UK Metal legends Hell are putting on one hell of a show, to celebrate the start of the recording of album two.
This special performance, coined as The Greatest Show On Earth, will be filled with "fire, brimstone and pyrotechnical madness", with support coming from the epic Winterfylleth and A Thousand Enemies. The show will also be filmed live and mixed in 5.1 for a special DVD release, later in 2013. Next year, on February 23rd, the UK will see Hell stage their full 'Church Of Hell' at Derby Assembly Rooms, Darwin Suite.
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"Over the last year and a half with Hell, we've always put on as much of a show as possible, but with limitations due to festival billings, Health and Safety and venue size", says guitarist Andy Sneap. "We felt it time to unleash the band's full potential to the UK as it's something we feel is missing more and more. The theatrics and the bombastic stage productions of old remain with the Monsters of Rock, but is something a lot of the newer breed of bands seem to overlook whilst onstage staring at the floor."
"The first Headline show I ever saw was Iron Maiden on 'The Beast On The Road' Tour at Derby Assembly Rooms. It used to be a regular Midlands show on every bands touring schedule when they passed through the UK and anyone frequenting the first couple of indoor Bloodstock festivals will know how great a venue for Metal this is. We can't wait to bring a full on, unashamedly over the top Metal show back to the Assembly Rooms on Feb 23rd 2013."
Tickets can be found at: http://metalgigs.co.uk/event/5131/Hell
Cited as a huge indirect influence, and as one of the true founding fathers of occult metal, Hell formed in 1982 from the carcasses of UK Metal bands Race Against Time and Paralex, whose 'White Lightning' EP was listed by Metallica as a favourite, and which was subsequently included on the Lars Ulrich, Geoff Barton 'NWOBHM '79 Revisited' sampler album.
Despite over five years of constant touring, the band were cruelly overlooked by the 80s music press, who just didn't get it. Hell were too different, too extreme, too musically intelligent and far too thought-provoking for all but the most enlightened to understand them.
A teenage Andy Sneap was a permanent fixture on the front row of almost every show Hell played and went on to form Sabbat and become a renowned Metal producer. Upon meeting again, the remaining members of Hell - Kev Bower (guitar/keys), Tony Speakman (bass) and Tim Bowler (drums) talked with Andy about re-recording the old material to release in conjunction with the old demos.
With Sneap replacing Halliday on guitar and David Bower on vocals, the band recorded ten Hell classics from the 80s that became their 2011 debut 'Human Remains'.
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