Slipknot destroys the Monster Energy Stage during Day 2 of the Louder Than Life festival in Louisville with Disturbed, Korn, and Ghost.
As the lights dropped and the “Be Prepared for Hell” into tape rolled, a huge roar greeted Slipknot to the Louder Than Life Stage. Slipknot fired into “The Negative One” followed by “Disasterpiece,” and “Eyeless.” With the Louder Than Life crowd in a complete frenzy, Slipknot rolled into “Before I Forget,” “Killpop,” and “Dead Memories.”
This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Iowa album, prompting “Left Behind” and “The Heretic Anthem” before a hard-driving performance of “Psychosocial” followed by “The Devil in I” from the newest album, .5: The Gray Chapter.
Today was guitarist Jim Root’s birthday. Before closing out with “Wait And Bleed,” Corey raised the house lights while everyone sang “Happy Birthday” making for a memorable show moment.
Slipknot’s three-song encore set started with “Surfacing” followed by “Duality,” which had the entire venue screaming the chorus together in unison.
“Is Louisville ready to go down in history with Slipknot?” asked Corey before their final song of the evening, “Spit it Out.”
In classic Slipknot fashion, Corey addressed the crowd one last time. “Whether you’ve been here for 17 years or new to us – You know what time it is!” he shouted. The entire venue crouched down waiting for the cue to “Get the Fuck up,” which they did in epic style. Slipknot closed out an incredible set and an insane day of music wrapping the hugely successful Louder than Live 2016.
Providing the main support on closing night of the festival was Disturbed, who opened their fiery set opened with “Ten Thousand Fists” that set a
Disturbed played for an hour, ripping through a 13-song set. Their moving rendition of the Simon & Garfunkle cover of “Sound of Silence” from Immortalized (2015) electrified the audience. A medley of familiar covers, “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” “Baba O’Riley,” and Killing in the Name” was a big hit with fans. The band ended big with “Down With the Sickness.”
Starting with the heavy and familiar bass tones of “Right Now,” Korn let loose with a classic set for an amped up Louder Than Life crowd. Their set included “Rotting in Vain,” the latest single from their 2016 The Serenity of Suffering album. Along the way, there was a mighty rendition of “Coming Undone,” and Corey Taylor jumped on stage to perform “A Different World” for only the second time live. Korn wrapped their set with “Freak On A Leash.”
A rising chant of “Papa, Papa” wafted across the festival grounds moments before Ghost hit the Loudmouth stage. With their somewhat bizarre stage theatrics and powerful music, Papa Emeritus III and the Nameless Ghouls opened with their newest release, “Square Hammer” along with “From The Pinnacle to The Pit” and “Cirice” before ending with “Mummy Dust.” Ghost’s set was a high point of the day.
On a day that featured some fantastic live music, there were a number of memorable performances.
Zakk Sabbath’s 30-minute set of Black Sabbath covers with Zakk Wylde’s shredding guitars and vocals were something to see. Along with Zakk, the band featured bassist Rob “Blasko” Nicholson and drummer Joey Castillo while covering favorites “War Pigs and “Fairies Wear Boots.”
Sevendust’s Louder Than Life set couldn’t have been better. The group was tight and enjoying themselves as throngs of crowd surfers came over the barricade. Lead Singer Lajon Witherspoon’s birthday was on Monday, and he explained they are celebrating a little early at Louder Than Life. They wrapped with “Thank You” from their latest album, Kill the Flaw.
Pop Evil’s Leigh Kakaty paused to give credit to those who matter the most, the men and women of the US military. Shouts of “USA! USA!” rang out as the band did a 22 push-up challenge on stage. “How good does that feel America?” shouted Leigh.
They played “Footsteps,” “Ways to Get High,” and “Lux” from their 2015 release, Up. Leigh dedicated their last song, “Take it all” to the Louisville Cardinals, the “home of the next Heisman Trophy winner” he said, drawing a huge ovation.
Parkway Drive rolled onto the Monster Energy Stage with a vengeance, delivering a much-anticipated set. Lead singer Winston McCall egged the crowd surfers to keep coming, which they did in droves. “Parkway Drive is not a spectator band. We are definitely a participation band — sing until you can’t,” McCall said as the guys catapulted into the well-received “Vice Grip.”
Skindred’s 30-minute set brought tons of energy, being on stage so early in the day. Lead singer Benji Webbe wanted to make this festival special urging everyone to bounce, which fans gladly complied. Their set ended with the “Newport Helicopter,” to which fans roared their approval. While their setlist focused on singles from their first five albums, they do have a new release, Volume, which hit the streets one year ago.
The music kicked off Sunday with Them Evils along with Smashing Satellites, Trivium, Sabaton, Crobot, Adelitas Way, Kyng, Skillet, and Alter Bridge.
Day 2 marked the end of a successful Louder Than Life weekend music festival. Be sure to check out our coverage of Louder Than Life Day 1, anchored by Avenged Sevenfold and Slayer with support from Cheap Trick, Anthrax, Hellyeah, Avatar, Motionless in White, and many more.
Event Date: 02-Oct-2016