Thursday, 19 June 2014

'Download Festival' Friday Bands 14/06/2014

So I spent all of last week working as a volunteer at Download Festival. I did it simply to see as many bands as I possibly could. Over the next few days I will be posting the three days of bands that I
managed to see. I will be rating the bands out of 10 based on their overall performance. This post shows the three bands I saw on Friday 14th June.

Within Temptation

You can see why 'Within Temptation' have managed to fill this main stage slot. Their stage presence holds strong and their music keeps everyone interested. Their blend of female, operatic vocals with hard rock guitar riffs make for an epic film score-worthy set. I do feel their sound may transfer better through their studio recordings as some strings and synths were not as loud as the guitar and vocals.

Overall Performance - 6/10

Rob Zombie

I start by saying that I only really know 'Rob Zombie' through the overly famous song Dragula though the buzz surrounding their upcoming set is phenomenal. Rob and his creepy crew definitely succeed in providing a set full of atmospheric creepiness with weird skeleton microphone stands and odd body paint. Unfortunatly they didn't quite live up to the hype for me. Their set consisted of a lot of Rob walking around the front of the stage and not interacting with the entire crowd. There was elongated silences between songs that did not give anything to their set. Despite this, vocals are on point and Dragula does not fail to disappoint.

Overall Performance - 4/10


Avenged Sevenfold

There was a lot of controversy surrounding this years Download Festival line up and one of the reasons for that was 'Avenged Sevenfold' filling the Friday Headliner slot. Statements such as "They are not headliner material" followed the initial announcement and there was quite rightly some worry for whether they could step up... And in my opinion they did exactly that. They didn't try to be something they were'nt and instead stuck to everything they are good at. They had a fantastic set covered with hits, single and tracks ranging from their early material to their newer songs. The band are solid as a whole and their new drummer Arin Illejay fills the rev's shoes well. Synyster Gates is a highlight of the show all by himself with his immense guitar playing ability and amazing composure. Their atmospheric backdrop with video screens placed in a castle like setting with a skeleton sitting on a throne looks worthy of a headliner slot and they fulfilled their promise to supply us with plenty of pyro's. Overall the set was extremely enjoyable and people need to get used to the fact that Avenged Sevenfold are serious contenders for one of the great bands of our generation.

Overall Performance - 9/10

It was unfortunate that I only managed to catch three bands on the Friday though it set the weekend up perfectly.

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