Metal giants Slipknot brought their North American “Knotfest Roadshow” tour on Wednesday night to the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. This years crazy version of the roadshow also featured Behemoth, Gojira, and Volbeat.
The first band to hit the stage was Poland’s extreme metal favorite Behemoth. Led by frontman Adam”Nergal” Darski, the band jolted the audience with their abrasive eerie black metal music and stage theatrics. Their set focused on albums ‘The Satanist’ and ‘I Loved You At Your Darkest (2018).’
The French metal band Gojira was up next and played a short set that scorched the audience. Led by brothers Joe (vocals, guitars) and Mario (drums) Duplantier, the band masterfully blended atmospheric elements with their unique technical death metal style. Gojira received Grammy nominations for Best Rock Album for their album Magma (2016) and Best Metal Performance for their single “Silvera”.
Danish rockers Volbeat brought a lighter mood compared to the bands before them. The band led by vocalist Michael Paulson perform a blended mix of rock, punk, and rockabilly. The smiles of Paulson and guitarist Rob Caggiano were infectious as the crowd voluntary moved freely around the venue. Volbeat released their seventh album ‘Rewind, Replay, Rebound this summer and pleased die hard fans with older songs plus sprinkled in three new songs “Last Day Under The Sun”, “Pelvis On Fire”, and “Leviathan.”
After the Slipknot curtain dropped, the nine white jump suit wearing freaks took the stage and the chaos began. The band led by leader Corey Taylor began the onslaught with “People=Shit” before blasting right into (sic) from their self-titled album from 1999. Slipknot knows what the fans expect and their set would feature many favorites and rarities from their large catalog including “Unsainted” from their new album ‘We Are Not Your Kind’ to be released August 9. Fans had been anticipating they would add the second single “Solway Firth” to the North American leg but it did not show up.
The band keeps elevating their stage production. Although Sid Wilson does not fly around the crowd as much now he now moves effortlessly on a walking treadmill. Both Shawn “Clown” Crahan and new mystery percussionist “Tortilla Man” balance the stage undividedly overlooking the crowd. The new tiered stage setup allows for more space for the maggots to roam around and adds to the visual experience of the show. At times there is so much going onstage it is paralyzing to take in but as a whole it works like clockwork.
Slipknot seem to have brought back the brutality not seen since the early years. Corey Taylor have elevated his intensity and added a new retribution. With a new album and tour they continue to be on the most popular and polarzing heavy metal bands today.
Photos and review by Jason Bullinger