Now that Hellfest Open Air part one is done, It was time to take a small break, edit some photos and reflect on how it all went down.
Hellfest never really fails to surprise the fans, both intentionally and unintentionally and this edition was a true demonstration on how does it feel to be in Hell…
The festival opened its doors on Friday with a level of Heat Wave that is really rare in this part of the world. But this didn’t stop all the Hellbangers from having the time of their life.
Over two years without live music and being locked down in our rooms, a tiny heat wave won’t stop us from doing what we love the most, MUSIC.
Friday and Saturday felt like HELL… literally, the peak passed over 40° during both days and we all struggled, cause at the end, we all know that we would say: It was all worth it.
Fireworks were canceled in the first day, the organizers decided that because of the extreme heat and they feared for starting a fire, smart decision, this shows how much they value safety.
Here are some images taken by me, this is just a sneak peak, we will publish a full story after Part Two, where we will talk more about this historical edition and publish more photos to try and give you a small taste of Hellfest.
Next, are photos taken by Mayaz, great shots to have any idea what to expect in Hellfest and maybe, makes you go like, Fuck, I wanna be there too, next year.
A huge shoutout to everyone at Hellfest Headquarters, the management of this first edition was epic, safety was greatly prioritized and first aid teams were all over the site, a job well done on keeping everyone safe.
Keep an eye here and throughout our social accounts for Live Photos of Part Two.
The actor jumped on a plane shortly after the closing arguments in his widely publicized defamation trial against former wife Amber Heard
Up until very recently, Johnny Depp has been in the midst of a widely publicized defamation trial against his former wife Amber Heard, so he was perhaps the last person fans expected to see at a recent Jeff Beck gig in Sheffield, England.
But the Hollywood Vampires guitarist and Hollywood A-lister did indeed appear, donning a Fender Telecaster to help Beck play a trio of classic covers.
In new fan-shot footage, Depp can be seen aiding the electric guitar legend during his set at Sheffield City Hall on Sunday (May 29) for renditions of John Lennon’s Isolation – of which the pair released a studio version in 2020 – as well as Jimi Hendrix’s Little Wing and Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On, and an original track named Hedy Lamarr.
You can watch the cover of Isolation here.
Johnny Depp is currently suing Amber Heard for $50 million over an op-ed she wrote for the The Washington Post in 2018 in which she documented her experience of being a domestic abuse survivor, without mentioning Depp by name. Heard is countersuing him for $100 million.
While best known for his acting career, Depp is also a prominent musician. With his current band, Hollywood Vampires, which also features Alice Cooper and Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, he has released two albums: their self-titled debut in 2015 and 2019’s Rise.
He has also collaborated with the likes of Oasis and Aerosmith, while in the ’90s he was a member of a band called P, who once performed with Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea and John Frusciante at LA’s The Viper Room, then part-owned by Depp.
In the title of this article, we are simply stating that Hellfest is finally happening again after two years being left-out without our precious HELL. Two years without Hellfest, no thanks to you Covid and all your ugly relatives.
In four months we’ll be back in our favorite spot in the world, Hellfest Open Air.
We have so much to look forward to, two years is way too long and since Hellfest started in 2006, it has been a nonstop roller coster and getting bigger each year. If there’s anything we’ve learned over the years, it’s that this amazing festival is not going anywhere no matter the circumstances.
Ben and his team never fail to impress their loyal fans, and I say loyal fans because they never fail when the festival needs them, they kept their tickets for two years without asking for a refund and the moment has come to enjoy this ride one more time.
Fans held onto their tickets like they were lottery tickets, that’s how important they are to each of us
This only demonstrates the love and support the heavy-metal community and fans of Hellfest have for this haven
Not only is this anniversary special because it’s happening again, but:
It’s a return after two years, which is why I titled it “it is happening again” Two years seems so very long, and also, it’s a nice reference. Let us know if you catch it.
It is going to be massive, like real massive not just like every other year because usually Hellfest is expanding year after another, but this year it’s gonna be a double bill, Hellfest is set to return and run throughout two consecutive weekends , a complete 7 days of HELL with over 350 bans, isn’t that beyond amazing?
For Ben and his team to pull-off such an organization after two years of no income, no government support, and being turned down by their insurer, is just beyond incredible. It’ll be a 15th anniversary edition to go down in history and we are fortunate to be a part of Hellfest. It sounds crazy when we say 15th anniversary. In truth, it should have been the 17th, but time surely stood still for us.
Here are the complete line-up wit the official running order:
Here we go, it’s that time of the year where all Metal enthusiasts from France and all over the world gathers in the beautiful Clisson, to visit their own version of Disney Land for a full weekend, HELLFEST.
