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.
Valuk is a five member band that was awoken in the Idrijan subterranean depths in 2012 borrowing the name of a Carinthian duke.
When did you first find out about Metal Days?
We started going to the festival as teenagers, back when it was still called Metalcamp. We heard about it because it wasn’t far away (about an hour’s drive), and it attracted some big names that we wanted to see play live.
How did you end up on the bill for this year’s festival?
As we visited the festival we applied and left a demo there multiple times and nothing happened. Last year we released a full album and applied, same as before and we got the invitation to play on MetalDays.
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?
It’s not the furthest, but we hope it’s going to be the biggest.
Which bands on the bill are you most looking forward to seeing?
The taste in bands varies among members, but I think we all agree on seeing Behemoth, Watain and Primordial. And it’s always a good time to go see some fun bands like Alestorm and Municipal Waste.
Other than bands, what are you most looking forward to about Metal Days?
Definitely the river, good food and cold beer.
Before you hit the stage: Monster energy drink or Laško beer?
A couple of beers!
We’ll see you there!
Thank you for the interview and have great time at the festival.