Finally getting around to finishing my review of the 2016 Full Terror Assault festival review! The second day was incredibly beautiful after the long, rainy night. Me and my buddy’s tents were completely flooded and so we spent the night uncomfortably in my car.
I got up around 8 a.m. and had me some breakfast foods. There were probably around 12 to fifteen bands still left to play, and the first one was scheduled to play at noon.
Most of everyone else spent their morning and and afternoon hanging out by their campsite. The earliest bands playing were good but not particularly memorable, so I spent most of my day checking out the merch booths and exploring the nearby Cave-In Rock State Park, which was a really badass park with a fantastic view of the Ohio river.
I made it back in time to see Gorgasm, who were as awesome as I knew they would be (I had already seen them about a month before.) This band really has a way of crafting the most relentlessly crushing sound that is a staple of the brutal death metal sound, but they can replicate it on stage in the most professional way possible. Seriously, these guys have absolutely incredible musicianship. They played a lot of songs off of their most recent album, Destined to Violate, as well as a few songs off of some of their earlier albums like Bleeding Profusely.
Their current lineup consists of Damian “Tom” Leski (guitars, vocals), Kyle Christman (drums), Ryan Saylor (guitars), and Anthony Voight (vocals, bass). I met Anthony before they played and I have to mention that he is an awesome guy, completely contrary to the kind of guy you’d think would play in a band called Gorgasm.
While the bands were playing, someone set up a slip n’ slide, which everyone began to check out. Needless to say, everyone got completely soaked, once again, after drying off from the previous night’s downpour.
The next band up that I saw was a long-running, old school thrash/death metal band called Master. I had never listened to them before I heard them then, but I immediately became a fan. They had fantastic energy and were the first band that day to actually get a moshpit started (which I couldn’t pass up).
Master has flown under the radar for far too long, considering they’ve been around since 1985 and have released more than 10 albums, the most recent being 2015’s An Epiphany of Hate. They’re current lineup is Paul Speckman (bass, vocals), Zedenĕk Pradlovský (drums), and Alex “93” Nejezchleba (guitars).
Every time the pit threatened to die out, someone jumped in to re-energize it. All of these saviors were dressed up in some ridiculous (yet hilarious) costume, such as PBR guy pictured above. Later on, a guy dressed in a giant penis costume (let’s call him Dick) swung around the outer rim of the pit, and not too long after that, a girl dressed in a cactus costume (whom I shall refer to as Cactus Girl) jumped in and started thrashing her way through the more stagnant crowds.
The amount of people keeping the pit going was pretty meager early on, but man did it pick up! I was pretty impressed and did my part to keep it going too.
The pit died off oddly enough when Die Choking came on, on the smaller Metalsucks stage. I give them credit for trying to keep the crowd going, but it just wasn’t working. The crowd lacked so much energy that when I stagedived, no one caught me and I ate shit. Twice. It was pretty pathetic.
Die Choking is a fairly new band which consists of Paul J. Herzog (bass, vocals), Joshua T. Cohen (drums), and Jeff (guitars). While they were not incredibly groundbreaking in terms of musicality, they made up for that with their high energy, especially in the face of such a lame audience.
Fortunately the night was saved by Cephalic Carnage, which was the last band I was able to stay for before I had to leave (the drive home was a few hours long). Cephalic Carnage is a grindcore band that has been around since 1992. They got the pit going once again, and with a vengeance. Most of the songs they played were off of their early albums, in particular Conforming to Abnormality. This band is long overdue for a new one considering their most recent, Misled by Certainty, came out in 2010.
Their current lineup is Nick Schendzielos (bass, vocals), Leonard “Lenzig” Leal (vocals), John Merryman (drums), Steve Goldberg (guitars), and Brian Hopp (guitars).
Leaving the fest after Cephalic Carnage played guaranteed that I would leave on a high note, even though I’m sure the following bands were just as awesome. I had an absolute blast at this fest, it was easily the most fun I had had in a long time, and I am definitely going to make the trip next year. If you live in the Midwest and you love metal as much as I do, you are doing yourself a disservice by not going to this metal party. Hopefully I’ll see you there next year!
Get your ears raped by checking out Gorgasm here
Enslave yourself to Master’s music here
Enjoy Die Choking’s breathtaking tunes here
Get your head destroyed by Cephalic Carnage here