Live report :
HELLFEST 2012 - CLISSON, the 15, 16 and June 17 2012 - 150 groups on 6 scenes!!!
Publishing date : 6/26/12
Author : NOCTUS
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FRIDAYS June 15 2012
For the fifth consecutive year, Guillaume and me, we return to the HELLFESTto Clisson (44) for the biggest annual gatheringHard Rock - Metal in France. It delays us to see the new allowing site to double the capacity of welcome of 20 000 to 40 000 people. In fact, the festival known a growing success, it became difficult to circulate easily and it was necessary necessarily to air the space and to create additional scenes.
Without taking our new indicators spin us under the scene Temple(dedicated to the Black Metal) to 14H15 in order to see BELENOS. In front of a public obtain to his cause and producing itself enough rarely in live, the group of Loïc CELLIER delivers apagan Black powerful one ( Morfondu ) to Celtic pronounced influences. Despite a perfectible sound (clear cash register),BELENOS return a very satisfactory copy.
BENEDICTION awaits us immediately following under the stretched Altar(devoted to the Death Metal). Brought by his charismatic singer Dave HUNT, the English group proposes a Death Metal old school in the big English tradition (this sound Grind Death coming from the Punkas the first NAPALM DEATH and BOLT THROWER) with breaks , changes of tempoand the classics such as Jumping At Shadows or The Grotesque please to hear. Damage that theirset was programed so early…
Just the time to buy one T official shirt of the festival and we will see LIZZY BORDEN on the Mainstage 1 for their very first concert in France (!) while the group exists since 1983. Ashock Rock Glam Metal in the style ALICE COOPER or W.A.S.P.with all the gear (skull, flag, …) : not very known in our country, the group gives all. It will do even while replying very friendly to our interview forMETAL NOCTUS an hour later: very very sympa!
An eye and an ear next on the RockConfederate one ofMOLLY HATCHET that, by far, seems to test a little poorly to federate the crowd: the weight of the ages…?
choose Us at present to look atUNISONIC buses the fan of HELLOWEEN that I am had never had the occasion to hear the I Want Outwith the association Michael KISKE - Kay HANSEN. Evidemment, it is on the pieces of the pumpkin that one packs oneself really even if the Heavy Rock proposed one by the Germanic combo is well executed. Ashowa not very labored one despite all according to me.
did not want Us to miss GOTTHARD on theMainstage 1for two reasons:
1. We like a lotGOTTHARD.
2. Impatience to see the successor of the defunct singerSteve LEE.
The good understanding reigns in the Swiss group, to the picture of the talkative jovial mood released by his guitarist Léo LEONI. The new singer Nic MADER to the stamp very close of Steve assures really and returns him a beautiful homage on One Life One Soul. The classics link, one treats oneself in front of Sister Moon or Anytime Anywhere especially that the sound is almost perfect …Asettoo runs, to see in poster head!
After the press conferences of LYNYRD SKYNYRD then of MEGADETH that allow us shooter some photos closely (and to rest a little to the dry one while storms soak the festivaliers), we will see the concert of the veterans of the Rock Confederate Americans that no longer have nothing to prove. A well solid sound, three guitars, feminine choir members, a lot of feelingwith in conclusion the mythicalSweet Home Alabama.
The HELLFEST this is a gathering of all the styles of Metal what suits well to our spirit opening. Thus, we leave in brutality quest towards the scenes Altar and Templetowards 22H00. For already to have seen them in more reduced room, I a little am disappointed by the sound of CANNIBAL CORPSE, not rather precise, but do not surprise in front of lays off it supernatural energy deployed by his singerCorpsegrinder.
After interviewing Frostin the afternoon (listening in METAL NOCTUS on Breniges FM 95.6 à Brive (19)and on www.brenigesfm.com ), we attend a part of the concert of SATYRICONbuses remain ourselves really fans of their Black ‘N’ Roll a lot of darkness and of groove . Already present to the edition 2008, the band to Satyr andFrostdoes not disappoint, masterly!
