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Dimmu Borgir: Bloody love a bit of ‘Poker Face’

Think that metal bands only listen to metal bands? Think again.

Every month in our unholy magazine as a part of our Discs Of Doom feature, we ask your favourite bands to name the album that no one will believe they own a copy of. A guilty pleasure of sorts, if you will. Sometimes the answers aren’t all that surprising. Sometimes they’re pretty spectacular.

So, without further ado, here are some of the more unexpected listening habits of some of rock and metal’s greatest names…

LMFAO
SORRY FOR PARTY ROCKING [INTERSCOPE, 2011]
CHOSEN BY: MATT TUCK, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
“About a year ago I bought an LMFAO album. I don’t love it but there were a couple of singles that were doing well and it’s good fun party music. Stupid and silly but kind of unique, too. I don’t know why I bought it…well I do, actually, I was drunk. Ha ha ha!”

NELSON
AFTER THE RAIN [GEFFEN, 1990]
CHOSEN BY: CHRIS JERICHO, FOZZY
“They were playing (Can’t Live Without Your) Love And Affection on the radio and I was like, ‘Who are these guys?!’ They were cool back then. It’s a really good record!”

KATY PERRY
TEENAGE DREAM [CAPITOL, 2010]
CHOSEN BY: AMY LEE, EVANESCENCE
“OK, I didn’t buy it, it was given to me, but I put it into my iTunes, so it’s Katy Perry. Don’t be hatin’, it’s definitely a guilty pleasure. I like that son E.T. I wonder if there could be a heavy version of it…”

LADY GAGA
BORN THIS WAY [INTERSCOPE, 2011]
CHOSEN BY: CRISTINA SCABBIA, LACUNA COIL
“I like it, it has good songs, but the previous album was a bit more sophisticated. I think the one before sounded more genuine. I like things when they’re more spontaneous than contrived.”

GWEN STEFANI
THE SWEET ESCAPE [INTERSCOPE, 2003]
CHOSEN BY: SHAGRATH, DIMMU BORGIR
“It’s actually pretty cool. Of course, pop music isn’t my favourite, but I’ve become much more open-minded in the last decade – to me, good music is good music. Every time we’re on a tour bus with a bunch of metalheads, it’s always a kickstarter to put on something like this or Lady Gaga. Everyone always sings along!”

DIMMU BORGIR
SPIRITUAL BLACK DIMENSIONS [NUCLEAR BLAST, 1999]
CHOSEN BY: DANI FILTH, CRADLE OF FILTH
“What do I like about it? I didn’t say I liked it, I just said I’ve got it! Ha, ha, ha! But it’s some of their better stuff.”

SHAMPOO
WE ARE SHAMPOO [FOOD, 1994]
CHOSEN BY: MR LORDI, LORDI
“I was a big fan of Shampoo. They were fairly big everywhere…for about five minutes. I liked the attitude, and I liked the choruses – Viva La Megababes and songs like that. I like girls singing.”

MICHAEL JACKSON
BAD [EPIC, 1987]
CHOSEN BY: ANGELA GOSSOW, ARCH ENEMY
“Thriller and Bad are two of my favourite albums, but if I had to choose it would probably be Bad. He was obviously a very tortured artist, but he made fantastic music.”

DEPECHE MODE
GREATEST HITS [AMIGA, 1987]
CHOSEN BY: SERJ TANKIAN, SYSTEM OF A DOWN
“What’s interesting is to see from someone else’s perspective and look at what they’d be surprised at. I didn’t listen to any rock and metal until my late teens. I like goth and New Wave in the 80s – Depeche Mode, Sisters Of Mercy, Bauhaus…”

BABAMANIA
JUNGLELIVIN’ [TEICHIKU, 2003]
CHOSEN BY: WADE MACNEIL, GALLOWS
“Alexisonfire was on a major label in Japan, so when I went to the offices to meet everybody. I got pretty much their entire record catalogue – all this J-pop stuff that is absolutely insane sounding to me. It sounds so foreign, and that’s why I absolutely love it.”

