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Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, July 9, Ford Idaho Center

Not for the faint of heart

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Since its inception in 2008, the Rockstar Mayhem Festival lineup has included established acts that have helped shape the metal-music canon, as well as rock/metal bands beginning to make a name for themselves.

The 2014 iteration of the fest features three stages as always, and the Headband for the Highway/Sumerian stage may introduce some metal fans to new music with performances by Bodycount, Veil of Maya, Upon a Burning Body and Darkest Hour, while the Victory Stage SL 100 will host Emmure, Ill Nino, Wretched, Islander and Erimha.

It isn't named the Mayhem Festival for nothing: On the Second Stage, all hell could break loose with Cannibal Corpse, Suicide Silence, Miss May I, Mushroomhead, Texas Hippie Coalition and King 810; and with Main Stage performers Asking Alexandria and Trivium, and old-school metal masters Avenged Sevenfold and Korn.