if I hadn't performed, it was just a blast being there." _Ted Andre' (Bass player for Dawn of Valor, 2013 performer and 2012 volunteer)

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"Thanks to Datis Alaee for all the hard work and professionalism put into this event, it was AWESOME!" -Julia S. Roberts (guitarist of Global Warning and first year performer).

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"Man what can we say about Warriors Of Metal Festival Open Air VI??! Well... A lot but we'll keep it short. Wulfhook did not behave, But we did have a great weekend! We set up camp, partied and met some amazing people from all over the world. Huge thank you to Datis and Lea for putting on such a quality event and allowing us to be apart of it and to the staff doing merch for all of the bands(you were unbelievably helpful), All the vendors and sponsors, DANTESCO, Sacred Guardian, ALAS NEGRAS, Voltax (Official), Steel Assassin, Seax, Twisted Tower Dire, James Rivera, and Flotsam and Jetsam Official and many more. We couldn't have asked for anything more. It's not everyday for us that Eric Knutson walks up with a bottle of whiskey ready to do shots, and it's certainly not everyday that Jeff Schlinz gets to jump on stage and sing Dio with James Rivera!! We'll be gathering all pictures and posting them soon. We have nothing but great memories(at least what we can remember) Hopefully we can do it again next year! Much love and respect to you all!" -Wulfhook Official Facebook page
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So if you're headed on an all night drive to play a festival in the morning and you just heard that a tornado tore the roof off of the place an hour ago, do you freak out and turn back? FUCK NO, YOU DON'T BACK DOWN FROM ANY GODDAMNED TORNADOES!!! We'll see you in the morning, Ohio! Sometimes I get stressed out and wonder why I bother to keep playing in a band. After laying waste to [Warriors of Metal Fest V Open Air] and being met with a horde of awestruck metalheads as we came off the stage at 11:30 in the morning, I remember exactly what I'm in it for. Heavy metal is the law. \m/ -J.J. Harris (Guitarist / AMADIS from Burlington, VT)


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Back home after a weekend in Pataskala, Ohio where Helstar performed at Warriors Of Metal Festival Open Air and headlined day two of this year's fest! We enjoyed experiencing this fine American metal event, which we found to be very reminiscent of well established European metal fests Helstar has previously played. I'd like to extend a big Thank You to the head organizers, Datis and Lea, and everyone else who helped make this event come together, especially Orion [Fairman] and Melissa [Glass] for accommodating our transportation needs. Such a pro organization with very heartfelt hospitality! Wish you guys the best for next year. Last but not least, a giant thanks goes out to all of the fans for their support! We appreciate every one of the fans who came to see us. It was evident you guys knew our material well - we were impressed to witness the entire crowd singing along to our songs!! -James Rivera

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When the last notes of [Helstar's] "Run with the Pack" rang out into the still night air at a few minutes to midnight, WOM Fest V came to a close. Like last year, I felt as if I'd been run over by a truck. I know people like to say that ProgPower is an exhausting marathon testing the outer limits of one's physical exertion. Well, this veteran of 11 ProgPowers says that the Atlanta fest is a picnic in the park compared to WOM Fest. But damn if it didn't feel good. It's mind-boggling how consistently strong the WOM Fest V lineup was. Nearly every band showed up, and nearly every band brought its A game. The organization has come a long way since the Fest's humble beginnings a few years ago, and now can hold its head high and be proud that its sound, lighting, stage crew, and audience are all top-notch. Datis and Lea Alaee have built something unique and quite special in Ohio. And they've constructed it with their blood, their sweat, their tears, their dollars, and their love. Look, if you call yourself a fan of traditional or thrash metal, there's no better place for you in North America than the Frontier Ranch in June. That said, be forewarned that this event definitely isn't for the faint of heart. But if you can tolerate boiling summer heat, don't mind a front-row seat for the unfettered wrath of Mother Nature, and aren't particularly averse to mud, clouds of bloodthirsty insects, or nauseating portajohns, then you'd be a damn fool not to abandon your creature comforts for a couple of days next year and join the heavy metal party at the Frontier Ranch. Horns up, way up. -Kit Ekman (3 year veteran & volunteer, 2 year sponsor)

