Bloodstock Countdown – Five New Blood Bands To Check Out

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With many classics and popular bands to look forward to at Bloodstock this year, we must remember all the most successful of bands started off as new blood at one point or another. And with the Hobgoblin New Blood stage’s line up now complete, Metal Rules have compiled five bands we think are worth checking out over the weekend.



A black metal band all the way from Eastbourne, England. Vehement have been playing since 2005 and released their debut album ‘Collapse’ in 2013. A band who do not showcase any of the typical clichés of a black metal band’s appearance but focus on songs about human consciousness and anxieties to show how strong the genre is to help such pains. Catch them on Friday.

Rabid Bitch of the North

With a name like that you’d probably expect a comedy band. Although Rabid Bitch of the North don’t put their sense of humour at the pinnacle of their output they certainly have a degree of individuality in their traditional metal outlet. Hailing from Belfast, Northern Ireland, they’ve been on the road for 11 years and will be headlining the New Blood stage on Sunday. A band to give a good knees up to end the weekend.

Visions of Disfigurement

Slam Death Metal has become more and more popular in recent years. And helping bring the genre into the limelight of the extreme world are this Manchester based foursome. Their debut album ‘Abhorrent Extinction’ is due for release at the end of August, so go check them out if you like slow songs about gore and torture with pig squeal vocals and down tuned guitars.


And now to Wales, with this black metal act representing Cardiff. They’ve created a real feeling of malice and disgust put to the most misanthropic of music ever concocted and are now on their ways to the same fame given to Welsh Metallers Desecration who put the country on the Death map. Give these guys a shot on Friday night.


Now if you like Sludge, Doom and Post Metal then these guys, coming on stage on Saturday are bound to blow your socks off with their very pastiche mix of the most out-there genres of metal. representing the Midlands at Bloodstock, Conjuror draw from some of the most mystical of progressive and post metal acts to get together an atmosphere ideal if you want something soothing after a few beers and smokes.

Bloodstock will take place at Catton Hall, Derbyshire on 11-14 August.

Tickets are available here.

Travel plans available here.