There are some good vibes from the ashes of the legacy of Rockstar Mayhem Festival. I always thought that if bands did not gravitate to the festival, that they could join to make a mini-festival of their own. Slipknot‘s Summers Last Stand tour from top to bottom is worth the money that fans chose to pay. It was metal’s future to it’s consistent, veteran present. Amidst the climate change in music that may favor other types of music, there’s always a heart beat of metal music that still thumps. I was highly anticipating this show – if anyone has seen any of the four bands on the bill live before knows that each band embodies their own aura that is fully realized in their performance.
The first band of the night was Motionless In White, which was a little weird to see during the day when the sun was up. Their esthetic is more fit for the night time. I always saw them as the leaders of the new breed of metal bands upcoming through the scene. Bassist Devin “Ghost” Sola was decked out in a cool costume from the character, The Jackal from 2001 film, Thirteen Ghosts. The band played through songs like “Abigal”, “Reincarnate” and “Break The Cycle”. It was a good set that encompassed the MIW’s gothic and hardcore style. I think they left with a few more new fans that day.
Bullet For My Valentine has a pedigree like classic rock bands like Metallica with a new age twist. Bullet might be one of the most underrated bands out there especially with the unveiling of songs from their new album that hints at the back to roots sound. One of my favorite songs recently is “No Way Out”, the first song that they released from their forthcoming release, Venom. With that and songs like “Waking The Demon”, “Scream Aim Fire” and “Tears Don’t Fall”, smartly placed with their new material, one can get reacquainted with why they have a liking for them.
Next up was Virginia’s very own, Lamb Of God. Highly energetic and volatile is just the way I like my metal music. Their set was a mix of classics like “Now You’ve Got Something To Die For” and “Redneck”. The band has recently released their newest album, VII: Sturm und Drang and “Still Echoes” is just as powerful live as it is on record. Given with what he has been through in recent years, it was really good to see lead singer Randy Blythe let loose. With the numerous times I’ve seen LOG live, I never have a complaint as they lead in prowess with their technical playing of their instruments mixed with the viciousness of their songs.
The main event for the night was Slipknot complete with an elaborate stage set up and bursts of fire. I remember when I used to listen to my copy of their self-titled album – I knew the band would be big, but not on the level that they would become a legacy band. Slipknot has evolved into stomping their place in music history. Despite overcoming deaths, departures, and hiatuses – there’s still a thirst with younger and older fans. I caught the last tour in the winter which was the Be Prepared For Hell Tour. There were a couple new wrinkles with the band playing “AOV” and “Killpop”. DJ Sid Wilson dancing live the way he does in the video was hilarious. With Slipknot, the students have become the teachers. Longevity is key here – with rumors of the band’s eventual hiatus coming up soon, if time tells, fans will be waiting for their next dose of the knot.
Photos/review by M.J. Rawls – Follow Him On Twitter