This morning, the lineup for this summer's mega-metal fest, the Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, was released. It includes re-activated act Slipknot, warhorses Slayer, Anthrax on the Jagermeister side stage, and a third act to be named on March 5. This roadshow hits Houston on July 11 at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.
Also included on Mayhem roster on selected dates will be High On Fire, Asking Alexandria, The Devil Wears Prada, As I Lay Dying, and Whitechapel. This will easily be the metal show of the summer, barring any stirrings from Sabbath, who more than likely wouldn't hit Houston until the fall.
This will also be Slipknot's first Houston appearance since a two-night stand at Verizon Wireless Theater back in February 2009. Hate all you want, but that was one of the best shows I have ever been witness to. Slipknot's Maggot fanbase rival ICP's Juggalos in terms of sheer devotion.
As Slayer's Tom Araya put it in the press release this morning, "Mayhem 2012 might just be the last and greatest metal festival before the world ends!! So wreak havoc and go out in style!!"
We completely sort of agree.
Stay tuned to Rocks Off for ticketing dates, and stop cutting your hair and beards now. You will need them to fit in come July.