Texas Independence Fest 2018 at the Come and Take It Live! in Austin – Last week I had the chance to fly down to Austin, Texas for this year’s Texas Independence Fest. For those unfamiliar, it’s a metal heads favorite day of the year if they are lucky enough to live in the south or willing to travel like I did. Bringing together some of the top names in the scene along with a few fresh acts that are already making a big name for themselves. This year we had two awesome tour packages come together for one day, the Chaos and Carnage Tour and the Dying Fetus/Thy Art is Murder co-headlining tour.
Unlike previous years, the fest was held in doors and on one stage. To no surprise, the event sold out a few days prior making it for an extra jam-packed day of metal and the good ol’ Texas heat. Taking place at the Come and Take It Live!, a venue known for its reputation amongst bands for having a great staff and promoters was the perfect spot for it in my opinion. Although smaller than I was expecting, it made for a more intimate day of being able to bump shoulders with some of your favorite band members or literally be standing in front of their merch table to catch a set. Something I’ve always enjoyed more about being at shows.
The day started with locals Purifier. A 5-piece hardcore act from Austin that won the chance to open up for this year’s fest. I barely caught their set, but these guys are worth checking out. They haven’t been around very long but have already had the chance to open for heavy hitters such as Kublai Khan and this summer Black Tongue and Traitors.
Hardcore fans that day also got to enjoy Sanction, Bodysnatcher and Spite. I unfortunately didn’t catch Bodysnatchers set but have heard nothing but great things from bands and friends alike. Spite always puts on a good show and brings the heavy. Their vocalist, Darius, is always entertaining to watch while on stage.
Shadow of Intent was one of the most anticipated bands to play for some however, coming on early I made sure to not miss their set. The Connecticut act gained a lot of attention last year with being very active on social media to spread the word of the band since their members all lived in different states and have been unable to start playing shows until recently.
The second half of the day shifted gears and brought some of the biggest names in deathcore and metal right now. Although I had just caught Enterprise Earth, Rivers of Nihil and Thy Art is Murder a few weeks prior in Denver, I was excited to see them in a different environment with a whole new crowd than what I’m used to.
Bands such as Sworn In, Evergreen Terrace, The Browning and Fit for an Autopsy all came out for the day but all played a few shows to and from their drive to Texas. Carnifex and Oceano rounded out the night before death metal legends Dying Fetus took the stage. Fans were in for a treat when the bands former drummer, Kevin Talley, took stage to fill in for the night.
Neither the bands nor the fans disappointed. The smaller venue allowed for vocalists throughout most sets to get into the crowd with ease and a little help from security. Fans all day didn’t let the heat stop them from getting rowdy during all of the sets and overall it was one the most well put on show I had been to.
While the Dying Fetus & Thy Art is Murder tour with Rivers of Nihil, Enterprise Earth and Sanction has come to an end, you can still check out Carnifex, Oceano, Spite and Shadow of Intent on the Chao & Carnage touring running through early May.