FESTIVAL REVIEW : Download Festival (Day 2, Saturday) – Testament, Faith No More, Marilyn Manson, Apocalyptica & More
Owais 'Vitek' Nabi
Testament were the next band on my list. As soon they cracked in to their setlist circle pits appeared in the crowd. The band feeding off it went from strength to strength and were the tightest band of the weekend rampaging through “Native Blood” and “Into the Pit” both showing how truly professional these guys are live.
After the previous nights encounter we checked out Upon a Burning Body. The tent was full and the crowd was bobbing around to all the breakdowns. We checked the Press area after their performance to catch up with a quick interview. Also caught a word with Daniel Wilding and Jeff Walker (Carcass) and Testament guitarist Eric Peterson chatting about crazy gigs and guitar hardware.
Ice-T at Download Festival, why not, Body Count was next on my list. Not so familiar with their repertoire so being introduced to a few of their other tracks such as “There Goes the Neighborhood” and “Body Count” was an experience within itself. The final time we checked in the press area meeting up for an interview with Niilo Sevänen (Insomnium) and have a brief word with Duff McKagan (ex-Guns and Roses) who was visiting with his family. I watched a bit of the Faith No More on my way across the arena to get to the second stage. Literally sinking in to the ground with each step tracing across the boggy areas, at least the rain had let off for now. Being the sub-headliner a large crowd had gathered and seemed to thoroughly be enjoying the band. The backdrop stood out a mile away as it was the blandest of the weekend, being pure white. The few songs I knew “Epic” and “Superhero” were great and a decent rapport occurred as Mike Patton appreciatively commented on the audiences support to live music and rock music.
The final act for my night was Marilyn Manson whom pleasantly surprised me, as the past couple of times I saw him live he was severely lacking and seemed too fatigued to be on stage. As he powered on through to the encore and appearing to not have depleted too much energy. The first vocal line of “Personal Jesus” and the crowd erupted in to a cheer. “The Beautiful People” received an even greater bellow from the crowd which was a personally a great choice to end with and overall brought the set to a grand finale.