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TheNobleFaceHumper
07-31-2013, 08:28 PM
I'll write a better review tomorrow.

Thrown Into Exile - They were decent, much better than most of the metalcore this fest could have gotten, very energetic performance.

Huntress - This band sounds 10x better live than on CD, the whole thing with the cape and Jill's outfit is dumb, but besides that they were good.

Battlecross - By far the best side stage band of the day, they had the only wall of death at the show. They were probably the most energetic band I watched, I love their mixture of melodeath, thrash and metalcore, definitely became a fan of theirs today.

JFAC - Only saw two songs but heard everything, this band's recordings do not even remotely do them justice, JFAC are probably the epitome of a "Mayhem" fest band.

Scorpion Child - This band were a lot of fun, and I was glad they actually had a stage, really need to see a longer set.

Machine Head - This is the 3rd time seeing them, and I've never seen more than a 5 song set, they were good as usual, but I'm sick of the half hour sets.

Amon Amarth - The second best band of the day, Johan Hegg is an incredible front man and a really cool guy to talk too as well, he said they will be coming back late this year on a special headlining tour, could not tell me with who, definitely need to see them in a club.

Mastodon - This was by far the best band of the day, they were every bit as incredible as I was hoping for, getting to see Troy and Brann at work was awesome, I've waited almost five years to finally see them, so I can shorten my bucket list a little. Overall a great set, amazing sound quality, and surprisingly enough Brent Hinds was out talking to people, which I've always heard he's somewhat antisocial, but whatever.

I left after Mastodon because lol5fdpsucks and even though Zombie is cool live, not worth standing through an hour of 5fdp.
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Only MH and Mastodon have been switching up sets so ...

MH

1)Imperium
2)From This Day
3)Ten Ton Hammer
4)Locust
5)Halo

Mastodon

1)Black Tongue
2)Crystal Skull
3)Dry Bone Valley
4)Megalodon
5)Stargasm
6)Blasteroid
7)All The Heavy Lifting
8)Spectrelight
9)Bedazzled Fingernails
10)The Sparrow

I got a drum head signed by Mastodon, CDs signed by Battlecross and AA, and JFAC signed my "Ruination" vinyl.

BiohazardABZ
07-31-2013, 09:14 PM
Can someone tell Mastodon that it is NOT acceptable to end with The Sparrow. I mean it is a killer song but at a metal festival you need to break out Iron Tusk or something.

CaptRedBeardVII
08-01-2013, 07:56 AM
Machine head played From This Day, not Bulldozer.

While Mastodon is a good band, they are beyind boring in this setting. They are just not made for outdoor festivals, maybe it was the set list, I don't know. They didnt seem like they even wanted to be there, no energy. The only entertaining thing was the lightning/thunder coming down during the final song. Awesome day but for me, this band was the definite low point of the day. Give me a band that is fun to watch over this any day

TheDeadPanda
08-01-2013, 09:29 AM
This is the first mayhem review I think I've read where the person didn't say mastodon was incredibly boring lol

TheNobleFaceHumper
08-01-2013, 09:58 AM
Machine head played From This Day, not Bulldozer.

While Mastodon is a good band, they are beyind boring in this setting. They are just not made for outdoor festivals, maybe it was the set list, I don't know. They didnt seem like they even wanted to be there, no energy. The only entertaining thing was the lightning/thunder coming down during the final song. Awesome day but for me, this band was the definite low point of the day. Give me a band that is fun to watch over this any day

My bad, I was back by the JFAC tent and thought it was bulldozer, couldn't hear everything clearly.

As for MAstodon, I'm a massive fan of theirs and I had never seen them live, so I couldn't give a crap what they played, and for me personally I'll take musicianship over energetic show.

anomynous
08-01-2013, 10:04 AM
Does Mastodon actually attempt to do their vocals correctly now, or are they still horrible?

InFlamesOfBirchmen
08-01-2013, 10:20 AM
Having seen Mastodon six times now, I feel I should apologize for their setlist if this was your first time seeing them. I'm a die-hard fan, but their reliance on Hunter material dropped the energy immensely.

As for the vocals; they've improved slightly, but they still sound pretty much the same. Their harmonies are actually pretty decent when they want them to be. Brent's whistling solo during Bedazzled Fingernails is pretty fun, though.

TheNobleFaceHumper
08-01-2013, 11:02 AM
I personally enjoyed it.

adamclark52
08-01-2013, 11:08 AM
If it's your first time seeing one of your favorite bands you're going to love it no matter what. It's magic that will never be duplicated.

TonyD
08-01-2013, 11:47 AM
From the shows I've been to, the vocals have actually been pretty good. But I don't know if it's just cause they lowered my expectations so much during the entire CTS tour :lol:

Polock91
08-01-2013, 10:17 PM
If it's your first time seeing one of your favorite bands you're going to love it no matter what. It's magic that will never be duplicated.

