Slipknot performed in front of thirty thousand people during day one of the fourth annual Monster Energy Aftershock Festival in Elverta, California.

Just when festival season seemed to be drawing to a close, the Aftershock Festival hit Gibson Ranch Park just outside of Sacramento this past weekend, drawing legions of dedicated fans who showed up early and stayed late to take in some of the biggest names in rock today.

Day one saw Slipknot, Shinedown, Marilyn Manson, and Black Veil Brides on the main stages, with each band delivering energy fueled sets that drove the kids as close to the barricades as humanly possible. Slipknot and Shinedown brought plenty of pyros, while Manson turned up the smoke machine to eleven. And although Black Veil Brides played in the late afternoon sun and were unable to utilize fire or fog, the dozens of female ‘unmentionables’ that were being tossed towards the stage made for a very entertaining set. Other highlights included a blistering set from Suicidal Tendencies, as well as a crushing set from Helmet.

Perhaps a bit groggy, hungover, or sunburned from the day before, the crowd seemed to filter in just a bit later on Sunday, but the music wasn’t about to wait for them to show up. The Sword, Pink Slips, and Sevendust jump started the day’s festivities, and by the time Eagles of Death Metal and Red Fang hit their respective stages, things were back in full tilt. Perhaps the most the most energetic set of the entire weekend came from Stone Temple Pilots, who, fronted by Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, drove through their hits with the intensity of a Mac Truck. With a one- two- three punch of Jane’s Addiction, Deftones, and Faith No More to close out the evening, the festival drew to a close all too soon.

Although there were a few wrinkles that will need to be ironed out before next year, all in all, the Aftershock Festival was a huge success. The location was perfect, the weather could not have been better, and the talent was top notch. In a time where many music festivals seem to be rehashing what they have already done, Aftershock continues to evolve and expand, and it will be very exciting to see what they have up their sleeve for next year.

National Rock Review sent photographer Raymond Ahner to check it all out.

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