This past Tuesday (July 22, 2014) Rockstar's Mayhem Festival stormed into Mansfield. The Xfinity Center parking lot was chaos for most of the day, and when the sun began to set, it was time to move it all inside.
20 bands on four stages. I caught and photographed all but two (Ill Nino and Islander), and have decided - instead of getting caught up on the negative - to weed through the lot and give to you the better half.
These were, by far, the 10 Best Performances of the Mayhem Fest at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA.
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I've long been a fan of Korn, so I went into this Mayhem Fest expecting them to come out on top. I wasn't disappointed. Their music was as good as I remembered, their lighting was phenomenal, and Jonathan Davis was as fun as ever.
I hadn't even heard of most of the bands playing this year, so when I found out Mushroomhead was on the bill, I was happy I'd at least have their spectacle to look forward to. This was my first time seeing them, and their spectacle was far more spectacular than I had ever imagined.
Oh, Ice-T. My older brother listened to Body Count, so I was introduced to this band far too young. I never thought the day would come when I would see them live. Tuesday came, I saw them live, and Ice-T is as hard as anyone who's ever lived.
I went in to the main stage completely underestimating the bands to be featured on it. I though that, of the four bands, the only good one was going to be Korn... it turned out that the only awful one was Avenged Sevenfold. Asking Alexandria has a solid sound to them, and their lead singer has a laid-back air about him, making everything happening on stage seem fresh and interesting.
These guys are legends. Plus, what's heavy metal without a tornado of hair on stage? It's not very heavy, that's what it is. Putting that logic into practice, Cannibal Corpse is the heaviest.
Upon A Burning Body
I think what I liked most about these guys was their look. Then the lead singer came out and turned the bands suits onto their heads. I went in to this festival knowing most of these bands through word of mouth; Upon A Burning Body had some of the highest praise, and rightfully so.
This guy was intense. From the noises he somehow made to the fact that, more often than not, he looked like he was going to explode, he was a sight to be seen.
Veil of Maya
Here's where the list starts getting weak. That's not saying anything necessarily bad about Veil of Maya as a band, it's just that they're on this list solely because of how much their front-man was enjoying himself; the music itself was kinda forgettable.
Miss May I
When I first saw a picture of this band, I almost decided to skip their set and make their time-slot my lunchtime. I'm glad I didn't, as their energy was exactly what I needed to get me through the rest of the afternoon lineup.
I almost skipped these guys. In fact, if any of the concession stands I had tried had hot dogs, I was definitely going to skip these guys. I was tired and hungry and I had never heard of them and friends of mine gave very mixed reviews. Thankfully, though, I was located near a hot dog dry spot, and was introduced to a solid band opening up a mostly great main stage.