Anyone else’s ears still ringing? Oh good, not just us then. NME got down and dirty at Download festival this weekend to witness the best in rock and metal. Drenge were among those who stormed the festival, bringing their grungey dirge to the Zippo Encore Stage on Friday afternoon. Nicely done, lads.
Rob Zombie rocked perhaps the weekend’s snazziest outfit. Here’s the fella looking like a warlock in an epic battle to the death with a tricky pack of ethernet cables.
Huntington Beach crew Avenged Sevenfold were imperious in their Main Stage headline set, according to our man on the scene, as they pummelled the crowd with tracks from their 15-year canon of gothy bangers.
A7X singer M Shadow takes a bow as their Friday headline set rumbles to conclusion. Kicking off with ‘Shepherd Of Fire’, the opening salvo on the band’s latest album ‘Hail To The King’, the metal band worked their way through an 110-minute, career-spanning set, that included rare airings of ‘The Beast And The Harlot’, ‘Seize The Day’ and early track ‘Second Heartbeat’.
Noisy newcomers Marmozets were among the names on the Pepsi Max stage, playing a set that included breakout single ‘Why Do You Hate Me?’.
Ohio’s Twenty One Pilots got pretty up close and personal during their set.
Sheffield’s finest, Bring Me The Horizon brought the noise on Saturday, delivering tracks from their ‘Sempiternal’ album with every bit the muscle and might you’d expect.
Reunited after a brief hiatus, Fall Out Boy continued their revival on Saturday, playing a slew of hits stretching back to their early days, including the massive ‘Dance Dance’. The crowd did just that.
Chester Bennington, everybody – the world’s first Olympic-grade high-jumper rockstar. Linkin Park played their debut album ‘Hybrid Theory’ from start to finish as they stormed the Main Stage as headliners on Saturday night.
After the band worked through ‘Hybrid Theory’, they then played a second set that drew from across their career and included three tracks from new album ‘The Hunting Party’, as well as new single ‘Guilty All The Same’. Mike Shinoda wore a red Mohawk wig as a nod to his haircut around the release of ‘Hybrid Theory’. What a joker.
Iceman Thesis – a band you probably wouldn’t want to run into in a dark alley in the middle of the night.
So, it turns out Crazy Town – you know! The ‘Butterfly’ band! – still exist. Here’s tattooed frontman Shifty Shellshock rapping his way through their ’00s nu-metal like the last 10 years or so never happened. Good on ’em.
Hands up if you’re having a good time, Download! Here’s ‘My Last Serenade’ hitmakers Killswitch Engage being mobbed by fans.
Fresh from covering Oasis in a Live Lounge session last week, Taylor Monsen’s the Pretty Reckless brought their grunge-pop racket to the Zippo Encore Stage on Sunday.
Glam champs Steel Panther took on the Stephen Sutton Main Stage crowds on Sunday afternoon in a blur of hair and big riffs.
Sunday headliners Aerosmith exceeded their curfew to play closing epic, ‘Mama Kin’. Steven Tyler’s rock veterans even treated the crowd to a Beatles cover, weaving the Fab Four’s ‘Come Together’ into a set that included classic tracks ‘Love In An Elevator’, ‘Jaded’, ‘Janie’s Got A Gun’, ‘Dude (Looks Like A Lady)’, ‘Dream On’ and ‘Sweet Emotion’. See you same time next year, Download…