Bloodstock Open Air have confirmed that Testament – one of the most criminally-overlooked thrash bands, in our opinion – will be playing their only UK show of 2012 as part of the Bloodstock bill. And while we’ve lightly mocked some of the “UK EXCLUSIVE!!11!!” claims thrown around by festivals with this year’s bookings, bagging sole possession of Testament is definitely a big win in Bloodstock’s favour.
Why are we taking a slightly different view when it comes to Testament? Well, admittedly it’s partly because many of us here at Thrash Hits not-so-secretly have a lot of time for the Californian thrashers, who along with Exodus and a few other bands, often get overlooked in the history of thrash thanks to the larger than life aspects (and suitably bombastic branding) that The Big Four get.
Watch the video to ‘More Than Meets The Eye’ by Testament, because it’s awesome:
Secondly, Testament are one of those rare metal bands who we could just as easily imagine at Sonisphere or Download (indeed, they headlined the third stage at Download back in 2008) as we can at Bloodstock. For the smallest of the UK’s dedicated rock festivals to get the claim to not only their only UK festival performance of 2012, but their only UK performance full-stop….well, kudos to Bloodstock’s booking team, is what we’re trying to say.
Joining Testament at Bloodstock Open Air 2012 (which once again takes place at Catton Hall, this year from 09 August 2010 to 12 August 2010) are the previously-announced acts of Alice Cooper, Behemoth, Dimmu Borgir, Iced Earth, Sepultura, Hatebreed, Corrosion of Conformity, Deicide, Anaal Nathrakh, Watain, Paradise Lost, Nile, Mayhem, and Anvil. Weekend Tickets for the festival are on sale now from £115 (plus fees) over on the official Bloodstock website.