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Slipknot to headline Download 2015

Slipknot have been unveiled as one of Download Festival’s headline acts for 2015 this morning, their 3rd time playing the festival. Judas Priest have been named as their support act. Black Stone Cherry are set to headline the second stage and Five Finger Death Punch have also been confirmed to play a set at Britain’s biggest rock festival.

Tickets went on sale this morning for the festival running across the weekend of June 12 – 14 at Donington Park.


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Download Festival add 49 more bands to the bill

Yesterday, Download Festival added 49 news bands to the line-up, with the likes of Papa Roach, Bury Tomorrow and Sonic Boom Six.

A full list of the bands added are below:
Sonic Boom Six
Rise To Remain
Papa Roach
Escape The Fate
Gogol Bordello
Blitz Kids
Bury Tomorrow
Uriah Heep
Dir En Grey
The Ghost Inside
After The Burial
Red Fang
Blacklist Royals
Naked Flame
Sacred Mother Tongue
The Algorithm
Brutality Will Prevail
Emperor Chung
Bleed From Within
Astroid Boys
Hill Valley High
I Divide
Rat Attack
Hang The Bastard
Heart Of A Coward
Glamour of the Kill
Silent Screams
Uncle Acid
Dead Beats
The First and Broken

Other previously announced acts include Limp Bizkit, Enter Shikari and Stone Sour.

Slipknot, Iron Maiden and Rammstein are set to headline the Donington Park festival, which takes place 14 – 16 June 2013. For more information visit

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Download Festival reveal 37 more acts

Download Festival have recently announced 37 more acts that will be performing at the Donington Park event this June.

The list of new bands added to the bill are:

Jimmy Eat World
Enter Shikari
Cancer Bats
Asking Alexandria
Parkway Drive
Motionless In White
In This Moment
Young Guns
Walking Papers
Five Finger Death Punch
Limp Bizkit
Hardcore Superstar
Amon Amarth
Black Dogs
Vision Of Disorder
Last Witness
Stone Sour
Bullet For My Valentine
Coal Chamber
The Hives
Buffalo Summer
Heaven’s Basement
3 Doors Down
The Sword

Limp Bizkit are set to headline the 2nd second on Friday night and Enter Shikari will be headline the 2nd stage on Saturday night.

Headline acts for the festival will be Slipknot, Iron Maiden and Rammstein. Tickets and more information about the festival is avaliable at

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Doctor Charged Over Slipknot Bassist’s Death

Slipknot bassist doctor charged with involuntary manslaughterLate Slipknot bassist Paul Gray‘s former doctor has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with his death in May 2010. The physician Daniel Baldi prescribed the “high-dose prescription narcotics” that killed Gray. Gray was found dead in his hotel room with an autopsy showing that the 38-year-old overdosed on morphine and fentanyl, a synthetic morphine substitute.

Reportedly Gray’s death is one of eight over which Baldi has been charged following fatal overdoses. Baldi has pleaded not guilty to all charges. His lawyer, Guy Cook made the following statement:

“It is unprecedented to turn unfortunate deaths or medical results into a crime against a doctor. Unexpected deaths can occur in severe, chronic pain patients unrelated to medical treatment. This is especially true with patients who are drug addicts or drug abusers.”

Meanwhile Slipknot have also released a statement concerning the sensitive issue:

“As the loss of our brother Paul Gray is still very fresh for us in the Slipknot family, this new development has us all in a state of anger and sadness. The fact that this person took advantage of our brother’s illness while he was in a position to help others has outraged everyone in our family.

We can only hope that justice will be served so this can never happen to anyone else ever again! Our thoughts go out to the families of the other victims. We plan to cooperate as much as we possibly can to ensure this tragedy is never repeated, and to make sure this man pays for what he has done.”

At Crossfire our thoughts are with all those concerned, in particular Slipknot and Gray’s family.

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Of Mice and Men

The Flood (Deluxe 2 Disc Re-Issue)
(Rise Records)

Southern California’s Of Mice & Men are constantly growing in popularity. The band -who are currently on the Vans Warped Tour- have quenched fans’ thirst for new material with a 2 disc deluxe re-issue of their critically acclaimed album ‘The Flood’ featuring 4 new tracks.

The bonus tracks start with a tantalizing instrumental piece ‘The Calm’. The reverberating clean guitars are a beautiful yet eerie experience to behold, clearly implying the saying ‘The calm before the storm’…

As ‘The Storm’ picks up tempo, Austin Carlile’s strained and emotional screams kick start a typical ballsy Of Mice & Men riff. On the original release of ‘The Flood’, ‘Ben Threw’ and ‘Ohioisonfire’ showed Of Mice & Men’s capability to produce intense riffs and rhythms whilst maintaining an underlying bounce, but they are nothing in comparison to the punishing assault of third bonus track, ‘The Flood’ and final new number, ‘The Depths’. It seems that after the departure of Shayley Bourget, clean vocals have been left to one side with the band focusing on a new level of heaviness.

Presented with flowing continuity, the bonus tracks are an impeccable addition to ‘The Flood’. The production of the tracks is highly commendable in its own right, the magnitude of the atmospherics are on the same level as Bring Me The Horizon’s ‘There Is a Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There Is a Heaven, Let’s Keep it a Secret’. With its new additions, the re-issue can be appreciated by fans from across the metal spectrum with influential elements of artists such as The Devil Wears Prada, We Came As Romans, Pierce The Veil & even Slipknot shining through.

If first time around, ‘The Flood’ begged to differ that metalcore was a dying art, the re-issue demolishes any ideas that the genre is dated and builds a platform from which Of Mice & Men can dominate the current scene. The flood is coming again.

Words: Emma Wallace

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Paul Harries’ Slipknot exhibition opening in London

Celebrated photographer Paul Harries is opening his Slipknot exhibition gallery on July 12th.

Sponsored by Kerrang! and Relentless Energy Drink, the gallery features work by Harries at the Strand Gallery in Central London. Harries has travelled the globe with the masked metallers from their Iowan roots to Australia and back and with over sixty photographs on display, including some that have never been seen before, it is a great opportunity for fans to see their heroes in a new environment.

The exhibition is completely free and runs from July 12th to July 24th at the gallery which can be found at 32 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6BP and is open from 11am – 7pm Monday to Saturday and 11am – 6pm on Sundays. On the 16th, from 3pm til 7pm, Paul will be in attendance and will be answering questions and discussing his work.

Paul’s work is second to none so we know this exhibition is going to be first class, make sure you get down and see it!