Here is the official press release of the festival:
Unfortunately we're sad to announce that two bands are forced to cancel their upcoming appearances at Hellfest 2011.
The first one, and not the least, is Trust. Here is the band's official statement :
"Unfortunately Trust will not be playing on the 18th of June 2011 at Hellfest festival. The band will not be performing any concerts for an indefined period of time. We would like to point out that that it is not linked in any way with the organization of the Hellfest event."
The second cancelation is Lock Up originally scheduled to play Saturday, June 18th under the Rock Hard tent. A problem in their tour schedules has forced the band to cancel this performance.
The DVD features 30 bands live + 1 CD live audio! (5.1 sound!)
You can buy the DVD on http://www.hellfestshop.com
Here is the track list:
Disc 1 - Live Video :
01. FEAR FACTORY - Smasher / Devourer
02. SEPULTURA - Dead Embryonic Cells
03. SICK OF IT ALL - Death Or Jail
04. FINNTROLL - Under Bergets Rot
05. WALLS OF JERICHO + A Trigger Full Of Promises
06. SWALLOW THE SUN - Swallow (Horror Pt.1)
07. GOROD - Disavow Your God
08. WATAIN - Sworn To The Dark
09. LOUDBLAST - Cross The Threshold
10. URGEHAL - Satanic Black Metal In Hell
11. OTARGOS - Unaltered Negative God
12. Y&T - Dirty Girl
13. ELECTRIC MARY - Let Me Out
14. NEVERMORE - Your Poison Throne
15. TANKARD - Slipping From Reality
The countdown started about a week ago is over, so it is time for you to discover the new list of confirmed artists for the next HELLFEST!
As usual the HELLFEST stay in its shoes, eclecticism and taking risks are our watchwords! Extreme music being not limited to any particular style, you will still discover many original bands, real "UFOS", but famous and legendary artists that it is time to discover or rediscover on stage before that it's too late! We promise to surprise you again!
We won't talk about the qualities of each artist's newly confirmed, but you're free to check all the bands this list which shouldn't people indifferent:
Once again it hasn't been easy to keep our original line up and we're sorry to announce the cancellation of three bands: 7 SECONDS, NACHTMYSTIUM and EARTH CRISIS.
7 Seconds, by reason of family issues, (see the band's official statement below) will not play in June and will be replaced by the British hardcore punk band Discharge. One legend will be replaced by another one!
Earth Crisis, which was paired on the road with 7 Seconds, will also cancel their tour and will be replaced by the glamorous 69 Chambers. The Swiss will switch their place with Tamtrum and will play on Friday at 11:05 am on the Main Stage 2. Tamtrum will play Saturday at 11:40am while Born From Pain will take the place of Earth Crisis under the Terrorizer Tent.
Season of Mist just signed the first South American band of the label's history!
"We are happy to welcome Chile's MAR DE GRISES to the roster. The band's third full-length album should be released later this year".
"We are very happy about this deal with Season of Mist", the band comments. "For a young band like Mar de Grises, it is really exciting to be part of an impressive roster with big names such as Morbid Angel, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Mayhem and Cynic, among many others.
We are also proud to be the first Ibero-American band working with this company. It is an important motivation to continue composing this kind of music on the other side of the world, in Chile. This partnership with Season of Mist represents a big step for us. It is exactly what we were looking for, as it enables us to share our music with more metalheads than ever before! We are nearly done composing the new album and are about to start the recording process. We couldn't wish for a better incentive than to know we will have the best support for our upcoming campaigns. We can't wait to come back to Europe!"
The full line up was announced on the 25th February, but sometimes surprises can happen! We're pleased and proud to announce that the legendary guitarist of Guns n' Roses and Velvet Revolver SLASH has just confirmed his participation at HELLFEST on Saturday 19th June along with ALICE COOPER, TWISTED SISTER, etc…
Many of you (like us to be honest!) thought that the bill was definitely closed and that there wouldn't be any more additions, but what could we do? Could we refuse to see such a legend on the festival's stage? We decided to give you this little gift which will, for sure, satisfy all the fans of hard rock.
SLASH will be accompanied by famous musicians such as Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge), Bobby Schenck (Slash's Snakepit / Aerosmith), Todd Kerns (Age Of Electric / Sin City Sinners) and Brent Fritz (Theory Of A Deadman / Alice Cooper). He will play songs from his latest solo album and classics of Guns n' Roses and Velvet Revolver.
