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Rockstar Mayhem Festival: 7/5/14 – San Manuel Amphitheater – San Bernardino, Ca

The 7th annual Rockstar Mayhem Festival kicked off in San Bernardino, California at the San Manuel Amphitheater on July 5th, 2014. The lineup for this year was somewhat different than the previous years with more of the metalcore bands making an appearance instead of the bigger and well-known bands. Some of the bands that were on the bill included: Miss May I, Mushroomhead, Suicide Silence, Body Count feat. legendary rapper Ice-T, Cannibal Corpse, Trivium, Asking Alexandria, and headliners KoRn and Avenged Sevenfold.

By the time I made my way into the area where the side-stage bands were performing, Suicide Silence was performing. I’m not familiar with their music so all I did was look on with their performance. The crowd seemed into them as they moshed away and headbanged. Suicide Silence seems to be doing well with their new singer, Eddie Hermida formerly of All Shall Perish whom replaced the late Mitch Lucker.

After them, Body Count featuring Ice-T took the stage and legendary rapper Ice-T put on a show to prove that he can also rock out. The crowd reacted well as there were mosh pits the whole time and crowd surfers started to appear once Body Count started to play their hit, Cop Killer. I’d never heard of Body Count until they were announced to be at this year’s Mayhem Fest and they were definitely and interesting addition.

Once Body Count finished, the first band I was looking forward to came on. The biggest-selling death metal band, Cannibal Corpse! They played a blistering set that kept the crowd going to where at one point I was being thrown around by two different mosh pits going on around me. They started their set with my favorite track from their newest Torture album, Scourge of Iron. The rest of their set included hits such as: Make Them Suffer, I Cum Blood, Stripped, Raped, and Strangled, and their most famous song, Hammer Smashed Face. As always, frontman George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher made us laugh by cursing at us, the people standing around, the crowd that was watching from up the hill instead of being in the front with us, and by telling jokes. They are definitely a fun and brutal band to see live and I’m looking forward to their new album in September!

Video recorded by my friend/concert partner, Kanon Madness:

 

After all the main stage bands were finished, I made my way to the main stage where Trivium had started to perform. I’ve heard of Trivium for a long time now but I’ve never listened to them so this gave me chance to check them out and see what they’re all about. I could tell there were fans of their within the crowd from either singing along or they were wearing their Trivium shirts. As for the music itself, I wasn’t really impressed. It’s either because I just didn’t know their music or because there’s nothing that really stood out that made me want to check out their music and become a full on fan. Oh well, I tried.

Asking Alexandria was next and I’ve heard plenty about this band. They were the band that I asked myself, why are they on the main stage instead of Cannibal Corpse? I’m sure the majority of people there were wondering the same thing. During their performance, I looked around and saw little to no reaction from the crowd. I saw the occasional person going wild, but it could’ve been just random people going crazy for no reason, or an actual fan of theirs.

KoRn was the first of the headlining bands. Clearly there were a ton of KoRn fans since once the lights went out signaling their arrival, the crowd erupted in a huge roar louder than anything I had heard all day from being there. They wasted no time in pumping up the crowd as they opened with the crowd favorite, Falling Away From Me. Being the first night of the tour, I could tell they were freshly energized compared to the 2 previous times I’ve seen them since they were way more active and frontman Jonathan Davis brought his A-game and sounded the best out of the 3 times I’ve seen them. They played mainly hits during the night which included: Never, Never, Shoots and Ladders, Twist, Love & Meth, Here to Stay, and they premiered the song Hater live for the first time which will be released as a bonus track for the upcoming re-release of their album, The Paradigm Shift. They also played their most famous song, Freak on a Leash. Both Jonathan Davis’ and bassist Fieldy’s sons came out to rock out with their dads and it was fun seeing them have father and son moments right on stage. Seeing guitarist Brian “Head” Welch back in the band after being gone since 2005 made the band feel complete. KoRn finished their set with Jonathan Davis saying it’s been 20 years since the release of their self-titled debut album and proceeded to end the night by playing Blind, the first track off of that album. I always enjoy seeing KoRn live and will continue to do so.

