Bloodstock07 2007-10-24 10:13:33
The Bloodstock team are pleased to announce that Norwegian progressive power metallers COMMUNIC have been added to the bill for Bloodstock Open Air 2008.
Communic were founded in March 2003 by ex-Scariot members guitarist/vocalist Oddleif Stensland and drummer Tor Atle Andersen who soon added bassist Erik Mortensen to their ranks. In July 2004, the band inked a deal with Nuclear Blast records and in September entered the studio with producer Jacob Hansen to record their debut album Conspiracy In Mind which was released on February 21st 2005. The album received rave reviews including Album Of The Month in Germany s Rock Hard and Heavy Oder Was magazines. A successful European tour helped expand their fan base and gained them further positive reviews.
In early 2006 they once again worked with Jacob Hansen on Waves Of Visual Decay , an album which saw them up the ante in both song-writing and performance and earned them the best reviews of their brief career thus far. Four Ks in Kerrang! and no less than nine Album Of The Month slots were just a handful of the accolades handed down. Among fans and critics alike, Communic have been hailed as one of the brightest hopes for taking metal forward into the future. Intelligent, aggressive, melodic and challenging: dark progressive metal has a new rising star.
COMMUNIC – Pushing The Boundaries – BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR 2008.
Click the link below to view the COMMUNIC Bloodstock Festival Band Profile page .
Bloodstock07 2007-11-05 10:23:04
The Bloodstock team are pleased to announce that rising British thrashers EVILE have been added to the bill for BOA 2008.
Hailing from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, Evile are at the forefront of a grassroots thrash metal revival currently sweeping the UK underground. Influenced by the likes of Metallica, Slayer, Sepultura, Exodus and Annihilator amongst others, Evile are taking the sound of classic thrash to a new generation. No politics, no post-modernism, just good old-fashioned neck-snapping riffs.
Despite their tender years, the band have already issued two self-financed EPs, gigged extensively around the UK and beyond, and in October 2006 signed with Earache Records for the release of their debut album Enter The Grave . Produced by Flemming Rasmussen – the man behind the recording of Metallica s Ride The Lightning and Master Of Puppets albums – Enter The Grave has earned a string of rave reviews including glowing praise from Terrorizer, Kerrang!, Metal Hammer and Rocksound. The band have also picked up support slots with major names such as Exodus and Machine Head and have a hectic live schedule lined up for the immediate future.
Despite being un-signed at the time, Evile were hand-picked to headline the second stage of BOA 2006 and their return to the festival promises to be a thrash attack to remember.
Click the link below to view the EVILE Bloodstock Festival Band Profile page .
EVILE Thrash Or Be Thrashed – BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR METAL FESTIVAL 2008.
Bloodstock07 2007-11-12 10:05:52
The Bloodstock team are delighted to announce that Swedish progressive death metal maestros OPETH have been added to the bill for Bloodstock Open Air 2008.
Lead by vocalist/guitarist Mikael kerfeldt, Opeth have become synonymous with fearless experimentation, memorable song writing and stellar musicianship which has seen them rise from the Scandinavian underground to become one of the most unique rock/metal bands of the last decade.
Opeth were formed in Stockholm in 1990 and spent several years developing their sound and solidifying a line-up before releasing their debut album Orchid on Candlelight Records in 1995. Morningrise followed in 96 along with their first major tour supporting Cradle Of Filth. 1998’s concept album My Arms, Your Hearse featured slightly more compact songs and a darker tone, but it was with 1999 s Still Life for their new label Peaceville that they began making waves with the mainstream metal media. Moving to Music For Nations in 2001 for the release of Blackwater Park finally signalled their critical and commercial breakthrough and the album is still regarded by many observers as a landmark in their career.
Never a band to rest on their laurels, Opeth recorded their next two albums simultaneously. Deliverance released in 2002 cracked the Billboard Top 100 album chart and further extended the band s exploration of and experimentation with their signature progressive death metal sound. Damnation released in 2003 abandoned death metal in favour of a traditional 1970 s progressive rock feel.
Their most recent album, 2005 s Ghost Reveries , saw the band combine elements from many of their previous works and again met with widespread critical acclaim.
