Download 2013 Review: Rise To Remain, Architects, Asking Alexandria
Today has been a long time coming for Rise To Remain. The guys were forced to pull out of last year’s festival at super-short notice thanks to the apocalyptic weather, and though this year isn’t exactly a summer holiday, Austin et al do turn up to open up the main stage in pretty outstanding style.
Keeping in the vein of brilliant young British metal are Architects, who walk onstage as the heavens open on the sizeable crowd. Vocalist Sam Carter is a ball of ferocious energy from the get go as they dish out half an hour of choice cuts including recent banger Black Blood which is met with the sort of circle pits you rarely see at 9pm, let alone 2 in the afternoon, and shows that the Brighton lads have still got the skills to pay the fucking bills.
As Asking Alexandria stroll on stage amid rising synths the sun peeps out from behind a cloud and basks the Donington masses. It’s a fitting setting for a band who bring a quintessentially British rock swagger to their incendiary metalcore. Danny Worsnop’s roar is clear as a bell while his near-note-perfect clean vocals carry the quintet through a raft of choruses best described as ‘shitting massive’. They leave triumphant in the mid afternoon sun. Download has fucking begun.