Four Reasons Not to Miss Rockstar Mayhem Festival

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This year's metal festival season is in full swing, and you might be feeling a little overwhelmed what with All Stars Tour, Warped Tour and Summer Slaughter Tour already having passed through Houston. Maybe you're burnt out, but it's time to get ready for one more: Mayhem Festival.

This year's might be the best of all four of the aforementioned metal fests, and there's a lot of reasons you probably shouldn't skip it, even if it means slamming yet another ten Red Bulls. However, we've narrowed it down to five damn good reasons to go for it.

4. It's The Last Big One Like I mentioned before, there's been a lot of metal festivals this year, and even your really huge metalhead might feel a little bit burnt out. But this is the last big, huge metal tour of the year with major headliners.

We're excited about a lot of the local fests too, of course. Dimefest 8, Building Temples from Death, and Darkside Metal Madness Cancer Benefit for the Life Support Project are all coming up, looking awesome, and featuring some great local metal bands. But this could be your last chance to see Mayhem's lineup on tour for the rest of the year.

3. The Return of Suicide Silence On November 1st, 2012, Suicide Silence vocalist Mitch Lucker tragically passed away in a motorcycle accident. Many thought the band couldn't continue afterwards. Lucker was the heart and soul of the band, their voice and chief songwriter.

However, the band found solace in Eddie Hermida from All Shall Perish, who has taken over for Lucker and continued to band as a tribute to him. The band has come back with an album called You Can't Stop Me, featuring lyrics left behind by Lucker, and this will be their first date in Houston since making their comeback.

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2. Variety This bill is one of the most diverse metal festivals in years. For casual metalheads and just plain hard rockers, this one had Avenged Sevenfold and Korn headlining, bringing accessible jams and radio hits.

If you dig a little deeper, you'll find Asking Alexandria, Trivium, and Cannibal Corpse. Then, for the real, hardcore metalheads, there's Veil of Maya, Upon a Burning Body, and Suicide Silence. It really has something for everyone who's into metal.

1. Korn Love them or hate them, Korn have established themselves as highly influential legends in the metal community. They've been around for 21 years now, but for many this is a special occasion, and special year for the band.

This will be the first time the band has played in Houston since guitarist Brian "Head" Welch rejoined the band after leaving in 2005. For many fans, he was a vital component of Korn, which has sorely been lacking for a long time, so this is practically a reunion tour. Make sure you see them now, because it's a sure bet they'll be playing their best material with "Head" back on board.


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