Text and photos: Adele van Heerden
We arrived at Hellfest around four in the afternoon on the Thursday before bands started, exhausted, having travelled from London at four in the morning. After finding a spot in the masses of tents, our friendly French neighbours gave us beer and bade us welcome, even helping us to set up our tent. I had never heard of the festival before my boyfriend suggested we go, but upon arrival we were given a quick course on Hellfest history.
Apparently Hellfest had a long history of being attacked by right-wing conservatives for their supposedly demonic or satanic theme. Luckily it enjoyed continued support, despite large sponsors, such as Coca-Cola, dropping out because of the pressure.
This year seemed to be avidly supported by members of the whole family: I saw father and son enjoy acts such as Ihsahn and Immortal together, and absolutely no scorn between groups of people. Everyone was just there to dress up and have a good time, whether it be with their family or the people from another country they had just met an hour ago. I believe Hellfest also makes an important economic contribution to the town of Clisson, which embraces it in full: the town pharmacy played Metallica and everyone working in the shops that weekend wore Hellfest support shirts. I believe the local supermarket probably made more money than they would at Christmas!
I was asked to make a death metal mixtape so I just put together a bunch of tracks I enjoy. Maybe you’ll like them too. Simple right?
These run the spectrum in sound and style within death metal I think, some old and some recent. Songs from bands that are well known like Ulcerate and Immolation, or others like Timeghoul and Led Astray never lived long enough to get their strong sounds out there. Then there’s old masters that many seem to have been forgotten like Iniquity, The Chasm, and Mithras, and the newcomers that have quite a few underground eyes on them such as Ignivomous, Ritual Necromancy, and Antediluvian.
You may be surprised that I did not include some classics like Bolt Thrower, Seance, Autopsy, Obituary, Dismember, etc. which is sure to draw some annoyance, and the same goes for leaving out groups like Defeated Sanity, Anata, Disgorge, Portal, Lykathea Aflame, etc. All of which I do enjoy I assure you but I couldn’t include everything.
Anyway I suggest you check out and buy the record that each of these are torn from in full. A full track list is right below. Enjoy.
DEATH HAMMER Vol. 1 Part I
DEATH HAMMER Vol. 1 Part II
Tonight our favorite Vancouver promoters of everything heavy, Nothing is Heavy, celebrate their 1-year anniversary with a fucking wicked show at The Rickshaw in Vancouver, featuring Black Wizard‘s album release for Young Wisdom and special guests Tobeatic, Hoopsnake & Wiser Fool. To celebrate, Chris Dyck from Nothing is Heavy and Anciients has put together a crushing mix of death, black and thrash metal for you to get hyped up to! So hit play below and get your pre-game on for tonight’s show!
Craft – Demonspeed..from Fuck the Universe
This has to be my fave black metal album of all time…so fucking rockin, so ripped…best riffs, best drumming…every fucking song on this record crushes…one of the best overall DIY metal records ever…so badass…fucking full speed ahead!!!
Entombed – Left Hand Path…from Left Hand Path
I’m 36, so this album was one of the first death metal albums I had ever heard and one of the first ones I ever owned…every current throwback death metal band tries to sound like this and I’m not complaining at all…again an example of killer riffs, rockin drums and ripped vocals…you guys seeing a trend here?…haha…For those just getting into death metal, there are far more important albums you need to check out since this is pretty much a Slayer/rock album…but no one was doing this kinda metal when it came out and no one has done it better since…these guys also really were one of say 3 or 4 Swedish bands (Carnage, Dismember, Unleashed, Grave etc) that moulded the death metal scene over there…fucking classic.
Coffins are hardly a new name in the doom/death metal circuit. Hailing from Japan, Coffins are a devastating, mind funeral of a band rife with riffs and thunderous vocals. Having recently released their new album, The Fleshlands, Coffins don’t fail to meet the expectations of fans or newcomers. However, only recently have Coffins risen out of the underground and into the dark light of the metal circles.
The first track on the album, “Here Comes Perdition” is a truly magnetic track to understand. Cacophonous and equally as brilliant, it is a sweeping, sludgy, stark envisioning of a post-apocalyptic hell akin to the horrors of the Event Horizon. Here we’re introduced to the nearly vampiric, gut-churning vocals which are absolutely incredible to behold. Following is the track “Hellbringer” which is more an example of Deicide-meets-Origin-esque death metal. Again we’re anticipating the harsh, shrill vocals, and again they deliver.
Last year ushered in two unique demos that would later fester into fruition a split crafted by hands cloaked in shadow, dredged in filth, while leaving a resonation that would ultimately prove unforgettable. Those entities would become known as Manchester’s Axis Of Light and New Jersey’s Death Fortress, through whose usage of raw, unbridled aggression would place them at the top of everyone’s watch list. Fast forward to 2013 and the two have come to combine that agression into one single misshapen beast that simply cannot be contained amongst the confines of genre specific expectations.
Axis Of Light set the stage with a two part ripper that builds upon elements found within By The Hands Of The Consuming Fire and elevates it to a level that I can only describe as pure scathing chaos. Their approach to dismally punishing the listener throughout is an art in and of itself, desperately pushing blackened noise through reverberated hymns that wax and wane proportionately within contexts that weigh upon encapsulating dissonance. Through their first installment, Axis Of Light rain down a torrent of screeching torment that cascades amongst pulsing snare assaults and almost catchy riffage, all the while setting the stage for an unpredictable switch into a second offering. The remainder of the track is by far the strongest work they have put forth to date, spewing a veritable tsunami of misanthropic dinge across an unfaltering descent into an omnipresent atmosphere littered with blistering range that is sure to quench your thirst for unrivaled hate.
One of my favorite records to be released is now up for for stream thanks to Nuclear War Now! Productions. I’m talking about KATECHON’s new record entitled Man, God, Giant. So all you have to do is press play and head bang all the way to the underworld! Make sure to support Katechon and pick this up as soon as Nuclear War Now! Productions puts it up for sale!
Today day is your day to experience a more blissful sonic torment from the new KATECHON that is scheduled to come out any day now via Nuclear War Now Productions. All I can say is that from what I have heard so far, this is shaping up to be one of my favorite albums so far this year! CVLT Nation has the unreal honor to be streaming three new tracks from Man, God, Giant below: tune into KATECHON’s compositions of death: “Liquid decadence”, “Transition”and “Unbeing”!
Now you are going to hear how AUTOPSY will punch in your teeth with some brutal death metal! On June 24th, their new album entitled The Headless Ritual will be released via Peaceville Records. Today we are streaming “Arch Cadaver” below, but also check out the new AUTOPSY mini site with free downloads!
CVLT Nation is honored to present you a totally new song titled Filth by DEPRAVATION (from Giessen, Germany), which will be released on the band’s upcoming full-length record II: Maledictvm. The album is going to drop via Dark Omen Rec., Sälly Rec. and Life And Death Rec. in a few weeks.
DEPRAVATION‘s sound displays influences ranging from classic Clevo-Hardcore to filthy Death Metal, very dark, very angry and mercilessly heavy. Shit’s so brutal you better reserve a bed in an hospital near you, because a serious whiplash is the most harmless effect this will have. Keep your eyes peeled for this.
Bring on the Filth: