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dtgamerat
07-19-2011, 12:45 PM
Round four for the ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM FESTIVAL in Albuquerque, NM was bestowed onto the state’s largest group of heavy and hard rocker lovers. With the diverse lineup consisting of Disturbed, Godsmack, Megadeth, Machine Head, and many others, it showed no mercy on the pack of concertgoers who were looking for a rocking day of heavy music. Also, for two years in a row, Albuquerque became the first stop on the tour to have a sold out crowd once again. New Mexico sure is the state for a proper heavy metal gathering. Arriving just in time for the first band, the mayhem was once again about to ensue.



STRAIGHT LINE STITCH
Rating: 8.5/10
Review: Starting the day off in the 97-degree weather, Straight Line Stitch showed the familiar crowd what they were once again made of with their blistering 30 minute set. Going into old and new songs, they didn’t let up the energy one bit.
Crowd Reaction: The crowd was into them. The moshers were doing their job, and the people off to the side were headbanging, waving their fists and horns, and providing their enjoyment.

Setlist:
1) Tear Down The Sky
2) Never See The Day
3) Conversion
4) What You Do To Me
5) Remission
6) Taste Of Ashes
7) Black Veil


RED FANG
Rating: 9.5/10
Review: Red Fang was up next and provided the crowd a variety of sludge metal and hard rock. It was a relief to see a different mix of music for the casual heavy crowd, and Red Fang is the band to do it.
Crowd Reaction: Though the crowd was a tiny bit scarce, they seemed to be into it. A good pit was going once the show carried on.

Setlist-
1) Dirt Wizard
2) Sharks
3) Malverde
4) Wires
5) Into The Eye
6) Good To Die
7) Prehistoric Dog


ALL SHALL PERISH
Rating: 7/10
Review: All Shall Perish is a band I enjoy. I’ve seen them a few times and always found their performances to be energetic and glorious. This however, was not the case. Sure, they kept the crowd going, but that didn’t help their bad sound setup. Maybe it was a sound technician mistake or maybe they were just tired from playing in the intense heat from Phoenix from the day before? But something had to be fixed with that sound. Not the best form I’ve seen them in.
Crowd Reaction: The crowd was going nuts. The pit broke loose and never stopped since the opening song.

Setlist:
1) Wage Slaves
2) Gagged, Bound, Shelved, And Forgotten
3) There Is No Business To Be Done On A Dead Planet
4) Procession Of Ashes
5) In This Life Of Pain
6) There Is Nothing Left
7) Eradication


KINGDOM OF SORROW
Rating: 9/10
Review: Next up was Jasta’s and Windstein’s band. The influence of Hatebreed and Crowbar thrown in together created a beast of a set. The energy was off the charts and into the next.
Crowd Reaction: The pit was moving, the crowd sang along to the words they knew, and all in all, they really enjoyed it.

Setlist:
1) Behind The Blackest Tears
2) With Unspoken Words
3) Monuments Of Ash
4) Sleeping Beast
5) Enlightened By Extinction
6) Lead Into Demise
7) Lead The Ghosts Astray


SUICIDE SILENCE
Rating: 9/10
Review: Pulverizing. I don’t believe there’s any other way to describe it. A much larger improvement from the previous deathcore band, All Shall Perish. This is a band known for their energetic presence, and they took it to 11.
Crowd Reaction: Two pits broke out and formed into one large pit. The crowd sang along and the crowd surfers got extremely involved. All what you would expect from a Suicide Silence show.

Setlist:
1) Wake Up
2) Unanswered
3) You Only Live Once
4) Fuck Everything
5) Disengage
6) Slave To Substance
7) No Pity For A Coward


UNEARTH
Rating: 9.5/10
Review: Unearth was next and did their duty of kicking some ass. They were truly one of the best acts on the Jager stage along with Red Fang. They are a force to be reckoned with when it comes to a high octane set. Any veteran Unearth watcher would know.
Crowd Reaction: The pit was continuously moving and the crowd surfers once again did what they did best.

Setlist:
1) My Will Be Done
2) Zombie Autopilot
3) Eyes Of Black
4) Endless
5) Giles
6) The Great Dividers
7) Sanctity of Brothers


IN FLAMES
Rating: 10/10
Review: One of the best bands of the day. The Swedish melo-death kings gave Albuquerque an adrenaline dose of European mayhem. It was astonishing from beginning to end.
Crowd Reaction: The pits were absolutely insane. Two pits once again formed into one, and it eventually grew massive enough to where people ended up getting dragged up from the intensity.

Setlist:
1) Cloud Connected
2) The Mirrors Truth
3) Alias
4) Deliver Us
5) Pinball Map
6) The Hive
7) Where The Dead Ships Dwell
8) The Quiet Place
9) Take This Life


TRIVIUM
Rating: 9/10
Review: Being a veteran Trivium watcher, it was expected they would deliver and good set. I was right of course. They kept the place moving as they ripped through their set with a great variety of classic and newer tunes.
Crowd Reaction: As usual, the crowd showed Trivium what New Mexico is all about by giving them the benefit of great sized pits and tons of crowd surfers.

