Taking to a stage shrouded by dry ice and dramatic orchestral music, the heavy-rock four-piece surveyed their crowd before ripping into ‘Kirisute Gomen’ to the delight of fans.
The Florida band were on riotous form throughout the gig, which was punctuated by the co-lead guitarist Corey Beaulieu spinning his long hair around and frontman Matt Heafy continuously exclaiming “oh my God!” at how hectic the crowd were.
Upon ‘Throes Of Perdition’, he reminded the audience that not only was this their last chance to see Trivium live this year, but also their last chance of the weekend to mosh, of which they did upon his signal of “fucking explode!”
The band drew huge crowds for their first Download set since 2006, not losing out to Def Leppard, who were headlining the Main Stage at the time. They received huge cheers for songs such as ‘Into the Mouth of Hell We March’ and ‘Fugue (A Revelation)’, which was marred by brief technical problems.
The biggest reaction, however, came on ‘Anthem (We Are The Fire)’, which Heafy dedicated to the fans, who in turn sang back its chorus with vigour.
Heafy was on chatty form, telling Download that: “The UK was the first place to properly embrace Trivium“, and that their “next record will kill every Trivium record we’ve ever done”. He also offered some life advice:
“Whatever you want to do you can do it, whether you want to be in a band, or a doctor or a lawyer, we’re living proof it’s possible.”
Declining a proper encore, the band walked straight back on and for their final song, ‘Pull Harder On The Strings Of Your Martyr’, incited moshpits in various locations, which saw fans running around in circles of chaos.
‘Down From The Sky’
‘Throes Of Perdition’
‘Like Light To The Flies’
‘When All Light Dies’
‘Into The Mouth Of Hell We March’
‘Fugue (A Revelation)’
‘Anthem (We Are The Fire)’
‘A Gunshot To The Head Of Trepidation’
‘Pull Harder On The Strings Of Your Martyr’
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