Mayhem Festival -- Mansfield, MA -- August 3rd, 2012
Mayhem Festival 2012
Mansfield MA – Comcast Center
Where to begin… well I guess I’ll do a walkthrough of the entire day. I woke up around 6:30 am after about 4 hours of sleep just because of excitement. Hung out, left around 9 to pick up/cash my check. Left my friend Mike’s around 10 to pick up 2 other guys and head for Mansfield. We stopped at Burger King along the way and feasted like no tomorrow. After that it was a straight drive to the Comcast Center. We got there around 12 and went for the doors. While waiting for them to open Mike saw some guys he used to be in a band with and I knew one of them, so we went over to chill. We ended up chilling with them for most of the day because their seats were in the row behind ours.
Doors opened for pre sale a little after 1, so we headed inside to do whatever. None of the merch tents were open yet, so out of boredom we decided to go up to the Jager stage to watch the opening band, which was Dead Season. They weren’t as horrible as I remembered from last year, but nothing really all that good.
After Dead Season I went to the Slipknot merch table to grab a shirt and the Metal Blade table to say hi to Chris, who was kind enough to give me some sunglasses for the day. I then went to the Rockstar tent where I grabbed some hydration and then headed back for the Jager stage.
I The Breather was in the final parts of their set now, but damn they were energetic. Their vocalist was all over the place, and their music was getting the place going. During their last song they called for crowd surfers and it was almost too much, but I was able to use the chaos to work my way up to the rail. Despite their energetic live show their music is still pretty damn generic.
Up next was one of the bands I was most pumped for, Whitechapel. Honestly they were sort of a disappointment for me. After the novelty of seeing them open with my favorite song of theirs, Possession, their show got old quick. Their guitar tracks are insaaanely simplistic, I guess it might be because I was on the rail and they’re more “mosh music”, but I wasn’t all that impressed. The fact that I enjoy their studio music helped me through their lackluster live show.
The Darkest Day of Man :rocker:
This is Exile
Possibilities of an Impossible Existence
After Whitechapel I decided to keep my rail spot through TDWP for As I Lay Dying. The Devil Wears Prada, like I The Breather, was a damn energetic live band. But at the same time, a lot of their music blends together and I can only take so much scream verse/clean chorus/breakdown before I get a little bored. It didn’t help that they were playing for 35 minutes, so after awhile I was just standing there staring at them, waiting for them to finish. The songs I knew sounded alright, like Born to Lose, Mammoth, and Dez Moines. Also the lead singer’s little quip about God and heaven at the end didn’t really sit well with me. Also, I don’t know if they played that song “Constance” or not, because Tim Lambesis didn’t come out.
I’m not familiar enough with their stuff to give a full setlist, but what I know they played:
Born to Lose
Now for the side stage band I was most excited for, As I Lay Dying. Goddamn, these guys did not disappoint. Condemned was a GREAT track to open with, and the energy never let up. The side stage crowd got the most insane out of the entire day during AILD, and there were times where I honestly thought I was going to lost my rail spot. I sent the entire set headbanging and screaming the lyrics. My rail spot had shifted a bit so instead of being more towards the center of the stage I was more towards the right, but I was right in front of Nick who you could tell was having fun with the crowd. Vocals on all parts sounded nearly perfect, and I couldn’t find any faults in any of the other musicians. Fucking awesome show.
The Sound of Truth :party:
About halfway through The Sound of Truth I left my rail spot and went to the center of the action a few rows back to watch most of the song, but before it was over I headed for the rockstar tent to snag a place in line for the AILD signing where I was going to meet my friends. Ended up waiting in line for awhile because AILD was 15-20 minutes later and I had to watch the first half of Anthrax from the line. Jason Bittner did a decent job filling in for Charlie, but there were some obvious mistakes happening during Caught in a Mosh. Went through the AILD signing and talked to Nick Hipa, who is honestly one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met. He said he saw me going insane during their set. All the other guys were nice but not quite as talkative as Nick. When I came up to Tim I told him that Alex from Arizona with the Shadows Are Security tattoo says hi, he just sort of stared at me blankly and was like “oh, cool…”. I then asked to get picture with him and he seemed fine with it but he didn’t really talk at all and was pretty blank. At the time I thought he was annoyed but thinking about it, it seems like he was just insanely tired.
Ended up getting out of the tent and going over to the revolver tent to grab some programs, and my friends who were completely exhausted said they were headed to get some water and chill in the wooded area where the Sumerian stage was. I stuck them with my Metal Blade bag and fucking BOOKED it to the Jager stage, because Indians was starting. They were the only band I moshed to the entire day, but I moshed HARD. Throughout all of Indians and most of Madhouse I was just running around the entire place belting the lyrics, moshing, and generally having a great fuckin’ time. Towards the end of the set I chilled out a bit and pushed my way up closer to the stage (although I was already pretty close). Throughout the set there was smoke EVERYWHERE and all you could smell was weed. I saw a blunt being passed around so I took a hit which got me a little high for about 5-10 minutes. I then went insane again during I Am The Law, which Joey tried to do his intro where he chants a word then the crowd does, but we just ended up chanting the entire damn thing. He said fuck it, you guys are too stoned, let’s do this, and kicked off I Am The Law during which I went insane yet again. Ended up leaving their set during the end of the song to meet up with the guys and head for the main stage.
