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Sonisphere Ruled!

Yet again, Sonisphere proves itself to be the ultimate metal festival in the UK! Would highly recommend it to anyone in the country, amazing experience every time.
1 Highlights
2Iron Maiden

Boy oh boy, did Iron Maiden make up for their dud of a show last year at Download. Bruce's voice was spot on, unlike in 2013 when he sounded like he was having a real tough time. The solos were impeccable and Steve Harris was being a cool motherfucker (as usual!) The ultimate experience live in heavy metal and one I would pay to see at every given opportunity. Setlist: Moonchild, Can I Play with Madness, The Prisoner, 2 Minutes to Midnight, Revelations, The Trooper, The Number of the Beast, Phantom of the Opera, Run to the Hills, Wasted Years, Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, Fear of the Dark, Iron Maiden, Encore: Churchill's Speech, Aces High, The Evil That Men Do, Sanctuary,
Ride the Lightning

While the 'by Request' gimmick seemed quite obsolete (due to every idiot picking the songs Metallica play at every show), Metallica have still got it when it comes to their live show. Fade to Black was impeccably played throughout and a definite highlight, James can hit them notes better than ever these days DAMN! Not much more to say, Metallica are always gonna be a highlight when it comes to their live show. Setlist: Battery, Master of Puppets, Welcome Home (Sanitarium), Ride the Lightning, The Unforgiven, Fuel, Lords of Summer, Sad but True, Fade to Black, Creeping Death, One, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Blackened, Nothing Else Matters, Enter Sandman, Encore: Whiskey in the Jar, ...And Justice for All, Seek & Destroy,
Among the Living

Holy god fucking damn, the first set these dudes played was one of the best I've seen. Among the Living in full was the closest I'm ever going to get to an 80's thrash gig, ugh it was perfect. The second set was awesome too, but damn that first one was fun as all hell! Setlist: I Am the Law, Fight 'Em 'Til You Can't, Got the Time, Hymn 1, In the End, Deathrider, Indians, Antisocial,
The Way of All Flesh

Talk about a way to shake off the Saturday hangover. Being the first band to play the main stage on Sunday, Gojira had quite the task to wake up the dreary crowd. Well, they made it look damn easy. Brutal set and the pit for Flying Whales was intense as fuck. Go see them if you get the chance, well worth the cheap admission fee. Setlist: Explosia, The Axe, Backbone, The Heaviest Matter of the Universe, Flying Whales, L'Enfant Sauvage, Toxic Garbage Island, Vacuity,
White Pony

I was very skeptical but also very excited going into Deftones' set. Chino's voice has not exactly been the best over the past year and their last 2 studio albums haven't exactly been stellar either. But as soon as they hit the stage, my doubts were vanquished. An emotional set from the band and one that will definitely leave a lasting impression on me for months to come. Setlist: Diamond Eyes, Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away), My Own Summer (Shove It), Tempest, Swerve City, Feiticeira, Digital Bath, Poltergeist, Rosemary, Rocket Skates, Change (In the House of Flies), Headup, Root, 7 Words,
7Devin Townsend
Ocean Machine: Biomech

Hilarious, emotional, flawless and gripping - it can only be a Devin Townsend show. I'll say no more, just seriously go and watch this dude if you get the chance! Setlist: Seventh Wave, War, Supercrush!, Kingdom, Juular, Liberation, Grace,
8 Disappointments
9Dream Theater
Images and Words

A real crappy set from the once prog metal masters and one I will never likely see again. LaBrie varied from being tolerable to awful and god damn, the whole experience was so dull. Some of the songs were cool cos of them being old material, but even then they weren't pulled off well. Setlist: The Enemy Inside, The Mirror, Lie, On the Backs of Angels, The Looking Glass, Along for the Ride, Overture 1928, Strange Deja Vu, Pull Me Under,
10The Prodigy
The Fat of the Land

Yeah, the Prodigy proved yet again that they simply cannot hold a crowd for more than 5 minutes. The gig got old fast and people were leaving less than halfway through the set...yeah, it was void of any enjoyment whatsoever tbh. Setlist: Breathe, Jetfighter, Voodoo People, Omen, Poison, Rockweiler, Thunder, (Dubstep Mix), AWOL, AWOL Beats, Firestarter, Run With the Wolves, World's On Fire, Spitfast, Omen (Reprise), Invaders Must Die, Smack My Bitch Up, Encore: Take Me to the Hospital, Hyperspeed (G-Force Part 2), New Beats, Their Law,
11Ghost B.C.
Opus Eponymous

Normally breathing with life and downright majestic, Ghost were anything but that during their set on Sunday. Repetitive vocals, terrible audio and an overall lack of stage presence made this gig experience a rather trite one. Although, the sing along to Monstrance Clock at the end was pretty cool. Setlist: Year Zero, Con Clavi Con Dio, Prime Mover, Stand by Him, If You Have Ghosts (Roky Erickson cover), Ritual, Monstrance Clock,
12 Surprises
Sound Awake

I wouldn't exactly call myself a 'fan' of Karnivool's music, but god damn they sure do know how to hold a crowd in a live setting. The vocals were spot on and the whole set was played with some confidence, with some cool little improv sections thrown in there. Setlist: Shutterspeed, Goliath, We Are, The Refusal, Set Fire to the Hive, Themata, New Day,
Reign in Blood

Ever since Jeff's death, Slayer have seemed rather tired and lackluster within their live shows. However, the set they played at Sonisphere on Saturday was as forceful as I have seen them for quite some time. Tom nailed the AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA in Angel of Death to a T and Gary Holt absolutely slayed Jeff's (rip) solos. Setlist: Hell Awaits, The Antichrist, Hate Worldwide, Mandatory Suicide, Captor of Sin, War Ensemble, Disciple, Seasons in the Abyss, Dead Skin Mask, Raining Blood, Black Magic, Encore: South of Heaven, Angel of Death,

Everyone knows the deal with Mastodon's live gigs; they suck. However, I was pleasantly surprised to see they absolutely kill it on the Sunday of the festival. Brann sounded fantastic doing vocals, Troy and Brent (yes, BRENT!) didn't sound too shabby either. I have a new found hope the band after seeing them, lets hope they have turned a corner! Setlist: Oblivion, The Motherload, Blasteroid, Black Tongue, Divinations, Crystal Skull, Megalodon, Chimes at Midnight, High Road, Aqua Dementia,
16Protest the Hero

Okay, now this show was fucking mental. From the offset the crowd was so pumped, couple that with a fantastic display of musicianship and you've got yourself a party. Def the most surprising set of the weekend, enjoyed every minute of it and I must say, I have a respect for Protest that I did not have before the gig. Setlist: Clarity, Bone Marrow, Underbite, Hair-Trigger, Bloodmeat, Sex Tapes,
17 Other Shit That Ruled!
18Alice in Chains

Setlist: Them Bones, Dam That River, Again, Check My Brain, Hollow, Man in the Box, No Excuses, It Ain't Like That, We Die Young, Stone, Would?, Rooster,
Grey Britain

Setlist: Last June, Outsider Art, Misery, Mondo Chaos, Chains, In the Belly of a Shark, Cross of Lorraine, Orchestra of Wolves,
20Electric Wizard
Dopethrone full.
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