Metallica voted best act at Download Festival 2012

Black Sabbath, The Prodigy and Biffy Clyro also top NME.COM users poll

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Metallica were the best act at this year’s Download Festival, as voted by NME.COM users.

The metal heavyweights played a two-hour set bringing the first day of the festival to a close on Saturday (June 9) – playing their eponymous 1991 album, commonly known as 'The Black Album', in its entirety alongside numerous other well-known tracks.

Black Sabbath were voted the second best performance, after they closed the festival on Sunday (June 10) with a career-spanning set. Coming onstage to a montage of vintage photos, they opened with their eponymous track from their eponymous debut album.

Tony Iommi was in full force on a crucifix-adorned fretboard while frontman Ozzy Osbourne played harmonica. During the third track, 'Behind The Wall Of Sleep', Ozzy Osbourne introduced "Mr Geezer Butler" for a bass solo.

The Prodigy and Biffy Clyro were in third and fourth place respectively, while Soundgarden, Refused and Anthrax also scored highly in the readers poll.

NME.COM readers' top ten best acts at Download Festival 2012 are:

1. Metallica
2. Black Sabbath
3. The Prodigy
4. Biffy Clyro
5. Soundgarden
6. Refused
7. Anthrax
8. Steel Panther
9. Machine Head
10. Tenacious D

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