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Despite the dreary rainy weather, thousands of beer enthusiasts from all over the world made their way out to Three Floyds Brewery’s annual Dark Lord Day on April 30th.
Dark Lord Day is a beer and musical festival based out of Munster, Indiana. The festival celebrates the annual release of Dark Lord beer. Dark Lord is described as a demonic Russian-Style Imperial Stout brewed with coffee, Mexican vanilla, and Indian sugar.
Even though the ticket price rose from $30 to $200, the festival sold out within one week. This year, the purchase of a ticket gives you admission to the fest, possession of four bottles of Dark Lord beer, $40 worth of food and drink vouchers, and the opportunity to see renowned metal bands. This year’s lineup included: Lord Mantis, Barrier, Plague Bringer, Municipal Waste, EyeHateGod and Skeletonwitch.
Out of six bands that played, I was in awe with Barriers set. Due to their singer having an illness the band had to perform an instrumental set. “We were really nervous to perform without our singer, but it turned out to be an amazing performance.” Explained the bands drummer, Alex Marcelletti. The crowd barely seemed to notice the absent singer and grooved along the entire show.
Barrier is a heavy metal band out of Chicago. Since 2011 they have released two EP’s and one full-length album. Their newest album “Eventide” was released in 2014. Eventide is not only a melodic masterpiece but it’s a thought-provoking album that tells a story.
Sam Bottner, Barrier’s lead guitarist explains, “Eventide is a story of a soul that begins, in a sense, at the end. Having just finished a particularly arduous lifetime, the soul faces the decision of whether to remain disembodied in a very peaceful state, or to return to Earth as a new human incarnation, knowing that all wisdom will be erased and need to be regained.”
You can download and listen to Eventide and on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and Google Play.
written by Jordy Plancon- fully copyrighted.
photographed by Jonathan Milano from The Times of Northwest Indiana