Pioneering in their sound Akercocke are a band like no other. Combining elements from all of the dark arts of the extreme music world, the band made their comeback last year in August at the heralded Bloodstock Festival. Join us as we return to the Catton Park to speak to both drummer David Gray and guitarist come vocalist Jason Mendoca about what their performance was like returning and what we can expect from their new album Renaissance In Extremis later this year, we hope! The monkey has well and truly been let out of the cage.
Adding to the ever growing line up, Bloodstock have announced three more bands that will be joining the fray today.
Combining both the fictional with the scientific has been the staple of the make up of some of our best fiction. Used perhaps as a means of escape from the mundane routine of daily life, there is a certain quality that attracts people to the idea of Sci-Fi. Not wanting to remain solely in the medium of film, Metal in particular has welcomed this subgenre with open arms. Releasing their brand new album Terminal Redux this May, Vektor are among the very select few who have mastered not only the art of the synthesis of a hugely charged concept with some of the most inspired music that will take you on a journey like no other this year. Performing at this year’s Bloodstock Festival we were able to speak with singer and guitarist David DiSanto to show us his wonderful world of Cygnus.
Swamps, The Polish and Mexicans!
Power Metal as a genre is a fickle mistress. Having two different camps there are varying levels of seriousness taken when you’re singing about wizards fighting dragons. Taking the more tongue in cheek aspect of Power Metal and well and truly running with it, Gloryhammer are no doubt onto something. As we hand you back over to the hazy summer memories, now but a long forgotten memory in the cold times of winter we look back to the absolute gentleman that were Paul Templing and Ben Turk as they talk us through the Gloryhammer ethos and their allegiance to the Power Metal genre.
Following an announcement from their social media page earlier this morning Bloodstock have revealed their first wave of bands for 2017.
Performing their second ever show at Bloodstock’s Jagermeister Stage there is certainly something to take note of with The Heretic Order. Returning back to this year’s Bloodstock with ever more ambitious plans the band performed on the infamous Sophie Lancaster stage. Prior to their performance however we were able to catch up with guitarist and fellow Blues enthusiast (though you wouldn’t know it from his stage name) Count Marcel La Vey on all things The Heretic Order and the bands plans for the future, including a brand new record!
Studious in the idea of speed Dragonforce are renown for being one of the quickest bands out there. Following on from the release of their brand new Best Of Killer Elite, the band are touring the world over. Making a pit stop at Bloodstock Open Air this year we were able to catch up with guitarist and musical virtuoso Herman Li. Speaking about the man’s influences behind the guitar, how the band came up with “Fury Of The Storm” and most importantly the recording of a brand new album set for a release next year. We delve into the world where dragons do indeed dwell.
As the old adage goes, expect the unexpected. That seems to be sentiment that Diamond Head are running with. Setting into the studio with their brand new vocalist Rasmus Bom Andersen the band wanted to go in the typical British style, low kee, record an album and that perhaps be the end of it. What happened was something the band hadn’t quite envisioned. Leading to a headline appearance at Bloodstock and many other plans in the pipeline we were ablet to speak to the drum power house and allround lovely bloke Karl Wilcox about the surprise that has been Diamond Head’s brand new album.
Sound has always been a fickle mistress in the realm of Metal. At once praised for its clean tonalities the more modern production styles are often slightly too clean, too devoid of grit. Understanding the ways of the Old School bands are slowly but surely moving back to the likes of analogue where things were a lot simpler. Not having room for retracting and layering the analogue truly separates the men from the boys. Headlining the Sophie Lancaster Stage this year at Bloodstock 2016 we were lucky enough to speak to Sammy Duet the man behind the wall of chainsaws that is Goatwhore’s sound. Speaking in depth ant the new album, when it can be expected and where it will be recorded we got the full low down all things Goatwhore.
After the absolutely phenomenal first day’s proceedings the bar was set incredibly high for Saturday. As the crowd thankfully weren’t needed to evacuate their slowly sinking tents owing to the constant beam of beautiful sunshine, save for that terrifying moment when we all woke up and heard rain, the ground had stayed firm. Walking / stumbling / running into the main stage area we were greeted with the roar of approval brought forth from the English take on Death ‘n’ Roll that is Vallenfyre.
Often seen as a throwaway word, community is something that is felt throughout each genre of music. However none is more in a sense of unity than that of Metal. Beginning as a small family run festival Bloodstock has fast become one of the premier Metal festivals in the UK. Showcasing band’s from all different genre specifics, from the moody Norwegian stylings of Black Metal to the bloodsoaked entrails of Death Metal. Banding together once again this August for three more days of Metal bliss we were kindly enough invited back to the UK’s premier extreme Metal festival. Complete with good ol Bloodstock Jesus, crowd favourite Darth Vader and enough fire to ignite hell itself, this is our account of Bloodstock 2016.