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Thank you so much for having Sinister Realm as a part of Warriors Of Metal Festival Open Air. We had a great time!! Heavy Metal Forever \\M//
Keep in Touch,
Alex K. ~ Sinister Realm

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A thousand thank yous for having ARGUS at WOM !! We had a great time and are very appreciative of the hard work you put into it and how well we were treated. We felt right at home. A shout out to all the bands who played and killed it and to all the fans who came out to bang the heads that bang !!! -Brian Balich

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The boys from the South have returned home, after our own personal invasion of the North. It was an amazing ride, and a great time all around. Brazen Angel would
like to thank Datis Alaee for bringing us on board for this amazing festival, Stephen Schmidt for taking some unbelievable photos, Rhonda Neace Land and Darrell A Land for traveling several hours to each show to watch us play, and my brothers in the band Doug Neal, Chris Cannon, Reese Martin, and Evans Martin. It is an honor to be in a band with you guys! The North may have won the war, but in our minds, it is just HALFTIME!!!!! The South will rise again Warriors Of Metal Festival, and we will be there to lead the way! See you next year! \m/O\m/ -Joey Phillips (Bass / Brazen Angel)

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Thanks again from everyone in FIAKRA and our crew for booking us and for supporting metal! You are keeping the underground true metal scene alive here in the states. Can't wait to see ya next year! \m/ Till next time brother! \m/ -Greg Guarini (drums / Fiakra)

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Awesome time this weekend, thank you for everything! We're looking forward to coming back next year and giving everyone another dose of the leather fever!!! -J.J. Harris (guitar / Amadis)

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We had so much fun this weekend man!!! Thanks for all your hard work at making it a great time!!! Next year is going to rule!!! I think we are going to bring a bus load of Massholes with us!!! -Matt C Axe (bass / Seax)

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Thank you so much for putting this fest together. We had a blast. Not enough words to describe the last 5 days, It was fucking awesome. Cant wait to go back there next year with a bus load of crazy maniacs !!! -Hel Seax (guitar / Seax)

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Thanks again for a wonderful weekend, my brother...It was epic indeed! -Chris Houk (2 year veteran of WOM Fest)

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Thanks for the awesome time at WOM! We had a fantastic time, even with the power outages, downed trees, and tornadoes everywhere! SO many good bands this year! Hope to see you again next year! Enjoy the shirts! You'll have to let me know which is your favorite :) -Ty Christian (3 year veteran of the Fest and 2 consecutive year performer at WOM Fest III & IV Open Air as vocalist for Madison, Wisconsin's Lords Of The Trident)

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We had an amazing time at the WOM Festival, glad you guys enjoyed and we can't wait till next year! -Doug Neal (guitar / Brazen Angel)

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"Damn where do I start? OK, first off the `prefest show was off the chain! Now onward to the WOM Fest V itself. There wasn't one single band that sucked; all the bands that I had seen kicked total ass.... now for the best bands that I liked! Holy Fuck, Exxplorer was awesome live and are they all really cool dudes! Manilla Road was awesome; so glad I was able to see two of my fav bands from the 80's. Possessor kicked total ass too.... Sinister Realm was amazing & what can I say about Argus? They always bring it live.... Amadis was great as well... damn there were just so many killer bands Borrowed Time was killer as well...... and fuck did Lazarus A.D. bring it live even though it was only 7 songs my damn neck was sore as hell almost couldn't headbang to the local Thrashers Vindicator but I toughed it out and made it through their amazing set... then Helstar!!! Damn what an amazing band live... WOM V was an amazing time. I made new friends & chilled & partied with ole friends as well if you missed WOM V then my friends you missed an amazing time... thank you Lea & Datis for making this WOM another memorable one...... P.S. I beat my beer intake record of 86 beers from last yr 96 beers so who wants to challenge me in 2013 hahahaha \m/ -Scot Landon (4 year veteran and 2 year sponsor)

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At the Shrunken Head Pub in Columbus, Ohio watching some sick metal bands for the Warrirors of Metal pre-fest party. I can't believe the actual fest hasn't started yet, I'm already having a blast......This morning, I woke up in Pataskala, Ohio and tonight I will lay my head in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Warriors of Metal was one of the funnest most ridiculous couple of days I have ever had. I got to see amazing bands, meet new people and of course, rage with great friends, you guys fucking ruled. It's times like these that I will remember for the rest of my life and I'm glad I got to share this occasion with so many great people. I can't wait for next year! With that being said, time to crash and burn for the next 12 hours or so. -Mike Mears (new Fest fan)

