At USANA Amphitheatre, Salt Lake City, UT, USA, August 1, 2019

SLIPKNOT (Live at USANA Amphitheatre, Salt Lake City, UT, USA, August 1, 2019)
Photo: Jerry Alperin

What a great lineup for tonight’s festivities, Slipknot, Volbeat, Gojira, Behemoth and the 18,000 pumped up fans that filled the seats and lawn at USANA Amphitheatre. Knotfest Roadshow made it’s way to Salt Lake City on August 1st 2019, and it did not disappoint.

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The ominous presence of Behemoth took the stage first, opening their set with “Wolves ov Siberia” from their 2018 album I Loved You at Your Darkest Adam”Nergal” Darski let everyone know they meant business, as his voice rumbled throughout the venue. They followed up with “Daimonos” off the 2009 album Evangelion and “Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer” from their album The Satanist. The explosive guitar work of Patryk Dominik Sztyber, “Seth” amazed the crowd and energized the mosh pit. Tomasz Wróblewski’s “Orion” thundering bass could be felt all the way to the back of the lawn, as they continued the set with “Bartzabel”, “Conquer All” and “Sabbath Mater”. The relentless drums of  Zbigniew Robert Promiński, “Inferno”, led them into the set ending song “Chant for Eschaton 2000”, one of my favorites from their 1999 album Satanica.

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Next up was Gojira who exploded on stage opening to the fans delight with “Oroborus” from the 2008 album The Way of All Flesh and immediately followed by “Backbone” and “Flying Whales” from their 2005 album From Mars to Sirius. Joe Duplantier’s great melodic vocals were spot on and showed no signs of letting up. Christian Andreu’s stop at nothing guitar was superb, as they continued the show with “Stranded” from the 2016 album Magma, “Love” off their 2001 album Terra Incognita and “The Cell” also from the Magma album which really featured the unyielding drumming of Mario Duplantier. Rounding out the massive sound of Gojira, was bassist Jean-Michel Labadie, who kept the thunder rolling as they finished the set with “Silvera” and “Vacuity” from the previous mentioned albums.

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It was time for Volbeat to take the stage. You wouldn’t really think this was a good fit considering the other bands on the bill, but much to my surprise, their classic rock style was perfect change of pace. They started off with the song “The Devil’s Bleeding Crown” from the 2016 album Seal the Deal & Let’s Boogie, followed by “Lola Montez” off the 2013 album Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies and the country sound of “Sad Man’s Tongue” from the 2007 album Rock the Rebel/Metal the Devil, which highlighted singer Michael Poulsen versatile voice. The set continued with “Black Rose”, a live debut of “Pelvis on Fire”, and “Slaytan.” The heavy sound Volbeat does possess, came to light when guitarist Robert Caggiano and bassist Kaspar Larsen punched right in to “Dead but Rising” from the mentioned album Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies, with drummer Jon Larsen pounding away on the kit. “A Warrior’s Call”, “Last Day Under the Sun”, “Doc Holliday”, “Seal the Deal” followed, with a great set ending with the song “Still Counting.”

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On With The Show…The roar could be heard from miles away as Slipknot took the stage. They were locked, loaded and ready for action starting the set with “People = Shit” off the 2001 album Iowa. The powerful vocals of Corey Taylor smacked you in the face as they continued the set with “Sic” from the 1999 movie Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey, “Get This” off their 1999 debut album Slipknot, and from their new 2019 album We Are Not Your Kind,”Unsainted”. Continuing with the show with the songs “Disasterpiece”, “Before I Forget”, “The Heretic Anthem” and “Psychosocial”, the blazing guitars of Mick Thomson and James Root shredded up the stage. The onslaught continued with “The Devil in I”, “Prosthetics”, “Vermilion” and “Custer”. Bassist Alessandro Venturella made his presence known as they completed their main set with song “Sulfur”, “All Out Life” and “Duality”. Encore: What better way to end the night then with “Spit It Out” and “Surfacing” a couple more from their debut album.

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The Knotfest Roadshow will be in your town soon. This is a must to see.


  • Jerry Alperin

    Jerry is a reviewer, photographer and interviewer here at Metal Express Radio. Originally from the East Coast, he always wanted to find a warmer climate to call home. Fortunately for him, he wound up in San Francisco where the people are colorful, the sushi is delicious and the music diverse. He has been involved in the music industry in one form or another for over 30 years.

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