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The Cruel Fate Of Opening This Year’s ‘Mayhem Festival’

For most bands playing the ‘Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival‘ is a dream come true. For those opening the smaller Victory Records Stage and Sumerian Records Stage this is apparently not the case on some days. Trivium bassist Paolo Gregoletto shared the following depressing pictures of two bands doing just that which were allegedly taken at today’s (August 06th) show in Millington, TN.


Mayhem Fest Openers

Mayhem Fest Openers

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  • MercyfulFate

    Well if Mayhem didn’t make these bands at the exact moment the gates open, this wouldn’t be the case. When people first come in, they either go to the restrooms or check out merch.

    And shouldn’t Paolo be supporting openers instead of making fun of them? Just add that to the reasons i already dislike Trivium.

    • 2Ready2Jiggle

      Hopefully this opening band (whoever the fuck they are) will earn more than $.02 in royalties some day and have the last laugh.

    • NoSalvation

      That shit pisses me off so bad, sometimes the opening band is one I actually wanna see and there’s no way unless you camped overnight in line and fuck that. Only makes sense to wait a hour or so, let people get the fuck in first, play some music over the speakers during, a lot like a normal concert at a bar or auditorium.

    • Mikabass

      The only reason why these festivals get locals to open is so there is background noise to energize concert goers for when the gates open so people don’t lose their shit that their missing a national they came to see. it’s a sad fact.

  • loldotcom

    That’s what happens when these things happen on a weekday, starting at 1 o’clock in the afternoon.

    I’m not going to stand outside for 5-6 hours with nothing to do until the main acts start to play.

  • wyldweasil

    Kids nowadays don’t have the same ethics for discover we did in 1999. We’d go to Ozzfest watch a ton of bands and discover stuff on the second stage.

    Also to blame for this are venues/ticketmaster not listing the correct start time, or delays at the gates getting fans in.

    • JimCroceLoverXEX

      I went to the Missouri Mayhem date which was on a Wednesday and the gates opened at 12:00 and the first bands went on at 12:05.

    • 2Ready2Jiggle

      Can you blame them? What could possibly be discovered on a stage headlined by Emmure and Ill Nino?

      • JimCroceLoverXEX

        Wretched, Islander and Erimha. The locals played the Sumerian Stage which had Body Count, Veil of Maya, Darkest Hour, Upon a Burning Body and local saps who were probably suckered out of a grand by winning a bullshit pay to play contest.

      • JimCroceLoverXEX

        because you care

      • mYstic headlock

        Yeah, but in the old days it was bands like Shuvel and Pitchshifter and Depswa. Real, lasting shit just waiting to be discovered.

        Whose gonna remember Erimha as fondly as we all remember Pushmonkey?

      • Stereotypical Evil Archer

        “I got my left hand.”

      • mYstic headlock

        Longest community service ever. Maybe.

      • llyod christmas

        I dig Islander. They aren’t groundbreaking but I enjoy the hell out of their debut

      • Stereotypical Evil Archer

        I saw Slo Burn with a super small audience on one of the early Ozzfests. That fucking Amusing the Amazing EP may be the best post-Kyuss stuff ever made. Heavy fuzzed out desert grooves, but more punked out than Kyuss. Nothing “nü” about it whatsoever.

      • WURST

        ^ this shit right here. fuck yeah.

      • NoSalvation

        That community service is the realest shit posted lately, props to ya holmes. I only know of Pitchshifter outta those bands, but I’m gonna check em out now

      • weakflesh

        Wurst and Archer, never heard of it but I just looked up that Slo Burn. You are right. Killer stuff, thanks for the heads on that.

      • Porpoise Orifice

        Thanx 4 the head, werst!

      • mYstic headlock

        ^Very weird thing to say to another guy at 240am PST on a Saturday. Well, not that weird I guess. I’m open minded.

      • Porpoise Orifice

        7/10 on the toe-curling scale.

