Scott Ian of Anthrax crushes the Discovery stage during day one of the Monster Energy Aftershock Festival in Sacramento.

Having just wrapped up its fifth year, the Monster Energy Aftershock Festival has now left little doubt that it is one of the premier hard rock festivals in North America.

With 35 bands playing on three stages during the two-day festival, there was definitely something for everyone. From the classic thrash metal giants Slayer, Anthrax, and Death Angel, to the more modern metal acts of Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, and Disturbed, Aftershock continues to expand and diversify rather than rehash the same festival year after year.

By the time the headlining act, Tool, took the stage on Day One, it was difficult to find a place to stand, as over 25,000 people were on hand to witness a rare outdoor set from the band.

Day Two headliners Avenged Sevenfold also brought in droves of fans, and by the time they wrapped up their set, nobody left disappointed.

The Monster Energy Aftershock festival has come a long way since its humble beginnings in 2012, and one can only anticipate what they will have up their sleeves for next year.

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National Rock Review photographer Raymond Ahner spent the weekend in the photo pit capturing images of the event.

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Event Date: 23/23-Oct-2016