Bloodstock 2012 Review: Dio Disciples,Watain, Alcest
With vocal duties being shared by the legend that is Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens and Little Angels’ Toby Jepson, Dio Disciples honour the memory of the late great RJD by playing a set of old favourites that get the – suddenly considerably older – crowd (kids, what do they know eh?!) a bit teary and emotional. The two singers hit just the right balance of imitating the great man’s iconic vocals and using their own respective styles, and it works beautifully.
As the sun goes down over Bloodstock, Swedish black metallers Watain bring the carnage to the main stage with their ritualistic live show. Though he may cut a diminuative figure, frontman Erik Danielsson is a truly formidable stage presence, at one point showering the audience (or at least the photographers) with a goblet of blood – and that was real, FYI, sorry PETA – and booming out incantations which for all we know could be invoking the Devil himself. I don’t think anyone minds – their show is a spectacle not to be missed.
At the exact same time (due to an unfortunate clash), the magnificent Alcest are weaving their magic on the Sophie Lancaster stage. Their lush sound is laced with hypnotic riffs and melancholic shoegazing as well as heavier passages, providing the perfect antidote to the chaos going on elsewhere. And is that weed I smell? Surely not!
- Catherine Morris