BOA 2015 – Saturday NewBlood Stage

Live reviews by

Sabrina Beever and Aaron Emerson

Live Photography by

Richard PriceHeather Mc 

AMETHYST

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It’s so early, why is it so early, oh yeah because it’s Amethyst time! It may have been 10.30 in the morning but opening the New Blood has its advantages as well as its downside, the main advantage of course is no clash, nadda, however the crux is, you’re on first when fans are trying to wake up. Well Amethyst certainly woke you up perfectly, the shreds were demonic, the vocals were thunderous, the drum beats felt like the earth was shaking and the bass lines pounding; the tracks were furious and fast, full of energy and the queue for Delikate got such an earful of the tremendous riffs that they got their fix and walked straight into the tent to fill it very quickly with that furiously nodding dog syndrome going on. It was a tremendous start and definitely one of the bands who deserve the possibility to win the coveted prize of going to next year’s Wacken Open Air 2016.

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/AOVUK
Photos by: Heather Mc
Live Review: Aaron Emerson

 

DEIFIED

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Second day on the New Blood stage and the dense sound of Deified filled the tent packed with enthusiastic people. The crowd were not the only ones filled with enthusiasm and energy, the band too put on a dynamic performance. This was particularly evident by the rate at which vocalist Jamie Hughes was singing the lyrics with a deep gruff tone. He highlighted this before one song in particular where he stated that “this ones a killer and it’s f#@£ing going to kill me so I hope you enjoy it!” I’m really surprised it didn’t because I don’t know when I saw him breathe, but he definitely survived with driving guitar riffs with some melodic intervals and cheers from the crowd wanting more of the insanely fast vocals and hard hitting riffs. On their last song Deified wanted the crowd involved for a strong message which to me describes the metal scene. “f##k it” was what they wanted the crowd to chant with their middle fingers held high in the air, showing how metal stands out in the crowd and we all know it but here it doesn’t matter as everyone is as one.

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Crestfallenuk
Photos by: Heather Mc 
Live Review: Sabrina Beever

 

MASTIFF

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This hard hitting, hard core band definitely seemed to have a bark worse than it’s bite with barbaric beats and siren like cries, Mastiff were not ones to go lightly. Deep tones were often emphasised with vigorous bass riffs along with forceful stamps on the bass drum which went double the rate due to there being 2, as if the sound wasn’t forceful enough. The vigorous nature of the band’s music was a predominant element but not the only one which created their sound; groove infused guitar solos were also a plentiful and played with soulful energy as guitarist Wright raised his guitar to the sky as if he was transmitting the powerful music to everyone at and around the festival. The feeling definitely reached the audience who couldn’t get enough of the heavy sound.

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/mastiffhchc
Photos by: Richard Price
Live Review: Sabrina Beever

 

CHAOS TRIGGER

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Coming up from South Wales, Chaos Trigger smashed it on stage with their continuous crashing drum beat and energy infused vocals as Ben Duffin-Jones spun around the stage. Chaos Trigger definitely pushed the right buttons as they got the crowd moving filling the air with a sea of hair and crashing bodies “Lets get this S##t moving.” Vocalist Jones seemed to close in on the action as he vaulted off stage and into the barrier embracing crowd members in hugs, metal uniting in the making. A kind audience member tossed a beer up to the bassist who was said to be the clumsiest member of the band, what you thought would be a recipe for disaster transformed into a magnificent moment as Bradley Kaler actually caught the beer with some still left in the cup, just what the doctor ordered.

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/chaostrigger
Photos by: Richard Price
Live Review: Sabrina Beever

MARTYR DE MONA

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Having a little bit of a nasty clash with Ethereal on the Sophie Stage, Martyr de Mona entertained the New Blood; luckily with a completely different clientele as a target audience, and boy did they get it. The Progressive rock anthems were all the rage this year and Martyr de Mona didn’t disappoint in this field; the addictive catchy riffs locked you in, the bass lines made you sway as they blended so well with their sound, the rhythmic drum beats got you moving and the husky vocals enveloped you so tightly that it felt like a massive hug. It was superb, sometimes when you get it right and it just clicks into place, you know you have something special on offer and Martyr de Mona had this, it was just sublime. New Blood does this every year, you find bands and think to yourself why are these guys not signed or why are they not huge, the UK metal scene is a very vibrant arena and there are bands like this that just fall through the cracks; luckily we have Bloodstock to showcase what is out there and Martyr de Mona deserved their appreciation.

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/martyrdemona
Photos by: Heather Mc 
Live Review: Aaron Emerson

 

SOULBORN

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Energy was on a high for everyone in the New Blood tent with the bassist Matt Gamble appearing as if he was attached to springs along with the audience, who were swaying their heads in harsh movement to each side. Although interaction with the crowd was decreased, this did not stop them from raising their ‘horns’ in the air showing how they savoured the Norwich based band’s blended sound of harder rock and metal with extra groove. They even had a guest appearance where ‘The Hobgoblin’ appeared on stage with a guitar who received a huge cheer and staggered chuckles from the unexpected crowd. Another comedy moment came in time for the last song where vocalist stated “this is Enter Sandman… just kidding, Strive” and strive the crowd did, the track ending with clean guitar solos prolonging notes over active drums and grungy vocals was something you didn’t want to miss.

Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/SoulbornMusic
Photos by Richard Price
Live Review: Sabrina Beever

CODEX ALIMENTARIUS

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The first band on the New Blood stage so far with three guitars had a way of combining more mellow melodic riffs with ruthless metal. Vocalist Ray added a savage tone from the aggressive nature in his low gruff vocals, the combination of all the guitars could add a rough and abrupt tone, connecting with the audience as a dense wall of sound. This wall was also reduced so individual parts were more intricate such as the greater focus on cymbals for the drummer rather than the usual rapid strikes of predominantly the bass and snare drum. In these ‘lull’ periods the guitars provided a greater momentum where solos would occur in one or two of the guitars whilst the other/s provided blissfull underlying harmony all while maintaining that metal image, but highly altered to be known as more than just one specific thing.

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/codexalimentariusband
Photos by: Richard Price
Live Review: Sabrina Beever

 

BLOODYARD

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Sometimes the New Blood stage can have horrible clashes and Bloodyard’s Death Metal set couldn’t have been worse with Napalm Death already in their ascendency on the Dio Stage; still Bloodyard managed to pull in the curious and the already locked in fans and actually did damned well with the crowd. The female death growls were reminiscent of Arch Enemy, and that’s not something to be sniffed at, the riffs were a scourge on the land rendering it with its sonic whips, you could feel the energy pouring off the strings in the air. It wasn’t a huge surprise that the death metal sound got the crowd moving and with those reverbs from the bass, I’m not sure you had a choice. It was a good performance and though there were nerves there, they handled them very well and Bloodstock will be a very proud moment for the quartet from Lancaster.

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/bloodyard666
Photos by: Richard Price
Live Review: Aaron Emerson

AKARUSA YAMI

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Unconventional, experimental and engaging Akarusa Yami brought melodic metal to a new level. They pull influences from anywhere they can including progressive rock, regular rock, jazz, metal and many more melding them into a hard hitting yet separated sound, split through the instruments. Guitarist Julia, despite not playing all the time, adds key melodic moments such as compelling off beat blues chords, which sound disjointed and make you question where you’re meant to bang your head but adds that flair of difference against strummed guitars. Despite strumming, solos were also plentiful with mixes of distortion and and clean solos in a jazzier style as well as dark heavy metal, influences for everyone to sink their teeth into.

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/akarusayami
Photos by: Richard Price
Live Review: Sabrina Beever

OVEROTH

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Dirty death metal band Overoth brought fear and terror into the New Blood tent, roaring vocals increasing in pitch compounded of desperation and aggression, on their own were enough to cause you nightmares, for the audience however Overoth played a dream. Fierce is not the word for the Irish band with intensified aggressive flair reflected in all the instruments. They made great use of backing tracks which added extra eeriness and suspense to their already terrifyingly terrific songs. The drummer fiercely hit the drum kit as all guitarists thrashed out their riff. More melodic moments also took place within the amazing metal mayhem with great guitar solos and the interaction of guitars similar to that of Iron Maiden, but with one less guitar. A terrifyingly brilliant set with a great example of melodic aggressiveness.

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/overothband
Photos by Richard Price
Live Review: Sabrina Beever

 

FROM EDEN TO EXILE

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It was a scorcher of a day and it appeared as though vocalist Mike Thomas had been having too much fun in the sun as he took to the stage as he was a beacon of red. Despite being scorched by the sun, this did not prevent Thomas from burning up a storm in the tent with his mixture of speech like and scream like vocals. The other members of From Eden to Exile were not so worse for wear and never lapsed in their high accelerated set with restrictive amounts of any relaxed moments. The only moment of a break in the battering may be the point where both guitarists played a solo in alliance so chords were not dominant feature, although the bass guitar still cut through with a fat sound meaning the weight of the music never reduced. On stage the band emitted strong confidence and were far from silent with their hard edged powerful sound.

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/fromedentoexile
Photos by: Richard Price
Live Review: Sabrina Beever

SUMER

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The second band on the New Blood stage to have 3 guitarists, however Sumer had more progressive rock roots therefore twisting melodies and confusing rhythms were executed brilliantly. With a sound comparable to Tool, Sumer had a similar interaction of guitars with different melodies causing an emphasis of notes in different places and a variation of harmonic emphasis with an unusual basis of notes at times, experimental genius. A thicker sound was also achieved in points of strummed muted riffs often occurring in extended instrumental sections the drums also made more use of harder sounds rather than a more regular beat. By having two vocalists – Ian Hill and Tim Bonney – gave more experimental opportunities where either member would sing or both together providing more depth and tone in their music especially as both of their voices had different inflections.

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/SUMERBAND
Photos by Richard Price
Live Review: Sabrina Beever

VICTORIAN WHORE DOGS

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“I’m so f#£$ing nervous right now I seem to be stuttering… nevermind this song is about chicken” a statement made by the lead singer Danny Page during their fantastic grunge/thrash set, that song as definitely the most metal chicken I’ve known. In the eyes of the crowd, nerves were not something which were obvious, something which was obvious was the resemblance of Page’s vocals to Dio and Dickinson combined during scream parts. Feedback from Page’s microphone was an issue at times, however this added to the grungy, muddy and edgy sound that Victorian Whore dogs had. A more grimy edge was added with vocals gruff growly vocals from the bassist and generally low registers each instrument was playing in. The jarring rhythms could be disturbing enough, but this feeling as increased by the drummer wearing a black dog like mask which was secured on his head at the beginning of their set. Page wanted to make sure the audience would remember him, where most bands would throw picks, he threw out condoms… with his number on them just to ensure they would find him again. You could assume the offer was off for one crowd member as during the powerful riffs a condom balloon was bounced around the audience. A very hilarious and memorable set from the grunge metal rockers.

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/VWDBAND
Photos by Richard Price
Live Review: Sabrina Beever

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