Impossible one for us to spoil a crumb of MEGADETH that begins to 23H10 especially that the two historic Dave are combined. Nothing to say, his clean and square, setlistbalance: Hangar 18, Enemy Public N°1, A Tout Le Monde, Holy Wars, In My Darkest Hour, Foreclosure Of A Dream, Peace Sells…But, except the appearance of a disguised guy in Vic Rattlehead on the last quoted title, or a medleyreturn The Four Horsemen, I note a surprise absence, which is bothering for a playing so high group in the poster. For example, this is the same used setting for their concert with JUDAS PRIEST and TESTAMENT March 21 2009, be an immense wall of amplifiersMarshall !
KING DIAMONDconstitutes the head of poster of the first day and begins his show to 00H45 on theMainstage 2. One likes or one hates the group, no position median well often.
I choose deliberately to place me early and very close of the scene for, according to me, a concert of KING DIAMOND it is as much of visual one that of music and its apparitions do themselves too rare (two festivals only this summer, HELLFESTandSweden Rock). Hear only high perched cries when one is situated very far scene with whirling winds, this is not to take advantage a lot of the spectacle. The scene setting is sumptuous, a sort of frightful manoir, a little ruined by barriers metal at the beginning of concert that we prevent to hang correct photos.
The KING, as to his habit easily sings in the sharp, medium and engraves, a little can be helped by some samplers…? A dancer that changes constantly dress of scene (grandmother, pregnant woman, …) illustrates the histories that it relates, coming from the albums Abigail , Themor Conspiracy. The music always remains very mélodique thanks to the excellent game of guitar d’Andy LAROCQUE. Fine rain falls since an hour but the public remains there, does not budge, captivated, hypnotized by this unique, really original concert,KING DIAMOND to see at least once in his life!
SATURDAYS June 16 2012
The day on Saturday announces itself sunny, reassuring anticipation in order to avoid walking on the muddy support of the day before that begins drying.
We arrive on the site to 14H15 and while approaching the Mainstage, I recognize to the far 17 Girls In A Row…but punaise , it is STEEL PANTHER that plays and that must finish his concert. Big disappointment, the Americans alternated withKORITNIthe day same and I have just spoiled them!
while DEATH ANGEL delivers his Thrash Metal (a little too) clean on theMainstage 2 , we decide to be going to console ourselves on the Altar where AVULSED envoy decibels. Knowing only two albums of the Spanish group, I am curious to see this formation in conditions liveand there big slap: it is brutal, technical, sometimes grind, without concession. And the singer Dave ROTTENdeciding to launch itself in astage diving insane one while singing (and therefore not mastering anything of the all, carried by métalleux in furie), I really had never seen that to this level, authentic!
go back over Us the principal scene where produces itself KORITNI: A Hard Rock typically Australians to the AC/DC therefore well executed even if can appear too classical for certain. To note a good communication with the public and his new and successful album Welcome To The Crossroads pass the test of thelivewith mention well.
A small pause with Luca TURILLI that talks about us his new one RHAPSODY, of his new album, of his love for France, of his passion for the movie, and of his optimism for the continuation of his career. An as pleasant as accessible personage that speaks a very French voucher, the an of our better interviews (to listen onMETAL NOCTUS)
await Us the URIAH HEEP again brought by his guitarist Mick BOX, founding guitarist known for his usage of the pedal wha wha. The British group arrives to do us to travel in the seventies and releases again energy despite an average of rather high age. The concert finishes itself by the essential hymnEasy Livin’ returns by everyone, magic!
We hurry next to rejoin the space presses for we have an appointment withDirk SAUER , faithful guitarist of EDGUYbefore linking on the interview ofMick BOX, relaxed after his benefit, as nice as legendary!
18H50, 18 And Life resounds, Sébastian BACH invested the scene. Always in voice, the blond fougueux does us to relive the old titles of SKID ROW with happiness: Youth Gone Wild, Monkey Business… The comparison with the new titles of his last album Kicking & Screaming proves themselves thus difficult. A beautiful onecome-back but we give him a yellow box to have to play a little his star, granting only interviews to 3 big media…
During this time my colleague wanted to seeSHINING . Less tortured than the accustomed but always Labrador, Niklas resumes essentially titles of the two last albums while having won in vocal assurance despite a clear poorly mixed song and often inaudible. The continuation of the evening was very eventful since all the interviews of which it ours were canceled and without the least information: "Again worse than the legend" signaled us his management…pas cool!