My first time seeing Tool was one if the worst experiences of my life

InFlamesOfBirchmen
08-01-2013, 10:35 PM
My first time seeing Tool was one if the worst experiences of my life

Care to elaborate? Unless it was the fans ruining it, I can't see how a Tool show could be bad.

CaptRedBeardVII
08-02-2013, 12:34 AM
Care to elaborate? Unless it was the fans ruining it, I can't see how a Tool show could be bad.

Ill second that. Mastodon should look to them as an example of how to put on a show, being a more technical, stand on stage and play type of band.

Polock91
08-02-2013, 06:39 AM
Care to elaborate? Unless it was the fans ruining it, I can't see how a Tool show could be bad.

In the middle of performing Sober (the song they switched out Ticks and Leeches for), they had a DJ come out and remix it. Live. For about 15 minutes.

hiddenzombie013
08-02-2013, 09:51 AM
I actually had a solid time at Mayhem in Tampa this year. This is my 5th time going (only one I missed was 2010). Brief review:

Motionless in White: Definitely a solid band and the crowd was into them. No real complaints. 7.25/10

Butcher Babies: The chicks are smokin' and the music was heavier than expected. Some of the screams were pretty bad, but solid otherwise. 6.75/10

Born of Osiris: Not too bad, although some of their songs rubbed me the wrong way. I don't mind electronic parts in hardcore songs, but I didn't care for theirs. 6/10

Job for a Cowboy: Only saw their first and last songs, but I've seen them a couple other times and they are always fun

Emmure: Fuck the haters, but I thought these guys were pretty awesome. Definitely one of the most intense pits of the day, I had a lot of fun at this show, and I'm not even familiar with their songs. 8/10

Scorpion Child: Unexpected surprise, these guys didn't belong on Mayhem, but they had a tight classic rock vibe, even if their stage was shitty. I'd check em out. 7.5/10

Machine Head: Like the OP said, MH is awesome, but I'm getting tired of their short ass sets. They've played Tampa 4 times since 2008, and they've all been sets 45 minutes or less at this same venue. Hey MH, bring your next headlining tour here, that's what we want to see! But still, they did kick ass for sure. 8/10

Children of Bodom: I can't give them a fair score because it was so fucking hot at this point that it was hard to focus on the band. I spent half of their set sippin on free Rockstars and eating free beef jerky. They were pretty good though.

Amon Amarth: Second best band of the day, these guys kicked ass! I didn't know any of their stuff (other than TotTG), but I came away a fan. Their stage setup was one of the best metal setups I've ever seen too. At first I was skeptical of them opening the main stage, but they totally deserved it. 8.25/10

Mastodon: I love Mastodon, but they really aren't that great of a live band. This was my third time seeing them and this was the second best (and this was really average). Their setlist wasn't very good, and they just come across as dull, especially after AA. Even their headline show I saw in 2011 was 'pretty good' at best. It's not like their songs are bad, but they need to fix something. 6/10

Five Finger Death Punch: Unlike most people, I love FFDP, and their set was my favorite of the day by a pretty large margin. The setlist was pretty much perfect for me, and the band looks like they're having a ton of fun onstage. They also threw out a ridiculous amount of guitar picks too. I'd love to see them become an arena-level band in their own right, and I hope they come back on their headlining tour. 8.75/10

Rob Zombie: Don't get me wrong, his stage show is awesome, but his music just doesn't do anything for me. I also just saw him in October, and his show is pretty much the same now as it was then. I left early after Meet the Creeper so I could beat traffic, and I was very glad I did. That said, if you love his music, he won't disappoint live. 7/10

Mayhem was a good time this year, but this was definitely a big step down from last year, and probably my least favorite time overall. Also, I can see Florida getting skipped on next year's Mayhem, considering that this one sold so poorly that they upgraded everyone who had lawn tickets into seats. I believe the seats hold only 7,000 people (and the lawn 13,000) so those numbers aren't too hot. Black Sabbath, on the other hand, had nearly 14,000 people two nights before (that show was PACKED), so it's not like metal is dead here. They just need a better lineup next time.

smearCampaign
08-02-2013, 10:21 AM
In the middle of performing Sober (the song they switched out Ticks and Leeches for), they had a DJ come out and remix it. Live. For about 15 minutes.

Was it Lustmord?

If so, fuck you for complaining.

marker
08-02-2013, 11:58 AM
Ill second that. Mastodon should look to them as an example of how to put on a show, being a more technical, stand on stage and play type of band.

That's ridiculous. Maybe Brent should just stand at the back of the stage all night like that douchebag Maynard.

CaptRedBeardVII
08-02-2013, 01:11 PM
That's ridiculous. Maybe Brent should just stand at the back of the stage all night like that douchebag Maynard.

Maynard stands up front now and has for years, but my point was they just stand there, just like mastodon, but the show with the screens and lights and what not make it fun to watch and enhance the music. Mastodon should do something similar, it would be cool to see their music with some kind of light shot behind it.

