Rammstein pulled out all the stops with their stage show last night (June 16) as they brought Download 2013 to a close.
The German industrial metallers are famed for their pyrotechnics, and they didn’t disappoint at Donington Park. The spectacular set pieces included fireworks crossing over the crowd’s heads which shot to the top of the mixing desk, while several members of the band set themselves alight, alongside a troupe of flame throwers.
Frontman Till Lindemann went through several costume changes, beginning the set in a large fluffy pink coat before changing into a blood-covered chef. He also donned dominatrix gear during the band’s hit ‘Buck Dich’ and proceeded to simulate anal sex with the band’s keyboard player Christen ‘Flake’ Lorenz before producing a plastic penis which sprayed Lorenz, the crowd and himself with liquid.
The band’s 100-minute, 18-song set drew from across their career, with particular higlights including ‘Asche Zu Asche’, ‘Links 2-3-4’ and the closing pair of ‘Sonne’ and ‘Pussy’.
‘Ich Tu Dir Weh’
‘Wollt Ihr Das Bett In Flammen Sehen?’
‘Asche Zu Asche’
‘Du Riechst So Gut’
‘Mein Herz Brennt’
Earlier in the day, rising dub-metallers Hacktivist packed out the Pepsi Max stage and they delivered a standout set that included recent single ‘Elevate’.
Over on the Main Stage, The Gaslight Anthem played late afternoon set, blasting through tracks from across their four albums the likes of ’45’ and ‘Howl’ from their recent LP ‘Handwritten’. They also dropped a cover of Misfits’ classic ‘Astro Zombies’.
Straight up after Gaslight were 30 Seconds To Mars (pictured above), who drew a huge crowd. Jared Leto and his band played an hour long set and started their set with a parade of drummers clad in balaclavas, before launching into ‘Birth’, the opener from the band’s new record ‘Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams’. They then played ‘Kings And Queens’, an acoustic version of ‘The Kill’ and the closing ‘Up In The Air’, which saw Leto invite many crowd members up to join the band onstage.