ROCK HARD FESTIVAL 2015 – Retro In Reverse

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Nico Spill for Psychorizon – Pictures taken from http://www.rockhard.de

One month in counting before the annual pentecost festivities will take place with another outstanding line-up. Apart from some of the “usual suspects” such as Essen’s very own KREATOR who will be playing for the third time since Rock Hard Festival started in 2003 – originally planned as a one-off birthday-bash celebrating the 20th anniversary of German Rock Hard magazine. Also returning to the stage on the waterside, will be MOTORJESUS whose first appearance was mainly due to a readers’ petition in 2012.

VoivodVOIDVOD – Picture by Valerie Gagne

The German “Fräuleinwunder” of Metal, DORO PESCH will play a special set featuring songs from her early days…do I sense some WARLOCK tracks here? More reminiscence comes from the legacy of legendary Irish Classic Rockers THIN LIZZY. Their so-to-speak “Alter Ego” BLACK STAR RIDERS are up to pleasing fans of both bands this May. Classic acts seem to be somewhat of a Leitmotiv at this years’ Rock Hard Festival: Doom legends PENTAGRAM and Black Metal veterans VENOM will headline the first festival day, while Canadian masters VOIDOD deliver a nice mid-day Thrash fest on saturday.

Of course, there will also be fresh blood to share: Swedish foursome SPIDERS have overcome their newbie-status by now, with their laid-back Hard Rock sound driven by the voice of Ann-Sofie Hoyles. At the other end of the sonic scale, German trio DESERTED FEAR got what it takes to please your taste for death, blood & gore in the vain of the mighty MORBID ANGEL & ENTOMBED!

Deserted FearDESERTED FEAR – advertising for their idols

Friday – May 22nd

21:30 – 23:00 – VENOM
19:45 – 21:00 – PENTAGRAM
18:15 – 19:15 – GOD DETHRONED
17:05 – 17:50 – FLOTSAM AND JETSAM
16:00 – 16:40 – ARCHITECTS OF CHAOZ
15:00 – 15:40 – SPACE CHASER

Saturday – May 23rd

21:30 – 23:00 – KREATOR
19:45 – 21:00 – DORO (Early Days Metal Show!)
18:15 – 19:15 – SANCTUARY
17:00 – 17:45 – KATAKLYSM
15:50 – 16:35 – AVATARIUM
14:45 – 15:30 – VOIVOD
13:45 – 14:25 – MOTORJESUS
12:45 – 13:23 – DESERTED FEAR

Sunday – May 24th

21:30 – 23:00 – BLACK STAR RIDERS (incl. THIN-LIZZY-Classics)
19:40 – 21:00 – OVERKILL
18:00 – 19:10 – MICHAEL SCHENKER’S TEMPLE OF ROCK
16:30 – 17:30 – REFUGE
15:15 – 16:00 – CHANNEL ZERO
14:05 – 14:50 – SINNER
13:00 – 13:40 – SPIDERS
12:00 – 12:40 – AIR RAID

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