NICKI MINAJ
PINK FRIDAY [Cash Money, 2010]
CHOSEN BY: DAVEY HAVOK, AFI
“It’s difficult because people have so many varied ideas of what I am into! I love Nicki Minaj, I particularly like her first record. The things she does with her voice, what she says, her flow, the continuity of her entire aesthetic, she is just wildly talented. I’ve seen her perform live and it’s all just very fun!”

KC AND THE SUNSHINE BAND
PART 3 [TK, 1976]
CHOSEN BY: STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN
“I was gassing up my RV the other day, and in the US, sometimes they have a television on the gas pump, playing commercials or music. They were playing I’m Your Boogie Man, and I was groovin’! I had a couple of those records back in the day!”

JANET JACKSON
RHYTHM NATION 1814 [A&M, 1989]
CHOSEN BY: LZZY HALE, HALESTORM
“This one actually isn’t my fault! When I went out on tour with Amy Lee from Evanescence she gave me this album. We’d had a few too many to drink one night and we started singing Janet Jackson, so Amy sent it to me, and then she rented us this karaoke machine for the end of tour party and we sang a couple of those songs… We weren’t bad, actually!”

BRITNEY SPEARS
FEMME FATALE [2011, JIVE]
CHOSEN BY: MICHAEL STARR, STEEL PANTHER
“I like it because every time I see her I want to fuck her.”

MILES DAVIS
KIND OF BLUE [COLUMBIA, 1959]
CHOSEN BY: JAMES LABRIE, DREAM THEATER
“That’s one of my favourite jazz albums. Would people think I go for that? Ha ha!”

EMINEM
THE MARSHALL MATHERS LP [INTERSCOPE, 2000]
CHOSEN BY: CHRIS MOTIONLESS, MOTIONLESS IN WHITE
“I love Eminem. When I was getting into music, it was all heavy, then he came in and that was the first [hip hop] I was able to listen to and think, ‘This is the same as those bands!’ Everything he does sounds so fucking heavy.”

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David Garlow of Examiner.com recently conducted an interview with FOZZY singer and WWE wrestling superstar Chris Jericho. You can now listen to the chat below.

In a recent interview with ARTISTdirect, Jericho stated about FOZZY‘s latest album, 2012’s “Sin And Bones”: “We worked really hard on ‘Sin And Bones’. We had a lot of momentum with the ‘Chasing The Grail’ record in 2010, and we wanted to keep it going. It was our debut on Century Media, which is the biggest record company we’ve ever been on, and we knew this was our chance to take things to the next level. We really focused on making ‘Sin And Bones’ our ‘Black Album’ [referring to METALLICA‘s 1991 self-titled LP]. What I mean by that is the Black Album is a very cohesive record from start to finish. It takes you on a journey. All of the songs have a similar vibe, even though they’ve got different styles. We wanted that for ‘Sin And Bones’. We wanted to make a very groove-oriented, dark kind of record you could listen to from the first song to the last and it would take you on a journey. It was meant to be listened to in sequence. Whenever you can do that, it becomes a memorable piece of work. With the reviews we got and the response, it was the highest-charting, biggest-selling, and best-reviewed of our career so far.”

Jericho also spoke about getting a matching HELLOWEEN tattoo with M. Shadows of AVENGED SEVENFOLD.

M. Shadows and I have been friends for a long time,” he said. “That’s why I asked him to help us with [the FOZZY song] ‘Sandpaper’ [off ‘Sin And Bones’]. He did a great job with the arrangement and the vocal parts. One thing that made us even closer kindred spirits is the fact that we both love HELLOWEEN. We were coming to the Roxy [in West Hollywood] to do a show, and he came down. I was like, ‘Dude, we should get a HELLOWEEN tattoo!’ We talked about it for a couple of days before and figured out the pumpkin we wanted to get. He’s got so many tattoos that his pumpkin was like the last little bit of real estate he had on his arm. I don’t have a lot of tattoos, so it was like I had this pumpkin in the middle of my forearm for no apparent reason, so I thought I’d put something around it. I came up with the idea of doing my four favorite bands and putting them all together. It’s METALLICA, HELLOWEEN, IRON MAIDEN, and THE BEATLES. It ended up being pretty cool.”

