FESTIVAL REVIEW: Bloodstock Open Air (Day 2: Saturday) – Death DTA, Opeth, Within Temptation & More
Owais 'Vitek' Nabi
Upon waking up to the blistering sun with a hangover to boot, I knew this day would have to be taken slowly. Likewise with 1349 the appeal of Belphegor were slightly distorted during daylight hours but none the less they blasted through a great set with tracks including ‘Gasmask Terror’, ‘Lucifer Incestus’ and a great encore of ‘Bondage Goat Zombie’.
Korpiklaani were next up starting with ‘Viinamäen Mies’ had the crowd singing and dancing along. The middle of their set slowed everything down with the likes of ‘Sumussa Hämärän Aammun’ subsequently dropping the energy of the crowd. By the encore of ‘Wooden Pints’ the energy imcreased as the crowd were singing and dancing along as if there was no tomorrow. One band I was rather keen on seeing was Death DTA and for good reason, they were the most humble band of the weekend which always provides an elevated experience. Their sound was close to studio recordings and the set list featured classic tracks ‘Crystal Mountain’ and ‘Pull the Plug’ for the encore.
Opeth had a good beginning with ‘Eternal Rains Will Come’ and ‘Cusp of Eternity’. Vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt then went off on a tangent of Ikea related jokes before storming into the end of there setlist with ‘Deliverance’ to the crowds amazement. My attention soon got distracted by truer metal bleeding in from the fourth stage so off I went to check it out. Hanowar were a hidden gem at this years festival, they ultimately managed to get one of the largest crowds for the smallest stage. It isn’t much of a surprise as the calling for Manowar is pretty large. The vocal line wasn’t as sufficient as expected but it came off in a positive manner than anything else due to the bands ability to laugh at themselves. Once they finished their set we checked out the VIP tent to get out of the low afternoon sun. We were treated to some Metal Spoken Word courtesy of Big C who read out one of my personal favourites ‘I Cum Blood’.
The main stage headliner was Within Temptation who had a strong act to follow from the previous night’s headliner, in that respect they fell short. Playing a long list of their back catalogue (minus ‘Enter’) highlighting ‘Dangerous’ and ‘Stand My Ground’. Their backdrop was one of the best featuring three giant screens that allowed for special vocalist appearances to take place including Inhibit and Tarja. The final band of the day were Fleshgod Apocalypse, unfortunately they were delayed with power outages that continued in to their set which made a steady stream of people leave the tent. As the tent was overflowing anyway it didn’t seem to make much of a dent. When issues were sorted the band were on top form and tore through a blistering set including ‘The Hypocrisy’ and ‘The Violation’ that could be heard all across the arena.
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