Bloodstock 2012 has got off to an incredible start with Anvil, Paradise Lost, Watain and Orange Goblin already confirmed, and this latest announcement only serves to reinforce what the organisers have proven since it's inception - that each year will be bigger and better than the previous one.
On the Ronnie James Dio main stage, Norwegian Black Metal superstars Dimmu Borgir return to Bloodstock for their only UK show of 2012, taking next year's first Special Guest slot. Undoubtedly Norway's biggest Black Metal export, Dimmu Birgir are one of the scene's leaders, seamlessly blending ferocious metal with epic classical orchestration to create one of extreme music's most instantly identifiable sounds.
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Gearing up for a very special UK tour next month, the band took time out from rehearsals to tell us: "We are extremely excited to be a part of next year´s Bloodstock festival. It will be great to reconnect with our UK based friends and fans and party up a storm!"
Joining them are hardcore Metal heroes Hatebreed. Says band leader/vocalist Jamey Jasta of their only UK show of 2012:
"We're all very excited to play Bloodstock. It's fast becoming one of the best festivals for extreme music and this year's line up is going to crush. We are honoured to share the stage with such awesome bands and happy that we can come and play for our UK die hards!"
Another band who's only UK performance of 2012 will be on Bloodstock's Ronnie James Dio stage are none other than Corrosion Of Conformity who bring their original line up to Catton Hall for a very special set. Together again after 25 years, Reed Mullin, Woody Weatherman and Mike Dean reunite to bring the spirit of 1985 to Derbyshire, with tracks from their hugely influential crossover classic 'Animosity'. Says bassist Mike Dean:
"How can you go wrong playing at a festival with the main stage named for Ronnie James Dio?!!!"
Over on the SOPHIE LANCASTER stage, British Black metal Bruisers Anaal Nathrakh make their only UK festival performance of 2012. Says the band of their overdue appearance at Britain's only true outdoor Metal festival:
"It's been a long time coming, but finally the planets seem to be in the correct alignment for us to disgrace a stage at Bloodstock. We will also be sicking up a new album in the run up to the festival, so Bloodstock will likely be something of a release celebration/commiseration. Horrific. Good."
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