This text is a part of of our multi-day protection of Louder Than Life 2023. In the event you landed right here with out studying the opposite days recaps, verify Day One and Day Two.
Following two days of heavy booze and gourmand meals consumption, to not point out an excellent heavier barrage of tunes spanning all the rock spectrum, the autumn festivities in Louisville, Louder Than Life entered its third day on September 23, 2023. Expectations have been little doubt elevated among the many metallic devoted in attendance given the superb displaying by the likes of Corey Taylor, Megadeth, and Device (amongst many others), however this four-day occasion has made it a practice of elevating hopes after which surpassing them briefly order. Climate circumstances for the day would show favorable given the shortage of any profitable makes an attempt at a rain dance inside the Louisville space, although warmth would add to the sweat issue as the varied bands would compel their followers into movement, however not even this might soften the hardened metallic assault that was to return down from this occasion’s 5 phases on today of celebration.
Although many acts would filter out and in within the early afternoon hours, the primary large blast to catch fireplace within the early fall warmth can be that of Texas’ personal metalcore veterans Memphis Might Hearth over on the Loudmouth Stage simply earlier than 2:30 PM. Led by the Jekyll and Hyde vocal persona of Matty Mullins, who would work the gang like a beast from begin to end, this quintet would lead their respectable crowd draw by way of a medley of head-rattling anthems, alternating between catchy bangers and heavier truthful as all the stage was inundated with pyrotechnics, particularly throughout the compulsory breakdowns which additionally noticed some really chaotic shows from the pit beneath. Musicianship and rhythmic precision have been a staple of every music as lead guitarist Kellen McGregor and touring rhythm guitarist Lucas Chandler stomped and frolicked concerning the stage, whereas the muse erected by bassist Cory Elder and drummer Jake Garland shook the bottom beneath the gang’s toes. Traditional entries and fan favorites like “Vices” and “With out Partitions” gelled seamlessly with newer entries like “Bleed Me Dry” and “Someone”, making for a concise but completely riveting set.
On the stroke of three PM over on the House Zebra Stage issues would take a jolting stylistic left flip with the arrival of Mongolian folks rock ensemble and up to date sensation The HU, sporting 8 warrior-clad musicians on stage and all of the theatricality one might think about. To the uninitiated, this band has turn into one thing of a bunch of ambassadors for the traditional tribal sounds of a individuals that might subsequently conquer a lot of the world. Since their 2016 inception and thru two subsequent studio albums they’ve captured the eye of throngs of onlookers from past their homeland with their distinctive mix of historical ethnic devices and melodies with the template of recent rock. All through their temporary, 6 songs set the ocean of followers would regularly chant the band’s title with superb fervor, with crowd enthusiasm being raised particularly throughout their renditions of authentic entries like “Black Thunder” and “This Is Mongol”, although probably the most explosive response from earlier than the stage would happen throughout their signature cowl of Metallica‘s “By way of The By no means”, all however to the purpose that one may need questioned if James Hetfield had appeared on stage with them.
The melodic finish of the metalcore spectrum would strike again laborious on the Loudmouth Stage courtesy of British post-hardcore elites Asking Alexandria. Initially conceived in Dubai, and now hanging their hats in York, one was tempted to say that they exuded nearly every little thing British in how they introduced and subsequently carried themselves, significantly vocalist Danny Worsnop, who checked all of the bins of a clean-to-dirty spectrum metalcore frontman speeding concerning the stage but additionally embodied that basic British metallic persona that hearkened again to the olden days of the style and infrequently the mixed efforts of the quartet of instrumentalists about him even reached into lighter British rock territory (ergo their tremendous catchy quantity “Into The Hearth”). Ear sweet with a transparent melodic bent equivalent to “Alone Once more” would commerce blows with extra riff completely happy and darkish but nonetheless melodic sonic fodder like “A Prophecy” and “Darkish Void”. Suffice it to say, they gave their greatest all through their 9-song setlist, which was original after the one they have been touring on to advertise their newest album The place Do We Go From Right here?.
