Posts Tagged ‘Gwar’

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Gwar – The Bloody Pit Of Horror

November 22, 2010

As you can probably see, I’ve been on a bit of melodic stint lately. Roughly since…2001, so I thought it’s about high time we shook things up a bit with everyone’s favourite B-movie extras Gwar, and their new record. Catching these guy at Bloodstock was…enlightening, certainly with thoughts of “Is that…yes, yes that’s Hitler and he’s…he’s ejaculating green into the crowd. Well, the members of the yacht club won’t stand for that!”

While a large part of Gwar’s live show is the shock factor of the stage antics, and the admittedly great costumes and personas, it’s significantly harder to put that across on record. The album begins with the four part title track, a violent fusion of thrash, early hardcore and all the low budget horror violence a man could wish for. Therein is the essence of Gwar, there are no giant memorable riffs that pull a song out from the rest, but the throaty shouts of songs like Tick-Tits and the question “What could be better than ticks on your tits?”.  I’ll give it to them, Gwar a very crude, but very funny band. Without lying on the outright clinical horror of death metal, although Litany Of The Slain might just be the one semi-serious song on the album.

While I wouldn’t exactly call Gwar a singalong band, choruses that are shouts of “Tick-Tits!” and/or “Genocide!” are annoyingly infectious the extent you wonder if the band haven’t put them in just to piss you off. Regardless, the few moments of melodic hook are lost in a thrash maelstrom who’s main focus is often naught but unbridled malevolence toward the listener.

I have a feeling if you own a Gwar album, you pretty much own them all. Despite the juvenile bristling energy leaping off TBPoH, it’s true that Gwar have honed their sound to an art. If, the last time someone offered you a hug, you punched them in the dick, I’d certainly recommend it, you angry angry badger.

6ish/10.

Twaddlefish

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Gwar – America Must Be Destroyed (Reissue)

November 27, 2009

It doesn’t feel like 25 years since the mighty Gwar first crash landed on earth and by now it would seem their sick of us. But just as an extra kick in the face to those who have tried to imitate the bands prowess  the raw alien power of ‘Crack in the Egg’ and ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Never Felt So Good’ have not been matched.

Ok time to cut the bulls**t and get to the point. As anyone who has heard Gwar will know, the band are more about show than sound and after witnessing the debauchery that was their Wacken set its easy to see why. This album remains timeless though and could quite easily have been written 2 days ago and would sound just as fresh. The reason being that its not overly ‘of the time’ its just a good, straight up, drinking album. Something to get pissed to at a house party. Whilst its a reissue many people may not own it and with the additional material you’ve never had better value for your money!

Long may they remain on Earth!

8/10

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Metal Blade News Update: 20/11/09

November 21, 2009



METAL BLADE NEWS 19/11/09
WWW.METALBLADE.CO.UK



UPCOMING RELEASE DATES 23.11.09 GWAR-‘America Must Be Destroyed’ (CD+DVD Re-Issue)
23.11.09 IMPIOUS-‘Death Domination’ (CD)
18.01.10 SIX FEET UNDER-‘Graveyard Classics 3’ (CD)
18.01.10 VALKYRJA-‘Contamination’ (CD)
01.02.10 CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED-‘Charred Walls Of The Damned’ (CD+DVD)


ARMORED SAINT post video clips from studio online!

Mighty ARMORED SAINT are nearly finished mixing their new album! You can watch video footage from the studio, uploaded straight from the notebook of drummer Gonzo! Go check!

Joey Vera laying down some bass tracks <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcOZZrDZmPw>
Again Joey at work <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5C1b4WqKzbU>
Gonzo tracking drums for ‘Head On’ <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNaa900Pr8A>
Gonzo tracking drums for ‘La Raza’ <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOJRd4h-IXY>

The new ARMORED SAINT album is expected to drop worldwide in March of 2010 through Metal Blade Records!

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AUTUMN to support THE GATHERING on upcoming European tour!

Female fronted Dutch heavy rock outfit AUTUMN will be supporting THE GATHERING on their “The West Pole/20th Anniversary” European tour in January and February 2010.

