Testament, Cavaleras, Machine Head lead first Metal Injection Festival lineup

Testament, Max & Iggor Cavalera, Machine Head, Fear Factory and more will perform Sept. 16 and 17, 2023, at the inaugural Metal Injection Festival. The event will take over two venues in Orange County, California–The Observatory and House of Blues Anaheim.

Tickets for day one are on sale here, while day two tickets will go on sale to the public here at 10 a.m. PDT Friday, June 16. Live Nation, Citibank and House of Blues pre-sales will launch at 10 a.m. PDT Thursday, June 15. VIP tickets will be made available for $99.50; VIP packages include a limited-edition poster, T-shirt and mezzanine seating.

Metal Injection readers can find the Live Nation pre-sale code here. The Citibank pre-sales will be available to Citi card and Citi bins users, while the House of Blues offer will be made exclusively available to HOB FDR Members.

“I’ve always dreamed of having my own festival as a kid, I mean what metal head hasn’t!?” Metal Injection founder and company director Frank Godla said. “I even wrote it down on a future goal plan for Metal Injection in the early days. When my Slay at Home virtual fest really took off during the pandemic and reached communities in over 60 countries, it suddenly seemed possible, even overdue.

“Today, I bring you the first ever Metal Injection Festival. Two days days of killer bands ranging from thrash, death, industrial, hardcore and more from legendary names to the ones worth discovering. We’ll also have some really sweet giveaways, a learning area for amazing causes I believe in and special set lists including the legendary Max and Iggor Cavalera performing ‘Morbid Visions’ and ‘Bestial Devastation’ records in entirety, and Fear Factory celebrating their game-changing ‘Demanufacture’ and 25th anniversary of ‘Obsolete’ with us!

“Every new endeavor has to start somewhere, and I couldn’t be more stoked to have this group of amazing bands be part of M.I. history!”

Saturday, Sept. 16, at The Observatory:

Max & Iggor Cavalera (performing a special “Morbid Visions” and “Bestial Devastation” set)
Fueled by Fire 
Dead Heat

Sunday, Sept. 17, at House of Blues Anaheim:

Machine Head
Fear Factory (performing a special “Demanufacture” and “Obsolete” set)
Spirit Adrift
Contracult Collective
Upon Stone
Thrown into Exile

Sponsored by Metal Blade RecordsNuclear BlastCentury MediaThunderflix and ESP Guitars, the festival will have a learning booth in support of two important causes, MusiCares and suicide prevention. This initiative will help educate attendees on mental health awareness and related resources for fans and musicians in need.

In addition, courtesy of ESP Guitars, Metal Injection will raffle off a pair of ESP axes signed by each headliner. Night one’s guitar will be signed by Max Cavalera, while night two’s prize will be signed by Alex Skolnick of Testament.

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