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The final act of the night was Avenged Sevenfold. Some people were all for them and couldn’t wait to see them, others wanted nothing to do with them and stated to leave after KoRn’s set. I’m a fan of theirs so I stayed. Once again, the lights went out and the crowd got on their feet and yelled and screamed as Avenged Sevenfold made their way to the stage. They started off with the first track off of their newest Hail to the King album, Shepherd of Fire. A7X had the best and biggest stage set-up. They had steps on the sides so they could go up and down as they please, a church-like backdrop with 3 screens showing the band perform from different angles as well as cartoons/music videos, pyros and fireballs that shot out matching the guitar solos, and of course the giant skeleton king statue. A7X had an impressive setlist dishing out the usual songs they play live as well as new ones I didn’t expect them to play. Their songs included: Nightmare, Bat Country, Seize the Day (tribute to their late drummer, Jimmy “the Rev” Sullivan), Burn It Down (rarely played), Afterlife, and of course, Unholy Confessions. I love how they use their pyros on stage, whenever certain guitar parts/solos would come on, pyros would shoot out from the back of the stage and go from left to right or just randomly shoot out from everywhere depending on what was being played but it was a beautiful sight. Guitarists Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance are amazing guitar players with their dual guitar playing and sounded spot on from the albums. Singer M. Shadows sounded awesome and had no trouble singing live with his wide range of vocals. Arin Ilejay served as the band’s new drummer following the death of original drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan and he did an amazing job on the drums.

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Seeing the type of music I mainly listen to, it’s a bit out of the ordinary for me to say I love bands like KoRn and Avenged Sevenfold, but they were some of the first bands I listened to so they’ll always have meaning to me.

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Decibel Magazine Tour: Cannibal Corpse and Napalm Death 5-16-13 – The Observatory – Santa Ana, California

The grindcore/death metal legends Cannibal Corpse and Napalm Death teamed up for this year’s Decibel Magazine tour. It was a sold-out night at The Observatory in Santa Ana, California and fans of both bands came out to completely destroy the venue and each other!

Napalm Death started off the night strong with the intro track called “Multinational Corporations: off of their debut album, “Scum” which is one of the most influential grindcore albums and continued with “Everyday Pox”, a song from their new album called “Utilitarian”.

Napalm Death

This was only the 2nd time I’ve seen them so I knew more or less what to expect. Barney’s vocals were difficult to understand since he has that deep growling voice, but seeing him run around and act like a crazy man is always entertaining.Throughout the night they played hits from various albums such as “From Enslavement To Obliteration”,

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“Suffer The Children”, a Dead Kennedys cover of “Nazi Punks Fuck Off” and their most famous song, “Scum”. Even though none of the original members from the first album are now in the band, the current line-up has kept Napalm Death has been going strong for over 20 years. The crowd responded well as they were crowd surfing and moshing the whole time. It was a small venue and pit but that doesn’t stop anyone from pushing and shoving against each other. Seeing them perform this time somehow opened me up more to them and I think I’m going to go out and buy some more of their albums instead of just the one I have right now.

 Cannibal Corpse

The headliner was the band that everyone came to see, the legendary Cannibal Corpse which is currently the biggest selling death metal band in the USA. This was my first time seeing them so it was exciting to see how they would do. They exceeded my expectations. The crowd reacted strongly with some violent moshing and crowd surfing everywhere. This was their 25th anniversary and their setlist composed of songs from all their albums to celebrate the occasion.

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Cannibal Corpse is one of those bands where, again, you pretty much can’t understand a single word George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher is saying due to his deep growling voice unless you read the lyrics and follow along. I never knew that vocalist  George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher was such a comedian. In between songs he would mess with us, call us names jokingly, lie to us, and have all-around fun with us saying repulsive things. I expected them to have a more serious tone but I ended up having fun. Some of their songs in their setlist included: “”A Skull Full Of Maggots”, “Addicted To Vaginal Skin”, “I Cum Blood”, “Make Them Suffer”, and their most famous song “Hammer Smashed Face”. Cannibal Corpse is a must listen to band if you’re into the death metal genre. I’ll definitely be listening to more of their material in the near future.

Napalm Death live – Scum 5-16-13

Cannibal Corpse live – Hammer Smashed Face 5-16-13

 

Slipknot Set To Debut Knotfest This August

Slipknot Set To Debut Knotfest This August

Slipknot is launching their own music festival. Dubbed Knotfest, the event will hit the Midwest for two incredible days of music and more this August. The event will rock Council Bluffs Iowa on the 17th and Minneapolis Minnesota (technically Wisconsin) on the 18th. Lineups for each day are as follows:

08/17/12 – Mid-America Motor Complex – Council Bluffs Iowa:

Slipknot, Deftones, Lamb of God, Dethklok, Serj Tankian, The Urge, Prong, Dirtfedd

08/18/12 – Somerset Amphitheatre – Somerset Wisconsin:

Slipknot, Deftones, Lamb of God, Dethklok, Serj Tankian, Cannibal Corpse, Prong, Gojira, The Dillinger Escape Plan

In addition to an outstanding day of music, Knotfest will feature carnival rides, fire, drum circles made of broken down cars and a ton of other Maggot approved activities.

