Sun's out, horns up!

Derbyshire, reknowned for its quaint English villages, idyllic british countryside and for 3 days a year, the UK’s largest independant metal festival – Bloodstock Open Air!

Now in its 9th year as an open air festival, 2013 proved to be the biggest Bloodstock yet with a line up that included Lamb of God and 2 of the “Big 4 thrash bands, Anthrax and Slayer.

But what about our homegrown talent? There were plenty of bands flying the flag loud and proud for british metal; from underground acts to the criminally under rated, let’s check out some of the best British bands Bloodstock 2013 had to offer.


Nottingham’s Earthtone9 openend this years main stage – those sleeping off Thursday night hangovers certainly missed out on one of the UK’s most under rated bands!

Blending hardcore influences with massive riffs, discordant harmonies and soaring choruses; perhaps the inability to “pidgeonhole” Earthtone9 has left them criminally under exposed. New album “IV” was released earlier this year and – judging by the early reviews – should finally bring the band to a much wider audience.

If you’re dipping your toe into the murkey waters of Earthtone9, you can download a 16 track “Best Of” completely free of charge at – how awesome is that!

If you’re still undecided, check out single “Preacher” from the album “IV” :

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