Six Musical Heavyweights Confirmed for Copenhell 2021

KISS, KOЯN, SABATON, MERCYFUL FATE, DOWN and THE HELLACOPTERS have been added to next year’s festival poster.

The mega-band KISS make their way past COPENHELL 2021 on their “End of the Road” farewell tour. It will be the last chance to experience the legendary rock band, which will soon retire after a more than 46-year-long and glorious career. The band has achieved no less than 30 gold and 14 platinum albums and secured places high on most major charts of the most important rock bands ever. The iconic KISS stage show has entertained music lovers around the world for more than four decades with lots of pyrotechnics, crazy costumes and wild stunts – and not least a captivating mix of progressive hard rock and heavy metal. Organisers look forward to experiencing the very last show ever with The Starchild, The Demon, The Spaceman and The Catman on Danish soil when COPENHELL 2021’s main name takes the stage.

The metal band KOЯN has previously performed at COPENHELL in 2011 and will return to the festival in 2021. Everything is fucked up, hammering angry and trapped in the band’s wild musical universe, which draws on everything from hip-hop to heavy metal. Their latest release, “The Nothing”, testifies to a band in absolute top form here well over 25 years into their careers. The music is tight as hell, and lead singer Jonathan Davis’ vocals are even more driven by his inner demons and existential pain than ever before. It will be a happy reunion with both great metal classics and a band that has only gotten better with time.

With the metal soldiers from SABATON, the songs are about war, death and destruction told with thunderous drums, riff races and cacophonous choirs. But make no mistake, because the band manages like no other to deliver both a dazzling stage show and an audience party that gives aftershocks in both body and mind several days later, which many festival guests can probably remember from their performance at COPENHELL 2013. The equilibrist Swedes play symphonic power metal with hard pressure on power, and we look forward to seeing them live on Danish soil again when their war machine rolls in over the Helvíti stage on Friday night at COPENHELL 2021.

Almost 40 years ago, singer King Diamond and guitarist Hank Shermann created what would later become the most iconic and influential Danish metal band ever. MERCYFUL FATE is an important part of the early development of the black metal genre and stood out as an extremely innovative band in the early days of “real” metal: the phenomenal and progressive songwriting, the dazzling riffs from the Denner / Shermann guitar duo and the evil King Diamonds falsetto vocals combined with the band’s macabre, theatrical aesthetics and occult themes created a completely unique musical universe. Now the old metal gods have been awakened again, and both new and old fans will have the opportunity to experience the real thing live at COPENHELL 2021. It will be a piece of music history that no real metal fans must miss – never break the oath!

Phil Anselmo first visited COPENHELL in 2013 with the band DOWN, and they return to COPENHELL 2021. The band has not performed live since 2016, but has been reunited to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the debut release “NOLA” from 1995. DOWN was formed in 1991, when a supergroup of musicians from, among others, Pantera, Corrosion of Conformity, Goatwhore and Crowbar began to jam and write music together. They play heavy metal, drawing on a host of different genres, ranging from sludge metal and stoner rock to punk and blues rock, and which are primarily characterised by fluttering riffs and Anselmo’s unmistakable, angry vocals. We look forward to a happy reunion!

Swedish THE HELLACOPTERS have since their explosive start with the debut “Supershitty to the Max!” in the mid-nineties been busy alternately smashing the rock and rebuilding it again. Their punk guitar rock has over the years been one long retro revival that has punctured old conventions and breathed new life into the genre, and they are still today an indispensable band for anyone who loves classical thread with catchy melodies.