The Terrorizer Stage showcases the values of Damnation Festival to a tee, a selection of the best of the UK scene with mixed with legends and other bands from around the world. This year opens with brutal gore metallers Amputated (1:00 – 1:30pm). They headlined a show in Liverpool at the beginning of the year and put on a great show, so this should be a fine way to open what is probably the most extreme sage of the day. On the back of their latest “Dissect, Molest, Ingest” album, this could very well be one of the sets of the day.
Self styled orchestral groove metallers Xerath (2:00 – 2:30pm) are up next, and offer a big change in style, opting for a crisp technical sound rather than the filth of the openers. This, balanced with their immense crushing riffs has pleased a lot of people with their most recent album ‘III’ getting much acclaim, including praise from one time Damnation headliner Devin Townsend, so they must be doing something right. If you are planning on catching Xerath, please remember to warm up your neck before heading down to the front.
Swedish death metallers Aeon (3:00 – 3:30pm) follow, and after some considerable line up changes over the last couple of years, it shall be interesting to see how that has affected the band. Their brand of intense death metal and infectiously catchy riffs has seen them share stages with the scenes leading lights, and now they have a big chance to show their talents to a much bigger crowd.
Winterfylleth (4:15 – 4:55pm) bring their brand of bleak Northern black metal to damnation for the second time in three year, shortly before they share a tour with Behemoth /and Decapitated in a few weeks. They have a new album to promote in ‘The Divination Of Antiquity’ and should offer something a bit different to the other bands on this stage today.
Revocation (5:40 – 6:30pm) should bridge the gap well between Winterfylleth and Anaal Nathrakh, mixing the technical aspects with a bit of good old-fashioned noise. The prolific Americans have released five albums in six years and their thrash / death metal should please most folk who are sticking around this stage.
A rare live outing for Anaal Nathrakh (7:20 – 8:10) in support of their soon to be released eighth studio album ‘Desideratum’ and their filthy grind noise should easily be one of the most intense sounds and sets of the day. As usual, the duo of Mick Kenny and Dave Hunt will be joined by additional musicians to add more chaos to the racket. Do not miss this set!
Whereas Damnation always brings one huge name to the table this year we have an abundance of genre pioneers and legends. Cannibal Corpse (9:10 – 10:20pm) will be aiming to put the disappointment of their recent troubles in Russia behind them and show the gathered masses why the Floridian death metal monsters have been at the very top of their genre for so long. With a new album this year and nearly 25 years worth of gore to draw from, this should be a great set.
Tickets are still available for this year’s festival and are available from here.