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Man the WOM was soo awesome this year had such fun now it time to head home man it so much fun head banging to some good shit! Can't wait for next year! -Amber lawson (2nd year Fest veteran and first year Sponsor in 2012)

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Thanks to Datis for putting on an awesome time at Warriors of Metal Fest! I've wanted to see Helstar since I was 15, and Manilla Road was amazing. Also discovered some new bands and just had fun hanging out and playing the preshow. Here's to next year. -Eli Firicano (guitarist / Ravage & Iron Will)

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Thanxx so much..You are a Trooper,,and a True Patriot of Metal~~..We in Exxplorer..appreciate..all of you efforts..In the worst of Circumstances..to keep your Festival alive....

And we hope your injury heals soon :-)))) -Kevin Kennedy (guitarist / Exxplorer)

Your organization is truly a professional one. You shined in the face of adversity, and like the saying goes, the show went on. Exxplorer is proud to be associated with you and WOM. -Fred Gorhau (guitarist / Exxplorer)

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Saw Manilla Road, Helstar, and Argus, smoked & drank with Mark Shelton & Brian Patrick, camping, metal, and beer... oh, and thought I was going to be decapitated by flying pieces of tin roof/crushed by a tree when a tornado-generating storm cell moved through the bandshell & camping area. THAT is how a long weekend is done. Warriors Of Metal Festival Open Air I will be back next year! -David Von Baron (New Fest fan)

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Thank you Datis, Lea and all the other Warriors for all that you do to make the Warriors of Metal Festival a reality. We all had a great time and are already looking forward to next year! -Skull Hammer

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WOM Fest was such an amazing experience! Thank you so much to Datis and all the people involved in making it such a special event. A storm may have slowed things down but it was proof that it cannot stop us! Thank you for making what could be our last show one we will never forget! -Degradation

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Ian Bender & Justin Zych of Argonaut attended the Warriors Of Metal Fest Open Air this past weekend and YOU should have too. Justin Zych stated: "Warriors Of Metal Festival Open Air: Where true metal unites, has sex, drinks beer, fights off hordes of demons and kicks ass! This is my weekend!

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What an amazing time I had at this AWESOME event. Datis, you put together a great lineup of bands, and they did not disappoint. I will be back again next year, and I'm bringing REAL brats from Wisconsin. \m/ -Eric "E-DUB" Winegarner (First time attendee from Wisconsin)

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Brazen Angel would like to thank Datis Alaee for allowing us to join such an amazing lineup of bands at the Warriors of Metal Festival! Thanks to everyone that rocked with us on Saturday, we appreciate each and everyone of you! We had a blast and the 5 boys from the South will return again next year to do it all over again! We raise a glass of moonshine to you fellow brethren, see you in 2013!! \m/O\m/

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If you're looking for a great new band to check out, Argus completely blew me away at Warriors Of Metal Festival Open Air last weekend. The recordings are great, but you have to check them out live to really get the full effect. HUGE guitar riffs and tone. Totally badass. (J.J. Harris / guitarist of Amadis from Burlington, Vermont)

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Great show!!! and very well run fest! -Ray Smith (drummer of Eden's Fall (Chicago Heavy Metal band) & organizer of Chicago's Midwest Metal Anthem)

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Real Metalheads do not run from water and wind, lol!!! Mother Nature may have halted the performance of a few bands, but the show did go on and I had a GREAT FUCKIN' TIME!!! -Wayne Smith (Official Metal Music Vendor for WOM Fest open Air / Generation Metal Mailorder)

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What a weekend! Awesome! So many great people that I met and hung out with. One of the best weekends I've ever had. I'll be there next year!.......thanks Datis and Lea. -Sherri Goff Goodale (First time Fest attendee, 2012)

