Heavy Montreal 2015, Day 3: Slipknot, Lamb of God, Bullet for My Valentine + Within Temptation
The last day of Heavy Montreal 2015 pulled no punches as fans packed Parc Jean Drapeau. The beauty of the festival is that all forms of heavy are represented -- whether you’re a metal head or punk rocker, there’s something for everyone.
The Scène Molson Canadian Stage was headlined by none other than Slipknot. The crowd was as far as the eye could see as the band cranked out songs that spanned their entire career. About a third of the set were tracks from Slipknot’s latest release, .5: The Gray Chapter. Fans were very zealous throughout the night. Frontman Corey Taylor seemed to thrive on the constant energy of the crowd, especially during favorites “Vermillion,” “Wait and Bleed,” “Before I Forget” and “Spit It Out.”
The experience of Slipknot and their fans live is a contagious energy fed back and forth between the crowd and the band. For us in the crowd it’s a sensory overload and for the masked musicians onstage the passion from fans is nothing short of breathtaking. You can’t even imagine the intensity and chaos that ensued as the encore included “(sic),” “People=S--t” and the maggot anthem “Surfacing.”
Slipknot’s summer tour mates Bullet for My Valentine took the stage beforehand for a thunderous performance. Fellow UK band Asking Alexandria also graced the Scène Molson Canadian Stage for a lively performance. '80s metal band Dokken performed earlier in the day while Canada’s own Chris Jericho and the rest of his band Fozzy kicked things off on the stage with a very fun and enthusiastic performance.
Over on the aptly titled Heavy Stage, Lamb of God unleashed one of the most crushing performances of the entire weekend. They started with a one-two punch as they performed “Walk With Me in Hell” and “Now You’ve Got Something to Die For.” Frontman Randy Blythe and the rest of the band performed with vigor and fans doubled that staying power all throughout the set.
Symphonic rock act hailing from the Netherlands, Within Temptation took hold of the Heavy Stage beforehand with grace, heavy riffs and soaring melodies. Songstress Sharon den Adel’s voice had no bounds as she belted out tracks “Faster,” “Stand My Ground” and even a cover of Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness.” Their set ended with an older favorite “Mother Earth” for die-hard Within Temptation fans.
From metal to symphonic rock to punk rock, Marky Ramone performed with Andrew W.K. for a set filled with Ramones tunes and pure punk goodness. ‘80s hair metal was also in full swing as Warrant performed on the Heavy Stage early on. Motionless in White got things started early in an explosive way with two walls of death during their set.
On the Scène de l’Apocalypse, veterans Nuclear Assault headlined with a forceful performance. Emperor frontman and multi-instrumentalist Isahn captivated fans with his set. Sanctuary and Pig Destroyer also obliterated the Apocalypse stage earlier in the day.
Jamey Jasta was riveting during his performance, as Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe was side stage taking photos of the set. A very special part of the set was Blythe joining him onstage during “Enslaved, Dead or Depraved.” Jasta also cranked out Kingdom of Sorrow’s “Buried in Black” and the Hatebreed anthem “I Will Be Heard.” Insomnium and Omnium Gatherum began the mayhem that took place on the Apocalypse Stage.
Over in the forest on the Scène de la Forêt Blabbermouth, Wilson stole the show as they partied with fans as they crowdsurfed and hung off of trees during their wild set. Texans Upon a Burning Body also ripped through their set earlier on the same stage.
Heavy Montreal has become an institution for rock and metal in Canada. Fans will continue to re-live the 2015 fest as they wait patiently for next year’s lineup!
Check out our gallery above of some of the artists who performed on Day 3 of Heavy Montreal 2015.