Always aiming to put the smaller / less well known bands front and centre, welcome to our series featuring acts on the New Forces stage at this year’s Metal Days festival in Slovenia, as well as a couple of bands who are being featured for a second time having trodden the boards of that stage in earlier years. We’ll be there with them and hopefully will catch as many of them live as possible so we can tell you how good they are! Tickets for the five-day (plus warmup!) event are still available for around £135. It takes place in Tolmin, Slovenia, from July 21st to 28th.
We are Forja, a folk metal band from Catalonia.
When did you first find out about Metal Days?
I’ve been following this festival since it was called MetalCamp, maybe 10 years ago.
How did you end up on the bill for this year’s festival?
We just gave one copy of our EP at the info post and filled the form, pretty easy. We still don’t believe it!
Is this the furthest you’ll ever have played from home and/or the biggest gig you’ve ever played? If so, what was the furthest/biggest before now?
Yes, this is going to be the biggest and furthest gig at the moment.
Which bands on the bill are you most looking forward to seeing?
There are plenty of bands on the main stage, like Alestorm, Eluveitie, Judas Priest, Ensiferum, Epica, Children of Bodom, etc. that we want to see, but so many that we want to discover at all stages of the festival.
Other than bands, what are you most looking forward to about Metal Days?
Have a lot of fun of course – the river, the place… It’s all great!
Before you hit the stage: Monster energy drink or Laško beer?
Lasko beer of course!