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Mayhemfest 2012

7/28/12 Pittsburgh, PA

Interesting way to start out the day. A weird industrial/Slipknot mix consisting of a vocalist, drummer, keyboardist, and guitarist (no second guitar, no bass). Not a whole lot of people in the venue yet, but they put on a pretty solid show.
2I The Breather

All I can say is wow. They brought tons of energy, and the crowd went absolutely nuts. Pure mayhem for the whole set. Also had a nice wall of death in the middle. I split my lip open on my tooth when the back of some dude's head suddenly crashed into my face, and got punched in the balls for no reason while crowdsurfing, but still a damn good time.

Came back to see these guys after grabbing some food. The vocalist's lows were unbelievable, but he didn't have a whole lot of range and was only partially comprehensible. A rainstorm came while they played, and lasted about 30 minutes. Put on a pretty good show.

Played in the Sumerian closet...I mean stage. Seriously though, the thing was a disgrace. When I think metal, I totally thing of bands playing in a tent. That being said, they were a good bit different than typical Sumeriancore: less junz, more mainstream. Which isn't exactly a complement, but they did have a fun set.
5The Devil Wears Prada

Got back over to the Jager stage without a lot of time to spare to see these guys. Worked my way through the crowd and ended up 2 feet from the barrier, front and center. Mike sounded good, he was more bearable than on the records, and they put on a really good show. This was the tightest I've ever been squished in with people, so I can only imagine that all hell was breaking loose behind me.
6Upon a Burning Body

Back to Sumeriancore. These guys fit the bill pretty well. Lots of junz and talking about smoking weed and drinking beer. Weren't anything too special, pretty good crowd reaction, though. The highlight of their set for me was watching a giant shirtless dude flattening hardcore dancers in the pit. Justice is served.
7As I Lay Dying

These guys sounded fantastic. And the crowd was the most unified crowd I think I've ever seen. It was incredible. Participated in my second wall of death of the day, and got beaned in the face by a Rockstar can thrown by Tim Lambesis.
8Betraying the Martyrs

Didn't appeal to me much. Looked in the pit and saw nothing but hardcore dancers. Fuck those guys.

First of the "old-school" bands. I grew up listening to these guys, so it was definitely cool to see them. They sounded fantastic, and surely have some left in the tank. Ended in style with "I am the Law."
10Asking Alexandria

Lots of breakdowns. Didn't get boo'ed off the stage like I kinda thought they would, but when they said it was their last song, no one really seemed to care much, which wasn't the reaction they were looking for. But it was hilarious. Best part of the set was watching people on the lawn slide in, mosh in, and throw the mud. It was absolute chaos as people just ran down the hill and took each other out. But then they started to throw big chunks of mud and sod down to the seats where I was, so everyone had to turn around to try to dodge getting smacked.

My second time seeing these guys, and honestly the first time was better. The sound quality wasn't great, kinda seemed like they had it turned up a little TOO loud, cause Lemmy was pretty much incomprehensible. I also missed actually seeing most of what they were doing, because by this point, the mud-slinging was at war levels.

I'm not a big fan of Slayer, and hadn't actually listened a lot to them before today. Musically, they were extremely impressive. Their drummer blew my mind with his endurance, and the guitar leads and solos were fantastic. But if there's one thing I really am not a fan of, it's the vocals. And for once, they actually had the vocalist's mic turned up to an appropriate level, which NEVER seems to happen. I will say they were incredible, and after 30 years to still be able to put on a performance like they did is truly admirable.
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