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What ever you do, make sure you have the weekend of August 11th through 14th cleared, as the Bloodstock team have just announced another collection of mammoth bands to grace the bill, for what is turning out to be the best Bloodstock yet! Find out more below!


Bloodstock has grown to become the biggest independent metal festival in the UK and is one event that is very close to our hearts here in Overdrive HQ. With a reputation of hosting some of the world’s most iconic metal bands in the lush British countryside across four days, it has become the annual metal event on many a calender for any pure bred metal head!

With the recent announcement that Atlanta, heavyweights MASTODON, Twisted Sister, Dragon Force, Rotting Christ and Paradise Lost, Bloodstock have dropped another whopping selection of bands for next years most metal of gatherings! Joining the above mentioned bands as well as BEHEMOTH and VENOM will be none other than thrash lords ANTHRAX, SATYRICON and the mighty GOJIRA! Now go and change your pants while preparing to get the full details below!

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Overdrive can now reveal that the mighty ANTHRAX will be returning to next years Bloodstock with a new album under their belt and a set list that will strip layers of moss off the roof of Catton Hall!! With the bands forthcoming album, For The Kings, due for release early next year, Overdrive can guarantee that this will be a crushing return to the Derbyshire countryside, for the New York thrash icons and not to be missed, under any circumstances!


Check out the audio lyric video for the bands first cut off the album Evil Twin below!

After decimating venues in Ireland at the end of August this year, Gojira will be returning to Bloodstock, with their collection of mountain sized riffs and breathtaking heavy-as-fuck metal. The band are currently busy working on the follow up to, L’Enfant Sauvage (2012), with an album that is destined to be a contender for album of the year. Overdrive caught up with vocalist / guitarist, Joe Duplantier, to talk about the new album and it’s projected release date. Get the full story here.


With the recent news of Satyricon vocalist / founding member Satyr having being diagnosed with a brain tumor just last month on October 5th (see post from Satyr below), it would seem that all is looking promising for the Norwegian Black Metal legends.

Satyr revealed the news via his Instagram account, where he wrote: “I got extremely sick eight days ago and was rushed to hospital. Scans have shown that there is a blind passenger in my head. Most likely it is benign. I can live with it as long as it does not grow bigger. Removing it is extremely complicated and should only be done if it grows into a size where it is a matter of life and death.”

The band are working on new material for the follow up to the self titled release back in 2013 (see video below) and a covers album also, which is yet to be discussed by the band.

Joining ANTHRAX, GOJIRA and SATYRICON will be none other than TWISTED SISTER for the Friday headliner slot and their last ever UK performance along side a weekend of who’s who in the wold of metal with MASTODON taking to the stage on Saturday for their debut UK headlining slot. So, if you want to spend the weekend with the likes of Dragon Force, Paradise Lost, Behemoth, Venom, Rotting Christ and all of the bands that we have already mentioned, then now is the time!

This is the ultimate Christmas present for any self respected metal head, so get on it and sort your tickets out today! Flights to Birmingham are currently working out at €9.99 each way and we urge you to get yours A.S.A.P!

Keep your eyes peeled on Bloodstock Festival official website for many more announcements!


Frontman and band visionary, Nergal proclaims, “Our Bloodstock performance from 2013 was one of the highlights of our long career! Just thinking about that night gives me shivers and makes me hungry for more. It is with utmost PLEASURE and HONOUR that we announce our show in 2016! We’ll be performing THE SATANIST in full…! We literally cannot wait to come back to UK shores!”

Also appearing on Friday’s bill are seminal black metal icons, VENOM.

Ester Segarra

Bloodstock Open Air Festival will take place 11th – 14th August at Catton Park, Derbyshire with special early bird tickets now on sale, priced £120 (plus booking fee). To secure your ticket, please click on the graphic below!


For more information please check out the Bloodstock Official website, priced £120 (plus booking fee).