After the exciting happenings of Day 1 and Rebels had the night to recover, it was time for the second and final day of Carolina Rebellion 2015 to begin! The festival was kind to the fans and gave them a little bit of extra time to sleep as the second day started at noon rather than 11--not that it stopped fans from lining up hours before gates opened to again claim their front row spots at their stage of choice for the day.
At 12:15 pm the Jagermeister Stage and the ReverbNation Stage sounded off for the day as Starset and Exodus opened each stage respectively. Though the sunlight took away from the lights of the touchscreen Emulator that frontman Dustin Bates uses, Starset put on an impeccable performance and got the audience singing along and rocking out nice and early to favorites including "Carnivore", "Halo", and "My Demons". A short 45 minutes later Hatebreed took over the Jagermeister Stage and Testament took over the ReverbNation Stage. It was early in the day but the audience definitely had their energy as crowd surfers came crashing towards the front of the stage during Hatebreed's set.
At 1:30 pm it was time to open the big stages for the day, as Young Guns took the Carolina Stage and worked the crowd. They completely owned the big stage running back and forth and interacting with the crowd during every song. Frontman Gustav Wood looked like he was having the time of his life dancing and jumping around on stage, feeding off the energy of the audience while the band debuted a few of their new songs off their upcoming record, Ones and Zeros, set to release in the beginning of June. The crowd quickly shifted over to the Rebellion Stage to see Butcher Babies. They had their hair thrashing and headbanging down to a point and the crowd totally fed off that energy. During their set, they even challeged the crowd to bring up as many crowd surfers as possible to high five frontwomen Heidi Shepherd and Carla Harvey.
The stage rotation circled back to the smaller stages as Tremonti and Suicidal Tendencies played their sets, warming up the audience even more for the second band on the Carolina Stage: In This Moment. The band had gained even more success since their first year at Rebellion and fans who saw them there two years ago could definitely tell by their stage set up. Frontwoman Maria Brink enticed the audience with her various outfits and her performance as the band performed songs including "Adrenalize", "Whore", and their latest single "Sex Metal Barbie". Next in the line up were Rebellion newbie's The Pretty Reckless. The crowds reaction to them definitely made it seem like they were more than welcoming and would love to see the band perform at the festival again. Queensryche and In Flames closed out the Jagermeister and ReverbNation Stage, followed by Halestorm back on the Carolina Stage. Being veterans to Rebellion, the Rebels welcomed Halestorm to the stage like they were family and sang along to songs including "Freak Like Me", "I Get Off", and "Apocalyptic" from their latest release.
Next up marked the return of Breaking Benjamin to the Carolinas. After being on hiatus for so long, fans were anxious to see and hear the new line up, resulting in the band playing to one of the rowdiest crowds of the weekend to that point. Opening with one of their most popular songs, "So Cold", Breaking Benjamin amped up the crowd and it was like nothing had changed. The band played only one new song, their current single "Failure," but enriched their setlist with other crowd favorites including "Breath", "Polyamorous", "I Will Not Bow", and "Diary of Jane". Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators took over the Carolina Stage next and played some of their new songs including "Bent to Fly" as well as some classic Guns N' Roses tracks including "Sweet Child O' Mine" and "Paradise City". Slayer brought together old and new school metal fans as they shredded away at their set and before long, Godsmack made their way on to close out the Carolina Stage for the night. Godsmack were at Rebellion in its inaugural year and Rebels were excited to see them back again. The band opened with back track of ACDC's "For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)" and came out swinging with "Generation Day" and continued to play well-known songs throughout the set, including "1000hp", "Cryin' Like a Bitch", "Straight Out of Line", and "I Stand Alone."
Finally, it was time for the main event of the night and the energy in the crowd was almost palpable as everyone got ready for the craziness that is Slipknot. As soon as the first song hit, crowd surfers were at an all-time high and only continued to grow numbers as the set went on. The stage was just big enough for Slipknot's elaborate stage set up complete with elevating drum sets and pyrotechnics, and the bands made sure to work every inch of it. The band opened with "XIX" off their latest record and played through the set with songs including ""Sarcastrophe", "Psychosocial', "The Devil in I", "Before I Forget" and closed out their set, and Carolina Rebellion 2015 with "(Sic)" and "Surfacing".
This was Carolina Rebellion's 5th year running and at this rate, it will only continue to grow. Each year the crowds get bigger and bigger and fans travel from farther and farther to experience this rock festival once a year. I think it's safe to say that after this year, Rebels can't wait to see what is in store for this festival in the future!