Another years means yet another Download Festival weekend, one of the leading British music festivals for all of your needs in rock, metal, punk and everything inbetween. With a stellar line-up which featured what could arguably be their best main stage headliners to date, we of course got stuck in with the mud, beer and fun that the festival is more than known for. We even got there early enough to catch some of the bands for the Boardie Takeover on the Thursday before the main arena opened.
SUBSERVIENCE – 7/10
The Boardie Takeover on Thursday night is the first taste of on stage action for the long drunk punters itching to get their aggression out, and as a result there are moshpits a-plenty for Subservience. They surprise many with their beefy death-thrash, making sure to keep their name known with a barrage of t-shirts flying into the crowd.
THE BLACK LANTERNS – 3/10
There are many bored looking faces for The Black Lanterns, who don’t really make very much of an impact with their strange punk metal sound.
DEMORALISER – 7/10
Download‘s first breakdown comes along thanks to Demoraliser on their first song… and the second… and the next. In fact, there’s very little space for anything else in between the UK lads’ meaty hardcore. One particularly drunk crowdsurfer makes sure everyone in the house is pissed off when the wall of death is birthed.
GRAVIL – 4/10
A 45 minute long set for Gravil counts as the headline slot, but it doesn’t take more than a few minutes to become tired of their melodeath roughness. There’s not much in the way of innovation, but for a crowd that’s been drinking since 9:00AM it’s all that’s needed to ensure a swift warm-up before the real party.
Written by MG Savage [MS]