Probably the most anticipated act playing this year’s Mayhem Festival is Body Count. The Los Angeles band, fronted by Ice-T, played some old favorites and a few songs off the recently-released Manslaughter album.
Showing off new vocalist Eddie Hermida, Suicide Silence gave the crowd an arresting performance in the desert heat. No stranger to Mayhem, the Southern California deathcore band was welcomed by the multitude who came to hear the heavy shit.
Death metal veterans Cannibal Corpse performed a short, but impressive set during the Southern California kickoff date for Mayhem.
On the festival’s South stage, by far the smallest of the three, Torrance, California’s Joyce Manor and their A.D.D brand of catchy punk rock capped a day that almost exclusively featured folk music.
One of the many bands that had to play their set in the rain, but that didn’t stop the crowd from getting bigger and bigger as the set went on. An absolute treat to see as I have been waiting a few years to see these guys and they did not disappoint! They performed a lot of their more well-known songs from a few years back and it was obvious that the fans were stoked about this. The crowd sang along to the whole set! Amazing show.
THE band I was most stoked to see at Toronto’s Warped, and I was lucky to make it just in time from Ottawa as they played an early set. Architects killed it as usual with an insane performance. Fronted by vocalist Sam Carter, the boys really got the energy going and the crowd moving, jumping, singing, and even on their knees! I have seen them perform a few times in the past and they never ever disappoint! Absolutely unreal show.
What a treat to see Chiodos hit the stage once again with Craig Owens who has been busy with his other musical project D.R.U.G.S.. This is a band I had been long awaiting to see and they absolutely killed it. Amazing energy, this band really knows how to put on a show!
One of the bands I was most excited to see and a band that everyone needs to keep an eye out for! From Guelph Ontario, Mandroid Echostar have an incredible sound that you just have to hear. These boys played an amazing set and I absolutely recommend you check them out if they perform in your city (as a sidenote, they did release an incredible EP this past Fall…).
We Came As Romans ended the 2013 Warped Tour festival with an insane performance, playing for a HUGE crowd, all of Warped Tour came out the see the band that would end the day! Their set included some past songs, some from their upcoming album (released July 23rd) and even a cover! It may have rained during their set but that sure didn’t stop people from having a good time!
I have to admit this was the performance I most anticipated throughout the day and I wish I could have gone in with the crowd! Blessthefall performed a KILLER SET performing a vast number of songs from their latest album on top of playing a song from their (at the time) upcoming album (‘You wear a crown but you’re no king’), which was also their first single. It may have been pouring during their set but Beau got the crowd moving, and it’s safe to say that Blessthefall made sure no one cared about the cold rain!
By far one of the bands who got the biggest crowd that day, getting through to the pit wasn’t easy! One of my personal favourite bands on the days line-up and they did not disappoint! They performed a ton of songs from their latest album which was a real treat, awesome set! They killed it!
The Swellers played a high energy set on the afternoon of July 5th, and were lucky to get to perform right after the downpour stopped. Although they played on a smaller stage, they attracted a massive number of dedicated fans who were absolutely stoked to see their set and who weren’t afraid to move and sing along! Wicked show.