And so the fabled Bloodstock Open Air Festival is once again upon us, with just over a month to go and buzzing fans planning out their days takings, we at Global Metal Apocalypse thought about giving you all a helping hand with that with a handful of bands we have got our sights on - from the New Blood to the Ronnie James Dio stage, we have got you covered.
Giving each band a unique analysis on the style they play, what feats they've already achieved (some crazier than at first thought) and why you should check them out at Bloodstock, whilst linking you to their latest albums for purchase (for pre-listening and potential band-signing).
Metal is truly global and we are proud to be the forerunners of giving global metal the ultimate exposure, let the Bloodstock apocalypse begin...
1. Jasad & Burgerkill
This is a bit of a cheeky selection, by having two bands who both hail from Indonesia, it's like killing two birds with one stone. Both bands have been tearing down their native Indonesia for the last 2 decades, with Jasad forming around 1990 and Burgerkill in 1995. For the vastness of the scene, the sub-genres that dominate seem to be Thrash Metal and Death Metal, and these two bands are no exception, having recently picked up the Metal Hammer Golden God award for "Metal As Fuck" in 2013, Burgerkill will no doubt bring their gritty style of Indonesian Death Metal and westernized Metalcore. Jasad in contrast go a notch heavier with their own form of Brutal Death Metal and correlates with their band name meaning ('Corpse' in Indonesian; 'Soul' in Malay). Both bands will be performing on the Sophie Lancaster stage on the Saturday.
This is perhaps the first time any Indonesian Metal band has set foot ashore on British soil and so this will mark a hugely historic moment not only for said metal scene, but Bloodstock itself as the festival prides itself in giving international metal a platform to bring the party from the most far flung nations.
Jasad's latest album: "Rebirth of Jatisunda" - get this from Severed Records here
Burgerkill's latest album: "Venomous" - get this from eBay international here
Black Metal vs. Hardcore? We know Deathcore caused a stir when it emerged but can 'Blackcore' avoid that fate? Hexis believe so, and going on the strength of their music video "Tenebris", this eccentric Danish unit have record-label-signing stamped right across their faces. Not much is known about this lot and so the thought of said genre combination making an appearance on the Friday on the Hobgoblin New Blood Stage will surely attract a sizable crowd. Combining Bloodstock with a short UK tour (5th-8th August - Bournemouth, Bristol, Bloodstock & Hull with Oblivionized; except Bloodstock), you would not want to miss this genre-bending bunch.
Hexis' latest album: "Abalam" - limited to a 1000 so be quick to get one from Musicfearsatan here
The Luxembourg Metal scene finally makes its mark on British soul with this Death Metal unit raring to unleash themselves upon the masses. Having made themselves a pedigree on the festival circuit via performances at Wacken Open Air and Metalcamp, they will surely not disappoint this time. Further to their Bloodstock appearance, they will be performing at Sonic Visions on 12th November with a host of other fantastic bands including fellow countrymen Retrace My Fragments of whom we reviewed their latest album. As for Scarred, this will be a historic moment too for the Luxembourg Metal scene, given it's small size. Be sure to make a note in your diary: Scarred @ Bloodstock, Sunday 9th August on the Hobgoblin New Blood Stage.
Scarred's latest album: "Gaia - Medea" - get this from Season of Mist here
4. Dead Label!
We've been championing this Irish trio for a long time now (see our post in 2013 here; and here) and we believed in them, low and behold they play in Japan and return to sharpen themselves for Bloodstock. Oh and Claire Percival used to be our Irish correspondent, small world eh? Having paid attention to this group for a good 2 years now, we are pleased to see them being selected to unleash their infectious Thrash Metal amongst the Bloodstock horde. The trio used to be signed to the now defunct Rising Records, and now are signed to Nuerra Records. Thus they released their debut album through the latter record label and their follow-up album is due soon, you ought to check this Irish group out seeing as they are going places. They will not disappoint you. Confirm this statement on Sunday 9th August on the Sophie Lancaster stage.
Dead Label!'s debut album: "Sense Of Slaughter" - get this from the band here directly.
