I left early after giving tKatatonia a try and found it wasn't my cup of tea. Amaranthe was as awesome as I hoped it would be. Aside for a pointless drum solo (rarely is there any other kind), in the middle of the set, the band was very tight. Nils did a great job as the clean singer, with his voice serving as a great counterpoint to Elize's and Henrik's. I would like to have heard more from The Nexus but otherwise no complaints. On the other hand, Pain seemed to be lacking something that took their set to the next level. Certainly it was the exclusion of one of their best songs, "Call Me." Perhaps it was the fact that the PPUSA audience really wasn't their type of crowd. The industrial sound would have fit nicely on a 1990's festival such as Lollapalooza or Ozzfest. However, here it seemed a bit out of place, and thus the crowd didn't quite get into as they might have elsewhere. Still, a solid enough set, but one that seemed to be cut short for time. I'm still not sure what to think of Snowy Shaw's set other than to say it certainly wasn't boring as he certaily takes some of his theatricality from King Diamond, with whom he played in the early 90's. He said that he had a special guest, who couldn't make it, so Bill Hudson filled in for one song. Does anyone know who the special guest might have been? After two years, Dynazty made it to PPUSA, and it was worth the wait as they gave a solid set of material, albeit one with not as much from Renatus as I had hoped. I was disappointed with Teramaze having to cancel at the last minute, but Seven Spries proved to be a good substitute. I'm not a huge fan of the harsh vocals, but they were nicely blended in with clean vocals, and the band did a good job overall.