Seminal thrash titans, EXODUS join the main stage ranks at this year’s hottest metal festival. The Nuclear Blast band are currently gearing up to release their eleventh studio album, and they tour the US next month in the company of Bloodstock buddies, Anthrax. Frontman Rob Dukes states: “We are stoked to be playing Bloodstock again. Last time we played, our set was unfortunately cut short because of timing issues. Not this year! We are going to destroy that place!!!!” Check out this Youtube footage below, of them slaying Wacken in ‘O8.
Also newly confirmed are thrash legends, DEATH ANGEL. Having celebrated the 25th anniversary of their debut album in 2012, frontman Mark Osegueda is excited to return to these shores in 2013, commenting: “I speak for all of us in DEATH ANGEL when I say it brings us so much excitement to announce that we are playing this year’s Bloodstock! This will be DEATH ANGEL’s first festival appearance ever in the UK, and we plan on making a statement with this performance to assure that there will be many more to come! DEATH ANGEL’s first show across international waters was in the UK, so the place holds a very special place in our hearts! Expect a ferocious, high energy set Bloodstock punters! You have been warned! Ha!” DEATH ANGEL release a set of new tunes via Nuclear Blast later this year.
The Bloodstock overlords don’t only love classic Bay Area thrash. For those of you who prefer your metal fresh off the battlefield, Bloodstock are also delighted to welcome Canadian warriors, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD. Even on the other side of the festival site, you are sure to hear the glass-shattering tones of vocalist, Cam Pipes! The band are currently hard at work filming a documentary, ‘3 Inches of Blood; Warriors of the Great White North’. Expect epic scenes!
Death metal trio DYING FETUS will also be stalking the stage at Bloodstock 2013. Hailing from Maryland, these US headbangers are not to be missed. Touring the US with Bloodstock alumni, Hatebreed, the band are currently supporting their 2012 album, ‘Reign Supreme’. The nightmarish video for ‘Second Skin’ can be viewed through your fingers on the Youtube below.
Also added are Swedish metalheads SCAR SYMMETRY, who will headline the Sophie Lancaster stage on the Friday night. Drummer Henrik Ohlsson comments: “We’re looking forward to Bloodstock! The last time we played was in 2007 and was an ecstatic experience – a kickass show and an awesome crowd. This year I’m sure it will be even better. The UK has a lot of dedicated Scar Symmetrians and we can’t wait to return with the eerie cosmic death machine that is Scar Symmetry!” Guitar nerds might be excited to learn that guitarist Per Nilssen gives guitar tutorials over at the awesome musician’s instructional website, BandHappy. Check out his page HERE !
Also added to the Sophie stage line-up are Dirty Sanchez loons, PRITCHARD VS DAINTON ( http://pritchardvsdainton.co.uk/ http://pritchardvsdainton.co.uk/), who return this year for an even more full-on show. Other additions to the Sophie stage include XERATH, BLOODBOUND, VANDERBUYST, SCARAB, and THE PROPHECY.
Want the chance to win some weekend tickets?! DEVILDRIVER (who are playing this year’s event) are running a special Bloodstock Treasure Hunt at each of their upcoming shows in March! They’ll be hiding a prize package somewhere near the venue in each town. The parcel will include a voucher for a pair of BOA weekend tickets (with camping), a DevilDriver t-shirt, guitar picks, drumsticks, signed items…you get the picture! Each day, frontman Dez will Tweet/Instagram some clues for you to find the prize. Be sure to follow him on Twitter (@evilriver) and Instagram (@dezfafara) so you don’t miss out. There’ll be one prize pack per tour town (London Forum – 7th Mar, Nottingham Rock City – 8th Mar, Manchester Ritz – 9th Mar, Glasgow O2 ABC – 10th Mar).
If you miss out on the DevilDriver prizes, don’t worry, there’s another chance to win by joining the new Bloodstock e-team. Get involved with helping promote the festival online, and earn points for festival-related prizes! Full details can be found at https://www.fanteamz.com/bloodstock
Bloodstock tickets are on sale now, priced at £125 (plus booking fee) for a weekend pass with camping. VIP ticket packages and upgrades are also now available from the Bloodstock store.
Bloodstock takes place at Catton Park in Derbyshire on 8-11th Aug 2013.