Just like the headline says – Bloodstock Open Air have announced another four names for their 2012 bill. New to the bill are the symphonic face of Norwegian black metal, Dimmu Borgir, Jamey Jasta’s beatdown crew, Hatebreed, the reformed Animosity-era line-up Corrosion of Conformity, and Birmingham blackened-grinders, Anaal Nathrakh.
Interestingly, Bloodstock have confirmed that Dimmu Borgir are the first Special Guests they’ve announced for 2012. “Special Guests” is a fancy way of saying “The Band That Plays The Main Stage Before The Headliner”. Dimmu Borgir were a main stage headline acts at Bloodstock Open Air 2008, but we don’t think their demotion to “Special Guest” status is a reflection of the band’s popularity. Rather, it is an expression of just how much Bloodstock has grown in size and prestige over the past four years that it needs to seek out even bigger headline acts.
Watch the video to ‘Gateways’ by Dimmu Borgir:
Hatebreed is another interesting choice – not least because their take on metallic-hardcore is a marked departure from the tr00 kvlt posturing of the more elitist aspects of the Bloodstock crowd. Then again, these were the same people who claimed The Defiled were going to get a bottling at this year’s festival – to which the band responded by putting on one of the most memorable sets of this year’s entire festival.
In comparison, Corrosion of Conformity and Anaal Nathrakh are obviously far less controversial additions to the bill, but both more than welcome nonetheless. They may be two bands at near opposite ends of the extreme music spectrum, but the fact that they can both happily appear on the same Bloodstock line-up captures just what’s so special about Bloodstock.
Bloodstock Open Air 2012 is taking place at Catton Hall from 09 August 2010 to 12 August 2010. In addition to the bands announced today, the other acts confirmed for Bloodstock Open Air 2012 so far are Watain, Paradise Lost, and Anvil. Early bird four-day camping tickets for next year’s event are already on sale for just £90 (plus booking fee) until Christmas, after which prices are gonna go up. So if you want to save a bit of cash for some extra beer money, break out that wallet and head on over to the Bloodstock website.