Montebello Rockfest | Words & Photos by Amber James

DJ Yella

Deadly Apples

We Came as Romans

Thursday night had a very eclectic combination of bands that played during what was called the “No Sponsorship” night. Following performances from DJ Yella of legendary rap group NWA and festival founder, Alex Martel’s band, Deadly Apples, one of metalcore’s stalwarts, We Came as Romans, took to the stage just after the sun had fully set. Their set primarily consisted of songs off their most recent full length released this year, Cold Like War. This included the title track off the album as well as five other songs off of the album. Of course, they played one of the fan favorites, “Tracing Back Roots” as well. And would it truly be a WCAR set if Andy Glass wasn’t launching himself off the front risers, giving Every Time I Die, who played the next day a run for their money with jumps?

A Day to Remember

Paired perfectly with WCAR, who played before them, another metalcore stalwart took to the main stage with some of the most well known singalongs in the genre. Jeremy McKinnon and company in A Day to Remember always know how to bring the party. If you were looking for a set to sing along and lose your voices to, this would be it. It was chock full of fan favorites, from the raucous like “The Downfall of Us All” and “The Plot to Bomb the Panhandle” to the catchy and sweet such as “If It Means That Much To You” and “Have Faith in Me”. McKinnon knows how to command a stage, even one as big as the Rockfest stage, like the scene veteran that he is. Towards the end of “2nd Sucks” someone clad in a Spiderman suit ran out on stage and shot what seemed like t-shirts out of a t-shirt gun. However, the downside of such a discordant set meant that someone from the crowd dumped an entire cup on beer over my head and my camera; which meant I missed out on Five Finger Death Punch as my camera dried out for the night.


I should've been born during the era of 80's glam rock. Pikachu whisperer. Live by the pickleback, die by the pickleback. Caffeine runs in my veins.

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