The bands for the sixth annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival have just been announced. Now it's time for them to rock.
The bad news: Mayhem is skipping San Antonio for the fourth consecutive year. The good news: It's coming to Austin for the first time, on Friday, Aug. 2.
Zombie and Five Finger Death Punch will be joined on four stages by Mastodon, Amon Amarth, Machine Head, Children of Bodom, Behemoth, Emmure, Born of Osiris, Motionless in White, Thrown In To Exhile, Job For A Cowboy, Butcher Babies, Battlecross, Huntress, and Citi In The Sea. Click here for a sneak peek of Five Finger Death Punch's forthcoming song "Here To Die."
Tickets for all dates go on sale this Friday at noon. Lawn tickets will be available for $20 through livenation.com for the first 72 hours of the sale through Monday, March 25.
Interestingly enough, Austin is the only one of the 26 cities whose venue is still to be determined. In January, it had been announced that Mayhem would take place on the grounds of the new Circuit of the Americas Formula One race track. But that appears to be pending. Complete Mayhem dates and updates can be found here when the fest's site gets back up and running.
The Mayhem bands arrived to the news conference this afternoon at the famed Whisky A Go-Go on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood via motorcycle convoy. Some of the bands are slated to perform on the Strip tonight and meet with fans.
This year's lineup is heavy on metalcore (screamo) acts, and it will be interesting to see how those fans mix with more traditional heavy metal fans. Further, one of the biggest questions remaining to be answered is: who will play bass for Machine Head after original bassist Adam Duce was fired last month following a 22-year stint?
Mayhem Fest came to San Antonio its first two years in 2008 and 2009. Even though it is bypassing the Alamo City again, Friday's ticket sale date is a big one for area fans. In addition to Austin's Mayhem date, the inaugural River City Rockfest -- to be headlined by Guns N' Roses and Alice In Chains on May 26 at the AT&T Center -- begins public ticket sales that day (more info here).
Stay tuned for more of the SAMME's exclusive coverage leading up to, and during, Mayhem Fest. For my previous coverage of some of the Mayhem Fest bands, click on the blue links below.
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