Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival – July 18, 2015
First Niagara Bank Amphitheater
Little review from the Mayhem Festival
Some of the worlds heaviest and darkest artists took to the festival stage this day in what could be called a historic event. Armed with the artillery of guitars, drums and microphones the torment has been unleashed. Some of the key bands that were indeed crowd favorites
were Slayer, and the almighty King Diamond. This complete lineup which also included acts Jungle Rot, Kissing Candice, Shattered Sun, Sister Sin, Sworn, In, The Devil Wears Prada, Thy Art is Murder, Code Orange, Feed Her To the Sharks, Hellyeah, and Whitechapel. This would be a great one off festival but it is a touring festival. The opportunity to see all these acts were made possibly around this country.
We had the opportunity to meet and hang out with numerous acts and interviewed; Shattered Sun, The Devil Wears Prada, Andy Laroucque (King Diamond), Jungle rot, and Code Orange. This was indeed a success to talk with our old friends once again and to get caught up with them as well as help promote them and their music and merch. One of the big highlights was indeed to hang with old friend King Diamond, and Eric Wagner (the Skull/Trouble).
It seemed like the event was well rehearsed and no errors or malfunctions took place it was a nice metal festival and the fans were known to have been there from all over the world.
You can catch the interviews on our weekly broadcast the Maximum Threshold Radio Show right here on Saturday nights from 8-11pm ET maximumthreshold.net
S L A Y E R -yes that is all that is needed to be said to know that if you have attended a Slayer concert in the past you know that is has to be good. Last night 12/2 in Cleveland, OH at the world famous Cleveland Agora venue marked the unprecedented sold out show which hosted the return of bands Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus.
At a time which many may think it is hard to sell out venues or to even draw a crowd it was quite evident that the masses came out in Cleveland last night to witness one of metal’s oldest thrashers. It was a treat to have all three bands on the same bill. A nice mix with Suicidal Tendencies in the middle to break up the thrashing. Plus it also gave Exodus/Slayer guitarist Gary Holt a break between sets.
Starting the show was Exodus, with the return of Zetro in the band it brings an older vibe to the band. It sorta loses the attitude that Rob Dukes was known for but it was still a stunning performance by the band. Suicidal Tendencies were on top of their game, from the beginning to the end of their set it was one continuous moshing scene on stage, running from one side to the other. Muir and the guys are phenomenal at what they are able to do and the audience fed right into it without hesitation. Slayer took the stage and from the first note on it was one big fist throwing, head banging body surfing spectacular extravaganza. You know what you are getting at a Slayer show, a nice dose of the older songs mixed in and the audience loved it.
Overall: If you are waiting to see one wicked metal show a year or even two please go and see this lineup, it will be well worth it. It was an unforgettable event and hope the metal scene starts to flourish again here in Cleveland.
EXODUS – the originators of the thrash metal genre – return to their roots. As announced yesterday via Loudwire, EXODUS proudly welcomes the return of frontman Steve “Zetro” Souza in the wake of former vocalist Rob Dukes’ amicable departure. Souza originally fronted EXODUS from 1986-1993, and again from 2002-2004, donning the mic on classic records like Pleasures of the Flesh, Fabulous Disaster, Impact is Imminent, Good Friendly Violent Fun, and Force of Habit. Souza also appeared on 2004’s Tempo of the Damned.
In a statement, guitarist Gary Holt says, “As a band, we all had to make a very difficult choice to part ways with Rob Dukes. We have nothing but love and admiration for him and the deepest gratitude for the hard work he has put in and the great work on some killer records. But at this time, Tom, Lee, Jack and myself thought a change was necessary and the unanimous choice going forward was to welcome back Steve Souza to the fold!”
Returning vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza adds, “I spent a great part of my life with EXODUS, that blood flows through me, even not being in the band for the past 10 years, you can’t erase that chemistry. I’m very excited!”
EXODUS are currently working on their eleventh studio album in Northern California with producer Andy Sneap, set to release later this year with Nuclear Blast. Things are moving along smoothly… stay tuned for more details coming soon.
On August 10th, EXODUS will perform at Heavy Montreal at Parc Jean-Deapeau in Montreal, QC with Slayer, Lamb of God, Hatebreed and more. The band will also appear on select international dates in Germany, Belgium and Columbia this summer, and will pick back up in South America in October. See below for a full listing of current dates.
From Rob Dukes Facebook page:” I’m no longer the singer of Exodus.” ” I’m grateful for the last 9 years. I’ve had the experience of touring the world playing music. I was just a regular guy, a fan, and I got the chance to front a legendary band while having no prior experience of being a singer. I had no idea what I was doing and made it up as I was going along. It was a great chapter of my life, Im bummed it ended with them, but I have another band Generation Kill. So I will concentrate on that right now and continue to build hotrods and build a car to race in the Baja 1000. I will be riding my motorcycle all over this beautiful country every chance I get, That’s the next chapter of my life. “
“We here at Maximum Threshold love Rob to death. He’s a great guy, an awesome frontman and his love for music and his metal. A total class act. And anyone who says that on the Rock on the Range that Exodus was the best band on the bill and that no one could touch them. He knows what he was talking about! ” – Dom R
EXODUS INTERNATIONAL DATES:
7/11 – Balingen, Germany @ Bang Your Head Festival
7/12 – Antwerp, Belgium @ Antwerp Metal Festival
8/10 – Montreal, QC @ Parc Jean-Drapeau – Heavy Montreal