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mastodon421
07-23-2011, 05:06 AM
Before I get into sets or a review, I have to spin a brief tale for you folks. Upon leaving Mayhem Fest (my friend and I left about 3/4 of the way through Disturbed's set), my friend almost hit Mitch Lucker of Suicide Silence with his van. He was walking his dog in an unlit part of the parking lot in the middle of the fucking road. Anyways onto the sets and I will post a full review later today.

Red Fang:
Into The Eye
Sharks
Wires
Malverde
?(it was a longer song, just don't know the name)
Prehistoric Dog

All Shall Perish:
Wage Slaves
Gagged,Bound,Shelved, and Forgotten
There Is No Buisness To Be Done On A Dead Planet....
Procession Of Ashes
In This Life Of Pain
There Is Nothing Left
Eradication

Kingdom Of Sorrow:
Behind The Blackest Tears
Free The Fallen (PA went out during this song near the end and song was never finished)
Enlightened To Extinction
Begging For The Truth
Monuments Of Ash
Led In To Demise
Lead The Ghost Astray
?

Suicide Silence:
Wake Up
Unanswered
You Only Live Once
Fuck Everything
Disengage
Slaves To Substance
No Pity For A Coward

Unearth:
Equniox (intro)
My Will Be Done
Sanctity Of Brothers
This Lying World
Watch It Burn
Endless
Eyes Of Black
The Great Dividers

Machine Head:
Imperium
Beautiful Mourning
Locust
Halo

In Flames:
Cloud Connected
Alias
Pinball Map
Deliver Us
The Hive
Where The Dead Ships Dwell
The Quiet Place
Take This Life

Trivium(last four songs):
Like Light To Flies
Built To Fall(first Trivium song going to radio according to Matt Heafy)
Down From The Sky
Throes Of Peridition

Megadeth:
Trust
Hangar 18
Wake Up Dead
Head Crusher
A Tout Le Monde
Public Enemy No 1
Symphony Of Destruction
Peace Sells
Holy Wars...The Punishment Due

Godsmack:
Cryin' Like A Bitch
The Enemy
Forever Shamed
Straight Out Of Line
Awake
Speak
Love,Hate,Sex,Pain
Voodoo
Ballata Dos Los Tambores (including jams of Back In Black,War Pigs, Tom Sawyer, and a couple of others)
Whatever
I Stand Alone

Disturbed:
Remnants
Asylum
The Game
Prayer
Liberate
The Animal
Inside The Fire
Warrior
Fear/Meaning Of Life/Numb/Voices medly
Another Way To Die (left during this song)

Scores:
Deadseason 3/10
Straight Line Stitch 1/10
Red Fang 8/10
All Shall Perish 8/10
Kingdom Of Sorrow 8.5/10
Suicide Silence 5/10
Unearth 9/10
Machine Head 9/10
In Flames 9/10
Trivium 3/10
Megadeth 10/10
Godsmack 8/10
Disturbed 6/10

masterguy49
07-23-2011, 05:25 AM
Unearth seems to be changing their set quite a lot, no Giles this time :hmm:


Also Machine Head took out Aesthetics of Hate? WTF!? :mad:

I really hope Trivium keeps Like Light to Flies :drool:


Rest of the sets look good, excited as hell for Mayhem!

mastodon421
07-23-2011, 05:47 AM
Unearth seems to be changing their set quite a lot, no Giles this time :hmm:


Also Machine Head took out Aesthetics of Hate? WTF!? :mad:

I really hope Trivium keeps Like Light to Flies :drool:


Rest of the sets look good, excited as hell for Mayhem!

Machine Head's set got cut short. After Locust, a tech came on stage and pulled Rob Flynn aside and told him they only had one more. So they played Halo over Astethics Of Hate.

I think Unearth has been changing their set a ton or people are horrible at recording their setlist because on Setlist.fm no two sets are the same by them on Mayhem so far.

DisasterPiece120
07-23-2011, 07:58 AM
Why didn't your friend hit Mitch? You could have done the world a favor by taking him out.

Sanitarium78
07-23-2011, 08:59 AM
Why didn't your friend hit Mitch? You could have done the world a favor by taking him out.

