A dinner with some friends who travelled to the Fest from California had us running late to the third night. We thought we would be in time to catch Krepitus but a set change had Statue of Demur on stage when we arrived.
When Kyoktys took the stage things got really heavy. Festival creator Nate Renaud took up his bass for the twenty five minute set with his bandmates. All of Renaud’s bandmates were actually working and/or volunteering in some capacity at the festival and they were ready to unleash on stage. A longer set would have been welcomed by fans.
Death Toll Rising’s death metal set went over well with the crowd. All the band members are exceptional musicians as well as showmen, especially drummer Bryan Newbury who was twirling drum sticks and engaging the crowd from behind his kit.
The Great Sabatini changed the pace with a slower destructive style of doom, rock and grind. They impressed a lot of people at Dicken’s. Big James was thrilled to introduce his older brother Sean Arsenian and the band and he was side stage for the entire set.
There was only a quick jaunt to Vern’s tonight and we made it just in time for Bison to start their set. A favorite of many Calgary metal heads, they have a strong following here and the bar was packed for their set. I perched at the side of the stage on top of some monitors to get shots from above the band and the headbanging crowd. They were heavy and they ended the evening kicking ass.