The band have just issued a live album entitled The Roundhouse Tapes and have been announced as support for Dream Theater on their 2008 North American tour.
Opeth s performance at Bloodstock Open Air Metal Festival promises to be an unforgettable highlight of the weekend.
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OPETH The Dark Side Of The Moog – BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR 2008.
Bloodstock07 2007-11-20 17:11:05
The Bloodstock team are pleased to announce that Swiss death/folk metallers ELUVEITIE have been added to the bill for Bloodstock Open Airs 2008.
The band were formed by Chrigel Glanzmann in 2002 as a studio-project and recorded their first EP V n the following year. In 2004, Eluveitie signed to Dutch label Fear Dark Records who issued a re-mastered and partly re-recorded version of V n , which the band promoted through gigs with outfits such as Cruachan, Korpiklaani and Skyforger. In late 2005, they entered the studio to lay down their first full-length album Spirit , also for Fear Dark Records. Released in 2006, the album represented a big step forward for the band and helped them to land a deal with Nuclear Blast records for the release of their next album Slania which is expected on February 15th, 2008.
Blending the atmospheres and themes of Pagan metal with modern melodic death metal, Eluveitie look set to take their place among the pantheon of Pagan metal s elite.
Click the link below to view the ELUVEITIE Bloodstock Festival Band Profile page .
ELUVEITIE Folking Heavy BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR 2008.
Bloodstock07 2007-11-26 10:02:16
As the dark days of winter draw in, there ll be no time for hiding away or hibernation for the Bloodstock team as we continue to assemble what promises to be the festival s best ever line-up. Already for BOA 2008 we ve confirmed legendary outfits Opeth, Dimmu Borgir, Primal Fear and the recently reformed At The Gates alongside newer talent in the shape of Moonsorrow, Swallow The Sun, Communic, Evile and Eluveitie. If that lot has whetted your appetite, let s just say that we have many further exciting announcements coming your way in the next few weeks that ll have you polishing your tent pegs in furious anticipation of August 15th
The new Rock Society memberships which were launched on October 31st have been selling fast, so for those of you still thinking about it , now is the time to get over to Bloodstock Store and sign up fast as there are just 150 available!
For just 20 a year, Rock Society members receive:
1. Laminated Rock Society pass with your name and number on it.
2. 10% discount on all Bloodstock merchandise and tickets purchased online. (Discount applies until 15th December 2007).
3. 10% Discount on all Bloodstock merchandise purchased at the festival. You ll need to bring your Rock Society pass with you to claim your discount.
4. Backstage tours at Bloodstock 2008.
5. Your name on the `Thank you` page in the official Bloodstock programme.
6. Early priority entry to the festival signing area.
7. Option to renew a week before anyone else.
8. Access to the Bloodstock Rock Society forum where you can chat with new members like yourself as well as our lifetime members who have supported Bloodstock since the beginning.
Official Rock Society passes will be sent out by post within ten days of purchase and you ll need to bring these with you when attending Bloodstock 2008.
BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR 2008 TICKETS
Tickets for Bloodstock Open Air 2008 are currently on sale and you still have until December 15th to take advantage of our massive pre-Christmas discount which holds tickets at just 61 each. Tickets purchased after this date will be priced at 85, so early bird buyers will save a massive 24!
Bloodstock tickets make great Christmas presents too!
Bloodstock07 2007-12-07 10:41:32
The Bloodstock team are pleased to announce that Swedish melodic death metallers SOILWORK have been confirmed for BOA 2008.
Along with fellow countrymen At The Gates, In Flames, Arch Enemy, Dark Tranquillity and The Haunted, Soilwork have earned a formidable reputation for taking the aggressive sound of 1990 s Swedish metal around the world and bravely forward into the new millennium. Forget the latest half-baked metalcore trend-hoppers – Soilwork did it first and did it better.
Formed in 1995 as Inferior Breed, the band switched to the name Soilwork (not a gardening reference but rather to working their way up from the ground!) the following year and cut their first demo In Dreams We Fall Into The Eternal Lake in 1997. Their debut album Steelbath Suicide was released in 1998 and caused a major stir within the underground. 2000 s follow up The Chainheart Machine won them a deal with Nuclear Blast records for whom they recorded their breakthrough album A Predator’s Portrait which catapulted the band to the forefront of the melodic death metal scene.