THE GATHERING + AUTUMN
22/01/10 – DE – Krefeld – Kulturfabrik
23/01/10 – DE – Erfurt – HsD
24/01/10 – DE – Berlin – Columbia Club
26/01/10 – DE – Karlsruhe – Substage
27/01/10 – DE – Nürnberg – Hirsch
28/01/10 – CZ – Praha – Abataon
29/01/10 – PL – Krakow – Loch Ness
30/01/10 – SI – Bratislava – Randal
31/01/10 – HU – Budapest – Diesel
01/02/10 – HR – Zagreb – Mochvara
02/02/10 – IT – Milan – Zoe
04/02/10 – ES – Barcelona – Salamandra 1
05/02/10 – ES – Alicante – Nave 8
06/02/10 – ES – Granada – El Tren
07/02/10 – ES – Madrid – Heineken
09/02/10 – FR – Lyon – Ninkasi Kao
10/02/10 – CH – Pratteln – Z7
11/02/10 – DE – Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal
12/02/10 – BE – Vosselaar – Biebob
13/02/10 – FR – Lille – Le Splendid
14/02/10 – FR – Paris – Elysée Montmartre

Comments AUTUMN“It’s truly an honor for us to join forces with a band that rocked the cradle of contemporary female fronted heavy music and that has since then firmly set its own unique course into uncharted territory throughout its 20 year history. The Gathering have managed to create a trademark sound that sets them apart from the wealth of bands that followed in their footsteps and in this sense they have been a true inspiration for us.

Though our musical styles may differ slightly, we feel that Autumn and The Gathering share a very similar approach to music: persevering in the face of setbacks and rising to the challenge of creating music that expands our musical boundaries while remaining close to the hearts of both ourselves and our fans.

An evening with The Gathering and Autumn therefore holds the promise of being a varied, honest and intense musical experience. We hope to welcome you at one of these shows!”

For a statement by THE GATHERING and more info on the tour, check out www.gathering.nl <http://www.gathering.nl/> !

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CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED release track listing and front cover to self-titled debut album!

As CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED prepare for their self-titled, first-ever album out January, 29th / February, 1st 2010 – the group is gearing up for their official release by announcing the track listing and unleashing the album’s artwork upon the metal world. The self-titled debut by CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED. contains nine tracks and a bonus DVD: “The Making of Charred Walls of the Damned” – and comes in a Digipak.

CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED tracklisting:
1. Ghost Town
2. From The Abyss
3. Creating Our Machine
4. Blood on Wood
5. In a World So Cruel
6. Manifestations
7. Voices Within the Walls
8. The Darkest Eyes
9. Fear in the Sky
*Bonus DVD The Making of Charred Walls of the Damned

CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED was produced by Jason Suecof and recorded at his Orlando, FL based studio, Audiohammer Studios, and boasts an all-star lineup consisting of some of metal’s most talented musicians.

Richard Christy, former drummer for Death and Iced Earth, comedian, and radio personality on the legendary Howard Stern Show on Sirius-XM Satellite Radio on drums. Famed producer Jason Suecof who has produced and/or mixed some of the most prominent albums from metal’s leading bands, including: Trivium, All That Remains, The Black Dahlia Murder, Chimaira, DevilDriver and many, many more, on guitars. Tim “Ripper” Owens, who fronted heavy metal legends Judas Priest from 1996 to 2002, performed alongside Richard in Iced Earth from 2003 to 2004, and currently performs with Beyond Fear and Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force, on vocals. And one of metal’s most heralded bassists, Steve Digiorgio, who played alongside Richard in the bands Control Denied and Iced Earth, and has also performed with Death, Autopsy, Testament, Vintersorg, and is a founding member of technical thrash pioneers Sadus.

The self-titled debut album of CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED will be released the 29th of January / 1st of February 2010 all over Europe via Metal Blade Records!

Add CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED at their brand new MySpace site:
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GOATWHORE European tour kicking off next week!

