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

Not for the faint of heart


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.