Caught In A Mosh
Got The Time
Fight ‘Em Till You Can’t
I Am The Law :rocker: :rocker:
I’m guessing we showed up to the main stage about halfway through Asking Alexandria, it didn’t really matter though. Everyone in our area was making fun of them anyways. We just chilled in the seats for awhile, once Motorhead started we went to get food because 1) The 3 of us had already seen them from the rail and 2) The food areas would be empty. I got fries and a Gatorade which cost me $12. Headed back halfway through Motorhead and though they sounded alright they were a bit boring for me. I mean, they were a little on the boring at Gigantour and it’s even less stimulating seeing them while sitting in an open air seat. I was pissed they cut the one song I was looking forward to seeing from them, Overkill.
Setlist was the usual without Overkill at the end.
Slayer. Slayer slayer slayer slayer slayer slayer. Slayer. Slayer Slayer.
GREAT fucking show. Spent the entire set headbanging, belting the lyrics, air guitaring/drumming, whatever felt good at the time. Everything sounded phenomenal, Gary Holt is a great replacement and is probably even more energetic than Hanneman, Also the stage setup was cool.
Die By The Sword
Altar of Sacrifice
Seasons in the Abyss
Dead Skin Mask
Angel of Death
South of Heaven
And now the headliner, Slipknot. One of the main bands that got me into metal back in middle school, finally seeing them live. They did not disappoint. The show was raw, energetic, and unreal. Every song sounded fantastic, set highlights being Eyeless, Vermilion, and Spit it Out. During Surfacing we walked down to the rail of the covered seats and watched from there while going apeshit. Great show.
Wait and Bleed
Before I Forget
The Heretic Anthem
Spit it Out
People = Shit
Left when they were done. Messing around with my friends on the way out resulted in me losing the $35 Slipknot shirt I bought. Sort of pissed about that, but all in all it was the best MayhemFest yet.
Dead Season 4/10
I The Breather 6/10
The Devil Wears Prada 7/10
As I Lay Dying 9/10
Asking Alexandria 5/10
Good review glad you had fun.
Sweet review man! I was gonna write a review but since you did such a detailed one I'll just write a quick overview of my time at the show.
I got to the Comcast Center around 4:40. I planned on seeing As I Lay Dying, but we ended up leaving later than expected, so they were ending by the time we got in. I've seen them before though, so it wasn't a big deal. The first band up for us was Anthrax. We missed the first couple songs waiting in line for the ATM and beer, but from what we saw they were awesome. They had a lot of energy on stage, and Joey sounded great. The crowd response was really impressive too. I got a free Rockstar during their set and felt the need to chug it in two sips, which felt great at the time but I started to crash a little later on lol. Had to counter the crash with a Red Bull.
We got water after Anthrax and chilled out looking at all the merch and stuff before heading over for Motorhead. We had pit tickets so we were so excited! This was my third time seeing them and they did not disappoint! Although they don't really move on stage at all, their music speaks for itself. Lemmy is one of the ultimate badasses in rock, everything he does is awesome. I started laughing at one point because they stopped to take a drink and everyone started cheering, even that is badass when Motorhead does it. They sounded great and I enjoyed the set a lot.:horns:
Next was Slayer! This was my first time seeing them (not sure how its taken me so long) and they were just as incredible as I could have expected. The stage setup was perfect, with the inverted crosses and flames, I especially liked the flaming Slayer logo hanging in the center. They were a serious assault on the ears, but it was definitely worth it. The crowd ate up the performance. I spent most of the set headbanging near the pit, and decided to jump in for the last few songs. The whole set was super intense and I loved every minute of it, definitely my favorite performance of the day. Song highlights included "Disciple," "Jesus Saves," and of course "Raining Blood," but I really can't single out songs as they were all awesome!:rocker:
Last up was Slipknot. They are one of my friends favorite bands, so he was pumped to see them. For me, I just wasn't overly impressed. Not to sound elitist, cause I like plenty of mainstream popular stuff, but I just don't really care to hear Slipknot's music anymore. I was never a huge fan to begin with anyway, so I'm not turning my back on them or anything. With that being said, the stage setup was crazy with tons of flames and loud cracks. The raised drums were pretty cool too. The band had a ton of energy on stage as well. people were going nuts for them the entire set. The band sounded good, and a couple times Sid Wilson jumped into the crowd, which was pretty cool. Overall, had a great time at Mayhem this year.:party::D:fist:
When I came up to Tim I told him that Alex from Arizona with the Shadows Are Security tattoo says hi, he just sort of stared at me blankly and was like “oh, cool…”. [/QUOTE]
Honestly dude, that's just a awkward thing to say :lol: He's tired and he's probably met shit tons of people just that day, so just saying Alex(A very popular name) says hi, I don't know what you would expect him to say. The tattoo may narrow it down but still, just really awkward.
also inb4 people bitch about the formatting
I just figured I should, cuz the guy I was referring to (Alex) hung out with him for awhile backstage and Tim offered to put a picture of the tattoo on the band's twitter.
I agree 100% on Slayer. Holy shit that was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. :rocker:
Not going to post a seperate thread, but if anybody wants to read my review here is the link:[url]http://maitlandsmadness.blogspot.com/2012/08/concert-review-mayhem-fest-mansfield-ma.html[/url]
Another great Mayhem Fest. Slipknot and Slayer were flawless. Proved once again they are two of the best live acts around. Finally got to see Anthrax and Motorhead which was awesome. As I Lay Dying was the weakest I've seen them, but they were still really good. The Devil Wears Prada was meh and Asking Alexandria was probably the worst live band I've ever seen.
Nice review man
[QUOTE=Xenocide;480682]Nice review man[/QUOTE]
Thanks dude. What section were you in the btw? I might have seen you at some point in time.
Section 12. In the Mansfield tour video I'm the really tall sorta chubby guy in a Slipknot shirt on the side stage rail at 1:08
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