Review for Metalized Magazine by Enda Madden August 1st and 2nd 2009: UK’s first ever Sonisphere festival treated music fans from all over the world to the perfect opening party as the clouds cleared way for a fantastic weekend of sun, song and booze at the historic and beautiful Knebworth Park. The strong line-up promised that huge crowds would appear and organisers were not disappointed when 40,000 metalheads turned up ready to rock. For two beautiful days, the outside world didn’t matter as fans lived and breathed great rock music. This was the way festivals were meant to be. As Continue Reading
Review for metalized magazine by Matt Bond Next up on the Apollo Stage were Emo rockers Taking Back Sunday. With many of Sonisphere’s attendees dressed in t-shirts covering all different offshoots of metal, this was always going to be an uphill battle for them. Front man Adam Lazarra did his bit, with plenty of trademark microphone swinging during breaks in songs, but unfortunately not even calling card single ‘Make Dam Sure’ could really save them. In all fairness to TBS, things were never going to be easy with the Sonisphere crowd.
Review from Metalized Magazine by Matt Bond There’s one thing that is astounding to believe about Skindred’s slot at this year’s Sonisphere, and that’s the fact that they are consistently acclaimed as one of this country’s finest live acts, yet they are second on the Saturn stage on the first day! Nonetheless, Benji Webbe and co. are blistering from start to finish. With breakthrough track ‘Pressure’ and new album anthems’ Trouble’ and ‘Ratrace’ giving the crowd their fill of infectious rock/reggae/metal crossover treats. Mr. Webbe addresses the crowd as though having a pint with an old mate and as the Continue Reading
Review from metalized magazine by matt bond Nine Inch Nails took to the Apollo Stage for what is widely expected to be their final performance on these shores after their announcement that they will be withdrawing from the live arena. Although hardened NIN fans will argue it was a great set, for a band’s curtain call in this country the set consisted mainly of downbeat tracks played around very little on stage banter from Trent Reznor & Co. Just about managing to mumble out a “thanks” or “this next song is…” Reznor could just about manage to say “thank you” Continue Reading
Review from Metalized magazine by Matt Bond The festival headliners Metallica stepped onto the Apollo stage and showed EVERYBODY else how things are supposed to be done. Their opening barrage of Blackened, Creeping Death, Fuel, Of Wolf and Man and Fade to Black grabbed the crowd by the scruff of the neck and did not let go until the final note had been played. It’s a testament to both the quality of both their songs and live show that Metallica, despite appearing in the UK 5 times in the last year, still manage to make hits like Sad But True Continue Reading
Review from Metalized Magazine by Matt Bond After such a blinding set at Download not too long ago, Limp Bizkit had set the bar incredibly high for themselves. Whilst they didn’t quite reach that standard, Fred Durst and co. still managed to hold their own in a line-up that included Metallica, Lamb of God and Machine Head (thus meaning that most of the watching crowd were fans of said artists). It was possible that Limp Bizkit could’ve been eaten alive (no pun intended) but you could argue by the reactions that Break Stuff, Rollin, and Bookie received, by the end Continue Reading