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It's been months in the making, but the schedule for Blastfest 2016 is complete. Now in its third year, the Bergen festival has not only put together yet another incredible lineup, but also one in which will be a one-time-only celebration of the Norwegian scene.
A 100% Norwegian lineup, which includes the likes of Abbath, Arcturus, Taake, 1349, Gorgoroth and even some rare appearances from the likes of Green Carnation. Blastfest 2016 will be a truly memorable occasion, with chief and owner Yngve Christiansen comments:
"2016 will be a very special festival edition with a lineup consisting solely of Norwegian bands. The bands represented at Blastfest are the legends, those from the beginning, the ones who made it evolve... the ones who disappeared... the ones who never stopped... the ones whom you should have heard more about... and the ones you will hear about. We have done our best to make a strong lineup representing Norway in the best possible way." More...
Apparently the "A" series of albums isn't as done as one would have been led to believe... Candlelight Records today proudly announces March 4th as the global release date for the sixth solo album from Ihsahn, titled "Arktis."
The album will be available in standard CD, deluxe (featuring additional exclusive content), and vinyl formats. The album’s first single, “Mass Darkness,” is released today via Itunes and Amazon. Check out a lyric video below.
"Arktis" was recorded at Ihsahn’s studio in Notodden, Norway and was mixed in Sweden by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia). The album features ten songs and is the longest and most spirited of Ihsahn’s solo recordings. It features guest appearances from Einar Solberg (Leprous), Matt Heafy (Trivium), Jorgen Munkeby (Shining), Tobias Ornes Andersen (Shining, ex-Leprous), and renowned Norwegian author Hans Herbjornsrud. Graphic elements for "Arktis" once again have been provided by award-winning Spanish designer Ritxi Ostariz.
Ihsahn comments: “My focus for this album was to write within more traditional song structures and still give each song a strong individual identity, be that through a re-occurring melody, a chorus, sound design or the good, old guitar riff. I also wanted to explore this on the production side, blending organic rock sounds with more modern expressions.” More...
Following Emperor's "In The Nightside Eclipse" 20th anniversary shows, Ihsahn announced he was getting back to work on new solo material and would be doing new live shows without his usual backing band Leprous.
One of those shows took place in Canada recently at Heavy Montreal, where Ihsahn unveiled a new track titled "My Heart Is Of The North." Give it a listen below (thanks to Metal Injection). While there's some odd proggy psychedelia, it sounds like this one won't be the unlistenable overly experimental train wreck that was "Das Seelenbrechen" (reviewed here).
Norway's Blastfest made a special announcement a few months back that it will be celebrating its national metal scene by boasting a 100% Norwegian lineup featuring such as Abbath, Green Carnation, Ihsahn, Ancient and Gorgoroth.
The festival has now announced another wave of bands that will be appearing in February 2016, including Arcturus, Dødheimsgard, Nekromantheon, Viper Solfa, Endezzma, Nocturnal Breed, and Execration. The full (current) lineup is as follows:
Abbath | Ancient | Arcturus | Blood Tsunami | CVLT | Djevel | Dødheimsgard | Endezzma | Execration | Funeral | Gorgoroth | Green Carnation | Ihsahn | Inculter | In The Woods | Khold | Manes | Nekromantheon | Nocturnal Breed | One Tail, One Head | Red Harvest | Svarttjern | Tristania | Viper Solfa | Virus | Vulture Industries | Plus More TBA More...
The organizers of this year's Bloodstock Festival have issued the following announcement about adding more bands to the August lineup:
"With 2015’s festival season officially underway, here at Bloodstock HQ we still have plenty to reveal about the summer’s premiere metal weekender. Ten more bands, to start with…
"Joining the Sophie Lancaster Stage line-up on Friday are Messiah's Kiss featuring former session musicians for Tony Iommi and Saxon. Saturday sees the addition of old school thrashers Annihilated, as well as death metal band Ageless Oblivion.
"Digital tech metal act The Izuna Drop, featuring Jamie from UK Subs, are all set to perform on Sunday, alongside female-fronted, classic doomsters Alunah.
"Bloodstock is also pleased to announce five bands for the Jagermeister Stage. On Friday, if you’re a fan of bands like Karnivool and Tesseract, head over to check out progsters The Parallax Method. Female-fronted, dark melodic metallers Winter Storm also nab a Friday slot. Former Status Quo support band Knock Out Kaine bring their brand of ballsy rock ‘n’ roll to the Jager stage on Saturday.
"Inspired by heavy metal Gods of the late 70's/early 80's such as Budgie, Tank, Venom, and Motorhead, Blind Haze steamroll in on Sunday, joined by Irish progressive trio Snowblind - definitely one to see if you like your time changes and musical curveballs!"
The currently announced lineup consists of: More...