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It was a pleasure for us [Nik Brosseau & I] both and we certainly will try to attend next year as well =) Maybe even bring a few more Canadians along for the ride, haha!
I find it is by far one of the best festivals out there, good people, good bands -a real family atmosphere, its very nice. Keep up the good work mate! And hopefully Ill see you next year!! Hails from Montreal! -Jess Albayrak (First time Fest attendee)

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WOM this year was over the top!! Was nice to see friends old and meet new!!! Thank you Datis and Lea!!!!! -Penny DeGreeff (2 year veteran fan)

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Borrowed Time, Possessor, Degradation, and Exxplorer pummeled my face yesterday. Fire codes were violated, massive wind gusts blew roofs off. Stomachs were emptied. Everything you'd expect from an awesome metal festival. -Vic Stown (Vocalist / Guitarist of Vindicator)

Warriors Of Metal 2012 = scorching heat, near tornado, new friends, old friends, talented bands, and hopefully fun for all. Too bad we can't have a metal festival everyday. -Sarah Stown (Vindicator's Manager)

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"Machinage Thrash band and I wanna thank Datis and Lea Alaee for making their home our place for 5 days [after WOM Fest V Open Air], those were awesome days to enjoys with our friends, thank you all very much!!!!!!!" -Fabio Delibo (Vocalist / Guitarist of Brazilian Thrash Metal band, Machinage)

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Preparing for my magnificent journey to Columbus, OH to partake in the Warriors of Metal Fest V Open Air. Excited to see performances by POWER THEORY, DEGRADATION, Argus, Sinister Realm, Official Helstar Page, Twisted Tower Dire, Vindicator, LAZARUS A.D., Brazen Angel, and of course my metal brothers from Brazil - Machinage! ...and that's just HALF of the roster! \m/........Packing for my return trip home from Warriors of Metal Fest V Open Air. Lots of fun with new friends made, new bands to enjoy, and a new respect for the open air festivals. -Hoyt Parris (Pathfinder Metalfest organizer and first time attendee)

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The Warriors of Metal Festival Crew worked their asses off to get everything cleaned-up and repaired from the storm. I am now informed the festival will start at 10:30 AM we will be playing in between Sinister Realm and Argus later this afternoon. Thanks to the WOM staff for all their hard work \m/ I would like to take the time to thank Datis & Lea for re-working the WOM V Saturday schedule after the crazy storm carnage on Friday and finding time for Power Theory after a killer set by Sinister Realm. -Robert "BB" Ballinger Jr. (Guitarist from Power Theory)

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[Saturday, June 30, 2012] What an awesome fucking day! All the people I have met have been awesome. Thanks WOM family! Man what a weekend! The best one I think I've had in years if not ever! [A]Very very kick ass weekend, with lots of the nicest, coolest people I've ever met! I went to [Warriors Of Metal Fest V Open Air] and had an awesome time! 50 bucks for the whole weekend. Free camping! Cheap food and drink! Can't beat it! EVERYONE! Must go next year! I'll be there! -Sherri Goff Goodale (First time Fest attendee)

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Thanks to Datis Alaee for the great Warriors of Metal Festival. -Andreas "Neudi" Neuderth (Manilla Road drummer from Germany)

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Warriors Of Metal kicked ass !!! Datis really nailed it with the line up! I definitely recommend this festival, it's a great OPEN AIR FESTIVAL.!! As for Manilla Road it was great to see them play in the states they're AMAZING!!!!!! -Lizzy Rockbringer (First time Fest attendee)

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Thanks Uncle Scottland Downs for taking Troy, Harley and I to WOM Fest! I had a blast, tons of fun and great music! -Jacquie Baker (First time Fest sponsor & attendee)

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I'm back from Warriors Of Metal, I'm tired, hungry and I stink. The show was a blast and I got to hang out with some of the coolest people. Still photos and video will be posted over the next few days. -Robert Escue (Professional Photographer and first time Fest attendee)

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This was my first year attending WOM and it won't be my last! This festival is full of the truest metalheads, I mean if a tornado can't stop us from having our festival nothing will! The camaraderie was great as soon as I got to the campsite I was accepted without question. I'll be back every year the fest is around and next year I'll make sure to bring a handful of new fans! -Kaitlyn Rauch (First time Fest attendee)

