Rockstar Mayhem Festival 2010

By Chip Tamplin

Published on Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Rockstar Mayhem Festival has been becoming bigger and bigger since it was started two years ago. It has become a place where fans of heavy music can go see a festival tailored to their interests, and this year’s show featured headline performances by Korn and Rob Zombie. Chip Tamplin had the chance to attend the tour in Baltimore, MD and Bristow, VA. His review is from the Baltimore show and he was able to take pictures from both locations.

Norma Jean:

Norma Jean has always been a band that’s incredibly hit-or-miss for me. Some songs are great to rock out to, others sound like nothing more than noise. Opening with “Memphis Will be Laid to Waste” was a smart move as that’s one of their best songs and got the small crowd, that had been able to make their way into the venue before the start of the set, going. Playing a small twenty minute set, Norma Jean were very out of place for this tour, but made due with the cards they were dealt and managed to get a few pits by the end of their set.

Vocals: 7
Crowd Response: 7
Overall Sound: 7
Band Activity: 10
Overall Rating: 7.5

Setlist:

1. Memphis Will be Laid to Waste
2. Dilemmachine: Coalition Hoax
3. The Anthem of the Angry Brides
4. Bayo/Geoff
5. A Small Spark vs. A Great Forest
6. Vipers, Snakes, and Actors

Beyond the Scar:

Beyond The Scar is a high-energy modern metal act out of Baltimore, Maryland and won the battle of the bands to make it onto the Jagermeister stage. A good blend of hardcore break downs with melodic choruses made Beyond the Scar a much better “local” band than the one we suffered through last year.

Vocals: 8
Crowd Response: 8
Overall Sound: 8
Band Activity: 9
Overall Rating: 8.5

Winds of Plague:

Honestly, I don’t know of anything positive I can say about this band aside from their energy. I’ve never been that big on the whole death metal scene and even if I was, this band sets the genre back 10 years. If it weren’t for their energy, I would’ve never been able to make it through their set without bashing my head against the barricade. With that being said, I had the chance to talk with their singer Johnathan “Johnny Plague” Cooke who was an insanely chill and cool guy and it makes it almost hard to bash their band now. Regardless, I will definitely be skipping their set at future shows.

Vocals: 6
Crowd Response: 8
Overall Sound: 5
Band Activity: 10
Overall Rating: 6

Shadows Fall:

I haven’t seen Shadows Fall in a few years, so I was pretty stoked to see them up close and personal. Playing a wide variety of songs spanning their entire career, Shadows Fall were the first “real” metal band to play that day. With great sound and energy, Shadows Fall was a hard act to follow but after getting smacked in the face by singer Brian Fair’s dreadlocks a few times, I finally decided to leave early. However, I did love their cover of Ozzy Osbournes “Bark at the Moon”.

Vocals: 9
Crowd Response: 9
Overall Sound: 9
Band Activity: 9
Overall Rating: 9

Setlist:

1. King of Nothing
2. War
3. Thoughts Without Words
4. Still I Rise
5. The Power of I and I
6. Bark At The Moon [Ozzy Osbourne cover]
7. The Light That Blinds

3 Inches of Blood:

I remember seeing 3 Inches of Blood a good 4-5 years ago opening for Six Feet Under but I couldn’t really remember what they sounded like or how they were, so going into their set I didn’t really have high expectations. I’m really glad I didn’t. Musically, I found myself head banging along and enjoying the general sound of 3 Inches of Blood, until singer Cam Pipes started in. His shrill and high-pitched vocals were just too much for me to enjoy. Overall though their set wasn’t too bad, but coming after Shadows Fall, it was just subpar.

Vocals: 5
Crowd Response: 7
Overall Sound: 8
Band Activity: 8
Overall Rating: 7

Setlist:

1. Battles and Brotherhood
2. Trial of Champions
3. Silent Killer
4. Deadly Sinners
5. Goatrider’s Horde

Chimaira:

I’ve been a pretty big fan of Chimaira for the last six or seven years and was excited to see them again. While 3 inches of Blood were still playing, a fan from the front row kept screaming lyrics at guitarist Rob Arnold as he was tuning to which Rob laughed and proceeded to play a quick riff along with the man screaming. Before 3 Inches of Blood were even done, the “CHIMAIRA! CHIMAIRA!” chants began drowning them out. Once their set finally ended, Chimaira hit the stage to ridiculous cheering and admiration. Opening with “Black Heart”, Chimaira started off strong and only went up from there playing hits like “Power Trip” and ending with “Pure Hatred” the pit was going insane. I’m surprised there weren’t more heat related injuries following their set.