Eclecticism can be stretched to its limits proper on the strike of 4:30 PM over on the House Zebra Stage with the arrival of certainly one of Japan’s distinctive exports and ambassadors of the Kawaii metallic Babymetal. For these not within the learn about this novel mix of heavy metallic and J-pop, the sight of three bombshell Japanese girls singing in angelic voices to the livid barrage of riffs that one would anticipate from an influence metallic band on the heavier finish of the spectrum was little doubt a jarring one, however the dozens of crowd-surfers that have been crusing the ocean of onlookers all through their blistering 8 music set both have been already initiated into this new artwork type or have been in any other case compelled by the excessive affect mix of metallic and pop melodies. Whether or not it was the nasty thrashing mayhem of the peculiarly named “Gimme Chocolate!!”, the pace completely happy energy metallic majesty of “Distortion”, or the fist-pumping and catchy fanfare send-off that ended all of it “Highway to Resistance”, when the music was enjoying all our bodies have been in movement, together with that of the trio of dancing singers on the helm.
The Anglosphere would rating itself a really spectacular hat trick on the Loudmouth Stage, courtesy of Australian metalcore mainstays Parkway Drive. In related vogue to that of Unhealthy Omens yesterday, these Aussies introduced the fury by way of each their music and a really breathtaking pyrotechnics show, culminating in an genuine feast for the eyes to match those that have been being actually served on the pageant. Between Winston McCall‘s forceful and gritty vocal show, the stellar riff and melodic show placed on by guitarists Jeff Ling and Luke Kilpatrick, and the titanic battery of the rhythm part supplied by drummer Ben “Gaz” Gordon and bassist Jia O’Connor, the ensuing wall of infectiously catchy sound that was erected couldn’t have been scaled by any mortal man. Pummeling groovy anthems like opener “Glitch”, the rocking banger “The Void” and the unusually meditative brutality session “Crushed” have been among the many standout moments, however all through all the efficiency of this Australian wrecking machine was set on complete destruction and erected itself as certainly one of my favorites of the occasion.
Metalcore would proceed to rule the roost, albeit in a lighter post-hardcore means, when eyes have been drawn again to the House Zebra Stage on the stroke of 6 PM and the early indicators of night courtesy of California’s personal Pierce The Veil. Although their riffs hit laborious, and their sense of punk rock fervor might maintain a candle to the extra metallic brutality that had preceded them, the sheer pandemonium that greeted them in response from the largely feminine crowd that they drew may need led one to imagine that an early 2000s boy band had slipped into the Louder Than Life lineup. One would possibly chalk it as much as the high-end and virtually pouting character of Vic Fuentes’ clear vocals, or the widely boyish attractiveness that all the band was sporting on their shirtsleeves, however regardless of all of it they labored the stage in a vogue changing into of an act sharing the stage with the likes that had preceded them, significantly bassist Jaime Preciado who frequently wandered to the furthest ends of the stage and crossed over to the Loudmouth Stage space to work together with followers who have been clamoring to observe by way of the LED screens. “Bulls In The Bronx” and “King For A Day” can be the songs that hit the toughest, however their total presentation proved a constant glory fest from begin to end.
Because the night drew nearer, a torrent of brutality can be unleashed that might outline the remainder of the night, starting with an explosion of unfettered rage over on the Revolver Stage courtesy of Knoxville, Tennessee natives and deathcore pioneers Whitechapel. Although daylight nonetheless prevailed on the sky at this juncture, which was a blessing given the blended document of stage lighting related to this outfit’s in any other case flawless performances, what flowed from this five-piece plus a touring drummer could possibly be greatest described as a 5-song set of pure auditory blackness that was led by the inhuman barks and roars of helmsman Phil Bozeman. There was not a single physique among the many crowd that wasn’t whipping and thrashing about like a madman because the bottom-heavy grooves of “The Noticed Is the Regulation” rang out and ushered in a compact but ferocious auditory kill session. Heads continued to bang, and the ground was repeatedly stomped by band members and followers alike as loss of life metal-infused beasts like “Possession” and “A Bloodsoaked Symphony” saturated the open air, although the apex level can be when basic early entry “This Is Exile” compelled the plenty to mosh prefer it was going out of favor.
