Hellfest 2019 will have extremely strong headliners and artists from the heavy music scene. The French festival in Clisson has a really tight schedule with dozens of amazing bands to see. In ‘Hidden Gem’, we draw your attention to an act that you might not know, but that deserves the spotlight. We take a look at Cancer Bats and some of the highlights of their career.

Beginnings: Birthing the Giant

Cancer Bats was formed in 2004 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. They play hardcore punk, mixing it with elements of Southern rock and sludge metal. Their first album Birthing the Giant was released on 2 June, 2006.

Hail Destroyer and getting bigger

Hail Destroyer, Cancer Bats’ second studio album was released on 22 April, 2008. The album has received a KKKKK review from Kerrang!, which is their highest possible rating. Furthermore, Cancer Bats were nominated for Album of the Year of the Kerrang! awards in 2008.

In 2007, a year before Hail Destroyer was released, they played at Download Festival, Groezrock and Reading and Leeds Festivals. They returned to both Reading & Leeds in 2008.

Bat Sabbath

At Sonisphere festival in 2011, Cancer Bats was asked to do an after party on top of their afternoon set. Their concept was to play as a Black Sabbath tribute band under the name Bat Sabbath. As the tribute band, they had a 12 stop tour in Canada the same year. They have also released an EP titled Bat Sabbath – Bastards of Reality in 2013.

Present

Cancer Bats have released six studio albums so far, with the latest one being The Spark That Moves, released 20 April 2018.

At Hellfest, you will find them at the Warzone, playing their set on 23 June at 16:45-17:35. Apart from their appearance in Clisson, you can also see them at Xtremefest, also in France, and at Bloodstock Open Air in the United Kingdom.

Hellfest 2019

Hellfest is a hard rock and heavy metal festival. It is considered to be one of the largest metal festivals in France. The festival has been organised  for the first time in 2006. It takes place annually in Clisson. Every year, more than 50,000 visitors attend the festival.

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András Melles
I am a concert and festival enthusiast from Hungary, living in the United Kingdom studying History and International Relations. I've been to various festivals in Europe, and my optimal number of festivals I need to visit a year is 3, but we all know that the more the merrier! My favourite genres are rock and metal, but I am open to all different kinds of music. Favourite bands? Name the sub-genre and I tell you my choice! ;)