Looking back at Copenhell

Team Bast once again put on their finest black and joined the metalhead mecca; Copenhell, which took place a little over a week ago in Copenhagen’s popular industrial site Refsehaløen.

This year, marking the 8th year anniversary of Copenhell, the festival had expanded even more presenting both a bigger festival site and program, adding a warm-up day on Wednesday.

The warm-up day worked as a great addition to the former three-day festival and was no different when it came to the thrilling and unique atmosphere among the festival goers.

Although the Pandæmonium scene and Biergarten were the only ones open on the warm-up day, the metal heads had all showed up and were ready to headbang to the exhilarating performance of the Swedish Mustasch, a personal favorite of Team Bast that night.

On Thursday the also Swedish Arch Enemy performed an unforgettable show of melodic death metal. The show consisted of a speechless group of audience, admiring the powerful voice of the band’s vocalist Alissa, while other adrenalin seeking metal heads kept crowd surfing their way to the front over and over again.

Copenhell indeed knows how to put together a quality program mixed with up and coming artists, as well as old metal legends as this year’s headliner Ozzy Osbourne himself. Ozzy looking more alive than ever did not disappoint and gave the audience a proper metal injection. He constantly reached out to the audience asking them to be louder, while he (in surprisingly good shape) paraded back and forth the main stage Helvíti (Hell).

Deftones also a highlight of the Friday program, left the audience eager for more as they delivered a brutally energetic show perfectly mixed with a selection of their older and newer tracks.

Copenhell has without a doubt become an essential part of the metal head tradition, where a rare atmosphere of ´hygge´and metal characterizes the festival, easily heading towards being one of the leading metal festivals in Europe.

Words: Kristín Dahl

Photos: Team Bast