After a year off, we finally made it back to Atlanta, GA for the Mayhem Festival at Aaron’s Amphitheatre. I was ecstatic when I saw this year’s lineup, which included the return of Slayer and Slipknot to the tour. To top it off, the heat wave was letting up for the weekend.
Uncrowned kicked the day off, and they were a great choice for the opening band. Even though there were only a couple of hundred people there for the opener, they played like there were thousands. If you haven’t heard of these guys before, or seen them live, they are definitely worth checking out.
Betraying the Martyrs were next up on stage. By the time they were up, the crowd grew substantially, and it was time for the crowd to see what a band from France can do. While the entire band kicked some serious ass, the highlight of the performance was lead singer Aaron Matts’s stage show. He was all over the stage, and entertaining as hell to watch. He energized the crowd with his antics, and as the crowd went wild, he just gave him even more energy. Victor’s (their other singer) voice was the counterbalanced to Aaron’s brutal sound. Their vocal sounds were as different as Chad Grey’s is to Amy Lee’s, and it worked great. Their sound and performance skyrocketed past the expectations I had for the band. In one set, I went from someone who didn’t know who the band was to a fan of the band.
Just a quick update on Mayhem Fest this year. It looks like DJ Starscream (aka #0, aka Sid Wilson) will once again be DJing between sets on the side stages again this year.
He did it in ’08 and I loved watching it, especially when they had Metal Melusha <sic> doing their stunts over the booth he was DJing from. Hopefully we’ll get a good show from them again (not sure if they will be there or not this year). And lets all hope that this tour, Sid doesn’t break his ankles again and the band can all finish this tour healthy, because its looking like this summer is going to be hot as Hell.
We will be covering the Atlanta show, hopefully we’ll see you there.