With most of the musicians making their Bloodstock debuts, this is an even more exciting prospect.
On Friday, skate punk thrash outfit Suicidal Tendencies will be ripping up a storm, no doubt. Led by the bandana-wearing Mike Muir, who prowls the stage menacingly and having the drumming legend that is Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, of course), this should be a lively performance. Like all four announcements this time around, these guys have not graced the Bloodstock stage before, which is excellent for the festival and the fans.
Another band making their debut is American rockers Mr. Big! Not the first time that singer Eric Martin has been onstage at the festival, having been part of the Avantasia line up that wowed the festival back in 2013. Featuring Paul Gilbert on guitar (and possibly drill…), Billy Sheehan on bass and probably two drummers (including original man Pat Torpey, who is part-time due to health issues) this is a very welcome announcement to those who love their metal with lots of melody.
Adding some fright and “horror metal” are Wednesday 13 who are promising to up the theatrics and fun with their new material. Expect lots of catchy choruses to sing along with. If it rains, it will be fine, as they may have a large umbrella with them which says “fuck!”, just in case any newbies do not know their favorite word.
Finally, another newbie for the festival are symphonic power metallers from Florida USA Kamelot. Founded back in 1991 by guitarist Thomas Youngblood, they now include vocalist Tommy Karevik who has also sang for Arjen Lucassen on “The Theory Of Everything”.
The days are beginning to shape up nicely with the lines looking as thus:
Friday…. Judas Priest, Emperor, Kamelot, Suicidal Tendencies, Bloodbath, Wednesday 13 and Memoriam (all main stage)
Saturday… Gojira, Combichrist, Septic Flesh, Orden Ogan