The band worked with Strapping Young Lad mainman Devin Townsend on the recording of their next album, 2002 s Natural Born Chaos ; another notable success which saw them mount their first American tour. Figure Number Five soon followed and the band supported it with their biggest bout of touring to date, including dates with many newer bands drawing influence from the Swedish sound including Killswitch Engage, Chimaira, Unearth, As I Lay Dying and Bleeding Through. 2005 s Stabbing The Drama continued their phenomenal run as the band cracked the US independent charts with their most successful record and secured a slot on Ozzfest s second stage. The band s latest offering Sworn To A Great Divide emerged in October and sees them striving as hard as ever to push modern metal to the next level.
Click the Link below to view the SOILWORK Bloodstock Festival Band Profile page .
SOILWORK Swedish Necrotica BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR 2008.
Bloodstock07 2008-01-27 19:23:05
The Bloodstock team are pleased to announce that Scandinavian melodic metallers SAINT DEAMON have been added to the bill for Bloodstock Open Air 2008.
The band were formed in 2006 by ex-Dionysus drummer Ronny Milianowicz who subsequently recruited fellow Dionysus member Nobby Noberg on bass, guitarist Toya Johansson and former Highland Glory/Wild W**** s Gang frontman Jan Thore Grefstad on vocals. With the line-up complete, the band began work on their debut album In Shadows Lost From The Brave which was produced by Jens Bogren (Symphony X, HammerFall) and has just been released on Frontiers Records.
Although new to the scene, members of the band have a host of song writing credits to their name including Ronny who has co-written with both Primal Fear and Cans, and Toya who s worked with Sinner and Ride The Sky. Their wealth of experience has been put to good use on In Shadows Lost From The Brave which combines classy melodic hard rock with touches of power metal and is already receiving great reviews.
Click the Link below to View the SAINT DEAMON Bloodstock Profile Page .
SAINT DEAMON Out Of The Shadows – BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR 2008.
Bloodstock07 2008-02-17 18:05:18
The Bloodstock team are pleased to announce that German melodic metallers MOB RULES have been added to the bill for Bloodstock Open Air 2008.
Formed in 1994 by vocalist Klaus Dirks, guitarist Matthias Mineur, bassist Thorsten Plorin and drummer Arved Manott, Mob Rules issued their first demo in 1996 with the addition of second guitarist Oliver Fuhlhage and after a series of well-received gigs, secured a deal with Limb Music for the release of their 1999 debut album Savage Land . After an appearance at the prestigious Wacken Open Air festival in 2000 and dates with the Scorpions and Overkill, the band released follow-up album Temple Of Two Suns which was backed-up by extensive touring. A return to Wacken in 2002 preceded third album Hollowed Be Thy Name which saw them tour with both Helloween and Rage. Among The Gods emerged in 2004 through SPV before the band took a short break from recording and released a live DVD Signs Of The Time in 2005. This period also saw the departure of Plorin and Fuhlhage who were replaced by Markus Brinkmann and Sven L dke respectively. A new studio album Ethnolution A.D. appeared in late 2006, after which the band hit the road with UFO. Numerous gigs and festival appearances later, the band are currently working on their sixth full-length album which is expected just in time for their debut Bloodstock appearance.
Click the Link Below to View the MOB RULES Bloodstock Profile Page .
MOB RULES Fuel To The Fire – BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR 2008.
Bloodstock07 2008-02-20 19:10:56
ICED EARTH EXCLUSIVE UK SHOW AT BLOODSTOCK FOR 2008
The Bloodstock team are delighted to announce that US metal titans ICED EARTH have been added to the bill for Bloodstock Open Air 2008.
