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BLOODSTOCK (BOA), Catton Hall, Derbyshire
to last years BOA as a pure fan it was my privilege to come again but
under the 'Press Umbrella' to give my opinion of the only full Metal
festival in the UK at present.
finished work on the Thurs night I got onto my fully loaded motorbike and
headed up to Catton Hall in Derbyshire to start the proceedings early, the
sign posts to the site were perfect for such a small event and having
booked in I parked my bike 20 yards from my TeePee (Perfect) - so after
setting up I went in search of friends and to find out how the real half
stream of people coming into the event seemed well organised and the
queues were moving at a reasonable pace.
more camp sites this year - A, B, Quiet, VIP & Disabled/Press - I had a
walk round all except VIP but knowing friends in that one I can say to
start with that it was in totally the wrong place (Next to Camp A), it was
noisy and they had things thrown over the fence onto their tents from A as
well - not good when you have paid £100 more than other people.
Camps A & B
had plenty of room around the tents and clear walkways, they also had food
outlets open all hours and toilets as well. As for Disabled/Press,
although to was quiet and had plenty of room - I feel the lack of water
near the tents could have been avoided.
You can see
a lot of thought has gone into the layout for this Festival and with three
stages so close, it was set up perfectly. Including a good mix of Stalls.
Merch and food outlets.
stage could be seen and heard even whilst at the beer tent nearby. During
breaks in the Music the excellent 'Monster' roadshow came into swing with
motorbikes in a large metal ball just missing each other whilst looping
throughout the festival were very friendly and that in turn made the
punters happy as well. All in all a very well turned out Fest with a
very good atmosphere.
So onto the Music and after spending Thurs night with the awesome 4 DJ's
of the apocalypse I woke up ready for action (Well almost!!), the Arena
and surrounding area could have been cleaned better over night as there
was rubbish everywhere but I headed over ready for the days entertainment!
The first Band on Main Stage for the Friday were Blitzkrieg, formed
in Leicester in October 1980 and consisting of Ken Johnson on Guitar,
Brian Ross on Vocals, Guy Laverick on Guitar, Paul Brewis on Bass & Phil
Brewis on Drums.
can I say but that they burst onto the stage in a cloud of smoke and
hangovers!! They soon brought the crowd alive with their own brand of
NWOBHM. Unfortunetly they only had a short set to show us why BOA choose
them to start this festival off and boy did they do it in style, with
their no frills british metal.
through 'THE PHANTOM, DARK CITY, THEATRE OF THE DAMNED then onto their
back to back tracks based on the TV show 'The Prisoner' namely 'MY LIFE IS
MY OWN & ESCAPE FROM THE VILLAGE finishing off with the self titled
'BLITZKRIEG' The crowd and the battle was won as they made a field in the
Derbyshire countryside their own. What a start to the weekend and for me
they get ****
Another band I felt passionate enough to write about are DIE
APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER (Horsemen Of The Apocalypse ) DIE
APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER is Fuchs (vocals, guitar), Volk-Man (bass, vocals),
Dr. Pest (keys), Sir.G (drums) and Ady (guitar) and it was with some
trepidation that I stood watching them whilst chatting to friends! The
chat didn't last long as I was impressed to say the least with their
vision of Dr Pest running around stage looking like an extra from a porno
film to some getting used too - even with his swing on stage as well!! As
for the music - with their unique combination of power and melodies,
bittersweet lyrics and a breathtaking, outstanding live performance, this
band is definitely in a class of their own.
This is the
band's second UK appearance and they shone like a beacon out onto the Crowd,
literally whipping up a storm and showing that there is more to them than
meets the eye!!
and commitment was awesome as they went through their set, bringing the
crowd into their power, they culminated their performance by sending a
girl previously plucked from the crowd to be song too - out into the
masses on a yellow rubber boat - the funniest thing is that she told the
crowd to turn her to the right and they did - Metal or what!!!! ****
So to the Saturday and having woke up to a light drizzle & dark clouds
(Made worse by the dark glasses!) I was pleasantly surprised that this
morning the Main Arena was spotless having been cleaned over night.