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Guitarist/vocalist Michael Sweet of Christian hard rockers STRYPER was recently interviewed by his mother, Janice Sweet. You can now watch the chat below.

STRYPER‘s new album, “No More Hell To Pay”, will be released on November 5 in North America via Frontiers Records. The effort will be made available in two formats — standard CD and deluxe digipak featuring exclusive video content. Produced by Michael Sweet himself, the set features some of STRYPER‘s strongest and heaviest material ever.

Michael‘s new solo album will be issued via Big3 Records. Guest musicians set to appear on the CD include CHICKENFOOT drummer Kenny Aronoff, FOZZY singer Chris Jericho, WHITESNAKE guitarist Doug Aldrich; Tony Harnell of TNT, and Michael‘s brother Robert Sweet and STRYPER‘s Timothy Gaines. The 12-song solo record will be accompanied by the STRYPER frontman’s autobiography, “Honestly”, the writing of which he said was “much more difficult than I could ever imagine yet it’s been somewhat therapeutic being able to talk about my life and the past 30+ years of all things STRYPER.” He added: “I get into everything and share things that may surprise you. I talk about the dysfunction in this band, the pain and heartache of being so close to each other that we sometimes hurt each other the most, the ups and downs from our highest point (1987-1988) to our lowest point (1991-1992) and why we were driven to bankruptcy and how we climbed our way back from complete loss and despair. I share my personal pain from considering to give up music altogether to the day I broke the news to the guys that I would be leaving the band and why. From that day forward, I had everything a man could ask for and then, in what seemed like an instant, it was all taken away.”

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FOZZY singer and WWE wrestling superstar Chris Jericho took part in a signing session on Thursday, September 12 at Looney Tunes in West Babylon, New York. You can now watch video footage of his appearance below.

In a recent interview with ARTISTdirect, Jericho stated about FOZZY‘s latest album, 2012’s “Sin And Bones”: “We worked really hard on ‘Sin And Bones’. We had a lot of momentum with the ‘Chasing The Grail’ record in 2010, and we wanted to keep it going. It was our debut on Century Media, which is the biggest record company we’ve ever been on, and we knew this was our chance to take things to the next level. We really focused on making ‘Sin And Bones’ our ‘Black Album’ [referring to METALLICA‘s 1991 self-titled LP]. What I mean by that is the Black Album is a very cohesive record from start to finish. It takes you on a journey. All of the songs have a similar vibe, even though they’ve got different styles. We wanted that for ‘Sin And Bones’. We wanted to make a very groove-oriented, dark kind of record you could listen to from the first song to the last and it would take you on a journey. It was meant to be listened to in sequence. Whenever you can do that, it becomes a memorable piece of work. With the reviews we got and the response, it was the highest-charting, biggest-selling, and best-reviewed of our career so far.”

Jericho also spoke about getting a matching HELLOWEEN tattoo with M. Shadows of AVENGED SEVENFOLD.

M. Shadows and I have been friends for a long time,” he said. “That’s why I asked him to help us with [the FOZZY song] ‘Sandpaper’ [off ‘Sin And Bones’]. He did a great job with the arrangement and the vocal parts. One thing that made us even closer kindred spirits is the fact that we both love HELLOWEEN. We were coming to the Roxy [in West Hollywood] to do a show, and he came down. I was like, ‘Dude, we should get a HELLOWEEN tattoo!’ We talked about it for a couple of days before and figured out the pumpkin we wanted to get. He’s got so many tattoos that his pumpkin was like the last little bit of real estate he had on his arm. I don’t have a lot of tattoos, so it was like I had this pumpkin in the middle of my forearm for no apparent reason, so I thought I’d put something around it. I came up with the idea of doing my four favorite bands and putting them all together. It’s METALLICA, HELLOWEEN, IRON MAIDEN, and THE BEATLES. It ended up being pretty cool.”

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“The Cause”, a brand new solo song from Michael Sweet of Christian hard rockers STRYPER, can be streamed using the audio player below.

