Why not Dying Fetus? Seemed to be an ongoing question going into this year’s Download Festival. The internet meme turned hashtag ensured the band would actually be granted a slot at Download. I think myself like many were expecting the band to be relegated to one of the smaller stages, so imagine my surprise when they were actually positioned on the main stage on the Saturday of the festival. A spot that is coveted and has seen bands such as Funeral for a Friend, Trivium and Five Finger Death Punch launch themselves on to greater things. Fun fact, this will be only the second time that a death metal band has opened the main stage at Download, with the other occasion being when Suicide Silence did it in 2011.
For me personally, I like death metal as much as the next guy, but having never really heard of Dying Fetus before I wasn’t really sure what to expect. However, I can say is that I was pleasantly surprised, not only by the band themselves but by how many people turned out at 11 a.m. to see them!
The performance itself was tight and definitely shook away any hangover I had from Friday night. I now understand why so many people dig Dying Fetus and it definitely made me want to check out their recorded works, but also I think this booking now proves that even with Bloodstock, the Download crowd demands something a little heavier.
All the credit in the world to the Download crew for having eclectic lineups over the years, but maybe now is the time to think about injecting a little more death metal into proceedings. Nile, or Cannibal Corpse would fit this bill nicely in the future. The possibilities are endless, but the fact that Dying Fetus can get booked off the back of an internet joke and absolutely tear the Saturday morning crowd apart speaks volumes. I just wish I could get the image of a dejected Mr Blobby walking out of their circle pit looking defeated out of my head.
Photo credit: Gobinder Jhitta