Download Festival: Day 2

Download Festival Day 2 – Saturday begins.


Having missed Flyleaf due to an inability to wake up, I arrived on time for what I had hoped was going to be Atreyu (damn no announcements) but it turned out to be the band I thought I’d missed. Everything goes right for Flyleaf, playing a lot from their latest album, the band seem to grow on the Donington crowd who all seem to be waiting for Five Finger Death Punch. Everything goes great until the one point at the start of ‘I’m So Sick’ that lead singer Lacey Mosley just can’t pull off. Otherwise, a very strong showing from the Christian rockers.

Five Finger Death Punch

Returning to Download and proving they are worth the recall.
Having performed at Download last year, FFDP have gained a lot of new fans and a lot of respect in the metal community and their performance this year shows just how much they have matured. Blasting through hits like ‘Salvation’ and ‘Hard To See’ the FFDP boys are on fire! Newly-crowned Metal Hammer Riff-Master Zoltan Bathory shows his prowess. The set has to be cut after the band encouraged people to crowd surf to the front and the hoard of people that obey is unmatched and danger could incur. If the band can keep this form up, they look set to be one of the biggest metal bands for this generation.

We Are The Fallen

Basically Evanescence with a new singer, like hell! We Are The Fallen made their live debut just a few short months ago and have already got a strong legion of fans as the middle of the day set on the 2nd stage at Download proved. With such a powerful voice, lead singer Carly Smithson commands the stage with ease. New songs are met with great reception from the crowd and with even a cover thrown in the band show they have the potential to go far, and this certainly won’t be the last we hear from them. [7]


Returning to the UK for the first time since the release of newest album ‘Endgame’, Dave and the boys put on a thrash show to behold. Throwing out classics like ‘Symphony of Destruction’ as well as new tracks such as ‘Headcrusher’, Megadeth have created a solid fan base and may have easily added to it based on this performance. Showing exactly why they are still one of the Big Four they created circle pits bigger than almost anything else that had been seen all weekend at Download. What a show. [8]


Classic rock at its finest. With the Pepsi Max tent packed old school rockers, who played Monsters of Rock way back in 1984, showed just why classic anthems are sometimes the best. The music has withstood the test of time and when you look around to see old rockers and teens younger than myself rocking out; you know the band have done something right. With music that really should be a stadium anthem Y&T stole the show for me on Saturday. They were my find of the weekend, and if you’ve never seen them, I would seriously suggest catching them on their October tour. [9]


The goth rockers are back. With a new album in tow Finland’s HIM returned to Download to sub-headline the 2nd stage and had a huge crowd following them. Minus the gaps between songs the music was so powerful that they showed they deserve to be exactly where they are. Playing a variety of tracks the band had more sing-a-longs than most. And after ending on a cover of Billy Idol’s ‘Rebel Yell’ showed they don’t just do depressing music. HIM have grown. [8]


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