The Sun is shining and Bloodstock is excited to announce seven more of metal’s finest for the UK’s heaviest weekender, including a clutch of bands from the farthest flung corners of the globe.
Friday’s line up will now include extreme prog metal Aussies, Ne Obliviscaris. The band proclaims, “UK, here we come! 2015 is the year we are finally going to reach your shores and we couldn’t be more excited to announce that it will be as part of the enormous Bloodstodck festival. We’re looking forward to playing alongside many of the best and biggest heavy acts from across the world!”
Saturday’s bill sees two bands who’ve jetted in from Indonesia, a hotbed of metal and one of the planet’s most burgeoning heavy music scenes. Burgerkill and Jasad are two of the country’s biggest metal acts, even counting the country’s metal-loving prime minister, Joko Widodo among their fans.
Sunday’s line-up sees a very special solo set from ex-Evile shredsman, Ol Drake to accompany his upcoming solo album, "Old Rake" which is out in June via Earache. Ol comments "I'm very excited to be returning to Bloodstock in a musical capacity. The weekend is fully booked off work (I was going anyway) and we're rehearsing right now. It’ll be a very special show, so don’t miss it. I’ll no doubt be having my fair share of drinks and Jagermeister afterwards and no doubt be returning to work feeling buzzed yet terrible. This is probably the only show I'll be doing to promote the album. Hope to see you there!" More...
Blastfest 2016 will be celebrating its national metal scene and will boast a lineup that will be 100% Norwegian.
Just hours after the final note rang out across the venue at Blastfest 2015, the organizers were brainstorming ideas for the third edition of the festival and here we are, a brand new concept: a one time only celebration of the Norwegian metal scene.
The 2016 editions will feature the triumphant return of the long-defunct Ancient, as well as other Norwegian luminaries such as Ihsahn and Tristania. The currently announced lineup (with more coming) is as follows:
In The Woods
Hot on the heels of last week’s five band announcement, the Bloodstock Festival is excited to reveal five more acts.
First up is British outfit Lawnmower Deth, confirmed for the Sophie Lancaster Stage on Sunday. The band comments: “Motorbonce famously said, ‘if we move in next door, your lawn will die.’ Quite what positioned our forefathers to even remotely claim knowledge of horticultural metal is well beyond us. Scott Ian famously said, ‘I am the law’. In fact, this simply proves that adult literacy levels within the metal genre are in line with that of the national average; quite shit, when he clearly cannot spell and meant LAWN. In a Nostradamus kind of way what these two legends of metal were pointing you to was... 'Bloodstock 2015, when we move in you will die happy, we are Lawnmower and we is well excited. Let’s party like it’s 1988.'"
Taking over the Sophie Stage on Friday are raucous Brighton noisemakers Oaf. Chief bellower Dom Lawson exclaims, "We, the mighty Oaf, are honoured and delighted to have been invited back to our favourite festival. If you saw us in 2013, please don't hold that against us. Do come along and observe our ongoing descent into senility. If you haven't seen us before, we're like a middle-aged Royal Blood for people that don't wet the bed (and with added swearing). This will be a splendid occasion and we're tumescent with joy at the very thought of it. Cheers!"
Liverpudlian black metallers Ethereal will join the fray on the Sophie Stage on Saturday. The band is currently doing a stint with Marduk and Belphegor, supporting first full-length album "Opus Aethereum," released last month by Candlelight Records.
Sunday brings symphonic black metallers Saille all the way from Belgium to the Sophie Lancaster Stage. Expect to hear some new songs from latest, third album "Eldritch." Bringing the mischief and mayhem on Friday to the Sophie Stage, are Dirty Sanchez lads Pritchard Vs Dainton.
The currently announced lineup is:
Ronnie James Dio Stage
Rob Zombie, Trivium, Within Temptation. Opeth, Sabaton, Black Label Society, Sepultura, Cannibal Corpse, Ihsahn, Orange Goblin, Death DTA, Nuclear Assault, 1349, Dark Angel, Armored Saint, Belphegor, Overkill, Ensiferum, Agalloch, Enslaved, Pro Pain, Korpiklaani, Wolf, Napalm Death
Sophie Lanaster Stage
Delain, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Godflesh, Batallion, Mordred, Destrage, Onslaught, Conan, Planet Of Zues, Bast, Lawnmower Deth, Oaf, Ethereal, Saille, Pritchard Vs Dainton More...
The organizers of the Bloodstock Festival are excited to announce their third headliner for the Sophie Lancaster Stage, and a slew of other Sophie stage bands for the August 2015 event.
