A few words and a lot of photos from Louder Than Life 2016

Oct 4, 2016 at 3:27 pm
A few words and a lot of photos from Louder Than Life 2016

[All photos by Nik Vechery]

Saturday

In its third year, Louder Than Life returned with nu-metal radio staples (Korn, Slipknot), hard-rock favorites that lean a little more to the underground side of things (The Cult, Ghost, Slayer) and a group of Rock & Roll Hall of Famers who continue to transcend their studio work on the stage with Cheap Trick. On Saturday, The Cult’s late afternoon set of big, no-frills, semi-psychedelic rock lived up to their legendary status — they, like Cheap Trick, weren’t the heaviest or most-aggressive band there, but, in terms of attitude and energy and stage presence, they were unmatched. Speaking of Cheap Trick: I now understand why they were booked at a predominately metal festival — they are a lot more evil-sounding live, playing with the sort of heavy-handed power-chord swagger that veered into much more grittier territory than the majority of their studio work. They played a medley of the Velvet Underground’s “I’m Waiting For My Man” and “Heroin,” with guitar work that sounded something straight out of Motörhead’s playbook. Anthrax’s Scott Ian joined them for “Auf Wiedersehen.” It was my favorite performance of the night. Afterwards, Slayer was predictably excellent, and while Avenged Sevenfold is not my thing, they seemed to make a lot of people happy, which is the whole point of this sort of event.—Scott Recker
Motionless In White - Nik Vechery
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Motionless In White
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Motionless In White
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Motionless In White
Sick Puppies - Nik Vechery
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Sick Puppies
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Sick Puppies
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Sick Puppies
A young metal fan - Nik Vechery
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A young metal fan
Hell Yeah - Nik Vechery
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Hell Yeah
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Hell Yeah
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Hell Yeah
Anthrax - Nik Vechery
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Anthrax
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Anthrax
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Anthrax
Someone dressed like an ape who just finished crowd surfing - Nik Vechery
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Someone dressed like an ape who just finished crowd surfing
Pierce The Veil - Nik Vechery
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Pierce The Veil
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Pierce The Veil
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Pierce The Veil
The Cult - Nik Vechery
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The Cult
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The Cult
Cheap Trick - Nik Vechery
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Cheap Trick
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Cheap Trick
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Cheap Trick
Slayer - Nik Vechery
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Slayer
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Slayer
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Slayer
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Slayer
Avenged Sevenfold - Nik Vechery
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Avenged Sevenfold
Avenged Sevenfold - Nik Vechery
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Avenged Sevenfold
Avenged Sevenfold - Nik Vechery
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Avenged Sevenfold
Avenged Sevenfold - Nik Vechery
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Avenged Sevenfold

Sunday

Louder Than Life 2016's unsung hero was the Zorn Stage. Despite the fact that it was on the complete opposite side of the festival from the two main stages, condensing the secondary stages down into one stage was the right move for the festival. It housed my favorite acts from this year, from having crunchy fun with Cheap Trick to going to Valhalla with Sabadon to just throwing caution to the wind with Zakk Sabbath and Clutch. Don't get me wrong: The main stages are great as well, but if you attend Louder Than Life next year, you should take a few more walks down to the Zorn Stage and see what's going on.—Nik Vechery
Trivium - Nik Vechery
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Trivium
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Trivium
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Trivium
Sabadon - Nik Vechery
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Sabadon
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Sabadon
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Sabadon
Pop Evil - Nik Vechery
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Pop Evil
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Pop Evil
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Pop Evil
Sevendust - Nik Vechery
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Sevendust
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Sevendust
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Sevendust
Zakk Sabbath - Nik Vechery
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Zakk Sabbath
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Zakk Sabbath
Zakk Sabbath - Nik Vechery
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Zakk Sabbath
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Zakk Sabbath
Clutch - Nik Vechery
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Clutch
Clutch - Nik Vechery
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Clutch
Clutch - Nik Vechery
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Clutch
Ghost - Nik Vechery
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Ghost
Ghost - Nik Vechery
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Ghost
Ghost - Nik Vechery
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Ghost
Korn - Nik Vechery
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Korn
Korn - Nik Vechery
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Korn
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Korn.
click to enlarge Disturbed plays at Louder Than Life in 2016.  |  Photo by Nik Vechery - Nik Vechery
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Disturbed plays at Louder Than Life in 2016. | Photo by Nik Vechery
Disturbed - Nik Vechery
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Disturbed
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Disturbed
Slipknot - Nik Vechery
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Slipknot
Slipknot - Nik Vechery
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Slipknot
Slipknot - Nik Vechery
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Slipknot