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Amon Amarth with support act Carcass and Hell on Deceiver Of the Gods European Tour 2013 – Scandinavian leg at Kulturbolaget Malmoe,Sweden

January 17th, 2014


Amon Amarth

Deceiver Of the Gods European Tour 2013 – Scandinavian leg
Carcass (Special guest)
Hell (Support act)

Kulturbolaget, Malmo, Sweden
6/12 – 2013

Review and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall

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Amon Amarth, Carcass, Hell – Dec. 9 2013 at Kaapelitehdas, Helsinki, Finland

December 27th, 2013


Kaapelitehdas (Cable Factory)
The 9th of December 2013

Helsinki, Finland

Article by Arto Lehtinen and Marko Syrjala

Pictures by Arto Lehtinen

Gigs on a Monday evening are never an ideal time for concert goers, as getting up the next morning can be nothing but an exhausting deadly experience. In this case, when three are awesome bands sharing the bill: Hell, Carcass and Amon Amarth, the exception can be accepted and getting up late for the work or school can be approved. The Cable Factory was totally packed as over a thousand metal bangers had arrived to share the metal feeling despite the blowing ice cold winter wind.

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Andy Sneap – Hell

December 26th, 2013



The British band Hell, recently visited Finland. They were here to open for Carcass and Amon Amarth. Before the Britsh five piece metallers went one stage, we had a good opportunity to talk with Andy Sneap about the most recent Hell album CURSE AND CHAPTER and of course about his views on producing albums and his feeling on old school sounds. Here is the brief interview with Mr. Sneap.

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September 1st, 2013

Bloodstock Open Air 2013

@ Catton Park, Derbyshire, UK

8th – 11th August 2013

Review by Anna Dumpe & Ben Spencer

Photography by Michelle Murphy

Imagine a weekend of nothing but pure heavy fucking metal.
Imagine being surrounded by the friendliest 15,000 people who share the same passion for heavy metal music and lifestyle. Imagine a place where it is respectable to have beer for breakfast and drinking until you drop in an accomplishment. Imagine a festival where you can see over 100 heavy metal bands and pretty much none of them suck.

Ladies and gents, this ain’t no heavy metal fairytale!

This is Bloodstock Open Air – the greatest heavy metal music festival of our times. It’s a place where metal heads run free, headbang until their heads roll off, shout ‘SLAYEEER!’ and avoid shower for 4 days straight.
It just does not get any better than this.

Our UK team were privileged to attend Bloodstock Open Air 2013 and see things for themselves…here’s a ‘little’ insight of what went down.

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PRIMORDIAL @ O2 Islington Academy

May 26th, 2012

Primordial @ O2 Islington Academy

5th May 2012

Review by Paul James

Photography by Andre Purvis

There’s a palpable air of excitement outside the Islington academy tonight and to be fair who couldn’t be excited by such a great line-up? Having heard very good things about Winterfylleth and Hell in previous weeks and being a long time Primordial fan even I’ll admit to being a little excited!


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Interview with Tony Speakman from HELL

December 31st, 2011

Interview with Tony Speakman from Hell

Review by James Griffiths

Photography by Andre Purvis

After a great opening for Sabaton I caught up with Tony Speakman from HELL backstage.


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SABATON With Hell @ KoKo, Camden

December 21st, 2011

SABATON With Hell @ The Koko, Camden

16th December 2011

Review By James Griffiths

Photography by Andre Purvis

It’s a very cold Friday evening in Camden and upon exiting the tube station approximately 20 minutes before the venue doors open there is an amazing sight to behold. Hordes of fans just wrapped around the venue screaming to get in and witness the might that is Sabaton!

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HELL to Open For ACCEPT in Europe 2012!

November 30th, 2011

20 years after their formation, U.K,’s HELL finally issued their highly successful debut album “Human Remains” to high acclaim, having been named album of the month over 20 times by the international music press (Sweden Rock Magazine having just named it the “Album of the Year”!) Their live performances have generated tremendous euphoria among the fans, the media and many fortunate promoters alike. At the prestigious Bloodstock Festival, HELL were the runaway winners in the public voting for “Best Act Center Stage”.