5. Winter Storm
Another successful partnership, we had the pleasure of featuring this West Midlands Gothic Metal band on our 'Tea, Crumpets & English Metal' compilation in aid of raising funds for the Animal Health Trust (https://globalmetalapocalypse.bandcamp.com/track/worcestershire-winter-storm-dark-awakening) and now they are set to play Bloodstock. So we can assure festival goers that if they check this band out, they will be truly treated to. Bringing an icy blast from their native Kidderminster, this female-fronted quintet will ensure the Bloodstock grounds turn into a huge ice rink for all moshers to freeze at the sheer force this band musters. We dare you to prove us wrong by checking the band out on Friday 7th August at the Jagermeister Stage; perhaps their serving the ice for the Jager shots?
Winter Storm's latest album: "Within The Frozen Design" - get this from the band here directly.
6. Within Temptation
Of course we could not exclude perhaps the most exciting headliner this time round, for one reason only. Xzibit. Come on, when WT released the song 'And We Run' it garnered so much attention, positive and negative, it positioned itself as probably the most controversial song ever done by the Dutch symphonic veterans. Speaking of Dutch bands, do check out Delain who will be playing the headline slot on Friday on the Sophie Lancaster Stage. This is a real treat for two reasons, one there seems to be a healthy aroma of Gothic Metal going about this year and also this is a UK exclusive, which means that this is the only show they will be playing in the UK this year, oh do we hope they've managed to sneak Xzibit in, that will be one historic moment not only for metal music, but for Bloodstock Festival... in da hood brutha. Be entranced by the Dutch veterans on Saturday 8th August as they tear down the Ronnie James Dio stage.
Within Temptation's latest album: "Hydra" - get this from Amazon UK here
Now let the metal do the talking and watch out for more coverage from the GMA team as we lead up to the UK's best ever metal festival.
Dutch Black Metal warlords Carach Angren release new song from their forthcoming as-of-yet-untitled album
Carach Angren are unveiling the first new song taken from their as-of-yet-untitled forthcoming new album, which has a tentative release date of early 2015. The Dutch Black metallers have chosen the track "There Is No Place Like Home'" to serve as an appetiser for their forthcoming full-length and the following official media partners for the exclusive streaming:
Kronos Mortus (HU)
Metal Wani (IN)
Marunouchi Muzik (JP)
Lords of Metal (NL)
The band share their thoughts on the unveiling and are "proud to present to fans the opening track of our upcoming album", they go on to say that the track will offer a hint to what the album's story is all about, adding "it is definitely not for the faint hearted"
"There Is No Place Like Home" was recorded by Patrick Damiani and Carach Angren during June 2014. Both the song and album were mixed by Peter Tägtgren and mastered by Jonas Kjellgren.
Delain have announced three UK headline shows in November following their massive tour with Within Temptation earlier this year.
Charlotte Wessels is ready to return: "UK Delainers, we've had such a great time with you when we joined Within Temptation on tour recently, now we're getting ready to share even more of our new record The Human Contradiction with you during our upcoming headline shows in November. So get ready! We're hugely looking forward to seeing you all there!"
26th - BIRMINGHAM – O2 Academy
27th - MANCHESTER – Club Academy
28th - GLASGOW – Cathouse
Delain recently premiered their brand new video “Stardust” with Metal Hammer. See it here
Dutch symphonic metallers Epica have launched the first episode of their latest studio documentary. The documentary gives a behind the scenes look at the recording process of the band's sixth studio album, The Quantum Enigma. It also previews the first music from the upcoming album. Check out the clip over on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel.
The band recorded "The Quantum Enigma" together with upcoming producer Joost van den Broek at the Sandlane Recording Facilities in the Netherlands. The album has been mixed by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Hatesphere).
Where the 2013 Retrospect performance reflected on a decade as one of the leading bands in the symphonic metal scene, the upcoming sixth studio album "The Quantum Enigma" marks the beginning of a new Epica: modern, heavy and without compromises.
Guitar player Isaac Delahaye had this to say:
"The whole process of writing and recording TQE was extremely refreshing for us. Instead of preparing the album in our home studios separately, we rehearsed the songs together in the studio. Just like any other band, you could say, but as Epica is located in 3 different countries this is a little more complicated for us. The direct interaction between us has certainly lifted up the quality of the songs, as no detail was left unspoken. Definitely worth taking some time off from touring! As far as songwriting goes, the main focus was groove and melody."
