Review - Monster Energy's Aftershock Festival @ Discovery Park in Sacramento (10/21-22/17)

Kevin Keating
Monster Energy's Aftershock 2017
The sixth annual Aftershock Festival concluded today in Sacramento's Discovery Park. The 2-day metal fest featured 34 bands across 3 stages in front of a total crowd of 50,000 people. Trent Reznor's Nine Inch Nails headlined Saturday, with Zakk Wylde teaming back up with Ozzy Osbourne to close out today's show.
Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails (Photo: Kevin Keating)
Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails (Photo: Kevin Keating)
This year's line-up was one of the strongest yet with not only the two headliners, but a host of other established and up-and-coming bands like Mastadon, Five Finger Death Punch, Eagles of Death Metal, A Perfect Circle, and Bay Area hometown favorites, Black Map.
Maynard James Keenan of A Perfect Circle (Photo: Kevin Keating)
Beyond the music, I was amazed at how well organized the entire event was. It's rare that I attend large festivals anymore -- the parking, the crowds, the lines -- and granted, Aftershock had all those in spades, but the strength of this year's line-up justified the inconvenience of it all. I mean, really, when is the next time you'll be able to see A Perfect Circle back-to-back with Nine Inch Nails? And it was a truly impressive feat for show organizers to keep the bands on schedule throughout both days!
Black Map opening Sunday's show (Photo: Kevin Keating)
Overall, for me, the standouts across the two days were Nine Inch Nails, A Perfect Circle, Mastodon, and Black Map; but overall, it was such a stellar line-up that you couldn't go wrong with just about any of the performances over the weekend. We've got more photos over at our Facebook page, and be sure to follow us across our social links below!

Here's a quick link to all the setlists from the weekend.
Monster Energy Aftershock Festival 2017 Line-Up
Monster Energy Aftershock Festival 2017 Line-Up

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