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Amauta in Bloodstock 2010 (The review)
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Amauta in Bloodstock 2010 (The review)

Review by: Mark MacQueen
Unsigned review: by Matt Young and Mark MacQueen
All photos by and a special thanks to Mark Lantham (www.marklatham.co.uk)

Enough black clouds and rain to use as an Amon Amarth intro. Not the greatest start to what is easily the finest looking line up in Bloodstock Open Air’s history. Many run for shelter, some are foolish enough to set up shelter in the monsoon conditions. Those lucky enough to have built their weekend sanctuary are either taking the time to sleep or get drunk.
Friday morning rolls by and already the outer areas of the camp are littered with passed out and near-passed out drunks. Classy.

Snakebite, winners of a competition, had already played Wacken the previous week. The weather was looking shitty and about to get shittier, but some how the band managed to form the first pit of the weekend. High energy, thunderous drums and wild guitars. Pantera worship at its finest. The classic Bloodstock crowd does need to be pleased at some point. A few criticised the weekend of being too death metal heavy. Those critics took a few steps back when ex-Manowar guitarist, Ross the Boss took to the stage. Laughed off as a novelty act by most of the crowd, the dedicated few who stayed enjoyed the soaring vocals and disgustingly cliché lyrics. Ex-Manowar drummer, Scott Columbus joined Ross on stage to play some Manowar classics, including Hail & Kill. Stepping in to replace Behemoth who had to drop out for health related reasons are Cathedral. The English doom veterans put on one of the sets of the weekend. Covering plenty from their vast history, ending of course with Hopkins (The Witchfiner General). Lee Dorian is the ever amusing front man; shuffling and prancing about like some kind of ageing minstrel.

Cathedral

All photos by and a special thanks to Mark Lantham (www.marklatham.co.uk)

Cathedral

Photos by and a special thanks to Mark Lantham (www.marklatham.co.uk)

Next up is perhaps the reason why God chose to bestow such undesirable weather upon the festival. Branding spikes, blood and corpse paint; Gorgoroth create a fantastic sonic wall of grand distortion and verbal bile. Those that were not there for the music enjoyed the spectacle. With the night almost an end, the worst band to suffer a hangover through take to the stage for a UK exclusive show. Pounding through nearly twenty years worth of material (although they chose to miss out New Millennium Cyanide Christ on this run…), Meshuggah devastate the arena. Music nerds over the dust filled land blowing their loads at the revoltingly good musicianship. Watching Tomas Haake drum and Jens Kidman twist his face into a manic looking state is nothing short of a sordid pleasure.

Meshuggha

Photos by and a special thanks to Mark Lantham (www.marklatham.co.uk)

Meshuggha

Photos by and a special thanks to Mark Lantham (www.marklatham.co.uk)

Opeth are closing the Friday, replacing Heaven & Hell, the loss of Dio is something that is echoed by most bands an fans over the weekend. A cover of Catch the Rainbow is added to the set list. Akerfeldt may not have the soaring vocals, but the song is received extremely well. Opeth tend to be a hit and miss band live, but tonight they were on top form! Aided by a jaw dropping set list; they blast out the expected live tracks, Demon of the Fall and The Drapery Falls; but they also include a rare appearance of The Moor. There could be no better end to the first day.

The rain still hangs over the camp sites. Making all the alcohol related hangovers that bit more unbearable and depressing. You’d think that the festival would provide some decent music to greet the ill masses, but no. The first offering on the main stage is Andromeda. Horrid keyboard sounds are heard everywhere. Those hunting for morning coffee and tea can’t escape the vile sound waves. The few fans at the stage seemed happy, but the performance was really unwelcoming to alien ears. A few hours later (after food has settled in most stomachs and few more cans were cracked open) it’s a double helping of thrash! New(ish) kids on the block, Evile have already made a big name for themselves in previous years. Despite a few sound issues the boys put on their usual show. Even at such an early point in the day the band pull a pretty goddamn impressive crowd with some frantic looking pits.

Evile

Photos by and a special thanks to Mark Lantham (www.marklatham.co.uk)

Evile

Photos by and a special thanks to Mark Lantham (www.marklatham.co.uk)

Onslaught isn’t a common name on the lips of too many thrash fans. But it should be. It really should be. Opening with the blistering Killing Peace, the ageing Brits play a wonderfully violent show.

Obituary

Photos by and a special thanks to Mark Lantham (www.marklatham.co.uk)

Obituary

Photos by and a special thanks to Mark Lantham (www.marklatham.co.uk)

Sound issues, lost luggage and withheld equipment. One of the most anticipated sets of the weekend is off to a less than brilliant start. Devin Townsend’s crowd is obviously one of the biggest of the weekend. Even through the guitar tweaks he manages to entertain his legion of die-hard fans. Silly faces and funny banter. Even if he was talking to the audience like they were ten years old, they didn’t care, they were just happy to see him. New and old material galore! It’s impossible to satisfy everyone when a back catalogue of eleven or so albums. Deadhead and Life get the biggest cheers of the set. He can’t return soon enough.

Devin Townsend

Photos by and a special thanks to Mark Lantham (www.marklatham.co.uk)

Devin Townsend

Photos by and a special thanks to Mark Lantham (www.marklatham.co.uk)

Co-headlining the Saturday are Fear Factory and Children of Bodom. The new and improved FF are phenomenal to watch live. Gene Hoglan batters the shit out of his kit, Burton’s vocals are back to standard! Mainly playing songs from Mechanize and Demanufacture, the band fail to piss any of their fans off.

Fear Factory

Photos by and a special thanks to Mark Lantham (www.marklatham.co.uk)

Children of Bodom have a reputation for being utter dicks live. Their last few trips to the UK showed the fans that they still thought it was cool at act like drunk cunts on stage. To everyone’s surprise, COB actually put on one hell of a show! A delightfully varied set list, only marred by Alexi’s overly Americanised banter. We all know swearing is cool, but moderation is required.

Fear Factory

Photos by and a special thanks to Mark Lantham (www.marklatham.co.uk)

Sun! Glorious sun! The British crowd will still find a reason to complain about it, but sun! It’s just as well the giant orange ball decided to rear it’s head, Sunday is too full of good bands. Bonded by Blood kick things into action for the last day. Hangovers aside, this is the last day for fun. Fan favourites from Feed the Beast are executed perfectly, the audience are even treated to tunes from Exiled to Earth. Rude awakening or not, some fucking great thrash is dished out. It’s nothing short of a crime that the band who released Effigy of the Forgotten are so low on the bill. Suffocation put on a nothing short of blinding set. Frank Mullen ever playing the less than sane front man. Korpiklaani are part of BOA as much as Saxon or Edguy. Having only played twice, they are one of the most requested bands to return each year. Their crowd is nothing short of massive. Many dedicated fans arrived with drinking horns, others stood at the back to see what all the fuss was about. The time between the band hitting the stage and the audience erupting into a giant jigging/pitting machine couldn’t even be measured in nanoseconds. Solid as ever. Everyone leaves soaked in sweat. Drying off would have been a futile task as Gwar were up next. The stage gets coated in cling-film. The organisers obviously knew what was coming. Spit-roasting a cop with a spear, dismembering a drugged up rock star (while Oderus Urungus proclaims is love for crack…) and flaying the Pope are just some of the things that the crowd witness. There are no dry eyes in the house…or t-shirts for that matter. Catton Hall’s brown ground is stained blood green.

GWAR

Photos by and a special thanks to Mark Lantham (www.marklatham.co.uk)

GWAR

Photos by and a special thanks to Mark Lantham (www.marklatham.co.uk)

There are no surrendering or cheese jokes floating around the arena as Gojira deliver what is perhaps the most crushing set of the day. Playing old and new material, there isn’t a disappointed fan to be seen. Backbone will the the reason for many waking up with whiplash the next morning. After a somewhat lackluster show at Hellfest this year, it’s uncertain what kind of show the death metal super group, Bloodbath will deliver. Praise Cthulhu! It’s a memorable one! The crowd are rabid, the band are on fire, the set list contains a few too many not-so-great newer song, but we’ll let that slide.  Mock the Cross, Soul Evisceration and of course, Eaten are played. There is no rest for weary hearts and broken limbs. However dull their music is compared to most other death metal acts. The fathers of the genre are here. As much as it pains anyone to see Gojira and Bloodbath missing out on the best of the days carnage; dust rises from all areas of the field. There is a sea of crowd surfers heading towards Corpsegrinder and co. I Come Blood and Hammer Smashed Face get all the cheers.
The time has come to end the festival. On the Sunday night, it should have been Heaven & Hell headlining. But as we all know, Ronny James Dio passed away earlier in the year. A lot of the bands pay respect to him and chants of his name from the crowd were not uncommon sounds throughout the entire weekend. Twisted Sister may not be the most similar act to the creators of the genre that every fan is here to celebrate. But they put on one hell of a fucking show! Dio is tastefully brought up my wigged frontman, Dee Snider throughout their performance. Aside Opeth, another Rainbow classic is covered. Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll is a fitting way to almost end Sister’s set (SMF closes it all as usual). The classics are dished out and an entire audience is stunned by the energy the fifty-something Yanks pour into their ninety minute slot. Band of the weekend to some, close to the top to others.

Unsigned acts
Straight out of Birmingham and coining their own subgenre are self-proclaimed Thrash Death Black metallers Morgue Orgy (www.myspace.com/morgueorgy). Paul Carter’s keyboards work surprisingly well in this context, cutting through the gutteral assault of his comrades to provide a shimmering, haunting ambience. Vocalist Martin Graham belches forth a convincing growl and his engagement with the audience belies a seasoned performer. A veritable feast for the ears for fans of Cannibal Corpse and BloodBath, perhaps best avoided by those partial to Sonata Arctica and EdGuy.
Winners of the Kentish heats of BOA’s own Metal to the Masses competition are Zocalo (www.myspace.com/zocalorocks). An unusual choice for the UK’s biggest independent heavy metal festival, but an entertaining one nonetheless. Frontwoman Sarah oozes “Saath Laandaan” attitude and her bluesy vocals are a refreshing change from the cookie-cutter, pseudo sopranos that seem to be becoming the norm for female-fronted metal acts. The rest of the band are solid instrumentalists and deliver a coherent sound, albeit one with little variety thus giving the impression that Zocalo are best appreciated in a live environment.
Lithurgy (www.myspace.com/lithurgy) combine the headache inducing time signatures of Meshuggah, the general oddness of The Mars Volta and everything else that is great about prog-metal. Blasting out unnatural amounts of energy and even a bit of saxophone playing, the small tent fills up quickly to witness these soon be to stars of the genre. For lovers of Maiden, Priest and all things traditional and British in heavy metal, Hekz (www.myspace.com/hekztheband) are a lesson in how to take all the right influences from the masters and add an individual sound. Beyond impressive vocals and guitar work. But the less said about their fashion sense the better.

Thus ends another, and what has easy been the best BOA yet. With Immortal announced for the 2011 edition already, this small festival is making waves in the world of heavy music. There were people from all over the world at this years edition and it’ll be shocking if we don’t see more next year.

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