Chris Loomis

Knotfest Festival Stages @ Glen Helen Amphitheater – 11/05/2017

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Goatwhore @ Glen Helen Amphitheater – 11/05/2017After two successful years as a stand-alone festival, Knotfest teamed up wih Ozzfest in 2016 for Ozzfest Meets Knotfest and with that success has returned in 2017 as part of the Ozzfest Meets Knotfest weekend in San Bernardino, CA on Sunday November 5. Although Slipknot was not present for Knotfest 2017, there was no shortage of extreme music as Rob Zombie headlined the festival main stage and Slipknot’s Corey Taylor was present with his other band Stone Sour who also played on the mainstage. With 14 bands scattered across three festival stages for the early part of the day, there was certainly a genre of heavy music for everyone. With carnival rides, a vendor village and LOTS of music this was destined to be another epic day of music.

Although rain fell early in the day before the festival started making for some muddy areas, the weather turned out to be very pleasant albeit a bit cool and overcast. The music kicked off at 11:15am and continued till about 6:00pm on the festival stages which kept fans busy migrating from the three stages during the early part of the day then onto the mainstage late in the afternoon.

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Some of the top Knotfest Festival Stages highlights  included:

Stitched Up Heart was the second band to hit the stage on Sunday at 11:45am – a tough spot at a festival but there were already hundreds of die-hards in attendance as the beautiful and talented Alecia “Mixi” Demner led the band through an impressive early day set. With female fronted metal bands becoming more mainstream, “Mixi” proved she is more than worthy of being mentioned in the same conversation as Butcher Babies, Lzzy Hale and Jill Janus.

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Pittsburgh’s newest hardcore kings Code Orange put on one of the most intense performances of the entire Ozzfest Meets Knotfest weekend. These yongsters are brutal – it seems like each member at one point was singing vocals, all of them constantly jumping and moving along with some HEAVY riffs left the crowd saying “What the Hell was that”?. An A+ performance from Code Orange.

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Bay area Thrash veterans Death Angel delivered a breakneck set early in the afternoon that picked up the intensity and set the bar high for the remainder of the bands. The band cranked out new classics such as “The Dream Calls for Blood” as well as longtime classics “The Ultra-Violence” and “Mistress of Pain”. It was great to see some old school thrash at Knotfest.

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Immediately following Death Angel, Knotfest experienced some New Orleans flavored blackened Death Metal from Goatwhore who returned to the Ozzfest Meets Knotfest stage after also playing the festival in 2016. The band supporting their June 2017 release Vengeful Ascension ripped through 30 minutes onstage and had the mosh pits moving and the bodies flying.

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With their new album Nightbringers hot off the press, Black Dahlia Murder kept the intensity going with some straight up American Death Metal. Vocalist Trevor Strnad paced the stage like a caged animal as he delivered intense guttural screams that had the BDM faithful’s in a frenzy.

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While not one of the “Big 4” (Metallica, Anthrax, Megadeth, Slayer), Thrash-Masters Testament are certainly a member of the “Other 4” (Testament, Exodus, Overkill, Kreator) and proved that once again as they hammered out an intense 60 minute set in near darkness. The festival organizers may have overlooked the fact that clocks fell back 1 hour the night before as Testament started their set in near darkness and played through with just two flood lights in the back of the stage (the festival stages have no stage lights as they are for daytime use). But that did not stop Chuck Billy and company from leaving their mark on Knotfest.

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