Finntroll, Wintersun and Forbidden Join Bloodstock 2011 Line Up

With a headline cast boasting Motörhead, W.A.S.P and Immortal, Bloodstock Open Air announces another three fantastic acts for this summer’s festival.

One of the leading names in the folk/pagan metal scene, Finntroll returns to Bloodstock after a rapturous reception back in 2007. Originally conceived as the result of a night of alcoholic carnage, when in a moment of inspiration, original guitarist Teemu “Somnium” Raimoranta (RIP) and former vocalist Jan “Katla” Jämsen conceived of a band that fused the darkness and grandeur of black metal with the traditional Finnish hoedown-music. The resultant sound was Finntroll, a namesake that came from an old Finnish legend where Swedish priests coming to Finland had an encounter with a wild-looking man who killed most of their party. Since then, Finntroll – continued by Routa on guitar and Vreth on Vocals alongside Beast Dominator, Skrymer, Tundra, Virta and Trollhorn – have taken their black and death tinged humppa metal all over the globe, and are just about to embark on their first Australian tour this week.

Joining them will be fellow Finnish folk-freaks Wintersun, who’s set at Bloodstock this year will be highly anticipated after they were forced to pull out of the 2009 event to complete their still to be released “Time” album, expected later this year. Featuring members from some of the top names in the Finnish metal scene, including Ensiferum, Rotten Sound and Norther, Wintersun are something of a supergroup, with the various members influences combining to create a unique blend of melodic death and power metal with a heavy folk flavour that is bound to go down a storm with the Bloodstock crowd.

Also added to the line-up are reformed US Thrash legends Forbidden. The recently reformed thrashers released their first album in over 13 years last October, after a too-long hiatus. “Omega Wave”, released via Nuclear Blast records, received rave reviews in the British metal media and was rapturously received by fans, who lapped up the 12 tracks of no-nonsense, back-to basics thrash on offer. Find out why Forbidden are one of the most highly regarded acts of the 80s/90s US thrash scene at this, their first ever UK festival appearance at Bloodstock this summer.

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Bloodstock Open Air 2011 takes place at Catton Hall August 12th – 14th.
Tickets for the 2011 event are on sale now at

Bloodstock Open Air 2011 12th – 14th August 2011

Band line up so far:

Ronnie James Dio Stage

W.A.S.P – Immortal – Motörhead

Devin Townsend – Rhapsody Of Fire – Morbid Angel – At The Gates – Therion – Coroner – Kreator – Nevermore – Exodus – Triptykon – Hammerfall – Grave Digger – Napalm Death – Tarot – Wolf – Poison Black – 1349 – Ihsahn – Finntroll – Wintersun – Forbidden

Sophie Lancaster Stage

Angelwitch – Criminal – Lawnmower Deth – Arthemis – Power Quest – The Rotted – October File – Nemhain – Def Con One – Survivors Zero – Byfrost – Deadly Circus Fire – Primevil


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