Formed in the early 80s as Purgatory by rhythm guitarist and songwriter Jon Schaffer, the band eventually became Iced Earth following Schaffer s relocation from Indiana to Florida. Combining traditional heavy metal with elements of thrash and power metal, their first demo Enter The Realm secured a deal with Century Media Records who issued the band s self-titled debut album in 1991. Vocalist Gene Adam was replaced by John Greely for the follow-up Night Of The Stormrider which emerged the following year, although Greely himself would soon make way for long-time frontman Matt Barlow who began his tenure with 1995 s Burnt Offerings , an album which saw Iced Earth take a huge leap forward and solidified their characteristic sound. The subsequent albums The Dark Saga and breakthrough effort Something Wicked This Way Comes established the band at the forefront of the scene just as metal began to assert its presence once more in the wake of the grunge boom. A live album Alive In Athens heralded Barlow s departure to be replaced by former Judas Priest vocalist Tim Ripper Owens who had himself left Priest to make way for the return of Rob Halford. Owens debuted on 2004 s The Glorious Burden , laying down some of the best work of his career and also appeared on last year s Framing Armageddon , a continuation of themes first explored on Something Wicked This Way Comes .
Never one to fight shy of controversy, in December 2007 Schaffer announced the return of Matt Barlow, a move which proved popular with many fans who had never fully embraced the undeniably talented Owens. The band are currently working on a new album tentatively titled Revelation Abomination and preparing for their first live shows of 2008.
Click the Link Below to View the ICED EARTH Bloodstock bands profile page .
ICED EARTH Burning Times – BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR 2008.
Bloodstock07 2008-03-04 18:37:48
are YOU the GUITAR HERO 3 CHAMPION of 2008?
If so, you’ve just got to compete for the title of….
“Bloodstock Open Air Festival 2008 – Guitar Hero 3”
Ok ..this is your big chance to show the world that Guitar Hero 3 and all that axe wielding talent you have wasn t just for Christmas. If you re the next legend just waiting to be discovered and idolised and can answer yes to the following questions then do not hesitate to let us guide you along the path of guitar glory.
Ever wanted to show what you can do with your guitar?
Are you an expert exponent of Guitar Hero 3?
Got what it takes to win a regional heat and earn your place at the final, taking place at the UK s biggest Metal Festival?
Think you can be the overall winner and play in front of a crowd of thousands with a real band behind you?
For all budding lead guitarists who just know that they fully deserve the ultimate Rock God prize, a ridiculous bag of related goodies and products PLUS VIP Festival tickets, then this is the competition for you.
Bloodstock Open Air Festivals has joined forces with GUITAR HERO 3 to bring you an unbelievable opportunity to compete for this annual Title and Prize. We already have several hosts lined up to work with us as we put on the mother of all shows at dedicated Guitar Hero 3 events around the country. If your Rock Society, Student Union, Club or venue wants a piece of the action, please get them to contact us at the numbers below .
All bases are covered with official GH3 products and equipment provided at Heats held at locations across the UK in May/ June 2008 as we search for our first Guitar Heroes. We ve got Ticketing partner tixmob on board who provide a revolutionary, electronic, convenient and green method to enter with a unique ticket reference number purchased via mobile phone. So all we need now is YOU!
Any enthusiastic venues that want to play host to GUITAR HERO 3 in partnership with Bloodstock Festivals should make contact as soon as possible.
From 2 April you can enter the competition and get all the vital details, terms and conditions on http://www.bloodstock.uk.com
For more information
Competition and Venue Details : Jason 07891 399 672 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Media Enquiries : Clive 07882 352 742 or email@example.com
For Full Festival news and performer details, please log onto http://www.bloodstock.uk.com
Bloodstock07 2008-03-07 18:38:53
NIGHTWISH CONFIRMED FOR BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR 2008 !
ONLY UK FESTIVAL APPEARANCE FOR 2008 !!
The Bloodstock team are delighted to announce that Finnish symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH have been confirmed for BOA 2008. Along with fellow headliners Dimmu Borgir and Opeth, the addition of Nightwish is set to help make BOA 2008 the best Bloodstock yet.
From humble beginnings in 1996, Nightwish rapidly rose to prominence and were instrumental in driving the burgeoning popularity of symphonic and gothic metal. Their debut album Angels Fall First was an instant success, and was soon followed by Oceanborn in 1999 and Wishmaster in 2000, which went straight to the top of the Finnish album charts. An EP Over The Hills And Far Away issued in 2001 bridged the gap to the next album Century Child , which appeared in 2002 and went gold in Finland within two hours of its release. Extensive touring followed including their first appearance in the UK at Bloodstock Indoor in 2003 as the band continued to build their fanbase and rack up impressive sales.
