Origin: Lancashire, UK
Genres: Death Metal, Thrash Metal
Years Active: 2010- Present
Bloodyard are a 4 piece Groove/death metal band, based in North-West England. Formed mid 2010. The band consists of Donna Hurd, Nick Adamson, Dave Cowley and Matty Lee. Together, they produce a crushing sound, rife with gripping riffs and brutal breakdowns. Blending fast paced, heavy guitar lines, with powerful and intricate drumwork, and the vocals of a vehement banshee, they produce a truly definitive sound, that is certain to melt your face.
They have landed slots with bands such as Evil scarecrow, Blood Red throne, The Heretic Order, Monument, Scordatura, Savage Messiah, Sworn Amongst, Warlord, RSJ and Meta-Stasis.
They have played a host of festivals, pubs, clubs and charity events countrywide, including Bloodstock Festival, Mammothfest, Breaking Bands and HRH Metal, as well as taking their headline show to The Manchester Academy.
Staying on the ‘Best of Brum’ stage, not because the other stages hadn’t started yet, but because I’ve wanted to see Bloodyard for a long time now. Hailing from the North-West, these guys and pint-sized female vocalist, are making waves at present. Don’t let Donna’s size fool you though, as she can scream and growl with the best of them. As they are primarily death metal, they saw fit to enter the Metal To The Masses competition, last year and for their efforts, won a place to perform on the New Blood Stage, at Bloodstock, last year. Sadly, I missed that performance, because I was drunk, somewhere else, I can be forgiven, right. I did hear they went down a storm that day though! I bet they felt like rock royalty during this performance today, as there was a full pit of photographers, to capture it, probably like at Bloodstock, I’m sure they could get use to this, well, they have the credentials to warrant the attention. I doubt this is the last we’ve seen of this lot!
Some of you may have caught Bloodyard at Bloodstock after the northern quartet secured their ticket when winning their local Metal to the Masses competition. Darker Rage is their second EP and features four feisty tracks that come in collectively at just under 15 minutes. It’s energetic, upbeat and with sufficient quantities of grooves to give your headbanging technique a workout.
Next up were death metal / groove monsters Bloodyard who unleashed a barrage of mosh-pit friendly tunes headed-up by the fervent vocals of banshee front-woman Donna Hurd. Taking their cues from early 90’s death metal, Bloodyard are a force to be reckoned with and they have the tracks to back it up; “Dead Relics”, taken from 2015’s Darker Rage EP, proving particularly ferocious!
11th Birmingham, HRH Metal
10th Blackburn, The Napier
31st Blackpool, The Waterloo
8th Manchester, Retro Bar
19th Liverpool, EBGBS (Supporting Blood Red Throne)
21st Bolton, The Alma
6th Burnley, Sanctuary Bar
19th Lancaster, The Bobbin
16th Morecambe, The Bath
24th Liverpool, EBGBS, (Liverpool metal to the masses final, Special guests)
30th Wrexham, Rewind
25th Bolton, The Alma (W/ Gravil)
26th Stoke Prior, Beermageddon Festival
27th Burnley, Sancfest (Supporting Acid Reign)
2nd Lancaster, The Bobbin
10th, Blackburn, The Napier
30th Manchester, Star and Garter, Badgerfest
14th Dumfries, The Venue
30th Manchester, Grand Central