Right. I don't know about you but when I see a person walk in front of my car while i'm driving my first instinct is to keep going and run them over:tp:

makethemsuffer12
07-23-2011, 10:00 AM
Right. I don't know about you but when I see a person walk in front of my car while i'm driving my first instinct is to keep going and run them over:tp:

Ooooh look at Mr. Serious over here.
;)

mastodon421
07-23-2011, 12:25 PM
Here is my review:

It's that time of the year again! I have been to every single Mayhem Fest since it's inception. It's always a fun time and the 2011 edition was no exception.

It was a brutally hot day in Massachusetts. It hit the low 100's at one point in time, but it was all worth it. That being said, the show started with a thud. The Jager band this year was Deadseason from Maine. They were completely horrible. They sounded a bad Pantera cover band mixed with the clean vocals of a bad Killswitch Engage cover band. These guys really had no clue what they were doing on stage. I mean don't have high expectations for the Jager band, but I must say this is the only time in my four years going to this where the Jager band was bad.

Straight Line Stitch was up next and they were even worse. Their singer is unholy awful. She can't sing, she can't scream, and she is annoying as shit on stage. As soon as their first song started, I knew I was in for an awful performance. The instruments sucked too, generic-ass metalcore that didn't go anywhere. The singer wasn't even nice to look at. They had nothing going for them and are one of the absolute worst band I've ever seen.

Finally the first worthwhile band of the day, Red Fang, hit the stage. Red Fang played an energetic set and their brand of sludge/rock provided a nice-change of pace opposed to the other bands on the bill. Sadly, most of the crowd wasn't into them. I met them later in the day and they were a good group of dudes, although they did seem a bit bummed that not too many people were into them.

All Shall Perish followed. It was my third seeing them and I was stoked to them again. Their new record, This Is Where It Ends, is currently in my top 10 of the year. They still put on a good show, but this was the weakest of the three performances I've seen. The set didn't really pick up until they played "There Is No Business To Be Done On A Dead Planet". Their set was quite enjoyable after a bit of a rough start with the first couple of songs.

Kingdom Of Sorrow played next and they were awesome. Jamey Jasta brings the same energy and amazing stage presence he has with Hatebreed. Seeing him play with sludge legend Kirk Windstein was just great. I had them before when they first started, they have greatly improved live since then. They have found their identity as a band and become a lot more cohesive in a live environment. The one misstep was they blew out the PA during "Free The Fallen", but that didn't derail the set. Kingdom Of Sorrow was one of the best side stage bands of the day.

Suicide Silence hit the stage next. I am so fucking sick of seeing this band. They aren't bad, but I have seen them five times and I'm not even a fan of their music. I have pretty much said everything there is to be said about their live show before (good energy, their vocalist is kind of a douchebag, their live show is all over the place in terms of quality, their songs can kind of bleed together blah blah blah) . They were better this go round then they were at Rock and Shock last October, but they still were still just average.

Massachusetts's own Unearth came on after that. They put on an awesome show for the hometown crowd. You could tell they were stoked to be back home and the whole band seemed extremely appreciative. Justin Foley from Killswitch Engage did a really good job filling in on drums for this tour. He hit the older material flawlessly, as well as the new stuff that he recorded with the band. I would have liked to have seen one more song from the new record, Darkness In The Light , but the setlist was still damn good. I want to see Unearth headline at some point (this was my second time seeing them and the first time was also a support set) so I can them play longer. They are a ton of fun live and they always give it 110% live.

It was Machine Head's first day as a side stage headliner yesterday(they were on the main stage for the first two weeks of the tour) and they destroyed. This was my second time seeing Machine Head and it completely blew the doors off the first time I saw them. Robb Flynn sounded awesome, as did the whole band. The crowd was going absolutely nuts throughout their set. The crowd really didn't go that nuts until Unearth came on. But once it started to cool down a bit, The crowd's got alot crazier and Machine Head's set proved that. They did have to cut a song, which kind of sucked. Still Machine Head put one of the most impressive shows of the day.

