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Megadeth, Unearth, Kingdom of Sorrow Crush Boston

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The heatwave scorching the U.S. has been following the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival from shed to shed and leaned on Boston hard as the mercury hit 105 on the Comcast Center tarmac in Mansfield, Mass.

But that didn't stop me and 15,000 or so fellow headbangers from slipping on our black T-shirts and standing in the blistering sun for 10 hours to get our fill of the biggest metal tour of the summer.

Most people in Boston were in the shade, a pool, the beach or some sort of air conditioned locale, but legions of soaked fans stood on the red-hot concrete for hours watching their favorite bands pay them back in spades.

As if it weren't painful enough to just be outside, the Boston crowd didn't disappoint the bands as pit after massive pit opened up across the venue. By the time Jamey Jasta, Kirk Windstein and the rest of Kingdom of Sorrow ripped into "Enlightened to Extinction," the outdoor stage area was a sea of sweaty, swirling, sunburned bodies. With security hosing down the masses, Windstein was a riff machine and Jasta - one of the hardest working dudes in metal - was on point, as usual.

Hatebreed is playing some West Coast dates on Mayhem but don't miss KOS. Definitely one of the best performances of the day. "Begging for the Truth" and "Monuments of Ash" had that signature east coast hardcore swagger and beefy groove that Jasta's come to be known for.

The only thing flowing more freely than the icy cold Rockstar water being handed out was the Jagermeister as bands and hangers-on huddled under tents for some alcohol-fueled relief from the oppressive heat. One of my friends said to me at one point: "Doesn't matter how much you drink today. You sweat it out before you can even get drunk."

Possibly somewhat true, but there was plenty of evidence to the contrary. And lest there be any doubt, heatwave drinking leaves you extra sunburned and way worn out.

Heat aside, hometown boys Unearth, riding high on their acclaimed new disc, "Darkness in the Light," did Boston proud. The new disc has only been out for two weeks but tons of kids already knew the words to "Watch It Burn" and "Eyes of Black." With Killswitch Engage's Justin Foley providing the thunderous backbeat, they tossed in some older material too, including "My Will Be Done" and "Sanctity of Brothers."

All Shall Perish frontman Hernan "Eddie" Hermida, speaking backstage after his band blasted through a half-hour of neck-snapping deathcore, described the crowd as "out of their minds."
"It's exhilarating," he said, exhausted from the blitz.

Lots of metal heads like to write off Trivium as Metallica wannabes. But I don't subscribe. These dudes can shred in their own right. New songs "In Waves" and "Dusk Dismantled" thrashed and burned with reckless abandon, as did "Throes of Perdition" and the anthemic "Down from the Sky."

With apologies to Godsmack and Disturbed, the real headliner here was Megadeth and they too didn't disappoint.

Godsmack and Disturbed bring in the modern rock crowd but the true headbangers were there to witness Dave Mustaine, Dave Ellefson and company's old school speed metal pummel. "Public Enemy No. 1," off the band's forthcoming disc, "TH1RT3EN" was vintage Megadeth with demonic riffs, a low-end rumble and Mustaine's creaky wail. And of course, his mind-blowing fretboard-assaults.

By the time they got around to the classics "Peace Sells" and "Holy Wars . . . The Punishment Due," they were rolling like a squadron of tanks into battle. Too bad they didn't have another 45 minutes.

Guess we'll have to wait for the Big 4 shows in the states to get our full 'Deth dose. By this time, my ears were ringing, my skin was torched, I was hungry and exhausted. A stop at the local Mickey D's solved one of the problems and my bed back in Boston solved the other.

Can't wait to do it all over again next year.

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1. Brucezombie writes:

I had a similar experience when I went last Tuesday. Unfortunately the lady at the front gate found my weed and threw it all away. Still a good show without it though.

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2. slayer2049 writes:

this was such an awesome show. the heat was really bad though. all the bands were amazing except for disturbed

# Jul 23, 2011 @ 1:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. R10 writes:

Awesome! Will be in Hartford tommorrow for this. Only supposed to be 88 tommorrow. Beats the hell outta that 100 sh**. Good write up,Driftski. And good write up last week on Acaro in the Herald. Good those guys are getting ink. I so badly want to see thier c.d. release show.

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4. Driftski writes:

Thx R10 - yeah Acaro is an up-and-comer. "Disease of Fear" is a killer debut!

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5. silvermountains writes:

I boycotted Mayhem this year and I did last year, sh!tty bands every year.

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6. Zartan writes:

I was able to attend Mayhem Fest in Cincinnati last week and enjoyed the show very much. For me the stand out bands that day were Straight Line Stitch, Kingdom of Sorrow, Trivium and Godsmack. Yes Godsmack. I know they are very mainstream, and I have lost more and more interest in them over the years, but they put on one hell of a show that day. Arguably the best performance of the day. I know there isn't much love for them now a days among the die hard Metal heads, and many bands on this bill I like much better, but I had to give them their due. Kingdom of Sorrow was also very impressive that day. I not had the opportunity to hear them before seeing them live and I was pleasantly surprised. A great day with mostly great music. If the line up is right, I may attend again next year.

Also I too would like to thank you Driftski for the write up. A good read.

One last thing. Does anyone else miss Gigantour? I was able to attend a couple of years a go, and I wonder if Dave and Megadeth will bring back that tour.

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7. dethguy writes:

i like all different kinds of metal generes except emo/teen bands that suck and some good bands were on the tour so far but nothing well beat 2009 mayhem so just go to the f***in thing and watch ur band play and hang around while the sh**ty bands are done with their set....my point is just stop b****ing about the line ups unless ur with warped tour haha f*** u haters

# Jul 27, 2011 @ 11:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. mrfenatic writes:

im pumped, ill be there this tuesday in Va beach. thouse bands above are among my faves to. im pleasesd to hear there tearing it up. i was a bit disapointed with megadeath the last time i saw them, they apeared tired and run down, but im hoping for a better time of it this go round.. jamey jasta, what can you say about this guy, he is the best, love everything he does and a very cool guy to.

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9. deathbringer writes:

Wish I could catch the NoVA stop this weekend. Corporate or bad bands or whatever, they have some excellent bands as well who I'd like to see.

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10. Hellspawn writes:

I like the part where you didn't waste your time loitering around and hoping Godsmack and Disturbed would be anything but mainstream sh** rock. Good show.

# Jul 31, 2011 @ 5:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. n0thinghead writes:

fairly good review. sux that it was that hot for u. it was that hot for me down here for warped tour. and i still had a good time, putting all of that crappy bands aside. still better than mayhem's lineup. this is the first yr that i'm skipping out on mayhem. sad but true. hope next yr isn't nickleback headlining.

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