By the time Fever 333 finished their afternoon set at Sonic Temple over the weekend, it felt like the three-piece band had dismantled an entire stadium. Their set was Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe's first time ever hearing the band and he was left mesmerized by their destruction.

With his camera in hand, Blythe photographed Fever 333 during the mayhem. Frontman Jason Aalon Butler went into the crowd multiple times during the set, pulling the mic cable with him into the stands, jumping into an open road case which was being passed along through the crowd and even drummer Aric Improta got in on the action running across the stage with some "giant piece of plastic" per Blythe.

See the singer's shots from the set in the Instagram slideshow below along with his recollection and reflection on Fever 333's set.

“Respect” Columbus, OH. 5.18.2019. The other day at @sonictemplefestival I woke up & immediately started doing a lot of stuff- press, business meetings, catching up with friends, etc. Finally I cruised over to our stage to see what was poppin’ & THIS band, @fever333, were playing. I watched one song and immediately got my camera. These dudes were straight WILDING OUT. Normally, you watch a dynamic live act, even the most energetic hardcore band, & you think “They have a lot of energy, & the front man is insane.” With Fever 333, all three of them were GOING THE FUCK OFF. The goddamn DRUMMER was jumping off shit in between songs. The stage carpet got ripped up, their singer dumped a huge trashcan over his head (there was garbage everywhere), the guitar player was going nuts jumping over shit, the drummer somehow found a giant piece of plastic sidestage and was flying through the air looking like he was in Dragon Ball Z or some shit- it was ILL. I had never heard a single note of their music before & I was getting so pumped up I literally had to restrain myself from running onstage & starting to fuck shit up with them, haha. For me, that’s the sign of a good band- they make me lose my mind from the start. Just incredible energy, & it made me pumped up to go play later myself. I had a really nice talk with them after the show- SUPER cool dudes (2 from LA, one from the ATL), & their music is socially conscious, which as anyone who knows me is aware, is a huge bonus in my book. They also knew our music, & were stoked me & my band were watching their gig. They blew me away live, so I show respect where respect is due. I love seeing the youth BRING IT with that straight-up fire I saw so much of in the 80’s at punk & hc shows, so shout-out to @fever333. REAL RECOGNIZES REAL, MOTHERFUCKERS. If you get a chance to check them out, do so- it’s an experience you won’t forget!

"This was one of those MOMENTS," wrote Fever 333 on Twitter, sharing a video of Butler going into the stands at Mapfre Stadium. "Thank you to Sonic Temple for offering us the space to experience it and to the people for creating it. "Let them know."

Fever 333's debut album, Strength In Numb333rs, was released earlier this year. The band was also nominated for a "Best Rock Performance" Grammy for the Made an America title track from their 2018 EP.

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