The special bonus this year was a fourth day, the weekend kicked of on Thursday this year with Knotfest embracing the French meal world.
I personally stopped talking about how big Hellfest is each year, Ben and his team got enough creativity to surprise us each year.
Come Hellfest 2020, I can only guarantee you, it’ll be your best Metal experience.
The lineup this year was massive, maybe too massive.
This edition of Hellfest was probably the 1969 Woodstock of our time.
It had everything, legends bidding farewell to their fans, old school rock stars, new emerging bands, Tool after 13 years away from their fans.
So many highlights that would go down in the history,
Only this year there were stories to tell, on a positive notes and a negative one.
The opening day of Hellfest was busy, really busy, Hellfest dedicated a main stage just for French bands which was really awesome.
Imagine, in one day, you have the chance to see, Gojira, King Diamond, Mass Hysteria, Dagoba, SUM41, Godsmack, Demons & Wizards, and Dream Theater… etc.
And finally, to close out the day, the almighty Manowar was set to headline.
Remember our story from last year? Where after the last band on the third day, Hellfest came up with a huge surprise, Lights were out for few minutes, then Joey from MANOWAR was live on stage to announce the return of MANOWAR to Hellfest after 10 years, their last performance was back in 2009. I was there.
People were looking forward to this, but don’t get too attached, this story does not have a happy ending.
In the afternoon of Friday, around 80,000 people were notified that MANOWAR wouldn’t be playing tonight anymore, no further explanations.
Few hours later, the story started to go out, MANOWAR were on site the night before, as per Hellfest, they just decided to leave the site and not to play the show.
Then an official statement from MANOWAR blaming Hellfest for this cancelation, I mean it’s MANOWAR, of course they’re gonna blame Hellfest.
The fans were really disappointed and furious, a band like MANOWAR should care and respect their fans.
No matter the reason that led to an argument between the band and the organizer, your MANOWAR, you were on site and ready to play, you deliver to your fans, the show must go on, you perform, then you go to solve your issues with the promoter.
Let’s not give MANOWAR too much attention here, they let down their fans, Hellfest were proactive and on the spot, replaced them by Sabaton.
Long story short, it was a dramatic day, but nobody cared, Hellfest ruled and people had a blast.
Day tow was no less, it was the day where you go on a trip back in time, the real legends of rock and metal ruled, not MANOWAR!
The biggest act that everyone was waiting for was KISS, another legends bidding farewell to the world.
We also had, Whitesnake, Def Leppard, ZZ Top, Within Temptation and many others.
But for me, the highlight of this year was without a doubt KISS.
These guys, after all this years, they put on a show that bands in there twenties wouldn’t have the stamina to do.
They gave it all, a rock show on the highest level, they had raisers on the stage for each musician, at some point, Paul surfed over the crowd with a zip-line and plaid two songs in the middle of the ground, not to mention the flames, the smoke, the explosions and finally the fireworks.
KISS presents the real meaning of the term ROCK STARS.
Days three is usually sad, because you come to realize that it is almost the end for this year, but was way more emotional as SLAYER were also bidding farewell to the world, Tom said few touching words at the end and had tears in his eyes.
On the bill were also, Lamb Of God, Slash, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Anthrax, Trivium, Testament, Death Angel and Philip Anselmo who plaid so many Pantera hits and many other bands.
I will leave with our photo gallery so you can live or re-live some of the best moments of Hellfest 14
Keep an eye on our page and also Hellfest pages, as tickets will go out on sale very soon.
Next year Hellfest celebrates 15 years of greatness, be ready to get blasted as I guess something really extraordinary is in the works…
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The final band in the Metal Bell 6th Anniversary lineup is Qantara, a local band with a genre of their own called MetalFlow.
Qantara is a bit trickier to define than other bands we’ve written about before. For instance, when asked how the band started, they replied: “There isn’t really any singular point that we can reference as the “beginning” of the band, nor a set of events. A lot of people are involved in the band, a lot of those people have nothing to do with the music, nor of the performances. A lot of people and events were such a challenge that we also owe credit to them for “making” the band, and more importantly, some people were such immense pools of support.”
In short, however, one can say that the band has been in the making for many years, experiencing many changes in their lineup and musical approach throughout.
But there is one point in time which we could consider as an objective starting point, or at least as Qantara’s official introduction to the local Metal scene: on April 4th, 2015, the first Lebanese edition of the W:O:A battle, which allows the winning band to perform at the Wacken Open Air Metal festival, took place at The Quadrangle, Hazmieh. That night, local bands Turbulence, Blaakyum, and April competed, with Blaakyum emerging victorious.