Industrial outfit Godflesh is to headline Sunday night on the Sophie Lancaster stage. Frontman Justin Broadrick comments: “Godflesh is thrilled to be playing a very metal UK festival! We don’t get asked to play many, as we’re often viewed as not ‘real’ metal enough, or we’re generally seen as outsiders, which we are, thank you. That doesn’t mean we don’t like to be invited to be a real metal band once in a while and especially in the Derbyshire countryside! Thank you Bloodstock!“
British thrash stalwarts Onslaught also join the Sophie stage line-up on Sunday. The band is celebrating the 30th anniversary in 2015 of debut album, "Power From Hell," with a special EP on the cards for release and special anniversary merch available.
Self-appointed "caveman battle doom" 3-piece, Conan will crash Friday’s Sophie bill. Having recently returned from a string of shows in Australia and mainland Europe, Conan is prepping for a slot on the Maryland DeathFest this summer, before bringing an unholy wall of sound to Catton Park in August.
Greek southern-tinged heavy rockers Planet Of Zeus step up for a Sophie stage slot on Saturday, while London’s blackened doomsters Bast also join the Friday bill. The currently announced lineup for the 2015 edition is as follows: More...
Feeling the winter chill creeping in? Bloodstock to the rescue then, with three more bands announced to get you hot under the collar.
Norwegian extremists Enslaved are added to Bloodstock’s Main Stage next summer. With a new album due in March 2015 via Nuclear Blast, expect to bang your head to some brand new tunes. Guitarist Ivar Bjørnson states:
“We’ve been to Bloodstock once before in 2009, and not only did we understand then why it has become the most important UK Metal festival – but it has grown to mammoth-proportions since. In sum; what an absolute pleasure and honour to be invited back. We like to think that we too have developed somewhat; having a few new, pretty awesome albums and world tours under our (over-stretched) belts. We can’t wait to come and show the Bloodstock crowd what we’ve been up to. To quote one of our spiritual beacons; General Melchett: 'If nothing else works, a total pig-headed unwillingness to look facts in the face will see us through.'"
Hailing from the frozen wilds of Finland, folk metal six-piece Korpiklaani is set to join the fray in a UK exclusive appearance. Guitarist Country Cane tells us; "After having great fun and sold out shows ?with our good friends in Sabaton and TÝR, we are excited to be back in the UK to play Bloodstock in 2015. We plan to return and get the crowds singing and dancing Korpiklaani style on our next rock n roll adventure.” More...
The heavy hitting Florida metal heads from Trivium are revealed as the Bloodstock Friday main stage headliners in a U.K. exclusive for 2015.
Frontman Matt Heafy raves: “The UK is where the world first took notice of Trivium, and to pay true homage to that, Trivium will be playing the most Metal festival that exists in the UK: Bloodstock! We are thrilled beyond words to celebrate our first time at Bloodstock with the the UK’s Metal elite.”
Other new confirmations include Sabaton and Agalloch. The currently announced festival lineup is as follows:
Rob Zombie, Trivium, Within Temptation, Opeth, Sabaton, Sepultura, Cannibal Corpse, Ihsahn, Orange Goblin, Death DTA, Nuclear Assault, 1349, Dark Angel, Armored Saint, Belphegor, Overkill, Ensiferum, Agalloch
While everyone’s talking about Christmas approaching, the Bloodstock festival organizer's sights are firmly fixed on next August. What better way to roll into the festive season than to announce three more crackin’ bands for 2015’s premier heavy metal event?
First up is thrash outfit Overkill. Front man Bobby ‘Blitz’ Ellsworth says: “We are loading the BIG guns and setting sail for the UK this summer! Be warned! The island is in danger, it's a White Devil Army....Lets make Bloodstock 2015 a bloodbath!”
Folk metal Finns Ensiferum are also joining the party, having recently wrapped recording on brand new album, "One Man Army," set for release on February 23rd.
Austrian blackened death metal overlords Belphegor will also make a return to Catton Park in 2015. Frontman/guitarist and founder Helmuth Lehner comments: “Belphegor returns to the ingenious Bloodstock Open Air! We will play at the main stage and promote our latest offering ‘Conjuring The Dead.’ Belphegor will bring you the most intense ritual possible. Join the pit and prepare for Diabolical Death Metal chaos.” More...
The organizers of the Bloodstock 2015 festival have issued the following announcement about new band confirmations:
"Bloodstock early bird tickets are flying out the door in the wake of Halloween’s Rob Zombie headline announcement, but here at festival HQ we aren’t resting on our laurels, we’ve got even more bands ready to add on to the bill!
"British stoner/doom overlords, Orange Goblin are set for a main stage slot in 2015. Having recently unleashed their eighth studio album, 'Back From The Abyss' via Candlelight Records, the band are currently laying waste to Europe on tour with the mighty St Vitus. Check out the brand new video for ‘Sabbath Hex’ from the new release here.
