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It’s been over a year since Soundgarden announced that they were back together and recording a new album, their first studio album since 1996's Down On The Upside, and months since we revealed that the band were set to appear at this year’s Download Festival. But the day has come and gone as the band played to a packed Donington Park as the festival began to wind down it's tenth anniversary.


The band opened with 'Spoonman', playing in front of a huge banner bearing a black triangle surrounded by numerous black swirls. They continued with 'Let Me Drown' and 'Gun' as the sun broke through the clouds. The band played a range of tracks from across their career, with 'Fell On Black Days' and 'Black Hole Sun' proving particular hits.


"Thanks for having us Download," Chris Cornell declared, "it's our first show in the UK for 15 years."



He also told of his joy at playing at the famous Donington Park, adding: "If you're in a rock band or you're a fan, it's pretty well documented as being the big hard rock festival worldwide. It's the one."

 

Cornell also spoke of how he was very excited to see a re-formed Black Sabbath bring this year's Download rock festival, which more than 100,000 people attended, to a close.

 

Singer Ozzy Osbourne, bassist Geezer Butler, guitarist Tony Iommi and Tommy Clufetos played a set packed with Black Sabbath tracks including War Pigs, Sweet Leaf and Paranoid.

 

Other acts who appeared on Sunday (10 June) included Rise Against, Megadeth, Anthrax, Ugly Kid Joe, Lamb of God and Black Label Society.

 

The festival was classed by many as the biggest and the best yet, with Download organiser Andy Copping revealing that it's success had already signed up one of next year's headliners with the second due to be finalised in the next few weeks.

 

You can find out more about Download Festival 2012 and it’s lineup at the official Download Festival Website at: http://www.downloadfestival.co.uk

 

Rize of the Fenix is the third upcoming album by American comedy rock band Tenacious D.


The hard rocking comedy duo, are set to release their first album in over 5 years since the release of the movie soundtrack for their Hollywood film, “The Pick of Destiny”.


The new album “Rize of the Fenix” will be the bands 3rd studio album and will see Dave Grohl reunite with the band on numerous tracks on drums. Grohl has a long standing relationship with the band, playing drums for the band on previous album releases and, both Gass and Black, have appeared in music videos for Grohl’s band, Foo Fighters.


Though not much is yet known about the musical direction of the “Rize of the Fenix” album, I can take a stab in the dark that satire and comedy will continue to be a major aspect of Tenacious D's lyrical content.


It has also been confirmed that band will follow the album's release with live performances at Rock am Ring and Download Festival in June 2012. Download, which will be headlined by The Prodigy, Metallica and a reunited Black Sabbath, takes place over the weekend of June 8-10 at Donington Park while Rock AM Ring will see Tenacious D line up with Metallica, Motorhead and Marilyn Manson.


The comedy pair have also just announced their first American show of the year, at Sasquatch Festival in Washington over the weekend of May 25-28, alongside the likes of Jack White, Bon Iver and Beck.

 

Fans can visit the bands website at: www.tenaciousd.com to hear a snippet from the new album.

 

It’s been months since reunited collective, Soundgarden, announced that they were recording a "diverse" new album, their first studio album since 1996's Down On The Upside, (which was one of the first albums I ever bought but that’s another story). But we can now reveal that the band have gone one step further as they have been signed up to appear at this year’s Download Festival 2012 in June.


Soundgarden were signed this week to appear at the 10th year of the infamous Download Festival alongside Scottish band Biffy Clyro, comedy rockers Tenacious D and Chase and Status who were all added to the 2012 line-up, according to NME.


The weekend of June 8-10 at Donington Park will see the bill, which is set to be headlined by The Prodigy, Metallica and a reunited Black Sabbath, play to thousands of fans.


The Prodigy will headline the festival's first night (June 8). Metallica have confirmed that they will be headlining the festival's Saturday night (June 9), playing a set that will feature the entirety of their classic 1991 self-titled fifth album, known to fan’s as 'The Black Album', while Black Sabbath are currently set to close the event on Sunday (June 10).


Last year’s Download Festival was headlined by System Of A Down, Def Leppard and Linkin Park and even featured sets from the excellent Bullet For My Valentine, Rob Zombie and Pendulum.


Though the gig saw the return comeback show from The Darkness, their first major festival since Justin Hawkins' departure in 2006, the show was stolen by Steward 836. Steward 836 while awaiting the next live band to enter the stage, caught the attention of the crowd after one of the giant stage-screens showed him making the devil horns gesture. The official Download Festival website even featured him as an artist on their site.


You can find out more about the Download Festival 2012 and it’s lineup at the official Download Festival Website at: http://www.downloadfestival.co.uk

 

Heavy metal supergroup Metallica have announced that they will perform their best-selling self titled album Metallica, also known as The Black Album, in its entirety when they step onto the stage to headline at next year's Download festival at Donington Park.

It will be the band's eighth visit to Donington Park when they step onto the stage at Download 2012. They first played at the Monsters of Rock festival in 1985 and most recently back in 2006, Metallica headlined Download festival.

Co-founder and drummer Lars Ulrich revealed on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show that the reason for them performing the 1991 album in full is to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Download heavy metal festival.

Lars Ulrich said: "Six years is way too long to be away from the hallowed grounds of Donington Park. We are beyond psyched and feel privileged to come back once again to soak up the energy and vibe of the most legendary of festival sites."

Vice president of promotions at Live Nation, which runs the festival, Andy Copping was “bowled over” by Metallica's decision to perform in such a way, noting "The album is up there as one of the greatest albums of all time, everyone knows the songs,".

The “Black album” was the band’s self-titled fifth studio album and reached number one in more than 25 countries selling more than 25 million copies worldwide. It includes the six hit singles that are considered today among the band's best-known hits including Enter Sandman, Sad But True, Wherever I May Roam, Nothing Else Matters, and The Unforgiven.

Black Sabbath are also set to headline the main stage on the 10th of June, closing the  Download 2012 festival which takes place from June 8-10. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday (November 18).