Bloodstock 2012 Review: Hatebreed, Testament, Machine Head
If there’s one band guaranteed to whip a crowd of sunburnt metalheads into a frenzy, it’s Hatebreed, in their only UK show of the year. As the Bloodstockers chant their name, Jamey Jasta looks positively touched by the warm response, and in return the guys deliver a storming set of aggressive yet empowering metalcore tunes. Some serious dance moves are displayed, the circle pit nearly reaches the sound desk and every single metalhead is jumping.
Testament are long overdue a UK festival slot, and they’re in ferocious form today. Chuck Billy really is one of thrash’s finest ever frontmen, and it’s heartening to see tracks from killer new opud Dark Roots Of Earth fit in perfectly with classics like New Order and Into The Pit. Please don’t leave it too long before we see you out here again, chaps.
Machine Head draw a huge crowd and don’t mess about, ploughing into a flame-powered set with an opening triarch of I Am Hell, Aesthetics Of Hate and a storming Imperium before going on to further remind everyone just why it makes perfect sense for this most loved of bands to be headlining this most metal of festivals. Robb Flynn’s speech highlighting the significance of this gig representing 20 years since their first ever live show is poignant and rabidly received, and despite some tedious sound issue, this is an overwhelming triumph. Outstanding.