Review and photographs by Jessica Ayotte
This year’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival held four stages with over 20 performances by some of the biggest names in metal music, along with some newer artists. Hosted at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the main stage included Amon Amarth, Mastodon, Five Finger Death Punch and, last but not least, Rob Zombie. On the Jägermeister stage, five bands performed, which included the headlining band for this stage, Machinehead, a metal band out of Oakland, California. Job For a Cowboy, Butcher Babies, Battlecross and Huntress also performed on the Jägermeister stage. The third stage, sponsored by the Music Institute, had six more bands perform, and headlining was Children Of Bodom, along with Emmure, Born of Osiris, Attika 7, Motionless in White and Thrown Into Exile. A smaller fourth stage sponsored by Sumerian Records hosted five more bands, including Scorpion Child, City in the Sea and winners from the Headbang For the Highway contest.
Along with plenty of bands, there were vendors, giveaways and contests for fans to take part in. Throughout the whole day there was always something to do, and bands played back-to-back from when the gates opened (1pm) to when the whole festival was over (11pm).
During the day, I spent most of my time at the Jägermeister stage, because that was the one that was most talked about amongst the crowd. After watching some bands perform, I thought I saw everything from metal bands with a front woman screaming to the crowd, to spectators being hurled across barricades from crowd surfing.