Originally Posted by LogicBomb
Am I the only one who thinks the last couple of Summer Slaughters were a joke? Usually just one good band, two or three decent bands I'd watch on a better bill and crappy deathcore. They've only been going downhill since the first one, with the exception of whichever year Suffocation & Origin were on it, because here in NY they split it into two nights; one with all the death metal bands, and the other with Suicide Silence or whatever.
I thought this year's was great.
2007 - Necrophagist w/ Decapitated (pre-accident), Cephalic Carnage, Cattle Decap, The Faceless, As Blood Runs Black, Arsis, Ion Dissonance, Beneath the Massacre. The good easily outweighs the bad.
2008 - Black Dahlia Murder w/ Kataklysm, Vader, Cryptopsy, The Faceless, Despised Icon, Aborted, BoO, Psycroptic, Whitechapel. Honestly, one of the best lineups they've had, to me.
2009 - Necrophagist and Suffocation w/ Ensiferum, Darkest Hour, WoP, Dying Fetus, BoO, Origin, Beneath the Massacre, After the Burial, Decrepit Birth, Blackguard. Amazing stuff, but you can kinda see the crappy stuff start to creep up.
2010 - Decapitated (post-accident) w/ The Faceless, All Shall Perish, The Red Chord, Veil of Maya, Decrepit Birth, Cephalic Carnage, Animals As Leaders, Carnifex, Vital Remains. Easily the worst lineup for me. No idea what they were thinking when they booked most of these bands.
2011 - The Black Dahlia Murder and Whitechapel w/ Darkest Hour, Six Feet Under, Dying Fetus, As Blood Runs Black, Oceano, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Powerglove, Within The Ruins. Another horrible lineup, only a few bands save it from being the worst.
2012 - Cannibal Corpse and BTBAM w/ The Faceless, Periphery, Veil of Maya, JFAC, Goatwhore, Exhumed, Cerebral Bore. Although some of the bands here are bad, most of the good ones are new bands that are fucking amazing.
My suggestions - stop using the same bands over and over. I don't want Summer Slaughter to turn into Mayhem Fest. I like The Faceless, but give 'em a rest. Only one I don't mind seeing again is Necrophagist. SS to me is Necrophagist's tour.