Download Review - Friday
"Download – are you down?" asked Faith No More's Mike Patton of a 100,000 frazzled rockers as the night drew in, "and are you… loaded? OK, that was terrible." Bad jokes aside, FNM's first European festival performance since their split a decade ago was oddly anti-climactic, particularly following the expectation that had built up over the day.
Earlier, the smörgåsbord of styles allowed smaller bands to hawk their varied wares, from fresh-faced punks to Japanese noise lords. Techno-metalists and worst-kept-secret of the day Enter Shikari towered above them all with a mayhem-inducing showcase.
On the main stage Limp Bizkit cranked out their riff-laden hip hop to satisfy a hit-starved crowd. Fred Durst may reconsider his policy of inviting a random red-hatted fan on to the stage for a sing-along, as the lucky punter who cavorted between the band members yelling his lungs out to Full Nelson had more charisma and a better voice than the ageing frontman.
Nu-metal titans Korn had perhaps the best gig of the day, inspiring pandemonium among their sea of fans.
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All of which meant Faith No More's headlining comeback was overshadowed from the start, but their lounging approach to prog-metal and an ill-advised cover of Easy Like Sunday Morning did them no favours, and brought only bemused yawns from most of the audience.