So I went to Download Festival on Friday and I thought I'd do a little run down of the bands I saw for anyone that cares.
First up was Bleed From Within. I know I don't like this band, but I was waiting to meet a member of Sylosis by the Tuborg tent so I watched them while I waited. Tight-ish, but when you play music as bland and as simple as that, it's not exactly hard to nail it. 2/5
Next up was Sylosis. Now these guys are my best friends, so watching them I was both extremely jealous and very happy for them at the same time. They were ridiculously tight, not a note out of place and they owned the stage like it was their own. The rest of the bands on the Tuborg stage had shit sound but Sylosis with their ESP guitars and JSX amps cut through the PA like a knife through butter. 5/5
The next band I saw was Killswitch Engage. Howard Jones was stupidly out of tune with every note he hit, and Adam D barely played a note as he was just doing pinched harmonics for the entire set. The laughs between songs made up for some of it, what was cool though was drooling over Joel's Caparison, it sounded amaaaazing. I felt a bit sorry for Mike, Justin and Joel, as Adam D and Howard were messing around the whole time while they played the set perfectly. They also played a new song which was a by-the-numbers effort, with the main refrain in the chorus being "can we start again?". Fucking lame. 2/5
Then I watched Limp Bizkit. The only part of their set I enjoyed was the song 'Eat You Alive', and the custom ESP V Wes Borland donned to play it. To Fred Durst's credit, he was in tune a lot better than Howard Jones... he's still a tool though, had the stage presence of a carrot. 1/5
I then went to see Opeth. They went through tracks such as Heir Apparent, Deliverance and The Lotus Eater, along with the usual hilarious jokes Akerfeldt makes in between songs. He kept introducing the songs as "Whitesnake" or "Motley Crue" and kept making remarks how Opeth were much smarter than the crowd. I was drooling over their PRS Guitars. Martin Axenrot absolutely fucking nailed it, not a beat out of place. The only downside to the set was that it was only 50 minutes long, which as we all know is only enough time for a few Opeth songs. 4/5
Next up was Korn. I'd missed half of their set to see Opeth, and I was greeted to the breakdown in Freak On Leash, incredibly brutal stuff. They were very professional and tight, Jonathon Davis has a lot of stage presence.
Shane was donning a Carvin 727 (?) for a few songs which was very nice. The new drummer is incredible, he kept adding in triplet fills and other interesting things which made their songs a whole lot more listenable. Downer to their set is they finished with a Pink Floyd cover which was very very long and very very lame. Who knew that Munky could pull off lead (and very well I might add)? Props to Korn. 4/5
Now it was the moment me and all my friends had been waiting for... Meshuggah. As ever, they played well, but both Frederik and Marten - instead of having their usual 3 Axe Fx Ultra set-ups - had one Axe Fx Ultra and a Line6 Pod XT Pro each. The sound was abysmal and way too quiet. They played a lot of songs from both Obzen and Chaosphere, and a few from Nothing. Tomas Haake came off stage about half an hour before they finished and said something into the mic which no-one could hear as the guitars were feeding back. I assume he had done his back in as the drum tech came on stage to finish the set. Their set then got cut short as they had started late, and they DIDN'T finish with Future Bleed Machine. The worst time I've seen them by far. 2/5
I then listened to a little bit of Faith No More, but my girlfriend and I were very tired, so we retired to our hotel and got some well earned sleep.
Thanks for reading, hope you found something you found interesting.
you didnt stay for faith no more?