Metal titans Iced Earth and thrash icons Sepultura are the latest additions to Bloodstock Open Air 2012, joining an already stellar line up that includes headline sets from Alice Cooper and Behemoth, as well as exclusive appearances from Watain, special guests Dimmu Borgir, Hatebreed, Black Dahlia Murder and many more.
Iced Earth were born in 1985, formed by Jon Schaffer – a determined, street-tough kid with the drive to create a band to make his heroes Judas Priest, KISS, and Iron Maiden proud. The band released its riff-heavy self-titled debut album in 1990 and never looked back.
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Nine studio albums – considered masterpieces of Metal – cemented the band's reputation for crafting exceptionally well-made music, the centerpiece of which being Schaffer's trademark rhythm guitar style and powerful, in-your-face lyrics that often combine themes of self reliance, a healthy distrust of authority, history, and science fiction. He says:
"We are looking forward to returning to Bloodstock in 2012, our second time after 2008. The UK shows we played on our World Dystopia Tour last fall were some of the best on the tour and we cannot wait to bang our heads with the UK minions again!"
Over the years, Schaffer has surrounded himself with some of the finest musicians in the world – including famed vocalists Matt Barlow, Tim Owens, and now Stu Block – to help bring his musical visions to life. This summer Schaffer brings this vision to Bloodstock once more, for their only UK show of 2012, and one of the highlights of the metal festival calendar.
Sepultura are one of the major names in Metal history. From their humble beginnings 27 years ago, these Brazilians went on to create a legacy, influencing a whole generation of younger bands and becoming a true institution. Despite rough times due to significant line-up changes, nomadic relationships with record labels and various changes in the overall musical environment, Sepultura have never backed down, continuously following their path, always re-emerging stronger than ever before.
At their only UK show of 2012, Sepultura will remind the Bloodstock crowd why they are South America's biggest Metal export, with a classic set featuring timeless anthems such as 'Arise', 'Beneath The Remains', 'Troops Of Doom', 'Refuse/Resist', 'Territory' and many many more.
With tickets selling faster than ever before, Bloodstock 2012 is destined for a sell-out this year. Over 100 bands - the majority of which are exclusive appearances - and a ticket price of only £115 for four days of metal magic INCLUDING camping - Bloodstock offers Metalheads the most attractive ticket in the UK.
Line Up So Far:
RONNIE JAMES DIO STAGE
ALICE COOPER - BEHEMOTH - ANVIL – WATAIN - PARADISE LOST - DIMMU BORGIR - HATEBREED - CORROSION OF CONFORMITY - SANCTUARY - GRAND MAGUS - THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER - DEICIDE - NILE - MAYHEM - ICED EARTH - SEPULTURA
SOPHIE LANCASTER STAGE
ORANGE GOBLIN - ANAAL NATHRAKH
Bloodstock Open Air 2012 takes place at Catton Hall August 9th to 12th and you can get your tickets by clicking here
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