Just like every other year, we're already buzzing for Bloodstock! With atmosphere like no other UK Rock/Metal festival, Bloodstock has managed to preserve that community vibe in the arena, and that's what it's all about, right? RIGHT!


our top picks:

Slayer:

This is pretty self explanatory. Despite the harsh critique from many fans, the new and rejuvenated Slayer isn't half bad. Okay, there's some teething issues with this line-up, and it isn't "ideal" but we can dig it. Other than the music itself, you can bet that the atmosphere and passion generated by the band will be something spectacular. 

 

Twisted Sister:

We're as surprised as you to see this announcement, but man! we're excited.

It's almost impossible to call how this set is going to look, but we're sure to be in for all the killer classics that give Twisted Sister their legend status. Beer in hand, we'll be embracing the American hair-metalers.

Known for putting on big, memorable shows, this should't be any different, and with Dee Snider bringing electrifying charisma to the stage, it's going to be a rather refreshing addition to this festival.

 

Anthrax:

Heading to the festival on the back of the 'For All Kings' album release, Anthrax are strong out of the gate and I'm sure they're heading to Bloodstock with all guns blazing. A classic Thrash band in itself, Anthrax have nothing to lose and will be sure to pull in the masses to the stage and put on a hefty show, hopefully adding some golden oldies to the set. here's hoping.

 

Venom:

Classic Black Metal at its best, in Derbyshire... It's a staple band at this festival, we're there for the classics, so we wouldn't miss this for the world. Sure, they've seen far better days but they'll still put on a show that's not to be missed.

 

Corrosion of Conformity:

Honestly... Corrosion are not always that great in a live setting. This is often down to sound issues in small venues and possibly the general sound styling of the band. Not many places can handle that earth shattering distortion, but Bloodstock's 'open air' shouldn't cause any problems at all. It will be a pleasure to actually hear these guy's do their thing, rather than just see it.

 

Symphony X:

I know, I know, we're talking about these guys again, but they deserve it. Having released a stunning new album, 'Underworld' just last year, these guys are at the top of their game and have the hype of a much loved new release and a ridiculously successful North American and Euro tour behind them. Bringing soaring vocals and sublime musicianship to the RJD stage, Symphony X is a jaw dropping addition to the Bloodstock family.

 

Behemoth:

Uncharted territory for Soundclash HQ. A little intimidating, disgustingly heavy... sounds great. A 'first' for us. Let's see what this is all about.