LIST OF ALL THE ROCK METAL FESTIVALS WE’LL HAVE IN 2023

LIST OF ALL THE ROCK METAL FESTIVALS WE'LL HAVE IN 2023

After several years of dealing with the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, music festivals are back in full swing and 2023 will bring several surprises, especially when it comes to rock metal.

Preparations for the big dates are still underway, however, many bands have confirmed their participation in various events. 2023 will be full of events in Europe, mainly in Spain. After the cancellations of 2020 and 2021, the situation is normalising.

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Also, bands that were not scheduled to tour are considering appearing at several dates next year. However, not everything is rosy, as the geopolitical situation (Russia-Ukraine invasion, especially) may have consequences. If you want to know all the rock metal bands that will be performing next year, read on.

ROCK METAL FESTIVALS 2023 IN EUROPE

ROCK METAL FESTIVALS 2023 IN EUROPE

DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL (DONINGTON, UK)

  • When: 8-11 June 2023

This is one of the UK’s biggest festivals, and will announce the line-up on 7 November. Rumour has it that Metallica could be one of the headliners at this festival, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary next year.

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COPENHELL (COPENHAGEN, DENMARK)

  • Dates: 14-17 June 2023

This festival has already announced its full line-up, which includes bands such as: Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe, Slipknot, Parkway Drive, Architects, Meshuggah, Halestorm, Clutch, Kellermensch, Zeal & Ardor, Fever 333, Sick Of It All, Cabal, Fishbone, Angus Mcsix, Napalm Death, Harms Way, Malevolence,  xxx porno, Saturnus, Møl, Skynd, Touché Amoré and more.

HELLFEST OPEN AIR (CLISSON, FRANCE)

  • When: 15 to 18 June 2023

This festival is one of the best known and has already sold out for the 2023 edition without announcing a single band. Among the bands that could perform are: Iron Maiden, Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, Pantera, Slipknot and Kiss, among others.

GRASPOP METAL MEETING (DESSEL, BELGIUM)

  • When: 15-18 June 2023.

Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe and Slipknot have already been confirmed as the headliners of the big Belgian festival. However, it is rumoured that other big bands such as Pantera, Helloween, Ghost, and Guns N’ Roses could also perform.

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RESURRECTION FEST (VIVEIRO, GALICIA, SPAIN)

  • When: 28 June – 1 July 2023

Rumoured bands include Slipknot, Pantera, Evanescence, Ghost, Rage Against The Machine. Although not yet confirmed, this festival is 18 years old, and is one of the most popular. Right now, they are conducting a survey among the fans to know which bands they want to see and you can get it on their official website.

 

LEYENDAS DEL ROCK (VILLENA, ALICANTE, SPAIN)

  • When: 9 to 12 August 2023

This is one of the most eagerly awaited festivals as it usually has one of the most interesting line-ups. Confirmed acts include Megadeth, Mike Tramp and HammerFall. Other rumoured bands are: Anthrax, Biohazard, Sepultura, H.E.A.T, Killswitch Engage, among others.

BARCELONA ROCK FEST (SANTA COLOMA DE GRAMENET, BARCELONA, SPAIN)

  • When: To be confirmed

After confirming the 2023 edition, the organisation has not yet revealed any details about bands or dates. An announcement is expected before the end of the year. Last year’s event featured artists such as Kiss, Alice Cooper and Judas Priest.

 

 

 

Live review of Death metal evening event, in Sandnes, Norway

Group: Incantation, Ragnorök, Krisiun, Behemoth
Venue: Tribute (Sandnes, NORWAY)
Date: 2004-11-06
Audience: 150 people

A “Death metal evening” in a little place in West Norway, called Sandnes. The evening kicked of at 10 o’clock. Incantation were the first to play. The Americans play for about half an hour without getting a response from 60% of the audience, while the diehards stood in front of the stage, banging their heads a little bit closer to a life in the wheelchair. To be honest, Incantation aren’t that great, their drummer is hammering on his drums without changing the rhythm for six minutes, the guitar riffs are boring and when they should have had something like a solo or a melodic part in their songs, they are just using the distortion (a mistake many bands do) and their vocalist voice sounds like the voice of a smoker who lost 90% of his lung capacity.

Next to play were Norwegians Ragnorök. They bore most of the audience to death, with their 7-8 minutes lasting songs. Some of the songs sound promising and one of the guitarists is able to play his instrument, but the drummer is horrible and messes up for the rest of the band while the vocalist is shrieking like an 8 year old girl.

Krisiun, the evening’s first highlight, are asking the audience before they play their first song:” Are you ready for some brutal Death metal?”- “YES”, and Krisiun showed in an impressive way why they are regarded as one of the best Death metal bands right now, brutal riffs, thrilling guitar solos, a vocalist who is able to perform all sorts of death vocals, and a drummer who is playing the most thrilling rhythms I’ve ever heard. Highlight of the show was the drummers drum solo which was really incredible and which is impossible to describe with words.

The last band of the evening were Behemoth, who started at 1 o’clock in the night, most of the audience properly pissed, hardly realising that a concert was on, some of the outside to puke, and a bunch of 50 persons who still were alive celebrating the music which was performed on stage. “Behemoth” did nothing less than the audience who still was watching expected them to do: they played brutal riffs, with extremely fast drums that at some points reminded me of industrial metal, and a vocalist who growled deeper than a wolf is ever going to do.

2 o’clock in the morning, a bunch of drunk people standing in front of Tribute in Sandnes, smoking a cigarette, most of the them with smiles on their faces. The last two bands gave the audience that what they had come for: brutal death metal at its very best. Even if the evening started with two bands that people who stand outside of the death metal scene probably never will like, the last two bands were worth the ticket price.