Download Festival 2014 is just around the corner, and we’re pretty damn excited. So excited, in fact, we decided to interview a whole load of bands who are playing the festival this year to get their opinions on Download 2014.
Sinners Highway, a young five piece rock group from Nottingham have won the opportunity to rock out at Download Festival this Summer. With the festival on their doorstep, this is a massive opportunity that the quintet aren’t taking lightly. Describing their sound as “big, energetic and catchy”, their brand of rock is made for stages like the Red Bull tent. We had a word with the bands vocalist Si Ross to get an idea of how excited they are for this weekends antics!
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Ripping up the Red Bull Stage late on Friday will be none other than Detroit’s thrash metal titans, Battlecross. The quintet released their stunning sophomore album War of Will back in 2013 before embarking on a mammoth tour with metal kings Killswitch Engage and Trivium. This will be the first time the group have graced a stage at Donington, so we had some words with bassist Don to measure their excitement.
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Breathe In The Silence
Hailing from Bridgend, Breathe In Silence cite a usual suite of Welsh bands as influences such as Funeral For A Friend and The Blackout. Behind the obvious influence lies a band who have crafted a sound more akin to an edgier Mallory Knox. Winning the opportunity to play on the Red Bull Stage at Download Festival thanks to the aforementioned brand, we took the time to chat with the groups drummer Conor Evans.
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The last time team Daily Dischord witnessed the on stage madness of Turbowolf was back in 2012, where the fields of Donington were drowned in torrential rain. This year the band hope for a more sun-kissed festival as they return to the Pepsi Max Stage with their unique brand of fuzzy, funky rock ‘n’ roll. We sat down with frontman Chris Georgiadis.
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Create To Inspire
Essex hardcore newcomers Create To Inspire were one of the lucky two bands to be selected as a wild card through the Red Bull Live at Download Festival competition. One listen to their music and it’s very easy to appreciate why. Blending the crunching riffs of metalcore with the in-your-face attitude of the best in hardcore, the quintet are destined to go from strength to strength following their appearance at Donington. Answering some questions from us; Dan Fuller.
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Not content with rocking the Download Festival following once, Northern Ireland’s favourite rockers The Answer will be entertaining the Donington faithful both on the Second Stage, and on the Jagermeister Acoustic Stage later on the Friday. The quartet are no strangers to the festival, playing there for the first time back in 2005, but with a Second Stage appearance impending, this is their biggest set to date. We discussed everything Download related with Paul Mahon!
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The Black Dahlia Murder
Playing at the second ever Download Festival, Michigan’s favourite death metal sons The Black Dahlia Murder are no strangers to kicking up a storm at Donington Park. A year since releasing their sixth studio album Everblack, the band have worked tirelessly to bring their music to all corners of the globe, and have no intentions of slowing down. Playing at Download for the third time, we took some of vocalist Trevor Strnad’s time to ask him what we can expect from TBDM at Donington.
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They Say Fall
With influences ranging from Paramore to The Dillinger Escape Plan, it’s little wonder that They Say Fall have such an eclectic sound. Blending angular guitar riffs with crushing choruses, the Lincolnshire quintet have crafted a sound that can’t really call any specific genre home. That’s all good though, because it’s a strange concoction of noise that somehow manages to fall in to place quite nicely. We discussed Download Festival with both guitarists!
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Feed The Rhino
With album number three The Sorrow and the Sound on the horizon, there’s no better time for hardcore punk stalwarts Feed The Rhino to flex a bit of musical muscle at Donington Park. In 2012, the band thrashed the Pepsi Max Stage, joining the crowd in the mosh pits and causing complete and utter chaos amongst those in attendance. It’s going to be a tough ask to top such an incredible début appearance. Are they up to it? We chatted to bassist Oz to find out.
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Already flaunting their infectious pop rock at Nottingham’s Hit The Deck Festival, this summer is looking to be a massive one for Adelphia. The four piece are one of eight up and coming British bands to make it on to the Red Bull Stage at Download Festival, thanks to the stage’s namesake, and with big melodies and catchy choruses in their artillery, you would be a fool to miss out. We had a chat with the bands lead guitarist Jordan Wood.
