download-festivalrtvFrom 12 Jun 2009 – 14 Jun 2009 The UK’s biggest, loudest, distortion-fuelled rock and metal festival returns to Donington Park for three more days of hard and heavy axe-wielding action.  With a taste for the biggest and most influential names in the heavy rock scene, Download Festival has attracted sets from KISS, Metallica, Guns ‘N Roses, Iron Maiden and The Prodigy in recent years and fans can expect more big names this time around.  The site underwent a revamp last year and it now houses two outdoor stages and a tent as well as an extreme sports bar, five-a-side football pitch, market, merchandise stands and chill-out area Kidney Woods.  Download 2009 will offer bespoke camping over the weekend.  AGreenerFestival say this about the festival: Download won the ‘most improved’ festival in the 2007 Greener Festival Awards and organisers Live Nation built on this in 2008 with travel planning and carbon offsetting offered to the audience. A new artist briefing booklet that explained the festival’s environmental work was given to performers who were encouraged to improve their own carbon footprint with handy hints and tips. The deposit system for recycling introduced in 2007 was continued and audience recycling in the campsite was encouraged and further promoted.

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Friday, June 12, 2009 
2nd Stage
Motley Crue, Opeth,  Lacuna Coil, Dir En Grey, Parkway Drive

Main Stage – Download
Faith No More, Korn, Limp Bizkit, Killswitch Engage, Billy Talent,  Staind,  The Blackout,

 Tuborg Stage
Meshuggah,  Duff McKagen’s Loaded,  Backyard Babies, Middle Class Rut, Sleepercurve,

Saturday, June 13, 2009
2nd Stage
The Prodigy, Chris Cornell,  You Me At Six, The Answer,  Static-X,  Fightstar,  In Case Of Fire, Superstar

Main Stage – Download
Slipknot,  Marilyn Manson,  Pendulum,  Dragonforce, Down,  Devildriver,  Five Finger Death Punch

Tuborg Stage
Anvil,  Architects,  Lawnmower Deth, Poison

Red Bull Bedroom Jam Stage
None The Less

Sunday, June 14, 2009
2nd Stage

Trivium,  Papa Roach, Buckcherry, Clutch, Shinedown, Karma To Burn, Sevendust

Main Stage – Download
Def Leppard,  Whitesnake,  ZZ Top, Dream Theater, Journey, Black Stone Cherry

Tuborg Stage
Go Audio,  Therapy, Pulled Apart By Horses

 Red Bull Bedroom Jam Stage
Twin Atlantic

HSB touring Australia!

heaven-shall-burnHSB touring Australia!  Finally we´re gonna tour in OZ!!! We´re so looking forward to play for you at last! Other bands on this tour will be the almighty TRIVIUM and The Black Tide, so make sure you get your tickets soon, as they´re selling fast!  “Bildersturm – Iconoclast II (The Visual Resistance)” will be the title of the highly anticipated first official DVD by German metal outfit HEAVEN SHALL BURN, guitarist Maik Weichert comments: “We can’t believe that we now have the chance to finally hold our first DVD in our hands!!! We did not expect that it would be so much hard work to get it done, but of course it also was loads of fun to put this together. Since we could not decide which of the two shows to use on this DVD, we decided to include both of them! The show at Summer Breeze festival last year and the one in Vienna were just equally incredible and watching them still gives us goose bumps!” Besides stunning live material the DVD will also include a comprehensive documentary about HSB and loads of additional content, details will be announced soon. “Bildersturm – Iconoclast II (The Visual Resistance)” will be out on Century Media Records towards the end of May.  Furthermore, the brand-new video clip for HEAVEN SHALL BURN’s fantastic version of Edge Of Sanity’s “Black Tears” has just been finished and will be premiered in the coming weeks. The song can be found on the band’s current opus “Iconoclast (Part One: The Final Resistance)”, which was released last year.  Bildersturm – Iconoclast II (The Visual Resistance)” will be the title of the highly anticipated first official DVD by German metal outfit HEAVEN SHALL BURN,
guitarist Furthermore, the brand-new video clip for HEAVEN SHALL BURN’s fantastic version of Edge Of Sanity’s “Black Tears” has just been finished and will be premiered in the coming weeks. The song can be found on the band’s current
opus “Iconoclast (Part One: The Final Resistance)”, which was released last year.

