A man from Ulverston is about to join the lineup of an international heavy metal festival.
Matt Davidson, 32, will take the stage alongside two of his bands at Symbolic Open Air, a festival in the Czech Republic.
Mr Davidson said: “I have been playing music for about 20 years, starting to play guitar at the age of 12 after entering metal thanks to the nu metal craze at the end of the years. 90s and early 2000s.
âFrom there, I progressed from traditional metal to grunge and thrash before I got into death metal in my late teens, playing in several bands in college.
âI am completely self taught in guitar, bass, drums and songwriting, with eighth grade certificates in guitar and bass.
Barrow-based band Repulsive Vision sees Matt on guitar and backing vocals, while Gary Young is on drums, Mark Kirby is on bass and Daryl Boyce is lead vocals.
The band was formed in 2010, starting life as a solo project before Matt brought in other musicians.
He said: “After several line-up changes we recorded and released our first album. Look beyond the gore and see the art in 2017 on the Danish label Mighty Music.
“We returned to the studio in 2020 to record and release our second effort Obituary. Until our former singer left at the end of 2020, we have maintained a relatively strong unity since 2015, but our recent collaboration with Scordatura frontman Daryl has led to a strengthening of our personal and musical chemistry within the group in preparation for the evolution of our new material and live show. ”
Matt is also part of Wombbath, a group formed in Sweden in 1990.
He describes them as a “legendary underground band in their scene” after their well-received 1992 EP Several forms, and cult classic album Internal caustic torments in 1993.
Matt said: âAfter being the sole guest guitarist for Wombbath at a festival in Cardiff in 2018, I was asked to help them with a few European gigs when their bassist left the band.
âFollowing these concerts, the group offered me the permanent niche and since then I have recorded two albums with them and played several concerts across the continent.
Excited to take the stage, Matt said: “It’s always a huge opportunity to be offered the chance to perform at concerts of this magnitude, but after two such terrible years, it’s something we’re so into. grateful.
âWe spent much of the lockdown period not even practicing, but we did manage to work behind the scenes on our new record and have booked a few other shows on the continent that have yet to be announced.
âNot only that, but we’re thrilled to be playing alongside our heroes, including legendary doom metal pioneers Candlemass.
“We are extremely grateful to the promoters and bookers for placing their trust in us.”
Symbolic Open Air will take place from June 29 to July 7, 2022.