?Norwegian black metallers 1349 also sign up. With latest studio album ‘Massive Cauldron Of Chaos’ recently hitting the racks, the band have also found time to collaborate with Minnesota’s Surly Brewing Company and launch their own ‘1349 Black Ale’. Check out this informative video clip featuring drummer Frost and vocalist Ravn explaining how the whole thing came about over here. More...
After Emperor reunited for a run of 20th anniversary shows, Ihsahn is back working on new solo material and will apparently no longer be using the members of Leprous as his backing band. Ihsahn had this to say:
"Back on track with new music and new live shows!
"First of all, the 'In the Nightside Eclipse' 20th anniversary shows with Emperor have been a big priority for me in 2014 and I would like to thank everyone on stage, behind the stage and in front of the stage for making this celebration such a great experience!
"Also, a special thanks to Ibanez Guitars, Blackstar Amplification, Rotosound Music Strings and Norsk Musikk Distribusjon for all the continued support on the road!
"Now, this has not kept me entirely busy for the whole year, so since January I’ve also been writing material for the next Ihsahn album, partly interrupted by rehearsals, shows and a total rebuild of our studio.
"On the live front, several shows are all ready announced for 2015, and I’m excited to tell you that I’ll be back on stage with a new, handpicked line-up that I am confident will take my songs to a new dimension.
"On that note, I’d like to thank Leprous for a fantastic collaboration over many years!! They have been invaluable in getting my songs to the stage and we’ve had some great trips around the world. Maybe now we’ll actually get to watch each other’s shows
"That’s it from an autumn-dressed Telemark……Now, to the batcave!"
The forthcoming solo album from Ihsahn will follow last year's "Das Seelenbrechen" (reviewed here), an experimental release that saw the musician going in a very different direction from previous albums. More...
This Halloween, Bloodstock has some howlingly good news to share! Are you a fan of the undead? Love zombies? The fiendishly brilliant Rob Zombie is confirmed as Sunday’s 2015 main stage headliner, bringing his full production to Catton Park.
Rob Zombie exclaims, "I am so ready to get on a plane, and get my ass over to merry ol' England for Bloodstock. We've had some of the best shows of our lives over there and can't wait to add this to the list. Besides, it's called ‘Bloodstock' so how could it not be bloody fucking fun?”
Expect to witness a spectacular range of Rob Zombie classics as well as choice cuts from the band’s most recent studio album "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor." Check out this cut below of "Superbeast" from last year’s "The Zombie Horror Picture Show" DVD, which captured Rob and his zombie bandmates John 5, Piggy D, and Ginger Fish on the road.
Other bands confirmed for the 2015 festival include Within Temptation, Opeth, Cannibal Corpse, Sepultura, Death DTA, Dark Angel, Ihsahn, and Nuclear Assault. More...
It’s all systems go for Bloodstock 2015 with no rest for the wicked: as well as the recently announced Saturday night headliners, Within Temptation and special guests Opeth, more bands are getting locked in for August 2015.
Following Emperor’s triumphant headlining set at Bloodstock this year, Emperor frontman Ihsahn brings his solo project to Catton Park as a one-off, U.K. exclusive. Ihsahn comments:
“At this year's Bloodstock I had the great pleasure of finishing off our 20th Anniversary Tour of ‘In The Nightside Eclipse’, and next year, I am really looking forward to returning with a whole new Ihsahn set. Nostalgic. Contemporary. I get to do both! See you all there!” More...
For more info on the album and the upcoming Emperor shows, read our interview with Ihsahn right here. The full track listing is as follows:
5. Tacit 2
9. Sub Alter
11. Entropie (Bonus Track)
12. Hel (Bonus Track) More...
"Das Seelenbrechen" (reviewed here) is due out October 22nd, 2013, and the track listing is as follows:
5. Tacit 2
9. Sub Alter
11. Entropie (Bonus Track)
12. Hel (Bonus Track)
Emperor's Ihsahn posted a lyric video for the new track "NaCl." The song appears on the upcoming new solo release "Das Seelenbrechen," which is scheduled for release on October 22nd via Candlelight Records (see review here). Metal Underground.com just interviewed Ihsahn about the album - check it out here.
The track list for "Das Seelenbrechen" is:
1. Hiber (streaming here)
5. Tacit 2
9. Sub Alter
11. Entropie (Bonus Track)
12. Hel (Bonus Track)
Check out "NaCl": More...
Solo artist and Emperor member Ihsahn has premiered the first track online from his upcoming album "Das Seelenbrechen."
You can check out the track "Hiber" over at the BBC Radio website here (click play on the main player at the top of the page and then skip ahead to 21:40 to hear the song).
This new album follows previous full-length "Eremita" (reviewed here). "Das Seelenbrechen" is due out on October 22nd, 2013 and has the following track listing:
5. Tacit 2
9. Sub Alter
11. Entropie (bonus)
12. Hel (bonus) More...