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Download Festival 2013 Review: Sunday - The Ghost Inside, Parkway Drive And More!

Rock Sound
Rock Sound 16 June 2013 at 23.41

The Ghost Inside, Parkway Drive, 30 Seconds To Mars, Rammstein and more in our live review of Download Festival's final day.

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Check out our full review of Day One of Download here, featuring Slipknot, Bullet For My Valentine, Architects, Asking Alexandria and more.

Click here for a full review of Download Day Two, including Iron Maiden, Queens Of The Stone Age, Enter Shikari, Bury Tomorrow and loads more!

It’s not even 11am, but Blitz Kids are certainly keen. Keeping it together despite their frothing excitement at opening Download’s second stage, they look comfortable in this environment, if a little reserved; presumably, they’re trying not to go arse over tit on the biggest day of their lives. Still, given the inevitable Sunday morning lethargy they do well to raise a decent response from the several hundred or so who’ve wandered over to this corner of the field at eye-bleed o’clock. Obviously well-drilled and tight to a fault, their live sound is beefier than usual this morning, but their inoffensive brand of lightweight pop-rock and the lack of any real anthems in their canon prevents them from truly taking off. Perfectly respectable, if somewhat unremarkable, today’s showing is more indicative of where the Nantwich quartet could be headed than a confirmation that they’re already arrived. [PW]

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It's taken them a year, but the em-effin' Cancer Bats are finally on the Main Stage at Download, after having last year's slot cancelled thanks to the bastard weather. And they're attacking their set like hungry maniacs, with 'Pneumonia Hawk' and 'Bricks And Mortar' hitting like gut-punches to a hungover Donington, and their cover of the Beastie Boys' 'Sabotage' causing nothing short of circle-pit mayhem. The huge crowd that greets them shows that absence only makes the heart grow fonder. And riffier. [BP]

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Lunchtime mosh then is it? The Ghost Inside certainly seem to think so, as they're causing all sorts of trouble back over on the Zippo Encore stage. Quite how frontman Jonathan Vigil is managing to stay comfortable in that jumper with all the heat and energy he's exuding is a mystery to us, as he leads the LA metalcore kings through 25 minutes or so of pure unadulterated rage. Sounding even better than they did on the Rock Sound Impericon Exposure tour (and yep, this time you can even hear Aaron Brooks' clean vocals which is a HUGE lift for their performance), it's a set filled with the finest cuts from last year's 'Get What You Give', with 'Engine 45' and 'Dark Horse' rousing the masses into an arm-pumping, two-stepping frenzy. Beautiful. [AR]

At 12:50pm on Sunday, June 16 2013, it is officially 1997 all over again. It's been damn near a decade since Coal Chamber last went loco in the UK, and so when the nu metallers walk onto the main stage and dive headfirst into - yup - 'Loco', it's enough to take those of us over the age of 25 back to our childhoods in an instant. Following it up with 'Big Truck' and a rather vicious rendition of 'Fiend', the quartet are firmly embracing today for what it is, namely a walk down memory lane via the fields of nostalgia. "This is for every one of you mother fuckers who never got the chance to see us until today," declares frontman Dez Fafara, and due to its sheer self-awareness in terms of its purpose, today is a resounding success for those who got to fulfil a childhood dream. [RB]

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Bleed From Within, Pepsi Max Stage

Getting straight down to business, angry young Welshmen Brutality Will Prevail wisely waste little time on ‘banter’, using every moment of their fleeting time onstage to bludgeon us senseless with their anvil-heavy, doom-laden take on UK hardcore. With barely a nuance in sight, not once do BWP deviate from their default setting of ‘crush, kill, destroy’; not the subtlest of moves, but effective all the same. Quite why they’re all dressed in the frankly redonk combination of baggy vests/tiny shorts is anyone’s guess, but sartorial japery aside, they’re blatantly not mucking about. Furiously physical, it’s a wonder they don’t do themselves a mischief, especially when cameos from Cancer Bats frontman Liam Cormier and bassist Jaye R. Schwarzer send bromance levels through the roof. Performance-wise there’s little to fault, although the ultimately reductive nature of the tunes they’re peddling only really finds favour with the die-hard thrashers in the pit. [PW]

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Conjuring a crowd into a frantic response halfway through the third day of a festival is no mean feat, though in the case of Parkway Drive its merely business as usual. For approximately forty minutes the Australian mob positively own the tens of thousands of people before them, sparking wild circle pits and even, bizarrely, a crowd surfing fox into life. "We're going to cut the slow song shit real soon," grins vocalist Winston McCall, fully aware that the mile-a-minute metalcore clatter he and his band mates create is pushing the lungs of thousands to bursting point. Essentially, this is metal at its finest, happiest and in turn unbelievably punishing. [RB]

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There aren't many people who could successfully rock Download's main stage twice in less than 48 hours, though Corey Taylor is undoubtedly (not to mention unsurprisingly) one of them. Back alongside his Stone Sour band mates, although his accomplices are different the end result is largely the same, with the Great Big Mouth quickly gathering up the masses and placing them firmly in the palm of his hand. Be it the more hard rocking moments such as 'Made Of Scars' and 'Get Inside' or the softer, anthemic qualities of 'Through Glass', the crowd are on their side for the duration and show no signs of going anywhere soon. Consider this Download marked 'property of Mr C. Taylor'. [RB]