American Black Metallers GOATWHORE will embark on a European tour in November with TOXIC HOLOCAUST and SKELETONWITCH. The tour is beginning next week Friday, don´t miss out on this great Underground event!

TOXIC HOLOCAUST + GOATWHORE + SKELETONWITCH
(3-bands co-headline tour, the bands will rotate every night)

27.11.09 Netherlands Nijmegen @ Doornroosje
28.11.09 Belgium Gent @ Minus One
29.11.09 UK Plymouth @ White Rabbit
30.11.09 UK Glasgow @ Ivory Blacks
01.12.09 UK Sheffield @ Corporation
02.12.09 UK London @ Underworld
03.12.09 UK Birmingham @ Eddie’s
05.12.09 UK Prestatyn Sands @ Hard Rock Hell
06.12.09 Day Off / Travel Day
07.12.09 France Nantes @ Le Ferrailleur
08.12.09 Germany Trier @ Exhaus
09.12.09 Germany Hamburg @ Hafenklang
10.12.09 Denmark Copenhagen @ Loppen
11.12.09 Germany Berlin @ Cassiopeia
12.12.09 Germany Bischofswerda @ Eastclub
13.12.09 Poland Wroclaw @ Wagon
14.12.09 Czech Rep Prague @ 007
15.12.09 Germany München @ Feierwerk
16.12.09 Italy Arcene (Bergamo) @ Soundcheck
17.12.09 Switzerland Zürich @ Abart
18.12.09 Germany Darmstadt @ Steinbruch Theater
19.12.09 Germany Essen @ Turock

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GWAR’s ‘America Must Be Destroyed’ deluxe edition with “Tour De Scum” and “Phallus In Wonderland” out this week!

The almighty GWAR have unleashed upon the unwitting populace of Europe a special collection of classics from the GWARchives. America Must Be Destroyed, GWAR’s 1992 opus, can now be purchased in a special edition digipak that’s also crammed with a DVD that includes the seminal GWAR films Tour De Scum and Phallus In Wonderland. Never before have they all been available in one package for you to get your clammy human hands on!

The America Must Be Destroyed special edition is available everywhere from Friday/Monday on!

12,99,- BUY <http://www.emp.de/feature/?id=74&partnerid=1>

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HAIL OF BULLETS premiere new video for ‘Warsaw Rising’ on MetalInjection.net!

MetalInjection.net, the internet’s source for the most (in quantity and substance) metal videos, is bringing you the latest assault from HAIL OF BULLETS!

Warsaw Rising, from the EP of the same title, is a live video that features Martin Van Drunen and co.’s crushing live show. The video can be seen RIGHT NOW on MetalInjection.net
<http://www.metalinjection.net/av/exclusive-video-premiere-hail-bullets-warsaw-rising-win-copy-rare-ep> !

Comments drummer Ed Warby: “Our first official video features the Bullets performing the track Warsaw Rising against a backdrop of total, all-out war! With its muted colour palette emulating the super-imposed archive footage of destruction, this is the perfect visual companion to our brutal aural onslaught!”

Warsaw Rising features two new tracks, Warsaw Rising and Liberators, live tracks for Red Wolves Of Stalin, Nachthexen, The Crucial Offensive, and a cover of Twisted Sister’s Destroyer. You can purchase the EP on iTunes HERE <http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/warsaw-rising/id321019040> . European fans can buy the EP on emp.de HERE <http://www.emp.de/bin/shop.php?rubrik=&Sucheintrag=warsaw+rising&list_sort=gd&prog=search&tc=SEARCH&stat=yes> .

