Jiffy Lube Live
VOLBEAT Set List: The Devil’s Bleeding Crown, Lol Montez, Ring of Fire/Sad Man’s Tongue, Black Rose, Pelvis on Fire, Slayer tease/Slaytan, Dead But Rising, Warrior’s Call/I Only Want To Be With You, Last Day Under The Sun, Cheapside Sloggers, Seal The Deal, Still Counting
SLIPKNOT Set List: People = Shit, (sic), Get This, Unsainted, Before I Forget, Solway Firth, The Heretic Anthem, Psychosocial, The Devil In I, Prosthetics, Vermilion, Wait and Bleed, Sulfur, All Out Life, Duality, ENCORE: Spit It Out, Surfacing
The Knotfest Road show offered headbangers an interesting assortment of metal with a bill which featured Behemoth, Gojira, Volbeat and tour namesake, Slipknot. Behemoth opened the show but many fans missed their set due to insane traffic patterns which have always plagued this venue.
We arrived just before French metallers Gojira began their set. This band has paid their dues and earned their place in the metal world. Lead singer/guitarist Joe Duplantier is an interesting character and his songwriting style is part prog, part death metal. At times the sound of Gojira is almost like a death metal version of the band Chevelle with heavier riffs. Drummer Mario Duplantier is the backbone of the band and his drumming is brutal yet groove oriented. Joe and Mario are brothers and their bond onstage is quite remarkable.
“Stranded” was the standout song in Gojira’s set. Gojira’s stage was cleared rather fast so Volbeat could deliver their unique brand of rock-a-billy metal.
Danish rockers Volbeat took the stage in a fury with “The Devil’s Bleeding Crown” which brought the crowd to their feet. Michael Poulsen has one of the most distinctive voices in modern hard rock and for this show he used Gibson Custom Firebirds guitars for the entire show. His only non Gibson moment was when he strummed an Epiphone acoustic for a partial cover of “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash which led into “Sad Man’s Tongue”.
Lead Guitarist Rob Caggiano is best known for his tenure in Anthrax but he’s found a home in the band Volbeat. Rob’s riffage and lead licks flavor the Volbeat sound and add new depth to the Volbeat brand.
Volbeat performed several new tracks off their latest release, “Rewind, Replay, Rebound” which was released on August 2, 2019. “Pelvis on Fire” has a punk-a-billy swagger, “Cheapside Sloggers” was fun, and “Last Day Under The Sun” was introduced as being a song about hope and finding the positive in everyday situations.
“Slaytan” is an ode to Slayer and Michael started the song with the riff from Slayer’s “South of Heaven”.
“Warrior’s Call” was the standout track in Volbeat’s set and bled into their cover of “I Only Want To Be With You”.
Volbeat brought their own style to the show, they were the only band that stood out and their set was truly amazing.
Iowa’s bastard sons, Slipknot were the headliner and their intro was AC/DC’s “For Those About To Rock” which set the stage for their first song, “People = Shit”.
Corey Taylor’s new mask is weird. He looks like Rocky Dennis from the movie MASK and his patched up overalls look like a cow print pattern if you glance at it fast. The once menacing monsters of Slipknot have entered the “non theatening” era of their career; it’s more about music these days that creating an illusion that the band members are non-human.
Jim Root has altered his guitars to feature his new signature model pick ups and his playing was abrasive yet brilliant. Mick Thompson’s “Iron Mask” matched his guitar tone; heavy and scary.
Newest member, “Tortilla Man” is an interesting addition to the fold. His costume is slightly cheesy with a Kermit the Frog styled collar and his presence is subtle.
“(sic)” was brutal, “Get This” was heavy as hell, “Before I Forget” was excellent, “Solway Firth” was fresh, “Heretic Anthem” was fierce, and “Prosthetics” performed with “Vermilion” back to back was an interestingly melodic moment in their set.
“Wait and Bleed” was a stand out moment in where the crowd sang along to almost every word while the pit raged on. “Duality” closed out the set and the encore consisted of “Spit it Out” and “Surfacing”.
The show was not a total sell out but it was close. The majority of the pavilion was packed with no empty seats while the lawn had minimal bare spaces. The pit area was filled in tight and there were no empty gaps. This show was a celebration of all things metal and it’s also noteworthy to add that it was Labor Day Weekend and the partying was in full effect; the beers were flowing at this show. A soda was $10, Beer set you back $13, a glass of wine was $19, and a tour shirt was $40.