It’s a hell of a bash


HELL, the legendary metal band from the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire area will play their first gig in 25 years at MFN, Shipley Gate, on Friday, May 20.

But this is no ordinary reunion gig, more a heartwarming tale of a long deserved dream finally coming true.

Cruelly ignored by the UK rock media in the 1980s, Hell’s story ended in tragedy in 1987 when their long-worked-for record deal fell through and singer Dave Halliday took his own life.

Now, after nearly a quarter of a century, it seems Hell are about to reap the rewards for the seeds sown all those years ago.

Renowned metal producer Andy Sneap was almost a fixture at Hell’s gigs in the 80s and a close friend of Dave Halliday and not only has he produced an album of ten old Hell classics from those glory days, he has joined the band as guitarist, adding his formidable talent to the existing line-up.

Hell have been snapped up by Nuclear Blast records, one of Europe’s biggest labels and will be released the album Human Remains on May 13 and then will appear at the huge Download festival as well as a string of huge European festivals.

The album, receiving rave reviews and being hailed as a masterpiece of rock music, will be launched at the MFN gig and Hell promise a spectacular live show.

Tickets are priced at just £5 in advance and may be obtained from MFN, from Zebra Muzik in Ilkeston, via post from the band or from the promoter, Metal Mansions Promotions. Only a few advance tickets remain as several hundred have been sold already and a sell out gig is predicted. More details can be obtained from Russ on 07903 610487.