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Damnation Fest interview with Aaron Aedy of Paradise Lost

Damnation Fest interview with Aaron Aedy of Paradise Lost

Lost in Paradise…

Damnation Festival 2017 - Preview

Damnation Festival 2017 – Preview

Fire and Damnation…

Bloodstock 2017 interview with Criminal

Bloodstock 2017 interview with Criminal

A hot blast from Chile… Chilean crushers Criminal returned to Bloodstock for the first time since 2011. Paul Castles caught up with vocalist Anton Reisenegger after they had inflicted some Santiago savagery on the Sophie Lancaster Stage. Facebook Website

Bloodstock 2017 - Interview with Gravil

Bloodstock 2017 – Interview with Gravil

The Holy Gravil… One of the early risers on the final day of Bloodstock 2017 was London heavyhitters Gravil. After performing songs from new album No More Forgiveness on the Sophie Lancaster Stage, guitarist Tony Dando spoke with Paul Castles. Gravil on Facebook Website You can catch Gravil in action at Scruffy Murphy’s in Birmingham, next Friday, […]

Bloodstock 2017 - Interview with Courtesans

Bloodstock 2017 – Interview with Courtesans

Order in Courtesans… Courtesans brought something distinctly unique to Bloodstock 2017. Those crammed into the Sophie Lancaster tent certainly warmed to the female quartet. Afterwards Agnes (bass) and Vikki (drummer) told Paul Castles what they made of it, the social injustices that fire their music, plans for the new album, Brexit and their forthcoming tour […]

Bloodstock 2017 - Interview with Na Cruithne

Bloodstock 2017 – Interview with Na Cruithne

Irish folk frenzy… Na Cruithne were the nearest thing Bloodstock got to Game of Thrones. The Irish painted warriors were invited to perform at Catton Park by festival guru Simon Hall who was impressed by their performance at Metal 2 The Masses in Dublin. Paul Castles spoke to them before their appearance on the Hobgoblin New Blood Stage, […]

Bloodstock 2017 - Interview with Shrouded

Bloodstock 2017 – Interview with Shrouded

Shrouded in mystery… It was a case of ‘if at first you don’t succeed, try and try again’ for Shrouded. The Belfast death metal quartet triumphed at Belfast Metal 2 The Masses at the third time of asking. With debut EP Ominous Divinty gaining plenty of positive reviews, Paul Castles caught up with the band’s Shane and Dani […]

Bloodstock 2017 - Interview with Dakesis

Bloodstock 2017 – Interview with Dakesis

Feathers, flags and fabulous… Birmingham prog metal outfit Dakesis were one of the more visually flamboyant bands to appear on the Hobgoblin New Blood Stage. With singer Gemma a vision in pink feathers, the band ensured the crowd responded with equal enthusiasm by distributing flags to transform the tent into a mini Eurovision-style platform. Having […]

Bloodstock 2017 - Interview with Netherhall

Bloodstock 2017 – Interview with Netherhall

We’re off to Nether Netherland… Among a host of up and coming Midlands bands to perform at Bloodstock this year were Netherhall. Paul Castles spoke with the Birmingham Metal 2 The Masses winners prior to their set on the Hobgoblin New Blood Stage. Netherhall are among a host of bands performing at Giff-Fest, this Sunday […]

Bloodstock 2017 - Interview with Sentience

Bloodstock 2017 – Interview with Sentience

Life Sentience… London Metal 2 The Masses winners Sentience played on the final day of Bloodstock, just a few weeks after performing at UK Tech-Fest. Paul Castles caught up with the progressive tech metal outfit for a chat just before their storming set on the Hobgoblin New Blood Stage. Sentience on Facebook    

Bloodstock 2017 - Interview with Overoth

Bloodstock 2017 – Interview with Overoth

The Grapes Overoth… Belfast death metal crew Overoth performed with distinction at Bloodstock last year. Guitarist Andrew Pennington enjoyed it so much that he was back at Catton Park this year to promote the band’s forthcoming debut album The Forgotten Tomb. Paul Castles caught up with him to hear all the latest news from the […]

Bloodstock 2017 - Interview with Ohhms

Bloodstock 2017 – Interview with Ohhms

Ohhms under the hammer… Ohhms took to the Sophie Lancaster Stage at Bloodstock on the back of their stunning debut album release The Fool, earlier this year. Having turned in one of the most vibrant and dynamic sets of the entire festival, crowd-surfing guitarist Chainy Rabbit, drummer Max Newton and guitarist Dan Sargent spoke with Paul Castles. Ohhms […]

Bloodstock 2017 - Interview with Abhorrent Decimation

Bloodstock 2017 – Interview with Abhorrent Decimation

I beg your Pardoner… Brutal Death Metal quartet Abhorrent Decimation returned to Bloodstock this year, causing mayhem and destruction on the Sophie Lancaster Stage. Paul Castles caught up with the band soon after their appearance to learn how things went and to get their views on new album, The Pardoner. Abhorrent Decimation on Facebook  Website Abhorrent […]

Bloodstock 2017 - Interview with Internal Conflict

Bloodstock 2017 – Interview with Internal Conflict

Conflict of interests… Leicester’s Internal Conflict were Metal 2 The Masses winners back in 2013, making their Bloodstock bow soon after. This year they returned to Bloodstock where they were elevated to the Sophie Lancaster Stage. Paul Castles spoke to them to find out how they got on and also heard about their new EP […]

Bloodstock 2017 - Interview with Black Moth

Bloodstock 2017 – Interview with Black Moth

Into the Mothpit!… Black Moth have played Download, Desertfest and Damnation. Now it’s time to tick Bloodstock off the list! Paul Castles spoke with Jim and Federica just prior to Black Moth’s scintillating performance on the Sophie Lancaster Stage. Black Moth on Facebook Website

Bloodstock 2017 - Interview with Embodiment

Bloodstock 2017 – Interview with Embodiment

Bristol fashion … Bristol Metal 2 The Masses winners Embodiment were one of the first bands to play on the Hobgoblin New Blood Stage at Bloodstock 2017. They barely had time to towel down before Paul Castles stopped the tech metal quartet in their tracks for a few words for Midlands Rocks. Embodiment on Facebook  […]

Bloodstock 2017 - Interview with Devil's Playground

Bloodstock 2017 – Interview with Devil’s Playground

Hell’s Bells… Winning the Coventry leg of Metal 2 The Masses secured a Bloodstock slot for Birmingham outfit Devil’s Playground. With a new single out called Unlost, plans are already under way for a debut album. Forthcoming gigs include a slot at Scruffy Murphy’s in Birmingham on September 1 alongside fellow Bloodstockers’ GraViL. Just prior to […]

Bloodstock 2017 - Interview with Ashen Crown

Bloodstock 2017 – Interview with Ashen Crown

Crowning glory As always, Midlands bands were flowing like the beer taps at Bloodstock where Paul Castles did his utmost to speak with most of them. First to face the Midlands Rocks inquisition were Birmingham newcomers Ashen Crown. The death metal outfit secured their ticket to Catton Park in Derbyshire by winning the Wolverhampton leg of […]

Festival Preview - Stonedeaf 2018

Festival Preview – Stonedeaf 2018

A few week ago, word came out about plans for a new festival, The Stone Deaf Festival, to be held in August next year. Apart from the fact that it’s to take place in the Midlands, at Newark Showground, one the most interesting features of the festival is that it’s planned to be modelled along […]

Are you ready to play? Interview with Devil's Playground

Are you ready to play? Interview with Devil’s Playground

We caught up with Dan and Luke at the M2TM Final in Birmingham and chatted about M2TM and the new video