In Flames was the other side-stage headliner and they were fucking fantastic. Although In Flames's more recent studio material pales in comparison to their older stuff, their live show is still awesome. The songs they played (for the most part) are no where near their best, but all of their songs come across so much better live. Anders Friden is one of the funniest frontmen in metal. He was cracking jokes the whole set and had the whole crowd laughing their asses off. In Flames closed out the side stages with the best performance (out of the side stage bands.)

Trivium opened the main stage and what a surprise, they sucked! I will say their live performance has slightly improved since the last time I saw them. I only saw the second half of their set because I bought a Gatorade and relaxed for a few minutes before I headed up to the lawn.

The number one reason I attended, thrash legends Megadeth hit the stage after that. They exceeded my insanely high expectations. I am actually kind of sad it took me this long to see them. Megadeth put on one of the best live performance I have ever seen. Dave Mustaine sounded perfect. He sounded exactly the same as he does on record. The band was perfect too. They hit everything, not even one mistake. That is extremely impressive considering the speed and complexity of Megadeth's songs. Chris Broderick is the best guitar player I have seen play live. Seeing him nail the solos on tracks like "Hangar 18", "Peace Sells" and "Holy Wars" was jaw-dropping. If you haven't seen Megadeth live, do it ASAP. Amongst the top five performances I have ever seen for sure.

The other Massachusetts band on the bill, hard rockers Godsmack, played next. I haven't listened to Godsmack on a regular basis since I was 13 or 14. My expectations were pretty low considering I'm not really a fan. To my surprise, Godsmack was actually very good. I don't know if it was the hometown crowd, but Godsmack put on a high-energy, fun, show. They had a pretty cool duel drum solo/ song jam near the end of the set was a unique and interesting break in the action. Godsmack highly exceeded my expectations.

Disturbed, on the otherhand, was a letdown. I have grown out of Disturbed in the past few years , but their live show at Mayhem 08 was great, This time around... not so much. They weren't awful, they just weren't anything special. David Draiman's voice is strained to shit. The various noises he made during "The Game" sounded awful. I left about 3/4 of the way into their set to beat the traffic. Disturbed was barely above average and should definitely take that hiatus that has been heavily rumored recently.

Another Mayhem has past and it was another fun year. A lot of quality performances amongst a few duds. If Mayhem continues to produce solid lineups, I will continue the tradition of going every year. I've had nothing but great experiences at Mayhem during it's four year run and I hope it can continue to remain a fun festival for years to come.

slapguitarer
07-23-2011, 01:07 PM
[QUOTE=mastodon421;378718
Red Fang:
Into The Eye
Sharks
Wires
Malverde
?(it was a longer song, just don't know the name)
Prehistoric Dog
[/QUOTE]

The longer song was probably Humans Remains Human Remains

hellawaits77ny
07-23-2011, 01:28 PM
Ugh, soooo hammered yesterday. I filmed All shall Perish (2-cam), Machine Head (2 cam), Megadeth, Godsmack and Disturbed. YT clips hopefully soon. I'll post another review later.

masterguy49
07-23-2011, 03:10 PM
Machine Head's set got cut short. After Locust, a tech came on stage and pulled Rob Flynn aside and told him they only had one more. So they played Halo over Astethics Of Hate.

I think Unearth has been changing their set a ton or people are horrible at recording their setlist because on Setlist.fm no two sets are the same by them on Mayhem so far.

Ah, well I hope I see Watch It Burn and Giles :drool:

And are you sure Trivium played Like Light To Flies? I know you aren't a big fan but I don't want to keep my hopes up to hear that :tongue:

makethemsuffer12
07-23-2011, 04:03 PM
Ah, well I hope I see Watch It Burn and Giles :drool:

And are you sure Trivium played Like Light To Flies? I know you aren't a big fan but I don't want to keep my hopes up to hear that :tongue:

It seems Trivium are changing it up every night too, so who knows.