Vocals: 9
Crowd Response: 9
Overall Sound: 9
Band Activity: 9
Overall Rating: 9

Setlist:

1. Black Heart
2. Pleasure In Pain
3. Power Trip
4. Secrets Of The Dead
5. Resurrection
6. Pure Hatred

Atreyu:

For anyone who knows, they’d know that Atreyu is my most-seen band and one of my favorite bands in general. So any time that I can see Atreyu, I will. One of the “softer” metal bands on the bill, Atreyu certainly had an uphill battle winning over some of the more “elitist” metal heads in attendance. So, to cater to the crowd they were playing for, Atreyu tended to play more of their harder music, some of which they’d skip on a normal headlining tour. Playing older songs like “Right Side of the Bed”, “Someone’s Standing on my Chest” and their infamous cover of Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love a Bad Name” (which didn’t fit in with their set for me). Overall, It was a nice change of pace from the normal Atreyu set list and the crowd seemed to react well to it.

Vocals: 9.5
Crowd Response: 8.5
Overall Sound: 10
Band Activity: 10
Overall Rating: 10

Setlist:

1. Bleeding Mascara
2. Becoming the Bull
3. Gallows
4. Right Side of the Bed
5. You Give Love a Bad Name [Bon Jovi cover]
6. Someone’s Standing on My Chest
7. Ex’s and Oh’s
8. Lip Gloss and Black

Hatebreed:

I haven’t seen Hatebreed live since they played OZZfest in 2006, but I remember their live performance was insane and their pits were even crazier. Closing out the Jagermeister stage seemed like somewhat of a daunting task considering the heat and the pits that had gone on during Chimaira and Shadows Fall, but Hatebreed made it work and singer Jamey Jasta never stopped working the crowd. Overall I was a bit disappointed with Hatebreed’s set, but I can’t put my finger on why.

Vocals: 9
Crowd Response: 10
Overall Sound: 9.5
Band Activity: 9.5
Overall Rating: 9.5

Setlist (not 100% accurate, but close):

1. Everyone Bleeds Now
2. In Ashes They Shall Reap
3. To the Threshold
4. Defeatist
5. This Is Now
6. Live For This
7. Doomsayer
8. I Will Be Heard

In This Moment:

I remember seeing In This Moment at Download Fest 2009 and didn’t find them entertaining at all. Today was no different. I couldn’t understand why people kept saying singer/screamer Maria Brink could scream better than most men-fronted bands. Hell, even Candace Kucsulain of Walls of Jericho can scream better than her. I saw nothing redeemable about her performance except her mic stand which was a therapists nightmare, as it was donned with the dismembered heads and torsos of children’s dolls. Musically the rest of the band wasn’t too bad, but Maria needs to just stop screaming. Forever. Most of the crowd disbanded by the time Hatebreed finished as the gates were opened for the main stage, so In This Moment had very little crowd by the time they started.

Vocals: 4
Crowd Response: 7
Overall Sound: 7
Band Activity: 9
Overall Rating: 7

Setlist:

1. Just Drive
2. Blazin’
3. Beautiful Tragedy
4. The Promise
5. The Gun Show
6. Daddy’s Falling Angel

Five Finger Death Punch:

I’m not entirely sure how Five Finger Death Punch managed to blow up in popularity like they did, but boy have they. I’d seen them two times before, both at Rock on the Range (2008, 2010) but I wasn’t sure how well they’d go over on a stage this big, opening up the main stage with the likes of Lamb of God, Rob Zombie and Korn following. They did a great job. Playing some of their bigger songs including “Salvation”, “Never Enough” and their obvious set-ender “The Bleeding”, Five Finger Death Punch opened the stage well. Singer Ivan Moody never stopped giving the crowd the finger and demanding circle pits until it was done.

