The New Blood Stage exists to provide a platform for the next generation of metal talent to reach a wider audience. From Bloodstock’s very beginning back in 2001 there has been a focus on offering a chance for newcomers – the new blood if you will – to strut their stuff.
The New Blood Stage is an exceptional opportunity for emerging acts to perform in front of Bloodstock’s dedicated audience of metal fans and important music industry figures. Those lucky enough to secure a slot on the New Blood Stage also get to play both Wacken Open Air in Germany and Metal Camp in Slovenia.
Bloodstock’s always supported the next generation of bands and to me it was obvious they needed a platform to show their wares – Bloodstock founder Paul Raymond Gregory
Band Name: AMULET
Band Members: Jamie Elton – Vox, Heathen Steven – Guitars, Bill Dozer – Bass, Daragh ‘The Marksman’ Markham – Lead Guitar, Dave Sherwood on Drums – Drums (Yes, that isn’t a typo)
Year Formed: 2010
The band at Bloodstock most likely to: Not use drum triggers
Give me the ‘Hollywood Film’ version of how the band formed and how you came to be named.
Bill Dozer: 2010, London, England. Upset with the state of music in the 21st century, deadbeats Bill Dozer and Heathen Steven form an idea to create a band of unfathomable power and precision. The boys, after consultation with a wizard much higher than themselves, were given the name Amulet. Unaware of the three other bands named Amulet, they pushed forward – recruiting one-of-a-kind powerhouse and rhythm machine, Dave Sherwood, and pocket sized frontman from hell, Jamie Elton – the quartet was complete…
What style of metal do you play?
What bands would you say your music is ‘for fans of’ ?
Bill Dozer: We’ve had a lot of good response from people across the board. From kids to mums, to punks and pussies. I think there is something for everyone in what we play. We listen to a lot of Black Sabbath, Satan, Witchfinder General, Uriah Heep, Motorhead, hard rock, heavy metal in general. I would love to get more people who aren’t really into metal listening to Amulet. We will show them the way…
How did you get your slot at the Festival?
Heathen Steven: We are playing a fair few European metal festivals this year (Muskelrock and Hells Pleasure) so this is an ideal UK slot for us, we’re dead chuffed. We actually asked the brilliant metal writer Greg Moffitt to suggest us as he likes us I think and does a fair bit for Bloodstock. So that was probably what did it. Good olde fashioned emailing.
What’s the first thing you did after you found out you had a slot?
Heathen Steven: It was great news. We probably had a few beers and definitely checked the Bloodstock forum reaction. Which is always a funny read.
Which of your tracks do you think will create the biggest wave of headbanging?
Bill Dozer: From experience, people seem to know the tracks of the demo EP. To be honest they’ve had almost three years so they f***in’ better! ‘Sign of the High Priest’ is a firm crowd favourite, but our new songs are the real rippers!
Heathen Steven: Yeah, and we usually open with the first track we wrote (and the first track on the EP) ‘Running Out of Time’. That usually gets some early bangin’.
Is this the largest event you have played, and what are the nerves like?
Bill Dozer: As I’m writing this we haven’t played anything bigger than Bloodstock. Brofest in Newcastle was a big gig, we were on in the morning and very loud, but people seemed to love it. So any nerves were quickly blown away. We were very nervous before we opened for Angel Witch, naturally.
Which band members are likely to have the most incriminating photos after the festival?
Heathen: Maybe Bill Dozer doing stunts like smashing through an unprotected fence in the depths of night. Is smoking pipe weed incriminating? We like to hang out but we’re pretty polite about it usually.
Which bands are you most looking forward to seeing?
Heathen Steven: King Diamond first and foremost for all us I imagine, he was amazing at Hellfest. For me personally also Accept, Voivod, Anthrax, Hell, Wolfsbane, Vanderbuyst, Exodus our buddies in Gama Bomb and the Rezinwolf guys are good guys.
What have been the best moments for you at previous Bloodstock Festivals?
Heathen Steven: Probably witnessing a heroic human pyramid or something like that. My old band played in 2009 which went well and was a lot of fun. It’s always a good weekend.
What is your current release? Explain a little about it….
Heathen Steven. Our four-track demo tape ‘Cut the Crap’ sold out and was put out as a vinyl EP and it’s also pretty much sold out as we write. We just printed 100 copies of a video version of the EP on DVD which came out well. We’ll have them and t-shirts and we will have an album of honest heavy bangerz early next year.
Lastly, a set clash with a main stage band, give a good reason/threat/sob story as to why fans should come watch you instead..
Heathen Steven: Maybe to hear a warm guitar sound rather than a wall-of-sound attack. You may hear some good riffs, and you will definitely see The Hangman prowl our graveyard.
Amulet are playing Bloodstock Festival on Sunday 11th August.
Amulet online: http://www.facebook.com/amuletmetal
Want to play The New Blood Stage at Bloodstock Festival? If you’re in an unsigned band there are a number of options available.
THE METAL 2 THE MASSES
Offering UK based bands, not only the chance to play at BOA, The Metal 2 The Masses also offers up the chance at playing additional European Festivals the following year. These M2TM events are held regionally in the UK
Other M2TM incentives are held in other countries but do not offer additional European Festivals in the prize pool.
WORLDWIDE VIDEO UPLOAD
As part of its exclusive sponsorship deal, Hobgoblin will be opening up the search on a worldwide basis, through Wychwood.co.uk, inviting acts to submit their videos online from November 2012. The promotion will also run on promotional packs of Hobgoblin from January 2013 where fans will be asked to vote for their favourite act for a chance to win exclusive prizes and a slot on the New Blood Stage. In exchange for their vote drinkers can also win a whole host of music related prizes in an instant win competition.
For acts based in the UK, Europe and worldwide wishing to not apply via either of the above options – no worries – you can still submit your CDs and Biographies to the follwoing address.
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Please note only successful applications will be replied to and this may take some time.
All info on applying to The New Blood Stage can be found here: www.bloodstock.uk.com/stages/new-blood-stage