As the sun began to dip on the first day of Bloodstock 2014, the beers began to do their work amongst the assembled throng of metalheads and the excitement started to build for sub-headliners Dimmu Borgir.
Personally, I don’t care much for the more corpse paint related side of metal, but Dimmu Borgir are one of the few bands I can get behind. This opinion was almost changed completely when they experience sound problems during setup that result in the band taking the stage so light they practically headlined the Sunday, but eventually set opener ‘Allegiance kicks’ in and the field gets ever so slightly rowdier before suddenly realising that despite the huge delay in starting to sort out the sound, Dimmu still sound shit.
As the audience perseveres, hoping the soundwaves emanating from the huge hanging speakers will eventually right themselves, what would normally be a thunderous follow up in ‘Progenies of the Great Apocalypse’ ends up having to be started twice before anyone can hear what in Satan’s hoof is going on.
After this, it finally looks like plain sailing, although I personally got the impression drummer Daray was struggling throughout the set and we are treated to big epic metal in the form of tracks such as ‘The Serpentine Offering and Gateways’, but sadly due to the aforementioned problems at the beginning the set has to be cut short and so they just about manage to squeeze in a heartfelt rendition of ‘Mourning Palace’ before thanking the audience and heading offstage.
You can only feel sorry for a band that has travelled to a foreign land to play for fans and give the best show they can only to be cut short and struggle to even really play during the start of their set. To their credit, Dimmu Borgir clearly acknowledged the show must go on and Shagrath apologised several times during the evening for the sound issues and I’m sure they will be back in the UK as soon as they can to make it up to everyone.
Photos by Sabrina Ramdoyal