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July 17th, 2013

Download Festival 2013

@ Donington Park, UK

June 13th-15th

Review by Anna Dumpe

Download 2013

Download Festival is known as one of the most exciting rock/metal festivals all over the world. It’s usually one of the first events to kick off the festival season and it never disappoints. For eleven years in a row, Download has booked some of the biggest names in rock and metal music scene and 2013 was no different. Three acts to headline the Download weekend of June 13th-15th included Slipknot, Iron Maiden and Rammstein. However, many other bands appeared on five different stages across the weekend and we were there to catch as many of them as possible. So we offer you to read about our Download 2013 adventures and see what you missed out on, if you weren’t there.


The excitement that kicks in once you arrive to the arena is inconceivable. You see first bands hitting the stage and thousands of heavy metal fans arriving and gathering together. The sun is shining and beer is flowing signalizing the beginning of one of the most exciting weekends of the year.

We’re at Download 2013. This is happening…

Download 2013

Download 2013

The first band we get to catch when arriving to the arena is Asking Alexandria.
While the legendary Uriah Heep are performing on the Second (The Zippo Encore) stage. It’s an easy decision, so we quickly pass the Main stage to kick off our Download 2013 with some good old “Easy Livin’”.

Uriah Heep put on a great show and it’s a pleasure to be watching such a classic band still going strong. They’re still sounding tight and perform some of their greatest tunes they’ve ever written, like “Sunrise,” “Gypsy,” “Look at yourself” and, obviously, “Easy Livin’”.

After a great set by Uriah Heep, we head back to the Main Stage to see Papa Roach.
We wonder if there are still people out there that genuinely love this band, taking that their streak of luck happened quite a while ago. About a minute later our question is answered when we’re nearly swept off our feet by thousands of Papa Roach fans, running head over heels, just to fight their way through the crowd and get to the front of the stage. True story, ladies and gent. It was crazy.

Papa Roach set is everything you’d expect from it. It’s energetic, fun and a bit ridiculous when singer Jacoby Shaddix jumps off the stage to dive in the mud. …but that’s what you do when you’re at Download Festival, right?

Not everyone’s a fan of this band, but trust us on this one. When it comes to hits like “Between Angels and Insects,” “Scars” and “Last Resort,” not a single person in the audience is able to stand still.

After a good shot of energy delivered by Papa Roach, we head over to The Pepsi Max Stage to witness The Sword blast out some epic riffs in the best retro-metal manner. Coming all the way from Austin, Texas to perform material off their new album ‘Apocryphon’ and throw in some good old classics, like “Freya,” The Sword guys prove themselves as a great bunch of professionals that manage to sound live as great as they sound on the record.

Back to the Main Stage and it’s time to see Down.
Phil Anselmo and the boys have chosen to perform a great selection of tunes turning their set into an absolutely ripping performance. Songs like “Witchtripper,” “Lifer,” “Ghosts Along the Mississippi,” “Stone The Crow” and “Bury Me In Smoke” go down exceptionally well.

Best comments in-between songs and the funniest facial expressions delivered by the one and only Mr. Phil Anselmo; there is no stage too big for that man.

Next up on the main stage are Korn with a thrilling and rather challenging set, as they mix all the well-known classics with some fresh material off their latest album The Path Of Totality. Dub step inspired tracks, like “Narcissistic Cannibal” and “Get Up!” go down surprisingly well and the audience seems to be having a blast.

Songs like “Falling Away From Me,” “Coming Undone”, “Did My Time” and “Freak On A Leash” are sounding as powerful as ever and takes us on a sentimental trip back to the 1990’s when nu-metal and dreadlocks ruled the charts and were a part of every teenager’s life.

Next up on the Main Stage are Bullet For My Valentine.
Apologies to all their fans, but no, thank you.

We leave the Main stage to catch the upcoming and in-every-aspect-awesome-and-mind-blowing French trio The Algorithm. They’re on at The Red Bull Studios Stage and deliver a killer of a set. Songs like “Trojans” and “Access Granted” are the right party anthems to officially kick off this Friday night. As amusing it might seem to see hundreds of metal heads bounce around to electronic music mixed with proper metal breakdowns, it’s also incredibly satisfying to see so many people that seek variety in heavy metal genre and are here to support upcoming artists, like The Algorithm.

