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  HELLFEST 2012 DAY TWO
CLISSON, FRANCE
HERE COMES THE SUN


Tina Saul


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Bach at the moon...

Day two of the festival and the Metal gets underway at 10.30am with Suicidal Angels waking up Main Stage 2, but it was Crashdiet who made sure I headed into the arena early. After the traditional festival shower of wet wipes and dry shampoo, we made the short journey into the arena to see how these Swedish glamsters were going to rid the crowd of their hangovers.

And a fine job they did too. Frontman Simon Cruz was full of energy and even those who were more accustomed to harder Metal seemed to enjoy the set. Simon found common ground by saying "the good thing about being up this early is you can drink all day" and I think he made a few friends with that statement. I can confirm that I spotted him several times throughout the day and he kept true to his word, and watching him lift his bright blue mohawk so he could drink from his Hellfest jug was a fine sight indeed.

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Next up was Gama Bomb who played Main Stage 2 and even though Crashdiet had pulled a decent sized crowd, it started to grow noticeably through the Irish thrash Metallers set. They had a great rapport with the audience, including a giant ninja wasp that flew around the crowd for the whole set and then buzzed off at the end. A great sing-along for 'OCP' with the crowd shouting out "Dick Jones" loud and clear and wall of death for 'Mussolini Mosh' were highlights and a way to make sure this won't be the last time I go and see these guys.

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Time for a quick trip to the VIP bar for the traditional breakfast of ice cold Jaegermeister and then it was time for Steel Panther. Even though these guys haven't been around for that long, I've lost count of the amount of times I've seen them and was getting a little bored with the same old show. But today's set was very different as they had bothered learning some French for the occasion, including "show your pussy" and "boobies", all written as an aide memoir on Satchel's hand. They played a classic Steel Panther set with their obligatory appeal for girls to show their boobs. French ladies clearly have higher morals, as only a few got them out for the boys, in stark contrast to the hordes that did at Download.

Next up was my only venture into one of the four tents over the weekend to see October File play The Warzone. That has to be the most appropriate name for a tent as it was surrounded by its very own moat of mud. I'm not a fan of Metalcore, but these guys didn't do too bad a job and it's good to support your fellow countrymen, right?

As we wandered back to the main arena to grab some sustenance, liquid of course, we caught the end of a band I'd not heard of before, but their back catalogue is now firmly planted on my wish list. Koritni are an Australian band that play France a lot looking at their tour history, so it's no surprise that they got a good slot on the Saturday of Hellfest. It was the perfect afternoon band supplying a brand of Hard Rock that would make any Aerosmith, Van Halen or AC/DC fan smile. Keep an eye out for these guys, as they are well worth seeing live.

Uriah Heep were up next, but I opted to go and do a little bit of work and chill out in the press area. Glad I did, as I spotted a guy in the corner drawing official Hellfest posters. That's the thing that I love about this festival, the mix of music and art. The sculptures on site are amazing, and there are flames coming out of bars and other installations on site. I found out that the posters were limited edition and I managed to bag myself #1 of 70 for a mere €30. I did hear the traditional end to Uriah Heep's set, 'Land Of Hope And Glory' blasting out from the Main Stage PA, which made me proud to be British, then the guilt set in for not seeing them play, in favour of supporting French art – oh the irony.

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And then it was time to return to the sleaze as I stood waiting for Sebastian Bach. Fresh from his controversial visit to the UK, he took to the main stage at Hellfest to an adoring crowd, waiting to get the vocal chords slashed as they tried to mirror his range, which happened instantly as he opened with 'Slave To The Grind'. His stage act hasn't changed at all and as he simultaneously head banged and swung his microphone over his head, the crowd were really getting into it.

After 'Kicking And Screaming' he had a good chat with the crowd in French. No idea what he said, but it seemed to go down well, so much so that one girl threw her bra onto stage, hitting one of the photographers. They passed it up to him and he grabbed it and took it off stage. 'Piece Of Me' was a great track to showcase his vocal talent, '18 And Life' was a perfect sing-along in the sun and renaming 'American Metal Head' to 'Français Metal Head' was a nice touch. The set was perfect and left me praying that the rumours of a Skid Row union will come true soon.