CaptRedBeardVII
08-02-2013, 01:19 PM
Also, I can see Florida getting skipped on next year's Mayhem, considering that this one sold so poorly that they upgraded everyone who had lawn tickets into seats. I believe the seats hold only 7,000 people (and the lawn 13,000) so those numbers aren't too hot. Black Sabbath, on the other hand, had nearly 14,000 people two nights before (that show was PACKED), so it's not like metal is dead here. They just need a better lineup next time.

I doubt we get skipped. 3/6 years they have upgraded lawn to seats for free.

Polock91
08-02-2013, 03:20 PM
Was it Lustmord?

If so, fuck you for complaining.

No idea who it was. Regardless, I didn't pay for an $80 ticket to watch some dick remix their song. I paid to see them. With the time they wasted on that, they could've played both Sober and Ticks and Leeches.

TheNobleFaceHumper
08-02-2013, 05:38 PM
I actually had a solid time at Mayhem in Tampa this year. This is my 5th time going (only one I missed was 2010). Brief review:

Motionless in White: Definitely a solid band and the crowd was into them. No real complaints. 7.25/10

Butcher Babies: The chicks are smokin' and the music was heavier than expected. Some of the screams were pretty bad, but solid otherwise. 6.75/10

Born of Osiris: Not too bad, although some of their songs rubbed me the wrong way. I don't mind electronic parts in hardcore songs, but I didn't care for theirs. 6/10

Job for a Cowboy: Only saw their first and last songs, but I've seen them a couple other times and they are always fun

Emmure: Fuck the haters, but I thought these guys were pretty awesome. Definitely one of the most intense pits of the day, I had a lot of fun at this show, and I'm not even familiar with their songs. 8/10

Scorpion Child: Unexpected surprise, these guys didn't belong on Mayhem, but they had a tight classic rock vibe, even if their stage was shitty. I'd check em out. 7.5/10

Machine Head: Like the OP said, MH is awesome, but I'm getting tired of their short ass sets. They've played Tampa 4 times since 2008, and they've all been sets 45 minutes or less at this same venue. Hey MH, bring your next headlining tour here, that's what we want to see! But still, they did kick ass for sure. 8/10

Children of Bodom: I can't give them a fair score because it was so fucking hot at this point that it was hard to focus on the band. I spent half of their set sippin on free Rockstars and eating free beef jerky. They were pretty good though.

Amon Amarth: Second best band of the day, these guys kicked ass! I didn't know any of their stuff (other than TotTG), but I came away a fan. Their stage setup was one of the best metal setups I've ever seen too. At first I was skeptical of them opening the main stage, but they totally deserved it. 8.25/10

Mastodon: I love Mastodon, but they really aren't that great of a live band. This was my third time seeing them and this was the second best (and this was really average). Their setlist wasn't very good, and they just come across as dull, especially after AA. Even their headline show I saw in 2011 was 'pretty good' at best. It's not like their songs are bad, but they need to fix something. 6/10

Five Finger Death Punch: Unlike most people, I love FFDP, and their set was my favorite of the day by a pretty large margin. The setlist was pretty much perfect for me, and the band looks like they're having a ton of fun onstage. They also threw out a ridiculous amount of guitar picks too. I'd love to see them become an arena-level band in their own right, and I hope they come back on their headlining tour. 8.75/10

Rob Zombie: Don't get me wrong, his stage show is awesome, but his music just doesn't do anything for me. I also just saw him in October, and his show is pretty much the same now as it was then. I left early after Meet the Creeper so I could beat traffic, and I was very glad I did. That said, if you love his music, he won't disappoint live. 7/10

Mayhem was a good time this year, but this was definitely a big step down from last year, and probably my least favorite time overall. Also, I can see Florida getting skipped on next year's Mayhem, considering that this one sold so poorly that they upgraded everyone who had lawn tickets into seats. I believe the seats hold only 7,000 people (and the lawn 13,000) so those numbers aren't too hot. Black Sabbath, on the other hand, had nearly 14,000 people two nights before (that show was PACKED), so it's not like metal is dead here. They just need a better lineup next time.

>BB get's 6.75
>Mastodon gets a 6
>this post gave me cancer.

To each their own though.

CaptRedBeardVII
08-03-2013, 04:15 PM
If his ratings are based off entertainment/performance, then I can see why he rated it like that. As I said, Mastodon is an amazing band...on record, but they are one of the most boring bands live. They really got to work on their live show. If I just want to hear good music, I'll listen to it at home, in my car, or whatever...I go to concerts for the experience, to add to the music. I can't even count the number of times I've seen a band live, had a bunch of fun and loved it, then listened to the CD and thought it sucked. It is what it is...

InFlamesOfBirchmen
08-03-2013, 05:32 PM
That's ridiculous. Maybe Brent should just stand at the back of the stage all night like that douchebag Maynard.

Gonna have to stop you there. Maynard stands in the back with Danny because it fits aesthetically (each band member stands in front of a screen), and he'd rather his bandmates get the attention.

If you're gonna call Maynard a douche, do it for one of the dozen valid reasons.