Download Festival 2023 / The Unholy Aura of Behemoth

Download Festival 2023 – Sunday. After 30 years, Behemoth are an institute in their own right. Having been pivotal in establishing the Polish underground Extreme Metal scene, they know who they are, we know who they are, and on Sunday at Download 2023, they brought us exactly what we wanted and needed.

Behemoth - Download Festival 2023
Behemoth – Download Festival 2023. Photo: John Hayhurst/MetalTalk

Dressed in their usual deathly terrifying occult attire, Behemoth were the absolute epitome of everything they are as a band on The Apex stage this afternoon. Frontman Nergal pauses halfway through to thank Download before launching back into the band’s signature Death Metal snares with The Deathless Sun.

Behemoth - Download Festival 2023
Behemoth – Download Festival 2023. Photo: John Hayhurst/MetalTalk

Pyrotechnics rife, fire is blazed up across Nergal’s presence, proving you don’t have to be a headliner to chuck a whole load of memorable Death Metal pizzazz in there.

Behemoth - Download Festival 2023
Behemoth – Download Festival 2023. Photo: John Hayhurst/MetalTalk

By the amount of sweaty Behemoth T-shirts I see walking around, the band continue to mount a huge following across the globe and are a big reason why they take on the main stage with ease, putting on a thelemic show reminding us why after all these years we still love and could never get enough of the mighty Behemoth.

Behemoth - Download Festival 2023
Behemoth – Download Festival 2023. Photo: John Hayhurst/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. Download Festival 2023 was a record breaking year.

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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