Hell is a band from the English Nottingham having passed a very changeful history. Already in the beginning of the 80ies they tried to establish themselves in the music business influenced by the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal with a significant more progressive alignment. Because of their lyrics related to occultism they were counted to the founders of occultism metal. But except some demos there were no other releases to that time so that they separated after falling through of their first album contract in 1987.
Just like the years before there was also this year again a stage completely filled by a symphonic orchestra. The only thing that did point to a metal concert was the drum set treated by Mikko Sirén. Otherwise only classical instruments were populating the True Metal Stage. Apocalyptica was this year on tour together with the Finnish Avanti! Chamber orchestra and was making a stop at Wacken.
I was already looking forward to the Finnish metaller of Children Of Bodom. Unfortunately they had to start earlier compared to the last time and so the five gentlemen were standing their in the bright evening sun.
Finally getting the auditory canal blown free again that is what Heaven Shall Burn from the Thuringia Saalfeld is just the right thing for. Already 2011 the guys knew to enthuse the audience from the Black Stage and today should not be less lively.
After the awesome gig of Five Finger Death Punch there was the complete opposite by the British Bring Me The Horizon. The five guys from Sheffield had metal core from their current album “Sempiternal” with them. Except two songs they played only stuff of this extremely hyped long-player.
Actually, I would have liked to see the American heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch last year on Forta Rock Festival at Nijmegen but unfortunately, they had to cancel their show short-timed. So it was until this year to have this premiere.
I went on to the Party Stage were already „Germany’s most band of the world“ was waiting: Knorkator. The weird shows have lots of followers you could already see by the fact that it was completely crowded on the area in front of the stage.
The first slot of the day is always the most unthankfully one and this year the hard rockers of Skid Row had unfortunately the honor to start. At least some people already gathered in front of the Party Stage when the guys around singer Johnny Solinger started.
The big headliner of the first evening was formed by Accept. The band that had a lot of personal changes and was also separated and reunited several times is never the less existing already since the early 70s. To that time with Udo Dirkschneider as singer (having today big success with U.D.O.) but in the current formation not worse compared to that time.
This year just like two years ago the British band Saxon was the main act of the evening. Before that you had unfortunately to wait another quarter hour as two wannabe-Copperfields (named Ehrlich Brothers) thought of presenting their magic tricks on the True Metal Stage.