Posted by: Chad | July 19, 2012

Slayer vs. Cheesecake … on a hot day

This past weekend, I once again had the opportunity to go to a great metal show.  I have been spoiled for the past 2 years, as a friend of mine scores tickets to the best heavy metal concerts on the east coast (Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Testament, Death Angel, Iron Maiden, Slipknot, etc).

The day started with a 4 hour drive to Atlanta and a pregame meal at The Vortex.  The Vortex was an incredible burger joint, here is my review on Yelp.  While at The Vortex, a friend of ours, back in Charlotte, posted on Facebook, “Nothing like a good cheesecake on a hot day”, thus the blog post name.  Between PBR’s and a Buffalo Burger and a Slayer concert, we were now thinking about silky smooth cheesecake …. well, no, not really.

We were actually in town for the Mayhem Festival.  It was an all day event, but we were there to see Anthrax, Motohead, Slayer and Slipknot.


Anthrax headlined the 2nd stage and did not disappoint.  Once again I had the best “seat” in the house (front row center on the rail) from the opener, “Caught in the Mosh”, to the close, “I Am The Law”.  It was the 4th time I have seen them in 2 years, and it never gets old.

Before Motorhead started, As I Lay Dying got to play a few songs …. there was a bunch of screaming.  And, they gave a very poor attempt at the wall of death …. they did not pull it off.

Next up, Lemmy.  It was my first Motorhead concert, and at 66, Lemmy can still rock, opening with “Bomber” and closing with “Ace of Spades” and “Overkill”

Slayer was next.  Slayer is the loudest band I have ever seen.  They were the best band at the festival.  They opened with “Disciple” and “War Ensemble”.  “Seasons in the Abyss” came a bit later and blew everyone away.  The show ended with “Angel of Death”, “South of Heaven” and “Raining Blood”, which may have been the best 3 consecutive songs I have ever seen at any concert.  This was the 3rd time I have seen Slayer in the past 2 years and I will go the next time they are in the area.  Awesome.

Slipknot closed the festival, it was my first Slipknot show.  Slipknot was …. interesting.  A bit of a carnival.  they put on a good total performance, though a bit goofy at times.  Closing with “Surfacing”  …. a fan favorite.


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