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: This Is Turin
- Darryl Jones – Vocals
- Anthony Hayden – Guitar
- Davey Langford – Guitar
- James ‘Splinter’ Kinnear – Bass
- Edwin Jones – Drums
Year Formed: 2008/2009
The band at Bloodstock most likely to: Be warned for climbing up a tent/stack whilst playing or almost knocking someone out with a headstock, vomiting at 3am like some unholy cockerels Or being covered in corpse paint attempting to do the ‘crab shuffle’ shouting WHERP!
Give me the ‘Hollywood Film’ version of how the band formed and how you came to be named.
Davey : Derek Acorah (of Most Haunted Fame *used loosely) staring alongside Yvette Fielding and Morgan Freeman with narration from that guy who sounded like a trumpet out of Police Academy. In a brutal free-for-all silent epic that depicts the grim sub-contextual history of Turin and it’s many horrid revelations. Basically it was a complete coincidence between myself and Darryl (Vox) watching the same program This is Hell – This Is Turin – it just clicked… unlike Derek Acorah’s career.
What style of metal do you play?
We always play whatever we want. Styles don’t really come into it much, it’s more a case of how we feel at the time and what we want to convey in a song. I’d say it’s a blend of retarded time signatures, tech, black, math, grind, ambient, hardcore and jazz blended together. It might sound like musical vomit but we’ve taken a lot of time to make sure it comes out right.
What bands would you say your music is ‘for fans of’ ?
The Dillinger Escape Plan, Enya, The Faceless, Misery Signals, Berlin, Europe, Converge, Cannibal Corpse… or any band that’s Black/Death metal.
How did you get your slot at the Festival?
A lot of blood (other peoples, thank’s Grand Central), sweat, hard work and some of the best people ever supporting you all the way. Ok, I know it sounds cliché as shit but it’s true. After playing several BOTB’s we all came to the conclusion that we just wouldn’t do them anymore or if we did by chance – it would be purely to play brutal well attended gigs as we love playing live. It just happens that we got through the Manchester BOA BOTB and won…and destroyed a pub in the process.
What’s the first thing you did after you found out you had a slot?
Probably shat a little whilst getting an instant erection and going through every bodily function possible all at the same time. Apart from that we spent about an hour personally thanking everyone who came down to support us. I’m not sure people enjoyed the hugs as we were all pissed, wet through with sweat and reeking of beer etc.
Which of your tracks do you think will create the biggest wave of headbanging?
Tough one but I’d say either Consume/Repeat or Revelations 23:1, they’re both bruisers but with different twists.
Is this the largest event you have played, and what are the nerves like?
F*ck yes – in a nutshell. Nerves wise I’d say we’re pretty calm at the moment but as soon as we realise we’ll be playing with some of the worlds best acts in metal our arseholes go from 5p to 50p. It comes in waves really, but that’s what makes a brutal live show.
Which band members are likely to have the most incriminating photos after the festival?
HAHA! Oh sh*t. I’d say Edwin Jones our chiselled Welsh drummer, the guys tapped already but I reckon he’ll have some horrific photos after he has a mind prolapse *sorry Ed. It’s either that or me and Darryl attempting to resurrect the Anti-Christ after a shit-ton of booze during Dark Funeral.
Which bands are you most looking forward to seeing?
Gojira for one as we’re all massive fans and it’s awesome to see them at BOA 13. I’d probably say Dark Funeral, Lamb Of God, King Diamond, Whitechapel, Belphegor, Dying Fetus, Bossk and a few of our mates bands like Betraeus and The Way Of Purity. I always try to make an effort to check out the New Blood Stage and Sophie tent as there’s going to be some wicked bands that you’ve never heard before.
What have been the best moments for you at previous Bloodstock Festivals?
I’d say a prominent one would be standing like a prize tit at 5:00am in the middle of the camp site with nothing on apart from a hoodie, my boxers, ale in hand – yodelling. I felt like a king. Honestly though I’d say Opeth was pretty mind blowing back in 2008 or Behemoth and Anaal Nathrakh last year – they were both incredible. Oh yeah and I covered the tent I was in with 3 minutes of pure liquid vomity filth and the day after I pissed on Darryl’s feet. Good times.
What is your current release? Explain a little about it….
We will be recording our début album Cercis in the next month so we’re getting geared up for that challenge prior to Bloodstock. It’ll be out hopefully before the end of 2013. There will be tracks on the release that we’ll be playing at BOA 13 and if you’re interested in what we sound like, our previous release Viaticum (produced by Scott Atkins of Stamping Ground) is available to download free.
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..
All I’ll say is there will be no pomposity, mincing, poster-boy shit when we play BOA 13, we’re looking forward to being completely deaf and crippled after we come off stage after our set. And since we believe in the people who make This Is Turin what it is we certainly won’t turn down a beer after with the guys who appreciate what we do. We live to play live.
THIS IS TURIN are playing Bloodstock Festival on Friday 9th August.
THIS IS TURIN online: www.facebook.com/thisisturin
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 following address.
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All info on applying to The New Blood Stage can be found here: www.bloodstock.uk.com/stages/new-blood-stage