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Metal Injection correspondent Frank Godla conducted an interview with Canadian multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and producer Devin Townsend at the Roskilde Festival, whicih was held June 29 – July 7 in Roskilde, Denmark.

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Metal Injection correspondent Frank Godla conducted an interview with SLIPKNOT/STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor at the Roskilde Festival, whicih was held June 29 – July 7 in Roskilde, Denmark.

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I’d already heard quite a bit about Roskilde before I got the chance to actually rock up and check it out for myself. Denmark’s (and, in fact, Northern Europe’s) premier mega-fest is renown for consistently providing one of the most impressive and diverse lineups in the world, and it is this year that has perhaps rammed that particular point home further than any other.

From Slipknot, Anaal Nathrakh and Kvelertak to Rihanna and Chase and Status via Sigur Rós and Kris Kirstofferson, this really is one of the few events going where you can legitimately say that there’s something for everyone, and the non-profit, environmentally friendly and arts-fuelled approach to the manner in which the festival is put together means it has as much in common with Glastonbury as it does Download. Although there are admittedly a lot less stinky hippies running about than at the former.

Still, it’s hard to know exactly what to expect as I arrive on site early Friday morning (annoyingly, mag deadlines mean I had to miss Slipknot, BOOOOOOOOOO). With the sun already breaking out and bearing down on my pasty neck and a 3.30am start to catch my flight earlier, I’m feeling about as fresh as a poo in a sock, and the tent I’ve got pitched and reserved for me in hospitality camping, complete with blow-up mattress and lovely pillow and duvet (what do you know about glamping, though?!), is a helluva tempting sight right now. Also, there are tonnes of bikes everywhere. Like literally hundreds and hundreds parked up all over the place. It’s mad.

Of course, there’s no rest for the wicked or, in my case, whiny music journalists, so rather than trying to sneak in a cheeky nap I’m whisked off to the fucking massive backstage guest area, where I’m introduced to an absolute humdinger of a press area that’s situated outside over a huge pond and looks like something out of a Famous Five book.

There’s no time for ginger beer and dicking about solving mysteries, obviously, so I’m ushered round the corner and plonked in front of an audience for a panel discussion debating the current state of festivals in Europe, what sets Roskilde aside and what the future may hold for its unique approach. Given that I haven’t actually gone out and explored the festival yet, I feel like a bit of a wally at first, but the discussion is a genuinely interesting one and a lot of great points are raised and debated. Those who listen to the Metal Hammer Podcast know my stance on festival lineups and music genre divides in general, and the general outcome of the debate can pretty much be surmised as Roskilde Is Awesome And More Festivals Should Definitely Book Slipknot And Rihanna.

Looking right at the camera, what a wally

Finally, I get the chance to walk out into the festival itself, where many of the punters tearing around the site have been here for the best part of a week already. The stages look awesome and come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and it’s instantly obvious how much effort has gone into Roskilde being much more than just a music festival. Almost every single bar, tent and even shop has been done up in a specific style to give it its own identity, many of them graffiti’d up or sat next to weird sculptures and imposing works of art. Dotted all over the place are individual performers doing a variety of acts from juggling to trombone playing, with hosts of fans dressed in particularly OTT costumes and attires to add to the friendly mayhem. Clearly, this is a place where all types of art can flourish, and it’s heartening to see how people enjoy being able to express their own creativity in such a maddening environment.

Eventually, I’m taken to the main campsite, and it’s here where the real heart of Roskilde truly lies. Camps filled with metalheads bouncing around to Slayer sit side-by-side with ones brimming with bucket hat-wearing ravers and flower-haired indie girls. One moment you feel like you’re at Bloodstock, the next Creamfields. It’s fucking nuts. As it happens, upon arriving to the site I find out I’ve been entered into a sort of campsite heavy metal pub quiz at this place:

Definitely not scared at all. Apparently the Build-Your-Own-Soundsystem thing is a big part of campsite life here, but I’m not going to get the chance to find that out right now, because there’s the small matter of our newly-created team of music journos and industry types having to go head-to-head with this:

…We won 10-8. They didn’t know when Slipknot’s self-titled album was released. The fools! MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! Luckily, they’re all total dudes despite having a penchant for shouting “SA-TAN! SA-TAN” quite a lot, so our grand prize of a ton of beer is happily shared out and we get the chance to chat to some of the people who make the pilgrimage here every year. It’s maddening to think that these guys are sat here, right now, having an awesome time talking about how much Goatwhore are going to rule tomorrow, when the headliner for tonight’s main event is Rihanna. Despite everything I’ve seen so far, it’s this realisation that rams home what an incredible creation Roskilde is. There’s no tension between different music fans here. Sure, not every guy in a Blind Guardian t-shirt is looking forward to throwing down to Only Girl In The World, but there’s an awesome sense of coexistence going on that’s quite unlike anything I’ve really seen before. This is a festival that people come to because it’s a fucking amazing festival. It really is that simple.