Their increasing international profile led to tensions within the ranks and the recording of 2004 s landmark Once album was mentally and physically draining. It was, however, a huge success, selling a million copies, and the ensuing world tour including their debut trek around the USA – continued right through til the end of 2005. After the final show, singer Tarja Turunen was fired from the band and many feared that the Nightwish fairytale had come to an abrupt end. The rest of the band had other ideas and auditions to find a suitable replacement were carried out in late 2006. Finally, in May 2007, Swedish vocalist Anette Olzon was announced as the new singer for Nightwish, and the band released their latest album Dark Passion Play in September.
Far from being the end of the line, the band s troubled times have given them a new lease of life. Dark Passion Play is a worldwide hit and the positive live reviews have already begun to pour in. Female-fronted symphonic metal may now be an entire genre in itself, but nothing beats the original.
Click the Link Below to View the NIGHTWISH Bloodstock Band Profile page .
NIGHTWISH Power And Passion BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR 2008.
Bloodstock07 2008-03-10 14:28:57
The Bloodstock team are pleased to announce that Scottish folk/power metallers ALESTORM have been added to the bill for BOA 2008.
Alestorm were formed in Perth in 2004 as a two-piece under the name Battleheart playing self-styled True Scottish Pirate Metal . After releasing an eponymous EP in 2006, they expanded their line-up in order to play live and subsequently issued a second EP Terror on the High Seas as a full band later the same year. Increased interest in the band led to a deal with Napalm Records in 2007 and a name change to Alestorm. Their debut album Captain Morgan s Revenge appeared in January this year and was supported by extensive touring including dates with Turisas and appearances at various European festivals.
Click the Link below to view the ALESTORM Bloodstock Band Profile page .
ALESTORM Wenches & Mead BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR 2008.
Bloodstock07 2008-05-14 09:32:40
The Bloodstock team are pleased to announce that London black/death metal outfit AKERCOCKE have been added to the bill for Bloodstock Open Air 2008.
Akercocke were formed in 1997 by vocalist/guitarist Jason Mendonca and drummer David Gray who completed the line-up with the addition of guitarist Paul Scanlan and bassist Peter Theobalds. Their debut album Rape of the B****** Nazarene emerged in 1999 on the band s own Goat of Mendes label and its subsequent success secured a deal with legendary UK label Peaceville, who issued a follow-up The Goat of Mendes in 2001. The band switched to Earache Records for their next album, 2003 s Choronzon , an adventurous release which saw them move further from their black metal roots into more progressive death metal territory. Having replaced Paul Scanlan with Matt Wilcock, formerly of Australian death metallers The Berzerker, Akercocke continued their musical development with the well-received Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone , which emerged in 2005. Peter Theobalds quit the band to be replaced by Peter Benjamin in early 2007, prior to the release of their most recent album Antichrist which generated even more controversy than usual, with the band s US label refusing to print the satanic CD booklet and religious groups in Northern Ireland up in arms over Akercocke s plans for live dates in the Province and an outspoken appearance on a local BBC television talk show.
The band are currently preparing for two UK live dates in early June before unleashing their ferocious aural assault on Bloodstock Open Air.
Click the Link Below to view the AKERCOCKE Bloodstock Band Profile Page .
AKERCOCKE Summoning the Antichrist BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR 2008.
Bloodstock07 2008-05-21 06:55:22
Bloodstock team are pleased to announce that German thrash legends DESTRUCTION have been added to the bill for Bloodstock Open Air 2008.
Destruction were formed in 1982 with a line-up of vocalist/bassist Marcel Schmier Schirmer, guitarist Mike Sifringer and drummer Tommy Sandmann. Their first demo B****** Invasion of H*** appeared in 1984 and led to a deal with Steamhammer Records who issued the mini album Sentence of Death later the same year. Despite its roughshod production, the record helped the band become an underground phenomenon and their debut full-length Infernal Overkill was released in 1985 and saw them tour with Slayer amongst others. 86 saw the release of what many consider to be the band s best album Eternal Devastation which received widespread praise and allowed them to capitalise on the booming thrash scene, tour extensively and pick up many new fans along the way. 1987 s Mad Butcher EP was a welcome stop-gap between albums and paved the way for the slightly more adventurous but no less aggressive Release From Agony which was issued in 88. Tensions within the band led to Schmier s departure before the recording of 1990 s Cracked Brain , which was poorly received and heralded a period of instability for the band which led to a long hiatus.
