Hardside played a fast mix between Metal and Hardcore, and even though they went on at 6:00 there was quite a crowd cheering them on.
One Against Many started off gradually playing a short metal tinged intro. Then they burst out full-on, blistering fast, raw, Punk. They played tight and were full of energy, I mean like Bad Brains energy! Their singer would jump, fall to the floor, run to and fro, the whole 9 yards(plus an extra thrown in for good measure).
Roots Of Exile played a great set featuring 8 of their album songs and even one new one, "This One's For Houston" into the set! Though apparently it was cut short. It was the rawest hardest I'd heard them play, and the crowd, though distant, seemed to enjoy it too.
Killer Ape played driving Metal, that toward the end finally drew the crowd, which was now near it's max for the night, out of their distance. They even started some moshing from a few, but passionate group.
The Weight Of Respect kicked things in to official high gear territory. They had some passionate fans screaming every line, and even chasing the singer, and microphone across the stage. About 5 minutes in another mosh erupted, though it looked more like a Punk/Metal Gymnastics competition at times, with people doing cartwheels, and even some flips... Plus stage diving lot's of it too! Even a young crowd goer joined the hardcore fun!
Golden Axe was the most stand-out band of the night. They are an Instrumental Metal duo. Amazingly and excitingly their songs didn't get old or repetitive, each one was different original and well-written. The crowd constantly drew closer fixed with fascination, and excitement. By the time their 20 minutes was up everyone was still screaming for more.
Pride Kills kicked off the start of half hour long sets. There were lot's of great moments, and shots, but my Camera started having intermittent problems; so you're going to have to trust me on this. They played a killer Punk/Metal mix. They held their own, and were one of the strongest acts of the night.
In between bands Willow came up to announce a few Raffle winners, and thank all who came out to show their support.
Power Trip was intense in every sense of the word. As soon the Metal noise hit the air I was pushed down and out of the rabid crowd(hence the sudden angle change). They had probably the highest overall energy set, even those in the back were getting moved from the massive crowd excitement. One stage diver started a trend by cartwheeling off the stage, leading all the other participants to twist, flip, or do something in between. All this added to the already chaotic stage antics they had.
Bitter End were really interactive. If someone wanted to sing, they were given the microphone. Someone fingers the guitar, they got an up-close view. They played hard, and fast without saying too much. They let music do most their talking, and I think it stated things quite nicely.
Iron Age played Metal drawing influences from a wide variety of things from the Heaviest of Metal, to 70's rock like Led Zeppelin, and Deep Purple. Though some of the crowd had gone home (mostly the younger members) those left were hyper to see them. All the members stood as close to edge as possible, and often interacted with the crowd giving some extra fuel to fiery sea of fans. Hair was flying, Guitars were shredding, Crowds were shouting and shoving. There's not much more you can ask for in Metal!