It was quite
funny to see everyone in a daze looking for breakfast, there were a few
stalls open and security were in a good mood too!
stage for the Saturday was the bizarre Uncle Rotter both in look
and music, consisting of the aptly named - UNCLE ROTTER (Lead Vocals,
Samples and Songwriter), GENERAL SLAVE (Lead Guitar), TWIGGY BANG BANG
(Lead Guitar), VENOM ROTTER (Rhythm Guitar), DR T (MD) (Bass Guitar) and
lastly RAMIREZ ROTTER on Drums!!
best described by themselves as 'The Kings of Thuggish Cartoon Disco
Metal'. Well they certainly woke the crowd up and the lyrics (Which I
can't repeat were inventive, funny and downright rude) Musically they
rocked my boat and were another fitting start to the days proceedings.
Later in the day I went over to the Unsigned Stage to check out
Switchblade Scream, there was a good crowd forming - always a good
Now I have
never heard of the band although I love watching bands on the unsigned as
it's the future of our music, so I didn't know what to expect. I was very
surprised and pleased with what I heard.
consist of Matt Dorian on vocals, Alan Douglas on guitar/backing vocals,
Steve Scott on Drums and the two founder members Stuart McLeod on bass and
Gary Law on guitar hail from Glasgow and have only been about since 2007!
Singer Matt had the voice and the presence of a veteran performer and that
along with the tight guitar riffs and excellent drumming - made for a very
good mix. This was good classic rock mixed with just about everything as
the guys enjoyed their first taste of the big time.
of the band was self evident and they act as though they have experience
far beyond their years. The crowd was rockin from one track to the next
and they even had a circle pit going in this smaller tent. At the end of
the set the crowd erupted with applause for an excellent band with a great
future - one to watch ****
Heavy metal without guitars; surely not? Metallica covers without a
vocalist; impossible? Apocalyptica must have missed the opening day
of their 'Metal 101' college course, but it doesn't seem to bother
them, or the legions of fans they have steadily been recruiting over
the past 14 years.
the uninitiated in the ways of this Finnish quartet, they consist of
a drummer and 3 cellists, and play a mix of their own songs,
classical pieces and cover songs (mostly Metallica). The end result
is nothing short of spectacular, aided by their energetic on-stage
The set today comprises their own songs, mainly from their most
recent release 'Worlds Collide', covers of 'One', 'Wherever I Roam',
'Enter Sandman' & 'For Whom The Bell Tolls' amongst others, and is
completed by "some boring classical sh*t" - which turns out to be an
excellent rendition of the very un-boring 'Hall Of The Mountain
King' by Edvard Grieg. All superbly executed by these musical
maestros - they really have to be seen to believed, and your metal
education is not complete until you have done so!
Off to a land inhabited by fantasy creatures, to be regaled by bards
recounting great stories of heroic deeds… it must be Blind Guardian!
The German masters of fantasy metal rarely visit these shores, and
it is a great pleasure when they do. The supreme bard, Hansi Kursch,
leads the line as they march through a true festival set. Almost the
entire 20+ year back catalogue of albums gets a visit at some point.
open with 'Time Stands Still (At The Iron Hill)' from the 1998
'Nightfall In Middle Earth" album (that title should give you a clue
of what they are about). The 1995 release "Imaginations From The
Other Side" is particularly well represented with 3 songs in the set
- the title track, 'Another Holy War', and 'The Script From My
Requiem'. More recent songs include 'Learning To Fly' from the 2006
CD 'A Twist In The Myth', and 'This World Is Sacred' - their most
recent recording made specially for a video game (and performed by a
fully 3D modelled band in an in-game concert).
No Blind Guardian set would be complete, of course, without the
Nordic call to arms 'Valhalla', the tale of 'The Lord Of The Rings',
or the acoustic camp fire sing-along that is "The Bard's Song" -
which closes an excellent set of some of the finest crafted metal
you can ever hear. No time for the 14 minute epic 'And Then There
Was Silence' unfortunately… If only they could find a way to get
more gigs in the UK.
