Thrash Hits

June 28th, 2012

Download Festival 2012: Interviews, Photos, Setlists, Gossip – it’s all here

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It’s that time of year again – it’s the return of the Thrash Hits Download Festival splash page for 2012! All of our Download coverage from across the entire weekend will be linked to on this here post, so make sure you bookmark it as it’s all you’re going to need. That means individual band coverage in the form of photos and setlists, as well as reviews of each day’s highlights, every scandalous rumour and dirty bit of gossip that we overhear, and every outrageous photo of muddy debauchery that our photographers can get their lenses on.




  • The site was so waterlogged that organisers were forced to put off opening the site for over an hour. This meant that Rise To Remain and Cancer Bats had their Main stage slots cancelled. Which sucked.
  • Traffic was so bad getting on to the site, that Europe just gave up and went home. It took us three hours to travel the last ten miles. Does that make us more hardcore than Joey Tempest? Yes, we think it does.
  • We’d been onsite for less than an hour, and someone had already got their dick out backstage in the media tent. He had a question mark tattoo’d on it though, so y’know, there was that.
  • Cancer Bats might’ve had their Main Stage spot cancelled, but their Canadian buddies Billy Talent let them come on stage in the middle of their set to blast out some of their frustration with a song. That, ladies and gentlemen, was a cool thing for Billy Talent to do.
  • Festival Trend: every band frontman seems to be pulling the Jesus Christ pose this year. Go check out our photos of Gallows, Skindred, and Lower Than Atlantis if you want proof.


The Prodigy – photos
Billy Talent – photos
Cancer Bats – photos
The Defiled – interview // photos
Fear Factory – photos
Gallows – photos
Nightwish – photos
NOFX – photos
While She Sleeps – photos

Metallica – photos
Biffy Clyro – photos
Black Veil Brides – interview // photos
Don Broco – photos
Four Year Strong – photos
Fozzy – interview
Freebase – photos
Kids In Glass Houses – photos
Killswitch Engage – photos
Lower Than Atlantis – photos
Skindred – photos, interview
Steel Panther – interview // photos
Tenacious D – photos
Trivium – photos
Turbonegro – interview
Turbowolf – photos
You Me At Six – photos

Black Sabbath – photos
Black Label Society – photos
DevilDriver – photos
Dropkick Murphys – photos
Emmure – photos
Feed The Rhino – photos, interview
Kyuss Lives! – photos, interview
La Dispute – photos
Megadeth – photos
Refused – photos
Rise Against – photos
Sebastian Bach – photos
We Are The Ocean – photos

Mikee Goodman from SikTh talks to us about the rumoured SikTh reunion – interview
Vinnie Paul from Pantera/Hellyeah/Damageplan – interview
James Monteith from TesseracT – interview


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