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Disturbed95
07-17-2013, 05:24 AM
Me and my group of friends got to the venue roughly an hour before doors opened. We met up with our other friend who had to get a ride with his sister, and after waiting for a bit we got in. First thing we did was check out the merch tents. I was planning on buying a new mayhem tour shirt, but they werent good this year IMO, so i just bought a machine head shirt instead.

The first band was Thrown into Exile, i didnt watch them but all i heard while hunting for merch was them pleading for people to come to the stage. i feel bad for them given that they start like 10 minutes after doors open.

Huntress was the first band i watched. They werent bad, but they didnt do anything for me. I dont have a complete set, but i know they played fuck you to death,spell eater and zenith

We went to get water during Attika7, because none of us wanted to see them, and i personally cannot stand them, and we wanted to be close for battlecross.

Battlecross were suprising to me. I had only heard one song from them, and it wasnt bad, but not great. They put on a really good show, and during their second to last song, my friend who is 6'6 260 pounds got decked by some short stocky dude in the pit.
Set:
1.Breaking You
2. Man of Stone
3.Kaleb
4.Force Fed Lies
5.Flesh & Bone
6.Push Pull Destroy

The next 5 bands, Born of osiris, JFAC, butcher babies, motionless in white,and emmure i had zero intrest in seeing, but in order to secure rail for Machine Head, i had to watch JFAC. They werent bad, but they did nothing for me. Im not a huge death metal fan, i prefer more melodic stuff, and i have a deep hatred for crowd surfers, so when the singer called for them, everyone around me on the rail groaned.
Set:
1.Entombment of a Machine
2.Imperium Wolves
3.Knee Deep
4.Tarnished Gluttony
5.Constitutional Masturbation

Then finially, at long last the one band i really wanted to see came on the stage. I had seen machine head once before(Mayhem 2011), and they were great that time. i knew that they had been making slight changes to their set, and i was hoping that they kept Davidian as their opener, which they did. The crowd loved them. The singing along was great, and you could tell Rob was loving it, because after every song he would say how great the crowd was and how the sing along was the loudest of the entire tour. Whether or not he meant it idk, but i think he did and it made their set that much better
Set:
1.Davidian :party:
2.Struck a Nerve
3.Imperium :rocker::rocker:
4. Locust
5.Halo :rocker::rocker:

Not a fan of CoB, so i dont have their set.
After MH, we ventured on over to the main stage, and given how few people were there, we decieded to take some seats a few rows back in the section right before reserved seats.

Amon Amarth put on a really good show, despite them being on the main stage,and the shitty attendance. I kinda feel bad for them, because they would be so much better on the side stage, but they still put on a good show.

Set: (from setlist.fm)
Destroyer of the Universe
The Pursuit of Vikings
War of the Gods
Deceiver of the Gods
Death in Fire
Twilight of the Thunder God

Mastodon was the next band, and i know most people love em, but i cant get into them. during their entire set, Troy and Bran were the only members who looked like they actually wanted to be playing. Brent and Bill stood still the entire set, while troy was running around, jumping, headbanging, trying to have some energy. They dissapointed me to be honest. I dont have a set from them, but i know they played all the heavy lifting, aqua dementia, crystal skull, black tounge and maybe spectrelight.

During Mastodon we moved down into the reserved seats, because only like 50 of them sold, and we wanted to be close for Zombie, which meant having to sit through FFDP. I can tolerate these guys on record, but live, i cannot stand them. Ivan Moody cant sing or scream well, and i hate the band's whole tough guy theme. Two of my friends who went love them, and enjoyed them, but i couldnt wait for them to get off the stage.
Set:
Under and Over It
Burn It Down
Hard To See
Bad Company
White Knuckles
Drum Solo
Lift Me Up
Coming Down
Far from Home intro
The Bleeding

Then Mr. Rob Zombie started his set. I saw him back in 2010, and he was good then, but me and my friend were on the lawn, so i really didnt experience his stage show fully. being this close was awsome because it made his show that much better. Tons of pyro, giant things that walk out on stage, and more pyro. During John 5's guitar solo, zombie walked around the entire venue and shook peoples hands before making it back up to the stage to begin covering enter sandman and schools out.
Set:
1.Teenage Nosferatu Pussy
2.Superbeast
3. Meet the creeper
4. Living Dead girl
5. We're an American Band
6. More Human Than Human
Drum solo
7. Ging Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga
8.Sick Bubblegum
9.House of 1000 Corpses
10. Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Supertown
11. Thunder Kiss '65
Guitar solo, with parts of Enter Sandman and Schools out
12 Dragula

Overall, this was a pretty up and down show for me. Going with a group was awsome, and made the day that much better, but having only 1 or 2 bands to look foreward to was a bummer. Hopefully the lineup is better for next years tour.

