Iced Earth - Bloodstock 2012 review
'Boundless energy and infectious enthusiasm'
Anna Hyams - 11 August 2012
Iced Earth set the tone for the rest of the night,
boundless energy and infectious enthusiasm (despite the fact that they must be baking in their leather leggings and ripped
jeans combo – the standard Wayne’s World wardrobe) are the catalysts for a good old hair metal romp with the likes
of ‘Burning Times’ and ‘Angel’s Holocaust’.
New vocalist Stu Block screams “Let’s hear the fucking Vikings!” followed by “It’s a sausage party!” which dies a death in this crowd.
A crowd full of manly metalheads do not need to be reminded that there aren’t as many women here as men. Block lets on that it’s his first European festival and coarsely proclaims that his “fucking cherry is popped, [he’s] bleeding all over the place”.
‘Watching Over Me’ and new song ‘V’ from the ‘Dystopia’ album, as well as ‘Anthem’ and ‘Damian’ bring Iced Earth to a close, and despite the tendency to use their set as a bit of an agenda soapbox, they came off as expected – lighthearted fun.
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