Tickets for both shows go on Sale this Friday June 8th via Ticketmaster. Check out the official Knotfest website for up to the minute information.

Update 07/30/12: With Lamb of God/Dethklok cancelling their 2012 tour due to LOG front man Randy Blythe’s legal trouble over seas, it has been reported by Slipknot’s Twitter that Machine Head will be one of the replacement bands.

Update 08/03/12: Bylthe has been released on bail and Lamb of God will be performing at both stops.

The 2012 Summer Slaughter Tour Announces Dates and Venues

The 2012 Summer Slaughter Tour Announces Dates and Venues

The most extreme festival tour of the year has just announced dates and venues. That’s right, Summer Slaughter is coming back and with the likes of Cannibal Corpse, Between The Buried and Me, The Faceless, Periphery, Veil of Maya, Job For A Cowboy, Goatwhore, Exhumed and Cerebral Bore this lineup may be the most brutal one yet. General Admission Tickets go on sale Friday April 27th. VIP Tickets will be available starting tonight (04/23/12) from SoundCheck Hollywood. All the dates for the North American trek are down below. To keep up with all things Summer Slaughter, check out the official Facebook page here. Likewise, feel free to check out our review from last year’s stop in West Hollywood by clicking here.

2012 Summer Slaughter Tour Dates:

7/20- Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
7/21- San Diego, CA @ SOMA
7/22- Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
7/23- Scottsdale, AZ @ Venue of Scottsdale
7/25- Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
7/26- San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
7/27- Mission, TX @ Pharr Events Center
7/28- Houston, TX @ House of Blues
7/30- Tampa, FL @ The Ritz
7/31- Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
8/01- Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
8/02- Knoxville, TN @ The Valarium
8/03- Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend
8/04- Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
8/05- Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
8/07- Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
8/08- New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
8/09- Albany, NY @ Northern Lights
8/10- Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
8/11- Montreal, QC @ Heavy Montreal
8/12- Toronto, ON @ Heavy Toronto
8/14- Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
8/15- Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s
8/16- Chicago, IL @ House Blues
8/17- Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
8/18- St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
8/20- Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
8/22- Seattle, WA @ The Showbox Sodo
8/23- Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
8/24- San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
8/25- Anaheim, CA @ The Grove

 

Decimation of the Nation Tour 2009: Nokia Theater – New York, NY

Decimation of the Nation 2 Tour  12/18/09

Nokia Theater – New York, NY

Words/Photos by Melorocker

First, many thanks and gratitude to Justin and Mr. Robertson for getting me that “precious” photo pass (and may this not be the last time I get it lol). I am a huge fan of Hatebreed but I am not that big on the “deathcore” scene, still I had a blast at this show, and after all i’m becoming a fan of Born of Osiris and Unearth. I used 2 digital cameras plus an old but trusty 35mm cam. I was the only one at the photo pit during Hate Eternal, Born of Osiris, Unearth and Cannibal Corpse then 4 other photogs showed up for the Hatebreed set. I met Erik (Hate Eternal) after his set on the lobby, also I saw a few of the guys from osiris going in and out of the venue early in the day. I had a greet and meet with Hatebreed after the show. there were 20 of us “die-hards” for the M&G. Hatebreed signed anything that you wanted, pictures albums, posters, at one point I asked Waynne if he had a guitar pick on him and to my surprise he did and I got it, YEAH! this was a great show for me to finish this 2009 concert season in style thanks again to Justin. this is my last confession for 2009. Happy holidays and Merry Christmas to all.

 

 

 




All Day/All Ages – Metal Fest Rocks The Hollywood Palladium

All Day All Ages Metalfest

 W/ Dirge Within, Hate Eternal, Born of Osiris, Whitechapel, Unearth, Chimaira, Cannibal Corpse, Trivium & Hatebreed

The Palladium – Hollywood, CA 11/28/2009

Words/Photos/Video by Reverend Justito

While many used Thursday to feast and give thanks, I managed to wait till Saturday to truly celebrate Thanksgiving.  Armed with two comp tickets and a fancy photo pass (thanks KM), I hit the Palladium in chilly Hollywood, CA for a day long metal festival.  With a lineup featuring rising acts like Whitechapel, legends such as Cannibal Corpse and Hardcore Superstars Hatebreed closing, how could I not be thankful?  So enough with the stuffing, let’s get to the action:

Metalfest at The Hollywood Palladium 11/28/2009

Dirge Within:

Guys, I enjoyed watching your last song from the back bar.  It was solid and left me wanting more.  Shaun, it was very nice to meet you, granted I didn’t say much so you probably don’t remember me at all.  I do apologize that we got in late, but some box office issues, its Hollywood you know how it goes.  Next time!

