Bloodstock 2013 New Blood Stage Preview: MERCILESS TERROR

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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: Merciless Terror
Band Members: Dan Oldcorn – Bass, Dale Linsdell – Vocals , Michael Brush – Drums, Luke Tasker – Guitars
Year Formed: 2009
Location: Midlands
The band at Bloodstock most likely to: Bring about the next apocalypse



Give me the ‘Hollywood Film’ version of how the band formed and how you came to be named.

Dan- We formed in 2009 originally by Dale and our original drummer. The name comes from the combination of the band name ‘Merciless Death’ and their album ‘Realm of Terror’. Unfortunately it’s too lame to be for Hollywood haha

What style of metal do you play?


What bands would you say your music is ‘for fans of’ ?

Slayer, Malevolent Creation, (old) Sepultura, Napalm Death, Bolt Thrower etc

How did you get your slot at the Festival?

A great chap by the name of Simon asked us if we wanted to play, which we gladly accepted! Cheers dude!

What’s the first thing you did after you found out you had a slot?

Stripped naked and ran through the streets…if only! I finished the rest of my shift at work haha

Which of your tracks do you think will create the biggest wave of headbanging?

All of them! But I’ve got to say the last song on our debut album ‘Vile Extinction’ is a pretty big headbanging anthem, which will feature in the set.

Is this the largest event you have played, and what are the nerves like?

We fortunately got the opportunity to play a festival slot in Okinawa last October to somewhere in the region of 8,000. That’s pretty big in terms of this band, but hopefully we get a good crowd for us at Bloodstock…the nerves hasn’t and won’t kick in till the actual day of the set, that’s when I’ll start bricking it.

Which band members are likely to have the most incriminating photos  after the festival?

Tough question…if I was to say most embarrassing picture it would most likely be me, though for incriminating, hmm I’m honestly not sure! Ask me again after the fest!

Which bands are you most looking forward to seeing?

Belphegor, Slayer, King Diamond, Gojira, Dying Fetus, Exodus are my main choices…I’ll hopefully catch a few sets that will throw me off guard.

What have been the best moments for you at previous Bloodstock Festivals?

The atmosphere, the great bands, getting wasted and general dickery with the mates!

What is your current release? Explain a little about it….

We’re getting closer to the release of our upcoming debut album ‘Vile Extinction’, which will be released (hopefully) on August 19th! It’s sounding amazing  and we can’t wait for people to hear it. The performance on the disc has been kicked up a notch and the production is very very tasty compared to our previous releases

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..

Go see the main stage band…only kidding!  I’m not one for begging but I’m sure you’d have a great time moshing to our tunes!


Merciless Terror are playing Bloodstock Festival on Sunday 11th August

Merciless Terror online


Want to play The New Blood Stage at Bloodstock Festival? If you’re in an unsigned band there are a number of options available.

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.

As part of its exclusive sponsorship deal, Hobgoblin will be opening up the search on a worldwide basis, through, 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.


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:


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