Download Festival 2023/ The Ferocity of Municipal Waste, Antisaint and Stray From The Path

Download Festival 2023 – Saturday. With the right levels of brutality and arena-filling anthems, Antisaint tore into their Dogtooth set with ferocity.

Antisaint - Download Festival 2023
Antisaint – Download Festival 2023. Photo: Andy Shaw/MetalTalk

Both Monty Sewell and Paul Monkhouse stumbled across this band and loved them. So yes, we wrote about them earlier, but here you are again.

Antisaint - Download Festival 2023
Antisaint – Download Festival 2023. Photo: Andy Shaw/MetalTalk

Hailing from a small town in the States, fulfilling the dream of playing Download seems an almost overwhelmingly emotional experience for them.

Antisaint - Download Festival 2023
Antisaint – Download Festival 2023. Photo: Andy Shaw/MetalTalk

Still, with numbers like Who The Fuck Are You played with a blistering intensity, the reception received saw many new worshippers at the feet of these particular saints.

Stray From The Path

Stray From The Path - Download Festival 2023
Stray From The Path – Download Festival 2023. Photo: Andy Shaw/MetalTalk

Elsewhere, New York hardcore punks Stray From the Path were on fire at the Opus stage. With enough anger to light up any number of small towns nearby, their furious polemic didn’t just hit targets but obliterated them.

Stray From The Path - Download Festival 2023
Stray From The Path – Download Festival 2023. Photo: Andy Shaw/MetalTalk

With a roar, Fortune Teller instantly became an anthem that will echo long after the last note of Download fades. Built to tear down governments and authorities, Stray From The Path could be on any number of watch lists. The revolution is here.

Municipal Waste

Municipal Waste - Download Festival 2023
Municipal Waste – Download Festival 2023. Photo: Andy Shaw/MetalTalk

Municipal Waste brought a welcome blast of old-school Thrash Metal to Download in a surge of adrenaline.

Municipal Waste - Download Festival 2023
Municipal Waste – Download Festival 2023. Photo: Andy Shaw/MetalTalk

Having beaten several issues to get here, the quintet tore into their bruising set, a wild Beer Pressure and the monstrous Slime And Punishment seeing a huge cloud of dust rising as circle pits were whipped into a frenzy.

Truly a joy to behold.

Municipal Waste - Download Festival 2023
Municipal Waste – Download Festival 2023. Photo: Andy Shaw/MetalTalk

Take Part: Are you at Download this year? Who are you looking forward to see? Want to get in touch and tell us how it’s going? Email MetalTalk Editor Steve Ritchie to tell us how it’s going for you. Download@MetalTalk.net.

Download Festival 2023

MetalTalk Download 2023 coverage can be found at MetalTalk.net/tag/download-2023

Download 2023 will see the festival celebrate its 20th anniversary with an additional day, meaning four days of live music in total.

This year’s MetalTalk team is:

Monty Sewell

Paul Monkhouse

Photography:

John Hayhurst – SnapAGig

Andy Shaw

For Download 2022, visit MetalTalk.net/tag/download-2022

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