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Mayhem: A review

Published: Thursday, July 12, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 19:07

 

In sea of concert shirts, faded from years of wear and tear, metal heads of all eras flocked to the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. The concert brought a blend of rock and metal bands such as Anthrax, Motorhead and Slipknot to the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in the Woodlands on Wednesday.
First up on the main stage was old school metal band Anthrax starting off strong playing several of their old hits. By the end of their set they had the crowd crying and dying for the Indians and singing along to the hit song “Indians.”
After Anthrax stepped off and the set crews began setting up for the next band, the masses began heading over to the Jagermeister side stage where British metalcore band Asking Alexandria were appealing to a younger crowd of metal fans. On their final song the band called out to the crowd to go all out and fans began jumping into the arms of the crowd and surfing across
Now that the speakers were heated up on the main stage, Motorhead hopped on to lay out some more classic metal. The band sported intense drum solos; each starting with two billows of smoke pouring out onto the stage, engulfing the band till there was nothing but the music. During the final solo, Mikkey Dee spun drum stick after drumstick high into the air, never missing a beat. All 20-some odd sticks were thrown to the feeding frenzy of fans in the pit.
Pentagrams circled around a plain-white sheet, covering the stage as American thrash metal band Slayer beckoned screams from a crowd teeming with anticipation. As the curtain was lifted, smoke poured into the crowd and flames flew high upon the stage. The sick guitar riffs and heavy drum beats did not take pause for three whole songs, showing these men were truly well seasoned veterans of their art.
Mosh pits broke out on the lawn as fans pushed and punched one another to release the energy given off by the group’s intense solos and angry lyrics. As the set came to a close lead singer and bassist Tom Araya, a man of powerful lyrics, left the stage saying very little because there was little left to be said.
The time had come, American heavy metal band Slipknot was about to take the stage. Devoted fans donned the horrid and pained masks of the band members as electronic wails could be heard from behind a crimson stage curtain. As the curtain lifted, the drums hit and the guitars were hot. Lead singer Corey Taylor went to his knees, screaming at the top of his lungs. The two drum sets climbed high into the air as drummers hopped from the ground up to them and over the other. Interaction was at an all time high with the crowd singing parts of songs, clapping to the beat, yelling expletives and throwing up their middle fingers. Fans joined the band in a song honoring fallen, founding member and bassist Paul Gray. The Iowa natives left the stage with a final song, “Surfacing,” giving rise to feelings of anti-establishmentarianism as well as individuality in your thoughts and beliefs and really just saying screw “the man.”
By close, fans left with ringing ears, sweaty clothes and tired bodies, but also the urge to go out and just go crazy. The bands came out to honor great music and they did just that by leaving avid followers a great show and new comers a reason to keep coming back for more.

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