Amphitheater Gelsenkirchen, Berlin, Black Trip, Dismember, Enforcer, Entombed, Gateway To The Antisphere, Grand Magus, Grave Pleasures, Kadavar, Linda Åkerberg, Necrophobic, Nifelheim, Rock Hard Festival 2016, Sulphur Aeon, The Wailing Dead Tour, Tribulation, Triumph And Power, Vampire, Ván Records, Year Of The Goat
With the full moon just a week away from raising after Whitsun, one of Germany’s finest locations will turn into a place of darkness all over again as the annual Rock Hard Festival takes over from May 13th to May 15th – and yes, we even got another Friday the 13th to celebrate upon this years’ event.
The initial night brings yet two acts raising the flag of obscurity and damnation. Swedish sextet Year Of The Goat and their German labelmates Sulphur Aeon are a most well-balanced representation of the current artist roster of German cult label Ván Records. With their melodic blent of Occult Rock, Year Of The Goat are known for catchy tunes, while Sulphur Aeon won the Rock Hard soundcheck with the latest full-length “Gateway To The Antisphere” – a real Black/Death Metal masterpiece.
Day two brings another Swedish act that seem to have risen straight from the grave – Tribulation just recently proved their brilliant live skills and theatrical talent on the road leading the “The Wailing Dead Tour” alongside Grave Pleasures & Vampire. Hailing from the depths of Berlin, it was about time Kadavar pay their dues at the presumably Metal capital of the country – at least for these few days. Their third album “Berlin” is not only a tribute to their hometown but also a commercial success that entered the German charts on rank #18, making it clear just how established the fuzzy threesome is.
To conclude the 2016 edition of Rock Hard Festival, a final Swedish invasion will annex the amphitheatre, bringing two more acts to this gloomy gathering. Finally, with their 2014 output, “Triumph And Power”, Stockholm-based trio Grand Magus convinced even me to raise my fist to their battle hymns. Put together (former) members of Entombed, Dismember, Nifelheim, Necrophobic and Enforcer and you will get the next Scandinavian supergroup, or to keep it short and simple: Black Trip.
Friday – May 13th
YEAR OF THE GOAT
Saturday – May 14th
Sunday – May 15th