SIX MORE BANDS ANNOUNCED FOR SOPHIE STAGE INCLUDING THIRD SOPHIE HEADLINER
Grindcore Supergroup LOCK UP (featuring members of At The Gates, Ex-Dimmu Borgir, Napalm Death and Brujeria), have announced that they will be appearing on the MAIN STAGE at this years BLOODSTOCK FESTIVAL.
After the tragic death of original guitarist Jesse Pintado (also of Napalm Death and Terrorizer) in 2006, it seemed that LOCK UP were destined to remain an exciting chapter in extreme metal’s history. However, after an incredible reaction in 2009 at an originally planned one off show, with new recruit Anton Reisenegger on guitar duties, all involved decided there was more still to be done. With latest album "Necropolis Transparent" their filthiest piece of work yet, LOCK UP are set to tear BLOODSTOCK’s main stage a new one at this exclusive festival appearance. Says bassplayer Shane Embury:
“LOCK UP are very, very excited to play bloodstock this year, I think this will be my 4th time as a musician and have always had a great show there and a hell of a lot of fun - a home away from home!”
Taiwanese hard rock superstars CHTHONIC have also announced they will join the RONNIE JAMES DIO stage line up on the Saturday. The release of their album ‘Takasago Army’ in 2011 saw them draw more strongly than ever on their Eastern influences, giving true sense to the words ‘Orient Metal’ – the term the band use to describe their hybrid music style.
The SOPHIE LANCASTER STAGE line up continues to grow with a further six bands announced.
French Post-Black Metal outfit ALCEST, are the third headliner to be announced for the Sophie Lancaster Stage, joining ORANGE GOBLIN and ANAAL NATHRAKH. With their unique compositions of music from another world and a ‘KKKKK’ review for their latest album ‘Les Voyages De L’âme’, their creative sound will almost certainly be a highlight for those who witness their set.
"Bloodstock will be our first open air in the UK. We're extremely glad to play such a famous and amazing festival. UK always has been great for Alcest and we just can't wait to be there!"
English Black Metallers, WINTERFYLLETH are currently working on their 3rd album, for a 2012 release on Candlelight Records and will follow up their release with an appearance at Bloodstock.
"Winterfylleth are incredibly proud to have been asked to appear at Bloodstock Open Air once again in 2012. Our somewhat 'last minute' appearance in 2010 was a pivotal point for propelling us forward up to now, and we appreciate the support that grass roots festivals like Bloodstock provide for up and coming bands, such as we were. It is gratifying to play a festival supported by people who care so much about the music we make and we cannot respect that enough. We'd love to see you bring yourselves, your encouraging spirit and your voices to Catton Hall in August and support this great event. See you all in the summer!"
DEMONIC RESSURECTION are one of the most important bands to have come out of the Indian music scene, and after plans to tour the UK collapsed last year, they are happy to announce their appearance on the Sophie Lancaster Stage. It’s been a long and sometimes arduous 10-year journey for the band, but in June 2010 they won the ‘Global Metal’ award at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods, which shows that the journey for Demonic Resurrection, is only just beginning…..
“We were gutted last year when our UK tour got cancelled but we're stoked to be coming to the UK finally and playing the prestigious Bloodstock Festival. We've got a lot of support from our fans in the UK and we can't wait to play for them and hang out and get to know them. The icing on the cake is that we get to watch some of our idols like Dimmu Borgir, Nile and Behemoth at the festival.”
French quintet HEADCHARGER join the already solid line up with their infectious grooves already spreading all over Europe their latest album ‘Slow Motion Disease’ set for release 30th April 2012 via XIII BIS Records.
EASTERN FRONT have also been confirmed to bring their unique sound of ‘War Torn Black Metal’ to the Bloodstock Masses. With their second album currently due for release later this year via Candlelight Records, they will no doubt be showcasing some new material.
''Playing Saturday on the Sophie Lancaster stage is a great honour for us and we can't wait to hit the stage hard and see you all on the front line. The crowds at Bloodstock are true fans of metal and incredible, no wonder then the band line up for 2012 is shaping up to be the best ever!"
And last but not least, ANCIENT ASCENDANT a 4 piece death metal band from Reading/London who are pioneering a fusion of old school principles with modern dynamics and power, are extremely happy to announce their appearance at Catton Hall.
"We are immensely proud to be playing B.O.A not least because it's such an institution but also because we'll be playing alongside some of our favourite bands. For us it's a huge step forward in bringing our vision of death metal to a larger crowd and we are incredibly
excited about showcasing our new material"
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