Running into the final hours of the 2011 Vans Warped Tour, the music grew even heavier under the festive tents and dark skies of Atlanta, Georgia. With a league of grey clouds submitting the sun, the threat of rain promised to stir a dramatic mix for the evening finish.

6:20PM Miss May I (Advent Stage)

Led by Levi Benton (vocals), Justin Aufdemkampe (guitar), Jerod Boyd (drums), Ryan Neff (bass), and B.J. Stead (guitar) Miss May I worked every inch of the Advent Stage at this year’s Warped Tour. The Troy, Ohio group provided ample, energetic mayhem for the Atlanta Crowd and will soon be joining We Came As Romans on select dates of their “I’m Alive” Tour.

7:00PM A Day To Remember (Teggart Stage)

Flying near the edge of insanity, the men of A Day To Remember (Jeremy McKinnon (vocals), Alex Shelnutt (drums), Kevin Skaff (guitar/keys), Neil Westfall (guitar), Joshua Woodard (bass) jumped straight into an acrobatic, muscle-flexing set of post-core punk that rivaled the craziest of circus shows.

8:00PM The Devil Wears Prada (Teggart Stage)

Having recently graced the cover of Alternative Press Magazine and their new CD “Dead Throne” available on September 13, The Devil Wears Prada dominated the stage even as a shower of rain fell onto the crowd. Driven in circles of power, Mike Hranica (vocals) moved about the stage as Chris Ruby (guitar), Jeremy DePoyster (guitar), James Baney (keys), Daniel Williams (drums), and Andy Trick (bass) supported the sonic onslaught.

Heavy music was alive and well represented on this year’s Vans Warped Tour. Anticipation and expectations for 2012’s tour will definitely be high, as well.

Michael L. Smith