WORDS AND PHOTOS BY MAURICE NUNEZ | Go Venue Magazine
May 26th finally arrived. The Blackest of the Black Fest was here. I heard what was coming, but was still looking forward to what Glenn Danzig’s festival would bring in its darkness. This 2-day festival had everything your “Mother” warned you about and more! There were corpses handing from trees, sadistic sacrifices over at Castle Danzig, a swinging carousel, all the killer merch you could ask for ranging from (t-shirts, posters, Verotik comics), and 17 bands that took over Oak Canyon Park in Silverado, CA.
Friday’s lineup included 3Teeth, Butches Babies, Suicide Silence, Deafheaven, Discharge, Corrosion of Conformity, and Suicidal Tendencies.
There were two giant stages side by side and the bands would come on one after the other as they alternated stages, which was perfect as it kept things flowing right along and the entertainment never stopped.
Some of the sets that stood out this 1st day came from 3Teeth, Butcher Babies, Suicide Silence, Discharge, CoC, and Suicidal Tendencies. Had never seen 3Teeth before, but a great set of industrial aggression. The Butcher Babies followed and were able to really get the crowd going. I had seen them open for Danzig in the past, and it seems as though their following has really grown. Had never seen Suicide Silence, but a brutal set that also got the crowd going nuts. It was great to see Discharge.
This was my first time, and it was killer to hear them play all their old school punk classics. Next came Corrosion of Conformity with this lineup, including Pepper Keenan. This was a killer set from these guys. A very dark and doomy vibe. Suicidal Tendencies ended the night with their set that included a bunch of classics and got the crowd going nuts. Great to see Dave Lombardo on drums for ST. A perfect way to end the night. Mike Muir and crew never disappoint. And of course the Suicidal fans are very loyal, and the band plays off that energy.
A killer way to end the Day One of the Blackest of the Black….next part II.
Galleries – Day One
Corrosion of Conformity