Hate Eternal:

Erik Rutan of Hate Eternal 11/28/2009

Next time was this time as I was finally able to witness a Hate Eternal set.  I missed these guys a few years ago with The Black Dahlia Murder at the Key Club (RIP) because of work/traffic, so finally getting to see them was a treat.  The short set of crushing death metal did not disappoint.  Front man/guitarist Erik Rutan had a great command of the excited and eager crowd.  He was all smiles as the young audience went crazy for songs like “I, Monarch”.  What truly stood out the most was the energy of Rutan.  While the music may be dark, his smile is so big and contagious you couldn’t help but have your own spread across your face.

 

Born Of Osiris:

Born of Osiris - Hollywood, CA 11/28/09

It would be very easy for me to make fun of this hot topic Nintendo death core band from the Midwest.    I mean, they have a hype man who when not laying down Legend of Zelda grooves on his lil Casio keyboard, is singing along with no mic while shaking his cute lil boy emo haircut in time to the music .  I noticed that their bass player tripped at least three times and while I wouldn’t rush down to the store to buy a record, I would watch these guys over the Macy Thanksgiving Day Parade any day of the week.   Besides, while I couldn’t confirm anything on Wikipedia, I am pretty sure their singer is that kid reporter from that Kate Hudson flick – “Almost Famous”.   Feel free to check out some video of their songNow Arise” to form your own opinion of the Midwestern mall rats that did a fine job of warming up the crowd for bigger and better acts. (Update March 2012. With Summerian Records having our original YouTube channel removed, we will no longer post their video. I was going to link you to a video where their owner Ash Avildsen talks about piracy, but it appears he took that down. My guess is he took it down because the fine folks at The Gauntlet called him out for being a pirate himself. Check it out here.)

 

Whitechapel:

Whitechapel - Hollywood Palladium 11/28/09

Whitechapel is a band that I have heard the name of, but had never heard musically.  Over thirty brief minutes, these guys were very intense and quickly made a fan out of me.  With a dirty and distorted three guitar attack, these guys simply pound you into submission riff after riff.  Add a thick rhythm section with the gravel gargling vocals of Phil Bozeman and you have a perfect concoction of beefy brutality.  Songs like “Eternal Refuge” and “Father of Lies” very well could have been highlights if not for the bands closing stunt – The Wall of Death.  Using the title track of their latest record This is Exile, the band parted the cavernous dance floor like Moses parted the red sea.  While many in the eager audience were unable to wait for Bozeman’s starting signal, when the front man did let it rip, the results were pure carnage must to the delight of both the band and fans.

 

Unearth:

John "Slo" Maggard of Unearth 11/28/09

Out of all nine bands on the bill, Unearth is the only act I have seen multiple times.  What keeps me coming back to see this five piece is their perfect mix of buffoonery and brutality.  When not tearing up songs like “Endless”, guitarist Ken Susi is consuming ice cold brews via a lengthy beer bong.  With their 30 minute set, the band focused more on brutality, mixing songs like “Crow Killer” from their recent release The March with earlier fan favorites.  While I didn’t feel the energy of their set this past June with Testament at House of Blues, it’s impossible not to move your body while watching these guys.  With vocalist Trevor Phipps instructing the crowd to go crazy, huge pits swelled for their devastating take on “Sanctity of Brothers”.  With the promise of a headline tour in the spring, the Massachusetts metallers closed their oh so brief set with the fan favorite “Black Hearts Now Reign”.   With one last chance, the crowd went crazy giving Unearth undoubtedly the second largest response of the entire event.

 

Chimaira:

Chimaira 11/28/09 - Hollywood, CA

I have basically ignored Chimaira over the last decade.  No reason really, they have just never stood out to me.  When it was their turn for 30 minutes of metal, I listened with an open mind.  They were pretty enjoyable.  I really couldn’t tell you much, I know they played the songs “Severed” and “Pure Hatred simply because chatty front man Mark Hunter said so.  Same goes for “Power Trip” which on a personal level proves that you can successfully drink a $9.50 Monster/Vodka and help contribute to the YouTube live music community.  While they got 30 minutes as did most of the acts, Chimaira’s time on stage felt short and I found myself wanting more, which makes me wonder if perhaps I should not have ignored the Cleveland Ohio natives?!?!?!