With the night sky now principally in view, a really theatric tackle probably the most brutal of metallic sub-genres would unfold on the Disruptor Stage courtesy of the fictional Grownup Swim darling turned touring melodic loss of life metallic undertaking Dethklok. With a set primarily centered solely on the animated characters featured on the LED screens whereas the reside musicians led by undertaking mastermind Brendan Small have been obscured within the shadows, the synchronicity that was completed between the four-piece band behind the 5 cartoon characters banging their heads and whaling away at their devices was flawless. The viewers reciprocated the ferocious mix of American and Gothenburg loss of life metallic stylings that have been “Briefcase Full Of Guts”, “The Gears”, “I Ejaculate Hearth” and particularly old-time monster entries like “Murmaider” and “Thunderhorse” with a fervor usually reserved for a Cannibal Corpse or At The Gates. To place it in basic metallic phrases, it was simply fucking superior.
Now with the evening sky hung overhead in all its darkened glory, all consideration was turned to the House Zebra Stage for the arrival of the saviors of 90s metallic and authentic purveyors of the almighty groove, Texas’ personal Pantera. Although functioning as extra of a tribute to the unique at this level with the obvious absence of the Abbott brothers and the providers of Ozzy Osbourne and Black Label Society‘s shred maestro Zakk Wylde and Anthrax‘s Charlie Benante of their steads, they’ve continued to convey down the nostalgia with a vengeance at each reside displaying they’ve made since reviving the title final yr. The visible show that was dropped at the desk was nothing wanting spellbinding, that includes an enormous LED display screen on the again biking by way of photographs relating to every music whereas a considerably smaller display screen slightly nearer to the entrance showcased the Pantera brand being repeatedly set on fireplace digitally at key factors of the set.
It was a completely devoted rendition of what stored metallic within the public consciousness after the ascent of grunge. Our bodies moshed and surfed the gang with reckless abandon to the would possibly stomp of “A New Degree” and “Stroll” whereas Wylde wailed away and tailored his pinch harmonic-happy solo method to one thing approximating Dime‘s authentic lead model. The chaos that ensued throughout the chaotic thrash fests of “Fucking Hostile”, “Suicide Be aware Pt. II” and “Mouth For Struggle” was nothing if not palpable. Granted, the true excessive factors can be reserved for an excellent rendition of “This Love” and the closing hurrah of “Cowboys From Hell”, in no small half attributable to Phil Anselmo‘s vocals reclaiming their former glory after many years of punishment, switching seamlessly between a husky baritone clear and a primal shriek that recalled his peak moments throughout the Vulgar Show Of Energy days.
The evening would convey yet another metallic grasp to the stage earlier than all was mentioned and executed, this time that of California metalcore turned extra conventional heavy metallic titans Avenged Sevenfold. Theatricality can be a recurring fixture of their headlining efficiency, kicking issues off with a booming rendition of “Sport Over” off their newest album Life Is However A Dream, that includes vocalist M. Shadows seated at heart stage, sporting a ski masks as has been widespread follow for him since their present tour started, and proceeded to carry out nearly all of the music from his de facto throne. At all sides of the stage have been two platforms that have been barely elevated, with guitarists Zacky Vengeance and Synyster Gates located on every with microphones earlier than them, leaving for heart stage just for their respective solo slots in a vogue one would possibly evaluate to an elaborate Broadway efficiency. The monstruous LED screens that acted because the stage backdrop would add extra aptitude to the equation because the roaring riffs of “Afterlife” got here in and M. Shadows distributed along with his chair and ski masks, ushering in the remainder of a monstrous 11 music set.
Standout moments of this efficiency abounded, numbering properly past the bounds of being virtually recounted on the printed web page. Nonetheless, a poignant second ensued simply previous to the efficiency of their 3rd music “Hail To The King”, as M. Shadows proceeded to recount listening to certainly one of his all-time favourite bands backstage slightly earlier within the night, specifically Pantera, and proceeded to dedicate the music to them and have fun the musicians which have been holding the legacy alive, topping the entire speech off with a powerful “Hail to the motherfucking kings!” because the picture of a crown appeared on the LED screens and the gang went right into a sheer state of pandemonium. Different moments of musical splendor would observe on their renditions of basic bangers like “Bat Nation” and “So Far Away”, however one could not assist however suppose that Avenged Sevenfold peaked a tad early in what was in any other case a seminal displaying from begin to end. However regardless, metallic dominated supreme on the threerd day of Louder Than Life, and the one actual query that was probably on the minds of those that have been submitting again to their lodge rooms afterward is how the ultimate day would prime what they’d simply witnessed.