Heavy T.O. Festival Preview – Sunday
Sunday kicks off with a guttural roar (a theme that will continue throughout the day) as Rose Funeral take the stage! This death metal band from Cincinnati are said to bring “crushing breakdowns, and just the right amount of melody to make the group brutal”, which is an interesting way of saying that they won’t be completely horrible noise.
If you’re anything like me though, and it’s horrible noise you’re looking for, wait until Origin get started. Origin‘s music is a thoroughly excellent brand of technical death metal played with robot-like skill. Their last album, “Entity,“ came out in 2011 and spent a good month in regular rotation on my iTunes (I might have been sorting through some emotional issues). This is the kind of band that is probably best appreciated live, so make sure you get there early!
Sunday’s schedule is a little tighter than Saturday’s, which didn’t really recover from the whole Lamb of High on FireKlok dropout, so be prepared to do a lot of walking back and forth. Origin will be followed up by acts like (but not limited to) Fleshgod Apocalypse (who should be completely entertaining, by the way), Exhumed, Goatwhore and Job For A Cowboy. There’s the typical weird nod to the metalcore crowd with Veil of Maya, before we get to some serious business. Back to back performances by Between the Buried and Me, Kataklysm and (oh my god!) Cannibal Corpse.
Cannibal Corpse will be, I’m sure, a completely entertaining live act. I’m listening to ‘Hammer-Smashed Face’ right now and it sounds GREAT! After Corpsegrinder has his way with the crowd, it’s up to Killswitch Engage, The Deftones and Five Finger Death Punch to keep them going until System of a Down take the stage to cap off the last day of the festival. Everyone have fun!