The next highlight can now been announced. Starting in April 2012, HELL will support Germany’s legendary ACCEPT on their European tour. The following dates have now been confirmed:

Rock Hard, iMusic 1, Blast, Piranha, Musix & Noizeletter present:

06.04.2012 Paris (F), Bataclan

07.04.2012 Mons (BE), PPM Fest

10.04.2012 Kempten , Big Box

11.04.2012 Stuttgart, Pilharmonie

13.04.2012 Straubing, Messehalle

14.04.2012 Geiselwind, Event Center

15.04.2012 Pratteln (CH), Z7

17.04.2012 Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle

18.04.2012 Hamburg, Große Freiheit

19.04.2012 Berlin, Huxleys

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November 4th, 2011


Hell from Nottingham were about to record their debut album when their record company went bankrupt. The band dissolved and singer Dave Halliday killed himself. The year was 1987. Over time, Hell’s remaining recordings grew in cult status. The combination of infectiously catchy heavy metal, theatrical vocals and a diabolical atmosphere was praised for being way ahead of its time, and in 2008 the band reformed. The album ”Human remains” was finally released in May 2011, recorded by the surviving original members and guitarist/producer Andy Sneap and vocalist David Bower. It has been met with great success and acclaim. Hell’s theatrical stage show, with make-up and anti-religious symbolism, goes perfectly with the music – in short, the band’s career could not have got a better second beginning.

Tickets are available at our website: There you can also find more information about tickets, prices and accommodation.

Around 70 bands will perform on our 5 stages next summer. The following seven have been confirmed so far:











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Welcome to Sweden Rock Festival in Sölvesborg, 6-7-8-9 June 2012!

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Andy Sneap – The guitarist of Hell and Sabbat

October 19th, 2011



Producer and guitarist of Hell and Sabbat


Andy Sneap’s name appears on  albums by Kreator, Exodus, Testament, Megadeth etc and the list continues. He has produced a number of awesome and memorable albums which have been spinning on players of metalheads around the world. Besides working with bands, his first band Sabbat has reached cult status amongst many thrash fans. The Sabbat albums are still as relevant and awesome as back then when they saw the light of day. Sneap’s current band Hell has gained massive interest as the debut album called HUMAN REMAINS is an outstanding release for sure. Therefore it is an utter pleasure to have a chance to talk to Andy Sneap about Hell, Sabbat and of course his long career as a producer.


Interview and pictures by Arto Lehtinen

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Tuska Open Air 2011 – Suvilahti Helsinki Finland

August 27th, 2011


Tuska Open Air 2011

Suvilahti, Helsinki, Finland

July 22-24, 2011

Review by Arto Lehtinen, Petri Seppänen Da Costa

Pics by Arto Lehtinen, Sini Huotari

The Tuska Open Air Festival has become one kind of institution amongst all metal festivals in Europe. Tuska was previously arranged in the heart of Helsinki in the central park Kaisaniemi during the past 10 years. The park underwent construction to have a better environment and other mandatory improvements. The organization of Tuska didn’t have a choice but to find and switch the whole festival to a new area. This new area is still located in Helsinki, but only a few kilometers away, to a place called Suvilahti. Having this area was definitely a big part of the whole idea and concept of Tuska. The Kaisaniemi park brought an intimate picnic and park feeling with the grass and trees. Whereas Suvilahti was more like an industrial environment with the burning and redhot asphalt under the feet.

Another thing forcing Tuska to make a change was the date. Originally the festival was supposed to be in the beginning of July, but another big more international based festival took over the date and Tuska was postponed until three weeks later. Well at least some people got pissed off at the changed date. Obviously a few band negotiations needed to start all over. Hopefully Tuska will return back to the original date. However, the line-up looked amazing after all. Morbid Angel and Amon Amarth were headliners, so was Devin Townsend once again. Cult metal bands like Hell, Bulldozer and then something type of stuff such as Jex Thoth, Church Of Misery. The festival was an utter success although the event wasn’t sold out. All in all 28000 people visited Tuska during three days. was present to check out a lot of bands and check out the new Tuska area.

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August 20th, 2011


Backstage and live footage of the performance by NWOBHM band HELL at this year’s Summer Breeze festival in Dinkelsbühl, Germany, can be viewed on YouTube.
HELL’s new/debut album, Human Remains (which was over 25 years in the making), was released in North America this past May and has been the surprise hit of 2011 among fans and the metal press.  The album recently entered the German Media Control chart at #46.


One of the true founding fathers of occult metal and cited as a huge indirect influence to many bands, HELL formed in 1982 from the carcasses of U.K. metal bands Race Against Time and Paralex – whose 3-song White Lightning EP was listed by Metallica as a favorite and was subsequently included on the Lars Ulrich / Geoff Barton “NWOBHM: ’79 Revisited” sampler.

Watch the video for “On Earth As It Is In Hell” here.

Purchase the singles “Save Us From Those Who Would Save Us” and “On Earth As It Is In Hell” on iTunes.

Order the Human Remains CD at Nuclear Blast USA’s online web shop.

HELL’s 2011 line-up:


  • David Bower – Vocals
  • Kev Bower – Guitar & Keyboards
  • Andy Sneap – Guitar
  • Tony Speakman – Bass
  • Tim Bowler – Drums


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HELL announce additional European shows

August 10th, 2011


UK occult rockers HELL are set to perform more of their acclaimed live shows over the coming months. Having already blitzed audiences at summer festivals including Download (UK), Tuska (Fin), Metalfest Open Airs (DE, CH, AT), and Rockstad Falun (SWE), HELL have confirmed the following additional dates. Advance tickets are already available. HELL fans should secure tickets as quickly as possible as these will surely sell out.

The following dates are now confirmed:


14.08.2011 BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR, Catton Hall (UK)

17.08.2011 SUMMERBREEZE – Dinkelsbühl (DE)


06.10.2011 SWEDEN ROCK CRUISE – Stockholm (SWE)

08.10.2011 FUZZ LIVE MUSIC CLUB – Athens (GR) (Support to CANDLEMASS)

16.12.2011 KOKO – London (UK) (Support to SABATON)

31.12.2011 MFN CLUB – Shipley Gate, Nottingham (UK)


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HELL have entered the German album top 50 with debut album “Human Remains”

May 25th, 2011


Nearly 30 years after originally forming in 1982 UK`s Heavy Metal legends HELL have entered the German album charts with their Debut album „Human Remains“ at #46!

HELL were founded in 1982 out of the remains of two classic NWOBHM bands, Race Against Time and Paralex. They signed with Mausoleum in 1985 but split in 86 after the label went bankrupt. After the suicide of original singer Dave Halliday in 1987 the remaining members gave up any hope of reforming.

More than two centuries later the band is back with huge success. Producer/Guitarist Andy Sneap, being a close friend of the band, brought the remaining band members back together again three years ago to resurect the old material and bring HELL back to life. The result was Human Remains, ten old HELL classics rerecorded. Released last week to unanimous appraisal across Europe , US and Japan, “HUMAN REMAINS” entered the german trend charts at 12 with the final weeks national chart position being 46.

HELL is now coming to Europe.

27.05.11 Metalfest – Pratteln, CH
28.05.11 Metalfest – Dessau, DE
29.05.11 Metalfest – Mining, AUS
04.06.11 Rockstad Festival – Falun, SE
12.06.11 Download Festival – Donington Park, UK
22.07.11 Tuska Festival – Suvilahti, FI

13.08.11 Bloodstock Festival Catton Hall, UK

Just a few days ago, HELL did their first club show at the MFN Club in Nothingham. Fans came from Scandinavia and – unbelievably – from Southern California to see the band live. Check the out clip:

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May 17th, 2011


In honor of the release of HELL’s long overdue debut album in North America today, Nuclear Blast USA caught up with HELL guitarist & acclaimed metal producer Andy Sneap to ask ten question about Human Remains – which was a whopping 29 years in the making.


How exactly does HELL have a tie-in with Metallica?


I’m presuming you are referring to them talking about covering a Paralex track when they were thinking of which songs to use on the Garage Days EP.  Lars [Ulrich] mentioned it a while back. Paralex [in whose ranks were two original members of HELL] released their much sought after White Lightning EP – on green vinyl, no less! – and were also featured on the compilation album [“NWOBHM: ’79 Revisited”] that Geoff Barton and Lars compiled a couple of years ago. So that’s all, really.


HELL existed for such a short amount of time after their inception in 1982.  What led to the band’s rapid break-up?


The band signed to Mausoleum Records back in 1984/85, who then went bankrupt. This happened over a one year period of the band being kept in limbo and by the time it had all fallen through, band members were in debt, disillusioned, and disinterested. Kev Bower quit to be replaced by one of Dave [Halliday]’s guitar students Shaun Kelly, but a year later they disbanded and unfortunately in early ’87, Dave Halliday took his own life.


How did the aftermath of Dave’s death play out, leading up to today?


After Dave died, everyone went separate ways.  Kev totally gave up on music as did Tim Bowler [drums]. Tony [Speakman, bassist] kept playing in local bands.  I met both Tim and Tony again about 10 years ago and of course, we’d always talk about old times and the band.  It was only when we managed to find Kev three years ago through his son being into metal and liking bands I’d produced that we had this crazy idea of recording the old material.  We didn’t really think what we were doing at the time, it was more like an old boys’ convention where we’d have a few beers and record a bit at a time when I was available.  But it really brought us all together again and has actually been a tremendous amount of fun.  I think the results speak for themselves.


