Hell and Heaven 2022: Chronicle of a legendary festival


Four months ago, social networks and rock lovers in Mexico were surprised, the Hell And Heaven Metal Fest he intended to return and he did so with a sign that sounded almost unthinkable. After weeks of waiting, the dates marked on the calendar, December 2, 3 and 4, finally arrived and the Pegasus Forumin the heart of the Mexican capital, opened its doors to, according to estimates, more than 170,000 lovers of the extreme genre, who enjoyed more than 100 bands from multiple subgenres.

The marathon musical days began the 3 days punctually and presented national and international bands and artists, such is the case of Till Lindemann, Arch Enemy, Mercyful Fate, Trivium, Avatar, While She Sleeps, Doro Pesch, Epica, Architects y Behemoth, among many others; having as headliners a Panterain his return to the stage after 21 years, Scorpions, Judas Priest, Slipknot, Megadeth y Kisswhich was his last concert in our country.


After months of reproaches and controversy since the announcement of his return, Pantera He came back to life on Friday night. Beginning with an emotional video dedicated to the abbott brotherswith stolen postcards of its golden age, Zakk Wylde, Charlie Benante, Phill Anselmo y Rex Brown they showed that the titan of groove metal was alive and that he would play all his classics, according to Phill Anselmo, to honor his legendary fallen. The earth shook and hundreds of strangers danced together and let themselves be possessed by the “Cowboys from Hell“.

However, this would only be a worthy sound appetizer for the star of the night: Scorpions, who made his last presentation of the year before the Mexican public, who chanted, sang and succumbed to the classic hard rock that came from Germany. Classics like “Big City Nights” or its updated version of “Wind Of Change“, as well as notable tracks from his new album, such is the case with “Peacemaker” o “Rock Believer“they shook the venue in the voices of their performers and the crowd that has been making them their own for decades, and who did not want to let the mythical group go from the stage. In the end, with their respective Dr. Simi stuffed animals, the band left.


On Saturday, a day dedicated to the most extreme subgenres, the stage was filled with the presence of Judas Priest y Slipknot. It remains to say that the presentations are superfluous when talking about those from Birmingham, who with a monumental show and a splendid Rob Halford they drove the hundreds of souls crazy who jumped and sang in unison hits like “Painkiller” o “Turbo Lover”, and destroyed the place as soon as the “Metal God” appeared with a command hat to interpret “Breaking The Law”.

After the silence left by the absence of the British myth, the Hell Stagenever better called, housed an explosive band torn from one of the circles of hell, Slipknot; that with a Corey Taylor speaking Spanish and an impressive pyrotechnic display, they delighted their “maggots” for an hour and a half with classics like “Spit it Out”, “Duality” o “Psychosocial”.


With an extensive show in which the mythical “Symphony of Destruction”, Megadeth dominated the hundreds of souls gathered despite the cold on Sunday, who tirelessly sang their songs accompanied by a dynamic Dave Mustaine who joked with his fans. After the final fireworks, all the attendees crowded around the main stage, because the moment of the great closing had arrived.

After an elegant delay, shouting “You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best” the curtain fell and gave way to the dazzling paraphernalia of Kisswhich started the screams of thousands of people present, starting his recital with the songs “Detroit Rock City” y “Shout It Out Loud”. In addition to interacting with the public in Spanish, Paul Stanley, Gene Simons y Tommy Thayer They offered multiple improvisations of their instruments as well as classic numbers that have become canon in their presentations, such is the case of “Star Kid” flying over the public or Simons playing on his mythical hatchet bass”God of Thunder” covered in blood.

The night of the farewell ended with “Rock And roll all night” and a storm of multicolored paper and streamers, celebrating an idyll with the Mexican public that lasted more than 4 decades.

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