EDGUY became pro, the big German machine arrives to 19H45 with a sublime one backdropto the effigy of their last album Age Of The Joker . Endow with a very voucher his, the set focuses around the recent albums. As we said it Dirk two hours beforehand, it is necessary several listen to appreciate the new compositions. Still according to him, their benefit to the HELLFEST2007 marred one by of multiples problems technical remains a bad one to remember therefore tonight the group has the fangs. The all in a mood good child thanks to the volubile Tobias SAMMET that exchanges warmly with the public. Personally, preferring the first party of career of EDGUYand its titles moreSpeed Heavy Metal I remain a little on my hunger, taste history only, for the public fully adheres.
We had of big one has priori on GUNS ‘N’ ROSES or rather Axl ROSE & Friends should one say since it remains the only original member on board. A concert of 2H30 is programed! Indeed, that passes very quickly, signs of a pleasing spectacle mixing the new pieces (in a register more Rockpowerful than Hard Rock ) with the big classics. Axl is surrounded by excellent musicians that it does not hesitate to put forward on interludes in entertaining solos. Served by a superb one light showand an excellent sound, Axl ROSE applies to well to sing the Welcome To The Jungle, November Rain, Don’t Cry, Nightrain, Civil War, Sweet Child O’ Mine or Paradise City, a little to the penalty on You Could Be Mine . Despite small péripéties (falls Axl on Sweet Child O’ Mineand claviériste to the very beginning), we attend a true concert of head of poster. One will regret can be the few exchange with the public, Axl ROSE very concentrated pretences on his game. Tonight GUNS ‘N’ ROSES hit strong unanimously!
It is 04H00 in the morning when one will go to bed, the last day will be long…
SUNDAYS June 17 2012
13H00: while awaiting my left friend to look at ALCEST, I profit from it to go to dedicates it of GIRLSCHOOL, to do me to take in photo with Denise DUFORT to the battery since 1978, and type the kiss to the charming one Jackie CHAMBERS …Respect for the biggest group ofRock feminine one History!
ALCEST assures on the scene Valley (dedicated to the Stonerand Doom ) in front of a public connoisseur, heterogenous and rather furnished. NEIGEalternates with ease song clear and song Black, damage that it did not find a parallel parking to reply to the questions ofMETAL NOCTUS…
In reality, it is the group DISNEY LAND AFTER DARK (that must be called D-A-Dfor lawful reasons) that we checked in red in our planning of this last day. Exuberance, originality, energy characterize the superb benefit of the Danish group: low 2 ropes, drummer held a stick some taken pen, a guitarist Jacob BINZER talentueux any right gone out of the better western, his brother Jesper to the song to bottom the whole temps…Content besides to have been able the interviewee 2 hours after for their benefit really convinced us. D-A-D, not very known in France, would have deserved to play later. Which pleasure to have been able be heard Sleeping My Day Away of their first one and essential albumNo Fuel Left For the Pilgrims (1989).
14H30, we spin immediately some not at does all press VIPbuses Mike SPREITZER , guitarist ofDEVILDRIVER awaits us to reply to our questions. Discussion unfolds itself in a manner professional but remains stretched, the playing group in 3 hours, one feels a certain anxiety.
CRASHDIETgoing through there, we improvise an interview with Eric and Peter, respectively drummer and bass player of the group of Sleaze Rock Glam Swedish one: a discussion 100%Rock ‘N’ Roll , a moment of frank rigolade. When I learn that the guys have less than 25 years, I take myself a good blow of old one!
DEVILDRIVER takes possession of the Mainstage 2to 17H40 in front of a massive audience. Releasing a big power, Dez FERRARA harangues the crowd and huge circle pits or walls of death themselves constituent…ça stirs. I appreciate the versions liveof the titles of Pray For Villains, their next to last album, the better one in my opinion (and opinion of Mike SPREITZER equally). One arrives nevertheless to weary itself in front of a music, of course filled withgroove and doped by a game of phenomenal battery, but that becomes a not very repetitive one to the long one.
