AVANTASIA Confirmed as Saturday SPECIAL GUESTS and a Debut and ONLY UK show! KATAKYLSM, EX DEO and WHITECHAPEL added to the Ronnie James Dio stage
Here at Bloodstock HQ we are excited to announce four more additions to the 2013 bill!
Power metal supergroup, AVANTASIA step into Sunday’s ‘special guest’ slot. Spearheaded by EdGuy frontman, Tobias Sammet, AVANTASIA was originally intended as a one-off side project, but has since turned into an ongoing musical love affair. A new “rock/metal opera” album is in the works, set for a late Spring 2013 release, and the Bloodstock set is one of only a few handpicked European festival appearances for the group next year.
Also added to the bill are Knoxville deathcore crew, WHITECHAPEL. Their self-titled fourth album was released in June through Metal Blade, and the band spent the summer melting tarmac on the Mayhem Festival tour in the US (alongside Slipknot, Slayer, Motorhead… and Bloodstock compadres, Anthrax).
Canadian death metallers, KATAKLYSM also step on to the BOA 2013 stage. “We played Bloodstock years ago and it was a crazy good time; we didn’t make it to England for our latest album, ‘Heaven’s Venom,’ so playing Bloodstock is the perfect gift to all our UK fans that have been pounding our doors to come back… the IRON WILL will be present,” comments frontman, Maurizio Iacono.
Not content just playing Bloodstock with KATAKLYSM, Maurizio Iacono also brings his Roman-themed supergroup, EX DEO to the festival. The band features members of Martyr, Blackguard, and his other Kataklysm cohorts. The band’s second album, ‘Caligvla’, released by Napalm Records on 31st August 2012 – the 2000th birthday of Emperor Caligula – featured guest appearances from members of Tristania, Graveworm, All Shall Perish, and Septic Flesh.
These latest additions rack up with headliners LAMB OF GOD and KING DIAMOND, plus DEVILDRIVER, MUNICIPAL WASTE, AMORPHIS, DARK FUNERAL, ANTHRAX, ACCEPT, FIREWIND, and FOZZY. A third, Sunday night headliner and many more bands are still to be revealed!
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