A Tale of Zombies, Vikings and Elephants – Mayhem Festival 2013 San Bernardino (Review, Photos and More)
Mayhem Festival is a unique experience in the American concert industry. It balances the deeply influential, currently popular and the recently rising in a mini-festival environment played out in the mostly Live Nation-owned Amphitheatres (all of which featuring a massive general admission “lawn” where consumers can buy cheaper tickets). Last year in 2012, we saw Slayer, Slipknot and Anthrax render thrash and brutal approaches to metal making for a quality bill. The year before that in 2011, Dethklok did a disappointing job headlining on top of the curious additions of Disturbed and Godsmack. Like those two years, 2013 was a similar mixed bag. Some bands thrilled, other bands seemed odd by their inclusion. The best of the bands made the experience all worthwhile, but it begs the question whether a smaller-scale approach with newer bands might make for a more consistent experience.
All photos by Owen Ela
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