Heres my rundown:Thursday:
Reign of Fury - 9 - Always a good mix of thrash and power, and I caught a T-shirt too!
RedRum - 8 - Great Pirate metal (we need more of it), and a hilarious cover of Taking the Hobbits to Isengard lol
Arnocorps - 1 - One of the worst mixed bands of the weekend, couldnt make out the vocals as everything was drenched in reverb.Friday:
Nuclear Assault - 9 - First time seeing these thrash legends, didnt disappoint!
Armoured Saint - 7 - Good if unmemorable set.
Overkill - 10 - Absolutely amazing act! So glad to have finally seen them!
IAMI - 7 - Caught the first half before Sabaton, they where ok, kinda Dragonforce but slower though.
Sabaton - 10 - Probably up there with the best performance of the festival! Loved the IKEA jokes and interaction with the crowd.
Trivium - 5 - Only came for "Pull Harder on the Strings of Your Martyr". Loses points for not knowing Dio was in Black Sabbath.Saturday
Savage Messiah - 9 - Great band that I need to check out more of.
Korpiklaani - 5 - Was totally hyped up but extremely disappointed with the song choices. We all wanted drinking songs!
Batallion - 9 - Caught the first half before Dark Angel, crystal clear sound and old-skool thrash madness.
Dark Angel - 8 - Great to finally see them but the sound was a mess, everything was turned up far too loud and the guitars muddy.
Death - 5 - Meh, got bored, sorry!
Opeth - 10 - Another absolutely stellar performance, always look forward to these guys.
Jettblack - 6 - Middle of the road hard rock.
Fleshgod Apocalypse - 3 - was the bass drum the main instrument? I couldnt make anything else out.Sunday
Hell's Gazelle's - 9 - This is how to do hard rock, take note Jettblack!
Wolf - 9 - Knocked it out of the park! Love these guys!
Orange Goblin - 9 - I think a dose of the old sweet leaf mightve had something to do with the score....
Spirytus - 10 - Caught the last 15 minutes of it, its like.....every nu metal band in one! (and thats a good thing), best crowd in the new blood tent for sure.
Old Rake - 7 - Very good and funny with the guys playing rakes but he kinda dismissed his backing band playing behind the curtains a bit...
Sepultura - 8 - Caught the last few songs, great renditions of the old classics.
Ensiferum - 7 - Not bad but why the dancing girls?
I fell asleep in my tent for Lawnmower Deth, gutted
BLS - 7 - OK I guess accept I couldnt make out his singing and the chest thumping was just retarded.
Onslaught - 9 - Caught the first half, wish I stayed.
Rob Zombie - 5 - Utterly disappointed! He has a huge back catalogue of his own and White Zombie material yet he decided to fuck around playing covers and guitar solos, seriously Rob, you where way better a few years back!
Overall - 8 - Weak headliners this year but more than made up for it with plenty of thrash metal, I really hope Venom headline next year!