Five Finger Death Punch and Killswitch Engage, Comerica Theatre, 8/26/12

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Melissa Fossum
See more photos of Five Finger Death Punch in our full Trespass America slideshow.
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Five Finger Death Punch, Killswitch Engage, and More @ COMERICA THEATRE|8/26/12

The Trespass America tour, featuring a veritable who's who of modern heavy music including Five Finger Death Punch, Killswitch Engage, Trivium, and more, came with roaring noise and flashing graphics to Comerica Theatre Sunday night, delivering on the promise of pure, visceral entertainment.

See our full Trespass America slideshow.

The crowd started streaming in around 5 p.m. It sounds too early for rock 'n' roll, but you wouldn't know it judging by Battlecross' set. Though they were the first act and there wasn't much of a crowd in the venue yet, they rocked it with a wall of growling vocals and pounding drums. New Jersey metallers God Forbid followed, promoting their newest album, Equilibrium. God Forbid is made up of real road warriors, constantly out on tour, and one of the hardest-working, most underrated bands on the current scene.

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Melissa Fossum
See more photos of Trivium in our full Trespass America slideshow.
God Forbid's label mates at Victory Records, Emmure, followed. The band's hardcore mentality helped get the crowd moving, which was already becoming heavy with humidity from outside, still damp with monsoon air. The festival vibe meant plenty of opportunities to see varied acts, like Michigan's Pop Evil. I've always been intrigued by the band's sound. They've cultivated a loyal following of those who cherish grassroots hard rock, and they tore up the stage.

Trivium was a big favorite among the crowd, which is no surprise. But although they ran around the stage, headbanging and swinging their instruments around like a couple of banshees, they did not come near to how great the last two acts took on the stage. What they did do was amp up the crowd properly for Killswitch Engage and Five Finger Death Punch.

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Melissa Fossum
See more photos of Killswitch Engage in our full Trespass America slideshow.
I've been a Killswitch fan for a long time, falling in love with their sound around Just Breathing and The End of Heartache. I must admit: I was disappointed about Howard Jones not being in the band anymore, but his replacement, frontman Jesse Leach, put on a hell of a performance, delivering genuine passion into such anthems as "End of Heartache" and "Rose of Sharyn." There was a sense of real chemistry on the stage. Added bonus: the band also played a new track titled "No End in Sight" off of their upcoming 2013 record.

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Comerica Theatre

400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ

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