The Best of Rockstar Mayhem Fest 2014

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Rockstar Mayhem Fest
San Manuel Amphitheater

Metal heads from around Southern California poured into the fields of the San Manuel Amphitheater for the seventh annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival in Devore on Saturday. The eclectic mix of shredders, growlers, singers and headbangers prevailed over the crowd of 27,000 concertgoers on the first day of the tour. The Glen Helen Hills venue hosted a roster of 19 bands for the sea of people that nearly doubled in size compared to last year's attendance.

Orange County's Avenged Sevenfold headlined the main stage as the final act, preceding nu-metal giants Korn, Asking Alexandria and Trivium. A7X's nearly hour and a half set focused the band's latest release Hail to the King with a towering castle, flames, assimilated bomb blasts and a giant crowned skeleton revealed during the album's self-titled track. Prior to A7X's finale, the Coldcock Herbal Whiskey Stage and Victory Records stage hosted performances by other California bands and metal bands from a slew of different sub-genres. Here are some more of the highlights from the day:

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Best crowd moment: Fire on the lawn

Although the endless crowd surfers and outfits impacted the festival's energy, the best crowd moment was fueled by fire, literally. Somewhere in between Korn and Avenged Sevenfold's main stage set erupted a gargantuan fire on the lawn, sparked by raging fans. Metal heads danced, moshed and yelled around the flames and black smoke as if they were performing a demon ritual of their own, and wasn't extinguished for around 20 minutes.

Best head banging: Cannibal Corpse

Cannibal Corpse reminded the audience of the long-lived, fearless communal tradition. As the heaviest, and probably most respected band on the roster this year, George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher, Alex Webster, Pat O'Brien, Rob Barrett and even drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz circled their long hair in synch with the pounding blast beats. The 26-year veterans are immune to neck pain, as evident in their head banging duration that endured longer than any younger fan.

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LOL, The flames began once the sun setted! I was actually watching it from the pit & man that fire was not put out, lasted more than 20mins &  by the time Korn was going to play, they try to extinguish it....Get your facts straight. Its also funny how there were better moments during the day & if Cannibal Corpse was the best headbangers, where's the pic to prove it?! IMO, its between them, Mushroom Heads or Upon a Burning Body. This report is weak & I am disappointed that this is all OC reporter wrote for Rockstar Mayhem (not to mention, weak pics). I guess next time Rockstar comes, you may have to see it to believe it. 


It is always interesting how people report things...  and when you were there you get a glimpse of how clueless some people are in what they report...  2 things stand out...  1. MH had the same people there as all the other bands on that stage...  Yes many moved from 1 stage to the other between bands...  but there wasnt an influx of women anymore that Miss May I that performed next.   Then, once again...  The fires in the lawn were going well before AA even started to play...  well before you say it "erupted"  2 major circle pits burning plastic trash cans and the trash in them...

I know... you had an assignment...  but how can i trust anything you say when I was there and you apparently only parachuted in for a couple of moments?

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