Bloodstock 2019 – Band Feature/Interview: Pemphigoid

Bloodstock Open Air 2019 is nearly upon us and to say we’re excited is an understatement. We adore the festival and this year’s line-up is simply phenomenal. From the Ronnie James Dio Main Stage to the Sophie Lancaster Stage to the New Blood and Jägermeister Stages, there is something for everyone! Not got your tickets yet!? What are you waiting for!? Head over to the Bloodstock Festival website here and join thousands of like-minded head-bangers for a weekend of quality rock and metal.

From Old England’s heart a new Devil is spawned! Pemphigoid unleash their sonic assault! Crushing slabs of old fashioned Death Metal, raw and primal, churning and evil!

The name of a rare autoimmune blistering skin disease, Pemphigoid was chosen as the band’s moniker. And this medical theme features prominently in the bands lyrics. Songs telling stories of disease, mental illness, surgery and various clinical institutionalised horrors…

It all began in mid 2016, when Rich (Drums) and Ash (Guitar and Vocals) first met in another local Death Metal band. They soon agreed that this project had a limited future, so they set out on their own. Their mission was a simple one; both desired a return to the Old School Death Metal sound of the late 80’s and early 90’s. Pemphigoid aimed for an emphasis on song writing over speed, and a prominence of brutality rather than technicality. Soon Bill joined the band on Bass Guitar, he shared this Old School ethos, and so the triumvirate was complete.

The debut album ‘Where Compassion Comes to Die’ released in March 2018 (downloadable for free via Bandcamp) cements the bands mission statement. OSDM for fans of Obituary, Bolt Thrower, Carcass, Autopsy etc.



They took part in the Nottingham leg of the Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses events and while they didn’t win, they impressed so much they earned a guest slot at Bloodstock 2019.

They will be playing the Jägermeister Stage.


1. Congratulations on being added to the Bloodstock 2019 bill. A big deal, right?

Huge. To grace the stage at Bloodstock is what we’ve dreamt of doing for years.

2. Have you ever been to the festival before?

Ash and Bill have been going for many a years, it is however Rich’s first time, so what a way to go!

3. You’re on the Jagermeister Stage. What can Bloodstockers expect from your set?

Straight up, in your face brutality!! We mean business and we are bringing the plague to Catton Hall.

4. Are you there all weekend? If so who are you most looking forward to checking out yourself?

Yeah, there for the duration. We are all massive Max Cavalera fans, so definitely seeing him up there with Soulfly will be a highlight. So many great bands playing, also will be great to watch and catch up with our good friends in Blasphemer, Foul Body Autopsy and Witch Tripper!

5. What does the rest of 2019 look like for Pemphigoid? Shows? Releases?

We are currently locked up in our rehearsal room creating a follow up to 2018’s ‘Where Compassion Comes To Die’, taking our time with it, to make sure it’s just as, if not more brutal. Show wise, we have some absolute bangers coming up, playing alongside the likes of Blasphemer, Ingested, Demonical, Carnation, Sisters Of Suffocation, Sodomized Cadaver, Krysthla, and many more. We are part of MacMillan Fest and Manchester Death Feast. There are a few other things in the pipeline which we can’t talk about right now. So yeah, very exciting second half of the year for us!!


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