One of Europe's best rock and metal festivals returned to its home at Donnington Park last weekend and it's safe to say, once again, that Download smashed it. With a range of bands from Kiss, Motley Crue, Billy Idol, Rise Against, Parkway Drive, We Are Harlot and more all booked to play, there was something for everyone at the festival, and that was one of the most noticeable highlights.
Despite the torrential rain pouring down during Slipknot's set, they pulled off one of the best shows to date on Friday and set an extremely high standard for the rest of the headliners. Playing hits like 'Psychosocial', 'Devil In I', 'Spit It Out' and 'Custer', and attempting to break the Download record for the most amount of people all jumping up at the same time they certainly went all out.
Muse were considered to be a controversial band to have booked, but all concerns were quickly dashed as soon as they hit the stage on Saturday. Matt Bellamy's vocal abilities were on top form as the band belted out tracks from their newly released album 'Drones' as well as well-known hits like 'Supermassive Black Hole' and 'Plug In Baby'. Even those who were indifferent or somewhat disliked Muse couldn't deny that they put on the show of a lifetime complete with dancing lights, pyrotechnics, confetti and inflatable balls.
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Here's a preview of what to expect from Download 2015.
Download Festival sponsored by Zippo is now approaching its twelfth year and it keeps on going from strength to strength, and this year is looking to be the biggest and best to date. The festival will return to Donnington Park (its home since 2003) between 12th and 14th June with a line-up that covers everything on the rock, punk and metal spectrum.
Rock royalty are headlining this year's festival, with Slipknot and Judas Priest rocking the Friday, Muse and Faith No More on the Saturday and Kiss and Motley Crue on the Sunday; it's looking to be a jam packed weekend.
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The Slipknot star was stabbed in the head.
Slipknot guitarist Mick Thomson has sustained a stab wound to the back of his head after a fight with his brother. Both men were drunk and suffered non-life threatening wounds, according to Billboard.
Mick Thomson was rushed to hospital after a fight with his brother
Thomson, the guitarist with the platinum-selling heavy metal rock band, was rushed to hospital after the incident but will make a full recovery. He reportedly got into an altercation with his brother Andrew, 35, early morning at his Clive home in Iowa. According to the Des Moines Register, the fight began inside the property before progressing outside with local police finding the brothers fighting outside the residence at around 4.25am.
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Slipknot - American heavy metal band Slipknot performed live on stage during the 'Prepare for Hell Tour 2015' The shots are from the gig at the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam, Netherlands - Sunday 1st February 2015
This has never been about exclusion. Slipknot have always been such a divisive entity because people fear the unknown, and people fear power. Slipknot's meteoric rise to being the biggest heavy metal band of this generation has not come from watering down their anvil-heavy music to appeal to a wider market, it has been driven by a growing fan base of fierce loyalty. Slipknot's 'maggots' are a singular breed. Selling out the Nottingham's Capital FM Arena in minutes, those branded 'outsiders' have suddenly found themselves in their millions across the world, and part of a family. This has never been about exclusion.
After three years of much documented discord, from the passing of bassist Paul Gray to the acrimonious departure of drummer Joey Jordison, Slipknot have never needed such loyal support more. And what a reward this was. A staggering three-tiered stage bedecked in lights and topped with a huge goat's head provided a visual spectacle backed with retina-searing pyrotechnics; there has never been a more fitting accompaniment to 90 minutes filled with the primest of prime cuts from their enviable back catalogue.
Sarcastrophe and The Heretic Anthem provided an earth-shattering one-two punch to kick off proceedings, the nine masked members tearing through the songs with an inherent energy and violence. While championing material from latest release .5: The Gray Chapter, it's an effortless showcase dipping into every corner of their 15-year history. Opium Of The People provides a welcome curveball, while the likes of Dead Memories, Before I Forget and Duality are simply stunning to behold. These songs have been the soundtrack for the misunderstood youth, and to hear them in an arena surrounding added real, tangible weight.
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Slipknot and Jim Root - Shots of American heavy metal band Slipknot as they gave a live performance along with heavy metal band Korn on Slipknot's 'Prepare for Hell' Tour at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois, United States - Saturday 29th November 2014
No-one could imagine that Justin Bieber and Slipknot would ever combine to make musical magic together, but someone did it and it was pretty great. These other mad mash-ups work too, against all odds.
There are certain things in life that don’t sound like they should ever go together, but then you put them together and...they just do. Peanut butter and jelly, French fries dipped in chocolate milkshakes, Justin Bieber and Slipknot. Huh? Yep, you heard us right! Some musical masters out there are just capable of seeing the potential for a great/totally bonkers mash-up song, when the rest of us could never imagine mixing two totally different artists together. The result can be oddly hypnotic and scarily addictive. Take these mad, but surprisingly great, mash-ups for example.
You’d never imagine that Carly Rae Jepsen, she of super cheesy ‘Call Me Maybe’ fame, could ever be teamed up with industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails and the result not make you want to claw your ears off. Call Me a Hole, the Carley Rae Jepsen vs. Nine Inch Nails mash-up is surprisingly easy listening. The poppy beats of Miss Swift behind Trent Reznor’s recognisable rasp kind of works, perhaps these guys could actually get together for a legitimate collaboration one day!
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We'll see you in line at this year's Record Store Day, bigger and better than ever.
The vinyl list has been released for this year's Record Store Day, which will be celebrated by 240 independent music shops throughout the UK with over 600 exclusive releases available. More big-name acts than ever before have lent their music to the unique event, which is designed to save the nation's record shops from the threat of online shopping and big corporations.
Californian Sister Trio Haim Are Contributing Vinyl-Based Music To Record Store Day 2014.
Placebo, Green Day, Outkast, Bombay Bicycle Club, Chvrches, Disclosure, Dinosaur Jr, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Jake Bugg, The Flaming Lips, Elbow, Fleetwood Mac, Haim, Richard Hawley, and Johnny Cash represent just a handful of the most high profile LP or EP releases this year with an eclectic range of genres for music fans to flick through.
There's an idea behind remaking old movies that weren't that great in the first place: Instead of screwing up a classic, make a better version of a failed film. Witness, for example, Steven Soderbergh's smarter, snappier Rat Pack-less retread of "Ocean's Eleven," which got several times the cinematic mileage of its predecessor.
But this concept seems to be lost on flash-bang action director John McTiernan, whose vacuous, pure-noise-and-atmosphere update of 1975's "Rollerball" -- a cautionary, futuristic parable of extreme sports bloodlust -- is so devoid of substance it almost defies description.
Rollerball is a ferocious team sport -- part roller derby, part motocross, part World Wrestling Federation -- played in fictionalized and extremely corrupt Central Asian nations. The sport's biggest star is virtuous pall-American import Jonathan Cross (Chris Klein), who has just discovered the league owners are rigging the games for more violence because spilt blood spells ratings for their TV networks.
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