FESTIVAL REVIEW: Bloodstock Open Air (Day 1, Friday) – Trivium, Sabaton, Delain & More
Owais 'Vitek' Nabi
It is that time of year again where thousands of people descend in to a few fields of Derbyshire for a weekend of heavy metal debauchery. Opening Bloodstock Festival weekend were Desecration, bringing their Welsh death metal perversion to the opening party stage. Next up were neoclassical pirates Red Rum, who had the large crowd jumping around and singing along to the ever so catchy ‘Make Port Drink Port’ and their rendition of ‘Taking the Hobbits to Isengard’.
Arnocorps put on a good show with their Arnold Schwarzenegger gimmick which got old halfway through their set, but the enthusiasm of the vocalist carried the band through to the end of their timeslot. Nuclear Assault began the main stage with some tame thrash metal, which didn’t seem to get the early morning crowd up and motivated much. They still blasted through an alright set of classics including ‘Butt Fuck’ and ‘When Freedom Dies’.
Up next were Armored Saint who managed to start attracting a slightly bigger crowd as time elapsed and managed to put on an average set which had a good crowd reaction to their encore of ‘Mad House’ getting fans to sing along. After a quick sprawl around the arena for shenanigans 1349 were on. There is always something special about black metal bands playing during the morning sun… Unfortunately Sondre Drangsland was filling in for original drummer Frost but none the less this variant of metal is always welcomed. Playing the majority of their setlist from their latest album ‘Massive Cauldron of Chaos’.
Another band I was looking forward to seeing was Sabaton after having words with bassist Pär Sundström about the stage setup. A giant tank drum raiser adorned the stage as Sabaton burst out in to ‘Ghost Division’. Performing a spectacular show with the usual stand up comedy Joakim Brodén is known for and ending with an awesome rendition of ‘Metal Crue’.
Trivium were the first headline band of the weekend and I could see why. They set a high precedence playing the majority of tracks from earlier albums, along with all the pyrotechnics surely made for a spectacular show. The crowd participation during ‘Anthem (We Are the Fire)’ was phenomenal. Delain only managed to get a large enough crowd after the end of Trivium, thus is the fate of conflicting schedules. The latter half of the show was concise with little crowd participation other than the regular cheers as songs come to their climax.
The real party could now begin after the first day of bands, it was time to get hammered and enjoy the Bloodstock atmosphere as much as possible.
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