Ahhh so we had a massive annocment at 9 this morning and like shit I was awake at 8.40 somehow, I’m not a morning person and I don’t like coffee so this was the best start that I theoretically could have hoped for seeing as the rest of the day involved a pointless journey to Cardiff and back. But here goes:-
Ima just make my way down the poster so KoRn return to Download after a 1 year break, nothing against Korn and I always plan on seeing them, but I never do, this time however there here without the back-up of their new dub step back ups and will have to rely on the classics I guess, I have nothing against that and seeing them positioned belowBullet For My Valentine (personal opinions aside) gives a fair reflection to the drawing power of possibly three of the biggest bands of the last 20 years. Despite everything that’s happened with this band, they are always welcomed at Download and check out their performance from 2009 for universal approval.
Enter Shikari finally the band I’ve been waiting for to be announced for years are coming and their armed with possibly their best album to date and two steller performances from Reading and a show that I caught in Cardiff last year with LetLive and Your Demise. Currently writing this I am 11 days away from actually going to my first overseas gig to watch them team up with the Cancer Bats in Paris, ohh the joys of travel. Maybe Shikari could have been higher up on this stage, especially taking into their chart success and the quality of bands playing last year, I can only presume it is because of Shikari’s lack of appearances that have led to their position, still however, they have the possibility to be the band of the day.
Down every festival needs a southern head nod, a time when you can just sit back with a bear in the sun (Hopefully, I don’t want to jynx that shit) and just be tranced by excellent tunes and just nod your head. Down bring heavy riffing and a bluesy beat something seldom gets much mainstream approval, however this supergroup do their music like nobody else.
Asking Alexandria, again, personal opinions aside, this band are in the decent position on the main stage to finally make a name for themselves. A few years ago there was a lot of buzz around this band and I tried to check them out in ’11 but the tent was jam packed… since then however the band seemed to have gone quiet whilst vocalist hasn’t seemed to gain much sympathy from the metal audience. Who knows?
On to what looks like the Saturday and there’s Alice in Chains, As far as I’m concerned this band need no justification for being on this bill at all, the bands return has singled them out as one of the best hard rock/metal bands of the 90’s whilst 2009 album ‘Black Gives Way to Blue’ (my album of the year for that year) shows that Cantrell and co. reinvigorated with a new vocalist still have what it takes.
UFO? Yeah don’t know anything about them, sorry, but I’m sure they’ll pull a decent crowd. Young Guns however have a lot to prove, I’m not too sure how their last album went down, but I haven’t heard anything from the band since the release of the single Bones, still there were some anthemic songs on that album, and along with ‘All of Our Kings Are Dead’ they should pull off a good show.
Onto Friday, I have no idea how I missed Parkway Drive, I can only assume I was tired, or taken in by another band announced, more on that later. Great band, probably my standout band at Sonisphere 2011 and the best band on the bill at the Bring me the Horizon shows earlier in the years, armed with a decent bone crunching album, Parkway are on their way to owning this festival just by showing up. Five Finger Death Punch, what happened to these guys, again a few years ago everyone was raving about them, and then the guitarist went missing… and then did the rest of the band really, I know they released an album last year that had a good single but I didn’t check it out, so maybe they can regain some ground this time round.
Now here is the band I am now going to see, I don’t care how many times I have to see them, or where, the Cancer Bats are coming and by the looks of thing are taking their place on the main stage this year. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or not, but I thought it would be a bad thing for Gallows and I was proved wrong and the same with Suicide Silence. Eitherway, Cancer Bats Rule.
Gaslight Anthem, honestly I’m not the biggest fan of the hard rocking band, however during the monsoon of Download in 2011, The Gaslight Anthem we’re the first band that made me smile the entire day, with really good tunes and a blatant want to be performing at Download the band won me over and really put to shame many of the bigger bands on the bill that day.
And now the bands without stages:-
Jimmy Eat World- that’s a stock that’s fallen, last time they were at Download they were sub-headliners, I predict they’ll still be pretty high on the second stage however and a chance to see pop-punk’s 21st century hero’s can’t be snuffed at.
3 Doors Down- Never really got into them, but everyone must know Kryptonite, right?
VolBeat—What a band, awesome hard rock band who love to perform and have the tunes to back it up, an excellent addition to any line-up.
Airbourne—or YEAHBOURNE, over the last few times Airborne have played UK festivals they have a got themselves a reputation as a hard rocking party band that are literally climbing the walls on stage, so it will be interesting to see where they take it this time round
Motionless in White—I actually quite like their gothic industrial music but that could be because there making music I wish Manson was still capable of, it will be interesting to catch them live.
Amon Amarth—VIKING METAL, BRUTAL AND CATCHY! Class.
Converge—A formidable band both live and on record, Converge bring a Grindcore/hardcore sound made for tents at festivals for people to go ape-shit.