TripKore
07-23-2011, 06:04 PM
Ah, well I hope I see Watch It Burn and Giles :drool:

And are you sure Trivium played Like Light To Flies? I know you aren't a big fan but I don't want to keep my hopes up to hear that :tongue:

Everything was filmed except Red Fang, All Shall, Suicide
Here's all the videos (every set was filmed 100%)
www.youtube.com/user/XplicitConcerts
www.xplicitbootlegs.com

mastodon421
07-23-2011, 06:14 PM
Ah, well I hope I see Watch It Burn and Giles :drool:

And are you sure Trivium played Like Light To Flies? I know you aren't a big fan but I don't want to keep my hopes up to hear that :tongue:

I am sure because Matt Heafy announced it. I wouldn't have known otherwise, I'm not a Trivium fan.

jhdeity
07-24-2011, 10:08 AM
Ah, well I hope I see Watch It Burn and Giles :drool:



Yeah Giles is my favorite Unearth song and Watch it Burn is my favorite song of 2011 so far.

hellawaits77ny
07-26-2011, 10:03 PM
I'll give a short review:

Of course, my buddies and I had to get hammered before hand, as beers are $9+ at the Comcast Center. We knew the company gives out a shit load of free Rockstar drinks, which is awesome, so we smuggled in a flask of vodka, and make some cocktails :party: I really didn't watch a lot of bands, as I spent my time between filming the bands I really liked heading back to the tent to refill our cocktails. The only thing that really bummed me out was how long the meet and greet lines were. We planned on trying to meet All Shall Perish, but their line was stupid long, and it probably would have made us miss Machine Head.

All Shall Perish : Great as usual. These are cool guys who really enjoy playing live, and they sounded great. I filmed them, but it probably won't be great. My buddy got his digicam real close, so we'll have a nice 2-cam. Thought their new songs sounded great live. 9/10

Machine Head : Hadn't seen them in 2+ years, wish I could see them w/ a longer set. A very powerful set by the old dudes, and their sound was solid. Same deal w/ filming them as ASP. 8/10

Trivium : Some people think these guys suck live, but I think they're great. Their guitars were very clear, and I always feel pumped up when I see them live. Didn't film, as there weren't many people around, would've been easy for security to bust my ass.

Megadeth : This is coming from a Megadeth fan, mind you: they sucked. I saw them last year in Glens Falls and they were much better. Dave always turns his vocals down, but they were almost inaudible this year. They just didn't seem into it. And the setlist sucked. Filmed them as well, will be ok but not great. Lot's of people moving around in front of me and such, so there will be some obstructions. But on the whole, I am a fan, and hearing some of their songs still got me pumped. 6.5/10

Godsmack : Another band people hate on. However, I've never seen them put on a bad show. Setlist was OK, and I Stand Alone is one of my all-time favorite live songs. Their guitars were very clear and strong, overall a very good performance. 9/10

Disturbed : Hopefully these guys don't break up, but just do the hiatus. Their live shows are very stagnant, and they just don't seem to be into it. Overall not bad, but I've seen them several times before, and this was their worst performance. 6/10

YouTube clips once I get my PC fixed.

masterguy49
07-26-2011, 10:47 PM
No score for Trivium? :tongue:

hellawaits77ny
07-26-2011, 10:54 PM
No score for Trivium? :tongue:

Nah, sorry Man. Big Trivium fan I am and really wanted to film 'em, but as I said, they main stage stands were friggin' dead, and it would have been really easy for security to spot me filming. I probably could've pulled it off, but didn't wanna risk it.

masterguy49
07-26-2011, 10:59 PM
Nah, sorry Man. Big Trivium fan I am and really wanted to film 'em, but as I said, they main stage stands were friggin' dead, and it would have been really easy for security to spot me filming. I probably could've pulled it off, but didn't wanna risk it.
It's no big deal :D
I really can't wait till Mayhem, seeing a lot of bands I've yet to see for the first time. Really worried about having the last date though :hecho:

hellawaits77ny
07-26-2011, 11:04 PM
It's no big deal :D
I really can't wait till Mayhem, seeing a lot of bands I've yet to see for the first time. Really worried about having the last date though :hecho:

You will have a blast, man. I've been to Mayhem 3 out the 4 years, and they've all been among my best concert experiences. It's a true fuckin good time. I don't know if you drink, but I love to get hammered beforehand, soak in the atmosphere (well, besides some the scumbags's B.O.) and rock out. I just wish I lived closer to some, so I'd be able to go to more than 1.

