MAYHEM FESTIVAL – 08/03/2014 Bristow, VA

by I.O. Kirkwood on August 9, 2014

Mayhem

All photos courtesy of THAT GUY Photography – Timothy Reese

I caught the the Jiffy Lube Live performance in Bristow, VA of MAYHEM FESTIVAL 2014 at the last minute thanks to Adrenalin PR. The festival was exciting, exhausting, and yet I made it home in one piece. I have a KORN bruise that rivals my BATTLECROSS bruise from earlier in the week. Since I started working for METAL DESCENT, I have seen more bands in the past three and one half months than I have my entire life and that’s over three decades of time. I’ve also had my first (terrifying) experience with crowd surfing. All of the pictures are by Timothy Reese of THAT GUY Photography, fellow metal head and partner-in-crime. For the full view, click on a thumbnail. Album links are provided at the bottom of the page.

ASKING ALEXANDRIA – Main Stage

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I’m not a big fan, but there were plenty of people there to see ASKING ALEXANDRIA. The British quintet draws a crowd, and listening to them live wasn’t quite as painful for me as listening to one of their albums. If you’re looking for my usual poetic wax-on-wax-off, you won’t find it here but That Guy took some great shots. (genre: hard rock/*metal)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/askingalexandria

AVENGED SEVENFOLD – Main Stage

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AVENGED SEVENFOLD (A7F) is one of the first metal bands I ever listened to before I knew what extreme metal was. They ride that fine line between metal and merchandise and they had the most amazing stage set. Technology is fucking brilliant. They played songs I knew and love and as the last performance were able to hold my cranky, exhausted attention, which is the hallmark of a good show. (genre: metalcore)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AvengedSevenfold

BODY COUNT – Sumerian Stage

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BODY COUNT was one of the most anticipated acts on the roster and I fucking missed them. The heat and rather vicious sunburn had taken me out. It didn’t help getting kicked in the head twice and nearly crushed by 175 pounds of crowd-surfing female on the EMMURE side of the field (cause their fans don’t play). Thankfully, That Guy snapped some pictures and my friends stood in for me. I missed Ice-T, guys <weeps silently>. But you can hear Mayhem live on Sirius XM through August 11th and BODY COUNT was fucking phenomenal! (genre: thrash metal).

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bodycountofficial

CANNIBAL CORPSE – C Stage

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This was my first time seeing CANNIBAL CORPSE and it was awesome. This is the kind of band that makes albums I can’t sit through but has a live presence that holds my attention. Metal is made to be played in front of a wild, live audience and CANNIBAL CORPSE knows how to harness that energy without breaking the animal. (genre: death metal)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cannibalcorpse

DARKEST HOUR

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I did not get to see DARKEST HOUR and it may very well be because there were two stages going at once. Somehow That Guy was able to sneak off to get pictures and I present them here for those of you who love melodic death metal as I do. I’m sorry I missed them.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DarkestHourDudes

EMMURE – Victory Stage

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EMMURE took the stage and I saw Adam Pierce get behind his drum set with my own eyes.  This was my first experience with crowd surfing (! – right?) and it scared the shit out of me. As Frankie screamed his little heart out in his windbreaker and scarf (! – had to be sweating balls but it never showed), I was nearly squashed as the people around me decided I could handle 175 pounds of flesh bag on my little own. I would definitely see EMMURE live again, but preferably from stage right where there is Security and no gravity-prone bodies rolling above my head. I plan on living a loooooong time. (genre: metalcore)

Emmure: https://www.facebook.com/emmure

ILL NIÑO – Victory Stage

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With a new album out, Til Death, La Familia (see our review HERE), ILL NIÑO are playing the new songs with Latin passion. I liked the percussion set up and the Santana vibe definitely worked for them. Again, always try a band’s live performance before you pass judgment on them as a whole. Some bands are high-energy and some are very mellow. ILL NIÑO falls right in the middle and their sound is rhythmic and thick. (genre: nu metal)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Officialillnino

KORN – Main Stage

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OMG, KORN! OMG! Sorry <waves hands in front of face>. I wasn’t expecting my reaction to them to be this intense, but what a superlative show. They pulled out the best of the best and totally turned me on to their current release The Paradigm Shift. This is what a live performance is supposed to do and I think next to Suicide Silence and Wretched, this was one of the most enjoyable acts for me.  That Guy must have enjoyed them too because he got some crazy shots. (genre: nu metal)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/korn

MISS MAY I – C Stage

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There were three stages all in a row, just like the houses of the three little pigs, and MISS MAY I played wolf, huffed and puffed, and blew them all down (figuratively speaking). There was a circle pit the entire width of the field because these dudes are dead-to-rights serious about a good time. This is the kind of energy I like to see in a live act. (genre: metalcore)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MissMayIMusic

MUSHROOMHEAD

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So I need to clone myself because somehow I missed MUSHROOMHEAD too and I was very excited about seeing them. Thank the gods That Guy was around to capture these amazing photos.  Looks like everyone had a good fucking time and I missed it. (genre: industrial metal)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mushroomheadofficial

SUICIDE SILENCE – C Stage

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SUICIDE SILENCE did not disappoint. All bets are off, people. I would win on the next album because it is going to CRUSH and I can’t profit in good conscience on such certainty. There was a perfect mixture of the best new songs and the best old songs. You should have seen the huge grins on the fans’ faces as Eddie stepped up to the plate and SS knocked that shit out of the ball park.  I have an interview with EDDIE HERMIDA and he has many awesome things to say about metal, fronting for SS, and his favorite “band.” Look out for that interview in the near future. (genre: deathcore)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/suicidesilence

TRIVIUM – Main Stage

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Okay, I was hard on TRIVIUM the last time I reviewed their performance. It was my first time and how the hell was I supposed to know that Matt Heafy would blow his voice out only days later? So, I am very happy to report that they kicked ass this time out! Heafy was in excellent form and that made all the difference in the performance. Definite thumbs up and I’m on board the TRIVIUM Train. (genre: heavy metal)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TriviumOfficial

WRETCHED – Victory Stage

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Though they are last on this list and only by alphabetical luck-of-the-draw, WRETCHED was the first performance I was able to catch and they destroyed it! Adam Cody was so on, I expected him to explode right there on stage – a veritable human grenade!  With a new album, Cannibal (see our review HERE), WRETCHED is tearing it up with a blend of melodic death metal, thrash and hardcore elements. There are a number of complex influences to their music and you can read about it in our interview with them HERE.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wretchednc

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ioI.O. Kirkwood is a Metal Descent contributor. You can check out her personal blog at iokirkwood.com.

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