Games Meet Metal: 8-bit Metal Mondays: Let's talk Mayhem Fest!!

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Monday, July 23, 2012

8-bit Metal Mondays: Let's talk Mayhem Fest!!

Let's see..... my legs ache, my face is slightly sunburned, and I have bits of grass coming out of every orifice in my body. Yep, musta went to Mayhemfest yesterday! This year marks a return for me, as I skipped last year's kinda crappy line-up (Godsmack and Disturbed headlining? No thanks). Also, I decided to go the non-journalistic route after getting the pull-around from the PR company, so no snazzy pics were to be had. On the flipside, my t-shirt collection got a few new additions (Anthrax and Whitechapel respectively).

Speaking of Whitechapel, they put on a pretty good set, considering they didn't have shit for time to really play. The 30-minute set times of second stage bands rolled their hands on that one. Anthrax themselves headlined the second stage this year, and they too got a way too short of a set as well. It was nice hearing old classics like Indians and I Am The Law, but dammit, I wanted them to have more time!

The main stage was pretty star studded this year. As I Lay Dying opened it up, and did a best-of set along with a new song. Motorhead did their own best-of as well. Slayer varied things up, and dug up some majorly old stuff. Die By The Sword, Hell Awaits, Jesus Saves, and the Anti-Christ were highlights among the usual stuff like Raining Blood and War Ensemble. The greatest highlight of the night came during Slipknot's set, as they played Gray for the first time since touring for Iowa. It was an obvious tribute to fallen bassist Paul Gray, as he was heavily referenced through the night.

All in all, a pretty good show, but the second stage had a major derth in talent. Besides Whitechapel and Anthrax, there was craptastic stuff like Asking Alexandra and The Devil Wears Prada. That's just music I can't figure out as to why it's even popular.

In honor of the good stuff at the show, here's a selection of bleepy tunes from said artists.

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