Vans Warped Tour- Pomona Fairplex - June 21, 2013

Categories: live review

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Alex Distefano
Black Dahlia Murder

Day two of the Vans Warped Tour brought out the masses of music fans once again to the Fairplex in Pomona for another sun-soaked day full of eclectic bands, vendors, and fans of all ages and backgrounds.

This year's festival was dominated by up and coming popular emo, indie rock, metalcore bands, and pop punk bands, but there was literally something for everyone: from Electronic, to acoustic pop to even hip-hop.
See Also:
*Vans Warped Tour Day 1 coverage
*Photos: Vans Warped Tour 2013

Fan favorites of the day included local ska/punk bands Reel Big Fish and The Aquabats, all of whom played energetic, entertaining sets in the middle of a warm, but not hot afternoon, that got hundreds of fans skanking along nicely. Both bands provided a high-energy beach party vibe in their sets, with the fast, yet upbeat songs making people move.

Noticeably missing however, among the thousands of fans, and over 100 artists on ten stages, were any established punk bands, (either new school or old school). It seemed rather odd, considering the tour began as a punk rock music/skateboard festival 19 years ago.

Despite this, fans were ecstatic to see various pop punk, rock/post hardcore groups such as Motion City Soundtrack, August Burns Red, Chiodos, Bring Me The Horizon, Sleeping With Sirens, Hawthorne Heights, Real Friends, Stick To Your Guns and tons more, literally too many to name.

Some fans gave the impression of a fest that was very disjointed with too many stages, and bands playing at the same time, competing for fans. Thankfully, for the most part every stage was had a crowd of dedicated fans when bands were playing from the start of the festival at 11:00 a.m. to the conclusion at 9:00 p.m.

Alex Distefano

At around 5:00 pm. at the Ernie Ball Stage, fans were treated to a performance by Crossfaith, a metal band from Osaka, Japan, reminiscent of nu-metal, but with a very crushing industrial tinged sound. The band's uncompromising loud set sounded like an emulsified version of Fear Factory, Slipknot, Bleeding Through, Ministry and Prodigy. The band was in a heavy metal party mode, as bottles of whisky were passed among band members on stage between songs. Crossfaith have a very high energy electro metal sound, and the band was able to get more heads bopping and people dancing than slamming with some dubstep sounds, scratches and beats as well which was skillfully incorporated into the heavy sound.

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