The amazing thing about music festivals of any size is that you always find new stuff to like. I, like most people, go through phases in terms of the music I like but as someone who lived his formative years through the 1960’s and 1970’s my first love has always been punk rock and laterally folk punk has been the area that I explore most deeply.
As a result Hardcore and Death metal are not really areas that I know a huge amount about. That said I am open minded and love to check out new stuff. That desire for musical exploration saw me making my way to the Maverick Stage at last weekends Download to check out Krokodil.
Krokodil are a British ‘supergroup’ made up of past members of a number of metal bands including, Sikth, Bloodhound Gang and they even include Slipknots new Bass player, Alessandro Venturella in their line-up. On arrival at the Maverick stage it was clear that many of the Download audience were considerably better informed about Krokodil than I was. The tent was absolutely heaving and huge numbers of people were gathered around outside hoping for a glimpse of the stage.
Fortunately for me I was able to make my way into the ‘pit’ between stage and crowd to get a close up view of the band whilst taking photographs. Wow! The crowd outside may not have been able to see the band but they could definitely hear them.
What an incredible set these guys put on, it was loud, aggressive and right in your face. This was hard hitting heavy metal at its very best. I won’t pretend that I knew the songs, I didn’t, but that didn’t stop me being swept along by the energy, the atmosphere and the delight of the audience. I may not have known Krokodil before Download but I will sure as hell be checking them out now and learning more.
Here are a few of my photographs from the set: