Download Festival: Avenged Sevenfold

June 27, 2011

When A7X took the stage it was hard to find a spot in front of the main stage without a DeathBat flag flying proudly; throughout the afternoon, paper flags were being passed out to the crowd, and the fans were making good use of them.

It was without a doubt one of the biggest crowds of the weekend, pulling in not only the diehard fans but those, perhaps, not too familiar with some of Orange County’s finest.

Whilst yes you might be thinking ‘aren’t you a little bias writing a review on one of your favourite band’s?’ That however doesn’t mean its not the truth. Simply read the countless reviews DeathBatNews have compiled since their performance, including that of Metal Hammer wishing headliners System of a Down “good luck” after seeing A7X headliner worthy performance,  to know 90% of the crowd and press that actually saw the set knew they’d nailed it.

With their usual swagger and energy, Avenged brought their’A game’ to Donington this year. And being the first time for us seeing new boy Arin Ilejay in action, we can only imagine how nerve wracking the run up to taking the stage was for the young drummer – incredible job Arin.

(When we caught up with Arin later on backstage he had this message for DBN and the Avenged fans >>)

Opening their set with “Nightmare”, the chilling beginning initially silencing the crowd before the cheers erupted as they launched into the high energy song. Playing a mix of old and new songs, fan favourites that are an essential part to any Avenged Sevenfold show – “Unholy Confessions” & “Buried Alive”, giving the two guitarists Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance their well deserved moments in the spotlight…and the eruption of several circle pits.


The decision to keep the set up beat by swapping out the emotional “So Far Away” with the fun and well received “A Little Piece Of Heaven” was a brilliant idea, a welcome surprise – the perfect song for us to remember The Rev and all his craziness. Ending on “Save Me” allowed them to take it up another notch and no honest reviewer should be able to fault or deny the set was a winner.


More A7X shots on our Download Flickr Gallery

Catch Avenged Sevenfold on the Rockstar Uproar Festival this summer in the US & Canada.


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