After a spectacular performance from Metallica the night before, we were ready for another day of metal mayhem. It was much hotter compared to the previous day, and the sun was shining down hard on my sunburned skin. All that was ignored when Bat Sabbath hit the stage to start off day two.
Considering the members started this Black Sabbath cover band as a joke, they did a killer job entertaining the crowd. When they played “War Pigs” the whole crowd ended up singing most of the lyrics which created a pretty sick vibe.
Grimskunk took the stage right after, and I didn’t recognize them at first. It’s been about twenty years since I last saw them. They opened with “Falling Into Shadow”, a mellow piece that strays from the band’s usual punk sound. After catching a few of Grimskunk’s songs, I decided to catch some shade at the VIP lounge, then head on out to watch psychobilly rock ‘n’ roll legends Nashville Pussy.
The band had the whole crowd singing along to their raunchy lyrics for “Go Motherfucker Go!” while Ruyter Suys played her guitar solos. This chick was rocking out so hard, swaying all over the stage, getting on her knees, humping her guitar, all while head-banging and showing off her fingering on the strings. This was the first time I’ve seen Bonnie Buitrago, new bassist, play with the band. She had great stage presence, feeding off Ruyter’s energy. I loved it.
I walked along the path to suck in a little of the vibe. There were definitely fewer people compared to yesterday, so it felt more ‘lax. Bodycount was as angry and in your face as to be expected. When speaking to some people in the crowd, the majority mentioned how they were there to see Bodycount and Slayer. By this time the area was almost filled up Metallica-style. Ice-T yelled at the crowd, “Show me some action!” to get the pit going. Their set didn’t feel long enough.
Things were running behind schedule, so while we prepped to meet up with Nashville Pussy for an interview, I caught up with Hatebreed up on the screens provided in the press tent. I was disappointed to miss being in the crowd for this performance as they KILLED it. That being said, it was well worth it after having a hilarious time with Nashville Pussy, telling us all about censorship sucking balls in the United States. Stay tuned for a video interview!
We ran off to catch the rest of Alestorm‘s set once the interview was finished. These guys brought in such an enormous crowd! “We are here…to drink your beer“, Christopher growled in the mic. Then the catchiest tune “DRINK” was performed. It was stuck in my head for the rest of the evening. The whole crowd sang along, “We are here to drink your beer and steal your rum at a point of gun.” I’m not much of a drinker, but when I listen to these guys or watch them perform, all I want to do is dance and knock a few back. Pirates have their way of talking you into things I suppose.
Twisted Sister was coming up, but not before Bad Religion was to take the stage. I was at ease when “American Jesus” played. They still sounded the same as they did twenty years ago. It felt like I was 16 again.
Finally, the band I was most excited to see took the stage — Twisted fuckin’ Sister. Dee Snider made it known that all five of the original members of the band were there together, and how much of a rarity that was. Also, he mentioned their bassist put a gun to the their head during the first rehearsal and they are still going strong. It was their 30 year anniversary, so they celebrated by playing everything off of the album Stay Hungry. I remember back in my day discovering Twisted Sister when watching Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. They were in a scene recording a video for “Burn in Hell.” It was then that I fell in love with Dee Snider and the band. This was probably one of the biggest highlights of the festival for me by far. I don’t think I screamed or sang so loud at a show before. During “I Wanna Rock”, Dee silenced the crowd who listened to him preach. He asked everyone to scream “rock!” when ready. It was a beautiful moment!
Going from classic 80s rock to more modern loud metal, Lamb of God next took the stage. Vocalist Randy Blythe mentioned that this was their first show in six months. They had tons of energy to give and the crowd went wild. The sun had set and the temperature dropped. There was a comfortable breeze blowing during this loud, colorful performance. Of course, the stage set-up brought killer visuals, and drummer Chris Adler was the star of the show. He is such a gem to watch.
After a meeting with Alestorm, we wallowed our way to see the final act of the event, Slayer. Having seen Slayer many times in my life, including recently this past October, it was no surprise this performance ruled. I had never seen Slayer at a festival outdoors before, so that was cool too. They played classics like “Raining Blood” and “Seasons in The Abyss”. Tom Araya was sporting a big beautiful beard and had the most adorable grin on his face the entire performance.
Sadly, the Heavy Montreal festivities have come to an end. Until next year, metalheads.