Scores:
Huntess- 7/10
JFAC-5/10
Motionless in white(based only on hearing them)-5/10
Emmure(Same as MIW)-2/10
Machine Head- 9.5/10
Amon Amarth-7.5/10
Mastodon-5.5/10
Five Finger Death Punch- 3/10
Rob Zombie-7.5/10

mastodon421
07-17-2013, 06:21 AM
I'll fill in the blanks with sets

Huntress:
Spell Eater
Destroy Your Life
?
Zenith
I Want to Fuck You to Death
Eight of Swords

Born of Osiris:
Follow the Signs
Ascension
Open Arms to Damnation
Abstract Art
Machine
Bow Down
Recreate

Emmure included:
Solar Flare Homicide
Sunday Bacon
I Thought You Met Telly and Turned Into Casper
Drug Dealer Friend
R2Deepthroat
Children of Cybertron


Children of Bodom:
Silent Night, Bodom Night
Hate Me!
Hate Crew Deathroll
Angels Don't Kill
Halo of Blood
Sixpounder
Blooddrunk
In Your Face

Mastodon:
Black Tongue
Crystal Skull
Dry Bone Valley
Megalodon
Blasteroid
Stargasm
All the Heavy Lifting
Spectrelight
Bedazzled Fingernails
The Sparrow

Metal_Head
07-17-2013, 07:43 AM
More filling in the blanks:

Attika 7:
Crackerman
Waiting for the Darkness
Dance of the Dead
Serial Killer
Devil's Daughter

Motionless in White:
Devil's Night
Immaculate Misconception
Sick From the Melt
Puppets 2
Synthetic Love
Underdog
America

Emmure:
4 Poisons 3 Words
Solar Flare Homicide
Sunday Bacon
I Thought You Met Telly and Turned Me into Casper
Protoman
Demons With Ryu
Drug Dealer Friend
Dogs Get Put Down
R2Deepthroat
Children of Cybertron

I'll post my review in a bit.

toolfansat
07-17-2013, 07:47 AM
I can't add to the setlists at all, but I will just say it was freaking HOT!

Metal_Head
07-17-2013, 07:49 AM
It was hot as hell and the attendance was incredibly poor. I won't be surprised if there is no Mansfield Mayhem date next year, the tour must be losing money with such bad attendance.

mastodon421
07-17-2013, 08:01 AM
I wouldn't say the attendance was incredibly poor, it was comparable to the past couple years with the front 8 sections being mostly full and the open-air seats being mostly empty. The Uproar festival I went to two years ago had absolute shit attendance and they've still had a Mansfield date the years after that.

Disturbed95
07-17-2013, 08:02 AM
It was hot as hell and the attendance was incredibly poor. I won't be surprised if there is no Mansfield Mayhem date next year, the tour must be losing money with such bad attendance.

If the drop a date, It will probably be maine.

Metal_Head
07-17-2013, 08:12 AM
2 sections in the covered seats had literally only a handful of people in them and besides the middle sections most of the open air seating was completely empty too; also the lawn has been closed the past two years.

Speaking of Uproar did anyone jump on that 10 dollar ticket deal? There is no way I could turn down Alice in Chains for ten bucks

toolfansat
07-17-2013, 08:17 AM
My quick thoughts on the bands I saw:

Job For A Cowboy - 3/10. Not my thing.

Emmure - 1/10. First time seeing them...NOW I get why nobody likes them!!

Machine Head - 7/10. Really good performance. They seemed to actually be enjoying being there.

Children Of Bodom - 5/10. Didn't really care for them, maybe because the heat was starting to get to me. Cut it short and headed to the pavillion.

Amon Amarth - 8/10. I wasn't familiar with their material, but I thought they put on a good set.

Mastodon - 6.5/10. I was really looking forward to seeing them, and was a little disappointed. To me, they just looked like they wished they were somewhere else.

5FDP - 8/10. I don't get the hate for them. I always enjoy their live shows.