Says Michael: “For one day only (the next 24 hours), I’m posting this streaming, full-length version of a brand new song from my new solo record, due out next year, in honor of today [9/11] and the days ahead. I hope this song inspires you and reminds you of how strong we are as people and that we can overcome any adversity or trial that we are faced with. God bless you, guys, and united we stand for ‘The Cause’.”

“The Cause” lyrics:

We’re lost, we’re found – we’re free, we’re bound
We’re high, we’re low and in between we’re shy – we’re bold
We stand, we fall – we move, we stall
We laugh, we cry, but in the end we live – we die

(Chorus)

Oh, we have a soul, we have a heart that we can show
We’re here for The Cause, bigger then life, this one we know

We sit, we stand – we’re small, we’re grand
We trust, we fear, one day we’re blind then all is clear

(Chorus)

Oh, we have a soul, we have a heart that we can show
We’re here for The Cause, bigger then life, this one we know

Michael‘s new solo album will be issued via Big3 Records. Guest musicians set to appear on the CD include CHICKENFOOT drummer Kenny Aronoff, FOZZY singer Chris Jericho, WHITESNAKE guitarist Doug Aldrich; Tony Harnell of TNT, and Michael‘s brother Robert Sweet and STRYPER‘s Timothy Gaines.

The 12-song solo record will be accompanied by the STRYPER frontman’s autobiography, “Honestly”, the writing of which he said was “much more difficult than I could ever imagine yet it’s been somewhat therapeutic being able to talk about my life and the past 30+ years of all things STRYPER.” He added: “I get into everything and share things that may surprise you. I talk about the dysfunction in this band, the pain and heartache of being so close to each other that we sometimes hurt each other the most, the ups and downs from our highest point (1987-1988) to our lowest point (1991-1992) and why we were driven to bankruptcy and how we climbed our way back from complete loss and despair. I share my personal pain from considering to give up music altogether to the day I broke the news to the guys that I would be leaving the band and why. From that day forward, I had everything a man could ask for and then, in what seemed like an instant, it was all taken away.”

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Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently conducted an interview with FOZZY singer and WWE wrestling superstar Chris Jericho. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Icon Vs. Icon: Is there musical ground you are anxious to cover?

Chris: We have already started writing songs for the next record. We will be focusing in even more on what we do best — the groove, the space, the heaviness and the melodies. As much as we love IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST, DIO and a lot of new bands like STONE SOUR, AVENGED SEVENFOLD and BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, we also have a big appreciation for JOURNEY, FOREIGNER, STYX, QUEEN and THE BEATLES; bands who used a lot of harmony. We like the days where every guy in the band sang! We really want to continue those days. I think one of the reasons we have been doing so well because FOZZY is a little bit different than the norm and that has helped us get to the next level.

Icon Vs. Icon: Where are you in process of creating this new material for a new FOZZY album?

Chris: We are going to go back into the studio starting in January. We are writing now and we want to have this thing released for the summertime. It is would be perfect timing for putting out a record, where we can go tour with at all the summer festivals and tours. We are getting everything sorted out and organized right now. Like I keep saying, there is just so much momentum from “Sin And Bones”, we want to keep that rolling and the elevation continuing along!

Icon Vs. Icon: Speaking of new music, where do you find yourself looking for inspiration as a songwriter?

Chris: I just go by songtitles. If I see an interesting phrase, something that piques my interest, I will write it down and work my way backwards from there. Obviously, there are a lot of different places you can derive lyrics from. Personally, I like imagery lyrics. If you look at “Sandpaper” or “Spider In My Mouth”, they are more imagery driven, rather than literal, visceral meanings. I also like relationship-type songs like “In My Head” or “Shine Forever” or “Feed My Addiction”. Then you have the more fantastic ones like “What Happens”, “Past Life” or “Dark Passenger”, which was loosely based on ‘Dexter”, or storm — “Storm The Beaches” is about being in World War II. It is just whatever catches my eye, but it typically starts off with the song title.

Icon Vs. Icon: Last time we spoke, you had been giving some thought on doing a live DVD release to capture the live show. Any movement on that front?

