The Louder Than Life Festival kicked off with a bang last weekend at Champions Park in Louisville, Kentucky. Saturdays show had an eclectic mix of music comprised of some of the biggest acts in heavy metal as well as a mix of up and coming artists like Neck Deep, Avatar, Motionless in White, and Amity Affliction to name a few. The team at DWP pulled off another coup by scoring Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Cheap Trick to headline The Zorn Stage as well as old school rockers The Cult and metal legends Anthrax. The biggest surprise to this music fan was Chevy Metal…a side project of Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins. They played like an all star garage band and covered a wide variety of music from different decades. The Loudmouth Stage had the iconic thrash metal band Slayer headline following Pierce The Veil and Hell Yeah while The Monster Energy Stage showcased the awesome ensemble known as Avenged Sevenfold.
Sundays line up was just as stellar with Smashing Satellites, Crobot, and Adelitas Way starting off the days festivities on each of the respective stages. The perfect weather continued from Saturday and any mud caused by the scattered showers from the day before either dried up or was covered by sawdust by the promoters who for the third year in a row brought an unbelievable show to Louisville and were able to keep everything moving without a hitch. By the time the evening came the “Loudmouths” in attendance were pumped from the afternoon sets of Parkway Drive, Pop Evil, Kyng, and the mighty Sevendust…as well as an unbelievable performance by Zakk Wylde with his latest way to spread the religion of rock and roll…Zakk Sabbath!!!
As the night rolled in and the temperature dropped Alter Bridge, Clutch, and Grammy winners Ghost brought the crowd to a frenzy in preperation for headliners Korn, Disturbed, and the juggernaut from Iowa known only as Slipknot. With a festival this size and so many artists who are friends gathered together in one place there are bound to be some surprise performances and guests. One of those once in a lifetime moments happened when Corey Taylor from Slipknot joined Korn on stage for an awesome performance of their new collaborative single “A Different World”.
The only flaw in the perfect weekend was the traffic after the show. This was a new problem not experienced in the prior LTL festivals. Whether this was because of the 50K people who weekend or experiments in crowd control I dont know…but i do know if thats the only negative I can find from all these positives that it was a hell of a great time with some of the best music available from around the world.
Photo and review by Shawn Aultman for Ignite Music Magazine –