I bid my newly made chums farewell and take a stroll around the immensely huge campsite area, where yet more bizarre creations and freshly created communities spring up all over the place. All great festivals have great campsites with their own atmosphere, of course, and Download in particular is a fine example of a festival that has gone to lengths to give its campsite a real sense of identity in recent years, but here this really is a culture unto itself. Dozens upon dozens of “mini-cities” are spread across a landscape that looks like a cross between a Utopian dream and something out of Mad Max, and it’s not hard to imagine coming here for the week and forgetting completely about the small matter of, you know, going to watch some bands and stuff.

I later find out that the campsite is actually opened up 100 days before the festival even starts to let people come in and work on their creations, which take on forms as varied as pop-up clubs and bars to mini-radio stations, bike shops (yes, really) and even extra stages. It’s so vast and multilayered that it becomes quite easy to get lost in, so I decide to not risk getting stranded in the Dream City camp until next year and head back to the arena.

The next two days are effectively spent either staring bug-eyed at the endless menagerie of cool stages, lovely people and mad onsite activity or losing my shit to the many awesome and extremely varied bands and artists playing across the weekend. Friday night’s fun include predictably chaotic sets from Devin Townsend and Turbonegro as well as an admittedly fun-as-hell turn from Rihanna and a triumphant closer from Danish superstars Volbeat. On Saturday, there’s a host of awesome stuff going on, including a typically boisterous Henry Rollins spoken-word set, great showings from Hatebreed and Goatwhore and, perhaps most stunningly, an incredible set from Kvelertak, who play to a packed-out Arena tent of 16,000 people. To put that into perspective, that’s a crowd about halfway between Wembley Arena and the O2. Like I said, it’s batshit out here.

Hatebreed throw down

Goatwhore: Metal as FVCK

The evening climaxes with a maddening double header of a Metallica in fine form as the main stage’s headliners and Chase and Status turning the place into a gigantic club-friendly mosh pit soon after. Obviously, Download quite successfully booked Chase and Status last year, so to see these two sharing a bill is nothing new, but to have a band of that ilk come on after Metallica have played? It’s nuts, it works and it’s awesome. Oh, and there was also time to trundle off to one of the smaller stages at around 3.30am to watch Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats before stumbling out half an hour later into daylight. Not weird at all.

Metallica: Danish famileeeh

Uncle Acid: far out, man

With my flight due out on Sunday (which means I miss Kraftwerk doing a show in 3D, DOUBLE BOOOOOO), there’s just about time that morning to go and sit in on a press conference with some of the people who put Roskilde together each year. Many subjects are covered, from the festival’s non-profit set-up (any profit made each year goes straight to charity) to their continuing mission to become more eco-friendly (many Green Schemes got tested in Denmark for the first time this very weekend).

One ultimate message rings out over the next hour of chatter and Q+A sessions, however, and it’s a thought that sticks with me as I pick up my bags and am sent on my merry way home: In their own words, this is a Progressive Festival for Progressive People. If you can’t bear the idea of a festival catering to all corners of music, regardless of background or creed, then Roskilde is definitely not for you. If you’re not interested in getting stuck in with everyone else and becoming part of the festival, rather than simply an attendee, then Roskilde is probably not for you. If, however, you want to try something a little different and risk finding some awesome new music from the unlikeliest of sources in the process… If you fancy spending a week in the heart of a brilliant mini-city surrounded by people that want to be there because it’s fucking awesome… If you just like the idea of getting wasted and watching great bands until 4am every night… Give Roskilde a go. I’ll be back next year for sure, and I won’t make the mistake of only doing two days next time. Maiden, The Prodigy, Jimmy Cliff and Lady Gaga for the wishlist please…

“Slipknot fans love Rihanna”

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Roskilde will be back next year. Head to http://roskilde-festival.dk for more info on this year’s event.

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METALLICA played its only European show of the summer this past Saturday night (July 6) at Roskilde Festival in Roskilde, Denmark.

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Metallicaaaaaaaaah

Yeah, yeah, yeah, “Metallica died when Cliff Burton died, The Black Album is overrated, Lars can’t play anymo-” shut the fuck up. James Hetfield is bellowing out I Disappear like a man possessed and I’m trying to lose my shit here.

Few bands in existence show up hypocritical wallies like Metallica do when they decide to turn up and blow the roof off of whichever festival they fancy playing, and today it’s Danish mega-fest Roskilde‘s turn to welcome the Biggest Metal Band In The World to the party. Given that this is the only Metallica European summer show of 2013, there’s a solid excuse for tonight to feel like a huge occasion, even by their lofty standards, and perhaps not least due to the fact that we really have no idea what they’re going to play. Last year’s epic Black Album trek and the band’s recent smash through Kill ‘Em All shows that they still like to throw out something special, so fingers crossed…

As it happens, when The Ecstasy Of Gold fades out and Blackened kicks in, it’s very much a case of business as usual, even if James Hetfield looks like he’s been hitting the weights a bit since we last saw him (although he’s still got that badass denim jacket). And speaking of Papa Het, while at first he looks a bit too out of breath and sounds slightly too ropey on the vocal side for comfort, he quickly finds his stride as the awesome foursome rip into For Whom The Bell Tolls, sounding suitably collosal and looking like they’re enjoying themselves every bit as much as the Danish faithful.

