metal talk
facebook
Type band name, album name, artists name etc here...
Search all our articles by typing band name, album name, artists name etc here...
news now
metal talk




  HAMMERFEST IV: INTENSE, INDOORS, IN PAIN, INCREDIBLE!

Daryl Soar, Photos by Judith Fisher

daryl soar

Pin It
Share |


A holiday camp may not seem like a natural venue for a festival, but Hammerfest's stages at Pontins are large enough to house the masters of Metal. I've no idea how long the transformation from 1950s holiday camp to Metal festival takes and so I'm happy to accept it as magic. And staying in a chalet rather than a tent, with the benefits of heating, shower, fridge, phone charger and TV is all just icing on the cake. My only disappointment was that the ball pit was closed for the weekend.

hammerfest iv


People started arriving on Thursday, fragrant and loaded with everything needed for a rocking good weekend. A small selection of bands are laid on for those keen to enter the party spirit and the fourth Hammerfest gets underway.

Article continues below...

   

Fresh ears and only a few injuries on Friday make proceedings a joy to behold. From early morning onwards, quality Metal pours out of every chalet, pleasing lively fans that are up for anything. By the time Chimera hit the stage the main auditorium was packed with bodies willing to nod their approval to this hard rocking professional outfit. The first third of the crowd were gripped while the rest were no doubt waiting for something less joyful.

Paradise Lost were less joyful and should have been the tonic people were looking for but for the first couple of songs the band seemed at sea. They kept the opening of their set Metal, kicking off with a driving and uptempo feel that left the band in disarray. Frontman Nick looked as if he was finding it an effort to muster anything more than misery.

And so by the third track he had transformed the performance. For a moment I almost convinced myself Nick had managed a smile. The simple clean riffing, moody vocals and melodic lead were enough to bring the audience on board for what shaped up to be a solid gig from Paradise Lost. The classics inspired the crowd and had them ready for the real old guard.

Anthrax took to the stage like they were still in their youth. It was fantastic to see the original line-up performing at their best. The enclosed arena was perfect for the Anthrax sound, helping those stomping riffs deliver a kick to your chest. To cap it all off, Joey was emitting a voice so powerful I don't remember a time when he's sounded better.

hammerfest iv

Despite a few technical issues everything came across perfectly. Rob Caggianois, an unsung guitar hero whose solos cut through, lending many songs to the authentic Anthrax sound. All the classics were rolled out, 'Antisocial' being a crowd pleaser and 'Caught In A Mosh' inspiring an unstoppable stage wide circle pit.

Halfway through 'Indians' the music stopped. Scott Ian took the mic and began a stirring tirade: "If we don't think you're having as much fun as you should be, we don't play...", and with a few more words of encouragement he launched the crowd into a frenzy.

Joey was on great form. When he announced: "Prestatyn, Wales, we don't know where the fuck we are", it summed up the band's joy in getting on the road and playing to packed venues around the world.

For Friday, Prestatyn became the Bay Area. The lights and sound kicked out a tight show that had a mixed crowd gripped. After thirty years Anthrax are still winning new fans and after their last song, everyone was 'Metal Thrashing Mad'.

There was no time to catch my breath. I had a choice to make - Evile or Evil Scarecrow? Realistically there was no choice and Evil Scarecrow won hands down. Unlike other comedy acts the Scarecrow crew don't troll out the same formulaic routine. Sure, Brother Pain will take a wander for his epic solo, and there will be numbered cards for the four note solo, but every show is a unique gem in itself.

Like any successful parody band, the key to their success is that underneath the humour lies quality music. The attention to detail only begins with the music and I love the way they work out set movements to synchronise with the riffs. The Robototron dance is always a joy and there was a surprise Can-Can like circle pit. The fans, which everyone is after seeing the band, embrace the madness as much as the band. A universal truth that follows Scarecrow gig is this: everyone will talk and laugh about the about their experience and promise to see the band again.

After only managing to keep my eyes open for a short while through Lawnmower Deth's show, I stumbled back to my chalet and after five hours kip, I was ready to see what delights Saturday would have to offer. OK, after several coffees, herbal remedies and threatening myself with violence if I didn't get moving, I was ready and started off by checking out the bands playing the smallest stage in The Queen Vic pub.