Various remaining members of Destruction toiled on throughout the early 90s but it wasn t until 1999 and the announcement that Schmier and guitarist Mike would re-unite their partnership with Sven Vormann coming in on drums that the band would return to success. Their comeback album All H*** Breaks Loose was released by Nuclear Blast in 2000 to excellent reviews, and was followed by extensive touring and two further albums The Antichrist in 2001 and 2003 s Metal Discharge before they signed with AFM Records for Inventor of Evil in 2005. The band s most recent album Thrash Anthems saw them re-record a selection of their early tracks, and they toured successfully in support of it performing a largely old-school set. A brand new studio album D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N. is expected in August.
With conviction and without compromise, Destruction have rightly assumed the mantle of one of thrash metal s greatest ever bands. Bloodstock get ready: Lucifer s legions of death are ready for attack. They ve got only one aim. Total destruction!
Click theLink below to view the DESTRUCTION Bloodstock Band profile Page .
DESTRUCTION The Butcher Strikes Back – BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR 2008.
Bloodstock07 2008-07-10 07:06:00
A very limited number of Bloodstock day tickets went on sale on 2nd July due to huge demand from you guys and we are over the moon to confirm that our media partners Metal Hammer who had a allocation of 400 tickets for their dedicated readers have now SOLD OUT. The overall allocation of day tickets we put on sale through the Bloodstock store are being purchased at record speed .. and we don t expect to have any left at this rate by middle of July. So please don t shout that we told you so . catch yourself a bargain before they all go. Day tickets are priced at just 45. Full weekend tickets with camping are just 85.
This years festival has already been tipped to be THE metal festival of 2008 not to be missed. The campsite opens Thursday at 12 noon to allow you to travel and set up camp in plenty of time for when the festivities begin This year the Guitar Hero 3 Beer Tent and Lava Stage will be situated within the campsite and all the fun will commence on Thursday evening – Here you will enjoy all the revelry of Metal Karaoke, a couple of surprise bands to warm you up for the weekends metal onslaught and the infamous 4 DJ s of the Apocolypse all until the early hours. To follow on from this – Friday, Saturday and Sunday will see the main stage treat you to the most quality metal line up of 2008 . And that s a promise !!
We have the cream of the UK unsigned metal acts in the Scuzz Underground Tent ready to shock your senses, and for those of you who just want to catapult yourselves into space we also this year have a variety of fairground rides, plus Guitar hero Champion competition madness and much more With less than 6 weeks to go what are you waiting for … limited day tickets are on sale through our secure online shop http://www.bloodstock.uk.com and selected HMV stores – weekend tickets are also on sale through the bloodstock store as sell as SEE tickets, ticketwebb, Piccadilly, Gigantic, Ticket Factory and Last minute or call the 24 hour ticket hotline: 0871 2200260
Band line up:
Friday: OPETH, HELLOWEEN, SOULFLY, PRIMAL FEAR, DESTRUCTION, AKERCOCKE, TYR, PRAYING MANTIS, EVILE, SAINT DEAMON,
Saturday: DIMMU BORGIR, ICEED EARTH, SOILWORK, NAPLAM DEATH, MOONSORROW, COMMUNIC, SWALLOW THE SUN, ELUVEITIE, MOB RULES, CLOUDSCAPE
Sunday: NIGHTWISH, AT THE GATES, OVERKILL, AS I LAY DYING, KATAKLYSM, GRAND MAGUS, ALESTORM, CROWNING GLORY, HEAVENS BASEMENT
BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR
Date 15th 16th 17th August 2008-07-07
Tickets – Full weekend Tickets with camping – 85
Day tickets – 45
Venue: Catton Hall, Walton on Trent, Derbyshire