More about HSB
The German powerhouse HEAVEN SHALL BURN were one of the first groups to ultimately shatter the boundaries that stood between the death metal and hardcore genres. Now they have triumphantly returned with Deaf To Our Prayers, a stunning portrayal of sheer aggression and musical technicality that will quickly catch the attention of any extreme music fan. With this effort the dynamic quintet have undoubtedly proved once again that they are taking metal in a new direction that knows no limitations.

HEAVEN SHALL BURN truly began to take form in 1997 and immediately started playing as many shows and festivals as possible. It did not take long for labels to start taking notice of the band’s unrelenting aggression and talent, which soon led to Deeds of Revolution Records releasing their first EP, In Battle There Is No Law, in the fall of 1998. This contained a grinding mixture of death and thrash metal with old-school hardcore aggression. The group soon signed to Lifeforce Records and unleashed Asunder, their debut full-length album. In the summer of 2000 the group released a split EP with Caliban and embarked on their first lengthy European tour ultimately broadening their underground fanbase.

However, it was with their 2002 album, Whatever It May Take, that metal and hardcore fans and critics alike agreed the band was definitely outplaying their peers while further blurring the lines between tough as nails metal and the heavy thud of hardcore. Reinforcing their reputation of being an extremely powerful live act, some of HEAVEN SHALL BURN’s touring highlights in their young career include a European tour in 2001, a South American tour and UK mini-tour in 2002, two successful visits to Iceland in 2002 and 2003, as well as trips to countries like Greece, Norway and Denmark. This is all alongside appearances at such prestigious German festivals as Party-San, With Full Force, Westfalen Festival, Wacken Open Air and Summer Breeze, as well as Leper Fest (Belgium) and Goodlife Festival (Belgium). The group further solidified their stronghold on the genre upon signing to Century Media in 2004 to release Antigone, which was their first offering to garner worldwide acclaim. The album, mixed and mastered by Tue Madsen at Antfarm studios in Denmark (Mnemic, Himsa), further showcased the band’s melodic tendencies with the inclusion of more harmonies while increasing their scathing, brutal edge. Their socially aware and politically committed attitude remained prominent as they continued to forge a new exciting position within the scene. Following its release the band spent almost every weekend on the road, playing numerous festivals and shows all over Europe that was capped off with their first headlining tour. Their biggest break would come in the fall of 2005 co-headlining the first and highly successful edition of the Hell On Earth tour with As I Lay Dying and Evergreen Terrace. Unfortunately, guitarist Patrick Schleitzer would announce his decision to leave the band before the tour to concentrate on his private life. In came Alexander Dietz, who already did guest vocals on some of the album’s tracks. Upon returning home, the band immediately started working on new material.

Deaf To Our Prayers is the long-awaited follow-up to HEAVEN SHALL BURN’s highly acclaimed album Antigone. The new disc was recorded and mixed by renowned producer Jacob Hansen (Mercenary, Raunchy) in Denmark and it quickly evolved into the group’s most brutal offering yet. Guitarist Maik Weichert further describes his thoughts on the recording process: “Right from the beginning of the writing process we had the vision to record a raw and more direct album. I think Deaf To Our Prayers is a lot more brutal than our previous offerings while still retaining some mid-tempo passages. It’s simply 100% HSB!”

As on their previous albums HEAVEN SHALL BURN continues to back up their musical intensity with intelligent, thought-provoking lyrics as Weichert further explains: “The title is influenced by a line from a poem by Heinrich Heine that dealt with the situation of industrial workers from Silesia in the 19th century. The album also deals with many other historic aspects. ‘Armia’ for example is about the hopeless, 64-day fight that Polish partisans fought against the occupying power in the battle of Warsaw in August 1944. Again, we stayed away from topics such as heartache, fashion and parental issues since we know that there are people out there who want to use their heads for banging and thinking – that’s what we are all about.” More info @





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