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Thought the initial lineup to France’s Hellfest was already looking awesome? Well the 2014 edition of the festival just got better, as Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and Aerosmith have been announced as headliners.
Along with the headliners, Hellfest also announced the additions of Slayer, Avenged Sevenfold, Deep Purple, Soundgarden, Megadeth, Sepultura, Queensryche and a crap load of others. These bands join previously announced acts Emperor, Trivium, Death, Carcass, Watain, Behemoth and many more.
Hellfest is taking place in Clisson, France between June 20-22, with bands spread across six stages on each day. Festivals like this are reasons why we wish we could afford to do some summer traveling overseas. Check out a complete rundown of the lineup below. Read more »
According to the Detroit News, Metallica’s Orion Music + More Festival won’t be coming back to Detroit next year. In fact, it won’t be coming anywhere next year, as the fest is taking a year off. Promoter C3 Presents confirmed that Metallica will be taking 2014 off Orion, since they’ll be touring in Europe and while the Fest may return in 2015, they wouldn’t confirm that it will happen in Detroit. This would have been Orion’s third year following this past Summer on Detroit’s Bell Isle and 2012′s inaugural fest in Atlantic City, NJ. Promoters struck a deal with Detroit to have the festival return to the city in 2014 and 2015, but had the option to back out.
This is a relatively new development, since only a few months ago, while promoting their concert film Through the Never, James Hetfield told the Detroit News that they were planning on returning in 2104. “I sure hope so; that is the plan,” he told them. “The festival itself is not 100-percent greenlit yet. There’s gotta be a powwow where all of us get together and make sure we’re on the same page.”
Now that there’s a hole in Summer one-off metal fests, now might be the time for the long-dormant Ozzfest to make it’s return. While there was a two-day Japanese version last year, there hasn’t been an American Ozzfest since 2010. Since Black Sabbath will likely still be touring behind this year’s 13, it would certainly make sense. Obviously, this is all just conjecture, but if you’re reading this Sharon, I think you might wanna consider doing it.
Turns out the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival was starting to leak its lineup earlier this month. The first batch of bands for the festival’s 2014 edition has been announced. And while Iced Earth pretty much confirmed their participation with their tour announcement, this confirms that Bleeding Through are indeed playing their final East Coast show at NEMHF.
Other confirmed bands include All That Remains, Nile, Slapshot, Nails, All Out War, Twitching Tongues, and more. The festival will also feature bands slated to play the soon-to-be-announced 2014 Metal Alliance Tour (continuing a tradition established with last year’s lineup). Tickets for the NEMHF (taking place April 17-19) go on sale this Black Friday, with VIP packages to follow soon after. The final lineup will be revealed soon, but check out a full run down of confirmed bands below. Read more »
While next May seems like an eternity away, the announcement of a bunch more of the bands playing the Maryland Deathfest should help get you through the cold of winter. Among the artists added are Dark Angle, Triptykon, Black Breath, and Sourvein. And despite all of the new announcements (18 of them), they’re not done announcing bands yet, with some more reveals scheduled for December. The Maryland Deathfest will take place from May 22nd-25th, and you can find out more info about tickets on their website. Here’s who just got added:
Left For Dead
Seven Sisters Of Sleep
And here’s the daily schedule of the lineup so far: Read more »
Is the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival starting to unveil the bands playing next year’s fest via their Facebook page? Earlier today, their page had a post that simply said “ICED EARTH.” Yesterday, “BLEEDING THROUGH” was another, with no other information provided. The announcement of dates for next year’s NEMHF, April 17-19 was announced less than a month ago, with no lineup listed. As always, the Festival will take place at the Palladium in Worcester, MA.
Maybe this is foreshadowing of things to come at the sixteenth annual NEMHF, or maybe it’s a cruel joke played on us by one of the page’s admins. Either way, we can only hope that this is a sign that a definitive lineup will be announced soon.
UPDATE: Iced Earth has announced dates for a North American tour with Sabaton and ReVamp, which lists a stop on April 19 at the Palladium in Worcester, MA. Thus, Iced Earth (as well as Sabaton and ReVamp most likely) is confirmed for the next New England Metal and Hardcore Festival.
[via Metal Sucks]
In 2012, Five Finger Death Punch closed out their American Capitalist touring cycle by headlining their own tour. Trespass America had a pretty strong lineup, with Killswitch Engage playing their first tour with Jesse Leach back in the fold, Trivium, Emmure, God Forbid, Pop Evil and Battlecross also played. After taking the year off, presumably due to FFDP working on two albums and headlining the Mayhem Fest, it looks like the tour might be back on in 2014. “How about if we add some different stuff?” a post on the tour’s Facebook page said. “Something like Volbeat or The Prodigy or Tech N9ne? Yey – Ney?” With that in mind, Headbanger’s Brawl returns to discuss the merits of The Trespass America fest.
