With Download 2015 almost upon us, Daniel King has taken a look at his main picks from the 'other' stages. While everyone is familiar with the bands hitting the main stage, Daniel brings us his insight into who to check out everywhere else and what tracks should kick ass should the bands choose to play them!
Sylosis - Friday | Maverick stage | 5.45 - 6.25pm
2015 sees Sylosis rack up their hat trick performance at Download. The UK's finest death-thrash metallers will be bringing The Maverick Stage to it's knees on Friday evenin. Their recent album, Dormant Heart, is already penciled into the top 10 lists at the end of the year and after hitting Europe in May they'll be eager to get back on stage on UK soil. These guys have the potential to be the band of the weekend.
Tracks Sylosis should play - Leech, After Lifeless Years, Altered State Of Consciousness
Boston hardcore outfit Defeater were due to hit Donington in 2014 but injury meant that didn't happen. If you're looking for an intense experience on the first day of music Defeater are the band for you. Their lyrics are sincere and hard hitting and their live shows are the same and more. After missing out last year these guys will be well up for this.
Tracks Defeater should play - Bastards, No Kind Of Home, Hopeless Again
The Cadillac Three - Friday | Encore stage | 3.50 - 4.25pm
A bit of authentic southern rock always goes down well at Download and The Cadillac Three are the perfect band to bring that. After a sell out headline tour early last year, it seems Classic Rock's 'Best New Band' of 2014 can't get enough of the UK. So much so they're flying in on the day of the festival after playing a show the day before in the States.
Tracks The Cadillac Threeshould play - I'm Southern, Peace, Love & Dixie, Back It Up
Upon A Burning Body - Saturday | Maverick stage | 2.40 - 3.10pm
Texan deathcore quintet UABB will be gracing the 3rd stage after pulling out of the 2014 festival due to singer Danny Leal being taken ill. UABB are marking their 10th year as a band with their second appearance at Donington. With Bodycount also on the bill, there is the potential for a return to the Punk Goes Pop collaboration with Ice T to cover 'Turn Down For What?' I'm not sure they'll be allowed to leave Derbyshire without playing it to be honest.
Tracks Upon A Burning Body should play - Texas Blood Money, Bring The Rain, Once Upon A Time In Mexico
French easycore five piece C!NCC! will be playing Download for the first time and their recently released album, Get Lost, Find Yourself, gives them the perfect platform to do this, it keeps the chugging guitars and breakdowns, but there's a bit less of the growly vocals. The Parisians will be playing a midday(ish) set that will help you shake off that Saturday morning hangover, plus being on the same day as A Day To Remember should serve them well.
Tracks Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! should play - Playing Dead, In Friends We Trust, Haters Gonna Hate
Crobot - Saturday | Jake's stage | 2.20 - 2.45pm
Crobot have been building their name over the past 12 months or so. Tours with Black Label Society and The Virginmarys have shown their crossover appeal within the rock and metal communities and built them up a nice little fan base. The word groove doesn't do Crobot justice, from the moment they take to the stage you won't be able to stand still. That will be echoed by frontman Brandon Yeagley & bassist Jake Figeuroa, two of the most watchable musicians on the lineup.
Tracks Crobot should play - Skull Of Geronimo, The Necromancer, Nowhere To Hide
Making their second appearance at Download, The Ghost Inside will be bringing their own brand of melodic metalcore over from the US of A. There's far more to these guys than the metalcore tag implies though, tracks vary from anthemic to just heavy, but all there is a constant energy throughout their whole back catalogue. These guys could prove unmissable for those there for those there for Parkway Drive on the Saturday.
Tracks The Ghost Inside should play - Engine 45, Avalanche, With The Wolves
From just down the road from Crobot (in that they're both from Pennsylvania, pretty sure it's a small place?!) Code Orange are bringing to Download their cross between the hardcore punk of their earlier material to the more grunge inspired punk of their most recent album, I Am King. These guys could be a perfect reason to get out of the sun (hopefully) on Sunday afternoon.
Tracks Code Orange should play - I Am King, Nothing (The Rat), Unclean Spirit
LTNT - Sunday | Jake's stage | 2.20 - 2.45pm
Big old dirty riffs are the name of the game on the 4th stage on Sunday when London based LTNT make their Download debut. With a new single just having been released and an album due later in the year, it's time to get on board with this rock trio. Which in itself is impressive as their sound is much bigger than you'd expect from a trio. LTNT have got the talent to go all the way, now they need the fans.
Tracks LTNT should play - No Home, Wear It Well, Give It A Name