In time for Easter, the organizers at Bloodstock Metal Festival have released 7 new band names for the event in August as well as announcing a brand new charity partner for this year! It is one of the things the festival likes to do, raising money for young folks whilst we all have a great time. All the bands in this announcement are for the Sophie tent stage. 5 of them are for Friday and 2 for Sunday. So lets get on with talking about the new bands.
First up are Sulpher who feature touring members from Marilyn Manson, Prodigy, and Jesus And Mary Chain! They formed way back in the early 2000s, but due to being busy touring with other bands are only on their second album No One Will Ever Know which was released late last year. They are industrial alternative rockers who namecheck artists such as Nine Inch Nails, Ministry and Deftones which gives some indication of what they sound like.
Next up are Def Con One who feature ex-Venom guitarist Antton Lant. They come from Newcastle and are more groove-based metal outfit than Venom, although they are still quite brutal and like to punch you musically in the gut. They certainly have a Pantera type sound about them and should get a few pits started.
Damnation’s Hammer from Lancashire in England are described as being doom laden with plenty of atmospheric sounds. Listening to them they are also quite progressive whilst being very heavy indeed. Their new album is called Unseen Planets, Deadly Spheres and came out last November. They started as a homage to 1980s avant-garde metal such as Voivod and Celtic Frost which comes through on their material.
Blasphemer are 100% old school death metal from Dewsbury in West Yorkshire. They describe themselves as “worshippers of goat lord and death metal”. They reformed in 2015 after a 20-year gap with both guitarists being original members. Their new album is fittingly called Lust Of The Goat and has a suitably bad taste cover!
The fifth band for Friday are Zealot Cult from Ireland. This young 4 piece band are definitely influenced by the likes of Obituary and Morbid Angel. They have a new album called Spiritual Sickness which came out last year. Classic death metal sounds.
Moving onto Sunday we firstly have Witchtripper who are “groove, shred and roll“. With influences such as Clutch, Orange Goblin, Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin this 3 piece create a groovy metal noise. There are certainly moments of 70s classic rock. They played Bloodstock back in 2016 on the Hobgoblin stage after winning through the Metal To The Masses in Nottingham. Their latest album is called Attitude Adjustment.
Finally, from London are Harbinger who are tech metal. This 5 piece have blistering speed along with technical riffs. Their debut album drops in May this year and is called Compelled To Suffer.
Bloodstock also has announced a new charity partner in youngminds organization, who support young people in terms of mental health. This will be the charity that all folks who are on the guest list or have press accreditation will make a donation to before they get their passes/wristbands. There will also be a stand inside the site, giving information as well as having donation buckets for folks to put their change in.
The final allocation of VIP tickets along with the last of the podpads, bellepads and octopads are available now.
Day tickets will be available from June 28.
The festival is headlined by Sabaton, Parkway Drive and the Scorpions with an undercard featuring Powerwolf, Queensryche, Anthrax, Soilwork, Metal Church, Soulfly, Dee Snider, Dimmu Borgir amongst many others. The 4 days (or 3 and a half technically) are over the weekend of August 8 to 11 at Catton Park in Derbyshire.