Chris: Yeah, we just filmed a set at Bloodstock, which is a big festival we played in England a few weeks ago. Once we have that all organized and ready, I am sure it will be released before the new record or if nothing else, with the new record as a bonus disc.
Icon Vs. Icon: Last time we spoke, you had signed a book deal for a third autobiography. You had mentioned wanting to start chipping away at it while on tour. Where do you stand in that process?

Chris: I did actually start it. A couple of weeks ago we were in Austria and I finally bit the bullet and started working on it. I am about 85 pages in. Once you kind of crack the seal and get to work on it, it becomes addictive. That is what you need to write a book because it is a huge project that takes a lot of effort. I have a couple of great books to live up to, so I have a certain level of quality to meet as well. All of those factors lead you to waiting for the right time. Once you get started, it is hard to stop. That is where I am at right now, so hopefully it will be out next year. I am not sure exactly if it is supposed to be out in the fall or winter. I know what my deadline is and I am late! Fire it up!

Read the entire interview at Icon Vs. Icon.

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Jay Nanda of the San Antonio Metal Music Examiner recently conducted an interview with FOZZY singer and WWE wrestling superstar Chris Jericho. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

San Antonio Metal Music Examiner: You don’t hear of many tour pairings having a classic/current feel like this one does. What are you looking forward to the most about touring with SAXON?

Chris: I think that’s one of the reasons why we like it. It’s one of the reasons why SAXON liked it. It isn’t just your typical, “OK, it’s SAXON, let’s stick ’em with ANVIL or something like that.” I think one of the reasons why you do a big tour like this is to gain new fans. We toured last summer with SHINEDOWN and GODSMACK throughout the States. And now this summer we’re doing it with SAXON. So I think one of the most important things for our band that’s been able to see us grow so much over the last few years is the diversity of what we do and the diversity of who we play with. We always knew we could play with anybody from SHINEDOWN to SLAYER, and we believe that because our music appeals to a lot of different people. So getting back to what you’re saying and how the idea for SAXON came up, obviously we’re huge SAXON fans. Very legendary band, very influential. But the thing that really appealed to me is the fact their last couple of records, more specifically their last record, “Sacrifice”, is one of the best records they’ve ever done. They’re still putting out great material even at this stage of the game. And they’re really a breathing, vibrant rock ‘n’ roll band, which I thought was really, really important. They’re not just phoning it in. They’re still out there to kick ass. And also too, they’ve got something good in the States. They’re still headlining major festivals in Europe and in the U.K., but they haven’t toured the States for awhile. And this is kind of a big return. There’s going to be a lot of SAXON fans that don’t know FOZZY or FOZZY fans that don’t know SAXON. But at the end of the night, those people are going to leave being fans of both bands, and that’s why you do something like this.

San Antonio Metal Music Examiner: “Chasing The Grail” is a great, heavy record virtually throughout the whole album. “Sin And Bones” obviously has its heavy moments as well, but it’s also a more diverse record. Would you agree with that?

Chris: Yeah, we got a lot of momentum from “Chasing The Grail”. A lot of new ears were listening, a lot of new eyes were upon us. And we knew we had the chance to go to the next level with “Sin And Bones”, especially since we had just signed to Century Media, which is the biggest record label we’ve ever been on. So I knew that we could hit a home run with the record and take it to the next level. So Rich [Ward, guitar] and I worked really hard to kind of figure out what it is that we do best, which is very heavy riffs and very melodic choruses. I always say if METALLICA and JOURNEY had a bastard child, it would sound like FOZZY. That was one of the things we do that a lot of other bands don’t do. We use a lot of singing in our songs. We love METALLICA, we love AVENGED SEVENFOLD, but we also love JOURNEY and STYX and FOREIGNER — those bands from the ’70s where everyone in the band sang. And we kind of wanted to utilize that trick in FOZZY. We started doing that when we were working on “Sin And Bones”. It really kind of showed us this is what we need to be, this is who we are. And it is a little bit more diverse, but it still fits that heavy/melodic vibe. It’s our biggest-selling record of all-time, it’s our highest-charting record, most critically acclaimed. It’s far and above and beyond what we were hoping for. It looks like our plan paid off. And I think in the future, it’s going to be kind of what we’ll stick with.