Bram: I think there are a few questions to ask at the outset of this. Mainly, a) is it a good idea to resurrect the festival? and b) how diverse should they go? It’s a little odd for a touring festival to go for just one year before taking off for another. It doesn’t exactly make it a franchise if they’re taking every other year off. It’s understandable why Five Finger Death Punch had to skip last year, but Ozzfest happened without Ozzy (granted, Black Sabbath played, so he was still kind of on board). It wouldn’t have been out of the realm of impossibility to have booked another Trespass Fest last year and have the band triumphantly return to their own fest next year. I guess getting asked to headline Mayhem Fest isn’t something you turn down, and when you consider the band has been with the Fest since the start, they obviously have loyalty.
As far as the diversity thing, the first tour was somewhat diverse. Pop Evil are still a relatively new band, but appearing on Tresspass definitely helped their profile, and they were squarely more on the active rock side than anyone else on the tour. Battlecross were definitely up and comers last year as well. It’s hard to say whether diversity would help the tour in 2014. That said, Volbeat isn’t “different” at all. Like FFDP, they’re one of the few extremely successful active rock bands (aka, are able to sell over 200,000 copies of an album). Tech N9ne, for all of his collaborations with heavy bands, isn’t particularly that well-known of an entity, and seemingly would exist mainly to pop out and cover “Mama Said Knock You Out” with the band. And The Prodigy? What year is this? Read more »
Phil Anselmo’s Housecore Horror Film Festival is just around the corner, so now probably wasn’t the best time to have a band pull out. Unfortunately, Crowbar had to cancel, with reasoning left unmentioned leaving us to only hypothesize regarding the recent string of events surrounding the band.
But not to be defeated, Anselmo has lined up another heavy-hitter, recruiting the Melvins for the lineup, also adding New York-based horror metal band Blood Farmers to the bill. Anselmo commented regarding the lineup change in a message on the festival’s Facebook page:
“Sadly, Crowbar will not be able to make the gig. But madly great news is that The mighty Melvins are gonna jam the fucking night away!”
Not only will The Melvin’s perform in Crowbar’s spot, but drummer Dale Crover will lend two hands to Eyehategod in the absence of late drummer Joey LaCaze who passed away in August as a result of respiratory failure. As if the festival wouldn’t already be one to remember, the bar just got set that much higher, showing firsthand the camaraderie and resiliency in metal.
It’s time to take that vacation of a lifetime. Pack your bags, we’re going to France. Yeah, there’s the Eiffel Tour, great wine and what not, but the real attraction next year will be a premiere metal festival featuring Trivium, Emperor, Carcass, Hatebreed, Behemoth, Crowbar and more and over 120 other bands. Hellfest 2014 is set to take place June 20 through the 22 in Clisson, France. The annual event began in 2006 on the same grounds featuring bands such as Def Leppard, Volbeat, NoFX, KISS, Danzig and Stone Sour on last year’s bill.
Next year’s fest gets a tad more sinister, with more than 120 bands rounding out the lineup, with additional names yet-to-be confirmed. Check the start of the list below. Read more »
Not too long ago, we suggested that it was unlikely that Korn would bring the Family Values Tour back from the dead. As it turns out, it will indeed be returning … as a one day festival.
Right before everyone one went away for a long weekend, Billboard posted a teaser video (as seen below) hyping up the Family Values Festival. While it includes live footage of bands playing past incarnations of the tour, the only information about the festival the video revealed is that it’ll take place on October 5 (and is one night only). As you’ll recall, the last time Family Values name was attached to anything was back in 2007. Yet the timing of Family Values’ return makes perfect sense, given that Korn’s new album The Paradigm Shift comes out on October 8 via Prospect Park/Caroline Records.
UPDATE: Since posting the original story, the Family Values Festival lineup and location has been revealed. Taking place at the 1st Bank Center in Denver, Colorado, Korn will be joined by Hollywood Undead, Asking Alexandria (who Korn is also touring with), Machine Gun Kelly, and Beware Of Darkness.
We may have to wait a little longer for more info on the Family Values Festival (including where it’ll take place, let alone who’s playing), but for now you can watch the teaser video for the festival below. Read more »
The land down under has plans to get hardcore in 2014. The official lineup for next year’s Soundwave Festival has been announced. Dates are confirmed for February and March, so even though Australia might not be right in your backyard, you have some time to save for travel. Bands slated to perform are as follows, with more to be announced as the festival approaches.
- Avenged Sevenfold
- Stone Temple Pilots (feat. Chester Bennington)
- Alice In Chains
- Rob Zombie
- Alter Bridge
- Biffy Clyro
- Rocket From The Crypt
- Asking Alexandria
- Alkaline Trio
- Five Finger Death punch
- August Burns Red
- Living Colour
- Motionless In White
- The Black Dahlia Murder
- Pulled Apart By Horses
- Ill Nino
- Nancy Vandal
- Bowling For Soup
- Trash Talk
- Amon Amarth
- The Story So Far
- Hardcore Superstar
- 10 Years
- Walking papers
- Our Last Night
- Your Demise
- Heaven’s Basement
- Real Friends Read more »