Another Download Festival came and went…this year marking the 10th anniversary of the famed UK metal festival. Here is my review of my one-day pass for Sunday, 10 Jun 2012 with Black Sabbath headlining and closing the event. Before I talk about my day I want to note that this is most likely my last Download Festival for the foreseeable future. Later this year I will move back to the United States and if this is in fact the last Download Festival I ever see, I honestly couldn’t have asked for more out of a one-day ticket. The icing on the cake was the fact that it was sunny.
As most of you are probably aware, Dez Fafara of DevilDriver used to sing in a band called Coal Chamber. I remember those days fondly and even saw Coal Chamber twice live. They were a good live show to say the least. Their videos are definitely quite unique; more than just standard unimaginative live sets. I came across this one for Loco which was off their self-titled album. I thought I would leave you with something interesting for your video of the week. I hope you have a great weekend.
The heavy metal drummer is the official timekeeper of the band. Often taking a back seat (literally) to the glitz and glam of the lead singer and guitarists, the drummer has perhaps the most difficult job…especially in metal. First of all, they have to use all four limbs in rapid succession. They must also use said limbs in an orderly fashion of some sort both of which require countless hours of practice and dedication. An indirect benefit of being a drummer is that they get to A. Sit down on the job and B. get a cardio-intense workout while sitting down on the job.
I wanted to take a Theme Thursday and focus some time and energy on the dude (or chick) sitting at the back of the stage somewhat perched up higher than the rest of the band. Some drummers are well known for their drumming while others just drum and that’s cool too. Some metal drummers have made a name for themselves in the business so I wanted to take some time to recognize them, but also note some drummers that you may have not heard of that deserve some recognition.