The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest was on July 14 at Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood. As with last year, and as you would expect in July in the Dirty South, it was insanely hot.
Mayhem Fest has three stages: The Jagermeister stage, the Sumerian stage, and the Main Stage, and the venue was packed.
As I Lay Dying
Right away, I was a little baffled at how small this years Sumerian stage was this year. Typically the Jager stage and the Sumerian are about the same size, but the Sumerian was really tiny. I couldn’t see the bands performing on the Sumerian stage – or even get close enough to photograph. It was very disappointing to see that small of a stage, given that the crowds at Mayhem are huge. I’m sure the bands that played on that stage weren’t too happy about it but they did their best with what was given to them.
The Jagermeister stage was the usual ‘large’ size, and It was much easier to see bands like Whitechapel, The Devil Wears Prada, and Anthrax perform. There were six bands total on this stage. I’m not going to summarize every bands performance, because there isn’t really a need to do so, but every band performed and played well despite the heat. All the bands played their hearts out, and the crowd responded well to all of them. The highlight band for this stage was Anthrax. Anthrax never disappoint, and always put on a great show, and it’s always nice to see an older band perform to a younger crowd, and gain new fans of a different generation.
The Main Stage featured four bands; As I Lay Dying, Motörhead, Slayer, and headliner Slipknot. The standout bands for me on the main stage were As I Lay Dying and Slipknot. AILD was full of energy and performed with a vengeance. Headbanging, jumping around, crushing guitar riffs, and pounding drums kept the crowd jumping and pumping their fists. I’m not a huge Slipknot fan, but their live show is amazing. I have never seen three drummers pound away on stage. Even one of the drummers was raised up in the air, and his drum kit spun around in true 80’s style. They had pyrotechnics and explosions… It was awesome!! Slipknot has 8 band members, and they were all doing different things on stage. Their performance would make anyone a fan!!
The Devil Wears Prada
I have seen Slayer twice now, and honestly I am not impressed. I’d have to say the same for Motörhead’s performance. They were both really underwhelming with fairly weak stage shows. Yes, these bands are legends, but their performance didn’t back up their legendary status and with the exception of Anthrax, the younger (possibly hungrier?) bands seemed to eat them up.
By the end of the night, I was worn out from the heat, but I had a great time. I had some disappointments, but Mayhem Fest is still a great bang for the buck and a worthy ticket for the fan to buy in these lean times.
all photos ©2012 Ann Bodan
Fear Factory at the Masquerade
Fear Factory destroyed the Masquerade on September 4th with an amazing set. Fear Factory was one of the first bands to pioneer industrial metal. It was great to see them back in Atlanta after a long absence. Fear Factory is on tour promoting their new album Genexas, which lead singer Burton made sure we pronounced correctly (ha). Their show was great and I found myself singing along while I took pictures of the band. The only thing I didn’t like was the fact I could hardly SEE the band. Once again the Masquerade didn’t bother to turn up the stage lights for the bands. This of course makes it very hard to photograph. Nonetheless, I still really enjoyed watching this band play some of my favorite tunes live like Shock, Edgecrusher, Damaged, and Demanufacture!
2015 Rockstar Mayhem Fest
The 2015 Rockstar Mayhem Fest visited Atlanta on July 26th, with amazing bands like WhiteChapel, and Slayer!
When I walked into Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood it was like a ghost town. In past years, the Mayhem Fest is usually packed with people, but this year was different. The entrance I walked into had no venders, no food venders, and no people hanging out between band sets. I walked clear across to the other side of the venue to find a much smaller side stage than the previous years.
After seeing, maybe a 1000+ people watching the side stage bands, I knew the Rockstar Mayhem was coming to an end. Also, the beloved Metal Mulisha motorcycle stunt riders were not present at this year’s Mayhem Fest. As for the bands, some of them just were not for me, while a few were amazing to see perform. It was a sad sight to see the Rockstar Mayhem Fest scaled down to almost nothing, but I still had a good time taking pictures.
Enjoy the pictures for the last Rockstar Mayhem Fest. Hopefully, some brave soul will pick up the torch and revive the festival!
Victory Records Stage
Check out pics from the Main Stage on the next page!
Friday @120 Marietta: Metal Invasion
Pathfinder Promotions and 120 Tavern and Music Hall Present MARIETTA METAL INVASION a night of Hard-hitting, in-your-face heavy Metal
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Rigorism formed in 2012 setting out to make music that doesn’t have a million genres, Metal is what is written, played and the adrenaline at a live show is definitely a must see. Strong vocals, powerful riffs, odd syncopated bass and drums make up RIGORISM \m/
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