 

Cannibal Corpse:

Cannibal Corpse - Hollywood Palladium 11/28/2009

Perhaps I will get some grief for saying this, but I have always viewed Cannibal Corpse as a joke.  As my friends in high school discovered their music and took it seriously, I couldn’t help but laugh at how ridiculous they were.  While enjoyable, I just couldn’t take a band with barking vocals about amputations, sores and rotting flesh seriously.  I have always wanted to see the band live (having failed twice in the past for various reasons), and my expectations were high.  Thankfully the band did not disappoint as they blasted through an energetic 45 minute set.  While I didn’t recognize the first few songs, I was excited when the death metal legends started busting out some classics.  With bassist Alex Webster lying down wicked detuned grooves; “I Cum Blood” got a thunderous reaction from the mostly male crowd.  I was actually surprised how comedic front man George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher is with his banter between songs.  When not giving the audience the impossible challenge of out-head banging him, his dedicating “Fucked with a Knife” to the 20-30 female fans in the crowd was actually kind of sweet.

While two bands may have followed, the true headliner of the all day metalfest was Cannibal Corpse.  Not only did Cannibal perform to the biggest crowd of the night, it was the rowdiest crowd of any band.  The pits were the largest and most ferocious the venue saw all day.  Crowd surfers drifted over the rails and into the arms of security guards waiting to bring them to safety.  The main floor finally looked full for their set, and when Cannibal ended things with “Hammer Smashed Face-> Stripped, Raped and Strangled” fans begged for more.  When the realization sank in that the set was over, at least half of the crowd decided it was time to head home.

Trivium:

Trivium 11/28/09 - Hollywood Palladium

I have one good thing to say about “co-headliner” Trivium.  Of the 20-30 earlier mentioned females inside the Palladium, Trivium brought in about 19 of them.  They also brought in a lot of men with flowing long locks of hair and large breasts so please keep that in mind.  For as crappy as their set was this past March at The Forum with Slipknot, this was time around was a new level of pain upon my ear drums.  Sure, I wasted some battery videotaping “Pillars of Serpents” (make sure to check the first user comment I got,  an ignorant racist attack from what I now believe is a typical Trivium fan) but by the time these tools were butchering the Sepultura song “Slave New World” I decided my time would be better spent conducting an experiment.  Could I curl into a fetal position below the stage right bar in the northwest corner of the venue and take a power nap?  The answer was yes.  With nothing else of importance to say about these guys, I would like to close with an observation.  Two separate tours combined into one festival on this particular Saturday in November.  Various bands mentioned earlier shows in San Francisco and how the crowd in the town of my birth went off much harder than Hollywood.  The only band to say the opposite was Trivium, which further proves my philosophy that So Cal crowds blow, and Bay Area music fans know the real deal from the fakes.

Hatebreed:

Hatebreed - Hollywood Palladium 11/28/09

I can’t lie, I feel bad for Hatebreed.  With at least 20 female fans and a good chunk of the man tittie committee leaving after Trivium, the festival headliners took to the stage to less than 1000 fans inside the 4000 capacity auditorium.  Having seen the band this past April at the equally dissapointing Golden Gods Awards, the lack of audience didn’t stop the band from exploding onto the stage and giving 100%.  The band jumped all over their catalogue playing songs from their debut in-between more recent numbers such as “To The Threshold”.  When not covering Slayer, the Jamey Jasta lead hardcore group was keeping their fans happy with songs like “Defeatist” and “Tear it Down”.   For as excited as I was for the chance to see the Connecticut band, I ended up leaving early.  Tired and hungry, watching the band perform to the empty room was depressing after what was a rather amazing day of music.  I don’t even think I saw one single hardcore kid doing karate moves in the pit, and the few dudes who did make up the pit seemed to be there more out of habit than passion.  Perhaps even having one other hardcore bill would have brought out more fans, perhaps Hatebreed’s time has come and gone.  Whatever it was,  having my fill of metal and thankful for a wonderful day I decided to meet up with my female companions a few blocks away at K24.  It wouldn’t be a night at the Palladium without a post meal at our favorite diner in Hollywood.  The perfect ending to a perfect fall day.

 

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