  • BecomesMyVeryShackles

    Man this is begging for one of Devin Townsend’s group hugs for therapeutic purposes.

  • adamonfire

    Am I the only one that thought “The Cruel Fate was the name of a band that won some kind of contest?

    • mYstic headlock

      No, you were not. Haha. Sad that it works so well.

      • grantbrochill

        Didn’t figure out the headline until I read your comment. Yikes.

  • BooThisMan

    This Trivium guy really comes off as a shit dick here

  • Lordgrayskull777

    I have had friend’s bands do the Sumerian “Headbang For The Highway” shows. in my opinion, playing those shows are a rip off. I was there when my friend in one band was damn near breaking his neck to impress the judge. He was stage diving, moshing with the fans while singing, etc. The judge was on his i-Phone texting and playing games. The same judge later my friend, “You need to be a little more energetic on stage!”

    That same band had won a previous “Headbang For The Highway” contest to play the Dallas show in 2012. They had to go on literally 10 minutes before doors opened!

    I also had another friend’s band told they were going to get all the Texas dates for Summer Slaughter 2013. They were told 2 weeks before the tour started, “We can only give you the Austin date, take it or leave it!” The Houston stop had 2 local bands who pulled favors through the venue and were able to play the Houston stop. One did not even have to bother doing the damn competition, but had to sell 50 tickets through the venue.

    These judges also give the same pimp-jive talk to all the bands at the shows. I have heard them and they say the EXACT same shit to every band.

    Ultimately, this is how Sumerian Records is able to pay their bands and keep their bands on the road…….by having a representative go from town to town execute this Pay To Play racket on young and impressionable bands.

    I can understand selling tickets if your band is asked to open for a national tour through the venue, but doing these contests is a waste of valuable time that a band could use to be lining up contacts, proper management, and getting an album recorded and released.

    • Lordgrayskull777

      One more thing. Honestly, I am glad Paolo sent these pictures out. It shows bands how much of a genuine waste of time it is to do these contests

      • 2Ready2Jiggle

        It also shows how much of a douchebag homeboy from Trivium is.

      • adamonfire

        They’d be better off getting a flatbed and a generator and playing out in the parking lot around 4pm.

    • JimCroceLoverXEX

      I don’t get why local bands get excited to open things like Mayhem or Slaughter. Your band will go on and absolutely no one will pay any attention to you whatsoever. The Rave in Milwaukee has a bar area that bands can pay $300-$600 to play in the bar during shows with bigger national acts. My one buddy said he wanted to do it for the LOG/KSE/Testaments Milwaukee date so he could play with LOG but he got pissed at me when I told him he wasn’t playing with LOG. He was playing a bar several floors down to no audience. Another friend’s band paid around that much to play the bar area during Machine Head/Children of Bodom and he keeps saying he’s opening for Children of Bodom on Facebook except he isn’t. He’s playing a tiny room next to the venue and isn’t allowed backstage or anywhere near Bodom. Local bands can be huge suckers.

    • JimCroceLoverXEX

      Also, as far as Headbang for the Highway it’s predetermined who wins. My buddy’s band got suckered out of $300 last year for it. He’s finally wizened up to pay for play and quit playing a pay to play venue in Steger, Illinois and has actually been the local opener for All That Remains, Shadows Fall, Butcher Babies etc. because his band is talented and been offered it by the promoter who wanted a good local band to energize the crowd.

  • Livedefflo

    geez, this is kind of embarrassing but at the same time i appreciate the fact they didn’t just decide to pack it in and not play at all. Mad respect for doing what they do regardless of viewers/listeners. Trivium shouldn’t have taken pics of that though, i would have been jumping off stage and punching them out.

  • ozarka

    Trivium should just guide these bands…show them the road to success (SIMPLY COPY THE EXACT SOUND OF METALLICA?)

    • WURST

      Aaaand there we have it. I knew eventually someone, who has probably only heard two Trivium songs, would chime in with a Metallica comment. I’m not a huge Trivium fan but name me a Trivium song that sounds like Metallica.

