On the second day of Rebellion, there was sun in the sky and barely a cloud in sight (for better or worse). As day broke on the second day of the festival, the grounds were once again inundated with anxious Rebels ready to get their day off to another rousing start. With Rebellion being in it’s fifth year and with a history of not always making friends with Mother Nature beforehand, many were pleased to find that the forecast was sunny with a 100% chance of metal. So, with another action packed day of music, food, and fun, let’s take a look at what and who stood out on Rebellion day two.
The thrash metal heavyweights helped open up the afternoon on the second day to a dense crowd of excited onlookers. The legendary metallers owned the stage and championed the early afternoon with their relentless assault of shred. A special moment came when frontman Steve Souza and company brought a cake out to guitarist Gary Holt in celebration of his birthday. Holt, proudly sporting a satirical black “Kill the Kardashians” t-shirt, smiled and chuckled to the crowd that his birthday was in two days, but he’ll go with it.
New England hardcore outfit Hatebreed delivered a hair-raising and head- banging performance on the Jagermeister stage. The band had fans leaping in the air and screaming the lyrics to the songs they knew by heart. Things became especially interesting as Rebels took flight over the heads and shoulders of their fellow attendees, crowd-surfing to the barricade in waves.
3. Butcher Babies
Led by the buxom and brash Carla Harvey and Heidi Shepherd, Butcher Babies laid waste to the Rebellion crowd with their intense, balls-out performance. With Henry Flury on guitar, Jason Klein on bass and Chris Warner slaying the skins, Butcher Babies rallied the troops with their unyielding delivery. Steamrolling the crowd with song from their repertoire including “Magnolia Blvd.” “Jesus Needs More Babies For His War Machine,” and “Goliath,” the band was the shot in the arm needed to kick into the rest of the afternoon.
4. In Flames
The Swedish metal icons delivered an incredible performance, rife with energy and an infectious to all those in attendance. Having just released their latest album Siren Charms in 2014, the band has been out in support of the new record, introducing fans to their new, more advanced sound. Evolutions hasn’t slowed these guys down though, on the contrary, at Rebellion In Flames seemed especially invigorated by the energy of the crowd. The band is often credited with being one of the pioneering Swedish metal bands to break into the U.S market, thus paving the way for bands like Sister Sin, Avatar, and Arch Enemy. Watching and hearing them live, it’s easy to see how they were able to cross the barrier to become an institution here in the States.
The Halestorm family has never had any problems bringing the noise to the Carolinas, as they have been frequent visitors to the South over the course of their career. On this day, at Rebellion, the band was bringing a performance of “Apocalyptic” proportions. Front woman and guitar aficionado Lzzy Hale shredded unmercifully as she sang and screamed the anthems that had come to define Halestorm’s sound. The expansive crowd was in a frenzy over the Pennsylvania rockers. Halestorm has a history of rock ‘n’ roll anthems and continued to bring the party to the Rebellion crowd with a wicked and unwavering fervor.
6. Breaking Benjamin
Easily shattering the crowd size record for the day, Breaking Benjamin held a captive audience that could have been easily estimated to be 70% of the Rebellion attendees. The Wilkes-Barre alternative rock band had recently reformed around original founding member and frontman Ben Burnley after a six year hiatus. Serving up a live set just as satisfying and true-to-form as any recording, the new Breaking Benjamin sated the cravings of rabid and longing fans with songs dating back to the band’s origin. Songs like “I Will Not Bow, “ “Breath,” “ So Cold, “ and their latest single, “Failure.”
At the conclusion of the night came the time many had been waiting for, Slipknot. The multi-instrumental metal legends occupied every corner of the stage, filling it with Corey Taylor (vocals), Jim Root (guitar), Mick Thomson (bass), Sid Wilson (turntables) and Chris Fehn (percussion/backing vocals), to name a few. The band, like many of their festival peers, did not disappoint the Rebels with their brutal and incendiary set which included a plethora of new ‘knot material mixed with classics and pyrotechnics. Songs like “Sarcastrophe,” “Killpop,” “Psychosocial,” and “Duality,” are just a few of the ear-pounding and headbanging sonic waves that crashed on the Rebellion crowd that night. Between their jets of fire and pyro, to the levitating aux drums and acrobatics, Slipknot definitely made themselves the must-see act of the night, and fans were captivated and amazed at the scene, making memories they would likely carry with them for years to come.
With the World’s Loudest Month over and many bands scattered across seas in the European market, festival lovers will have to cool their jets for awhile. Festivals Van’s Warped Tour, Mayhem Fest and others may satiate the musical tastes of some, but Louder Than Life, Rock Allegiance and Monster Energy’s Aftershock will be coming in the Fall to fill the void for music lovers. So, relive the good times and begin planning for next year, because festival season will be here again before you know it.