I wouldn't be worried about having the last date. In fact, that probably means the bands will be more likely go balls out.

mastodon421
07-27-2011, 04:56 AM
It's no big deal :D
I really can't wait till Mayhem, seeing a lot of bands I've yet to see for the first time. Really worried about having the last date though :hecho:

I really wouldn't be worried about being the last date. Actually I would say you are lucky to have the last date. I have been to the last date of a tour twice (Two years ago Hatebreed/Unearth/Cannibal Corpse and last week with Children Of Bodom/Devin Townsend/Obscura/Septic Flesh) and let me tell you, those where the best performances I've seen from all those bands. They tend to give it all they got on the last night of a tour.

Xenocide
07-29-2011, 11:53 AM
mastodon421, you weren't wearing a Crack The Skye tour shirt, were you?

mastodon421
07-29-2011, 12:01 PM
mastodon421, you weren't wearing a Crack The Skye tour shirt, were you?

No. I was wearing an Unearth shirt with a Massachusetts State Flag on it.

masterguy49
07-29-2011, 12:13 PM
You will have a blast, man. I've been to Mayhem 3 out the 4 years, and they've all been among my best concert experiences. It's a true fuckin good time. I don't know if you drink, but I love to get hammered beforehand, soak in the atmosphere (well, besides some the scumbags's B.O.) and rock out. I just wish I lived closer to some, so I'd be able to go to more than 1.

I wouldn't be worried about having the last date. In fact, that probably means the bands will be more likely go balls out.

Of course I love Mayhem Fest, it has been my first concert in Mayhem 08 and I've been to everyone since then. And I do drink occasionally, but not in public places, cause, you know, I'm 15 ;)

zgodt
08-04-2011, 09:37 PM
I just bought tickets to take my cousin to see this show in Detroit. The one band on the lineup that I was really looking forward to seeing was In Flames. Now they've dropped off the rest of the tour. Fuck. So now all that's left that I know/care about is Red Fang and 2 or 3 songs by Megadeth.

Can anyone tell me who else among this line-up I should look forward to, and maybe who else from the "lesser" stages I should check out in advance?

hellawaits77ny
08-04-2011, 09:43 PM
Of course I love Mayhem Fest, it has been my first concert in Mayhem 08 and I've been to everyone since then. And I do drink occasionally, but not in public places, cause, you know, I'm 15 ;)

Oops sorry dude, didn't know you were so young :eek:

hellawaits77ny
08-04-2011, 09:43 PM
I just bought tickets to take my cousin to see this show in Detroit. The one band on the lineup that I was really looking forward to seeing was In Flames. Now they've dropped off the rest of the tour. Fuck. So now all that's left that I know/care about is Red Fang and 2 or 3 songs by Megadeth.

Can anyone tell me who else among this line-up I should look forward to, and maybe who else from the "lesser" stages I should check out in advance?

On the small stages, you should check out Machine Head, Unearth, Kingdom of Sorrow and All Shall Perish. All great bands who are great live.

masterguy49
08-04-2011, 09:46 PM
Oops sorry dude, didn't know you were so young :eek:

:D I get that reaction a lot. The merch girl for Hate was flirting with me(or at least it seemed.... women.) and when I told her I was 15 she spit her coffee everywhere :lol:

hellawaits77ny
08-05-2011, 12:06 AM
I told her I was 15

That was your first mistake! You should've seen where it went!

zgodt
08-05-2011, 06:46 AM
On the small stages, you should check out Machine Head, Unearth, Kingdom of Sorrow and All Shall Perish. All great bands who are great live.

All right, thanks for the tips. :)

mastodon421
08-05-2011, 07:01 AM
I just bought tickets to take my cousin to see this show in Detroit. The one band on the lineup that I was really looking forward to seeing was In Flames. Now they've dropped off the rest of the tour. Fuck. So now all that's left that I know/care about is Red Fang and 2 or 3 songs by Megadeth.

Can anyone tell me who else among this line-up I should look forward to, and maybe who else from the "lesser" stages I should check out in advance?

Machine Head, Kingdom Of Sorrow, Unearth, and All Shall Perish are the best of the side stages imo (especially the first 3)