The people that looked messy yesterday look exhausted and filthy by now. More injuries were evident and every band starts to sound like everyone other. But there is beer on hard to help and from the mire bands emerge to try and breathe life into this motley crue.

It's always going to be difficult for them to stand out, especially as most people here are trying to remember what it was they got up to last night, rather than have their brain readied for the onslaught of the newer bands. Red Mist Destruction from South Yorkshire were the first I saw try, with their brand of lumberjack thrash punk going down well and drawing a warm reception; Dripback made a mammoth effort and received rapturous applause and Avenger were trying their best at Iron-chugging-Maiden. By then the crowd were a little more alive and it's time to make the move inside as the other stage began to kick into life.

hammerfest iv

Hell were given the honour of kicking proceedings off today on the main stage and really showed the smaller bands why they were given this honour, with an electrifying stage show that can only be described as an utterly perfect jaw dropping extravaganza of lights and choreographed guitar slinging.

The group moved around with absolute conviction and belief in every note they played. And every note is played with unwavering precision and left the audience with absolutely in no doubt that the future for Hell is burning bright.

Amon Amarth are an institution and up next, and for those that don't know or don't think they like melodic Death Metal, they are the tonic to render anyone convinced. Johan Hegg is a giant amongst men, threatening the Gods with the power of his voice he stood tall as the sound lighting flashed across the stage. The room filled as the Guardians Of Asgard played a mortal pleasing mighty set.

But tonight, the headliners really did run away with the show. Skindred's singer, Benji Webbe, has clearly invested his time in writing some new patter as he leads the audience through tried and tested Skindred classics, passing through cheeky musical digressions from rock history. As always, there was plenty of crowd interaction, with the Newport Helicopter sending even the new fans crazy.

For anyone who doesn't know what this is, it's quite simple: remove your t-shirt, hold it in the air and on Benji's call swing it round in the air. The band milked the encore at their home country headline slot for all it was worth, even insisting on stamping call for more. Even though they weren't the last band to play, it felt like the end to us, so the MetalTalk team made a beeline for the vodka and Jaeger on offer.

The most notable thing you spot on the Sunday morning is the incredibly high number of people that seem to have sustained minor injuries over the course of the festivities. And it's clear they're not just collected from the mosh pit, as there were plenty of non-music related happenings going on too.

Take this guy for example. God knows how he didn't lose a limb, or worse, in his attempt to jump off the top of his chalet's roof.



And of course with injuries comes inappropriate graffiti which may make things tricky for people as they return to normality on Monday morning with some no doubt wondering how to remove a 12" penis drawn on their newly acquired cast.

For me, Hell and Evil Scarecrow really were that good, easily taking the title of best bands of the weekend. Anthrax and Skindred were worthy headliners, and Amon Amarth were another band who stood out. But there is something unique about festivals that take place at Pontins in Prestatyn, and you're left wondering what the hell just happened and why all of your water bottles now contain vodka.

Click here for the Hammerfest IV photo gallery...

19.3.12


Pin It
Share |








 

zakk wylde ZAKK WYLDE TO RELEASE 'BOOK OF SHADOWS II' ON APRIL 8 2016
Wylde's first solo release for 20 years will be followed by a wave of tour dates to be announced soon...

status quo STATUS QUO TO RELEASE ANOTHER TRIO OF DELUXE EDITION ALBUMS
These carefully curated special releases are to be issued by Universal Music on Friday 25th March...

hrh doom stoner HRH DOOM vs HRH STONER ANNOUNCE MORE BANDS
Angel Witch, Electric Citizen and Black Spiders head up another batch to be added for this October...

the defiled THE DEFILED ANNOUNCE RESCHEDULED UK HEADLINE TOUR FOR MAY
The Defiled will play as support to In This Moment, also in May...

rich robinson RICH ROBINSON RELEASES REISSUES AND NEW ALBUM
The four re-imagined albums include previously unreleased tracks and penned essays from Robinson himself...

crowbar CROWBAR ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
The run of twenty dates includes a UK appearance at Desertfest...

ben poole BEN POOLE CONFIRMS NEW ALBUM 'TIME HAS COME' AND UK TOUR
"I hope it'll please the blues-rock guitar fans, but also have the depth and maturity to appeal to an audience beyond that..."

