Orphaned Land are one of the most important bands currently touring. The Israeli five piece have been spreading the message of peace since 1991, touring with Palestinian bands in a message of unity and just generally kicking ass. They return to the UK in support of the their latest album, Unsung Prophets and Dead Messiahs, their first since 2013.
If you are a fan of symphonic metal, Aevum are a band to head down early before. With operatic and growling vocals contrasting each other over riffs that include hints of power, folk and death metal, this band has ten years of touring under their belt with many more to come.
Taking a leaf from the headliners’ book are Subterranean Masquerade, featuring Orphaned Land drummer Matan Shmuely. The symphonic powerhouse prog group are a worthy addition to the genre, creating songs that are true to the spirit of prog, evoking Opeth with the heavier parts of their songs. Subterranean Masquerade are ones to watch.
Rooted in extreme metal, InVain are consistently pushing not only themselves, but extremity in heavy metal. Their latest album Currents is already a contender for album of the year. Sindre Nedland’s clean vocals showcase power and command power, while Andreas Frigstad is still an absolute beast as ever. In Vain are worth skipping work for.
Whether they are playing the main stage of Blooodstock, or opening for Blind Guardian, Orphaned Land always give it 100%. They have carved out a unique style, whether they are playing anthems like ‘All Is One’ and ‘Sapari’ or lengthy prog epics like ‘Chains Fall to Gravity’. They are masters of their craft. One listen to ‘Like Orpheus’ from latest album Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs showcases the band at their best. This is a band not to miss.