Setlist:
1) Capsizing The Sea (intro)
2) In Waves
3) A Gunshot To The Head of Trepidation
4) Inception Of The End
5) Down From The Sky
6) Throes Of Perdition
7) Dusk Dismantled
8) Pull Harder On The Strings Of Your Martyr


MACHINE HEAD
Rating: 9.5/10
Review: Absolutely incredible. Machine Head got the job done first hand by giving the early Main Stage audience a blistering 35 minute set of hard hitting tunes.
Crowd Reaction: Headbangers galore! I wouldn’t be surprised by all the sore necks tomorrow morning all because of Machine Head.

Setlist:
1) Imperium
2) Beautiful Mourning
3) Locust
4) Aesthetics of Hate
5) Halo


MEGADETH
Rating: 10/10
Review: Megadeth…such an iconic name. And by that, you could expect the set to be as amazing as you would think. But don’t get ahead of yourself, because it was better than what you would think! Megadeth showed the rest of the Mayhem bands who was really in charge during their intense 50 minute set.
Crowd Reaction: By this time, the Main Stage was absolutely packed from top to bottom. The crowds chanted “Megadeth” over and over and welcomed Megadeth as Mayhem Festival alumni with open arms. They absolutely loved it.

Setlist:
1) Trust
2) Hangar 18
3) Wake Up Dead
4) A Toute Le Monde
5) Headcrusher
6) Public Enemy No. 1
7) Symphony of Destruction
8) Peace Sells
9) Holy Wars…The Punishment Due


GODSMACK
Rating: 10/10
Review: Being that it was my first time seeing Godsmack, I can say job well done. Godsmack is a band that shows no mercy and wants to give the crowd 110% from the opening minute of their set. They certainly showed that promise as they rocked the entire Pavilion with 120%.
Crowd Reaction: Moshers in the lawn got the job done as people in the seats kept the energy going as they sang to the popular tunes while never stopping the movement and energy that was expected.

Setlist:
1) Crying Like A Bitch
2) The Enemy
3) Forever Ashamed
4) Straight Out Of Line
5) Awake
6) Speak
7) Love, Hate, Sex, Pain
8) Voodoo
9) Drum Battle
10) Whatever
11) I Stand Alone


DISTURBED
Rating: 9/10
Review: My fifth time seeing Disturbed, I will say they have improved quite a lot. In fact, they seemed to be quite ontop of their game since I saw them for the first time in 2003. They gracefully closed the festival with a barrage of heavy hitters ranging from newer to older singles. It was very enjoyable.
Crowd Reaction: An extremely large percentage of the crowd managed to stay for Disturbed, which was good, because that added more to the intensity. The crowd sang along, waved their fists and horns, and more or less made the Earth move as they jumped up and down when given the demand.

Setlist:
1) Remnants (intro)
2) Asylum
3) The Game
4) Prayer
5) Liberate
6) The Animal
7) Inside The Fire
8) Warrior
9) Another Way To Die
10) “The Sickness” Medley
- Fear
- Meaning Of Life
- Numb
- Voices
11) Stupify
12) 10,000 Fists
13) Indestructible
14) Down With The Sickness


A rockin' good time it was. Already cannot wait for next year. Up the irons!

kommie
07-19-2011, 01:01 PM
I miss Ozzfest.

makethemsuffer12
07-19-2011, 01:03 PM
Unearth played "Giles"?!! OMG YES YES YES. They better fucking keep that in for next Wednesday, I've been dying to see them play that.

AnataFan4Life
07-19-2011, 01:04 PM
So are Megadeth gonna make one song different for each date or something?

masterguy49
07-19-2011, 01:08 PM
One worry, was there any hardcore dancers?

AnataFan4Life
07-19-2011, 01:15 PM
One worry, was there any hardcore dancers?

I was wondering this too. I'd like to enjoy Unearth and All Shall Perish without assholes flailing around.

mankvill
07-19-2011, 01:17 PM
Good thread, but next time you post a setlist, please follow the guidelines to format the title right.

It should be:

Mayhem Festival -- Albuquerque, NM -- July 16th, 2011

CapnAwesome
07-19-2011, 01:23 PM
Even though it has been about 4 years, I still can't believe THIS is what replaced Sounds Of The Underground

ravenheart
07-19-2011, 01:27 PM
All US touring festivals suck. Fact.

Wrecking Crew
07-19-2011, 01:28 PM
One worry, was there any hardcore dancers?

Do you mean the kung-fu idiots?

ravenheart
07-19-2011, 01:30 PM
Do you mean the kung-fu idiots?

I hate those people. They need to die.

Natrlhi
07-19-2011, 01:45 PM
All US touring festivals suck. Fact.Mostly, perhaps. I thought Summer Slaughter 2009 wasn't the worst thing ever. Metalliance had its good points and bad points. There have been a few good ones.

dtgamerat
07-19-2011, 01:46 PM
There were no hardcore dancers. All just good 'ol moshing, surfing, and crowd participation. And my apologies for my title format. This is my very first post on this site. I'll remember it the next time around.

jhdeity
07-19-2011, 02:28 PM
You had me at Giles.

