The countdown is now on, with just 93 days to go! The remaining slots on the Ronnie James Dio Main Stage and Sophie Lancaster 2nd stage rack up as follows:
Adding some Doomy Melodic Death Metal to proceedings, Nailed To Obscurity land an early main stage slot on Saturday. Curious about this German five-piece? Listen to Protean from their King Delusion album, released last year on Apostasy Records:
Everyone knows about Sweden and how well they do Metal, and these guys are no exception. Veteran Prog/Power Metallers Evergrey grab themselves a main stage spot on Sunday morning. They’ve got ten studio albums under their belts, but you can get up to speed with their latest collection, The Storm Within, by giving a listen to In Orbit. The song features guest vocals from none other than Floor Jansen of Sunday headliners, Nightwish!
NWoBHM throwbacks (and I mean that in the best possible way), the mighty Monument have the honour of opening the main stage on Sunday! On a mission to bring back classic British heavy metal – citing influences like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest (who are, of course, headlining on Friday night), Sabbath, Bloodstock regulars Saxon, Rainbow, Thin Lizzy, and Led Zep – they’ll make you feel like it’s 1983 all over again! Feast your eyes on their castle-shot video for Lionheart:
Welsh Death Metallers Sodomized Cadaver play the Sophie Lancaster stage on Friday. Last seen on the Jagermeister stage in 2016, these old school metalheads are back in a bigger slot. Not familiar with them yet? Head over to their BandCamp page and take a listen.
Making their Bloodstock debut on Friday’s Sophie stage are South Africa’s Deity’s Muse. Bringing their unique blend of alt rock, metal and prog all the way from Johannesburg, these guys are are an absolute juggernaut live. Vocalist Wayne tells us, “I nearly choked on my coffee the morning we found out that we’re included in this year’s gargantuan Bloodstock lineup. To say that we’re excited about the opportunity is a gross understatement. We can’t wait to share our music with the BOA festival goers in August. This is literally a dream come true for us four weirdo South Africans. We’re salivating at the prospect!” Check ‘em out:
Limb earn a Saturday slot on the Sophie stage. If you like your classic rock served up with a side of stoner doom, these guys could be your new favourite band. Watch their sci-fi inspired video for Dawn Raiders below. They enthuse, “We can’t believe what a great honour it is to be asked to play this amazing festival! Our labelmates Vodun & Black Moth have both played incredible sets on the Sophie stage and now we get our chance to join them in stamping our name into the amazing BLOODSTOCK story. We’re ready to make some ungodly noise for you all!”
Also playing the Sophie stage on Saturday are apocalyptic doomsters With The Dead. Formed by ex-Napalm Death/Cathedral and Electric Wizard/Serpentine Path members, you may just recognise the unmistakable vocals of Lee Dorrian. Get a sample via Isolation just down there: