The Rockstar Mayhem Fest packs the Eagles Ballroom in Milwaukee for a night of metal.
Mayhem Fest makes a stop at the iconic Rave in Milwaukee for aÂ second year in a row, a venue that has held its fair share of metal shows. This year, the venueÂ used three of their halls to fit all the bands playing on the bill. Being one of a few stops on this tour that was all indoors, fans were happy to see all the bands on the bill. For fans of metal, you could not ask for a better touring line up that featured two heavy weights in this genre, King Diamond and Slayer.
On the main stage, Hellyeah opened first. The Devil Wears Prada who normally play the main stage were moved to another hall due to time constraints. Hellyeah singer, Chad Gray, told the crowd how special it was to play on this tour and to share their music to all the fans. Hellyeah never disappoints and put on one hell of a show, no pun intended.
Before King Diamond came on it was announced due to an eye infectionÂ heÂ would not be in makeup, a rare occurrence. Makeup or not it did not matter once King Diamond sang in his signature falsetto voice. They played an hour-long set that spanned King Diamondâ€™s thirty years as well as two Mercyful Fate song. This was truly one of the highlights of Mayhem fest.
Slayer closed out the night in a way a band that has been so influential in the heavy metal scene. An hour and fifteenÂ minute set of pure speed and thrash spanning sixteen songs. The Eagles Ballroom became a sea of moving bodies and heads banging away. Kerry King and Gary Holtâ€™s blistering guitar solos seem to rip through the haze of smoke coming from the crowd as well as on stage. Singer Tom Araya is an imposing figure with his bass in hand and singing lyrics that for decadesÂ have caused muchÂ controversy. For metal fans they could have not asked for more than what the 2015 Mayhem Festival hadÂ put together.