Bloodstock Metal Festival continue to announce bands for the festival to be held at Catton Hall Derbyshire on the weekend of August 9 to 12. This time round, they have announced six bands from around the globe again, including the UK, USA, Greece and New Zealand! They have added some more Thrash, along with Sludge/Doom and Progressive Death. All round, some pretty heavy music to enjoy. Only one name for the main stage known as the Dio and five for the big tent (or second stage, called the Sophie), with three for Saturday and two for Sunday.
The new bands
First up are Texan thrashers Power Trip. Their newest album (their second) is called Nightmare Logic. A proper old school thrash metal band with some fun lyrics, although not for any Christian fundamentalists! This is shown by the excellent song “Executioners Tax (Swing Of The Axe)”, which simply reminds folk to be careful what they ask for!
The Sophie Stage
The three bands added to the Sophie on Saturday are firstly “post sludge” (well that is how they describe themselves) outfit Conjurer. They released their debut album in February and garnered some fine praise from various metal magazines and websites. There are some mellow moments in amongst the brutality, along with a touch of progressive metal at times.
Then comes UK thrashers Forgotten Remains, who are another band to make the breakthrough from the New Blood stage onto one of the main stages. They describe themselves as “mixing old school thrash with Scandinavian black metal” and name check Cannibal Corpse along with The Haunted.
Coming from Leeds are the progressive death metal (with elements of folk and classical as well) outfit A Forest Of Stars. Not only do they sound remarkable, with flute and violin mixed in with the normal guitar-bass-drums etc, but they make fantastic surreal videos. One can only imagine how odd and enjoyable they will be live. Featuring seven members, they could be technically the biggest band to play this year! See them again on Saturday.
Furthermore, on Sunday, they have two bands travelling from abroad. Firstly, from Athens, are Greek thrashers Bio-Cancer who are at the end of their touring schedule for their 2015 album Tormenting The Innocent and will play the Sophie stage.
Finally, from New Zealand, come a three-piece featuring two brothers called Alien Weaponry. They are described as “hardcore mixed with thrash” …… but with one difference….. they highlight their Maori heritage with most of the material sounding like a very brutal and metal Haka that we see performed by the All Blacks before a rugby match. I must admit I really like the sound vocally due to the language. They are a pretty young guys who are releasing their debut album in June.
Outside of the band announcements, Bloodstock have announced on the website about the link up bus travel from round the UK to and from the site itself. Check out the link on travel information that will connect you to “Big Green Coach”. There is also help regarding shuttle buses from the local train station on the same page.
With a line up including Judas Priest, Gojira, Nightwish, Orphaned Land, Doro, Watain, Mr Big, Suicidal Tendencies and Fozzy, this is an event that shouldn’t be missed.
Get your tickets from the official website.