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Blogstock – Main Stage, Day Two, Part One
We’ve sobered up enough to string a few sentences together, so here’s our take on the latest action from Bloodstock 2012.
Benediction Defy The Odds.
Despite being shoved on at an obscenely early hour, Benediction draw an impressive contingent to the mainstage, serving up one of the best sets of the weekend thus far. Sounding sharper than ever the Birmingham legends slay, new(ish) cuts like ‘They Must Die Screaming’ slotting in neatly alongside a clutch of old favourites, and Dave Hunt in fine/foul voice. Horrific, in a good way.
I Am I – Or Are They?
Fronted by former Dragonforce vocalist ZP Theart, I Am I struggle to keep the crowd’s attention. There’s little doubt that this project is all about Theart, and he does his best to keep a rapidly thinning audience onside – without much success. It’s a shame because some of their material is decent, but perhaps it’s a case of too much, too early for this lot.
Taiwan’s top metal export put on an impressive show, though their impact is dulled by a muddy mix. Not the most obvious festival band they up their game this time, holding the audience in the palm of their hands, and frontman Freddy Lim a commanding presence at centre stage (broken English and all). For an early afternoon festival slot, it’s a real cut above.
That’s all for now folks… check back for reports on the likes of Crowbar, Hatebreed and Testament!