On the face of it, playing outdoors in the blazing afternoon sun is not the ideal setting for Ghost. A band who thrive on the dark and mysterious, today Papa Emeritus II (note: not a real priest) and his ‘Nameless Ghouls’ bring almost nothing by was a ‘show’; instead, they let the music do the talking. For anyone unfamiliar with the shadowy Swedes beyond the elaborate stage costumes and chucklesome homages to Satan and all his little devils, said music is rooted in traditional metal, the slight classical overtones and pseudo-Latin incantations merely window dressing on songs which not only pack a satisfying punch, but which also transpire to be surprisingly anthemic. True, a certain proportion of the audience seizes the opportunity for a quick siesta, but judging by the reaction from the teeming throng packing the hill, Ghost’s performance today more than validates their placing this high up the bill. [PW]

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Brian Fallon is acutely aware that The Gaslight Anthem are, shall we say, a tad out of place, (his jovial dialogue with guitarist Alex Rosamilia suggesting he's into "the blackest of metal" both proving so, and rubbing the crowd up the wrong way), but on the whole, their journey to Donington proves worthwhile this evening. Despite their placement, their hit-stuffed set rouses the Gaslight fan in all present; Brian Fallon's voice projecting far into the Leicestershire countryside. By the time the final chords of 'The Backsets' ring out, Download has welcomed The Gaslight Anthem into that elusive category of Bands That Shouldn't Really Be Here But Go Down A Treat for another year. [AR]

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There aren't many bands who would relish the task of strutting their stuff directly prior to a Limp Bizkit headline set, but tonight A Day To Remember are showing no signs of nerves or hesitance. Then again, when you're able to unleash an opening one-two of 'Violence (Enough Is Enough)' and '2nd Sucks', there's really no reason to worry. Having been away from UK shores (besides an intimate London show a week ago) for nearly two years, there's a warm welcome awaiting them, not to mention a crowd far bigger than some anticipated prior to today. Armed with an array of props - namely beach balls, endless streams of toilet paper and t-shirt canons - theirs is a set both ferocious and unashamedly fun, a fact highlighted as vocalist Jeremy McKinnon invites dozens to literally surf on top of their friends towards the barricade. Signing off with a furious 'Downfall Of Us All', ADTR succeed where many bands would fail in handling the pre-Bizkit pressure. And that's no small feat. [RB]



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And so to 30 Seconds To Mars. Musically, Jared Leto and co. are bang on point this evening – after all, anthems of this magnitude were custom-designed for festival crowds – but when it comes to the showmanship, 30STM rank amongst the most Marmite of bands. When Leto finally arrives onstage – preceded by a six-strong drum tattoo, of course – it’s like Jesus has risen, in his own mind at least. What follows is not so much a rock show as an exercise in glorification, band and audience united in a triumphant celebration of their mutual experience, or something. Projecting your own music videos behind you as you play the self-same songs is a weak move, but gathering the faithful to join you onstage will always be a winner. They might not be Download material per se, but with the Echelon out in force tonight, 30STM reign triumphant in the face of adversity. [PW]

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Back in the Pepsi Max tent, a whole different sort of show is going on, as Modestep are showing Download why they've been travelling the European festival circuit alongside bands like Asking Alexandria and A Day To Remember the last few weeks. They might not fit under the general 'rock' bracket, but live, their dubstep / rock crossover is brought to life with 10 times more force and energy than is ever conveyed on record. And we'll admit at being surprised as to how many people are here, soaking this up without any sort of hesitation or questions asked. In truth, it's only frustrating when Josh Friend introduces his entire band with a respective solo display and they feel the need to drop in as many Rage Against The Machine samples as possible - as if to convey that they do belong here - because you only need to see the reaction to 'Another Day' and 'Sunlight' to realise: everyone here is already on board. [AR]

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It’s been an incredible weekend all round, but compared to Rammstein even the Armageddon would come across as slightly half-arsed. With a sound so colossal it actually silences the flyovers from the adjacent East Midlands airport, there’s really no need for their every move to be accompanied by an insane pyrotechnical jamboree, but it is. Add to this a flair for the theatrical that leaves jaws permanently agape and you have a performance that can truly be deemed peerless. Even by their own extraordinary standards, however, Rammstein excel themselves this evening. From the face-mounted flamethrowers, to the fireworks ricocheted off the sound tower, to the gigantic penis cannon during closer ‘Pussy’, they routinely take what they’ve always done and go one bigger. That said, at no point does the actual music play second fiddle to the bells and whistles surrounding it, and the moment ‘Sonne’s earth-shattering opening riff lands, we’re left in no doubt as to which band took Download 2013 and cleaved it in two. [PW]

Want to keep reading? Check out this link for a recap of what happened yesterday when Slipknot, Bullet For My Valentine, Korn and Asking Alexandria played Download Festival on Friday and then head here for the second day highlights from Iron Maiden, Enter Shikari, Jimmy Eat World and plenty more.

Check out our full review of Day One of Download here, featuring Slipknot, Bullet For My Valentine, Architects, Asking Alexandria and more.

Click here for a full review of Download Day Two, including Iron Maiden, Queens Of The Stone Age, Enter Shikari, Bury Tomorrow and loads more!

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