Slayer, Marilyn Manson, Cannibal Corpse Whip Mayhem Fest Into Frenzy at St. Louis Stop

July 23rd, 2009 by Chris Steffen Leave a reply »

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“What is the name of this place?” demands Nergal, frontman of Polish blackened death metal band Behemoth, as he walks onstage. “St. Louis,” Rolling Stone informs him. “What’s up, St. Louis?” Nergal asks the crowd. We’re curious what would have happened had we said “Baltimore.”

Behemoth was but one of many bands on the second incarnation of the Rockstar Mayhem Fest, the tour that has stepped in to fill the void of a touring metal festival in the absence of Ozzfest. Featuring Marilyn Manson and Slayer as co-headliners, the tour rolled through America’s heartland on Wednesday to rattle teeth and pierce eardrums. The side stages focused more on sheer brutality, with death metal bands like Job For a Cowboy, the aforementioned Behemoth and the Black Dahlia Murder delivering sets that resembled 30 minutes inside a woodchipper. Extreme metal legends Cannibal Corpse closed out the daytime stages with a pair of tracks from their latest album, Evisceration Plague, and some of their classic toe-tappers, including “Hammer Smashed Face” and “Stripped, Raped and Strangled.”

Over at the main stage, Killswitch Engage closed their set with a jubilant, pyrotechnics-enhanced cover of Dio’s “Holy Diver,” all decked out in matching tuxedo t-shirts. But when Slayer’s massive emblem was hoisted to the rafters, a different tone took over: “OK, you kids have had your shot, now here comes Slayer to show you how it’s done.” Opening with the thunderous “Disciple,” the band tore through an hour-long set that covered all areas of its catalog, from pioneering early thrash (”Chemical Warfare,” “Hell Awaits”) to the present (”Psychopathy Red,” from the forth...

Article Source: Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily


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