"The Quantum Enigma" will be released on May 2nd (Europe), May 5th (UK) and May 13th (USA) through Nuclear Blast.
With the official North American release of their new full-length, "Obsideo", nearly two weeks away, today the miscreants at MetalSucks offer up a premiere of "Aura Negative" from Dutch progressive metal extremists, Pestilence.
Produced by vocalist / guitarist Patrick Mameli, "Obsideo", which means "to besiege," is the band's inaugural recording for Candlelight Records and first new material from the four-piece since 2011. "Obsideo" boasts Mameli and his innovative guitar work. Utilizing eight-string guitars for the album's recording, the celebrated musician expands his already massive arsenal of riffs. Together with long-time guitarist Patrick Uterwijk, Mameli, bassist George Maier and drummer Dave Haley deliver a scorching, genre-defying effort.
"Obsideo is one of the catchiest death metal albums to come along recently," and, "a good return to form for one of the genre's pioneers," :- Apeshit
"New drummer David Haly (Blood Duster, Psycroptic) is a Godsend and throws down a whirlwind of dynamic fills and rolls while laying waste to his kit in service of these hyper-kinetic nuggets of mayhem. I found my ears locking into to what the drums were doing way more than usual, and with so much else going on, that's a testament to his performance." :- AngryMetalGuy
"Obsideo has smoothly combined both sides of the Pestilence sound, old and new, and the resulting merger sounds pretty damn good." :- Adds Metal Reviews
Scorch your ear holes with "Aura Negative," courtesy of MetalSucks at THIS LOCATION.
"Obsideo" will be released in North America via Candlelight Records on November 11th.
Legion Of The Damned finally reveals the album cover of the upcoming album entitled "Ravenous Plague" set to be released in the UK on the 23rd of December 2013.
The cover was painted by mastermind Wes Bensecoter (Kreator). Stay tuned for more details about this upcoming Thrash Metal masterpiece.
AntropomorphiA have just shot a video for the new song 'Psuchagogia' last week in Leizpig, Germany. The clip was directed by renowned video producer Maurice Swinkels.
Comments AntropomorphiA singer/guitarist Ferry Damen: "We talked about recording a video for 'Psuchagögia' a few months ago and decided to bring in Maurice Swinkels from Younique Film for the visual awakening of this track. I told Maurice some of the ideas I had regarding the 'storyline' and he came up with a great location in the eastern part of Germany, which turned out to be perfect for documenting this somewhat disturbingly and dark tale. We shot the video on September 8th and during the shoot we seriously got beneath the horrid surface of the tale we wanted to tell. It's our first ever video and I can say that we are thrilled about the way it turned out!"
The video will be launched before album release in October. Surf over now to www.metalblade.com/antropomorphia to listen to the video song Psuchagogia, to check out the shocking artwork and the pre-order links.
AntropomorphiA's 'Evangelivm Nekromantia' will be released October 19th / 22nd via Metal Blade Records in Europe, as well as the 22nd in North American, on CD and LP (Europe only)!
Comments AntropomorphiA on 'Evangelivm Nekromantia':
"We've been working on this conception for almost a year. Dedicated to composing a new sort of disturbing death metal darkness exceeding most of the one-dimensional releases you got to hear most of these days!"
'Evangelivm Nekromantia' track listing:
2. Nekrophilian Mass
3. The Mourned and the Macabre
4. Debauchery in Putrefaction
5. Anointment by Sin
7. Impure Desecration
10. Evangelivm Nekromantia
_Internationally-based Symphonic gothic proggers Stream of Passion have been confirmed to headline the night of Sunday 27th during the Fused Festival 2012 held at Lydney Town Hall, Gloucestershire from 25th to 27th May 2012.
They are joined over the weekend by the likes of Subsignal, Concrete Lake, Leprous, Manticora, Effloresce, Awake, Exoterik, Andromeda, 69 Chambers, Lost In Thought and Order Of Voices.
For more info and tickets: www.fusedfestival.com
'Darker Days' is out now via Napalm Records and can be bought here
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