Co-authored by Steve Fallows

Bloodstock 2012Bloodstock Festival is almost upon us, the UK’s premier metal festival is now in its 12th year and continues to go from strength to strength. The four day event will be held at Catton Hall in Derbyshire and will play host to some of the finest acts in metal.

We here at ThisIsNotAScene will be in attendance to witness the carnage first hand, we will be bringing you blow by blow accounts of all the blood,metal, boobs and corpse paint the weekend has to offer, but before we get there and bed down in the mud all in the name of Satan we will be bringing you are ultimate Bloodstock 2012 preview. We’ll be covering the Headliners, The Heavy Hitters and all the ones to watch from the underground, so sit back, grab a beer, some corpse paint and possibly a goat skull, and get ready to be prepared for a weekend of hell on earth.

As always, Bloodstock has booked three very different, very distinct headliners for the festival this year, ranging from Black Metal all the way to Shock Rock with a dash of Thrash tinged Groove Metal thrown in for good measure, if you want blood and thunder, onstage death or even just ass kicking metal anthems Bloodstock has you covered. So lets have a look at who is headlining each day on the Ronnie James Dio stage at Bloodstock 2012.

The Headliner


BehemothBlack Metal overlords Behemoth will be making a triumphant return to Bloodstock after singer Nergal‘s health issues halted their plans to perform here in 2010.

Since returning to the live arena the band has been on the form of their lives, so you can expect hell on earth to be well and truly unleashed, fire, blood and all kinds of other crazy things shall be brought forth, and the tunes, don’t forget the blood curdlingly evil tunes the band will have with them as well.

Believe me when I say this is one set you will not want to miss.

The Heavy Hitters

The main stage will play host to a number of well known metal bands spreading across all sub genres over the course of 3 days, everything from Thrash, Hardcore, Stoner and even Death/Black metal will meet.


MaleficeOne of the great British hopes, Reading boys Malefice will be opening the Main Stage on Friday and will be looking to wake everyone the fuck up.

It’s going to be a test for them to get the crowd ready for the likes of Sepultura, Iced Earth, Watain and Behemoth to follow, but its a task that the Malefice boys are more than up for, as anyone that has ever seen them will attest to.

Their set promises to be one of the most straight brutal no nonsense sets of the whole weekend. Get involved.


Sepultura are probably the most overlooked thrash band of the first big wave of the genre, in the late 80’s and early 90’s they delivered a slew of classic albums and are now enjoying a career resurgence of sorts.

The band is currently firing on all cylinders and will be bringing the heavy with them to Bloodstock as well as a whole sets worth of classic tunes, if their recent slot at Wacken is evidence enough then this will be a set that you won’t want to miss.

Iced Earth

Iced EarthEveryone loves a bit of Classic metal, everyone and their mum apparently loves a bit of Iced Earth, and this is a bit of a rare appearance by them.

You can expect a set full of hits as well as some well placed tracks from recent album “Dystopia.”

It’s going to be gauge how the fans will react to the band turning up without one Tim (can’t catch a break) ‘Ripper’ Owens or Matt Barlow, but you can still expect a triumph in the name of metal with Stu Block more than capable of holding his own!


Swedish black metallers Watain follow up last years Sonisphere appearance with a high profile slot at this years edition of BOA. Whether their early evening appearance will mean the band forego the full effect of the usual fiery show is yet to be seen, but this will definitely be one of the performances of the weekend to catch.

Other Highlights



French duo Alcest are a band that have had a massive wave of support recently, and follow up a successful UK tour earlier this year in support of new album “Les Voyages de l’Ame”, with their headline slot on the Sophie Lancaster stage on the Friday night. The band have seen a change in style over the years which has taken them onto a new level of success and you can expect a large crowd at the second stage to be taken on Neige’s sombre journey to “a far off country”.


Derision hail from the north west of England and appear here at the personal invitation of the festival director Vicky Gregory, and that is quite an honour especially when you think that they only released their debut album late last year. High energy thrash in the vein of Testament and Vio-Lence is the order of the day and the rave reviews of “Ancient” were well deserved and show that this is a band that are one to watch over the coming years. Their early afternoon set should ease you into the weekends festivities well.

Main photograph courtesy of Shelley J. Photography

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