Full Terror Assault: An Extreme Music Festival Returns

Full Terror Assault: An Extreme Music Festival Returns
Full Terror Assault: An Extreme Music Festival Returns
Full Terror Assault: An Extreme Music Festival Returns
Full Terror Assault: An Extreme Music Festival Returns
Full Terror Assault: An Extreme Music Festival Returns
Full Terror Assault: An Extreme Music Festival Returns
Full Terror Assault: An Extreme Music Festival Returns

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Full Terror Assault
Craig Wilson

The Full Terror Assault Extreme Music Festival, now in its third year, is set to rage once more from Sept. 7 through Sept. 9 in Cave-in-Rock.

The three-day, open-air heavy music festival featuring nearly 50 bands will be hosted at Hogrock Ranch and Campground, which sits on more 100 acres of Cave-in-Rock. The property includes a forested camping area on festival grounds as well as lakes and a beach. There will be food vendors, contests, after-parties with bands and DJ’s. All guests must be 18 or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Among the bands who will be performing are black metal pioneers Venom Inc. and 80’s acts Overkill and Raven. Other bands include Crowbar, Iron Reagan, Prophecy, War Curse, Lich King, Toxic Holocaust, Nucleus, Ophiucus, Phobia and Hailshot. There will also be the first annual Battle of the Bands.

For a full list of bands, tickets and further information go to www.fullterrorassault.com.

Organizer Shane Bottens who has been active as a musician for 25 years in the underground heavy metal scene, told the Nightlife more about the festival.

 

It looks like this is the third FTA you’ve organized as an independent promoter. What’s the story of the Full Terror Assault festival and why host it in Cave-in-Rock, IL?

 

Yes, this is the 3rd year. I’ve always had this dream of putting on a ‘true’ open-air festival like the ones in Europe. When my rock band played at Hogrock back in 2012 and I saw the awesome campgrounds and setup, all those years of dreaming about doing something like this became a reality and a nightmare.

Putting on an event this big is a huge undertaking, but every time I get overwhelmed I tell myself to be thankful that I have been given this opportunity. I’m thankful for my friends and the volunteers who help make this possible. I could not imagine doing this event anywhere else—the owner of the campgrounds is so supportive and really has been a mentor for me.

Who are some of the main attractions from the last few years, and of this year’s FTA?

We’ve had national touring acts from the USA, England and Europe. Some of the big names we’ve had are Obituary, Napalm Death, Sacred Reich, Dying Fetus. This year we have thrash legends Overkill and from England, Venom Inc. We have Iron Reagan, Havok, Goatwhore, Crowbar and many more.

According to your website it’s not just metal or one style of metal, but also punk, hardcore and grindcore acts that play FTA. Can you give me a quick run-down on the different sounds that the crowd can expect?

I always try to include all styles of music — anything with attitude. I don’t want to be just a brutal death metal fest because I think most people into metal listen to a lot of different genres of music. Who wants to go to a fest with 50 bands and have all of them sound the same?

I saw you have contests for best campsite and best costume. Can you describe some of these scenes?

We’re starting to get more people participating in these contests. Last year, a guy from Buffalo dressed up in a full-body penis suit and won the costume contest. We’ve had beer can costumes and many others. This year, we are doing a battle of the fans with an air sax contest, air guitar contest, a Carlton dance contest (Fresh Prince fans will dig this—it’s hilarious) and a mechanical bull riding contest we call Bull Terror Assault. Should be interesting.

What are the hardest and best things about organizing an open-air extreme music show in southeastern Illinois?

The most difficult thing is trying to book the very best lineup possible with a budget, which forces me to keep hustling daily since I also work a full-time job. The best thing without a doubt is all the new bands and people I have met. A lot of great people are willing to help and do whatever they can. Sometimes that really keeps me going.

Will there be a fourth FTA festival next year?

Of course.