Great review!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Maidenmagic
07-19-2011, 02:34 PM
Glad to know that Megadeth got a good reception. I was watching video from their first show on the tour and it seemed like the crowd couldn't care less about them. It was sad.

What Hell is About
07-19-2011, 02:44 PM
Hey man thanks for taking the time to write all that!

I attended the Phoenix Mayhem festival and the sound sucked for pretty much everyone except the main stage acts. It was disappointing but I still had a good time! All Shall Perish's sound was real bad and they were who I wanted to see the most! Still a kickass set though!

Also, did In Flames' lead singer sound bad? I don't know if it was the heat here in Phoenix or if he was sick but it was off! Still a great set too!

slapguitarer
07-19-2011, 04:09 PM
You guys got Dirt Wizard from Red Fang, AND Zombie Autopilot from Unearth?!

*jelly* :finger:

Noobsaibot
07-19-2011, 04:25 PM
Buttshit reviews.

All shall perish deserves much better than a 7 compared to your other ratings

CapnAwesome
07-19-2011, 04:40 PM
Buttshit reviews.

All shall perish deserves much better than a 7 compared to your other ratings

While ASP is better than a good amount of the bands on this bill, their live act is so-so. Therefore I understand his rating if he based it off of their live performance

jd091
07-19-2011, 04:44 PM
Good thread, but next time you post a setlist, please follow the guidelines to format the title right.

It should be:

Mayhem Festival -- Albuquerque, NM -- July 16th, 2011

Seriously, this. My eyes hurt.

larvtard
07-19-2011, 05:04 PM
While ASP is better than a good amount of the bands on this bill, their live act is so-so. Therefore I understand his rating if he based it off of their live performance

this, All Shall Perish suck live

velvetgrass
07-19-2011, 05:49 PM
Nice detailed review!

Now for my own setlist comments. Frustrated to see that Disturbed cut out The Infection for The Sickness Medley after the first couple Mayhem dates. But I'm happy to see A Tout Le Monde was added to Megadeth's set after the first few Mayhem dates.

Diss me all you want, but to me at least that song never gets old, and should be a set staple for Megadeth. Every band should have that song towards the middle of their show where the energy goes down for a few minutes so you can absorb what you are experiencing,

CapnAwesome
07-19-2011, 06:20 PM
Every band should have that song towards the middle of their show where the energy goes down for a few minutes so you can take a piss and go grab moar beer

:party:

The_jman
07-19-2011, 07:54 PM
hella first post... even with the badly formatted title... relax guys, we were all new once...

velvetgrass
07-19-2011, 07:57 PM
hella first post... even with the badly formatted title... relax guys, we were all new once...

THIS

rjturtle9
07-19-2011, 08:27 PM
Nice review man. Great too see you saw all the bands...

dtgamerat
07-19-2011, 08:50 PM
Buttshit reviews.

All shall perish deserves much better than a 7 compared to your other ratings

I find All Shall Perish to be an excellent band with mad skill. I've seen them twice in club shows and they were killer then. But just this one time they weren't as good. Like I stated in the review, it was a major sound issue which resulted to them getting a 7. The vocals were overbearing the guitars and were cracking out at times. It just wasn't as good as their previous performances.

Butcher of Birth
07-19-2011, 09:13 PM
I miss Ozzfest.

I see what you did there.

Noobsaibot
07-19-2011, 09:44 PM
Its poor that all shall perish only plays one song off of awaken the dreamers. Meanwhile they're playing three songs in a row off their new album which hasnt been released yet. They can at least throw in "Never Again"

zerkz
07-20-2011, 06:55 AM
Its poor that all shall perish only plays one song off of awaken the dreamers. Meanwhile they're playing three songs in a row off their new album which hasnt been released yet. They can at least throw in "Never Again"

or... Black Gold Reign! :D

jd091
07-20-2011, 07:57 AM
Its poor that all shall perish only plays one song off of awaken the dreamers. Meanwhile they're playing three songs in a row off their new album which hasnt been released yet. They can at least throw in "Never Again"

Fucking download that new album right now, it's their best yet. They could play only songs from the new one and I'd be happy.

Noobsaibot
07-20-2011, 11:06 AM
I've had the album and i concur it could be their best. But still playing three new songs in a row for an album that isn't out yet makes the crowd just soak it in; meanwhile they could of been flipping their wigs to old songs they know.

What Hell is About
07-20-2011, 02:38 PM
Interesting thing I saw at Mayhem:

On Straight Line Stitch's gear they have Gojira decals. Inside some box toward the front of the stage they have a Gojira setlist printed. I don't follow SLS so idk if they are just big fans or what but thought that was cool:blaze:

AnataFan4Life
07-20-2011, 02:54 PM
Interesting thing I saw at Mayhem:

On Straight Line Stitch's gear they have Gojira decals. Inside some box toward the front of the stage they have a Gojira setlist printed. I don't follow SLS so idk if they are just big fans or what but thought that was cool:blaze:

If Gojira ever ended up on Mayhem Fest I would shit a fucking brick :rocker:

dtgamerat
07-23-2011, 10:05 PM
Gojira would be amazing, oh hell yes :party: