Joining Saturday’s Ronnie James Dio main stage bill are Denver-based thrash animals HAVOK. The band recently released their fourth studio album, Conformicide via Century Media.
Also landing the opening slot on Saturday’s main stage are San Francisco tech death outfit, FALLUJAH. Check out the video for Abandon, taken from their recently released Nuclear Blast album, Dreamless:
Fleshing out the Sophie bill over the weekend are seven more awesome bands. Joining us on Friday will be Norwich thrashers SHRAPNEL, Leicester metal five-piece INTERNAL CONFLICT, Yorkshire’s stoner blues squad (WWRS Shock Of The New alumni), IRONRAT and London extremists, CORPSING who feature members of Akercocke and Aghast.
Bringing their critically acclaimed noises on Saturday are heavy prog beasts OHHMS and rounding out Sunday’s line up are British/Chilean thrash/death outfit, CRIMINAL and purveyors of mammoth metal grooves, GRAVIL, who have also appeared on The Wyrd Ways Rock Show.
Phase two of our ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ finalists are also locked down. These lucky winners of regional heats land a slot on the Hobgoblin New Blood stage… On Friday, fans of Lamb of God, Fear Factory, Whitechapel should be sure to catch Carlisle champions, SEEK SOLACE IN RUIN:
If Sylosis, Trivium and Children of Bodom are more your thing, look out for Saltash heroes MANTRA. Also celebrating on Friday, are Leicester victors BLOODOATH and Wolverhampton top dogs ASHEN CROWN, who are one for fans of Bolt Thrower and At The Gates. Saturday brings Southern metal riffers TITAN BREED, who clinched first place in Glasgow, Gravesend winners INFECTED DEAD with their polished blend of modern death metal and visceral brutality, and three-piece progsters SOLAR SONS who won the Inverness heat with their Rush/Budgie influences! Joining them will be Cardiff conquerors MALUM SKY with their mix of progressive styles – think Periphery and Karnivool, but with a twist. The kings of the Norwegian M2TM final are VORBID, who join Sunday’s bill, sure to please everyone who digs a bit of Megadeth, Testament, Annihilator, King Crimson, Rush, and… erm… Camel!