It’s that time for again where we needlessly expand on a self-explanatory headline – Bloodstock Open Air have announced three more bands for 2012. The Black Dahlia Murder, Grand Magus, and the relatively-recently-reformed Sanctuary will be descending upon Catton Hall next year.
Grand Magus and The Black Dahlia Murder are both solid additions to the Bloodstock bill. While we weren’t absolutely blown away by Grand Magus at Damnation Festival earlier this month, watching them was a more-than-satisfying way to spend 45 minutes chugging beers with our mates. The Black Dahlia Murder impressed us this year not only with the wonderfully addictive Ritual, but with their solid Sonisphere Festival performance.
Watch Thrash Hits TV: The Black Dahlia Murder @ Sonisphere 2011:
Out of the three announcements though, it is Sanctuary that’s probably the most intriguing. Straddling somewhere between power metal and thrash, Sanctuary split up in 1991, with three of their final members – Warrel Dane, Jim Sheppard, and Jeff Loomis – going on to form Nevermore. Sanctuary reformed in 2010 – although they are now without Loomis, him having quit Nevermore due to musical differences with Warrel Dane – and have been playing the odd festival show ever since. Interestingly enough, Nevermore were previously announced for Bloodstock Open Air 2011, but were removed from the bill for undisclosed reasons – is this Dane and Sheppard’s way of making up for the cancellation? We hope so.
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 Alice Cooper, Dimmu Borgir, Hatebreed, Watain, Paradise Lost, Anaal Nathrakh, Orange Goblin, Corrosion of Conformity, 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.