Download Reviews: Marilyn Manson & Slipknot
Beez checks in from the field of this years Download festival.
Coming off of the back of his best record for the better part of a decade, you want Marilyn Manson to turn up and slay the field. After what was a very lacklustre performance in 2007, Manson needs to come back and put on a performance that reaffirms himself in the same way as ‘The High End Of Low’ has. Quite honestly, this wasn’t that performance.
In Manson’s defence, it may just be that there have been some genuinely phenomenal performances today.
When speaking on this week’s Metal Hammer podcast, we mentioned that this could have been something special. The first headline performance at a UK festival from the most fantastic and important metal band of the last ten years always threatened to be something that would burn itself upon your psyche for the foreseeable future.
In fairness, I could sit at this computer until 2012 and not do it the justice it deserves.
Bands have arrived with more fanfare and after lengthy hiatuses but this was arguably the greatest headline performance of the Download era. Metallica, Maiden, Tool, Kiss…throw them all into the melting pot, Slipknot absolutely destroyed 70,000 people in a way that it didn’t seem was possible.
How do you create that level of intensity in front of that many people? How do you have the out and out balls to headline something this huge and throw blast-beats at people? You do it because you can and because everything that you do is both incredible and relevant.
Quite simply, Slipknot are the biggest metal band in the world for the reasons expressed over the course of 105 insane minutes tonight. All hail the 9.