In the run up to our favourite heavy metal festival, the Fake Geeks team are putting together a collection of content aimed at those that will be joining us at this year’s Bloodstock festival.
In addition to a specially themed podcast (which you can check out here), we will be previewing a selection of bands across all stages and all days.
Today, we start with the Ronnie James Dio stage. Over the years, Bloodstock’s main stage has played host to a number of heavyweights spanning the breadth of metal music, including the likes of Alice Cooper, Motorhead, Machine Head, Megadeth, Opeth, Lamb of God, Twisted Sister and Down. Last year, Trivium, Within Temptation and Rob Zombie topped the bill.
Before we get into our recommendations for a little further down the bill, it is worth noting what a cracking set of headliners the team have managed to put together this year.
With the sad and untimely passing of drummer AJ Pero last year, the band announced it would embark on one final world tour before calling it a day. They have brought in ex-Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy and will be playing their last ever UK show on the Friday night. This is definitely a must-see show!
Long touted for a headline spot here, Bloodstock have finally pulled the trigger on this excellent quarter of Atlantans. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of setlist they put together, as their last couple of albums have been a fair bit lighter than their earlier efforts. Regardless, we’re pretty certain they’ll tear everyone a new one.
It’s Slayer. ’nuff said.
Let’s face it, if you have more than a passing interest in heavy metal, then you likely don’t need us to tell you much on the headliners. The real gems are on the undercard. Below, we highlight a few cracking bands that will be gracing the Ronnie James Dio stage over the course of the weekend.
If cheesy power metal with an affinity for space wizardry is your thing, then these guys will be perfect for you.
Last time comedy black metallers Evil Scarecrow played, they opened the main stage with one of the largest crowds of the weekend. They play the festival quite frequently (which we will never complain about), and are now quite rightly moving their way up the bill. They are on directly after Gloryhammer, so check ’em both out back-to-back for the most fun metal medley you’ll likely see over the weekend.
Those of you that know us will understand this choice (Rich is a massive rap metal fan). After some moderate success in the mid-90s, Stuck Mojo reformed as a quartet in 2014. They’ve just released their seventh album, Here Come the Infidels, so expect a mix of old and new cuts in an energetic set.
What can be said about Gojira? Quite simply, one of the most talented and tightest live bands around today. Their new album, Magma, is another belter. Expect tracks like Stranded (see below) to lay waste to the audience.
Speaking of tight live bands… these groovy industrial Californians are touted to play some deep cuts from their breakthrough album Demanufacture at this yeear’s festival. If they played half as well as their blistering set when they co-headliner in 2010, then it’ll be a set to remember.
It’s been 13 years (!) since Dragonforce last played at Bloodstock. Back then, it was still a small indoor festival in Derby, and the band only had one album to their name. Today, they have a different singer up front and six albums to their name. The introduction of Marc Hudson to the band has seen them tone down their trademark breakneck pace just a smidge, leading to absolutely belting tracks like Cry Thunder see below) being created.
Round out our recommendations is a promising metalcore act from Milton Keynes. Fronted by ex-Sylosis frontman Jamie Graham, this five piece have been making a name for themselves as of late, and we can’t wait to see if they can translate into a big main stage performance.
That concludes our round-up of recommendations for the Ronnie James Dio stage.
Check back soon to see who we think are the can’t miss bands on the Sophie Lancaster, Hobgoblin and Jagermeister stages.