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A little bit of a break to wander the site, grab some of the delicious food, and have a cheeky break in the VIP bar and next up for me were Machine Head who had the task of warming up the Hellfest crowd before tonight's headliners. This was by far the biggest crowd I'd seen Main Stage 2 pull over the weekend, bordering on ridiculous with the bar and stalls crammed in on one side, and wasn't the nicest of experiences to be honest.

I moved back slightly just in time for the Bay Area Metallers open with 'I Am Hell' – a very apt track for this festival. 'Imperium' and 'Beautiful Mourning' went down well, and then a green haze appeared and an echoey Rob Flynn broke the intense moshing with a monologue. When he said: "This next song is a metaphor for a person who comes into your life and has a similar effect. Hellfest do you know somebody like that?" it didn't get as big a reaction as they expected. Maybe a French translation would have been good, but as 'Locust' kicked in, it returned to savage moshing.



I've seen Machine Head a lot and have never questioned Rob Flynn's vocals but he didn't seem on form today, which was a real shame as the set list was superb, but thankfully ending with 'Halo' and 'Davidian' was a way to make sure I left satisfied regardless.

I retreated to the VIP bar to meet up with everyone and start taking bets on when Axl would actually turn up tonight. We got ourselves a drink and settled in for the inevitable wait, but then we were all taken aback as 'Chinese Democracy' blasted out at 11.30pm – the exact time he was billed. And we weren't the only ones, as the queue to get out of the bar was huge, and when we did eventually get out you could see people running over from all over site and we just about made it out for the end of 'Welcome To The Jungle'.



This isn't Guns n' Roses and I refuse to go and see Axl And Friends on tour, but you can't deny that it's the perfect way to spend a Saturday night after a few drinks. 'It's So Easy', 'Mr Brownstone,' 'Rocket Queen', 'Civil War', 'Nightrain' and 'You Could Be Mine', coupled with the overplayed 'Paradise City' and 'Sweet Child Of Mine', were all guaranteed to get your dancing shoes on. But it was 'Estranged' that sent shivers down my spine, as I absolutely love that song and Axl And Friends really pulled it off perfectly.

You may have seen the dig on the Metal Hammer website this week, that Axl took a tumble in 'Sweet Child Of Mine' and he certainly did, but unlike previous shows he didn't let it affect the performance, which went on for over two hours and left the whole arena in a fine party spirit. What a great end to a perfect day.

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And here's the French version, with thanks to Flo Cherry...

HELLFEST 2012- 2nd JOUR: LE SOLEIL EST VENU

2nd jour du festival et dés 10h30, le métal se met en branle, avec SUICIDAL ANGELS, pour réveiller la Main stage 2.

Mais c est surtout CRASHDIET, qui ont fait que je me suis dirigé sur le site de bonne heure.

Après un traditionnel festival alliant lingettes et shampooing sec, nous nous sommes rendus, après un court trajet, dans l enceinte du festival, afin de voir comment ces slammeurs suédois allaient débarrasser la foule de leurs gueules de bois.

Ce fût un bon travail qu' ils firent. Simon Cruz, frontman du groupe, était bourré d'énergie, et même ceux habitués à un métal pur et dur semblait y prendre du plaisir.

Simon trouva un terrain d entente en disant :"La bonne chose en se trouvant, là si tôt et que vous pourrez boire toute la journée", et je pense qu' il s'est fait quelques amis avec déclaration.

Ce que je peux je peut confirmer, l'ayant repéré, à plusieurs reprises, au cours de la journée, fidèle à sa parole, le voyant basculant sa magnifique crête bleue, pour boire la cruche du Hellfest, et ce fût un sacré spectacle.

Ensuite, ce fût au tour de GAMMA BOMB de jouer sur cette même Main Stage 2, même si CRASHDIET avait attiré, une foule assez conséquente, elle continua de s'accroître les trasheurs métalleux irlandais.

Ils eurent un bon contact avec le public, une guêpe Ninja géante, survolant la foule et tombant à la fin.

Un rappel avec le public, scandant, durant "l OCP" : "Dick Jones", d une même voix forte claire et unanime.