Review and photos by Ian Pollard
evening I decided to check out the performance of Blind Guardian on
the Main Stage, as I hadn't heard anything by them and seeing as my mate
Jez was sporting one of their tour T-Shirts I realised that I could be in
for a treat but what I wasn't prepared for was the awesome set from the
guys from Germany namely Hansi Kursch - vocals, Marcus Siepen - guitar,
Andre Olbrich - guitar, Frederik Ehmke - drums.
isn't a band that runs around the stage as they were all standing by their
mic's except for Hansi, but this didn't lessen their impact at all.
Visually and vocally they are top drawer.
with ease from one track to the next with the crowd singing along almost
anthem like with raised hands and raised voices showing what a following
this band have and from now on you can add another one to the list - I was
riffs along with the harmonies and lead vocals were immense and to me this
was the headline band of the day, they culminated their performance with a
rendition of the famous (So I am told) The Bard's Song (In The Forest) and
finally Mirror, Mirror. All I can say is that if you don't know them then
check them out *****
Well what a
day Saturday has been with blinding performances on all three stages with
the crowd in such a good mood that you wished this Fest could last
forever. For me the highlights of the day were Uncle Rotter, Wolf &
catch the problems during the 'Cradle of Filth' performance which was
abruptly cut short when a missile struck guitarist Paul Allender who was
reportedly knocked unconscious but it turns out that the object was a
large (Cricket Ball size) gobstopper bought along with 5 others from a
stall earlier on.
were quick to withdraw them from sale and Security was heightened to make
sure it didn't happen again. To 'Cradles' credit they finished the song
with a band member on the floor and then left the stage. When the stage
was cleared 4 more gobstoppers were found - One idiot ruining it for the
masses, unfortunately thus far he hasn't been caught!!
back to the music and the first band on the Main Stage Beholder.
Well what can I say!!! I know these guys from the club & pub circuit and
from other Fests and it was good to see them perform on the Main Stage at
such a prestigious festival.
Simon Hall (Vocals), Si Fielding (Bass & Vocals), Chris Bentley (Drums),
Simon Cliffe (Guitar & Vocals) & Martyn Blackwell (Guitar & Vocals) . From
the outset of this performance they owned the stage and with Simon Hall
prowling up & down like a caged animal, the guitarists pounding out the
riffs ably assisted by Chris on Drums (Who was awesome), bringing the
crowd awake at such an early hour.
energy that this band pushes out had even more people running over to see
what they were missing. The whole crowd got behind them and all Simon Hall
could do during the performance was to have a beaming smile from ear to
ear along with the whole band - this was an appearance to be proud of and
one that will live in their memory for a very long time.
band were literally awesome and as they completed their set with the
Sophie Lancaster tribute 'NEVER TAKE US (DOWN)' they were as one with the
crowd (I must admit that every time I hear them play it I have a tear in
my eye). This band are going a long way in the business and in my opinion
it is well deserved. 5/5.
I again decided to go over to the Unsigned Stage to check out another
young band TRIAXIS and seeing as the only reason I went to see them
is because a friend uses their name on the internet - I was totally in awe
of what was one of the best unsigned performances of the weekend.
consists of Krissie on Vocals, Gio on Lead Guitar, CJ on Rhythm Guitar,
Owen on Bass Guitar & Giles on Drums. You could see they were having the
time of their lives and Gio on Lead was truly awesome whilst strutting his
stuff with the ease of a seasoned professional.
The riffs he
delivered were pure genius and if this band doesn't make it, I am sure he
will!! As for the band as a whole, they were classy and delvered a
powerful sound far beyond their years.
a powerful 'air' about her whilst belting out track after track of good
hard Metal tunes. They have an EP out at the moment and are shortly to be
releasing their debut album - I kid you not….go out and get it as they
Well to sum up this was yet again a very well run, friendly and enjoyable
festival and I look forward to seeing their first announcement for 2010 on
Review by The Unforgiven (Dave Morris)
Additional reporting: Ian Pollard
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