Metal heads unite as bands raged on stage at Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
The 2011 Uproar Festival brought down a fury of faded black metal t-shirts, Mohawks, tattoos, piercings, and the occasional old school rocker mullet descended upon south Denver Tuesday night. Only in its second year, the festival drew thousands who crave anything rock and metal, providing two stages showcasing 11 bands, all who have some serious credentials in the metal music scene. Bands who typically draw a serious crowd on their own tour such as Black Tide and Sevendust were playing on the smaller stage, proving Rockstar Energy drinks splashed some serious cash to make this year’s shenanigans bigger and better than the year before.
Festivities kicked off just before 5 p.m. for anyone who either doesn’t have a job or took the day off in honor of wailing guitars. South African monsters of rock Seether were one of the big hits of the evening, including their chart topping song “Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray." Of course there were plenty of Three Days Grace Fans, all who were completely satisfied with the band making their way through it’s collection of radio hits. But the crowd seemed to most excited for Avenged Sevenfold’s set, which included copious amounts of flames and pyrotechnic explosions to keep the crowd raging all the way to the end of the night. Heads were banging, and devil horns were waving relentlessly through another year at Uproar. — Josh Barrett, special to Metromix