July 24, 2015
Jiffy Lube Live
The 2015 installment of Mayhem Fest rolled through the MD/DC/VA tri state area and what struck me when I arrived at a little after 2 PM was NO lines to get in! I mean quite literally, there wasn’t one person waiting in line to enter the show!
I arrived just before Swedish rockers Sister Sin took the stage and the band sounded great! They always deliver a strong old school metal set and the crowd seemed to love it despite the low turn out.
In years past the Mayhem Fest would set up the 2nd and 3rd stages in a side parking lot and the area was massive. This year the 2nd stage was set up in the concession area close to the bathrooms and the stage was tiny.
Jungle Rot impressed me with their power, heaviness and anger onstage...they pummeled through their short set as if they were on the main stage playing for thousands!
Thy Art Is Murder were interesting...their singer took the stage wearing a wind breaker and he reminded me of Andrew WK looks wise. I wasn’t overly impressed with Thy Art Is Murder, they were ok. The crowd loved Thy Art Is Murder.
White Chapel were amazing BUT what impressed me the most about their set was their guitarist’s cool black cowboy boots!
Kissing Candice had the most visual set on the 2nd stage. The bands masks remind you of Slipknot just a tad yet their music is more intense and less “metal” than Slipknot. Kissing Candice should have closed the main stage yet ironically their set was only 20 minutes long!
The Devil Wears Prada bored me. They delivered a decent set but were just so/so on the main stage. It felt like their set would have been better suited on the smaller stage where they would have been closer to their fans!
Hell Yeah sounded good, they owned the stage, and this line up is probably the tightest version of the band. Chad owned the stage but I can’t help thinking of Mudvayne when I see him. I think most of his fans miss Mudvayne way more than he realizes. Vinnie Paul randomly chatted with the crowd and tossed out a good amount of drumsticks between songs. Hell Yeah were the calm before the demonic storm.
Feed Her To The Sharks closed out the 2nd stage and they were the band that offered the most diverse sound on this tour; this style was un-like anything else on this tour which made them a stand out act.
King Diamond’s stage was awesome visually. The stairs, the upside down crosses, the theatrics; it was like satanic musical theatre on acid! “Abigail” was probably the best song in the set and Kerry King joined King for a Merciful Fate cover which was probably the highlight of the day.
Slayer were the nights headliner and it was interesting to see how much the crowd had cleared out before Slayer took the stage. The pit was 1/2 empty, the seats were not even 1/2 filled, the lawn was totally empty! Slayer delivered a set which covered new and old perfectly. It feels odd without Jeff but his essence is still there. Holt is a nice addition to the band but on many levels this does feel like it could be Slayers last tour.