16.00 (PT) BLOODWORK
Proceedings on the Newcomer Stage were started at 16:00 sharp by the bloodworkers from Paderborn, and the allegedly negative opening slot was in no way detrimental for the powerful quintet. Singer David Hambach was even successful in mobilizing the masses in the tent during soundcheck, willingly raising his hands to the air. Be it due to the big numbers of fans that had arrived right on time or the fact that they just couldn’t wait for things to get moving, the band’s massive sound was welcomed with open arms. Openeing track ‘Demonic’ was also a smart choice with its powerful attack and its insistent snare, so soon there was a lot of movement in the audience. Not long ago the band had already played another big festival, and their album was obviously voted ‘Demo of the Month’ in Metal Hammer magazine for a reason – the gentlemen on stage definitely knew what they were doing, and drummer Moritz was even wearing shades to protect himself from the direct sunlight inside the tent, ahem… A big plus with this band are the shared vocals: frontman David provided the brutal shouts while lead guitarist Nikko Schaffranek was responsible for the excellent melodic backing vocals – other bands would be happy to have such a talented singer within their ranks. Stylistically they didn’t play just metalcore but navigated through related styles, with the song ‘Deadlocked’ for example almost bordering on power metal. A gig that didn’t leave anything to be desired, excellent band.