“I don’t know if it’s their wealth of experience, pure talent, or sheer love of the music, but this band has just the right energy and atmosphere to unload classic, kick-ass death metal even in this day and age, without sounding too modern or like a complete throwback.” AversionOnline.com

“Rarely do Death Metal performances come across clean and powerful on live albums, but these three tracks are quite amazing.” Metal-Rules.com

“True to their World War II themes, “Warsaw Rising” and “Liberators” roll like tanks, while the doomy stomp of Twisted Sister’s “Destroyer” is a surprisingly good fit.”InvisibleOranges.com

“When you think there’s no hope left for brutal music, where every band sounds the same, HAIL OF BULLETS comes along and just level everything with the ground. Pretenders – move over!” Silenoz/DIMMU BORGIR

HAIL OF BULLETS

December 2009


19th    CORK – Winterfest @ An Cruiscin Lan

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IMPIOUS ‘Death Domination’ full album stream on TheGauntlet.com!

Swedish Death Metal veterans, IMPIOUS, are poised to unleash their third album on Metal Blade Records, Death Domination. We could tell you all day long how good this band is, how they’ve been crushing audiences worldwide since 1994, and how their new album is a crushing slab of death metal – OR, you could head on over to TheGauntlet.com <http://www.thegauntlet.com/article/674/17280/Impious-Death-Damnation-album-stream.html> and stream Death Domination in its entirety and judge for yourself!

Guitarist Valle Adzic adds about the album: Death Domination is our sixth album, and I must say it’s the first time I’m actually really happy about how the end result turned out. It just gets my engines pumping, you know? We’re talking about ultra brutal death metal here, but still it has those memorable hooks somehow. Death Domination is a team effort that’s as honest as it can get. We’re not trying to be original or something, we’ve simply just worked hard on making the best songs we can come up with, and then get that on tape. I think people will notice that rock solid energy and confidence, and I hope they’ll appreciate the album as much as we do. It’s our fastest most aggressive record to this date for sure.”

Death Domination will be released in Europe the 20th/23rd of November, 2009!

Click to HERE <http://www.thegauntlet.com/article/674/17280/Impious-Death-Damnation-album-stream.html> stream Death Domination in its entirety NOW!!

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VALKYRJA finish recordings for ‘Contamination’ and reveal tracklisting & artwork!

Swedish Black Metallers VALKYRJA have finished recordings for their 2nd album Contamination! Again recorded at Necromorbus Studios (Deströyer 666, Watain) with Tore Stjerna at the helm, Contamination is the logical successor to the bands debut album The Invocation Of Demise (re-issued by Metal Blade Records in July 2009).VALKYRJA act even more relentless than on their first effort and they have also refined their sense for compelling melodies close to perfection!

The band comments on Contamination as follows: “The two years which have passed since the ‘The Invocation of Demise’ session has been a hectic period of composing, crafting and some line-up changes. During this last summer VALKYRJA manifested the second album. There were no doubts that we would return to Necromorbus Studio, again with Tore Stjerna as producer, and the outcome of this session formed an abominable weapon. January 2010 Metal Blade Records will unleash this dweller of the underworld – by far the strongest material thus far – namely Contamination, a mark of violent and dark Metal for the predator and beast of opposition within man.”

Every Black Metal fan in general and followers of DISSECTION and NAGLFAR in particular will love the hymnic riffing and the vicious atmosphere VALKYRJA unleash on their new album.

Crowned by a top-notch, freezing cold and brutal production, Contamination is indeed the first Black Metal highlight of the new year and makes VALKYRJA THE Black Metal band to watch out for in 2010!

Tracklisting Contamination:
1. Advent…
2. Oceans to Dust
3. Catharsis (Contaminate the Earth)
4. Solstice in Withdrawal
5. Laments of the Destroyed
6. Ambience of the Dead
7. The Womb of Disease
8. Welcoming Worms
9. A Cursed Seed in the World
10. The Adversarial Incentive Within All

Contamination will be released all over Europe the 15th/18th of January 2010!

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Wacken Open Air 2009

August 10, 2009

The following may appear to be a somewhat protracted and ill thought out review, and in many ways it is, but after minutes of deliberation we decided that the best way for you to see if Wacken is for you is to see as many different opinions as possible on it, so here are four peoples seperate reviews of Wacken all mashed into one, and much like peas, whilst seperate reviews are nice on there own, they’re far superior when they’re mushy. I know, my imaginitive literary skills are extraordinary.

