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Download Festival Saturday live review – Donington Park, Derby

Live Review

Venue: Donington Park, Derby

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Despite playing at the painful-when-hungover hour of 11am, AVATAR [9] own the main stage. Johannes Eckerström is the perfect combination of unhinged, theatrical and oddly sexy, and deserves a slot at a more sociable hour next year. BEARTOOTH [7] follow, drawing on their first album, Disgusting, for most of their set, as Caleb Shomo leaps about in a Motörhead t-shirt and shows off powerful clean vocals in the triumphant In Between. They seem slightly uneasy on such a big stage, but their raw energy proves they deserve to be there. Predictable, slightly cheesy, but familiar enough to entertain soggy people, ATREYU’s [5] old-school, classic rock-influenced metalcore sounds dated next to the genre’s modern proponents, and they even manage to make Bon Jovi’s You Give Love A Bad Name sound flat. Did Nikki Sixx pass a copy of Stadium Rock For Dummies to his band and insist they weren’t to deviate from the instructions inside? SIXX:A.M.’s [3] bombastic pop-rock would probably go down a storm in a Vegas casino, but overblown tracks like Rise and Prayers For The Damned lack any real grit.

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