Pain in the Grass 2013 was unlike any other Pain in the Grass you've seen before. This years festival featured two days of artists instead of just one, and was the first year the festival was featured at the Gorge, one of the most acclaimed venues in the country! The first day featured H.I.M., All That Remains, Volbeat on the main stage, and headlined by what seemed to be everyones favorite, Avenged Sevenfold.
First up were All That Remains. Although I haven't listened to them much personally, they were great! Frontman Philip Labonte was always interacting with the crowd, as were the rest of the band members. They performed a lot of the hits including "Two Weeks", "The Last Time" and "Forever in Your Hands".
Next up were Finnish rockers H.I.M., another band that I hadn't heard live before either but was very eager to finally have a chance to. Included in their set was fan favorite and my personal favorite, "Wings of a Butterfly". Next up for this band is probably one of the biggest festivals this country has to offer - Aftershock Festival, where they'll be playing day two of the massive event.
Hailing from Denmark, Volbeat was up next, and probably the band I had been most excited to see. Michael Poulsen started and the guys started out with a little snippet of "Ring of Fire" before playing "Sad Mans Tongue". The band played a three song encore even though Avenged Sevenfold were headlining.
Now, Avenged Sevenfold, the final act of the night. These guys were explosive right from the get go like they always are, with pyro shooting everywhere. They opened with "Shepherd of Fire" off of their new album Hail to the King. They also played a lot of their big hits such as "Critical Acclaim", "Nightmare", and "Afterlife". Then with the fans chanting "A7X, A7X, A7X" The band finally came back out for their encore of "Chapter Four" and "Unholy Confessions", capping off a wonderful evening at the Gorge as M. Shadows shouted to the crowd "Have great fu**king night!"