Soze wrote:I thought they'd played 3rd top but yeah, you're right. Actually I'm amazed they got billed above Testament and from memory the latter had a much bigger crowd. Blind Guardian are one of my all time favourite bands but until fairly recently they've been virtual unknowns in the UK...although things have definitely changed for the better over the last half dozen years or so. I still doubt D&W would be a massive draw though.
I think you've got that the wrong way around, Blind Guardian had a huge crowd, it was completely rammed at the front. I was surprised how big their crowd was considering how small Avantasia's was in '13; and it showed a power metal band can be special guests at BOA, if the pick the *right* one.
Not gonna lie, I love power metal but that Blind Guardian performance was the biggest yawnfest I've seen from a special guest since I started attending in 2011. I genuinely almost fell asleep standing up! Testament and Blind Guardian should have been swapped without a doubt imo.
As for this year, great start for me so far - 16 bands that I will more than happily pop along and see, which is probably already more than I have had on finished lineups for a few years now. Anthrax are always good fun even if they are an unimaginative booking, Dimmu are great (though I haven't got around to listening to the last album yet), I enjoy Tesseract from time to time too. No idea what Thy Art is Murder sound like but I know they will be popular with the more mainstream crowd having seen their name pop up a lot with people who aren't too deep into metal.