Bloodstock have announced that Lamb of God, Dark Funeral and Amorphis will be joining the likes of King Diamond and Anthrax at next year’s festival.
Early bird tickets are on sale now – so head over to bloodstock.uk.com to save yourself some money.
It’s just a shame that August feels so far away at the moment!
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On 24th October, Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler posted the following message on his official website:
“The album is done. Details coming soon. The first set of invitees have been brought in to listen (no press copies kids), and the response is fantastic.
Press has begun for the release and the tours we have coming in 2012.
We’ve made it this far.
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It’s time to see what you voted as the best (and worst) of 2010!
Winner: Iron Maiden
Lou’s Note: Iron Maiden probably wouldn’t have been my first choice for band of the year (you should all know by now who my vote went to! ). but no-one can deny that they are deserving of this title. Plus, “The Final Frontier” is an awesome album.
Winner: Iron Maiden – “The Final Frontier”
ZORORMR – “Kval”
Black Label Society – “Order of the Black”
Avenged Sevenfold – “Nightmare”
Halcyon Way – “Building The Towers”
Dimmu Borgir – “Abrahadabra”
God Dethroned – “Under The Sign of the Iron Cross”
Lou’s Note: You guys must really like Iron Maiden! But, as I said before, “The Final Frontier” is a great album. Also, I’m pleased to see ZORORMR and God Dethroned in that list too …oh, and Dimmu Borgir… and Halcyon Way… and BLS…
Winner: Live Evil Festival
Lou’s Note: Well, I can’t argue with that. I managed to get along to the Saturday of Live Evil (thanks to Dave & Jo!) and it was awesome!
Winner: Black Label Society – “Overlord”
Lou’s Note: “Overlord” is a fantastic video and is definitely worthy of your votes
Winner: Halcyon Way – “Building The Towers”
Lou’s Note: A brilliant cover for a brilliant album!
Winner (or should that be “Loser”?): Avenged Sevenfold – “Nightmare”
Lou’s Note: “Nightmare” seems to be 2010′s Marmite album – some of you love it, others hate it
Winner: Corey Taylor – “X-M@$”
Lou’s Note: A fine choice! Although I did also like this suggestion: “Lou singing “merry x-mas””
And there you have it! If you don’t like the results and you didn’t vote… well, that’s just tough!
Maybe next year, eh?
I was very excited on Saturday. In fact, I was probably over-excited and that coupled with the fact that I was knocking back the Strongbows like the end of the world was on its way was probably a bad idea. But, hey – you live and learn! (Although, to be fair, I’ve been doing this for quite a few years now and I still haven’t learnt my lesson. Oh well, maybe one day!)
Anyway, the point of me writing this was not to fill you in on the punishment I’ve subjected my liver to! So…
After consuming a couple of beverages in The Beehive pub (note to anyone planning to visit The Beehive: If you feel the urge to empty your bladder during your visit, using the street outside would probably be more hygienic. I’ve seen cleaner toilets at festivals. Seriously, it was not a pleasant experience.), we made our way to the Brixton Academy. I treated myself to another Lamb of God t-shirt as I’m a firm believer in the idea that you can never have too many LoG shirts… In fact, it should be compulsory to have at least one for every day of the week (a quick count on fingers tells me that I have now surpassed this) and we headed to the bar to make sure that the blood didn’t regain control in our alcohol streams. A band was playing as we migrated towards the stage and we asked the people near who it was. Sadly no-one had a clue… which is a shame because I thought they were rather good. I’m aware of the fact that I have a BlackBerry and I could’ve just looked it up online… but I couldn’t be arsed at this point. I know, I’m a bad Lou. Next up were Job For A Cowboy. I’d seen them once before and hadn’t been too impressed and, as a result, I was a bit sceptical about seeing them again. I’d love to say that they blew me away, but unfortunately they didn’t. They did, however, have a good energy on stage and really worked hard to put on a good show. In fact, one of my main reasons for not getting into them was because I couldn’t really hear the bass. So, all in all, not JFAC’s fault. Maybe I will give them another try.
But, the night really did belong to Lamb of God. There was a moment just before the band was due to hit the stage when someone mentioned that it was “5 minutes ’til Lamb of God time”. I’d been counting down to Lamb of God time since I bought the ticket for the gig… Hell, I’d been counting down since their set at Sonisphere. If there was ever a worthy reason for someone to spontaneously combust, that last 5 minutes when every part of me was over-over-over-excited was it (I can only think of a few other situations when this could happen. Those situations would include the words: Guns N’ Roses, Black Ritual, Vesperian Sorrow, Devilish Impressions, Omnium Gatherum and Sebastian Bach. Oh, and the words “Thunder Reunion” would be rather awesome). So, the lights went down, Lamb of God came on and Brixton went fuckin’ crazy! It seemed like the entire floor (well, as far as I could see) had become a pit. The only other gig that I’ve been to where this had been the case was Obituary at the Mean Fiddler (or was it the Astoria?). It was mental! I was also pleased to see a guy who looked like Santa rockin’ out… and the two guys wearing “onesie” pyjamas definitely deserve a mention.
The band was on top form and proved that they were definitely worthy of the headlining slot. When they played “Now You’ve Got Something To Die For” it was AWESOME! I know I use the word ‘awesome’ rather a lot… perhaps too much… But, please believe me when I tell you – this was AWESOME! Randy Blythe really knows how to work a crowd and Brixton was putty in his hands. I would go through the set list here, but to be honest, the order is a little fuzzy in my head (thank you Mr. Strongbow) and I’m sure there will be a couple of hundred reviews online where some kind soul will be able to transcribe that for you. I will, however, tell you about a couple of personal highlights… and both of which are tracks from the “Wrath” album. Firstly, “Grace” (complete with its beautiful intro) was superb! Secondly, they played “Reclamation”! “Reclamation” has wormed itself in to being possibly my favourite LoG track and one of my favourite tracks of all time. Ever! For some reason I didn’t expect them to play it… but to hear it live was amazing. When the band started playing it, I swear I looked like a 5 year old on Xmas morning.
Overall, it was a brilliant night! Can I do it again, please?