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Bloodstock Open Air 2012: Freedom Call @ Ronnie James Dio Stage – 10 August 2012

August 13th, 2012

Freedom Call at Bloodstock Open Air 2012 by Gary Wolstenholme Thrash Hits

Thrash Hits has been going to Bloodstock Open Air since 2008, so we feel fairly qualified to suggest that 2012 had a greater percentage of female attendees than any year we’ve been previously. The fact that Freedom Call were the only real power metal band on the main stage this year is, of course, an entirely unconnected co-incidence to this fact. #TrollingTomDare

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Bloodstock Open Air 2012: Benediction @ Ronnie James Dio Stage – 11 August 2012

August 13th, 2012

Benediction at Bloodstock Open Air 2012 by Gary Wolstenholme Thrash Hits

If playing Bloodstock Open Air on crutches wasn’t an impressive enough feat all on its own, Dave Hunt went one better. He didn’t just play one set on crutches at Bloodstock Open Air 2012, but two – the first of which being fronting Benediction opening the main stage on Saturday morning. We’d have to wait till Sunday night before he returned with Anaal Nathrakh….

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Bloodstock Open Air 2012: Dimmu Borgir @ Ronnie James Dio Stage – 12 August 2012

August 13th, 2012

Dimmu Borgir at Bloodstock Open Air 2012 by Gary Wolstenholme Thrash Hits

We’re not sure at what point the “tasselled leather trenchcoat” and “black metal corpsepaint” looks decided to get together and give birth to Shagrath’s on-stage outfit for Bloodstock Open Air 2012, but we are forever thankful to Satan that we didn’t have to watch the car-crash of stylistic congress that led to this most unholy union of fashion-decisions.

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Bloodstock Open Air 2012: Alice Cooper @ Ronnie James Dio Stage – 12 August 2012

August 13th, 2012

Alice Cooper at Bloodstock Open Air 2012 by Gary Wolstenholme Thrash Hits

Not only was it the last show of his current tour, but as the Sunday night headliner, Alice Cooper was also the last act to play at Bloodstock Open Air 2012. There isn’t a single band on the entire Bloodstock bill that doesn’t owe something to the original king of shock rock, so for it was more than fitting for the man who once went by the name of Vincent Furnier to close one of our favourite Bloodstock Open Air line-ups ever.

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