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Just got home from the Warriors Of Metal Festival Open Air and had an amazing time! So much fun and so many new friends! Loved being exposed to new music. Great Fest run by great folks. Next year the Mass metal caravan is bringing a bus! P.S. BUTTER!!! -First time Fest Attendee, Amber Newberry of Most Metal Places On Earth website (For her Live Fest Review please click the following link: http://mostmetalplaces.com/2012/08/05/warriors-of-metal-fest-v/ )

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"Festivals I've played in the past: Download 2010, Wacken 2010 , Szene 2010, Philly Death Fest, New England Metal Fest. Most fun I've ever had at a fest in my entire life, ever: Warriors of Metal IV. Warriors of Metal actually keeps it true! Can't wait for next year, line up sounds amazing. The site rules, beautiful area. Met some rad bands this year. Lords of the Trident, Draekon (amazing shreds guys), Vanlade, and Widow!!! And of course METAL CHRIS!"  -James J LaRue, guitarist of Vindicator (First time performer)
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"Today on the show [I'm] going to be talking a lot about Warriors Of Metal Fest IV [Open Air]. It was amazing time!! I love this fest and I will be returning and if you did not go this time you need to put it on your calender for next year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I've got to thank Datis Alaee for making sure I was invited to this Fest. [It was the] best times I have had at a show! I enjoyed each and every band. I did not know Deathalizer before but they impressed me so much, really love thier music and those guys are just so nice to be around too! I met some of the coolest people, fans and bands & it was like one big Metal family \m/!"   -Festival co-host DJ Valkyrie of Hard Rock Radio Live on her first show after the Festival
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"Warriors of Metal Open Air was Excellent my friend!!! Hats off to all the staff and the bands!!! I had a great time seeing one of the Greatest Female singers out there now! Benedictum, Vindicator, and Aska were my faves! Warriors of Metal Open Air is the Gold Standard as to a great outdoor Fest in the Good Old US of A! Thanks Datis and Lea! I Can't wait till the next one! Support your metal guys and gals and go see a live show!!!"  -First time attendee and Benedictum fan Sponsor Kent Wittwer
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"...what a great time at WOM. Thanks to all!! We had a blast and appreciate the fans who rocked with us and all the bands at WOM!!!! Thank you everybody who came out to the Warriors of Metal Fest IV last weekended! We had a great time and it was awesome to meet new fans and our loyal fans!"  -Benedictum Vocalist Veronica Freeman
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"Datis! Thank you so much again for allowing to me to come out & be a part of the show, it was so amazing to meet you , the crew, the musicians and metal family. I had a blast and I actually felt sad when I was leaving. I miss everyone I met. It truley felt like a metal family."  -Festival MC, Sarah Tate from Jacksonville, Florida
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"I really liked [Age Of distrust's] performance at the festival last weekend. I stayed for the whole festival. Everyone who played was pretty good, honestly. I think the WOM is truly one of the few festivals that actually showcases the really good stuff metal has to offer. This was the first year I attended. I plan on bringing a handful of people with me next year."  -First time attendee, Andrew Pinkham from Fort Wayne, Indiana
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"Well this years WOM Fest IV was the best one yet. Those who missed it, missed out on one hell of an awesome Metal weekend. I am not gonna list all the bands that played but I will mention a few that kicked my ass. First & foremost are my two favorite bands of the fest the Lords 0f The Trident kicked ass yet again this year as they did in 2010 & then the might that is Vanlade also kicked my ass. New comers that amazed me were Deathalizer, damn their set crushed me into the muddy ground. Stone Magnum brought the doom and damn did they bring it! Machinage brought it as well & the Ohio thrashers Vindicator destroyed as well. Argonaut was also a very surprising band that kicked my ass that guitar player is one intense shredder & there was also Benedictum they were totally amazing as well. Shok Paris kicked ass too and what can be said about Aska other than that they always kick Aska ass \m/!"  -Scott Landon (2 year festival veteran and Benedictum Fan Sponsor)
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"I care about METAL. WOM is truly one of the best experiences we've had and every one of Vindicator is happy to return. REAL metal heads come to WOM, not shallow fucks who buy shirts of bands they have no clue about."  -Vic Stown, Vocalist & Guitarist of Vindicator (First time Festival performer)
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"Thanks to everyone who partied with us at Warriors Of Metal Festival Open Air! Special thanks to Datis and Lea and everyone who helped make it the best metal fest in America! USA!"  -Argonaut (Fort Wayne, Indiana's Progressive Speed Metal band, First time performer) band statement after the event.
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"WOM FEST IV - BEST in the series! This thing is like a snowball rollin' downhill! Watch out!"  -Third year in a row Festival headliner, ASKA's vocalist, George Call