San Antonio Metal Music Examiner: You’ve hosted the [Revolver] Golden Gods Awards several times, and obviously you’re tailor-made for that. This past May, how difficult was it to keep the humor and things going given that Jeff Hanneman [SLAYER] died that day?

Chris: Well actually, it’s obviously a terrible day, but it was probably in retrospect the best day that could’ve happened. Because you had all of his friends gathered together, and instead of a real despondent, horrible time, it was almost like a real big celebration for Jeff. It was a real coincidental thing but in a positive way. If there’s anything positive about that, from him passing away is that, you know, you’d (otherwise) have some guys over here, some guys over there, some guys over here — (but) everybody was there. You had people from the “Big Four” [METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX] gathered together that day. And it was a really cool experience because everyone was there to celebrate Jeff‘s life. Some of his closest friends, guys that he influenced the most and then of course 2,000 of his biggest fans that were in the crowd. It actually ended up being kind of a big, giant wake, and it was actually a positive experience in the middle of a horrible situation.

Read the entire interview at San Antonio Metal Music Examiner.

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FOZZY frontman and wrestling superstar Chris Jericho was interviewed on episode 54 of “Kill Your Radio”. You can now listen to the chat using the widget below.

The lead single from FOZZY‘s latest album, “Sin And Bones”, “Sandpaper” features guest vocals by M. Shadows of AVENGED SEVENFOLD. Directed by Sean McEwen, the accompanying video is inspired by horror classic “Evil Dead”, with Shadows playing the role of FOZZY‘s evil puppet master.

Jericho told Loudwire about the “Sandpaper” clip, “It kind of started from that and then we said, ‘What if we do a whole ‘Evil Dead’-type homage?’ And then we found this bad-ass cabin in the woods in Atlanta, and just everything kind of fell together from there. We found, right by the cabin, there was a civil war burial ground, and there was this creepy bridge that was near it, and the cabin couldn’t have been more perfect for what we were looking for.”

Asked how the Shadows collaboration came about, Jericho told LocalBozo.com: “Shad‘s a friend of mine and when I was recording the vocals, I wasn’t really feeling the one part: ‘a cat scratch whiplash / a witch hunt in black.’ So I thought it’d be cool to have somebody else do it, like a calm response. So I called Matt and asked him if he’d be interested. I knew they were off and he was at home, so he’s like, ‘Send me the song and I’ll see what I think.’ I sent it to him and he really dug it. He was a fan of ours from before anyways — he liked a bunch of our songs. He thought that ‘Sandpaper’ was one of the catchiest choruses that we’d ever done and so he kind of took it and laid down the part like I asked him to and then he also rearranged the song a bit — gave it a little bit of a different arrangement, streamlined it, made it a little bit more compact, and in my opinion made it a better song. So not only did he sing what I asked him to, he also put his own spin on it and really went above and beyond to create this amazing song that’s just been doing huge for us since it came out. So it was cool. It was cool on a professional standpoint, on a creative standpoint, and on a friendship standpoint to have him involved.”

“Sin And Bones” was released on August 14, 2012 (one day earlier internationally) via FOZZY‘s new label, Century Media Records. The CD sold around 3,400 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 143 on the Billboard 200 chart. The effort landed at position No. 1 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

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Bloodstock: Bringing the heavy

The last day of a festival is always the most gruelling, as the excesses of the weekend take their toll on the battered bodies of many a punter. Gama Bomb ease people in slowly with a joyously fun set of party thrash, pulling a sizeable crowd who windmill the hangovers out of their fuzzy heads. The perfect wake up call to any day. Fun is not on the agenda for Whitechapel, instead they ram headfirst into the audience with their precision, groovy, modern, death metal. It’s quite a sight to witness a pure blue sky being slowly turned grey, seemingly, by their crushing brutality.

Old school thrash is definitely back in a big way judging by today’s bill and no one plays it quite as fast or as crusty as Kremated do over on the New Blood stage. They pull in a crowd very respectable in size, but not in attitude, as a bunch of belligerent metal heads lose their shit to their dirty, inspired crossover.