Rob Zombie - 9/10. Always a good performance from RZ! John 5 seemed to be interacting with the crowd more than past shows.

hellawaits77ny
07-17-2013, 08:20 AM
2 sections in the covered seats had literally only a handful of people in them and besides the middle sections most of the open air seating was completely empty too; also the lawn has been closed the past two years.

Speaking of Uproar did anyone jump on that 10 dollar ticket deal? There is no way I could turn down Alice in Chains for ten bucks

Where is the $10 deal at?

adamclark52
07-17-2013, 08:22 AM
More filling in the blanks:

Emmure:
I Thought You Met Telly and Turned Me into Casper

What the fuck does that even mean?

toolfansat
07-17-2013, 08:26 AM
Speaking of Uproar did anyone jump on that 10 dollar ticket deal? There is no way I could turn down Alice in Chains for ten bucks

CRAP! I meant to... :bouville:

HugeRockStar
07-17-2013, 08:26 AM
That's actually a killer Bodom set. I'm seeing Bodom and Amon Amarth at Heavy MTL in a few weeks, not much a fan of either of them like I used to be, but 45 minutes of each of them in the sun is a great nostalgic trip.

Sanitarium78
07-17-2013, 08:49 AM
About the attendance, a few das ago I was checking out the interactive seat maps on ticketmaster for Mayhem, Gigantour and Uproar just to see how the tours were selling. These tours are selling like crap everywhere. I think there's just too many amphitheater package tours and people are either getting tired of seeing them or they have to make a choice between going to one or the other. In the end these tours are suffering from low attendance and it might be time for bands just to get back to headlining on their own again instead of these package tours.

Mayhem came here on sunday and I didn't go because I didn't have much interest to see a couple bands I like play six or seven songs and that's it. Plus, Zombie's headlining sets have gotten pretty boring from a song selection standpoint. I know a couple people who went and they said that the first couple sections were filled but about half the reserved seats were empty and the lawn was pretty empty to. They need to do something new with these tours or just end them altogether.

markrz
07-17-2013, 09:14 AM
More filling in the blanks:

Emmure:
I Thought You Met Telly and Turned Me into Casper
What the fuck does that even mean?

I get as far as it being a reference to the movie Kids (Telly and Casper are the main characters' names) but I don't see how the sentence applies to anything in the movie.

IrritatedTrout
07-17-2013, 09:19 AM
Yep, I just checked Uproar and Mayhem in DC and they are both selling terribly. I guess lawn sales seem pretty good but there are thousands upon thousands of reserved seats available. For Uproar there are some sections with only like one pair of seats sold. I'm skipping both tours as well as I have no interest in sitting through a glut of bands that suck just to see someone good play for only 45 minutes to a little over an hour or something.

Surprisingly Black Sabbath is selling somewhat badly in DC too. :( But it's a huge place and prices are probably too high and turning people off so that may explain some of it.

Metal_Head
07-17-2013, 09:21 AM
Quick rundown of my day:

Got there about an hour before doors and chilled in the parking lot with my friends, ate some food, had some drinks and went in.

Thrown into Exile had just finished as we were walking in, so nothing about them.

Watched some of Huntress and they were ok at best; I don't like the whole gimmick the chick who sings for them puts on. I thought it was pretty lame. 4/10.

Attika 7 were next and they surprisingly were not bad. If anyone heard someone screaming Biohazard during their set, that was me. 6/10.

Up next was Battlecross, a band I never really gave the time of day, but after seeing them live I will be checking them out more. They kicked ass. 7.5/10.

Born of Osiris were up next and were awesome. This was my second time seeing them and they were just as good as last time. Great set. 8/10.

Didn't watch one minute of Butcher Babies, went and found some shade during their set. From a distance, they sounded horrible.

Motionless in White were next and played a good set. I am a fan of their first album Creatures, so it was pretty disappointing to hear only one song off of it. The rest was all off their new album Infamous. This band is trying way too hard to be like Manson now, but the songs were not as bad live as on record. 7/10.

Job for a Cowboy killed it. They translate so well live, can not wait to see them again. 8.5/10.

Although I'm sure I'm the only person on this forum who would ever say it, I thought Emmure was awesome. They really got the crowd going and were heavy as fuck. 8/10.

Machine Head was the last band I saw on the side stages, and like the previous three times I had seen them live, they were excellent. Best band on the side stages, 'nuff said. 9/10.

We chose to not watch Children of Bodom and instead made our way to our seats to relax for a bit. Amon Amarth hit the main stage to a small, uninterested crowd. The first slot on the main stage is probably the worst on the fest. I thought they sounded good but their set seemed really short. 7/10.

