Tag Archives: Mayhem Festival

Man sues Live Nation, city of Atlanta and more for injuries at Mayhem Fest

Posted by on April 12, 2017

The 2015 run of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival was a rough one. It was plagued by spotty attendance, founder Kevin Lyman saying that metal had gotten “gray, bald and fat,” and Slayer’s Kerry King reacting to that in the most confrontational way he could have. And even though Lyman put the braked on the […]

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John Reese: Heavy music needs headliners

Posted by on September 15, 2015

In a recent interview with Alternative Press, Mayhem Festival co-founder and music industry veteran John Reese makes some big points about the overall state of heavy music. As you might remember Mayhem Festival co-founder Kevin Lyman got himself in a bit of hot water this summer when he said that “metal got gray, bald and fat,” but Reese says that […]

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Corey Taylor wants to expand Knotfest in the US

Posted by on August 14, 2015

When asked about Slipknot’s connection to Rock Star Energy Drink (they’re a sponsor of the current “Summer’s Last Stand” tour) in a recent interview, along with the dismal end of the Mayhem Festival, Corey Taylor spoke of possibility to take Knotfest on the road. Said Taylor to Musik Universe, “We’re gonna continue to do the Knotfest shows. […]

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Tom Maxwell of Hellyeah thinks traveling US metal fests are dead

Posted by on August 13, 2015

After playing this year’s beleaguered Mayhem Festival, with controversial comments from tour co-founder Kevin Lyman and Slayer’s Kerry King, Tom Maxwell from Hellyeah gives his opinion on the traveling festival format here in the United States. Said Tom Maxwell in a recent interview with Pop Culture Madness: “I think the traveling festival is probably gonna die — […]

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Slayer’s Kerry King tees off on Mayhem Festival

Posted by on July 21, 2015

Needless to say, the tension that’s been mounting recently between Slayer and the Mayhem Festival is starting to bubble over. At Sunday night’s Mayhem gig in Hartford, CT, we asked guitarist Kerry King about Mayhem Fest co-founder Kevin Lyman’s recent comment that metal was becoming “gray, bald, and fat.” King was still clearly perturbed, despite Lyman’s […]

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Review: Mayhem Festival at First Niagara Pavillion, Pittsburgh PA, July 18, 2015

Posted by on July 20, 2015

The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival has come through Pittsburgh every year since the very first year, and thankfully I’ve been able to attend more often than not. This year’s show took place on Saturday, July 18th. I still believe that the 2011 show was one of the best shows that I have ever been […]

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Slayer’s Paul Bostaph talks Jeff Hanneman, ‘Repentless,’ confederate flag controversy

Posted by on July 20, 2015

With Slayer headlining the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest this year and the band releasing Repentless, their first album in six years, on September 11th, it’s safe to say many eyes are on the band. Given that it will be the first album without founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman and first with drummer Paul Bostaph in the band […]

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Interview: Jungle Rot’s Dave Matrise talks Mayhem, new album

Posted by on July 13, 2015

Wisconsin’s death metal conquerors Jungle Rot continue to pillage the extreme scene as Victory Records’ old school leaders on this summer’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Staying strong 20 years after the band formation, Jungle Rot released their ninth studio album Order Shall Prevail, on June 30th, only a few days after the start of the six week U.S. tour opening […]

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Metal Insider Top 10: Female musicians to watch at upcoming festivals

Posted by on April 28, 2015

There’s been a lot of talk lately about there not being enough female representation in festival booking – and for good reason. It’s surely not always an intentional exclusion of course, but is definitely worth discussing and calling attention to. Festivals like Flight of the Valkyries and Metal Female Voices Fest aim to highlight and celebrate metal […]

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Amplified: Sever the Drama

Posted by on August 7, 2014

Amplified is a weekly column focusing on new and emerging artists. Got a band that fits the bill? Email [email protected] Hailing from Hartford, Connecticut, Sever the Drama recently released their second album Chasing Shadows. The band’s sophomore album, and first in four years, draws heavily from their influences such as Pantera, Lamb of God, and Sevendust to create […]

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