Download festival is now in its 13th year and is continuing to bring us metal behemoths and rock gods from all over the world with Donnington Park once again playing host to the UK's biggest rock festival from Friday 10th - Sunday 12th June.
This year the festival boasts a stellar line-up with Rammstein, Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden all headlining respectively. But that's not all. With Korn, Deftones, Megadeth, Disturbed, Nightwish and many other bands taking to the stages at this year's Download Festival it is set to be a killer weekend.
In light of the unexpected and sad news of the passing of Motorhead's Lemmy earlier this year, the main stage has aptly been renamed The Lemmy Stage. Rammstein return to Download for the second year to headline on the Lemmy stage on the Friday night and many will be expecting an anarchic live performance. The band are due to be preceded by Korn and Killswitch Engage whom will be attracting veteran rock lovers in large crowds.
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The US rapper has topped the charts across the pond for the first time with his latest release.
Dr Dre’s comeback album Compton has topped this week’s album chart, giving the US rapper his first ever UK number one. The album, inspired by the upcoming NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton is Dre’s first release in 16 years following 1999’s 2001.
Dr Dre is on top of the UK albums chart with Compton.
The album features collaborations with artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Xzibit, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg and Eminem. Previously Dre’s highest charting album in the UK had been his last release 2001, which took the number four spot in 1999. His debut album, The Chronic peaked at number 43 in 1994.
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It was all smiles at this year's Slam Dunk festival and, despite the rain, the Desperados and beer was flowing and the crowds were bouncing non-stop to 2015's incredible line-up.
As more and more bands were announced over the last few months, the anticipation was high and almost every band pulled it off with finesse, proving just why Slam Dunk is one of the country's best rock festivals.
Opening on the main stage was Set It Off. Despite all the drama that's surrounded the band over the past week with bassist Austin Kerr, the band didn't let it show when they jumped on stage and gave the performance of their life. Opening their set with 'Forever Stuck In Our Youth' and performing their other hits 'Why Worry', 'Ancient History' and more, they certainly kicked things off with a bang.
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The first leg of the Kerrang Tour 2015 kicked off with a blast in Norwich on Friday (6/02/15). With Don Broco as the headliners plus We Are The In Crowd, Bury Tomorrow, Beartooth and last minute addition Young Guns all pitching in to put on one of the best shows the University of East Anglia LCR has ever seen.
Beartooth opened the show with 'Beaten in Lips' and their energetic performance set the crowd off jumping and singing along. Even those who didn't know the words soon caught on. However, it was clear that this energy tired the band quickly as the space between their songs to get their breath back were perhaps a bit too long. This didn't affect their performance, however, because as soon as the music kicked in they were back, jumping around the stage and encouraging the crowd to sing and jump along too. Performing tracks off their debut album 'Disgusting', the band carried themselves with dignity and showed Norwich exactly what they are about.
Next on the list was Bury Tomorrow. If it was possible for any other artist to scream as clearly as they do on CD then this is the band that does it the best. With the first circle pit of the night created during their first song 'Man on Fire' and shouting 'raise your f***ing hands in the air', the whole venue went crazy, and not once did they put their hands down. It was just a shame that you couldn't hear the clean vocals of Jason Cameron very well over the music. Playing tracks from their albums 'Runes' and 'Union of Crowds', people of all ages, backgrounds and hair colours couldn't help but enjoy them. Even the begrudging parents who wished for earplugs and sat as far away from the speakers as possible couldn't help rocking in time to the music and being ever so slightly amazed at Bury Tomorrow's quality in every breakdown.
Four Piece alternative rock band Don Broco found fame on the road, touring alongside Enter Shikari, Lower Then Atlantis and We Are The Ocean before releasing their debut album Priorities. After consecutive touring the band have come together to write their brand new EP released 13th October.
Front man Rob talks to us about the writing process, playing Reading and Leeds and the bands attempt at breaking some Guinness World Records!
CM: How are you?
Rob: Yeah, not too bad, not too bad. We're in the studio at the moment but we're umming and ahhing over some stuff, moving things around on the computer. It's kind of one of those days where we think we're being productive but you never know until you look at all of it back and then you're sure. [Laughs]
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Review of Don Broco's album Priorities released through Search And Destroy/Sony MusicWithin the first few bars of 'Priorities', the opening track on the Bedford quartet's debut record, I'm already dangerously waving my arms around or, as us industry professionals like to call it, 'doing a Phil Collins'. This is immediately infectious stuff that sounds like banter down the pub with a swift pint and by being the mouthy opposite it's the perfect antidote to the British stiff upper lip.
With Lower Than Atlantis, We Are The Ocean, Futures and many more reigniting our love of a good heady British guitar band, Don Broco have had their work cut out for them in getting noticed, but with a record like this, that seems impossible. Priorities is in-your-face, balls-to-wall rock music and it's the most f***ing fun I've had listening to music in a long time; it's actually hard to write this through my shrill singing and fierce body jerking. If you aren't affected by this within the first three songs then I think you might be dead or at least a very horrible person.
Rob Damiani's vocals ache with sass; he's enunciated and precise, note perfect and backed by a full bodied rhythm section. As he sings, 'And we'll never get fat 'cause we jump around like prats, getting drunk, getting away with it,' you can feel his warmth, his personality, and his love and appreciation for what he's doing and the fact that people are willing to give him money for it. Basically, he's frank and you don't find mainstream rock singers like that anymore, singers that are willing to put themselves out there and write their lives. Damiani is also responsible for the electronics and sampling that appears on the record, most notable on 'You Got It Girl' which sounds like the bastard love child of Depeche Mode and Incubus, clearly a talented fella.
Continue reading: Don Broco - Priorities Album Review