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Having already shared stages with the likes of Taking Back Sunday and Don Broco, Hertfordshire’s Chasing Cadence are no strangers to high profile shows. Winning the opportunity to play Download Festival through the Red Bull competitions will still be the most crucial part of any bands career, however, and the pop rockers are more than ready to win over any potential new fans. We talk to the bands front man Jack Harris.
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Life On Standby
Once could perhaps argue that Greenock’s Life On Standby don’t fit the usual mould of a Download Festival band, but don’t be fooled by their electronic leanings. Behind the synths and frontwoman Erin’s soothing vocals lies a body of eclectic, crunching riffs that will shake off any Sunday hangover. Playing Download for the first time thanks to Red Bull, we talk to drummer Gianluca to find out more about the band.
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Memphis May Fire
2014 has been a massive, massive year for American metalcore quintet Memphis May Fire. Reaching #4 in the US Billboard charts is no mean feat for any band that boasts a sound as heavy as their brand of metalcore, but with their fourth record Unconditional, the Texan’s have a record to be extremely proud of as they bring the new songs to Donington for the first time ever. We speak to a very proud, and a very excited front man Matty Mullins.
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Armed with a new vocalist in former Periphery frontman Chris Barretto, Monuments are all set to make their maiden Download Festival appearance, one week before they release their stunning new album The Amanunensis. The quintet have quickly established themselves as main players in the British progressive metal scene, and with drummer Mike Malyan getting a taste of Donington last year with The Algorithm, we quiz him and Chris on this years epic line up.
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Anyone who witnessed Steel Panther rock the main stage at Download Festival in 2012 will testify to seeing one of the most entertaining performances to be had at Donington. In a similar way to Skindred, the Californian glam metal quartet have positioned themselves as one of the true Download favourites, and with them now playing support to Aerosmith on Sunday, it’s going to be a spectacle. We talk to drummer Stix Zadinia about their ever growing affinity with Donington.
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London five piece Zoax, the new venture of Joe Copcutt (Rise To Remain, Axewound) have been causing quite a bit of a scene since releasing their stunning debut EP XIII. As far as introductory records go, this five track offering is an absolute monster, and has seen them join the likes of Feed The Rhino and Polar on recent UK tours. Now the quintet plan to bring their crushing riffs to the fields of Donington. We spoke with vocalist Adam Carroll about all things Download Festival.
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Press To Meco
In a trend that seems to have been going on since 2012, this year will see the Red Bull competition winners of the preceding year opening up the Zippo Encore Stage on the Saturday. in 2014, that responsibility is handed to three piece alt rockers Press To Meco. Since winning the competition in 2013, the band have worked tirelessly, recording their stunning EP Affinity, and touring non-stop. We talk to the band to gather how excited they are for their biggest show to date.
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Ever since SikTh announced their hiatus back in 2008, the metal world has waited in anticipation for the day the sextet would pick up where they left off. While it’s unclear what the future holds for SikTh, it is clear that they will make such a comeback headlining the Red Bull Stage at Download Festival. With their popularity sky rocketing in their absence, this set is going to be one of the most memorable of the weekend. We spoke to guitarist Dan Weller about their headline set.
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Crossfaith, one of Japan’s biggest metal exports in the past few years, will be making their first ever appearance at Download Festival this year. Having released their latest album Apocalyze last September the band have been nominated for a number of prestigious awards, including Best International Band for both Kerrang! and Alternative Press, and Best Breakthrough Act for Metal Hammer. We talk to bassist Hiro Ikegawa about the festival and their main stage set.
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Miss May I
Releasing their fourth studio album Rise Of The Lion via Rise Records at the end of April, there is absolutely no better time for Miss May I to make their maiden Download Festival appearance. The Ohio metalcore quintet have just completed a small stint of intimate shows in the US, and now make their way to Europe over the Summer to rock a number of festivals. We talk to the bands lead guitarist B.J. Stead about the bands impending appearance on the Main Stage at Donington.
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