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"I had a great time visiting the WARRIORS OF METAL festival yesterday with SHOK PARIS at the Frontier Ranch near Columbus, Ohio! Small turnout but cool new location, big covered stage, excellent sound (one of the BEST PA and monitor systems I have ever heard at a small open air festival), well-organized and plenty of good friends to talk metal with all day and night. 


Personal favorite bands I saw and heard on Saturday included, of course, SHOK PARIS (crushing 70-minute full headlining set featuring 5 new songs-the band was at the top of their game!), Brazil's MACHINAGE (I loved these guys-cool SODOM/KREATOR-influenced classic German thrash style vocals) and metal veterans ASKA from Texas with vocalist George Call only singing and not playing guitar this time. A new guitarist from France was recently added to the band. I liked Call better as a front man without the guitar. A very underrated and well-seasoned band. They delivered a killer headlining set that included a fun audience participation extended JUDAS PRIEST cover with fans on stage at the end of their set.

I missed Friday's show because of my radio show but heard my friends in VINDICATOR sounded great, along with WIDOW and LORDS OF THE TRIDENT. I also heard good things about the doom band STONE MAGNUM, who went on very early Saturday before I arrived.

Heavy metal journalist Mark Gromen from New Jersey was there. He drank so much beer the festival assigned him his own personal garbage can! You should be too. Forget about what you many have heard or seen in the past with this event. I had those same misgivings and apprehensions as well. Trust me, the new location makes a big difference. For my Cleveland friends, it's practically right in our own backyard. Give this underground festival a chance and be sure to check it out next year!" -Bill Peters of Auburn Records in Cleveland, OH
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"Back from the Ohio Warriors of Metal fest, what a weekend, met some very cool people, played with some great bands, and had a great time while we were there!"  -Chris Shrum, Bass player for Benedictum
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"Spent the weekend at Warriors Of Metal Festival Open Air. If you didn't, you missed out. But you can make up for it and plan to go next year. I'll borrow Widow's slogan: If you don't like Warriors Of Metal Fest... You don't like metal! Solid bands, solid stage and sound, solid community of people. Goood times!"  -Sarah Stown, the manager of the South Amherst Thrash Metallers of Vindicator
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"Awesome weekend at Warriors Of Metal Festival Open Air! If you missed it, you lost big metal points that can only be redeemed with excessive partying at next year's event!"  -Ian Bender of ARGONAUT and Hammerstrike Recording Studio
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"We would like to thank everyone who came out to Warriors Of Metal Festival Open Air over the weekend. We appreciate the support that we received as a band. Thanks to Datis Alaee for the invitation, all of the event staff for keeping things running smoothly, the stage manager and sound crew who provided excellent sound, and the killer bands we shared the stage with."  -Vindicator (First time Festival performer)
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"Day one of WOM done...it was awesome....had a little rain and some technical diffculties but turned out amazing...found some great bands I can listen to now....[and after day 2], WOM was amazing last night! Benedictum was Sick!! Bought all thier cds!! =D .... Can't wait til WoM 5"  -Kattie Beels (First time attendee from Syracuse, NY)
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"WOM Fest was awesome this year! Sacred Dawn was awesome!!!"  -New fan of the Fest Penny Perkins DeGreeff from Princeton, Minnesota
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"I pity the poor schmucks who did not come to Warriors Of Metal fest!" Thanks to Datis and all the other bands." - Ty Christian of Lords Of The Trident.
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"We had a Great itme at this show, if you where not there, you missed some great sounding Bands, thanks to all!!!"  - Vic Hix, vocalist for SHOK PARIS following their performance at Warriors Of Metal Fest IV Open Air
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"WOM Fest IV Highlight: Justin Zych of Argonaut's mini amp fueled campground singalongs.  Warriors Of Metal Fest absolutely ROCKED! Shout out to Datis and all who made it happen!" :) \m/!"  -Brett Scott, the vocalist for Kansas City, Kansas Thrash Metal band Vanlade
