Waking up and being slowly roasted alive in your tent isn’t the most pleasant of feelings, nor is feeling your hungover brain slowly leak from your ear.
On comes my ultimate hangover cure, milk, a pint of milk no more no less. Then it was totally time for some music, the main stage at Bloodstock Festival 2013 is where my weekend truly began and Christ did that wake me up!
British Alt Metal legends Earthtone9 opened the festival in true style, filling the ever growing crowd with completely contagious electricity blasting through fan favourites and new anthems . Utterly classy stuff that was followed up with thrash icons Death Angel, powering through a set including headbanging classics such as Thrown To The Wolves. Bloodstock fans cheered their approval, and the thrashers commanded a biggest reaction for their set .
The first of many visits to the newblood stage brought me Sheol Afterlife who had garnered a hell of a crowd considering the early hour and the fact they hail from Norway. But their brand of groove filled extreme metal was received with complete gratitude and fans were left visibly wanting more .
Then came my first interview, this one with rising metal stars Absolva, a band whose sheer ability to make me fall apart laughing totally made up for any ill effects I was feeling from the night before. Incassum followed shortly after, also continuing on the same vein their Manchester brethren had finished with.
Dark Funeral on the Ronnie James Dio stage, a band I have wanted to see for some years now and the wait was worth it. Following their set however, my need to see them again is unbearable. Blasting through anthem after anthem in a set covering every year of this seminal band in their true dark style. It was so great to see some corpse paint on the main stage once more. Kvlt as f*ck!
Back to the New Blood stage once more, this time for Norwich epic metallers Nocturna and despite the fact their vocalist had a throat infection, they pulled off one hell of a set, bringing their brand of progressive epic to Catton Hall with aplomb. Their track Blood Rising brought with it a hail of cheers from the audience as well as a hell of a reaction. Firewind were a band I was also keen to watch but were through with most of their performance by the time I got to the main stage, nevertheless they were on fine form and as powerful as ever, with Gus G flying through riffs like nobody’s business, game set and match.
Back for some more interviews, it was the turn of Fahran, Firewind, Prosperina, Xentrix and Nocturna, each more funnier than the next, this is something that has to simply be seen to be believed, and see them you will, once they’ve been edited.
Finishing up my first working day was a jaunt to the Sophie Lancaster stage. What followed was a blisteringly good slice of melodic death metal from Sweden’s finest Scar Symmetry who gave one of the best – if not my favourite – performances of the entire weekend. Totally on fire shooting through track after track and classic after classic, each and every one being lapped up by the now packed out tent. What can I say, these guys have their stagecraft down to an art form and along side their twin vocal savagery, we have a winner!
After this saw my exhausted, but triumphant return to the Serpents Lair for a well earned cold one followed by some serious chill time with the chaps from Nocturna.
Friday night finished up mellow and quiet for me, but that’s just cool, because Saturday came as a hurricane!