David Bower, the new lead singer, is actually quite theatrical, both visually and with his voice.


We found him at under the same roof as Kev.  David’s actually a professional actor/lunatic who has appeared in a few of the UK soaps and also Othello in London with the comedian Lenny Henry.  By nature he’s a tenor, but we got him down to do the voice over in “Plague And Fyre.” It’s when I got him to sing some backing vocals I realized the missing piece to the puzzle was right under our noses.  His brother Kev is the guitar player and he’d also seen the band maybe 15 times back in the day, so he knew exactly what the band was all about.


Are all the tracks on Human Remains all the original songs from back in the day?


Yes, they are all from the ‘80s. A few tiny tweaks arrangement-wise to streamline them a little bit, but in general, they are very true to the originals.


It’s surprising to know you guys didn’t get carried away with your “old boys’ convention” and write new material for this one!


No, not on this one.  The next album will see 50% old and 50% new.  There’s a lot more to come and we have big plans for that already.  Like I said earlier, Kev gave up on music and now he’s rediscovered it; the ideas are really flowing. I also have a huge stock pile of riffs and ideas and Dave Bower is also a talented guitar player. Tony has a couple of ideas he keeps mentioning too, so I think we are well into album 3 by now.


You’ve been around long enough to see the evolution in music production really evolve.  How would HELL’s original demos stand up to the full album’s standards of today?


The demos were mono; the album’s in stereo… I’m not kidding, either.  We could get into the whole analog / digital debate.  What I tried to achieve on this album was an honest recording of these songs.  We took almost an old-school approach, no cutting and pasting, heads-down, see-you-at-the-end, but still obviously as tight as we could get it.  People have commented on the production being more organic than my usual productions, but really it’s down to the song writing and style of playing than anything I’m doing.  I’ve worked on and off on the album over the last three years. Basically, whenever I had a spare weekend, I’d call the guys up and say “Right – let’s get to it.”  If you combine all the time up, including the mix, it’s probably taken 10 weeks. There wasn’t really any difficult points; the hardest bit was saying “That’s it, it’s done,” because an album is never finished.


There are people who really dig the album who weren’t even born when HELL’s first demo was recorded in 1982!


The reaction to the album is quite humbling, actually.  We knew it was good but had no idea how people would take it. It’s always a bit of a nervous time when you release an album but always very satisfying when the opinions across the board are universally positive. It just confirms we have done the right thing, which after all the hard work, upset, and time gone by for these guys, is a truly wonderful feeling.


What do you think is the appeal of NWOBHM bands in today’s scene?


I think the scene’s getting a bit saturated with the new stuff.  Labels are partly to blame.  I think schedules have become too predictable, so people hark back to the old days where it was more about classic song writing rather than the latest hair cut and 7-string single note riff.  Back then, in the ‘80s, people really believed in metal; it really came from the heart.  I won’t put another HELL album out until we are 100% happy with it.  Bands are too rushed these days and I think it doesn’t help bands develop.


It’s nice to know you’re back playing guitar and will soon to hit the stage again with HELL, as it’s been a while since your other band, Sabbat, has recorded or played live.


Deep down, I always have been a guitarist.  It’s just that Plan B kinda worked out for me.  I must admit, I’m pretty bored with sitting on my ass in the studio all day, so now I’ve been given the chance to do this.  I’m 100% in; it’s fun.  It may cost me some money and a couple of albums I could have done, but you know what?  I don’t care.  Playing to me is priceless.



The track listing for Human Remains is:


01 – Overture: Themes From “Deathsquad”

02 – On Earth As It Is In Hell

03 – Plague And Fyre

04 – The Oppressors

05 – Blasphemy And The Master

06 – Let Battle Commence

07 – The Devil’s Deadly Weapon

08 – The Quest

09 – Macbeth

10 – Save Us From Those Who Would Save Us

11 – No Martyr’s Cage


Total running time is 66 minutes and 6 seconds.


Watch the video for “On Earth As It Is In Hell” here.

Order the Human Remains CD for only $10 at Nuclear Blast USA’s online web shop.

HELL’s 2011 line-up:


  • David Bower – Vocals
  • Kev Bower – Guitar & Keyboards
  • Andy Sneap – Guitar
  • Tony Speakman – Bass
  • Tim Bowler – Drums


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