Well, evidently someone sold their soul to make this bizarre rumor become reality. For the last several weeks it was rumored that Korn would be one of the headlining acts for this year’s Mayhem Festival but many of us were hoping it was nothing more than PR bullshit. This morning those hopes and dreams were shattered when the official list of bands was released on the Mayhem Festival website. Along with Korn will be Rob Zombie, who is a great hard rock musician but I really don’t think of him as metal. European festivals get Iron Maiden and the Big Four of Metal, we get Jonathan Davis prancing around. Wow, we got fucked on this one.
Filling out the main stage acts are Lamb of God and Five Finger Death Punch, who evidently bought a new mic stand to kiss Jonathan Davis’s ass on the tour. LoG is definitely going to be the highlight of the entire main stage acts for this year. Although organizers failed miserably at choosing bands for the main stage they make up for it with this years Jagermeister stage. Starting it off will be Winds of Plague, then Shadows Fall, followed up by Chimaira and then to top of the day will be Hatebreed. This is like a wet dream of metal come true. This is the shining moment of the entire Mayhem Festival. I am willing to bet their will be visible cracks in the earth from the carnage that is going to occur in front of this stage.
Filling out the rest of the bands over at the Mayhem Festival stage will be In This Moment, 3 Inches of Blood, Norma Jean and Atreyu will closing out that stage. Again I am left puzzled at the choice of bands. Atreyu isn’t a horrible choice but if anyone should be top bill for this stage it should be 3 Inches of Blood. I know it is all about marketing and getting the maximum amount of people, mainly kids, to buy tickets and come hang out in the blistering heat for an entire day and spend $5 for a bottle of water. Why not bands like Whitechapel, Suicide Silence or even Dillinger Escape Plan? They are busy doing Warped Tour. It appears to me that someone might have accidentally swapped a few bands while pulling names out of the hat for each of the tours this year.
Overall this year’s Mayhem festival is going to be a kick ass show. Some of the acts may be a little weak for a metal tour but the rest of lineup more than make up for it. Now like my UK counterparts who are frothing at the mouth and ready to go to their own festivals this year I now have my own Mecca of metal to visit this summer. Be sure to follow Rock Sins for all of your Mayhem Festival 2010 news.