At the gates burst through the doors of annihilation with an awesome deathly performance, with Exodus previously causing the biggest pit of the festival thanks to classic “The Toxic Waltz” where some thrashers took the lyrics as literal as possible, crawling round the dust. As the festival draws to a close and we wipe away a tear at the thought of reality back home, Morbid Angel show the haters that deep down they still have their death royalty despite a short tumbleweed moment due to ‘Illud’ tracks. ‘Where the slime live’ and ‘Chapel of Ghouls’ sound as crisp as they did when the disgusting death metal spawn was first created leaving many with broken necks…and minds. Over on the Sophie stage Criminal, quite possibly one of the most under-exposed thrash attacks, collect many new followers and the intelligent ones who had alresdy found these hidden gems took advantage of the old school Sepultura similarities. Now to go and get hammered for the last time this weekend. Where’s the rum?



Ironic as it is, black metallers 1349 bring the sunshine this afternoon with a relatively tight set. Despite Alan losing his voice only fifteen minutes in, primordial’s loyal elite chant back epically to save the remains of the show. Although they have been simmering under the surfaces, heavy metal Brits Hell are newbies to the festival, however their theatrics gather quite an audience. Lead singer Dave (?) Seems stoked; “we weren’t expecting it at all to be honest” he beams. “It must’ve been the lucky pants”, he explains as he gives us a cheeky flash of some Spongebob boxers. After being blown away by the grinding brutality of veterans Napalm Death, we found a much calmer Barney, after his traditional fits on stage. “We were pretty worried about playing here as the line up’s pretty heavy metal, but we seemed to go down well. There were nonplussed faces at some points though but we just do ehat Napalm Death do best”. Indeed you do Barney, indeed you do.


As we wipe away the debris from last night’s booze fuelled antics, the sun is desperately battling back the drizzle from ruining the day. Forbidden have just laid some thrashing waste to the main stage while last night, metalhead comedian Steve Hughes collected an enormous crowd outside of the tent; luckily for us drunken fools he returns on Sunday. It sounds as though Xerath had a mad night of their own after their second performance at Bloodstock including beer bongs and very feminine shampoo incidents (ask bassist Chris). Along with Owen and Rich, we caught up with the band backstage. “we had a couple of sound issues but it all came together we had a wicked crowd and a circle pit so we were happy with that.” Whilst hunting down their important bread and cheese rations, the boys turn into giddy fans when it comes to checking out Devin later. “Morbid Angel as well man!” Explains Rich, “however if they play that Radikult song, which sucks, there is going breaking out! I still want to be like evil Dave though, his PVC is so badass!” We’ll leave you guys with that vision while we wait for the.might Kreator later on.

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By Lily Randall.