The Guardian festival blog: Bloodstock festival review – metal’s big friendly giants head for Valhalla | Music

The first thing you notice about heavy metal festival Bloodstock is how ridiculously friendly it is. Clearly there is something about standing in the sunshine and watching huge, bearded Vikings bellowing about Ragnarok and Valhalla that brings out the best in people.

Swedish veterans Amon Amarth’s headlining set on Friday night is a wonderfully celebratory affair, as the band top the bill outdoors for the first time in their extraordinary 25-year upward trudge. Just in case anyone doubted their delight at reaching this new pinnacle, they bring insane amounts of fire and smoke, plus a giant sea serpent, Thor’s Hammer and some battling Viking warriors, while the drummer performs on top of a giant Viking helmet. It’s an explosive spectacle, knowingly preposterous but delivered with real passion. Judging by the startling number of people wearing their merchandise, Amon Amarth have already won hearts and minds in the metal…


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