Milwaukee Metal Fest Adds New Crop of Bands including Hammerfall, Tesatment and More

Milwaukee Metal Fest Adds New Crop of Bands including Hammerfall, Tesatment and More

- By Ramon Gonzales

The diverse roster continues to grow adding Exhumed, Paleface Swiss, a reunion set from Soilent Green, Casket Robbery and nearly a dozen more bands in total.

Photo by @Shotbyhvnter

Last month, the venerated Milwaukee Metal Fest confirmed a return in 2024 following a successful relaunch of the festival brand in 2023. 

Among the names the anchored the festival's initial return included the likes of Lamb Of God, Anthrax, Suicidal Tendencies, Biohazard, and Machine head just to name a few.

The initial announcement confirmed an expansion of the event, with a pre-party kicking off on May 16th and the main festival slated for May 17th, 18th and 19th at The Rave/Eagles Club in Milwaukee, WI. 

Topping the 2024 bill are pioneering thrash outfit, Mr. Bungle whose line-up features the all-star ensemble of Mike Patton, Dave Lombardo, Scott Ian, Trey Spruance and Trevor Dunn. The fest will also feature a set from German power metal pillars Blind Guardian as well as deathcore giants Slaughter To Prevail - underscoring the diversity of the line-up. 

Among the standouts from the first wave of bands included the likes of Swedish melodic metal legends In Flames, death metal OGs Deicide and black metal fixtures Marduk just to highlight a select few. 

The second wave of confirmed artists unveiled an additional 19 acts with the likes of Destruction, Avatar, Lacuna Coil Symphony X, Bleed From Within, Eternal Champion, Uada, Night Demon and more on deck. Additionally, the 2024 Milwaukee Metal Fest will include two unique sets from all-star Death tribute, Death To All. 

Now, Milwaukee Metal Fest has heaved an additional 11 bands onto the already stacked line-up, with the likes of Hammerfall, Testament and a Soilent Green reunion set being added to the bill. Additional draws include Paleface Swiss, death metal vets Exhumed, as well as It Dies Today, Errors Of Humanity, Casket Robbery, Hellwitch, Belushi Speed Ball and Illusion of Fate.

Jasta shared, "The spirit of the original fest is alive, well and growing. People are traveling from all over the world to join us and the reaction to each line up addition keeps getting better. Now, with thrash legends Testament who have been our most requested band, power metal legends Hammerfall, Soilent Green reuniting, the new generation’s heaviest in Paleface Swiss, regional faves Casket Robbery and true old schoolers like Hellwitch, we are beyond stoked! Plus, you know Belushi Speedball & others will bring the party HARD. See you in Milwaukee next May!"

Tickets now available with 1, 2 and 3 day options available with zero interest payment plans. Get tickets and info at

See the current line-up thus far below. 

Daily Milwaukee Metal Fest Line-Up


Friday, May 17

Blind Guardian


Symphony X




Metal Church


Eternal Champion




Belushi Speed Ball

Night Demon




Ancient Entities

Illusion of Fate



Saturday, May 18

Mr. Bungle




Death to All (Unique set #1)



The Red Chord

Soilent Green (Reunion)


Martyr AD



Internal Bleeding



Embryonic Autopsy

Eyes of the Living

& more


Sunday, May 19

Slaughter To Prevail


In Flames

Death to All (Unique Set #2)

Lacuna Coil

Paleface Swiss

Bleed From Within


It Dies Today


Casket Robbery


Errors of Humanity

Amerakin Overdose

Beyond Threshold


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