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Terrorizer Does Hellfest! Day 2: Evening Round Up!
At last, sunshine!
Today has been glorious here in Clisson, we braved the shorts this morning and it was the right decision. There’s still some mudbaths around the arena, but at least it’s stopped raining!
We’ve been pottering around the site all day checking out all kinds of extremes, here’s some that made us go “Woah!”.
For many, there’s a real love/hate relationship with Emmure – you’re either their biggest fan or you can’t stand the site of them. Here at Hellfest that’s not the case. Death metallers, hardcore kids and everyone between packed out the Warzone tent to threw their guns in the air and throwdown with Emmure. Check out the photo below, it was rammed!
Bay Area thrashers Death Angel had a very special treat for Hellfest, they played their classic debut album ‘The Ultra-Violence’ from start to finish. The title track, a ten minute thrash instrumental, cooked up the biggest circle pit we’ve seen all weekend. Crazy!
By the time we got to the Valley tent to see Unsane, we had to stand outside; it was that packed you couldn’t get inside to witness their glorious sludge riffs, in gloriously sludgey conditions – the Valley currently resembles a quagmire.
Despite Gary Holt filling in for Slayer this summer, Exodus still managed to pull it together and hit the festival circuit; and thank goodness they did, they’re such a great festival band! They always know just how to make the right setlist to set it off big time with the likes of ‘Blacklist’ and ‘Bonded By Blood’ whipping the huge crowd into a thrash frenzy.
In the live arena, Shining are a force to be reckoned with, dishing out some of the harshest black metal sounds this side of Blashyrkh. In fact it could well be one of the harshest sets we’ve seen so far this weekend, bar Nasum. The dim lighting and morbid sounds proved too much for our camera though.
Sandwiched in the middle of Shining and Enslaved we weren’t too sure what to expect from In Extremo but as they bound on stage, they had every base covered - pipers, pyro and period dress (we’re not too sure which period mind, somewhere between the Middle Ages and Adam Ant is our best guess). The German mob provided one of the most enjoyable sets of the day, even if we didn’t understand a word of it.
In between all that we also had time to catch up with Zoltar for a Video Croissant and also do a bit of merch spotting. We’ve seen weird and wonderful stuff over the last few days, but nothing’s going to top this; a Trust back patch!
Once again things are only just getting started here in Clisson, Napalm Death, Saint Vitus, Machine Head, Enslaved, Entombd, The Devil’s Blood, Behemoth and Refused are all playing before the night is over, which means that we’re going to be running round the site like headless chickens trying to catch as many bands as possible! Check back in with us tomorrow to know the verdict.
We’re off to see Machine Fucking Head, laters!