Der W

So this was some pretty old German band that me, Harry and Paul caught while harry was trying to get a wacken t shirt and buy me a towel at the official merch stand. Germans seem to know and love them, but if like me you aren’t fortunate enough to have Prussian blood in your veins, they are most likely completely alien to you. Now, I mensioned that they’re old, however they don’t actually sound that dated. Although the start was rather shaky, and there was some pretty obvious last minute level checking going on, once they got going they churned out some pretty damn good rock. Catchy vocals, nice interesting guitar work, energetic performance….these guys would have probably been huge if they were English or American. Plus the decent song writing makes it sound like it could have come from anytime in the past few decades. Solid Stuff. 7/10

Retrospect

I checked this band out because I was in the area, buying a kebab (if there is any reason to go to Wacken, it’s the donner kebabs there. Proper well mixed, good amount of meat and salad, and the thick bread that you can hold the whole thing with and it won’t soak through or break, its good bread and all!). I also feel the need to check out every Asian band I can when I’m at a festival…don’t ask why, I guess I’m a closet weaboo. Anyway, after I finished the kebab, I found the party stage with these feminine Asian guys playing music that was like a heavyer, more hardcore Bullet For My Valentine. They were pretty good to be honest, I’m just glad they were slightly out of the way on the party stage, or some of the more puritanical metalheads present may have bottled them for being so feminine and metalcore or emo or whatever. The singer was proper camp too. They did have some pretty extreme fringes going on. The crowd of people there though loved them, and after their set they even got quite a large chant of “Zu Gabel”, the german encore of the moment. Very tightly played, with some decent instrumental work. The bassist was sick too, and played an awesome 6-string, as well as being the least feminine of the bunch (not saying much I know). 8/10

Walls of Jericho

First hardcore styled band of the festival was always going to be good. From pretty much the get go, Walls was a melee of pits, hardcore dancing and walls of death, and I’m proud to say I was a part of all of these. Until you’ve seen Walls live, you can’t really appreciate what a beast singer Candace Kucsulain really is. With strong arms to put most male frontmen to shame, and a devastating scream, she was probably the best frontperson of the festival. And she started a wicked if not slightly questionable chant of “Fuck!, Fuck!, Fuck!” by the end of which I was pretty much in love with her. The sound was perhaps a little muddy, and quite a lot of subtleties were most likely lost, but at least it worked really well on the breakdowns. And some good breakdowns seemed to be what most people were looking forward to. They played lots of new material too, which all went down a treat. 9/10

Bullet For My Valentine

I was kind of apprehensive about this, as I knew a lot of people were resentful of them being here, them being an “Emo” band or whatever, but watching them you would never have guessed the stigma attached to them. They played a really tight set, with one of the best sounds of the whole festival, and got an incredible reaction, right back to the beer trucks. “Tears don’t fall” was probably the best song, being a guilty pleasure of me and almost everyone I know. It was a weird feeling being there with thousands of people watching a song we all secretly loved but are normally too ashamed to admit, being able to finally let rip. Kind of like a thousand people simultaneously coming out of the closet together. In many ways, seeing Bullet for my Valentine live was the closest I will ever get to participating in a gay pride parade. And having them playing at a festival that’s normally stringently traditionalist only emphasized the feeling. 9/10

Motorhead

For a first time seeing them, it was enjoyable whether or not I will bother next time…still they know how to rock and they know how to roll. A band still worthy of their status. [8/10]

In Flames

Flanked by a stunning light and pyro display the Swedes can always be relied on for a great performance. No great setlist surprises but solid as a rock and tight as a knot. [7/10]

Testament

Testament played a very tight, well eq’ed, energetic set, with all the classics and a nice cross section through their career, and all was good. However, I feel that the biggest point of the set was the curious spectacle of Chuck Billy, now bloated to the size of a full grown bull manatee, sporting for some odd reason half a mic stand, which he clutched like a chubby RPG player would a staff of warding or something. And if the spectacle of a large adult male with long graying hair and a not fully put together mic stand wasn’t odd enough, whenever not singing, he would play said half stand like it was a guitar, with a scary degree of accuracy to the actual guitar. Sometimes you would confuse him with one of the 2 real guitarists. So I spent most of the set curiously squinting at Chuck, or moshing my balls off. 8/10

