The latest download announcement is something of a mixed bag – on the plus side, we have confirmation of an appearance by the mighty Opeth, who are every bit as prog as Mastodon but without the burden of a million desperate hipsters trailing in their wake. Even better is the news that the tech-metal skills of Meshuggah will be returning to the UK to flip Donington Park on its head. The downside is Lawnmower Deth – a joke band that wasn’t even funny the first time around – have also been booked to play.
Also joining the bill are Duff McKagen’s Loaded (okay, technically they are just called Loaded, but if we didn’t mention the Velvet Revolver/ex-G’n’R connection, you’d all be asking who they are), Japanese weirdos Dir En Grey, nu-metal revivalists (you know we’re right) in the form of Five Finger Death Punch, So-Cal wannabes You Me At Six, and Steadlür, the latest signing to the Roadrunner Records stable.
Watch the video to ‘Bumpin” by Steadlür
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