We're happy to introduce you the new 24 bands, now just a month before the final announcement… Fans of desert rock will be thrilled, as will fans of black metal and 80's punk! The bill will also appeal to those nostalgic for US rock, thrashers and death-metal experts, hardcore fans and, of course, good old metalheads will be happy too! And finally true heavy metal fans will have the chance to see the cult of the legendary speed metal band from Canada, Anvil!
JOHN GARCIA PLAYS KYUSS - JELLO BIAFRA AND THE GUANTANAMO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE - BIOHAZARD
ANVIL - BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME - BRANT BJORK AND THE BROSS - DELAIN - DISCIPLINE - DEW SCENTED - EVILE - GOROD - KMFDM - LOUDBLAST - MARDUK - MONDO GENERATOR - NACHTMYSTIUM - NEVERMORE - NILE - OTARGOS - RATT - SIGH - THE YOUNG GODS - WATAIN - Y&T - YAWNING MAN
Wendy Dio, the wife and manager of legendary heavy metal vocalist Ronnie James Dio (Dio, Heaven And Hell, Black Sabbath, Rainbow), has released the following statement:
"Ronnie has been diagnosed with the early stages of stomach cancer. We are starting treatment immediately at the Mayo Clinic. After he kills this dragon, Ronnie will be back on stage, where he belongs, doing what he loves best, performing for his fans.
Long live rock and roll, long live Ronnie James Dio. Thanks to all the friends and fans from all over the world that have sent well wishes. This has really helped to keep his spirit up."
Ronnie James Dio, 67, has performed with Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, and his own band Dio. Other musical projects include the collective fundraiser "Hear 'n Aid". He is widely hailed as one of the most powerful singers in heavy metal, renowned for his consistently powerful voice and for popularizing the "devil's horns" hand gesture in metal culture. He is currently involved with Heaven And Hell, a project which also includes former Black Sabbath bandmates Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice. Their first studio album, The Devil You Know, was released on April 28, 2009.
The metal webzine from Israel, Metalist Magazine http://metalist.co.il, gives the opportunity to listen to one of the first songs of the upcoming Orphaned Land long awaited album The Never Ending Way Of OrWarriOR.
This song called "Sapari" is, like "Nora El Nora" (featured on Mabool), a cover of a traditional song and doesn't really represent the musical orientation of the album...
...but If you cannot wait anymore time to listen to the song, just follow this link http://metalist.co.il/NewsPrivate.asp?id=2847 and enjoy!
UPDATED, on 22.12.2009 (thanks to Forsaker)
A new Orphaned Land song, called "Vayehi Or" (English: "Let There Be Light") is available for streaming at the band's MySpace page.
British thrashers EVILE have revealed the identity of their new bassist, who joins the band following the tragic and untimely death of their late bassist, Mike Alexander.
Mike Alexander passed away on October 5th, 2009 while the band was on tour in Sweden.
EVILE members Matt Drake, Ol Drake and Ben Carter have released the following statement:
"This has been one of the most bizarre and surreal tasks we've ever had to undertake. It isn't like Mike has decided to leave the band and we're simply finding a new bass player, he was taken from us, and we were forced to replace him. In effect we had to look for a new Mike, but that would never happen. He was one of a kind, and we'll never forget him.
With a career spanning 36 years, more than 100 million records sold, and an absolutely crazy number of delirious concerts, for sure KISS is one of the most famous Hard Rock bands in the world. They're finally back with their new studio effort, the already acclaimed "Sonic Boom".
Kiss is the first revealed headliner of the Hellfest 2010, which will take place in Clisson the 18th through 20th of June 2010. This UNIQUE concert will end three days of the biggest extreme music festival of France, which has sold out every year since 2008!
KISS joins the 32 others bands (Immortal, Twisted Sister...) which were announced in September.
Next Sunday, the 29th of November, Hellfest will present the names of more band who will be on the final bill. From this date too you'll also be able to buy the Hellfest 2009 DVD on www.hellfestshop.com and everywhere in France!
Sadly, just a few days into their European tour with Amon Amarth, Evile's Mike Alexander was suddenly taken ill and rushed to hospital, but tragically passed away in Lulea, Sweden.
Evile members Matt Drake, Ol Drake and Ben Carter have released the following statement:
"This is so hard to find the words to express fully how we feel. We can't believe or accept what's happened. One minute we're talking to our buddy, Mike, the next minute we can never speak to him again.
There's so many things rushing through our heads that we want to say, do and feel. We half expect him to come round the corner and call us 'dickheads'. We can't get our heads around it.