DENVER—Veil Of Maya, Darkest Hour and Ill Niño were the seventh through ninth opening acts on Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival’s A Taste Of Mayhem, on July 13. The Panoramic, King 810, Erimha, Islander, Wretched, Upon A Burning Body, Mushroomhead, Emmure, Miss May I and Suicide Silence were all the opening acts. Texas Hippie Coalition was the direct support and Cannibal Corpse was the headliner.
Bradon Butler is the vocalist, Sam Applebaum is the drummer, Dan Hauser is the bassist and Marc Okubo is the guitarist of Veil Of Maya.
A high-pitched instrumental was heard and cheers were heard, before Veil of Maya approached the stage. Butler yelled out the city of Denver with enthusiasm and encouraged the crowd to participate as much they could. As the second song was underway, the crowd crawled atop strangers onto their backs, crowd surfed, pushed forward into the photo pit and security was waiting to put them back on their feet. Later on during their set, a circle pit formed in the middle of the general admission area.
John Henry is the vocalist, Mike Schleibaum and Mike “Lonestar” Carrigan are the guitarists, Aaron Deal is the bassist and Travis Orbin are the drummer of Darkest Hour.
Upon reaching the microphone, Henry spoke of how Darkest Hour was from Washington, DC. After the first song came to an end, he mentioned their new album was due out in Aug. 5 and on Sumerian Records. Later, they performed “Violent By Nature”. He welcomed everyone to the opening day of the festival and thanked the 1,000s of fans who came to the show. In the end, he wished them peace. He and his band mates raised their arms and walked off stage.
Cristian Machado is the vocalist, Diego Verduzco is the rhythm guitarist, Ahrue Luster is the lead guitarist, Lazaro Pino is the bassist, Dave Chavarri is the drummer and Daniel Couto is the percussionist of Ill Niño.
As soon as Ill Niño’s banner was raised, the crowd cheered with approval and Machado praised the Denver crowd. Later on during the set, he went onto dedicate “This Is War” to those in the armed forces. After announcing they would be performing from the “Confessions” album, he advised the crowd to sing along to the words. Afterwards, he complimented the crowd and called them “phenomenal” and announced their new record was due out on July 22.