The highly successful Berserker festival returns for a third year, taking over The Masonic Temple in downtown Detroit, Michigan.

This annual demon-child behemoth of a metal festival known as Berserker is back to shred heads, puncture eardrums and consume souls once again. Conceived and produced by Shawn Knight (Child Bite) and his wife Veronica back in 2014, this festival has become the most anticipated locally produced metal event each winter. The Berserker festival has become so popular that it has moved to the hallowed Masonic Temple in downtown Detroit for 2016.

This year’s lineup features almost thirty national touring acts and also shines the spotlight on twenty local Michigan bands. There is a free kick off PREserker show on Wednesday night, Januar 20, at the legendary Small’s bar in Detroit-neighbor, Hamtramck, which will field eight bands on two stages, kicking off at 7 pm. Bands scheduled to play this event are Cloud Rat, The Armed Gore, Reverend, Blue Snaggletooth, Stone Ritual, Plasticizer and Pandemonium.

A variety of ticket options are available including one hundred special edition weekend passes for $35, which includes a limited edition poster and patch to commemorate this year’s festival. Regular weekend passes are $45 and can be purchased at or in person at UHF Records in Royal Oak, Michigan. Tickets for this event have sold out for the previous to events, so buying early is strongly recommended. Each of these events are all ages; bring your demon spawn to enjoy all the metal mayhem this incredible event has to offer.

berserker2016_web_mainbandsNational Bands:
Voivod (Jonquiere, Quebec)
Ghoul (Creepslyvania, USA)
Conan (Liverpool, England)
Macabre (Chicago, Il)
Cannabis Corpse (Richmond, Va)
Black Tusk (Savannah, Ga)
Antiseen (Charlotte, Nc)
Holy Grail (Pasadena, Ca)
Mutilation Rites (NYC, NY)
Vektor (Tempe, Az)
Fucking Invincible (Providence, Ri)
Die Choking (Philadelphia, Pa)
Black Fast (St. Louis, Mo)
Yautja (Nashville, Tn)
Oozing Wound (Chicago, Il)
Fistula (Akron, Oh)
Troglodyte (Kansas City, Mo)
Generation Of Vipers (Johnson City, Tn)
Tombstalker (Lexington, Ky)
Grizzlor (New Haven, Ct)
Serial Hawk (Seattle, Wa)
Stnnng (Minneapolis, Mn)
Coagula (Boston, Ma)
Rectal Hygienics (Chicago, Il)
Motherfucker (Atlanta, Ga)
Sheep Shifter (Nashville, Tn)
Infernal Altar (Eau Claire, Wi)
Volunteer (Milwaukee, Wi)
The End Of Music (Chicago, Il)

New & Established Michigan-Based Acts:
Acid Witch
Child Bite
Shit Life
Dead Church
Rebel Spies
Karmic Lava
Rest In Shit
A Purple Cloud

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Hailing from Boston and now residing in the Metro Detroit area, Mick has spent several years photographing concerts and interviewing musicians in the music industry. After spending a few years shooting and writing for, he founded and started the National Rock Review in the fall of 2013. Recruiting staffers from around the world, he has led the National Rock Review team in to a respected and established publication in the online music news/press industry in a short period of time.

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