Le mur de la mort pour "Mussolini Mosh" me dit que ce ne sera pas la dernière fois que je verrais ces gars-là.

Le temps d un voyage rapide au bar VIP, pour un petit déjeuner tradionnel à base de Jaegermeister fraîche, et ce fut l heure de STEEL PANTHER.

Même si ces gars là ne sont pas là, depuis longtemps, je ne me souviens plus le nombre de fois où je les ai déjà vu, cela devenant un peu ennuyeux avec l éternel même show.

Mais aujourd'hui le set fût différent, ils avaient même pris la peine d apprendre quelques mots de français, pour cette occasion, dont : "Montrez votre chatte" et "imbécile", ces mots écrits en aide mémoire, dans la main de Satchel.

Ils jouèrent un set de STEEL PANTHER tradionnel, avec rappel aux filles de montrer leurs seins.

Les filles françaises ayant certainement une morale un peu plus élevée, seulement quelques unes leur ont montré, contraste absolu avec le Download ou des hordes de filles l ont fait.

Ensuite, ce fût ma seule aventure dans l une des 4 tentes, durant ce week-end; pour voir OCTOBER FILE jouant la "Warzone", nom le plus approprié pour une tente très propre!, pleine de boue.

Je ne suis pas fan de Metalcore, mais ces gars là n'ont pas fait un mauvais boulot, et c 'est pas non plus de soutenir, un peu vos concitoyens, non?

Puis un repli, vers la Main Stage, ayant pris auparavant, le temps de se restaurer en nourriture liquide, bien évidement.

Nous avons vu, la fin du set, d'un groupe que nous n'avions jamais vu auparavant. Mais leurs compos est désormais solidement implantés dans mon catalogue de souhaits.

KORITNI, est un groupe australien, jouant beaucoup en France, il suffit de regarder leurs précédentes dates de tournée.

Donc, pas surprenant qu'ils ont obtenu ce passage dans cette brèche au Hellfest, ce samedi là.

C'était donc l'aprés-midi parfait, pour un groupe de Hard Rock, qui rendait le sourire aux fans d'Aerosmith, Van Halen et AC/DC. Gardez un oeil sur ces types là, ils valent le détour.

URIAH HEEP étaient les suivants, mais j'obtais d aller faire un tour, pour travailler un peu, au secteur presse.

Et je fût heureux de le faire, repérant, un gars dans un coin, qui dessinait des affiches officielles du Hellfest. C'est la seule chose que j'aime dans ce festival, le mélange de la musique et de l'Art. Les sculptures sur le site, sont étonnantes, des flammes sortent des bars et des autres installations du site. j'ai donc des trouvé, des affiches en série limitée à 70, que je m empressa de mettre dans mon sac, pour seulement 30 euros.

Puis j ai entendu, la fin du tradionnel "Land of Hope and Glory", qui dynamitait la Main Stage PA, qui rendit fière d'être Britannique, mais me culpabilisa de ne les avoir vu jouer, en faveur de mon soutien à l art français- ô ironie.

Et ce fût le moment de revenir au Sleeze, et j attendais Sebastian Bach. Fraîchement controversé, lors de sa visite au Royaume-Uni, il prit possession de la Main Stage, devant une foule en adoration, qui se réduisait les cordes vocales à néant, en tentant de donner un reflet de son répertoire, ce qu'il fit en ouvrant avec "Slave to the Grind".

Son jeu de scène, n'a pas changé du tout, secouant sa tête et balançant son micro simultanément. La foule était vraiment dedans.

Après "Kicking and streaming", il conversa avec la foule en français, mais aucune idée de ce qu' il dit, mais le message semblait passer, tant et si bien qu une jeune fille lui balança son soutien-gorge sur scène, qui atterri au passage, sur l un des photographes, il s' en empara et le mis hors de scène.

"Piece of me" fût un bon terrain, pour mettre son talent vocal en avant, "18 and life", parfait aussi pour chanter sous le soleil, renommant "American Metal Head" en "French Metal Head", délicate attention pour son public.

Le set fût parfait, et me laisse espérer que les rumeurs concernant une prochaine re-formation de Skidrow vont se réaliser bientôt.

Une petite pause, pour se promener sur le site, en profitant de la délicieuse nourriture et faire une pause insolente au bar VIP.

