13 August 2019

BOA -08/08/19- MMH

It’s that time of the year again when 1000’s of roaring metal heads from all over the world join forces to raise their horns and head to Derby Catton Hall for the UK’s heaviest outdoor festival that we all know and love called Bloodstock. Feeling fresh and ready my friends and I made the trek down to the campsite. It’s always a good sign when the weather is dry as it makes setting up a whole lot easier. After last year having a manic queue the organisation at the main entrance was spot on this year. All the staff on the door were fast paced and very welcoming.

Bloodstock Festival has been successfully growing since 2001 and was originally held indoors, holding just 2500 people. Due to the popularity of the Festival selling out each year this was then changed to open air in 2006 and can now hold up to 10,000.

 

 

Thursday is always a great day to arrive, especially for a camper. Once you’ve pitched up your tent you can sit back chill out and soak up the atmosphere with your friends. I like the way Bloodstock name their camps after the realms of Norse mythology, and we set up our tent in Asgard. This is a regular spot for me and my friends as it’s the closest to the entrance and not far to walk from the arena.

Opening the festival, on the Sophie Lancaster Stage, were Doom Sludge lords from Manchester UK, Barbarian Hermit. They kicked off the evening with the sweet sound of southern blues and the dirtiest riffs. Barbarian Hermit were playing tracks off their latest album, Solitude and Savagery, released through APF Records.

Headlining that evening were a band called Rotting Christ from Athens, Greece. The band were playing tracks from their new album that was released in February this year, called The Heretics. My favourite track from this album has got to be “Vetre Zyle ( Ветры злые)”. I always find the duel melodic guitar work in death and black metal go hand in hand and create the most immense sound. When I first heard the album, I was over the moon with guest vocals from Irina Zybina as well.

 

 

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Opening the festival, on the Sophie Lancaster Stage, were Doom Sludge lords from Manchester UK, Barbarian Hermit. They kicked off the evening with the sweet sound of southern blues and the dirtiest riffs. Barbarian Hermit were playing tracks off their latest album, Solitude and Savagery, released through APF Records.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Headlining that evening were a band called Rotting Christ from Athens, Greece. The band were playing tracks from their new album that was released in February this year, called The Heretics. My favourite track from this album has got to be “Vetre Zyle ( Ветры злые)”. I always find the duel melodic guitar work in death and black metal go hand in hand and create the most immense sound. When I first heard the album, I was over the moon with guest vocals from Irina Zybina as well.

This is second time I have seen Rotting Christ play live and they did not disappoint. Taking a new direction in their music, George and Sakis have incorporated heavy industrial riffs but still kept their original melodic duel guitar work. I was mind blown by Sakis Tolis during the performance: the distorted vocals accompanied by orthodox chanting really did set the mood for a dark atmospheric live performance. Themis was keeping the set tight and adding the most insane blast beats, alongside bassist Van. Towards the end of their set Rotting Christ played a track released back in 2002 called “Under The Name Of Legions”. It’s always a good thing when bands mix up their set list with old and new as you can hear the difference with their releases over the years. If you haven’t seen this band please do. They are signed to one of my favourite record labels ‘Season Of Mist’. This was a great headline performance for Bloodstock Festival this year. I have been invited back at a later date to interview Sakis and discuss their new album so keep an eye out for that!

 

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For those who are not familiar with The Sophie Lancaster Foundation. Please check out the links below and support this cause.

 

 

 

The bands may have come to an end but the party did not stop there. A projector came out on the stage, playing music videos of bands that have played previous years at Bloodstock. The DJ kicked off the evening with last year’s headliner: Gojira.