Yes, that’s right. Barely has the smoke cleared and have the corpses been hidden after 2016’s shindig (see Will’s review) than Mucka Jay and co. reveal the beginnings of next year’s event. Again it will be at Stoke Prior Sports & Country Club in Bromsgrove and again it will feature a top notch collection of underground and breakthrough acts. May Bank Holiday weekend is, as ever, the date range and next year that’s May 26th – 28th.
Tickets are already available at the usual stupidly low prices from the festival shop (though I’m personally having Chrome crash on me when I go to the tickets page).
OK, those bands – and there are some absolute corkers already – are as follows…
Hailing from Chesterfield, North Derbyshire, Forgotten Remains are influenced by the likes of Cannibal Corpse and The Haunted, and have been described as combining cut throat old school thrash with Scandinavian death metal. Forgotten Remains were crowned the winners of the 2015 East Midlands M2TM competition, and wowed crowds at last year’s New Blood Stage. They have
also received glowing praise from TBFM Radio, Rockcast 100, and Metal Hammer Magazine.
For fans of: Slayer, Cannibal Corpse, The Haunted
Dakesis are a four-piece Progressive Power Metal band from Birmingham, UK. Formed in 2008, the riff merchants have toured the UK extensively and have enjoyed prestigious support and festival slots including playing with Edguy, Thunderstone, Blaze Bailey and Pagan’s Mind, and performing at Glastonbudget, Bloodstock Open Air 2012, Valkyrian Festival and headlining
the Cackblabbath Stage at Wildfire Festival in 2015.
For fans of: Symphony X, Nightwish, Kamelot
Ladies and Gentlemen, behold the magnificent deviancy of phantasmagorical proportions! Risen from the grave by the Great Entertainer, Donko. in life these musicians had performed in bands such as Spitting Blood and Unredempt, in death they have united and brought forth the cirque de mort and herald the coming of the Zombie Clown Apocalypse. Feast on the most spectacular
event of your death!
For fans of: Morbid Angel, Fear Factory, Slipknot
Footprints in the Custard are five younger gentlemen based in Manchester, who continue to write and perform tongue in cheek ditties about various bodily functions, outlandish situations and bears. The music is derived from the band’s love of punk and metal. It’s stocked with riffs, shouting and wailing solos, and is designed to get fans boogying and generally wondering why the hell they’re doing it.
For fans of: Psychostick, Evil Scarecrow, Municipal Waste
Portsmouth based five-piece hardcore dub steppers Seething Akira are a highly motivated band who are determined to show the world their style. These guys breathe new life into an increasingly growing underground scene. Their primary influences are blatant, with hooking beats like The Prodigy and a unique style akin to Enter Shikari. This band create something personal whilst proving the ability to become front runners in an ever growing popular genre.
For fans of: Prodigy, Beastie Boys, Enter Shikari
Two guitars, drums and bass, a singer’s voice that’ll melt your face, fuzz, feedback and almighty riffs. Fusing blues, garage rock, stoner and psychedelia, Superhooch are ready to convert you!
For fans of: Queens of the Stone Age, Black Sabbath, Clutch
Featuring Jaxx from the legendary Girlschool and Keira of Straightshooter, Syteria are a rock band from the UK formed in 2015 who released their first single the same year. In 2016, the band dropped their debut EP Wake Up. Melodic and catchy, they will easily have you nodding your head and tapping your feet, will raise your spirits, and put a feel-good smile on your face for a long time!
For fans of: Paramore, Lower Than Atlantis, Girlschool