Pas loin de moi,"MACHINE HEAD", ceux-ci avait la tâche de réchauffer la foule du Hellfest avant les têtes d affiche du soir.

Ce fût de loin la plus grosse foule, que j'ai vu devant la Main Stage 2, durant ce week-end, à la limite du ridicule, avec le bar entassé dans les stalles d'un côté, et ce ne fût pas ma plus belle expérience, pour être honnête.

Je me suis donc déplacé vers l'arrière, juste à temps pour les métalleux de la Bay Area, ouvrant avec "I'm Hell" morceau bien choisi pour ce festival.

"Imperion" et "Deuil Beautiful" tombèrent bien aussi, puis une brume verte apparue, et dans un écho, Rob Flynn cassa l intense Mosh en court, avec un monologue, annonçant la prochaine chanson, je cite: " this next song is a métaphore for a person who comes in your life and as a similar effect, Hellfest do you know somebody like that?"

La réaction ne fut pas de la taille auquelle il s attendait, peut être une traduction française aurait été la bienvenue, mais les "pèlerins" re -entrèrent en jeu et le mosh sauvage repris.

J ai vu MACHINE HEAD pas mal de fois et je n'ai jamais remis en question le chant de Rob Flynn, mais il semblait pas très en forme ce jour, ce qui était dommage, vu la superbe Set list.

Heureusement, le final avec "Halo" et "Davidian" fût le bon moyen de me dire que malgré tout j'étais heureux.

Je me suis retiré au bar VIP, pour retrouver tous le monde et commencer à prendre les paris, sur l'heure à laquelle AXL arriverait ce soir sur scène.

nous avons pris un verre tous ensemble, et nous nous sommes installés pour cette inévitable attente.

Mais quelle surprise, quand les premières notes de "Chinese Democraty" retentirent à 23H30, pile l heure annoncée.

Nous n étions pas les seuls manifestement à être surpris, vu la longue file d'attente pour sortir du bar, une fois enfin sortis, nous avons pu voir des gens affluant de tous le site, arrivant juste pour la fin de "Welcome to thé Jungle".

Ce n'est pas Gun's ann Roses, et je refuse d'aller voir AXL et ses amis en tournée, mais on ne peut nier que c'est un moyen idéal pour passer un agréable samedi soir avec quelques verres.

"It's so easy", "Mr brownstone", "Rocket Queen", "Civil War", "Nightrain" et "You could be mine", couplés aver les surestimés "Paradise City" et "Sweet child o'mine", étaient la garantie d' obtenir chaussures a son pieds.

Mais ce fût "Estranged" qui me fit parcourir des frissons le long de tous le dos, j ai toujours absolument adoré cette chanson, et AXL et ses amis l ont envoyé à la perfection.

Vous avez certainement vu en fouinant sur le site de Metal Hammer cette semaine, que AXL à fait une chute, pendant "Sweet child o'mine", mais contrairement aux shows précédents, il n' a pas laissé cela affecter sa performance, qui dura plus de 2h00, laissant cette foule intense dans un esprit de communion parfait.

Quelle belle fin pour une journée parfaire.

24.6.12


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"A melting pot of darkness, adrenaline, sick rock Metal and goth atmosphere is going to embrace you all soon..."

blackwolf tour PLANET ROCK PRESENTS BLACKWOLF, THE BREW & FIRE RED EMPRESS UK TOUR
Catch this sparkling line up on five dates this coming September...

mr big MR. BIG CONFIRM DETAILS OF NEW ALBUM "...THE STORIES WE COULD TELL"
The original line-up are back with some of their most powerful material to date and their signature hard rock sound...

neal morse NEAL MORSE LAUNCHES VIDEO FOR 'HEAVEN SMILED'
The opener from 'Songs From November' sees Morse in classic singer/songwriter mode...

hrh prog HRH PROG 3 ANNOUNCES RICK WAKEMAN TO HEADLINE NEXT SPRING'S EVENT
The Prog icon heads up an exceptional bill, with more to come...

billy idol BILLY IDOL ANNOUNCES UK LIVE DATES IN NOVEMBER
As well as the live dates, a new album and an autobiography will also be released this autumn...