Vocals: 9
Crowd Response: 9
Overall Sound: 9
Band Activity: 9
Overall Rating: 9

Setlist (not 100% accurate, but close):

1. Burn it Down
2. Salvation
3. No One Gets Left Behind
4. Never Enough
5. Bad Company [Bad Company cover]
6. The Way of the Fist
7. The Bleeding

Lamb of God:

The first time I saw Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe was sick, so I wrote off their subpar set because of that, but even after this show, they didn’t blow me away. I love their music, but I have yet to see one of their mind-blowing shows that so many people have told me about. Regardless, I still enjoyed their set and loved seeing them so high on the bill. I was happy to see they played one of my favorite songs “Walk With Me in Hell” as well as fan favorites like “Redneck” and “Laid to Rest”.

Vocals: 8
Crowd Response: 10
Overall Sound: 9
Band Activity: 9
Overall Rating: 9.5

Setlist (not 100% accurate, but close):

1. The Passing
2. In Your Words
3. Walk With Me In Hell
4. Set to Fail
5. Now You’ve Got Something To Die For
6. Laid to Rest
7. Redneck
8. Black Label

Rob Zombie:

I’ve never been a big fan of Rob Zombie’s music with the exception of a few select songs, but boy does he know how to put on one hell of a live show. a spectacle really. Full of theatrics, crazy on-screen videos and of course his all-star bandmates Joey Jordison of Slipknot on the drums, Piggy D on bass and guitar mastermind John 5. Playing songs that not only spanned his solo career, but his career in White Zombie too and a great cover of Alice Cooper’s (the other half of the Gruesome Twosome) “School’s Out”. At times Zombie’s vocals were a bit hard to understand, but overall I loved his set and actually find myself listening to him more often than I was before. So perhaps I’m a bigger fan now because of it.

Vocals: 9
Crowd Response: 10
Overall Sound: 10
Band Activity: 10
Overall Rating: 10

Setlist:

1. Sawdust In The Blood
2. Call of the Zombie
3. What Lurks on Channel X?
4. Superbeast
5. Scum of the Earth
6. Living Dead Girl
7. More Human Than Human [White Zombie cover]
8. Sick Bubble-Gum
9. House of 1000 Corpses
10. Never Gonna Stop (The Red, Red Kroovy)
11. Mars Needs Women
12. Thunder Kiss ’65 [White Zombie cover]
13. School’s Out [Alice Cooper cover]
14. Dragula

Korn:

After seeing Korn at Projekt Revolution 2004 (the only time I saw them with the original 5 members) their shows just went progressively downhill. While they’ve never put on a bad show, their shows just seem to lack something special more and more each time.

With founding members, singer Jonathan Davis, guitarist James “Munky” Shaffer and bassist Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu, Korn made their way out behind a giant curtain. With the crowd chanting for them to come out, the band started into the opening riff for “Right Now” and after a few seconds, the curtain dropped and the crowd went nuts. Well, the bit of the crowd that didn’t leave after Rob Zombie was done, any way. In support of their new album, Korn III: Remember Who You Are, the band did play two new songs including “Oildale (Leave Me Alone)” and “Let the Guilt Go”, both of which went over better than I was expecting. They also played a bunch of hits including “Blind”, “Freak on a Leash” and their cover of Metallica’s “One”.

Overall, I loved finally being able to shoot the band that I’d gotten into over ten years before, but as cool as that was for me, I think it’s about time the band calls it quits. Jonathon’s voice was seriously lacking and overall the band just didn’t have the spark they once did. With that being said, they’re still a significant crowd pleaser and the crowd that stayed to watch them definitely seemed to enjoy their set.

Vocals: 7
Crowd Response: 9
Overall Sound: 8.5
Band Activity: 9
Overall Rating: 9

Setlist:

1. Right Now
2. Twist
3. Here to Stay
4. Did My Time
5. Oildale (Leave Me Alone)
6. Falling Away From Me
7. Somebody Someone
8. Let the Guilt Go
9. Freak on a Leash
10. Blind
11. Shoots and Ladders / One [Metallica cover]
12. Clown
13. Got the Life

Day 1 Photos (Photos in Alphabetical Order):

 

Day 2 Photos (Photos in Alphabetical Order):

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