André Kvarnström, Ar, Asphyx, Behemoth, Blues Pills, Candlemass, DAD, Dorian Sorriaux, Elin Larsson, Erebor, Erinc, Exodus, Fates Warning, Hanno, Inferno, Lady In Gold, LSK, Mantar, Nergal, Night Demon, Ode To The Flame, Orion, Prophecy Productions, Rock Hard Festival, Ross The Boss, Secrets Of The Moon, Seth, sG, Skyklad, Sun, Svart Records, The Satanist, Zack Anderson
Darkness will rise again and leading the forces of evil is none other than Polish powerhouse and one of Black Metal’s finest. Twenty-three years and ten albums into their career, that Behemoth is still in the ascendant is a statement to their commitment, determination and capacity for writing such powerful music. If ever a band was to go out on a high, The Satanist would make for one hell of a swan song, but don’t expect them to disappear any time soon. 2017 marks the first ever performance of mastermind Nergal, drumer Inferno, bassist Orion and guitarist Seth at the annual Rock Hard Festival.
Summoning their secrets on their native soil, German Occult Rockers Secrets Of The Moon will also celebrate their inaugural appearance at Rock Hard Festival. The sun is both source of warming light and all-devouring fireball. Secrets of the Moon have named their sixth album after it, since it stems from the immediate experience of becoming and perishing, of ending and starting anew – not only in the musicians‘ private sphere but also within the band itself. In the wake of existential experiences, the new line-up created the band’s boldest and most intense album to date. On SUN, Black Metal is less of a dogma but intuitively transferred into a context of universally dark music, expressing the artists‘ spiritual catharsis and growth without restrictions. If with this album, Secrets of the Moon represent one particular current style, it is their very own, saturated with unwavering self-confidence and the will to live.
Two piece monster from northern Germany – the berserker’s path – this is how Mantar describe themselves. And a monster they sure are, holding the flag of German metal diversity high and proving that sometimes you only need two guys. Where there is darkness, there is light and Blues Pills will clearly make the amphitheatre shine again with the second time at Rock Hard Festival since 2014. More bands and highlights will be announced next year, so stay tuned!
ROSS THE BOSS
SECRETS OF THE MOON