The Best of Rockstar Mayhem Fest 2014
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:
Best crowd moment: Fire on the lawn
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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.