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"We had a great time this weekend at the Warriors of metal fest. Datis (All Hail!) put on a good show."  -Stone Magnum's Facebook update after the Fest
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"Once again TRUE METAL returns to Ohio for a short time ... This weekend is going to bre out-fucking-rageous."  -Long time Fest fan (since the very beginning), James Davis wrote on the eve of the Fest
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"Thanks to everyone who made our kickass midwest tour so fucking kickass! Datis Alaee and everyone involved for the greatness that was Warriors Of Metal Festival Open Air, everyone who let us crash and/or party at their homes (you know who you are, we owe you one!), and all the amazing bands we got to share the stage with! We'll see you again soon!"  -Kansas City, Kansas Thrash Metal band, Vanlade's post-Fest Facebook status update
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"Back from the Warriors Of Metal Fest where Shok Paris KICKED ASS and took names! And more Warriors Of Metal Fest mayhem, where not only did I get personal with Verronica, but so did my wife!!! Benedictum totally made the journey worthwhile and hung out with the crowd for 2-fuckin' Days!!!"  -Wayne Smith of Dragonfyre studios and Generation Metal mailorder (The Fest's official music vendor) noted upon his return home in a Facebook update
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"Thank YOU for all the effort for bringing REAL METAL to Ohio. Next year will be killer and I promise to bring more local metalheads! Also, thanks for the stack of great tunes! I already had a chance to explore some great new bands!"  -New Fest fan Orion Fairman
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"I spent more time at this fest head banging than running around drinking as I have at another fest I won't mention. The bands rocked my pants off!! Oh wait that was Sarah, they ripped her pants with the great metal!!  Just got home from the WOM Fest IV and it was so much fun!  Pictures will be posted soon!!  Made many new friends that love metal, saw some amazing bands and got to meet some bands I have supported a while on the show :-)!  I miss all the people I met at Warriors Of Metal Fest! [It] Was such a great amazing time so people listen up put it on your calendar for next year, [June 28th to 30th, 2012] !!!!!!!!!!!!!!"  -Festival's co-MC DJ Valkyrie Lawson of Hard Rock Radio Live
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"Wow,when they say they cant take that away from me I get It now....lol,unreal,I know who I am now.All the worry about can we afford to come down here,can I cut It up on stage ,30 years of shut doors last 2 have been awesome.Thank you ASKA....Datis Alaee, Lea Brundin Alaee, Veronica Freeman, Vic Hix, Dennis Schwan, Lance Souther, Kit, Warriors crew....lol. Playin with ASKA was awesome dream come true, then the rabid fans come on stage. Unreal. It was so cool!"  -The WOM Fest IV Open Air Guest Musician from Detroit, Michigan, Larry Fritzely
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"Crazyness out here in Ohio beer and metal who knows what's going to happen we hit the stage at 330tomorrow hopefully I'm awake sober by then.." And then "coming back from Ohio played a really good set yesterday..."  -Joe Hoyer, Guitarist of the Trenton, New Jersey Metal band, HORRIFIER
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"Best time I had was Vindicator's and Widow's sets, banging against the stage. Both great bands and both put on great shows. Funniest moment was when Chris Bennett pointed me out in the crowd and forgot my name. I even talked to him before the show and he remembered me from Pathfinder, but then forgot my name! I ragged on him about it afterwards though. The quality of the venue was much better than last year's too. WOM Fest just keeps improving. Keep it up!"  -Two year Fest veteran and the WOM Fest III Open Air volunteer videographer, Chris Duhan
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"I would like to personally thank Datis, everybody who attended and everybody involved with the fest (Stage hands, sound guys, etc..). It was a blast.The monitor mix couldn't have been better. The crowd was great. What more can you ask for. Thanks guys. Keep rockin."  -Jim Brucks of the Indiana Doom Metal band, Stone Magnum
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"WOM did its job. Left a fan of Vindicator. Still in pain for the amount of banging that I did! Funny incident was when the power went out and Vindicator just kept playing as if it were on!"  -Two year veteran of the Fest, Michael Matuskiewicz
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"Had a great time this weekend...always a pleasure to help out...you guys are awesome...music was fantastic with great sound...cant wait for next year...met wonderful people this weekend...Rock on my metal friends."  -WOM Fest veteran of 3 years, Karen "Kelly" Onderko