While the jury was deliberating, the crowd was given one final treat to top off the event: a guest performance by Qantara who, at that point in time, were mostly unknown to the scene save for some teasingly enigmatic Facebook post.
After a pinch of initial cynical doubts, the crowd was taken aback and seemed to enjoy the show with wild abandon, despite the fact that the band solely performed previously-unheard original material.
On that note, when asked if the band would ever perform covers, they replied: “Well we tend to ask for what purpose would we cover songs? We are not out to play the tracks people are used to, and the songs they know and love. We want to offer something that people still haven’t formulated an opinion about, something they still haven’t felt, simply something new. If we are to “cover” songs, we would disassemble them, and rebuild them in our interpretation, basically still offer people something fresh. We are not implying though that bands who cover songs are in any way at fault, covering songs is a very technical challenge if one wants to honor the song they’re covering.”
And, well, that mentality seems to have worked out for them so far.
After that initial debut, they partook in Metal Bell’s event New Blood on July 11th, 2015 at Metro al Madina, then finally in Metal Bell’s event Drastic Measures on December 12th, 2015 at The Quadrangle.
For about three years, that was pretty much it for Qantara. They would sometimes post various forms of content on their Facebook page, but otherwise they did not partake in any public appearance whatsoever.
That is, until November 7th, 2018, when they had their first ever album release. Their album “Dirt” saw the light of day at a place that has now become a recurrent part of the band’s history: The Quadrangle.
The event did not, however, include a performance, and tomorrow’s concert will thus be the band’s first time on stage in almost exactly three years.
Now that we’ve covered Qantara’s curriculum vitae, let’s move on to some facts about their identity as a band.
First of all, let’s take a look at their name. When asked about that, they replied that the band has taken many names in the past, some of which are still used to this day as the butt of some inside jokes amongst the band’s members. As for “Qantara” (or قنطرة, which translates to arch or vault), it refers to “a gateway, a door; a structure that implies a transition of states… Quite simply, it is not where you are right now, it is where you intend to go (or be taken), and that is the basic idea behind it.”
Now onto the genre which they define their music as belonging to: MetalFlow. That name is the product of the band’s many efforts to label their music by stapling together many names of genres that seemed appropriate but turned out too ridiculously numerous, which was because so many different influences came into play at once. Eventually, they realized that “the common ground between all [their] musical influences is the fact that they all make [them] ‘flow’ in a certain way, they make [them] move, and transport [them] into a certain trance.” Thus, MetalFlow would be “the genre that incorporates the general ambience of ‘meditative’ music (or ‘Trance-y’ music) with the sharpness of Metal.”
And on the subject of Qantara’s many influences, when asked what the most prominent were, they replied: “That’s impossible to answer. Musically there’s a ton, and for varying reasons. Socially and ideologically there is a million. We can’t just say “this artist or person has inspired us the most”. In fact, most of our inspirations come from people we meet on the streets, just people. It is thought that one can only get recognition and be inspiring because of their choices and actions, or maybe morals, but most people who we felt inspired by are just friends and family, mentors and grandparents. Sure there are a million artists and writers and thinkers who inspire us every day, but we do not feel we owe anything to anyone… Part of the human experience is to be inspired and inspire back, there should be no admiration for it.”
That pretty much wraps up the ideological viewpoints of Qantara for now. If you’d like to see how those words transcribe onto the stage, pass by Metro al Madina tomorrow!
When asked for a statement regarding Qantara’s appearance at SledgeHammer Production and Metal Bell’s upcoming event, they replied: “It’s going to be AWESOME! Metal Bell is 6 years old already! We have to make it a very happy birthday and we will! It will be memorable, the people are gonna be awesome and sweaty like hell and we’re all gonna blow out the candles with the wind generated by the headbanging throughout the night! Be there!”
They also added: “We send you all our love and appreciation for your constant support and involvement. We thank you Carmina for this interview, as well as Metal Bell of course. We wish you a happy birthday, and we are confident that with love and support, and with all of us being open to disagreement and celebrate our differences, this scene has the potential to really set the standard for the region, we all just have to work on the same team.
Thank you all and hope to see you on Saturday, December 15th, at Metro al Madina, and to join us to celebrate Metal Bell’s 6th birthday and just an awesome night together.
All The Love,
All The Time.”
If you’d like to see what kind of sound could come with all these bold statements, check out the band’s Soundcloud, where you can find the entirety of their recently-released album “Dirt” as well as tracks from their yet-unreleased album “Seven”. You can also check out their Facebook page for a wide variety of content.