desertfest DESERTFEST BERLIN 2016'S LINE-UP IS ALMOST COMPLETE
The first running order has been released, along with a limited number of day passes...

anneke van giersbergen DUTCH LEGEND ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN BRINGS HER ACOUSTIC SHOW TO THE UK
Six solo dates in April have been arranged before Anneke returns to the studio...

hard rock hell HARD ROCK HELL X ANNOUNCE FIRST 15 BANDS
Ugly Kid Joe, Ratt, Glenn Hughes and Living Colour head the vanguard for this year's 10th anniversary...

space elevator SPACE ELEVATOR LAUNCH PLEDGE CAMPAIGN FOR SECOND ALBUM
There are a number of exclusive offers for Pledgers, including the chance to perform on the album...

valerian VALERIAN TO RELEASE 'STARDUST REVELATION' ALBUM
With a burgeoning Metal scene in Indonesia, the band have been working hard on their first full length album...

terry horbury vardis A MEMORIAL CONCERT AND BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR TERRY HORBURY OF VARDIS WILL TAKE PLACE ON 6TH FEBRUARY 2016
The unmissable event features a host of very special guests and all proceeds will go to Terry's chosen charity...

status quo STATUS QUO ANNOUNCE THE END OF ELECTRIC SHOWS
"There's more to come from us in the years ahead, but we won't tour the electric set ever again..."

toseland TOSELAND ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM 'CRADLE THE RAGE' & MARCH TOUR
Support for the ten date UK tour comes from Colour Of Noise...

bonfire BONFIRE CELEBRATE 30TH ANNIVERSARY WITH NEW DOUBLE ALBUM 'PEARLS'
The classics are being re-recorded in Italy, with completely new arrangements...

hostile HOSTILE ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM PRODUCED BY KK DOWNING PLUS EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
'The New World Disorder' is set for release via Gasworks Music and will be available on March 1st 2016...

rambliin man GINGER BAKER'S AIRFORCE 3, SEBASTIAN BACH AND THE CADILLAC THREE AMONG THE LATEST BATCH OF NAMES TO BE ANNOUNCED FOR RAMBLIN' MAN FAIR
Purson, Inglorious and The Zombies will also join the Kent festival this coming July...

the enid THE ENID RELEASE DUST ON 1ST APRIL
'Dust' is the final part of the stunning trilogy following 'Journey's End' and 'Invicta' and will be performed around the UK over the coming months...

sanguine EXCLUSIVE: SANGUINE PREMIERE VIDEO FOR 'SAVE ME' PRIOR TO RELEASE OF SECOND ALBUM 'BLACK SHEEP'
The sci-fi spectacular is directed by Tyson Wade Johnston and its premiere can be seen exclusively on MetalTalk right here...

steelhouse festival STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES MORE BANDS
Hey! Hello! featuring Ginger Wildheart, Blues Pills and Vega have been added to the line-up of this year's Steelhouse Festival in Hafod-y-Dafal in Wales...

jeff healey PROVOGUE RELEASE LOST JEFF HEALEY ALBUM TO COMMEMORATE HIS 50TH BIRTHDAY
These tracks were painstakingly restored and brought to life bringing into focus Jeff's unique and special gifts as an artist...

heretic order THE HERETIC ORDER UNLEASH VIDEO FOR 'THE DEATH RIDE BLUES'
The Heretic Order have announced a co-headlining UK tour in February with I.C.O.N...

mortiis MORTIIS ANNOUNCE UK HEADLINE TOUR
"It's about time we came back to the UK for some shows. See you in May, you bastards..."

zoax ZOAX ANNOUNCE SPECIAL ONE OFF LONDON SHOW
Catch Zoax in Camden on February 23rd where they will premiere some new songs...

antimatter ANTIMATTER ANNOUNCE RARE UK DATES
Antimatter will play two further dates on 'The Judas Tour' in Bristol and Manchester in March...

jimmy bain JIMMY BAIN PASSES AWAY AGED 68
Ex-Dio and Rainbow and current Last In Line bass player Jimmy Bain has sadly passed away aged 68...

rhapsody of fire RHAPSODY OF FIRE WILL COME TO INDONESIA FOR THE FIRST TIME
On the 'In To The Legend Asian Tour 2016', Rhapsody of Fire will stop in Jakarta on March 8th 2016...

steven tyler AEROSMITH'S STEVEN TYLER ANNOUNCES NEW SINGLE 'RED, WHITE & YOU'
Steven Tyler continues his foray into country music and reveals his latest track...

the treatment THE TREATMENT ANNOUNCE APRIL /MAY UK TOUR
The Amorettes will be special guests on all fourteen UK dates...

soto SOTO TO RELEASE SECOND ALBUM ON 1ST APRIL 2016
Soto will debut live during Feb 2016 with a string of East Coast US dates and a European debut in April with a short run through selected cities and countries...

temperance movement HEAR THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT LIVE AND ACOUSTIC AT DEEZER, PARIS
The band dropped into Deezer headquarters during a stop on their current tour promoting new album 'White Bear'...

jezabels CANCER TREATMENT FORCES THE JEZABELS TO CANCEL WORLD TOUR
"The band means so much to me, and cancelling the tour has been a very sad decision. I am hopeful that in the near future we will be back on the road again playing music we love..."

thunder THUNDER ANNOUNCE INTIMATE SHOW AT LONDON'S 100 CLUB
All ticket-sale profits will be going to Childline/NSPCC. Tickets for the special one-off show go on sale on 22nd January...

freddy lim HEAVY METAL STAR ELECTED TO PARLIAMENT IN HISTORIC VICTORY
Freddy Lim, the long-haired, tattooed front man of Taiwanese Black Metal band Chthonic wins a seat in parliament...

hrh doom stoner HRH ANNOUNCE NEW DOOM & STONER SHEFFIELD TRIP
Candlemass, Orange Goblin, Torche and Raging Speedhorn lead the vanguard for HRH's new event...

the mission THE MISSION ANNOUNCE 30TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR
The tour starts in Dublin on October 1st and includes O2 Shepherds Bush Empire in London on October 8th...

cop uk NEW ALBUM FROM C.O.P. UK 'NO PLACE FOR HEAVEN' IS OUT ON 29TH JANUARY
C.O.P. UK will immediately follow the release by hitting the road for a European tour with Helloween...

thin lizzy THIN LIZZY ANNOUNCE 2016 ANNIVERSARY SHOWS: MOTÖRHEAD DRUMMER MIKKEY DEE JOINS BAND
2016 is a year that includes a couple of important anniversaries in the history of Thin Lizzy...

joe bonamassa JOE BONAMASSA RELEASES NEW ALBUM 'BLUES OF DESPERATION' IN MARCH 2016
"You'll hear the proverbial trains, mountains, valleys and other blues references about heartbreak and loneliness, but there are also some poignant moments..."

cairo son CAIRO SON 'STORM CLOUDS' ALBUM LAUNCH SHOW CONFIRMED
The launch party will be held at Nambucca on March 18th...

stormbringer STORMBRINGER ADD NEW DATES TO FEBRUARY SHOWS SUPPORTING THEIR NEW ALBUM 'BLOOD AND RUST'
Check out the dates plus the videos for 'Bad Blood' and 'Rust' right here...

sanguine SANGUINE UNLEASH THEIR VEGAS SPECTACULAR WITH NEW VIDEO FOR 'PRETTY GIRL'
"The lyrics reflect my frustration that women are not meant to be both pretty and strong...but it's more of a 'fuck you' than a complaint..."

glenn frey GLENN FREY OF THE EAGLES PASSES AWAY AGED 67
Glenn Frey, the founder member and guitarist of The Eagles has sadly checked out...

dale griffin MOTT THE HOOPLE DRUMMER DALE GRIFFIN PASSES AWAY AGED 67
Dale "Buffin" Griffin was a founder member of Mott The Hoople and prolific session producer...

stiff little fingers STIFF LITTLE FINGERS ANNOUNCE UK TOUR DATES FOR FEBRUARY/MARCH 2016
Support will come from Ricky Warwick & The Fighting Hearts ...

inglorious INGLORIOUS CONFIRMED FOR SWEDEN'S STOCKHOLM ROCKS FESTIVAL 2016
Inglorious and Grand Magus are the first bands to be announced for 2016...