Bring Me The Horizon

BMTH always seem to have a terrible live sound, and this gig was no exception. Throughout the whole set you could barely pick out a single riff, just mush, interspersed with breakdowns. The best part of the gig was no doubt the crowd, who kept the spirit high through the whole set, and even engineered a wall of death in the cramped (piss) W.E.T (through) stage. The crowd made this one, the band I have to admit, even though I would call myself a fan, kind of phoned this one in. 6/10

Heaven Shall Burn

Possibly the best intro to a set was heaven shall burn, milking the gentle pre recorded intro before destroying everything. The biggest circle pit of the festival engulfed all. The sound was kind of raw, and they weren’t the tightest band on display, but in terms of raw brutality they gave most a run for their money. 8/10

BFMV

Go against a cloud of doubt and show us all that they truly deserve their mainstage slot. [8/10]

Lacuna Coil

Played an impressive set, mixing old with new and even gave us a taster of some new material. Closing with their always good Depeche Mode cover. Superb. [7/10]

Machine Head

I’m pretty sure everyone agreed that Machine Head was the best band of the festival. Opening with Imperium, possibly one of the best live songs I’ve ever seen, set the bar for the rest of the night. I’m pretty lucky that my New Era cap stayed on through the whole set, and even now it feels slightly sweat drenched. This was however an empty victory, as Jim had earlier dropped it in Ravioli juice. They played an even cross section through their catalogue, and even a few surprises I thought they wouldn’t do live, like the Burning Red, and 9 minute epic Halo from The Blackening. The energy pretty much never abated, and for me, it was a perfect ending to the festival. One of the best live bands I’ve seen. 10/10

Axel Rudi Pell

I was with relief that I saw Axel Rudi Pell take the stage, seeing as they’ve cancelled the last 2 wackens in a row I wasn’t sure if I’d ever see them here, but I did and they were very enjoyable. They were a break from the norm and, whilst playing to a surprisingly low crowd turnout, still got a great reaction. The man himself is a great guitarist and the musicians he’s surrounded himself with are all equally good, especially singer Johnny Gioeli and it was a fun energetic set combining old songs with new (not that there’s ever been any real difference.) 8/10

Heaven and Hell

The stage went red, the band sauntered on with confidence and energy, Dio burst onto the stage with precision and vigour! ‘Mob Rules’ kicked in and from there it was a ‘best of’ Dio’s Sabbath set. Every song from the bands title track all the way to the awesome new ‘Bible Black’ and the exceptionally powerful ‘I’! This band had a presence that only very few bands over the weekend had, it was a well performed set with a basic stage set that suited the band and feel very well, although I couldn’t help but wish the devil beast with multiple tongues would have been made as a stage set rather than just a video. Overall, one of my favs of the weekend – 10/10

Doro

Wow. Superb set, fantastically performed by the Queen of metal. Some amazing tracks, all well preformed and with a brilliant stage set, with ‘Night Of The Warlock’ stealing the show with the amazing moving stage set of the Warlock with its red eyes and huge hands looming over the stage. Doro was obviously happy to be there, the song list was a great mix of old and new material with Herzblut generating great emotion, this was true Doro, much better than she had been at the beginning of the weekend singing the weirdly annoying ‘We Are The Metalheads’ Wacken theme song, she sang ‘We Are’, the real song, they even made a mistake and put the lyrics for ‘We Are The Metalheads’ on the screen, but the crowd didn’t sing it, it was very funny and fitting, We Are is much better! Another of my favourite sets – 9.5/10

Hammerfall

Surprising, I got hammered in a pit, for HF, a real big frigging pit that just burst out during the second song, and again during ‘Glory To The Brave’, No I am not joking, during that quite track, it was amazing, mind bogging and intense… I have been told that from a distance it was not great as sets go, but from up close and in pits and the massive crush at the front it was fantastic, topped the amazing ‘Hearts On Fire’. It was a fantastic experience where I bust my lip, and one that I will not forget in a hurry. I plan to catch them next time they play, just to see if this atmosphere could be rekindled – 8/10

Airbourne

AC/DC can be so easily referenced, but actually I will avoid it. The band played heartily, great stage presence and a fantastic power with a great vocalist and guitarist. The obvious tracks of note were ‘Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast’ and ‘Running Wild’ both of which were fantastic. The crowd were very into their energetic antics, like the guitarist climbing the stage rig and hanging off playing the guitar, it was superb to enjoy the set. – 9/10

Saxon

Despite a rather disappointing appearance at Hammerfest these brits celebrate their 30th anniversary in style. Seeming genuinely stunned Biff accepts an award and the band even throw a rarely heard ‘Crusader’ for good measure.[8/10]

Running Wild

You’d think when its your ‘Last Show Forever’ you’d throw a few quid at it surely…a largely inaccessible show to the non-fans and even those who know the music felt let down. A somewhat mediocre end.[5/10]

GWAR

With music that is almost unbearable to listen to outside of the show GWAR do what they do best, mock politicians and celebrities, shoot various body fluids everywhere and are just downright funny.[7/10]

Cathedral

Quite why Cathedral are billed at half 3 in the afternoon on the massive stage is an utter mystery. Much better suited to the intimate, dark environment its just a bit of a let down. Poor billing, poor setting and sadly a pretty poor show. [4/10]

Grand Magus

Never a letdown live, these guys were simply fantastic, powerful songs, searing vocals and a sound that is far heavier than anything you could expect 3 musicians to create. [9/10]

Borknagar

I am going to make this simple, I was looking forward to them alot as I have wanted to see them for ages… Not the worst band ever technically but for me personally: they sucked, truly boring and disappointing – 2/10

Bon Scott

What can really be said, they were a great AC/DC tribute act, played some great songs very well for a tribute act. The tent was packed full for the first night, It was a squeeze to get in but worth the effort. Very fun but to be honest it was a little pale in comparison to AC/DC a few months before. Can’t beat ‘Highway’ or ‘Hell’s Bells’ or ‘Back In Black’, great stuff – 7/10

Baz’s Verdict – In all the festival was superb, the atmosphere was great however my camp had too many early sleepers for my liking, but such is life, would have loved not to get a migraine for Saxon as they sounded amazing from the site, but alas, can’t get everything you want. Loved the antics of killing an inflatable Simpson’s sofa by diving off a van onto it, yeah, some being more naked in the act than others. Yeah, The leaning tower of gazebo. Yeah, The weird drunk German pissing on the van while I stood there dumb-founded calling him a douche. Yeah, The annoying bastards in the next camp repeating the same absolute shite all over and again. Yeah, Certain odd situations with obsessive 14 year old German girls. Yeah, The Yorkshire bastards in the camp next door with their drinking dickery and having a laugh. Yeah, Telling women that their job was Anal, Swallowing loads and shutting up, apparently it says so in the Bible! Overall it, yeah, all added to the amazing experience that was the, yeah, 20th Anniversary of Wacken!

Mr Bogle’s Verdict-The only real disappo int of the weekend was missing the mighty Amon Amarth. A stage slot of 2am and a swollen foot on my part prevented me from seeing them

Eyelicker’s Verdict – I wasn’t particularly keen on the line up this year at first, due to there being, in my humble opinion, too much classic rock and unknown German bands. Many complained that because they sold out almost straight away they didn’t bother getting a decent line up, and this may possibly be true. There were other disasters as well, such as Jim getting tomato sauce form a Ravioli tin on my New Era cap, and none of my CDs or MP3 player working in Jims van, rendering us without brokeNCYDE or Attack Attack! For a week. Nevertheless, a great time was still had by all, and it was nice for the whole headbang team to finally do something together for the first time. We made friends, got f***ed up, and got crunk! Bloodstock has its work cut out!