Hell Live at Bloodstock Open Air 2013

Hell Live at Bloodstock Open Air 2013

Hell are no strangers to the pages of CackBlabbath. That’s mainly down to Editor Iain’s love for the resurrected original NWOBHM band but also because they’re bloody brilliant, of course. As Hell hit the Bloodstock main stage, all of CB’s Bloodstock team are in attendance to witness the show. So we’ve decided that Iain can have a break from reviewing them and just take the photos this time.

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We’re sure he’ll catch up with them again soon!

The first thing that you notice about Hell’s set today is that they haven’t skimped on the stage show. It may be just mid-afternoon but Hell have quite possibly brought along more props along with them than all three of the headliners put together. Granted, Lamb of God only turned up with a table for Randy to stand on, but you know what we mean. King Diamond brought a manor house (and a fence), but there’s virtually a complete church up there for Hell; stained glass backdrops, gargoyles, hymn sheets, a grand church organ and our own father of ceremonies: Mr David Bower. One minute he’s in his minister’s outfit, the next he’s twelve feet tall with goat horns spraying fire across the stage with his pitchfork and then he’s whipping himself raw.

He’s quite the frontman…

All of the band look the part but this is not just a visual feast. Hell certainly have the music to go with the show.

There are a lot of bands out there in the ‘Trad’ metal scene reliving the best of the 80’s and fair play to them. You can’t quite beat the real thing though and Hell are certainly that. What’s even better about Hell is that although the majority of their material is over 25 years old, it’s been preserved in amber for so long that it is far from overplayed. As good as it may be watching Iron Maiden relive a tour from 1987, there’s something quite special about seeing a tour from 1987 that’s being played for the first time.

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You won’t find many songs as good as ‘The Oppressors’ and ‘On Earth as it is in Hell’, especially when accompanied by a mid-afternoon firework show. The whole set goes down a storm with wind-milling hair all around Catton Hall.

So as much as we’d love to wind up Iain…he was right all along; Hell have just blown us away.

Hell have climbed the roster from an early morning show two years ago to a thrilling hours-worth in 2013. On today’s performance, you wouldn’t bet against them returning soon, higher up the bill and probably in possession of even more fire.