DIZZY MIZZ LIZZY, MASTODON, DOWN, BAEST, DEVIN TOWNSEND, THE PRETTY RECKLESS, MYRKUR, VOLA, AGNOSTIC FRONT, WITCHCRAFT, BENEDICTION, HIGH COMMAND, BLOOD INCANTATION, THE RAVEN AGE, VREID, SPIRIT BOX, THUNDERMOTHER, SOEN and ANGSTSKRIG join the extensive and varied band line-up at COPENHELL 2022.
Ever since the early nineties, DIZZY MIZZ LIZZY has stuck with rock music, protected it and preserved its soul, and they have been one of the most defining Danish bands within the genre to this day. Even after a long break-up and a subsequent hiatus, the band is still razor-sharp on the stage, and their newest album ’Alter Echo’ is heavier than ever. It is a great pleasure for us to finally welcome one of Denmark’s most popular rock bands to COPENHELL, where the audience will get the chance to sing along to the super-riffer ‘Waterline’, ‘Silverflame’ and all of the band’s other classic songs and bang their heads to their newer tracks!
Since their powerful 2002 debut ’Remission’, MASTODON has been on a fascinating sonic journey. They deliver everything from hard-as-nails, dirty sludge metal on their earlier releases to more progressive heavy metal on their newer ones, which has brought them to all the greatest international stages. Several big music media outlets have called the Georgia group one of the most important metal acts of the 21st century, and we look forward to a great reunion!
Phil Anselmo visited COPENHELL for the first time in 2013 with the DOWN, and they will return at COPENHELL 2020. The band has not performed live since 2016 but regrouped in recent years in connection with the 25-year anniversary of their debut release ‘NOLA’ from 1995. DOWN was formed in 1991 when a super group of musicians from Pantera, Corrosion of Conformity, Goatwhore and Crowbar, among others, started jamming and writing music together. They play heavy metal that draws upon a lot of different genres, from sludge metal and stoner rock to punk and blues rock, and all of it is characterised by roaring riffs and Anselmo’s unmistakable, angry vocals. We look forward to seeing them again!
BAEST returns to COPENHELL – and this time with a doomsday concert on the festival’s biggest stage! This is a band that doesn’t pat you on the cheek and tells you that everything will be okay: Here, the audience will be beaten and bludgeoned by pure, raw and adulterated old-school death metal from a Danish band that really broke the sound barrier in recent years. You can look forward to a very special experience with a Danish metal that keeps outdoing themselves!
The Canadian musician DEVIN TOWNSEND was originally the figurehead of the metal band Strapping Young Lad but today, he is best known for his long and glorious solo career with particularly The Devin Townsend Project, which he put on hiatus in 2018. His most recent album ’Empath’ was an attempt to collect all of this wide-spanning musician’s sources of inspiration and styles on one single release that shows his enormous dynamic and musical span in both instruments and vocals. It’s pure candy for music geeks who love hard and experimental music when this idiosyncratic artist visits COPENHELL 2022 with a very special By Request set!
The new-yorker rock band THE PRETTY RECKLESS with the formidable singer Taylor Momsen in front has proven through four releases that they are running fast towards the highest league of modern rock bands. Through the years, they have managed to establish their own unique sound with a great combination of epic songs of the type that will make audiences fist pump and stamp rhythmically in great stadiums and a rock-solid foundation of grungy Southern blues sound.
MYRKUR interprets Nordic folk music with both enchantingly beautiful siren song and wild primal screams in her heathen, blackened musical universe. Light, darkness, heat and cold change back and forth all the time in her broad repertoire of instruments and expressions – and not least her vocal range. You can look forward to a magical concert that will sweep you away.
The Danish band VOLA are masters of the balance between hard and industrial prog metal and accessible, melodic songwriting. This is music with a lot of contrasts and lots of interesting surprises for discerning listeners with its constant shifts between pure and nice and dirty and ugly.
Organisers also welcome crossover veterans AGNOSTIC FRONT. The pace is insanely high, and the sheer amount of profanity per minute is in the red during their concerts. Ever since the early eighties, this band has been screaming for a better world, and they still do today with undiminished strength. The godfathers of hardcore’ have always been in a league of their own, and we look forward to experiencing these New York legends at COPENHELL!
WITCHCRAFT‘s well-written combination of retro rock and doom metal evokes inch-deep nostalgia from the very first note. Hailing from Sweden, the band’s excellent songwriting and respect for the golden 70s drive all of their strong releases through the last 15 years. Their music flows effortlessly between heavy headbanger riffs and solemn anthems with Magnus Pelander’s characteristic vocals as the uniting focal point. Get ready for an intensely atmospheric experience!
The British metal titans from BENEDICTION have delivered perfect mid-tempo death metal for 30 years: A hard, bombastic sound wall only punctured by groovy guitar riffs that settle deeply within both your body and soul. The band’s old front man Dave Ingram (who lives in Copenhagen, by the way) returned to the microphone earlier this year after 20 years of pursuing other music projects. Expectations for their live performance at COPENHELL 2022 are sky-high!
HIGH COMMAND plays music like others wage war: With a completely unstoppable and merciless offensive. The band’s music is inspired by the wild barbarian hordes from Robert E. Howards “Conan” universe, and they invite their audience to ride with full speed into the darkness and fight the enemy together with them. This is oldschool crossover thrash with the brutality meter dialled all the way up into blood-red!
BLOOD INCANTATION is one of the most convincing American death metal bands today. Their sound is absolutely pulverizing and filled with a constant ominous sense of doom and existential angst. There is a primal satisfaction about the band’s brutal sonic universe, which mostly feels like stepping through a dark portal into a terrifying nightmare world.
THE RAVEN AGE lead singer George Harris is the son of Steve Harris, who also visits COPENHELL 2022 with IRON MAIDEN – and that is quite an obligation! Fortunately, their 2019 album ’Conspiracy’ was a great follow-up to their debut, and the band has found their musical footing in crisp, melodic metalcore. They capture both the epic and grandiose atmosphere and the desperate and pent-up feelings perfectly with their modern, infectious metal.
The Norwegian black metal band VREID rose from the ashes of the dissolved band Windir in 2004. Songs in both Norwegian and English whirl around in a chaotic and destructive soundscape that draws upon several sources outside of the genre, and the audience can look forward to some heavy black’n’roll!
Complex, heavy, hectic and melodic post-metalcore that will shake your organs around in your entire body? We hear no complaints! Canadian SPIRITBOX deliver elements of everything from djent to fusion jazz with extreme power, energy and wild howls from Courtney LaPlante behind the microphone.
Swedish Filippa Nässil’s band THUNDERMOTHER has kicked ass with hard rock and one hell of an attitude through more than ten years. Their catchy music draws upon a lot of sources of inspiration from the history of rock, and they deliver everything from grand songs to quiet ballads. Sharp and melodic oldschool rock!!
The Swedish super group SOEN consists, among others, of former OPETH drummer Martin Lopez and bass player Steve Di Giorgio from Death, Testament and Sadus. Unsurprisingly, the technical level of the band’s progressive metal is sky-high and complex, but also melodic and catchy. An interesting (new) acquaintance for everyone who loves very dynamic metal.
The mystical duo from ANGSTSKRIG plays thunderous black’n’roll with inspiration from the greatest Nordic black metal bands and politically charged Danish lyrics that appear as modern protest songs delivered with hissing and angry vocals. It’s a razor-sharp frontal assault and music of high quality – but also music that you can both dance and sing along to! A great candidate for one of the biggest parties on the festival’s smallest stage.