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.
Ok guys and gals, Download Festival promoters added 22 more bands to the 8-10 June weekend. At this point, this will most likely be my final Download update. The “big” bands have pretty much cemented the main and second stage. The biggest name on the list today is probably Corey Taylor, depending on how you feel about him. He will be playing solo on one of the 3rd stages and promoters said he will not conflict with the Metallica set. I saw Corey solo at Sonisphere UK in 2010 and it was a truly awesome acoustic set.
The rest of bands are some you may or may not heard of. Just check out the poster and you will be able to see when/where everyone is playing so far. The 10th anniversary of the famed festival is quite solid! Definitely lot’s to see across the entire weekend.
UK’s Download Festival made another announcement today (1 Feb 2012); another 14 bands added to the lineup. We now have the major players lined up…headliners for both main and second stages plus supporting bands for the headliners. In other words, the bands with more time to play have a spot. This could be make or break for most people, including me.
Here is a short list of the bands announced today: Megadeth, Black Label Society, Five Finger Death Punch, Kyuss Lives, Steel Panther, As I Lay Dying, Rise Against, Fear Factory, Billy Talent, Terrorvision, Periphery, Ginger Wildheart, Slash, and Reckless Love.
Though not the most impressive lineup additions, it is great to see Megadeth and Black Label Society added to the list. I think the best part of all is the set for Sunday (see poster). That’s one heavy day featuring Black Sabbath headlining with Soundgarden, Megadeth, Lamb of God, Black Label Society, Kyuss Lives, Five Finger Death Punch, and DevilDriver. That’s just the main stage! That pretty much seals the deal for me; I can’t imagine any other band being added to the list on another day that would change my mind, especially since the good real estate is spoken for.
If you want to check out new material from the UK’s Evile check out their new song Cult played live at Download Festival 2011. Their new album Five Serpent’s Teeth is slated for release this September along with many other metal releases. Enjoy!
Dream Theater is a band that is off the metal path yet has so many metalheads are part of their fan base. When you ask the average metalhead about Dream Theater they are either ecstatic about the band or never really heard them. There isn’t a lot in between. Personally, Dream Theater is one of my favorite bands of all-time and Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence is right at the top of my favorite DT albums.
The track listing for Six Degrees is:
– CD 1
–The Great Debate
–Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
—II. About to Crash
—III. War Inside My Head
—IV. The Test That Stumped Them All
—V. Goodnight Kiss
—VI. Solitary Shell
—VII. About to Crash (Reprise)
—VIII. Losing Time/Grand Finale
The Great Debate is probably my favorite songs on the CD. It tackles a hot issue in American society which is stem cell research. The Test That Stumped Them All is perhaps on of DT’s heaviest songs. With Six degrees you get a bit of everything with Dream Theater. Goodnight Kiss is a very slow and emotional. This is a well crafted album; a great one for any Dream Theater fan, but also a good start for any potentially new DT fan.
The picture on the right still features former drummer Mike Portnoy. There is much speculation about the new drummer; I haven’t seen much information on that or any official release. There have been some DT posts on Facebook though about how excited DT is about the album and how anxious they are for its release. I too am very anxious to see what they put out without Portnoy.
This week I have been listening to Six Degrees like it’s the last album in the world. I am not sure what sparked that, but who am I to complain? I thought it would be a great album of the week; the first for DT to appear on our list. For those of you, like me, who live in the UK you can catch DT headlining the High Voltage festival 24 July in London at Victoria Park. http://www.highvoltagefestival.com/line-up/full-artist-line-up/
If you have this album I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. If you are thinking of being a DT fan please wait no more. My only request is that when you pop in a DT album for the first time make sure there are no distractions and you actually have time to “listen” to it. So give yourself a good hour and let it rip. You won’t regret it. Here are some links to YouTube videos. I am so glad these are available…DT is so hard to catch on TV.
About to Crash Reprise & Losing Time