Korn fans started a "wall of death" mosh pit during the Wantagh, New York, stop of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest 2014, according to a July 30 YouTube post. Korn, who got the wall of death rolling during their anthemic "Shoots and Ladders" tune, was just the co-headlining act at this year's Mayhem Festival, but you would have never guessed it from the reaction the band received from the thousands of metal fans on hand for the Jones Beach show.
Since the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest 2014 lineup for Nikon at Jones Beach Theater was scaled back to just four acts from the original plan of 19, the fans who showed up had plenty of gas left in the tank to rock out with Korn. Originally, bands such as Body Count and Cannibal Corpse were slated to play at the Jones Beach show. Unfortunately, venue size restrictions caused some changes to be made, as only the four main stage bands were able to perform.
The other 15 bands scheduled for the bill were forced to skip the Jones Beach stop. However, not many fans seemed to mind the lack of side stage openers. Since just four bands played on the main stage, event attendees poured all their energy into the opening acts, and the fun kept up throughout the night.Trivium and Asking Alexandria kicked off the show with back-to-back performances that featured lots of action in the mosh pit, but it was Korn who truly got the good times rolling with a set that featured all the classics, with everything from "Freak on a Leash" to "Twist."
It's hard to believe that Korn has been at it since 1993, as their performance was as high-energy and passionate as if they just started this year. Fans may have been supporting them for over 20 years and the band may have been at it for two decades, but their set felt new and fresh, never dull or dated. Even though nu-metal isn't in style quite as it was in the late-90s, Korn still puts on a fantastic set that feels relevant even in 2014.
Besides "Blind," the highlight of their set with easily their rendition of "Shoots and Ladders." Korn fans always go berserk when Jonathan Davis breaks out the bagpipes, and that's exactly what happened at Jones Beach. The floor crowd opened up a "wall of death," and ran right into each other and the chorus kicked in. Following Korn's set, Avenged Sevenfold whipped the crowd into a frenzy with a 90-minute set that drew heavily from 2003's Waking the Fallen.