Bloodstock 2017 Band Feature/Interview: Hanowar

Bloodstock is the premier metal festival in the UK, showcasing the cream of rock & metal across a wide spectrum of genres. The 2017 edition takes place from the 10th to the 13th of August. Head over to the festival’s website to find out much more & pick up tickets, but be quick as it’s close to selling out!

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The line-up this year is one of the best the festival has ever managed to put together. With a huge range of established & up-and-coming bands spread across the four days. The small Jagermeister stage is always the place to find exciting & unique bands. One of these is the glorious Hanowar who headline the Friday night.

As true metal warriors, everyone in attendance better raise their pints to the bombastic metal sound that Hanowar play. This promises to be one of the most fun sets of the entire weekend. Expect loincloths!

We’re very proud to bring you an interview with Hanowar.

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1. Tell us a bit about yourselves. How’d you get started as a band?

We met on English ground, in a backstage room we heard the sound! And we all knew what we had to do! Suddenly, descending from Valhalla itself was the Sign of the Hammer, and it was right there and then we decided we were never going to turn down again! We had the Courage to realise there was an animal inside us that we had to set free, so we swore the Oath of true metal, held up our hammer high, and answered this Call to Arms!

We had heard the call and we were ready to start Fighting the World against false metal, and to Carry On and be the sworn Defenders for true metal across the globe! Now that we’ve begun our journey, know that if you strike our Hearts of Steel, expect to hear a Death Tone ring out before we unleash the Power of our Sword, spilling the blood of all wimps, posers, and worshippers of false metal who stand before us! Thunderpick.

2. How are you feeling about playing Bloodstock this year?

We’re ready to show Bloodstock warriors our true metal once more! We’re ready to charge into battle with our riffs of steel, loincloths of glory, and pyro of sheer devastation! We look forward to seeing the faces of all the true metal warriors who will come to witness our battle! Death to false metal!

3. What can people expect from your set?

True heavy metal, steel, and power! We’ve got loincloths, we’ve got pyro, and we’ve got many, many (plastic) swords of steel to give out! We’ve also got some other majestic surprises in store, including a song we’ve not played in battle before! We’ll be surprised if Catton Hall is left standing after we ride into battle, the sound of our battle hymns will be left echoing across the rolling plains of Bloodstock for all to hear!

4. What bands (if any) are you hoping to check out while you’re there?

None, as they all play false metal!

5. What’s the future plans for the band?

More steel, shorter loincloths, and a baby oil endorsement from Johnson & Johnson.

We’d like to thank Hanowar for taking the time to give this incredibly entertaining interview. Make sure you check them out at Bloodstock & on their future tours.

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Their latest EP, The Failure of Steel is out now & can be picked up from BandcampKeep up to date with all of Hanover’s news & tours by liking them on Facebook. Death to false metal!


  • Carl Fisher

    Owner/Administrator/Editor/Writer/Interviewer/YouTuber - you name it, I do it. I love gaming, horror movies, and all forms of heavy metal and rock. I'm also a Discworld super-fan and love talking all things Terry Pratchett. Do you wanna party? It's party time!

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