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Concert Review: Download Festival (Sunday Only)


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.

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Monday Metal Madness – Download Festival 2012


For those of us that live in an around the UK, the Download Festival is quickly approaching.  This will be the last time I am able to attend the famed festival, so I have my day ticket for Sunday June 10th.  Since camping out is not a good option for me (got a wife and kids I want to keep), I can only pick one day, so I have to choose carefully to maximize my metal experience. If you only had one day to choose from which would it be for you?  Friday, Saturday, Or Sunday?  Do you think I made the right choice?  Here is how my mind worked on this one…

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Download Festival Update


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 Download Festival Update


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.

New Evile song “Cult” Live at Download Festival 2011


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!

Album of the Week – Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence


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

–Glass Prison

–Blind Faith

–Misunderstood

–The Great Debate

–Disappear

-CD 2

–Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence

—I. Overture

—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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0wxerPmPYA

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Download Festival Update – 23 Feb 11


Well a lot has happened since my last Download Festival update.  I should do this more often so I won’t have to list so many bands, but the promoters have been hard at work loading up the stages.  It’s still too early to tell which day and stage all associated bands will be playing, but just knowing who will be there is half the battle.

A few days ago, the big announcement was that four huge bands were added to the list.  So I eagerly read the article in anticipation for the big news.  By the time I got to the end, I thought that the bands might have been left out of the article by accident.  Then I realized, that was not the case.  The four HUGE bands are:

Twisted Sister – cool, but they WERE huge (would like to see them, but not enough of a draw to get me up there)

Down – Decent, but haven’t listened to them that much

Trash Talk – Who?

Duff McKagan’s Loaded – Never heard of them, but I am aware of who DM is?

I understand there is a promotion going on, but when you say HUGE, I am thinking Big Four, AC/DC, yadda, yadda, yadda.

Today there were 17 more bands added to the list.  And the winners are:

Def Leppard

Turisas

All That Remains

Sacred Mother Tongue

Bowling For Soup

Devil Wears Prada

Bring Me The Horizon

Frank Turner

Cheap Trick

Asking Alexandria

Straight Line Stitch

Disturbed

Black Stone Cherry

The King Blues

Madina Lake

Jameson Raid

Ghost

I think I am going to have to write a blog about the first rule in metal…not to give your band a stupid name.  There are a few up there, I don’t think I have to elaborate.  So here is my question to you.  Right here, right now which day would you choose based on the following confirmed date and band lineup?

Friday is headliner Def Leppard with Pendulum, Korn, Alter Bridge, Danzig

Saturday is headliner System of a Down with Avenged Sevenfold, Alice Cooper, The Cult, Twisted Sister

Sunday is headliner Linkin Park with Bullet for my Valentine, Disturbed, Rob Zombie, Frank Turner

If it were me I think the Def Leppard day would be cool also to see Danzig, but I caught Def Leppard at Download in 2009.  So this year I would pick Sunday for BFMV and Rob Zombie.  But, I am still not going…not enough bands I like on any one given day.

Download Festival Update – 26 Jan 11


As you may know, the initial two headliners for the 2011 Download Festival in Derbyshire, England are Linkin Park and System of a Down.  Not really my cup of tea, but it is what it is.  Then came the addition of Rob Zombie and Avenged Sevenfold to the lineup.  Yesterday (25 Jan), Download Festival promoters announce the addition of many more.  Here they are with my two cents if I have anything to say about it.

Alice Cooper – That might be neat.  Glad to see the veterans get out and participate in these things.

Alter Bridge – Um, at least Scott Stapp isn’t with them anymore…

Black Veil Brides – Never heard them.

Buckcherry – Saw them at Download 2009 waiting for Trivium to take the stage.

Bullet For My Valentine – Of course they will be there, they are Welsh and are quite big around these part.

Clutch – Seen them twice, this will be a good set.

Danzig – Never seen the big D before, but wouldn’t mind…

Escape the Fate – Only seen them on Scuzz, not bad for new generation metal/rock.

FM – I know nothing of these people.

Gaslight Anthem – Same as above, but have heard the band name before.

Gwar – I’m sure that will be entertaining.

Hollywood Undead – Never heard them.

Korn – I’m sure they will be a crowd favorite.

Masters of Reality – Never heard them.

Mr. Big – Hello 1980’s there is a lost band at the Download Festival…Seriously, I would probably go see them as I am a product of that decade.

Pendulum – Very popular in England – played at the 2009 Download Festival.

Rise to Remain – No shit, I think they guys are on every tour lately.  In case you didn’t know, the vocalists Bruce Dickinson’s (Iron Maiden) son.

The Cult – Worst band I ever saw live, but maybe they’ve changed since 1988.

The Damned Things – Never heard of these damn guys.

Thin Lizzy – Still alive?

There is still the 3rd headliner yet to be announced.  I predict a huge band from the 80’s.  Aerosmith and Def Leppard performed the last two years, so I wouldn’t be surprised if promoters were trying to woo Van Halen to come out here or some other big band.  You can check out all the latest information at the download festival website at http://www.downloadfestival.co.uk/2011/news/