On the Dio stage Brit hopefuls Sacred Mother Tongue fly the flag for good, no-frills metal. Fist pumping anthems, melodic hooks and, typically, Andy James’ startling guitar work are the order of the day, refusing to rely on cheap gimmicks and instead relying on the strength of their talent and song writing. The polar opposite of Fozzy, in other words. They bring a Hollywood sheen to a grubby field in Derby with their metallic hard rock. Yeah it’s big and dumb but they certainly know how to put on a show and in Chris Jericho have the perfect festival frontman.

Over on the Sophie Lancaster stage, Bossk do their very best to crack the Earth’s surface with volcanic post-rock riffs, proving there’s more to being heavy than pure speed.

Back on the Dio stage, meanwhile, Amorphis bring musical proficiency back to the table, with a mix of heaviness and fragility filtered through folk tinged prog. With such a distinctive sound they are certainly an acquired taste, but where better than Bloodstock for a band of this ilk? The crowd at the front lap it up, but the casuals at the back don’t get involved quite as much as they did for Fozzy.

If Amorphis split the vote then Exodus casually unite everybody, place them in the palm of their hand and then crush them into a bloody pulp. It’s a testament to the continuing virility of thrash that they sound more like the sweat soaked, bong chuffing, beer guzzling adolescents that made these songs than the middle aged men that they now are. The likes of Lesson In Violence are still as fresh, exciting and extreme as ever. When Bonded By Blood is dedicated to Paul Baloff and Jeff Hannemann and Exodus proceed to smash it out of the park it’s the moment of the day, possibly the festival, so far.

It thins out slightly for Devildriver and for a while it looks like they may be upstaged by what’s just happened. But, despite a somewhat patchy set list, Dez Fafara and co. just don’t do bad shows. The hardcore fans at the front seem to spread and spread as the set progresses until half of the field is a circle pit. Some of it is due to an improved choice of tunes, but most of it is down purely and simply to the fact that Dez is one of the most rabble rousing, yet down to earth, frontmen in the world of metal. As they leave, triumphant, he seems genuinely delighted. As do most of the crowd.

Before we get to Slayer there is the little matter of another member of the big 4. Anthrax have had many questions over their heads recently; the unstable line up, the dithering over album releases, the fact that today Joey Belladonna looks, and sometimes sounds, like someone’s Grandmother being chased by a swarm of bees. The one thing that you can never question is the tunes they have in their back catalogue, today we get a load of them, back to back, with no let up. Frankly, when they are on their game, they take Bloodstock up to another level. Indians, Caught In A Mosh, I Am The Law and the closing Antisocial have horns thrown and lyrics chanted back from the barrier to the sound desk and beyond, it take just one hour for Anthrax to lay down the gauntlet and leave Slayer sweating.

One of the more curious decisions on the bill was to match Slayer with Dying Fetus on the Sophie Lancaster stage, leaving fans of pure, unadulterated brutality with a conundrum on their hands, and quite a few do plump for DF. Those that do are treated to some super technical, classic death metal that would make Slayer seem like easy listening by comparison. What other festival than Bloodstock could you say that? God bless this place.

Review by Stephen Hill

Bloodstock 2014 takes place August 7-10. For more info, head to Bloodstock.uk.com

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For the third year running Teenage Cancer Trust will be the official charity partner at Bloodstock 2013 this weekend!

Last year Bloodstock helped raise nearly £5,000 pounds for the charity, and it’s hoped that this year that barrier will be smashed.

There’s a ton of ways for punters to help raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust at this year’s festival, including a raffle to win the chance to watch Sunday night headliners Slayer close the festival from the side of the stage, getting your hands on a Yamaha BB424X bass worth £485 signed by none other than Lemmy from Motörhead and meeting Main Stage artists Fozzy and Anthrax, who’ll be hosting a meet and greet with two lucky winners.

To get involved, head over to the TCT tent at Bloodstock and help raise some wonga for some seriously worthy causes!

Bloodstock takes place this weekend (August 8-11) at Catton Hall, Derby, and features the likes of King Diamond, Lamb of God, Slayer, Anthrax, Gojira, DevilDriver and many more. Get your tickets now from bloodstock.uk.com.

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