OCTOBER 24th and 25th 2015

Review by Kathleen Clarkson
Photos by Jamie Paullus

www.aftershockconcert.com October 24 & 25, 2015 in Sacramento, CA at Gibson Ranch featured about 50 bands with Slipknot headlining the first night and Faith No More the second night. This year’s Aftershock was held at Gibson Ranch. The venue was almost too big to really be able to experience the festival with The Coors stage being so far from everything else. Bathrooms were scarce, not convenient or maintained throughout the 2 days. However there were plenty of food vendors and lots of booths to buy alcohol. No one there really came for the food, alcohol or scenery they were all there for the 50 plus bands that rocked the middle of nowhere.

The lineup with over 20 bands each day, starting Saturday with Raven Eye kicking off the festival on the Coors Stage. Personally I think the lead singer sounded a lot like Sammy Hagar with a bit more hardcore band. September Mourning in full costume and giving quite the stage show. September herself was brilliantly amazing; with the most intrinsic vocals I have heard from a female artist. Her Reapers rocked the stage in their all black gear. Devour the Day, Kill It Kid, The Temperance Movement, Art of Dying, Turbowolf, Beartooth, Snot, Helmet, All That Remains, Pop Evil, Sevendust, P.O.D, Hollywood Undead, Clutch, and Black Veil Brides were all perfect in their sets and performances.

Bring Me the Horizon http://www.bringmethehorizon.co.uk, Seether http://www.seether.com with Shaun Morgan-vocals & guitar, Dale Stewart bass & vocals, John Humphrey on drums was perfect as they always are. Breaking Benjamin http://breakingbenjamin.com gave a solid performance. Marilyn Manson http://www.marilynmanson.com was in perfect splendor as only he can be. Shinedown http://www.shinedown.com members: Brent Smith, Barry Kerch, Zach Myers, Eric Bass. Slipknot http://www.slipknot1.com raged the stage with their massive intensity of music and stage presence.

Sunday's line up is with Pink Slips, Neck Deep, Mad Child, Ok The Rock, Red Fang, '68, Highly Suspect, The Sword, Issues, Yelawolf, Glassjaw, Failure, Suicidal Tendencies, Sleeping w/Sirens, Eagles of Death Metal, and Death From Above 1979.  All Time Low http://www.alltimelow.com  from Townson Maryland members: Alex Gaskarth, Jack Barakat, Rian Dawson, Zack Merrick. Coheed and Cambria http://www.coheedandcambria.com  with members Claudio Sanchez – vocals & guitar, Travis Stever guitar, Josh Eppard drums, Zach Cooper bass. Stone Temple Pilots http://www.stonetemplepilots.com members: Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo, Eric Kretz, Chester Bennington. Jane's Addiction http://www.janesaddiction.com Perry Ferrell, Dave Navarro, Stephen Perkins, and Chris Chaney put on the most interesting show. Even though it was much choreographed with their girl dancers it had the most unexpected twist one of the girls that was suspended from her back unintentionally got stuck hanging even after the band finished there set.

Deftones http://www.deftones.com  members Chino Moreno – Vocals, Stephen Carpenter – Guitar, Frank Delgado - Keys, Abe Cunningham – Drums, Sergio Vega – Bass, put on an elegant show. Faith No More http://www.fnm.com  had the stage set with a massive amount of flowers and wore white jumpsuits. They were probably the most anticipated band of the weekend. Even though they are older they still sounded as good as they did when they first came out. 

Sadly, the venue was too big to get the opportunity to see all the bands I wanted to see. The stages were set up so that two stages closest to each other played at the same time, so if you were in the middle of the two of them you could not tell who was singing what. However, the lineup was one that satisfied all that attended.