Words and Photos by Amber James
For the second day of the festival, I started it off with some hometown love as Borrowed Time was one of the bands opening up the Tony Sly stages as festival goers filed through nearby since doors had just opened a half hour ago. Their metal tinged hardcore jams were the perfect way to start off the day. Guitarists Chris Palletto and Brendan Porray provided the blistering guitar riffs to complement vocalist Jim Lyons brutal vocals.
Obey the Brave
From there, I skipped over to the Quebecoise stage to catch the guys in Obey the Brave. Having caught them a few months previous on a date of Blessthefall’s Drop the Gloves tour, I was super excited to be able to catch them again. With a set filled with pos jumps and the like, they’re definitely a band to catch if they come near you.
A Day to Remember
Taking a bit of a break from the worst of the heat, next up on my list was metal greats, Anthrax and scene kings, A Day To Remember. Scott Ian played the guitar while Joey Belladonna emerged to cheers and opened with ‘Caught in a Mosh’. Next up, ADTR commanded the stage with a set filled with hits from their entire discography. Jeremy McKinnon embraced the stage like the scene veteran he is, playing up to fans, photographers and festival video staff alike.
Miss May I
Stick to Your Guns
It was time to rush back to the Tony Sly stages for Miss May I and Stick to Your Guns, two of my favorite bands to take photos of. Opening with ‘I.H.E.’ lion maned vocalist, Levi Benton, and on the clean vocals, Ryan Neff, the quintet ripped through technical metalcore like ‘Turn Back the Time’ and the title track off their most recent full length, ‘Deathless’. With the set directly after, Stick To Your Guns played to hundreds of people with their political hardcore. They played songs like ‘Nobody’, ‘Empty Heads’, and ‘We Still Believe’
Bring Me The Horizon
The end of the night and festival brought in two bands that I had not so patiently been waiting to shoot. Bring Me the Horizon closed the Jaegermeister stage with a fantastic live set. With an opening animated sequence similar to that of those you see in movie theaters before the movie, they opened with ‘Happy Song’ off That’s The Spirit as confetti cannons went off. The rest of their set consisted of songs from both that album and their previous full length, Sempiternal.
Rise Against took to the stage to close main stage and the main two days of the festival. It was an insane moment for me to be taking photos of them while they were playing ‘Like the Angel’, the song that got me into them years ago. With a nineteen song set, including the encore, it was enjoyable to hear the majority of my favorite songs by them live for the first time. Not to mention their cover of my favorite No Use For A Name set, ‘For Fiona’.