Bring on the Mayhem

Laura B. mentioned that she would like to hear more about the Mayhem Festival that I referred to on my previous post. Okay...

The Mayhem Festival is an annual all-day concert featuring, as you may be able to surmise from the name, heavy metal bands. The show took place on three stages, the smallest being a tent off to the side for local bands, the Jagermeister stage which was on the same lot as the small stage, and the main stage which opened at 6pm. My friend and I had front row seats for that stage. Four bands stood out to me, Anthrax, Motorhead, Slayer and Slipknot. There were plenty of other bands, some better than others, but these were the big ones for me.

Slipknot was the headliner and they put on one hell of a show. They have a stage production consisting of wearing masks and matching jumpsuits. They are heavy, loud and out-of-control. I was not very familiar with Slipknot going in, but now I want to know more. 

Slayer has been around more than 30 years and still play as heavy and fast as they did in the beginning. They are, by far, my favorite of the show. I lost my voice and my hearing thanks to them and it was well worth it. I managed to get a Kerry King guitar pick when I felt it hit my leg at the end of the show.

I have seen Motorhead twice now. The first time was in 1994 when they played with Morbid Angel and Black Sabbath (Tony Martin lead). Motorhead is a straightforward hard rock band that has been around since 1975. Lemmy, the bassist and lead singer, has been around since the mid 1960's. They are best known for their song, The Ace of Spades.

Seeing Anthrax made me feel like I like I was 16 again. They were one of those early metal bands that I got into shortly after being introduced to Metallica (thanks, Evil-E). Anthrax headlined the Jagermeister stage which is what gave me sunburn. Anthrax is probably best known for their rap and metal mixing on I'm the Man, but they had so much more. Go check out their album Among the Living and get back to me.

Sorry that this last picture isn't that great, it was tough to get this shot in the sunshine. All in all it was a great day for metal. It also marked the first real day off I took from the lab since I was hired on full-time. If there's anything else you would like to see, don't hesitate to ask. Oh yeah...

...here's that guitar pick.