Featuring a plethora of popular rock and metal outfits from around the World, the 6th annual installment of Mayhem Fest rolled through the Philadelphia area with a stop at Camden, NJ’s Susquehanna Bank Center last weekend. Leading this summer metal camp of sorts is none other than Rob Zombie with an eclectic pack of support, including Mastodon, Amon Amarth, and FFDP to round out the Mainstage performers on this nation-wide touring extravaganza.
Rotating back and forth from the onset of the show, the Musician’s Institute Stage and Jagermeister Stage saw performances by Machine Head, Children Of Bodom, Job For A Cowboy, Emmure, Born Of Osiris, Butcher Babies, Battlecross, Attika 7, Huntress, Motionless In White, and Thrown Into Exile. The Sumerian Stage also included additional performances by Scorpion Child and City By The Sea.
One could write a short novel on all of the microcosms that surround these individual performers, but we know you are here for the pictures, so we’ll get to the point. One phrase that popped up over and over again amongst descriptions of this year’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest, from the touring musicians to the concertgoers themselves, was “professional” and “pro.” And we would have to agree. No bullshit. Form the moment you walk in the gates- It’s a clear roster and the set times move along exactly as planned. Sound quality is top notch throughout the day and fans get exactly what they pay for.
Standout performances included Huntress, who brought the thunder early in the day as the group supports a new jam rotating on Sirius Radio written by Lemmy himself. Battlecross came mission ready, as did Job For A Cowboy who let the sweat and emotion rain on down. Amon Amarth had a fucking viking ship on stage. That should give you some scale as to the metal awesomeness that transpired during that set. Mastodon (who, if you dig, you should stop back early next week as we caught up drummer Brann Dailor for an exclusive interview) also put in a stellar performance. Rob Zombie can always be counted on to bring forth visually righteous prosthetics and a larger-than-life stage presence that made for a fitting climax to the day.
We ended up with over 350 incredible photos, so rather than testing the boundaries of infinite, we decided to break this puppy into two parts. Enjoy Part I of our Mayhem Fest – Camdem Photo Epic by Senior Staff Photographer, Dante Torrieri (Useless Rebel Imaging)
Thrown Into Exile
Motionless In White
Born Of Osiris
Children Of Bodom
Job For A Cowboy
Five Finger Death Punch