tbf Gloryhammer were probably too low down in 2016. In terms of power metal they're one of the bigger draws out there, easily sound out a good sized venue in London before Xmas, and there last album got to no.6 in Germany, plus they'd be very popular with the BOA crowd.
Also the Sophie headliners seem a lot less high profile than before, ok much as I hate them, Hatebreed are big enough, but the other 3 certainly aren't, if you consider the headliners the Sophie stage had in 17, 18 and 19.
And to be frank, Vio-lence are ridiculously high up the bill too, when you consider there are band with little to no fanbase here who haven't released an album for 27 years.
Gloryhammer played Heaven which is only a thousand yet Chris' other band Alestorm played larger venues yet got the same spot. Just don't see how Gloryhammer are on the same level.
I'd say Cattle Decapitation are worthy of the Sophie headliner, play similar size venues than other recent headliners. Agree on Bloodywood though, can only think name value/youtube views have gotten the slot.
Vio-lence is a hard one to place though, no history over here but the rarity/debut factor could play into their hands. Until we see the crowd on the day it'll just be down to speculation; either way I'm hyped to see them