It’s just coming up to the Download Festival weekend, and what better way to prepare than a tour featuring three bands on the festival line-up, appropriately called ‘The Road To Download’. With all three bands; Alesana, The Devil Wears Prada, and A Day To Remember being rather loud and not the kind of thing youâ€™d hear on the radio, you can expect this night to be an explosive one.
Show openers Alesana (****) come out with guns blazing, proving that just because you’re the first support act doesn’t mean you’re the worst band on the bill. Lead vocalist Dennis Lee is constantly getting involved with the front row of the audience, jumping in and getting close with them, and throwing water from bottles across the group of fans below them. He even throws in a cheeky smile and thumbs up here and there, showing metal has a funny side to everything. Shawn Milke is simply pouring his heart out for the show, with the rest of the band giving it everything they’ve got during songs like ‘This Conversation Is Over’, and set closer ‘Apology’.
The next band on the list, The Devil Wears Prada (****) come to step things up a little bit, delivering their Christian influenced metalcore sound to the Manchester masses here this evening. It takes a while for the audience to get into their performance, and even a little instructional talk Jeremy DePoyster on how to act and get involved at concerts to get there, but with a setlist containing ‘Don’t Dink And Drance’, ‘Hey John, What’s Your Name Again?’, and ‘Texas Is South’ very few can resist such an urge. A large proportion of the audience are shoving themselves into the mosh pit, and a the odd few are even jumping onstage with the band and getting involved themselves. Everything turns chaotic by the time the band reach their final song of the set, ‘Dogs Grow Beards All Over’, showing the true ferocity and dedication their fans hold.
Though a lot of the crowd must be suffering from exhaustion at a large degree, they prepare themselves enough in time for the headliners of the show, A Day To Remember (****). Being on the road just after the release of a re-issued release as opposed to a brand new doesn’t bring anything new to the table, but regardless the fans love every minute of it. Right from the start the band have the biggest mosh pit of the entire show, and have fans crowd-surfing and getting themselves on the stage like nobody’s business. Fans sing back almost every word to songs like ‘A Shot In The Dark’, ‘Monument’, and ‘You Should’ve Killed Me When You Had The Chance’, and know almost every lyric back-to-front. Even those who aren’t too familiar with the band and their work get themselves involved with their great cover of Kelly Clarkson‘s popular hit ‘Since U Been Gone’, and probably reeling in a whole load of new fans in the process.
A magnificent night with great performances pulled-off by all three acts on the line-up. Those who didn’t attend that night missed out, but those who did just need to choose their favourite of the three.
Written by Zach Redrup