With BLOODSTOCK just twenty weeks away, there’s still plenty to announce as yet more bands rack up for this year’s event at Catton Park! There’s no such thing as too much metal, with even more riffs coming your way on both the Ronnie James Dio main stage and the big top Sophie Lancaster stage.
Norse black metal standard-bearers, DIMMU BORGIR are set to be Friday’s main stage special guest and will be playing their only UK show in 2014 at BLOODSTOCK. The band are hard at work on new material planned for release later this year. Maybe they’ll even showcase something new at Catton Park! Comments Shagrath: “We are excited for our return to Bloodstock 2014, the one and only UK festival we do this year. It will be a special event for sure, without revealing too much, but a 20th anniversary show will not go unnoticed. Await the return of symphonic darkness.” Check out their majestic video for ‘Gateways’ from last album, ‘Abrahadabra’ can be viewed on the Youtube video below :
BLOODSTOCK are also pleased to reveal an extra special ‘late night’ performance from Texas groove metal kings, HELLYEAH. The band will be taking the roof off the Sophie big top stage late on Saturday, performing after the stage headliners, SISTER SIN. The band’s legendary drummer, Vinnie Paul comments; “BLOODSTOCK is one of the best festivals to play anywhere in the world!! HELLYEAH is very excited to be a part of it again! Get your game face on and let’s rip this one up! Cheers!! I’m Vinnie Paul and I approve this message!!”
Grabbing an opening slot on Friday’s main stage are homegrown extreme metal outfit, BLOODSHOT DAWN. Former winners of BLOODSTOCK’s ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ programme in 2009, the four piece have been playing dates with Wintersun, had a slot at UK Techfest, and are currently writing their second album. They intend to debut some new tracks at Catton Park especially for the BOA faithful. Check out their video for ‘Godless’ here and get a taster of what they’re about on the Youtube video below :
Fellow Brits DE PROFUNDIS bring their twist on progressive death metal to Friday’s Sophie Stage. The band exclaim, “Back in 2008, BLOODSTOCK was a springboard for DE PROFUNDIS career. Now six years later with our forthcoming EP and album we are looking to cement our name in the UK metal scene with an explosive performance!” The band enter their studio in London shortly to record the follow-up to ‘The Emptiness Within’. Watch the video for ‘Twisted Landscapes’ from that album on the Youtube video below:
Also up on Friday’s Sophie Stage are London extreme metal crew AGHAST!, commenting, “We are honoured to be given the opportunity to play the Sophie stage with our heroes at the UK's biggest and 'truest' independent metal festival. To say that we're excited is an understatement! See you in the beer tent." Formed after a drinking competition at Wacken, and with all the real ales on offer at BLOODSTOCK, let’s hope they make it to the stage! Pick your new drinking song at: http://soundcloud.com/aghastkvlt