It’s probably safe to say that most of us would prefer little or no mayhem in our lives. But for fans of Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Mastodon, Amon Amarth and other headbanging musical acts, mayhem is what rocks their world.
Billed as “the world’s biggest hard and heavy music touring festival,” the sixth annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival boasts a high-decibel, ear-assaulting lineup on three stages beginning at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the White River Amphitheatre in Auburn. Tickets are $31.50-$85.
The biggest name at the marathon metal fest is Zombie, a Grammy-nominated rock musician, filmmaker, screenwriter, actor, publisher of comic books and founding member of the band White Zombie. His fifth solo album is “Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor,” which was launched in April with the debut single “Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Super Town.”
Other songs boast similarly charming titles: “Ging Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga,” “Lucifer Rising” and “Behold! The Pretty Filthy Creatures.” There’s also a ground-shaking version of the Grand Funk Railroad anthem, “We’re an American Band.”
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Headliner Zombie will share the main stage with Five Finger Death Punch, Mastodon and Amon Amarth. Los Angeles-based Five Finger Death Punch, whose name comes from the martial-arts cinema, made its debut a few years ago with the thunderous album “The Way of the Fist.” In late July, the Mayhem veterans will release Vol. 1 of its next album, “The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Right Side of Hell.”
The music of Georgia-based Mastodon spans a wide range of metal genres, from “sludge metal” and “grind core” to progressive heavy metal. In a review of the band’s 2009 album, “Crack the Skye,” Rolling Stone magazine gushed: “Mastodon are the greatest metal band of their generation — no one else comes close.” The band’s 2011 album, “The Hunter,” made its debut at No. 10 on the Billboard 200 album chart, underscoring the band’s commercial strength.
“Melodic death metal” band Amon Amarth is from Gothenburg, Sweden, home of Volvo automobiles and a thriving metal scene. Led by vocalist Johan Hegg, the group took its name from a volcano in J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy world, Middle-earth.
The lineup at the Musicians Institute stage includes Children of Bodom, Behemoth, Emmure, Born of Osiris, Motionless in White and Thrown Into Exile. And the Jagermeister stage features Machine Head, Job for a Cowboy, Butcher Babies, Battlecross and Huntress, a thrash-and-doom band led by banshee vocalist Jill Janus.
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