A couple of days have passed since this years Facedown Fest ended and my ears are starting to recover from the deafening but awesome music that took place during the two nights of the Facedown Fest, which took place at the Glass House in Pomona, California. The lineup for Friday night included My Epic, Hands, The Great Commission, Take it Back!, Wrench in the Works, For Today, War of Ages, and Sleeping Giant.

My Epic started the night off with their atmospheric rock style of music. Hands were up next and pulled out a tight set. Who would have thought that a person could smile and sing hardcore at the same time? The Great Commission followed and performed the slowest breakdowns I think that I have ever heard. Take It Back! brought a punkish element for the night along with circle pits. The MVP band for the night though was definitely Wrench in the Works. The band sounded incredibly tight with an insane drummer. This is definitely a band to keep an eye on. For Today started their set out with a horn battle cry that led to a demolishing set. War of Ages kept the party going with their hardcore, metal act. Sleeping Giant closed out the night on a revival note that lead to an alter call by singer Thom Green. No one can deny the fire that these guys have for the Lord Jesus Christ.

Night 2 saw the following bands perform: The Reckoning, Hope for the Dying, A Hope for Home, Earth From Above, Call to Preserve, No Innocent Victim, A Plea for Purging, XDeathstarX, and Impending Doom.

The Reckoning started the second day off with their unusual brand of music. Even though it was different than the music that would follow it, it was refreshing to hear something unique (and who can deny the power of the stand up bass!!!). Hope for the Dying followed up with their brand of metal music and I must say that this band is one to watch in the future. Very talented and fun to watch. A Hope for Home had a passionate set followed by Earth from Above, which one could tell was a local favorite. The crowd reaction to this band was just insane!

Call to Preserve and NIV followed with their brand of hardcore music, which the crowd loved and reacted to. A Plea for Purging changed tempo for a little bit and put on a very entertaining show. XDeathstarX played their final show and the crowd gave everything they had to honor the band. Impending Doom closed out the night and the Facedown Fest with their brand of metal and they sounded great! The new music blended well (and some might say surpassed) their older material.

Overall, all bands played a great show and the crowd thoroughly enjoyed it. More important than the music though were the testimonies, stories, heartfelt moments, etc that each band told the crowd during their set. It reminded the people in attendance that this festival was here for one thing and one thing only, to give praise to Jesus. And what a worship ceremony!!!!


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