I was curious as to how Mastodon would sound live last night, as in 2008 at the Comcast Center they sounded so bad that I had to walk out. They sounded mint last night. Awesome set, it was great to see these guys live again. 8.5/10

Five Finger Death Punch, was, well, Five Finger Death Punch. They were tight and the crowd was into them, but I just really can't get over how much the guys in this band are all absolute tools, specifically Ivan Moody. 6/10.

Rob Zombie, like usual, was awesome and entertaining. Great way to cap off a pretty damn good day of metal. 9/10.

Wrecking Crew
07-17-2013, 10:09 AM
In the end these tours are suffering from low attendance and it might be time for bands just to get back to headlining on their own again instead of these package tours.

Mayhem came here on sunday and I didn't go because I didn't have much interest to see a couple bands I like play six or seven songs and that's it.

Totally agree, your last sentence is why I didn't go to Mayhem this year. Everyone I was interested in (Amon Amarth and Zombie) I had already seen do full sets within the last two years so that was good enough for me. Last year's Mayhem was awesome with Anthrax, Slayer and Motorhead but a list that good doesn't happen very often.

Spiner202
07-17-2013, 10:55 AM
Totally agree, your last sentence is why I didn't go to Mayhem this year. Everyone I was interested in (Amon Amarth and Zombie) I had already seen do full sets within the last two years so that was good enough for me. Last year's Mayhem was awesome with Anthrax, Slayer and Motorhead but a list that good doesn't happen very often.

These tours have had this problem since the beginning. It's almost always the exact same set of bands that already tour North America frequently. On this Mayhem, I like Huntress, Children of Bodom, and Amon Amarth, but I've seen all three, and even if I hadn't, I wouldn't go and sit through all of the terrible bands playing.

PowerMaiden
07-17-2013, 11:20 AM
That's actually a killer Bodom set. I'm seeing Bodom and Amon Amarth at Heavy MTL in a few weeks, not much a fan of either of them like I used to be, but 45 minutes of each of them in the sun is a great nostalgic trip.

CoB are playing 2 spots before the headliners therefore they have an hour long set, so probably 3 or 4 extra songs

Cheers !
PowerMaiden

mastodon421
07-17-2013, 01:51 PM
BTW, Rob Zombie also played Sick Bubblegum after Ging Gang Gong.

Disturbed95
07-17-2013, 04:09 PM
BTW, Rob Zombie also played Sick Bubblegum after Ging Gang Gong.

Fixed. Thanks I thought I forgot one song

PVH5150
07-17-2013, 04:19 PM
If the drop a date, It will probably be maine.

Maine is a test market this year. First Mayhem New England date other than Mansfield or Hartford. I think it'll do rather will seeing as it's easily the smallest venue on the whole tour.

I think it would make more sense to drop Hartford. The Comcast Theater holds close to 30,000 people and I highly doubt it's doing better attendance wise than Mansfield.

Disturbed95
07-17-2013, 05:00 PM
Maine is a test market this year. First Mayhem New England date other than Mansfield or Hartford. I think it'll do rather will seeing as it's easily the smallest venue on the whole tour..

They were giving away free tickets, so i assume it didn't do well.

PVH5150
07-17-2013, 05:15 PM
They were giving away free tickets, so i assume it didn't do well.

Damn, oh well. Win some, lose some.

mastodon421
07-17-2013, 05:17 PM
There's too many reviews in this thread already and I don't want to hijack it, so if you want to read my full review hear is the link: http://maitlandsmadness.blogspot.com/2013/07/concert-review-mayhem-fest-mansfield-ma.html

pantera1115
07-17-2013, 07:13 PM
I agree the attendance was shit this year witch Im not surprised cause the lineup was so half assed. But I do remember 2010 being pretty freaking packed all day, 2011 was even hotter than this year so it only filled up once the main stage opened, last year I remember most seats being full but the lawn was empty.(witch Iv have a few theories as to why that is) But yeah 2010 was the one year where there was actually a lot of people. Idk I mean I had a blast but overall the audience didn't seem nearly as stoked to be there as years past. I can remember waiting for all that remains to come on back in 09, and having literally less than 0 personal space, and that was while tbdm was playing on the other stage. I want that shit back damnit. Oh well I guess. I suppose the economy is shit, and the comcast center is a huge venue with outrageous prices.:bouville: