LIVE: Rockstar Mayhem Festival @ SPAC, 7/23/2014
Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
With three stages ringing around the outside of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s amphitheater – each presenting a Grade-A selection of heavy metal heroes – it was difficult to determine where the craziest bout of head-banging was about to break out during the early afternoon hours.
Cannibal Corpse closed out the afternoon at the Coldcock Whiskey Stage with their brand of roaring, indescribable metal, while across the lawn at the Sumerian Records Stage, Ice-T – yes, he of “Law & Order SVU” – fronted the veteran rap-meets-metal aggregation Body Count (who made their SPAC debut during the 1991 Lollapalooza tour) as they launched into their controversial hit, “Cop Killer.” Like he said, “I hate cops, though I play one on TV…”
Metalcore quartet Emmure wrapped up the rockin’ on the Victory Records Stage, while stagehands started to prepare the amphitheater for the quartet of headliners.
First up, Trivium rocked the house to its foundation. Asking Alexandria followed, raising the bar to nearly shake the roof off the amphitheater. But it was Korn that shook the structure almost to rubble, and for a lot of fans in the audience Jonathan Davis and company was the band to see.
But returning favorites and headliners Avenged Sevenfold, with their theatrical backdrop and presentation, were certainly a tough band to beat. It’s still a coin toss which band was better, but no matter who you think came out on top, there was no doubt that this was Nippertown’s heavy-metal event of the summer – hot, humid and headbangin’…
Samuel Moyer’s review at The Troy Record