Posts Tagged ‘Mayhem Fest 2014’

Fresh off it’s much-talked about run on this year’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem festival (view live photos here), everyone’s 1st or 2nd favorite mask-donning nu-metalheads (depending on who you ask) have released a new, disturbing video for “Out of My Mind,” the lead track from its new album, The Righteous & The Butterfly. The band is also set to headline the Shockfest Tour with Insane Clown Posse in what will likely contain the most eclectic collection of misfits in terms of fan base and artists. The Shockfest Tour will make its way throughout the U.S. this fall. Watch the new video and view tour dates inside. (more…)

North Carolina’s Wretched (without a “The”) had its biggest break as a band playing the 2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, supporting its latest release,
Cannibal (June 10, 2014, Victory Records). It’s safe to say they were one of the more extreme bands on the bill, but when it comes to categorizing Wretched’s music into a particular metal subgenre, it’s nearly impossible. When I wandered over and saw them on the first-ever Victory Records Stage, I thought this same thing. I was at a loss for words (and hearing), either because I was worn out from the long drive to Bristow, Va., or because my ears were being obliterated by this sonic mayhem. With machine-like drumming, dual guitarists churning out nonstop evil riffs and a singer who looked like Phil Anselmo after a trip to hell and back, Wretched left a lasting impression. So when I met up with guitarist Joel Moore after their set, we at least had a little to talk about for a band I was otherwise unfamiliar with. Until now …  (more…)

In what was probably my favorite interview I did during the Bristow, Va., stop of the 2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, I sat down with Kthien, guitarist of Canadian black metallers Erimha (while still in his stagewear and warpaint from performing earlier). The band name means “army” or “legion” in Sumerian, and many fans were greeted with Erimha’s war cry from the Victory Records stage as they entered the festival during the early afternoon hours. In broad daylight, these black metal warriors stood out like a 35-year-old man attending a Warped Tour show (like me a few years ago). However, they were an instant draw and no doubt one of the most talked about bands of the day. Erimha is out supporting its latest release, 
Reign Through Immortality (July 9, 2013), so what better showcase than the Mayhem Festival? But what makes this band tick? What do they really believe in? Like other black metal bands such as Behemoth, do Erimha’s stage show, lyrics and album tie together for a greater meaning? Kthien answered all my questions and more inside. (more…)

Queens, New York’s Emmure has been going hard and fast since 2007 and just released its new album, Eternal Enemies, earlier this year. (Victory Records called it Emmure’s “most cohesive, dynamic and utterly violent offering yet.”) Over the years, Emmure’s style of hardcore, death metal and hip-hop has developed an ever-growing rabid fan base, which culminated with them headlining the Victory Records stage on the 2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Victory also goes on to cite Emmure frontman Frankie Palmeri’s “brutal openness and honesty” as a connection with its fans. However, it’s this same honesty and openness that has made Palmeri one of the more vilified and controversial figures in the metal scene. It’s been a love/hate relationship for Frankie and the metal media over the years, with certain websites hanging on his every word and following his every move. Like it or not, he’s almost reaching a Fred Durst-level of intrigue (minus MTV and the TRL following). So it’s probably no coincidence that when I did this quick interview with him at the Bristow, Va., stop of the Mayhem Festival, we both confessed our admiration for Durst and Limp Bizkit, and touched on the controversy and tabloids that surround him. And he did make some strong statements, some of which are likely to be quoted across the interwebs. But I also found him to be a chill and cool dude. Just face the facts, Emmure is here to stay, and here’s Frankie to tell you about it.


Korn performing during the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, August 3, 2014 – Bristow, Va. Photo courtesy of

By Jeff Maki
Twenty years ago, I bought a CD solely based on liking the album cover art—a shadow of an intimidating figure with a hook hand stalking a little girl on a playground swing—and the music contained inside went on to impact the next several years of my life. So when vocalist Jonathan Davis introduced the band’s closing song, “Blind” on this date of the 2014 Mayhem Festival, he led into it by shouting,  “This is the motherfuckin’ one that started it all!” Why yes, it was. It was the first Korn song many fans ever heard, and now in 2014, we’ve come full circle. Read the full live recap inside. (more…)

"On with the Body Count"

Body Count featuring Ice-T, 2014

With the exciting and unexpected news that a new Body Count album called Manslaughter would be dropping (June 10, 2014, Sumerian Records), once again I find myself in a retro type of mood. For the new generation of rock and metal fans, the band Body Count—led by gangsta-rapper-turned-actor Ice-T—is all but unknown. Ice-T, you say? The same Ice-T that plays a detective on NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit? The same Ice-T who’s been a star of reality television? Yes, that Ice-T. As unexpected as this may sound as I write about it today, just think about how surprising or even shocking this was more than 20 years ago as I attempt to recount my memory of Body Count’s 1992 self-titled debut album and the chain of events that followed. (more…)

Suicide Silence has posted audio snippets of their upcoming album You Can’t Stop Me, which you can hear inside. The album marks the debut of new vocalist Eddie Hermida (ex-All Shall Perish), and is their first full-length recording since the tragic loss of singer Mitch Lucker. You Can’t Stop Me will be released on July 11 (Europe),July 14 (UK) and July 15, 2014 (North America) via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.  (more…)