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"Though I'm friends with George [Call] it was my first opportunity to see Aska play live and they put on one hell of a show. They don't just get up on stage and play music they give a show..a performance that would do the big venues proud. With the right notice I can see them going very far and being this 'generations' Iron Maiden/Judas Priest etc. They have that caliber of a performance."  -First year attendee, Stacey Ashford (DJ Shadoe of Metal Messiah Radio)
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"WOM fest sounds like the perfect getaway for me next year, just time away from work, and all of my obligations I am definitely coming down next year."  -Tony Webster, the vocalist of the Cleveland area Progressive Power Metal band Archetype
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"GREAT JOB ON FESTIVAL AND ONCE AGAIN...THANK YOU SO MUCH 4 PRESENTING ME WITH..."OFFICIAL WARRIORS OF METAL FESTIVAL KICK DRUM SKIN SIGNED BY ALL DRUMMERS"!!! THAT MEANT SO MUCH TO ME!!! ;)"  -Two year Fest veteran and Stage Manager from Chicago, Petros Argyropoulos
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"Warriors Of Metal Fest Open Air is a great event. It's like KEEP IT TRUE or HEADBANGER'S OPEN AIR here in Germany!"  -IRON SHIELD RECORDS, Berlin, Germany
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"Warriors of Metal was a killer event. Everyone needs to book their tickets for next year as this could be one of the premier metal events in the US. Aska was great and we met a lot of great new friends from Icarus Witch and Widow among others. The scene was surreal as the clouds in the distance raged with blasting lightning bolts the whole night and a blood red harvest moon was looming."  -From the CAGE Facebook Status update after WOM Fest III Open Air
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"Metal brotherhood at Warriors Of Metal Fest III Open Air.  There's a pic in my pictures that you should steal and put up on your page.  At least 25 peaple in a group shot, many members from many bands, metal horns high in 1 hand and a beer in the other! To use a song title from my band ... "THIS IS METAL!!!  This was the most fun weekend I've ever had in my life."  -FORGOTTEN LEGACY Drummer, John Jesuele
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"Real Metal, Real Community... I had such a blast at Warriors Of Metal Fest Open Air... I would attend again, playing or not..."  -BEYOND FALLEN Guitarist, Butch Frable
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"I think we all had a great time. It was like one big family that had another member added to it every 5 min. No fights just everyone enjoying the bands. All I have to say is What a weekend at Warriors Of Metal Fest Open Air.  Metal Hails \M/"  -FORGOTTEN LEGACY & BEYOND FALLEN Bass Player's Assistant, Gail Shirk
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"Like the Keep it True fest in Germany, the Warriors Of Metal contains the best musicians and bands covering the genres that are the foundation from where metal itself was spawned. The fans that attend all live for metal
and the vibe is unmatched. I hope this continues to evolve into the unmissable event I think that it will become."  -Sean Peck, CAGE vocalist
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"Spread the word [about Warriors Of Metal Fest Open Air] people! The bands kicked ass, the ticket price is dirt cheap, and it was a blast right here in the good 'ol U.S. of A. and I didn't need to go to Europe for a great time. Metalheads, get off your asses and let's get it done!"  -Metal fan, Pamela Tencza traveling with FORGOTTEN LEGACY
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"Warriors Of Metal Fest III Open Air was one of the most honest concerts I've been to, you could tell the bands played for the fans and the love of metal not just for the money. this is where real metal lives."  -First time attendee Craig Graham
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"This was my first year to attend the Warriors Of Metal Fest & I had the best time at a concert that I ever had.  All the bands were just so friendly.  They were all around you at the camp grounds.  It's nice to actually talk & meet your favorite bands in a setting like that.  That's one of the main reasons why I shall be back every single year from now on, plus if your ears can ring during an outdoor show now that's just plain Pure Metal ;)!!!  Kudos to all the supporters & helpers at this year's event; it was a good time."  -Fan Sponsor & Street Team Assistant, Scott Landon
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