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Five Finger Death Punch at Aftershock Festival 2017 in Sacramento, CA
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Monster Energy Aftershock Festival Wrap-up

Oct 262017

The long awaited sixth edition of the Monster Energy Aftershock Festival took over Sacramento's Discovery Park this past weekend. With a monstrous lineup including performances by Nine Inch Nails, A Perfect Circle, Stone Sour, Mastodon, Ozzy Osbourne and more, 2017’s Aftershock installment proved to be the biggest and loudest one so far.

 

With the California sunshine living up to expectations, day one kicked off with a bang with energetic sets from Code Orange, August Burns Red, Nothing More and Anti-Flag. By early evening came the moment we had been waiting for when our own Tech N9ne took over the Capitol Stage. With easily the biggest crowd on that stage for the entire day, Tech appeared to a crowd chanting his signature “KC MO” and with the help of hype man Krizz Kaliko, the two lyrical machines blew the audience away.

Starting an hour later than the previous day, Day Two of Aftershock wasted no time in picking up right where Tech N9ne had left off.

 

Starset really got the Blackcraft Stage moving with the first decent crowd of the day. Donned in their epic spacesuits and surrounded by sci-fi-esque stage production, Starset let the audience know they meant business and just why they have been dominating all the festivals lately. With a perfectly tailored set-list including "Into the Unknown," "Satellite," and "Telescope", Starset were the first real highlight of the day.

 

Suicidal Tendencies came straight out of the gate with ferocious punk rock intensity. With reasonably new addition, ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo bashing away on the drums, ST put on what was by far the most frantic set of the day. Front-man Mike Muir paced the stage with confidence while they had fans pleased with "You Can't Bring Me Down," "Subliminal" and "Possessed to Skate."

Just before In This Moment’s set kicked off, the famous Monster Girls held a guitar give away with the winner picking up their brand new autographed Schecter electric guitar at the Monster Rig. With their usual ominous intro music, In This Moment crept onto the stage and opened with the powerful “Blood”. The festival veteran’s theatrical stage show went off with usual precision keeping the audience well entertained.

Fozzy, led by fan favorite-WWE wrestling superstar Chris Jericho, brandished the Capitol stage in classic studded leather attire and their own unique brand of pure rock ‘n’ roll. With the recent release of their new album “Judas”, their music was made for a festival delivery and deliver is just what they did!

Halestorm made their return to Monster Energy Aftershock Festival for the first time since 2013. Lzzy Hale led the charge on the Monster Stage powerfully bellowing out hit after hit.

 

Dallas-based thrash/crossover Power Trip were one of the biggest highlights of the day on the Capitol stage. After some logistical issues earlier in the day, their set was pushed back until later in the day giving them the perfect opportunity to wow a bigger audience with their relentless fast paced set.

 

Five Finger Death Punch managed to pack just about the entire festival audience into the Blackcraft Stage area for their heavily anticipated set. Brandishing their full arsenal of all-American heavy metal inspired rock anthems, the audience singalongs were massive and the band’s recent festival run really was topped off by this epic and flawless Aftershock appearance.

After asking the sea of people, "Are you ready to go f--king crazy?" Ozzy Osbourne kicked off his set with "Bark at the Moon," and for next 75 minutes delivered all the solo and Black Sabbath hits, including "Mr. Crowley," "I Don't Know" and "Crazy Train." The fans ate it up, and as with Nine Inch Nails the night before it was the perfect way to end up what is becoming one of California's premiere festivals.

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