wishing well WISHING WELL FEATURING GRAHAM BONNET RELEASE 'HIPPIE HEART GYPSY SOUL'
"We wanted something extra to boost the album and when we wrote 'Hippie' we instantly realized that Graham would be a perfect vocalist for the song in many ways..."

sabaton SABATON REVEAL THE OFFICIAL LIVE VIDEO FOR 'RESIST AND BITE' TAKEN FROM FORTHCOMING LIVE RELEASE
"We recorded two shows in case one is not enough for you..."

babymetal BABYMETAL ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM TITLE
'Metal Resistance' is released worldwide on April 1st before their headline Wembley show the next day...

motorhead MOTÖRHEAD: THE TRAIN KEEPS A-ROLLIN'
We hope to see Phil and Mikkey back in full-time action as soon as possible, as well as Fast Eddie...

evil scarecrow EVIL SCARECROW RELEASE THEIR BRILLIANTLY BONKERS LYRIC VIDEO FOR 'END LEVEL BOSS'
The fan favourite will finally appear in the live show for the remaining shows of the 'Boldly Going Anywhere!' tour...

life of agony LIFE OF AGONY SIGN WORLDWIDE DEAL WITH NAPALM RECORDS
'A Place Where There's No More Pain' will be released later in 2016...

metal church METAL CHURCH ANNOUNCE TRACK LISTING AND COVER ARTWORK FOR NEW ALBUM 'XI'
The band's 11th studio release marks the return of legendary vocalist and front man Mike Howe...

twisted sister NEW EUROPEAN RELEASE DATE AND NEW COVER ARTWORK REVEALED FOR THE MOVIE 'WE ARE TWISTED F*CKING SISTER!'
The documentary is a mesmerizing and wickedly funny story of a 10 year odyssey to overnight success...

saxon SAXON TO RELEASE 9 ALBUM VINYL BOX SET
This spectacular package is a must have for Saxon fans and collectors and will be released in March...

wildfire festival WILDFIRE FESTIVAL 2016 ANNOUNCE DAY SPLITS
Saturday night headliners, running order and set times for Scotland's premier rock and Metal festival will be announced in February...

black stone cherry BLACK STONE CHERRY TO PLAY CHARITY GIG AT THE BORDERLINE ON JANUARY 24th
All proceeds of this special appearance will go to The Teenage Cancer Trust...

trivium TRIVIUM ANNOUNCE UK TOUR WITH SOME SURPRISING CHOICES OF VENUE
None of the regular main cities like London, Birmingham, Manchester or Glasgow are included on this jaunt...

yes YES TO TOUR UK AND EUROPE IN APRIL
The set will include 1971's 'Fragile' and 1980's 'Drama' in their entirety...

blind guardian BLIND GUARDIAN ANNOUNCE UK AND IRELAND TOUR IN MAY
Blind Guardian will be playing a spellbinding 150 minute long set every night – these shows are not to be missed...

fish farewell FISH ANNOUNCES APRIL HEADLINE TOUR DUE TO PHENOMENAL DEMAND
Another final chance to see 'Misplaced Childhood' in full following the recent sold out run and including the rescheduled European shows...

morgoth MORGOTH ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR WITH INCANTATION
Be sure not to miss this killer package of total Death Metal sovereignty...

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN TO TOUR CHINA FOR FIRST TIME IN THEIR CAREER
Iron Maiden will visit China in April 2016, once their set list has been submitted for approval from the Ministry Of Culture...

3 doors down 3 DOORS DOWN ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM 'US AND THE NIGHT' OUT MARCH 11th
"It's truly been a labour of love and we can't wait to get these songs out to our fans around the world..."

prong PRONG RELEASE NEW ALBUM ON FEBRUARY 5th
'X – No Absolutes' is packed with the band's trademark driving riffs and pinpoint-precise grooves...

skarlett riot SKARLETT RIOT HEAD OUT ON TOUR WITH DEVILSKIN
Skarlett Riot will be main support to Devilskin for six UK dates in February...

metal talk
© All written site content is copyright MetalTalk.net 2008-2015, unless otherwise stated, and is not to be used without prior permission.
Ads raid data recovery