Our first port of call on the Saturday is hard rockers Heaven's Basement who are making a bit of name for themselves with their frill-free hard rock and, by the looks of the swelling numbers as they smash through the likes of "Fire Fire" from their 'Filthy Empire' album, they’re a band who will soon by muscling their way up bills like this one.
Slayer brought Bloodstock to a crashing finale with their first ever UK headline festival slot.
Despite last year's horrendous weather causing all sorts of problems for Download organizers and weather reports ranging from pouring rain to thirty degree heat this year, it didn't stop eighty thousand rock fans from descending on Donington Park for the annual rock extravaganza.
I discovered Nashville-based alt-rockers The Nearly Deads completely by accident one day when their name popped up as I watched a video by Welsh rockers The Dirty Youth. So, intrigued, I gave their video to "Fact And Friction" a spin and have to give YouTube a thumbs up for turning me on to a great band who share a lot of similarities to the aforementioned Welsh outfit (and not just the female singer angle).
"We're not here to change the world..." sings Jaret Reddick as Texan pop-punk fools Bowling For Soup prepare to head into their twentieth anniversary with their new album before signing off with a bang and a smile on their faces with a farewell UK tour. It's kind of ironic then that, with the world ready to lose one of the most fun live bands around, the quartet put out the best album of their career.
It's very easy to lump Los Angeles alt-metallers Gemini Syndrome in with that whole Disturbed/Five Finger Death Punch crowd and write them off even before you've digested the initial angsty minutes of their new album, Lux. However, with a major label deal signed and a tour with U.S. metallers Five Finger Death Punch in the not too distant future, it’s clear that somebody somewhere is planning big things for the Los Angeles outfit.
Despite clocking in at little over twenty-eight minutes, the gut-wrenching experience of listening to Unloved makes it feel like a hell of a lot longer.
Reading quartet Attention Thieves have been quietly plugging away for a while now, building up a reputation through hard work while fellow Brit rockers such as Lower Than Atlantis and We Are The Ocean have been taking the British rock scene by storm. Well, with the release of this, their new EP, just around the corner, 2014 looks like it will be the year when Attention Thieves make the step up to join their fellow Brits on the bigger scene.
I remember being suitably impressed with Corby (UK)-based metal/screamo quartet Acoda after catching them at a local show earlier this year and, thankfully, their new album, Yours To Defend, shows I was right to be impressed.
I don’t know about you but, despite growing up when thrash metal was at its peak, I find a lot of the modern bands who proclaim to be paying tribute to their influences just don’t give me the same buzz. I think a lot of it is down to the polished, pristine studio conditions these bands record under which, under normal circumstances, wouldn't be a problem because, let’s face it, nobody likes listen to a record that sounds like dogshit do they?
I remember seeing U.S. hardcore maulers Stray From The Path some time last year and making a mental note then that they weren't the sort of band you would want to be on the wrong side of. Listening to the raw, raging aggression pouring out of their latest album, Anonymous, nothing has changed that opinion.
Aside from the intro and the somewhat out of place "Pieces", the rest of Sink Or Swim, the new album from California shredders Weapons Status Red is a rip-roaring slice of abrasive metalcore. Now, we all know that the metalcore scene has gone beyond being just a little overcrowded so the million dollar question is – do Weapons Status Red warrant your attention over the thousands of other "metalcore" bands?
Formed in 2007, Italian quintet Joyless Jokers sit right on that line that separates the Swedish death metal scene and the American death metal scene. Their new album, Taste Of Victory, blurs that divider with a devastating blend of melody and clinical, sledgehammer heavy ferocity. Okay, the Italians may not reinvent the wheel with their sound but, for thirty-odd minutes, you'll find yourself listening to a fine example of what happens when the two worlds collide.
Gibraltan rockers Breed 77 have announced their split with vocalist Paul Isola. The split is amicable and the band have already confirmed a replacement in the form of Rui Lopez someone who fans of the band will have seen sharing a stage with Paul on their recent UK tour dates with Fozzy.
Nu-metal titans Limp Bizkit have been confirmed as headliners for the 2014 Kerrang! Magazine tour. The tour sees the band joined by Japanese electro-metallers Crossfaith and Nekrogoblikon for the dates listed below.
It would appear that Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor has got the hump with both the Reading Festival promoters and headline act Biffy Clyro over the treatment of his returning rockers. In a post of Twitter, Reznor complained "...the lying promoter and the band following us (whoever the fuck they are) fucked us on our production."
Holland's The Charm The Fury are already kicking up a whirlwind of interest even though, in terms of career length, this is still a band who are in their infancy having only been together for three years. Well, the band dubbed as "Holland's best kept secret" are about to drop their debut album on an unsuspecting metal scene, so you'd better get yourself prepared for this devastating piece of work!
When I got this to review it made me realise that I've not bothered to listen to a GWAR album since I bought their Scumdogs Of The Universe debut back when the band first spewed onto the scene. Since then, each release has been met with a fair bit of indifference because, and I won’t deny it, my (and most other people's) main interest in GWAR comes from the live show with the 20ft wanking aliens and celebrity dismemberment.
Sheffield outfit Bring Me The Horizon have confirmed the following headline run for later this Autumn. The tour announcement comes after their appearance at the Reading/Leeds festivals this past weekend. Tickets for the tour are on sale now!
So, the final day arrives and the amount of Slayer shirts seen around the site would indicate that, for all their appearances at Download and Sonisphere, Bloodstock is their rightful home and this is their crowd.