      • mYstic headlock

        Entrance of the Conflagration is where that comparison originated I think. I don’t have the opinion that they rip off Metallica but that’s probably as cose as it gets.

      • Porpoise Orifice

        Just pick any track off “The Crusade,” Heafy’s vocals alone plagiarize Hetfield.

      • TheBDanAbstract

        Literally anything from The Crusade.

      • WURST

        Haha, you guys are simpletons just following other simpletons and their ridiculous comparisons. Listen to the new Avenged Sevenfold, now THAT is a Metallica rip off not “The Crusade”.

      • Porpoise Orifice

        haha this is pretty much applicable to both (all) of us: http://i.imgur.com/c7BSV2h.jpg

        But all that aside…
        Literally anything from “The Crusade.”

      • WURST

        Yeah, I heard you the first time.

      • Bob Ross

        I can’t name any songs and I’ve never listened to their albums. However, I saw them open for LoG and I thought they absolutely sounded like a wannabe Metallica. They were talented and some of the riffs were pretty cool, but they definitely were heavily influenced by Metallica to the point that they sounded extremely similar. That’s all I have to say about that..

      • Porpoise Orifice

        And to further Bob Ross’s thoughts:
        Literally ANYTHING from “The Crusade.”
        ANything…

        …from “The Crusade.”

  • EyeOfEveryScorn

    Honestly, if Trivium played at 12:05 they would get the same turnout.

    • 2Ready2Jiggle

      Trivium are 12:05? Come on man, be realistic…

      It’s safe to say that from here on out, Trivium are locked into fourth support act on shitty tours like this. No way at this stage in the game are they ever going to advance to headliner status or even direct support. It’s like they got promoted to night shift leader at Burger King in 2005 and have been stuck there since. Laugh it up, Paolo.

      • EyeOfEveryScorn

        I’m being semi-sarcastic. But their turnout would completely blow because of that factor alone.

        I love some aspects of festivals, and maybe its my age but… I don’t think I can get all hyped up to see any band at 12 in the afternoon.

        Paulo MAY be making fun at those aspects and not necessarily the bands but it’s a dick move either way. I can count on one hand how many “Brutal” pits broke out before 1 pm.

      • Porpoise Orifice

        You are mistaken. Perhaps my accounts are atypical, but they’ve sold out many crowds on their publicity alone. Apparently they’re going for the big audiences, why else would they enlist DRAIMAN FOR THE PRODUCTION CREDENTIALS?

      • EyeOfEveryScorn

        Oh yeah, I’ve seen them sell out venues for sure but it’s a cheap shot to knock anyone who plays that early in the day.

      • adamonfire

        They played at 1:15 at Rock on the Range this year, so it’s not that far fetched.

      • mYstic headlock

        I think you guys are reading this all wrong. To me it seems he’s pointing out the futility in putting a band on the minute the gate opens, not mocking this band who, if they played 2 hours later in the day, would draw crowds comparable to Upon a Burning Body or whatever.

        The first hour of gates open should just be “Buy All The Shitty Merch Hour”

  • Fred Fred Burger (Darkdevout)

    Not surprising since 90% of the crowd was made up of dumb rednecks that probably only listen to trendy bands from the 90′s and think underground/local acts are a waste of time.

    I saw much bigger crowds for these bands the previous 2 years.

  • The Ghost of You

    Hello everybody, we are the band that you see in this picture on the Sumerian records stage. Despite how it may look, we still had an amazing experience at Mayhem this year. We would really appreciate it if you guys continued to give us your support and give us a like on Facebook. Thank you.

    http://www.facebook.com/tgoyband

    • 2Ready2Jiggle

      All the best to you and your band. And fuck Trivium.

    • mYstic headlock

      A little insight would have been a nice complement to the shameless plug.

      • Justanotherpassenger

        I’m not really sure how you could consider this a “shameless plug.” The picture of the band (if the post is authentic), along with the Trivium member’s comments, is what started this conversation. Up until now, I’m not even sure the names of the bands have been mentioned. I guess I just don’t see someone in the actual picture claiming it to be themselves as shameless. I consider it to be elaboration if nothing else.

      • The Ghost of You

        Like has been posted in the comments before, we played a battle through Headbang for the Highway in Greensboro, NC. We were told that we were going to be playing the Memphis date back in July after the battle. About a week before the date we were told there was potential for the date to be canceled and to hold tight that we may be playing the Atlanta date instead if that were the case. The Memphis date ended up not being canceled, the tickets for that date claimed the gates opened at 2, but in actuality opened at 1. That’s majority of the reason there was nobody there. By the end of the set there were 50-60 people in front of our stage though. Also, throughout the day we were able to hand out business cards and we did sell a considerable amount of merch, which paid for gas. We were also able to talk to majority of the Sumerian stage bands and the Victory stage bands, and they offered valuable guidance. Also, if you do visit the posted link to our facebook, you will see videos of us playing that stage, if you believe this is Shameless Plugging.

      • Justanotherpassenger

        You’ll have to forgive mYstic headlock. He really loves ThePRP, but at times comes off as the jealous, over-protective guy who is good friends with the hot chick, but will never really get to date her.

        In this metaphor, the hot chick is ThePRP…

      • mYstic headlock

        Shitty metaphor, bro. I like where you were going but the connection was flimsy at best.

        At any rate, thanks to The Ghost In You for the additional insight. The plug was only shameless because at face value it offered no additional information. It was just “We’re that band. Like us on Facebook.” Didn’t bother me really I’m just a smarmy dick like that.

      • mYstic headlock

        The other reason your metaphor failed…

        I’ve fucked ThePRP like a thousand times.

      • Justanotherpassenger

        Trying to preserve your image and reputation around the girl you love; it’s cool man, I get it. No worries.

      • mYstic headlock

        God you fucking suck at this. What I’m doing is talking to a bunch of dude bros about how often I’m hitting that. However, I’m only telling this to the ones who know who she is and what she looks like but don’t know her well enough to go ask her about it.

        Leave the burns to Wurst or scorpions they know how to get this shit done.

      • WURST

        You rang?

  • Snaaaaaaaaaak PLISSKEN

    WHY WOULD MAYHEM FEST EVEN PLAY SHOWS ON A WEEKEDAY?!?!…..I remember watching Vision of Disorder on Ozzfest’s 2nd stage with 10 other people while Pantera was playing the main…totally worth it!

    • mYstic headlock

      That sounds like the least worth it thing in recorded history.

    • RhiNo

      You sir, fucked up! To see Pantera would have been amazing! Based off of one choice you made, you seem like a guy that continually will make bad decisions.

    • nymets71087

      All aspects of this comment are extremely questionable. Bragging about passing up Pantera has been covered already so I’m trying to understand the logic in the first part of your comment. A summer tour is only supposed to have shows 2-3 days out of the week? I am really hoping this is a poor, misunderstood attempt at sarcasm. If not, and you can somehow give any legit reasoning behind this idea, I will retract my opinion that your opinion is completely fucking retarded.

    • scorpions

      Yeah I don’t know about all dat, homeboy…

  • zaomustdie

    I’m in one of the bands on the tour, and here’s a little insight to that shitty day in Tennessee. About two weeks before the show it was actually cancelled because there were only a few hundred tickets sold. Then, the promoter gave 4,000 tickets to radio stations in the area to give out on air and the show was put back on. The total attendance ended up being around 2,000. I was then told by a few local friends that most people in the area didn’t know the festival was even happening, and the show was in a low income/impoverished part of the country. Also, that Paolo guy is an arrogant asshole.

    • http://www.kerryneuville.com goop

      There was heavy promotion planned the week before the event but the sign twirler walked off the job. With the sign.

  • JimCroceLoverXEX

    I’m glad Trivium tried going mainstream radio rock on their latest album and it continued their trend of declining sales.

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