Metallica rock Roskilde [Photo credit: Tom Spray]

“You’ve met my friend Lars, right?” chuckles James to the biggest cheer of the night, adding that the band weren’t even sure if they were going to be playing tonight until relatively recently but are “so happy” to be back for the first time in a decade all the same. Disposable Heroes and Harvester Of Sorrow soon follow and produce the kind of bedlam you’d expect, before the pace is brought back down to Earth with a play through Death Magnetic number The Day That Never Comes, which sounds similarly massive if slightly less emphatic.

It’s a timely reminder that no era is off-bounds (except Lulu, hopefully), and paves the way for a rare and particularly badass double-header of Carpe Diem Baby and an epic I Disappear, complete with Hetfield sounding more Hetfield than it was previously thought possibly. “We wanted to play some rare stuff too, hope you don’t mind!” grins Het, and to be honest, his voice is in such fine tune by this point that you’d be happy for him to sing the Happy Days theme as long as he added a few “Heyah yeahyaaaahs!” on the end.

From then on in it’s a pure, unadulterated Metallica greatest hits runthrough, with the likes of Sad But True nestling in effortlessly with Battery and a lighter-producing Nothing Else Matters, and a welcome return to Orion allows a somber pause and well-met Cliff Burton dedication before dose fireworks signal the arrival of a mighty One (even if our Lars does struggle a teeny bit on that double bass, bless him).

Needless to say, Enter Sandman signals the end of the main set and the standard set of “ARE YOU ALAAAVE OUT THEY-YAH?!” Hetfield-isms (no “DENMARK FAMILEEEEEH”s, though, which a bit of a guilty miss) and remains the consummate stadium-sized heavy metal anthem. “I have an announcement to make,” grins Het as they return for an encore. “GIMME FUEL GIMME FIRE GIMME TH-”, well, you know the rest, and if One didn’t quite fulfill everyone’s pyro quota for the evening, Fuel does it for the next year and a half.

There really aren’t many better ways to finish off a set than Creeping Death and a mammoth Seek And Destroy, so it only seems fair that that’s exactly what happens next, and they both produce the two biggests singalongs of the night by some margin. All in all, it’s a relatively standard Metallica set even with the couple of early surprises, and but hey; they’ve not been here for ten years and this is a fucking festival – standard Metallica sets are still bona fide weekend-stealers anyway. Job done, then, lads: we have a sneaking suspicion that the people here tonight won’t want to be left waiting this long for the next one.

Review by Merl

Metallica Roskilde 2013 Setlist

The Ecstasy of Gold (intro)
Blackened
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Disposable Heroes
Harvester of Sorrow
The Day that Never Comes
Carpe Diem Baby
I Disappear
Sad but True
Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
Orion
One
Master of Puppets
Battery
Nothing Else Matters
Enter Sandman
Encore:
Fuel
Creeping Death
Seek & Destroy

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METALLICA play its only European show of the summer last night (Saturday, July 6) at Roskilde Festival in Roskilde, Denmark.

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Quality fan-filmed video footage of SLIPKNOT’s July 4 perforance at the Roskilde Festival in Roskilde, Denmark can be seen below.

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Metallicaaaaaah

Metallica have confirmed their only European festival set of the summer, being added to the pretty damn epic lineup for Roskilde 2013!

“We listen to our audience, and this year they have been shouting for a large name to complete our high-quality, forward-thinking, broad music programme,” says Roskilde Head Of Music Rikke Øxner. “Very few names of this kind are on tour, so we have had to think outside the box and are obviously thrilled to welcome back Lars Ulrich and his crew much earlier than expected.”

It’ll be the first time Metallica have played Roskilde for a decade and will be their only European show of the summer. Not bad going, Roskilde. Not bad at all.

Roskilde 2013 takes place June 29-July 7, tickets are onsale now from Billetlugen and cost around £217 for the full eight days of madness. Check out the full lineup over at http://roskilde-festival.dk

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METALLICA will play its only European show this summer at Roskilde Festival, set to take place June 29 – July 7 in Roskilde, Denmark.

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Main songwriter, guitarist and vocalist Rasmus of Sweden’s New Keepers Of The Water Towers has issued the following update regarding the long-awaited third album from the celebrated stoner rock outfit:

“For the past year and a half we have been working in and out of the studio on this, our third, album. It’s been a long process of developing and enriching our music with more genre defying sounds, dark lyrics about life and death, a lot of experimenting with musical directions and tinkering with richer harmonic arrangements. To put it bluntly, we’ve been recording an epic. None of us have ever put this much effort and emotion into a piece of music so it means a lot to us and now that we are in the final steps of recording we feel very proud of what we have accomplished and I don’t think there is any doubt in our minds that we have succeeded in creating the album we set out to record.”

Song titles to be featured on the upcoming album include “Visions of Death,” “Cosmic Child,” “He Who Greets With Fire” and “The Great Leveler.” A spring 2013 release through Listenable Records has been scheduled for the album. Video footage of the band performing “Rise of the Lizard King” at Roskilde Festival 2010 has been posted at this location.

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