Sunday, July 17, 2011
Mayhem Fest Review
This years mayhem fest had a decent amount of good bands the highlights being Godsmack, Megadeth, Machine Head, Suicide Silence, All Shall Perish, and In Flames. Overall it was a very enjoyable day but I enjoyed last years event better. This year the weather was much better and the sky was cloudy so it wasn't as hot as least year. The day started with a local band playing who was actually decent followed by Hemlock. Hemlock got the first few good pits going. The next few bands were bands that no one really wanted to be on Mayhem, those being Red Fang, Straight Line Stitch. In the time they were playing I had the time to go to the signing by Machine Head. They seemed like cool guys but I could really tell they didn't really care to be signing at the time. After that came All Shall Perish and they actually had a really good show followed by the not so spectacular Kingdom of Sorrow. It was then time for Suicide Silence who had in my opinion the 3rd best show of the night. They really got the crowd going and had a good relationship with the crowd. Unearth played after them but I skipped them because I don't really like them and I went to go to check out the merch tents. I got up close for In Flames because they are one of my favorite bands. They had the 2nd best show and their set consisted of a good mix of their old classics and their new songs. Trivium played next but I skipped them and went to go wait for Machine Head to open the main stage. I am a huge Machine Head fan and their set was good but the sound quality was terrible and I was left very disappointed. Megadeth is always great to see and they were really great. Godsmack came up next and stole the show with the best all-around presentation of the entire night. Disturbed was the closer and they were just god-awful, I left early due to them being just horrible. Overall this event would get a 8 out of 10, if there is a Mayhem fest stop near your town I would recommend going even if you don't like all the bands playing because the good bands ended up also having the best shows.