Why am I looking forward to Bloodstock Festival 2013? Oh, I don’t know really. Might be something to do with (alongside other huge performances), three that I’m particularly excited to see perform.
The first is Lamb of God . The second, Slayer. The third, and by absolutely no means least, Voivod.
I’ve seen Lamb of God before, playing in support to Heaven and Hell. Having toured with Ronnie James Dio, there’s no doubt that they’ll be bringing all they’ve got to the main stage named after him. This will also be their first UK show since vocalist Randy Blythe was found not guilty of manslaughter in the Czech Republic. With this tragic event now behind them, I’m hoping that the band will feel free to absolutely tear up the festival on Saturday night. This is currently their only booked tour date in the UK this year.
I’m also expecting something special from Slayer – I’m thrilled because I’ve never seen them play before, but with the extremely sad passing of Jeff Hanneman, I know that they will be using every tour date on their schedule to shred hard for him. There will be an unfillable vacant spot on the stage as Slayer bring the festival to a close on Sunday, but this will be an opportunity for UK fans to remember him and his work, along with his compatriots.
Voivod returned with a new album earlier this year. Target Earth brings back the sound of their earlier work, in all its dissonant glory. They might be ‘challenging’ to listen to the first time round, but 1989′s Nothingface is a classic record which really grows on you once you pass the first aural hurdle. It’s genre-shattering, intense, and really changed the way I thought about music.