Hells Yeah: Hells Headbangers Fest Returns with Inquisition, High Spirits
Unless you’ve been forced to trek across America to recover a stolen air conditioner, you’ve had no reason to visit Cleveland. But what if one of metal’s most metal labels staged their housebrand festival there? Then you’d acknowledge (or be made aware of) the existence of Cleveland, and even consider living a few days of your life within its boundaries. So ask yourself, What record label’s roster — current and alumni — could get you onto a plane to an indoor weekend festival in an unglamorous, stinky locale that has absolutely nothing else to offer?
Your answers might be, say, Iron Bonehead, Sepulchral, Dark Descent, and Hells Headbangers. If so, start preparing for your blood to curdle the first time you’re greeted with the words “Welcome to Cleveland!” Because that’s where you’re headed for Hells Headbangers’ all-ages 15th anniversary jam in September. A majority of their thousand-band-roster is set to perform, and that makes for a fucking awesome line-up — though you may note its conspicuous absence of Nunslaughter. Shit, you may even consider crowdfunding up some plane tickets for Cultes Des Ghoules and Denouncement Pyre. Fest passes here. Info here.
Destruktor (first US performance)
The Haunting Presence
Satanic Warmaster (first US performance)