Date: November 5th, 2011
Venue: University, Leeds
Line-up: Humanfly, Cerebral Bore, A Forest Of Stars, Conan, Turisas, Evile, Altar Of Plagues, Amplifier, Godflesh, The Devin Townsend Project
The seventh running of the Damnation Festival falls on bonfire night this year, and there’s no shortage of metaphorical fireworks spread across three stages inside Leeds’ student union. A one day event, Damnation is very similar to Bloodstock in style, catering for the heavier side of metal with past headliners including Carcass and The Dillinger Escape Plan whilst also employing a number of post- bands like …And So I Watch You From Afar and Maybeshewill. It’s been a personal goal to make the 10 hour trip up from Plymouth for the last few years, and so it’s awfully lucky that it wasn’t a waste of time and in fact a very worthwhile endeavour.
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Note: As only three members of the site were able to attend the festival weekend, we were sadly unable to cover every band performing throughout the day.
The third and final day of the Sonisphere weekend brings to the table another day filled with brilliant acts sprawling across a range of different genres. With what might be Slipknot‘s final UK performance together (at least with the current line-up), it’s an emotional and iconic day for all maggots in attendance.
Tags: Alestorm, Amplifier, Anberlin, Arcane Roots, Arch Enemy, Bat Sabbath, Bill Bailey, Black Tide, Cancer Bats, Dangerous!, Feed The Rhino, Fletcher, Floods, Four Year Strong, House Of Pain, In Flames, InMe, Jason John Whitehead, Kylesa, Limp Bizkit, Mad Dog, Mastodon, Motörhead, Orange Goblin, Parkway Drive, Slipknot, Sonic Boom Six, Sonisphere Festival, The Answer, The Ocean Between Us, Title Fight, Turbowolf, Volbeat
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Hosted at the grounds of Knebworth, we got involved with the Sonisphere festivities now that the event has been extended to a three-day weekend with all of its stages. Finishing off the weekend with a bang, the festival managed to bag a slot from comedian Bill Bailey, and also what could potentially be Slipknot‘s final UK performance. Though we weren’t allowed photo access to the Apollo and Saturn stages to take shots of the big guns, our snappy photographer did manage to catch all the other great action across the arena.
Featuring: Cancer Bats, Alestorm, Floods, The Answer, Sonic Boom Six, Orange Goblin, Amplifier, Mad Dog, Kylesa, InMe, Arcane Roots, Turbowolf, Bat Sabbath, Title Fight, Bill Bailey,
Tags: Alestorm, Amplifier, Arcane Roots, Bat Sabbath, Bill Bailey, Cancer Bats, Floods, InMe, Kylesa, Mad Dog, Orange Goblin, Sonic Boom Six, Sonisphere Festival, The Answer, Title Fight, Turbowolf
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An extra 28 acts have just been confirmed to perform at Sonisphere Festival in Knebworth later this year. Newly added acts to the line-up are Bad Religion, Cavalera Consipiracy, Sylosis, Richard Cheese, The Answer, Cancer Bats, My Passion, Paradise Lost, Glamour Of The Kill, Kylesa, Hayseed Dixie, Pulled Apart By Horses, Arcane Roots, Me Vs. Hero, Rolo Tomassi, Tesseract, Title Fight, Tek-One, Amplifier, Anterior, The Crave, Hounds, Demonic Ressurection, Jettblack, Orange Goblin, Fletcher and Saint Jude & The Virgin Marys.
For more information on the festival, including the full line-up and purchasing tickets, please click here to head to the official festival website.
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I have to say, my first impressions of ‘The Octopus’, Amplifier‘s third album, were not good. For the majority of the double album’s 2-hour running time, I thought it sounded like an outdated mess with more synth then sense, and the points that shined through were greatly outnumbered by tongue-in-cheek songs about UFOs and flange-heavy guitar solos. But first impressions can often be deceiving, and having given this unwieldy beast a second chance I’ve found a number of things I actually quite enjoy about it.