Crowd are the real stars of this show: DevilDriver/Cannibal Corpse
THE main performers at Rock City were the "pits".
While the co-headliners expertly showcased their talents for groove and death metal, kudos goes to the throngs of Nottingham's finest fans who joyously embraced the opportunities to create frenzied mosh and circle pits.
It's been a while since I've seen a crowd moshing with such spirit and without the need for too much mindless aggression.
George Fisher led the way for Cannibal Corpse and their faithful supporters, whipping everybody up with his no-nonsense attitude and assured stage presence.
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Like rolling thunder, the band's output is a relentless brain-battering barrage of thumping drums and a resonant bass line that keeps the death and destruction-laden lyrics in good company.
Totally appreciated by a mass of banging heads and fists, for me their stand-out tune was The Time to Kill is Now.
Similarly, DevilDriver have a penchant for creating a huge vibe and encouraging it to sweep through the crowd. In the past I've been slightly critical of vocalist Dez Fafara and his band, accusing them of not quite hitting the mark. They've always had the ability to engage audiences, as stints on the main stage at Download will testify to, but with some missing ingredient.
I have to say all those niggling doubts I've had have been quashed. Their performance was tremendous, with Dez himself in superb form, directing proceedings with great vocals and an abundance of energy.
It's the third time I've seen them at our famous old venue, and three was the magic number, as it was certainly their best outing. Rattling through selections of their back catalogue, the highlights of their set were Clouds Over California and Not All Who Wander Are Lost.