Just before it’s time to head to the Main stage for tonight’s headliners, we wander off to the Second Stage and catch a bit of Gogol Bordello’s on-stage shenanigans.

Download 2013

Download 2013

Bringing a full band of eight people with him, he puts on a show that’s as entertaining as hectic and chaotic. There’s a mad party happening on-stage and within the audience, as the band performs hits like “Wonderlust King,” “Break The Spell” and “Start Wearing Purple”.

Gogol Bordello is a gypsy punk band you must see if you’re familiar with or a fan of Eastern European and Russian culture, as hearing their music will make you want to down vodka, dance a little stupid and swear in Russian. What a band..!

After a nice day of watching lots of great bands and drinking beer with your mates, it seems that it doesn’t get any better than this, but just because we’re at Download, it does, in fact, get a lot better.

It’s Friday night at Download 2013 and 90’000 people are here in Donington Park to witness Slipknot headline the Main stage for the first time since 2009. The crowd is buzzing with excitement, as we prepare to be blown away by their performance.

Download 2013

Download 2013

Slipknot take the stage with an incredible amount of energy and they manage to own the crowd within seconds.
Opening their set with “Disasterpiece,” Slipknot manage to shake the grounds of Donington like a thunderstorm. Blasting out a hit after hit, they seem to have managed to put together a set list to please any kind of Slipknot fan. Classics like “Wait and Bleed,” “Dead Memories,” “Sulfur,” “Psychosocial” and “Duality”, which is dedicated to Paul Gray, really make the crowd go nuts.

There’s mosh-pits, circle-pits, crowd surfing and random human bodies flying around the place. The performance is stopped twice during songs “Before I Forget” and “Left Behind”, as the safety barrier in front of the stage collapses twice. It’s an absolute madness, but it’s also the best fun we’ve had in a long time.

The band appear to be in a great shape and are sounding superb. Corey Taylor’s vocal parts are sounding immense and Joey Jordison’s drumming is, as always, spectacular and a real entertainment to watch. Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan is a great entertainer, as she smacks the hell out of his percussions while spinning up in the air.

After finishing their set with “Spit it Out,” Slipknot return to stage for an encore of “(sic),” “People = Shit” and “Surfacing”.
The band really put their heart and soul into this performance and you would struggle to find a single member of the audience that was left unsatisfied.

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September 10th, 2012

Pre-Order Begins Today With Multiple Packages Available at

On October 22nd, The Sword will release their fourth album, Apocryphon. Being huge fans of comic book art, the band was thrilled to have award winning author, illustrator, and designer J.H. Williams III (DC Comics Batwoman, Batman, Promethea) design the entire album package.

Apocryphon is a 10 track album featuring the following songs:

  1. Veil of Isis
  2. Cloak of Feathers
  3. Arcane Montane
  4. The Hidden Masters
  5. Dying Earth
  6. Execrator
  7. Seven Sisters
  8. Hawks and Serpents
  9. Eyes Of the Stormwitch
  10. Apocryphon

The album will be released on multiple formats including CD, Deluxe Digipak, Digital, Picture Disc Vinyl, Colored Vinyl and Cassette. Apocryphon is available starting today for pre-order in the following packages at

  • CD, digital download, 24×36 poster
  • Lava Orange Vinyl, digital download
  • Picture Disc Vinyl, digital download
  • CD, digital download, 24×36 poster, Baseball T
  • CD, digital download, 24×36 poster, Woman T
  • Lava Orange Vinyl, digital download, 24×36 poster, Baseball T
  • Lava Orange Vinyl, digital download, 24×36 poster, Woman T
  • Picture Disc Vinyl, digital download, 24×36 poster, Baseball T
  • Picture Disc Vinyl, digital download, 24×36 poster, Woman T

Ultimate (Limited to 200)

  • CD, picture disc vinyl, digital download, autographed 18×24 lithograph, both shirts, cassette

For all information on The Sword, go to:!/theswordofdoom!/thesword

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THE SWORD ANNOUNCE U.S TOUR IN SUPPORT OF APOCRYPHON; Gypsyhawk, Eagle Claw, and American Sharks To Support

September 6th, 2012

Celebrating the October 22nd release of their fourth album Apocryphon, The Sword today announce a 37 date U.S. tour commencing October 29th in Corpus Christi, Texas and running through December 18th. Gypsyhawk will be support on the entire tour while Eagle Claw will appear through November 24th and American Sharks will appear December 2nd through December 18th.

