Who: System Of A Down
Where and When: Main Stage. Download Festival. 9.30pm. Saturday
Vibe: Business like. The California metallers rattled through 26 songs in just over an hour and a half. This was pretty much efficiency personified.
Best bit: 'Chop Suey'. The band's shout-a-long classic got everyone shouting with all the gusto they could muster.
Low point: 'Lost In Hollywood', a rambling assault on the American dream from 'Mezmerizie', the energy levels took a bit of a dive during that one.
Banter: Minimal. A hello, one thank you and a goodbye. But then if you've got 26 songs to get through you can't be reciting long passages from Shakespeare…
Verdict: This was a set that reminded you why this band used to be regarded as one of the best rock bands in the world, they just have so many classics. The lack of crowd interaction did give you the feeling though that this run of European festival shows may just be a short break in the middle of a long, long hiatus.
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