Like two pals who share similar yet entirely different tastes in music our Wayne and Garth of the festival world, Bloodstock and Download cater to different breeds of Metal fan. For the more mainstream approach look to the hallowed fields of Donington. However for the extreme, precise nature of Bloodstock is comparable to the more well rounded nature of Download. Perhaps not booking the likes of Aerosmith et al, instead Bloodstock is the perfect platform to truly elevate its bands to an untouchable level.
Now this will be a brutal show!
Following an announcement from their social media page earlier this morning Bloodstock have revealed their first wave of bands for 2017.
The Vikings have formally added a drummer to their ranks.
Earlier this year Amon Amarth released their killer new album Jomsviking. Prior to its release the band went all over Europe performing in intimate venues for the records release party. Filming various different gigs consisting of London, San Diego, Tilburg, Berlin and Hellfest the band got up close and personal with their fans for the video of “Raise Your Horns“.
And even the monsters of Behemoth will be joining for a few dates if you are lucky enough to be in some of these cities…
The sense of anticipation seen for England’s Download Festival from its fans is something that many will never truly understand unless you were there to witness it first hand. The master of the “you just had to be there” quote. Formerly the host to the gargantuan Monsters of Rock has since become hallowed ground in the realm of the Metal world. Barricading ourselves away from the modern world for yet another three days Download 2016 might not have had the kindest of weather but with a spirit as tenacious as that of a Metal head it’s no matter. Across three days varying with four stages we were treated to some of the pedigree acts of both the modern and timeless classics creating a beautiful tapestry of classic influences to the likes of the forward thinking band’s leading the charge on modern Metal. Welcome to Download 2016.
With support coming from Testament and Grand Magus.
2016 certainly has thrown down the gauntlet in terms of Metal releases. Despite us only just coming into the month of June so far we have had some absolutely astounding releases. From comebacks to phenomenal debuts, expansive work to avant garde madness this is a list chronicling just some of the newest releases this year. Today we will be looking at some of the releases from the first third of the year and boy are there some truly top additions.
Having just released their brand new album Jomsviking, Amon Amarth have stated their claim to being one of the solid Death Metal bands out there. Known for the solidified reputation, twenty plus year in the industry can sometimes take its creative toll. Not only that but having the added problem of their now departed drummer the band are strangely, stronger than ever. Now on their tenth album the band decide to explore their most creative side yet. As the band’s foray into the unknown, Jomsviking is the bands first attempt at a concept album. Just days before the album’s release we were lucky enough to not only catch the band at their Underworld intimate performance but to be able to share a mead or two with the bands bassist and founding member Ted Lundstrom.
There are bands out there that truly separate the men from the boys. Known for their overtly manly personas Amon Amarth are truly a sight to behold. Having begun their quest for Valhalla in 1992, twenty six years on they would be forgiven perhaps for running out of steam. Yet with their brand new and incredible album Jomsviking imminently released the band are anything but. Returning to their humble beginnings to the cavernous venue that once greeted them before excelling beyond their wildest imaginations.
He’ll be with the band for all upcoming tours and then some…but who is it?