Apocryphon was produced by J. Robbins and recorded in Baltimore, Maryland. The band plans extensive worldwide touring throughout 2013 in support of the album. The dates for the U.S tour are below.


The Sword Tour Dates

Mon/Oct-29 – Corpus Christi TX – House Of Rock

Wed/Oct-31 – Oklahoma City OK – Acm

Thu/Nov-01 – Little Rock AR – Downtown Music Hall

Fri/Nov-02 – Shreveport LA – The Riverside Warehouse

Sat/Nov-03 – Austin TX – Fun Fun Fun Festival

Mon/Nov-05 – Lincoln NE – Bourbon Theater

Tue/Nov-06 – Minneapolis MN – First Ave

Wed/Nov-07 – Chicago IL – Double Door

Thu/Nov-08 – Indianapolis IN – The Vogue

Fri/Nov-09 – Cleveland OH – Grog Shop

Sat/Nov-10 – Covington KY – The Thompson House

Sun/Nov-11 – Detroit MI – St Andrews Hall

Tue/Nov-13 – Philadelphia Pa – Union Transfer

Wed/Nov-14 – New York NY – Webster Hall

Thu/Nov-15 – Pawtucket RI – The Met

Fri/Nov-16 – Cambridge MA – Middle East Downstairs

Sat/Nov-17 – Washington DC – Rock & Roll Hotel

Mon/Nov-19 – Birmingham AL – Workplay

Tue/Nov-20 – Orlando FL – Beacham

Wed/Nov-21 – Atlanta GA – Masquerade

Thu/Nov-22 – Nashville TN – Exit / In

Fri/Nov-23 – Memphis TN – Hi Tone

Sat/Nov-24 – Baton Rouge LA – Spanish Moon

Sun/Dec-02 – Tulsa OK – Eclipse

Mon/Dec-03 – Kansas City MO – Record Bar

Tue/Dec-04 – Denver CO – Bluebird

Wed/Dec-05 – Salt Lake City UT – Urban Lounge

Thu/Dec-06 – Boise ID – Neurolux

Fri/Dec-07 – Portland OR – Hawthorne

Sat/Dec-08 – Seattle WA – Neumos

Mon/Dec-10 – Sacramento CA – Harlows

Tue/Dec-11 – San Francisco CA – Independent

Wed/Dec-12 – Los Angeles CA – El Rey

Thu/Dec-13 – San Diego CA – Brick By Brick

Fri/Dec-14 – Phoenix AZ – Club Red

Sat/Dec-15 – Tucson AZ – Congress

Tue/Dec-18 – Houston TX – Fitzgeralds


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Metallica / Machine Head / The Sword – O2 Arena, London

April 8th, 2009



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O2 Arena, London

28th March 2009

Live review by HannTu

Live pics courtesy of Enda Madden

Metallica return to the O2 Arena in London for the third time in a matter of months, their last visit a mere three weeks ago. The DEATH MAGNETIC tour has taken them around the world, but London must be pretty special to get two dates to itself.

The O2 itself is a magnificent arena, and the concept of having the stage in the centre surrounded by the fans is brilliant, allowing the band to wander all around and for the fans to get a good look at everyone.

First time seeing Metallica. Excited? You bet!!!

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Metallica / Lamb of God – Live in Vancouver: Dec. 2, 2008

January 8th, 2009

Metallica / Lamb of God

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

General Motors Place

Vancouver, BC  Canada


***Live Review & All Photos By Lord of The Wasteland

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