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT in France it is rare, then we place ourselves enough close to the scene in order to contemplate these dinosaurs of the Rockincarnate one by the pair of guitarists singers Eric BLOOM and Donald ROESER (or Buck DHARMA if you prefer). The group undeniably aged but the standard Godzilla, (Don’t Fear) The Reaper or Burnin’ For You watches the unique, very special characteristic of their music, between Hard Rock andRockpsychedelic one of the seventies…
20H45, MÖTLEY CRÜE, the one of my favorite groups, enters in scene. In 2009, the band to Nikki SIXX had left an ambivalent impression, an implication lack. It is with a different state of mind that the mythical group of Hard Glam Californians starts his show: one feels the very motivated musicians, following the example of the singerVince NEIL that budges everywhere. Nevertheless, the departure sound (Live Wire ), polluted by a low one too presents does not correspond to our expectations, the first fears arrivent…Heureusement, the ingésounds rectifies the balances and scathing articles Same Ol’ Situation (S.O.S.), Looks That Kills, Wild Side, Smokin’ In The Boys’ Room, Dr. Feelgood do sensation. Sex Fun and Rock ‘N’ Roll when Girls, Girls, Girls arrival: according to tradition with MÖTLEY , certain girls reaches by their guys (?) show their nichons!!! Brightened by two superb dancers choir members in small held, the spectacle is complete! Mick MARS, always static, shoots its effective riffs in his corner. The extravagant one Tommy LEE takes then possession of the piano for the celebrates Home Sweet Homethat does his effect. DoesKisckstart My Heart finish the party with a paint lance (?) red in the premeirs rangs…1H15 of pure happiness, that it was good!
The end of the festival obliges us to do the cornelian choices so the program presents interests on all the scenes. We attend at the end of the brutal one Death of SUFFOCATIONthen we stop ourselves in front of ARCTURUS. This fantastic clear voice is me familiar, ICS Vortex (former DIMMU BORGIR) replaced Garm. A curiosity Black Metal progressive and atmospheric one that pleases us in studio and that confirms inlive .
Tommy IOMMIpatients, we do not have alas right to the reformation of the worship BLACK SABBATH but a new one appearance ofOZZY& FRIENDS ( SLASH, Geezer BUTLER , …). One recollects oneself then, with nostalgia, the benefit five stars of HEAVEN & HELL with IOMMY and the big DIO to the song to theHELLFEST 2009, a big one to remember.
OZZYwe seem in well better form than last year, his not suffering song of any defect, it is clean. I Don’t Know (coming from Blizzard Of Ozz),Shot In The Dark ( The Ultimate Sin) thenIron Man (Paranoid ) before the Gods of the sky do not rage: a cold rain stressed by a violent wind constrains us to change our plans. The ground begins becoming a quagmire, several hundreds of people leave the concert of OZZY and do as us while taking refuge itself soaked under the stretched AltarandTemple…Damage.
CHILDREN OF BODOM there gives a very good concert at once mélodique and extreme with a setting constructs around a car to the visual one hitting. Warm welcome of the public, we deplore nevertheless one go out of the a little group quickly dispatched.
01h00: we well placed for the showof DIMMU BORGIR. His Black Metal pompous one, to the limit of the pompous one for certain, musters a very wide public (a lot of girls) thanks to very worked compositions. Mourning Palace followed by Spellboundopen the dance and please the old fan of Enthrone Darkness Triumphant that I am! I find the impeccable sound, of the lightsa not very dark and predictable ones (blue, red, green, blue, red, green alternation, …). Only damper: the absence of ICS Vortex of which the quality of the vocal clear one, even if replaced by some samplersand on the part sung by Shagrath , lacks cruelly to the Norwegian group. The pair of guitarist constituted by Silenoz(founder of the group with Shagrath ) andGalder(OLD MAN ‘S CHILD) shows a fearsome effectiveness. We finish thus this festival on a very good grade.
Despite a forecast not always to the appointment, this edition 2012 wins a frank success. Having doubled his welcome capacity, the festival keeps again his human and friendly spirit while preserving an irreproachable organization (timingalways respected one). Counsel: it will be necessary can be to work a little more on the performance of the sanitary installations (blocked WC as early as the second hour…).
A non exhaustive realized report according to our interview planning, of our musical tastes, of our specific expectations on certain groups and also of our state of fatigue and forecast…
We already can announce yourself asMETAL INTEGRAL will cover the edition 2013!!!
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