mike portnoy MIKE PORTNOY TO JOIN BIGELF FOR UK/EUROPE TOUR
Portnoy has also contributed his drum work and arrangement skills to the band's latest album, 'Into The Maelstrom'....

martin barre MARTIN BARRE ANNOUNCES STUDIO ALBUM FEATURING TULL CLASSICS
'Order Of Play' is the studio version of the acclaimed show performing Tull classics with his talented live band...

accept ACCEPT REVEAL THIRD TRAILER DOCUMENTING NEW ALBUM 'BLIND RAGE'
Wolf Hoffmann talks about the ingredients needed to write a great song, as well as mentioning the guitarists who have influenced his playing...

avenged sevenfold AVENGED SEVENFOLD UNVEIL NEW TEASER FOR 'WAKING THE FALLEN: RESURRECTED'
"We have left no stone unturned in our quest to bring you the archived footage, rare and early recording and demos and live performances of the madness which set the pace for the Avenged Sevenfold we are today..."

hammerfall HAMMERFALL REVEAL THIRD ALBUM TRAILER FOR FORTHCOMING ALBUM '(r)EVOLUTION'
Watch for a sneak preview of the band's upcoming video for the track 'Hector's Hymn'...

tryptikon TRIPTYKON UNVEIL NEW VIDEO CLIP
The clip is an ominous visualisation of 'Aurorae', one of the most poignant and personal songs on 'Melana Chasmata'...

absolva BREAKING NEWS: DAN BATE LEAVES ABSOLVA; FURY UK LINE-UP REUNITED FOR EUROPEAN TOUR
"Although we're more than a little shocked at this turn of events, the situation has been entirely amicable and we have nothing but good to say about Dan..."

california breed CALIFORNIA BREED LINE-UP IS RE-ASSEMBLED
Bonham Out, Joey Castillo In - Bonham: "I wasn't going to be bullied into touring"...

wacken 2015 SAVATAGE TO REUNITE FOR WACKEN 2015 WHICH ALSO FEATURES TRANS SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA AND RUNNING WILD
The Savatage reunion gig will mark the band's first live performance in over a decade...

gus g GUS G. LAUNCHES NEW VIDEO FOR 'BLAME IT ON ME'
There are also videos of guitar tutorials and a recap of the recent European tour...

hammerfest HAMMERFEST ANNOUNCES HRH DOOM
It's an afternoon of Doom on Friday 13th March with a specialist stage...

persian risk PERSIAN RISK TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM 'WHO AM I'
The NWOBHM band, who reformed in 2012, are back with their third album...

the agonist THE AGONIST SET TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM 'EYE OF PROVIDENCE' IN NOVEMBER
The follow up to 'Prisoners' sees the debut of vocalist Vicky Psarakis...

sixx am MÖTLEY CRÜE'S NIKKI SIXX RELEASES NEW SIXX:A.M. ALBUM
Sixx:A.M announces long-awaited third album, 'Modern Vintage', with the first single available on August 4th ...

wolf cover WOLF PREMIERE VIDEO FOR 'SHARK ATTACK'
The video is taken from the album 'Devil Seed'. "No story, no acting, no bullshit - just full throttle velocity of in-your-face Heavy Metal..."

hammerfest 2015 HAMMERFEST ANNOUNCE MORE ACTS FOR MARCH 2015
Candlemass, Devilment, Raging Speedhorn, Hell, Hirax & many more join the event in Wales...

les fest wildfire LES-FEST ANNOUNCES FIRST DOZEN BANDS FOR 2015 AND A NEW NAME
Les-Fest-Wildfire is back in June 15 with Tygers of Pan Tang revealed as the first headliner...

striker STRIKER RELEASE PREVIEW TRACK FROM UPCOMING 'CITY OF GOLD' ALBUM
"It's about Heavy Metal and a good time. If you're having a party at your house, then put our CD into the player and drink some beer..."

devin townsend DEVIN TOWNSEND REVEALS 2ND 'CASUALTIES OF COOL' VIDEO
The haunting video for 'Flight' is available to watch now. The long awaited stock of physical CDs of 'Casualties of Cool' have also arrived...
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