Slipknot performs at the 2019 Knotfest Roadshow in The Woodlands, Sunday.Slipknot performs at the 2019 Knotfest Roadshow in The Woodlands, Sunday.
Photo: Laura MacPherson
Photo: Laura MacPherson
Slipknot’s 2019 Knotfest Roadshow wrapped up on Sunday and the tour may have left its best show for last.
Featuring Slipknot, Volbeat, Behemoth and Gojira, the tour showed varying aspects of the metal genre while giving dedicated fans of each band the show they came for.
Behemoth opened the day as the Texas sun was still setting. It was hot but the band was hotter. The band walked on stage to an audio-backed chorus of child-choir chants before going into its set.
Behemoth, which has been rocking since forming in Poland in 1991, had the pit rocking early and lead singer Nergal promised the band would be back soon.
Gojira was second on stage and it didn’t take long for the crowd to warm up to the French rockers. The band had the audience at full-voice by the time they broke into their third song “Stranded.” The band was a perfect transition into what was to come and left a buzz within the crowd.
Volbeat brought a rockabilly style to the metal scene and the night as their soaring choruses and catchy riffs were a good way to sit back and appreciate all that the genre really provides.
Volbeat, who hails from Denmark, opened with the crowd favorite “The Devil’s Bleeding Crowd,” and had the audience eating out of the palms of their hands from there.
Slipknot ended the night after a long wait between Volbeat and their set.
While some in the audience became impatient, the added time only added to the anticipation and the reason for the delay would later be revealed when the curtain dropped.
With a three-tier stage, and a pair of elevated drumsets, Slipknot’s stage setup was second to none. The band found a nice balance with their setlist, going from old fan favorites to newer songs that are still getting love on the radio.
Completing the evening, the band returned for an encore of “Spit It Out,” which saw the most visibly chaotic responses from the crowd of the night and one of Ending on a high note, Slipknot closed with the powerful crowd favorite “Surfacing.”
“(Knotfest) represents what heavy metal is all about,” Slipknot lead singer Corey Taylor said during Slipknots set.
And, indeed it did as metal fans got a taste of all aspects of the genre during the roadshow.
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