The 2014 edition of the annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival kicks off July 5 in San Bernardino, Calfornia. Here's the lineup for this year's trek:
Rockstar Energy Drink Main Stage: Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Asking Alexandria, Trivium
Coldcock American Herbal Whiskey Stage: Cannibal Corpse, Suicide Silence, Miss May I, Mushroomhead, Texas Hippie Coalition, King 810
Sumerian Records/Headbang For The Highway Stage: Body Count featuring Ice-T, Upon A Burning Body, Veil of Maya, Darkest Hour, Headbang Local Winner
Victory Records Stage: Emmure, Ill Nino, Wretched, Islander, Erimha
Rockstar Mayhem Festival Tour Dates:
7/05 -- San Bernardino, Calif. -- San Manuel Amphitheater
7/06 -- Mountain View, Calif. -- Shoreline Amphitheater
7/08 -- Auburn, Wash. -- White River Amphitheatre
7/09 -- Nampa, Idaho -- Idaho Center Amphitheatre
7/11 -- Phoenix, Ariz. -- Ak-Chin Pavilion
7/12 -- Albuquerque, N.M. -- Isleta Amphitheatre
7/14 -- Denver, Colo. -- Red Rocks Amphitheater
7/16 -- Maryland Heights, Mo. -- Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
7/17 -- Clarkston, Mich. -- DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/18 -- Milwaukee, Wisc. -- Eagle's Ballroom
7/19 -- Noblesville, Ind. -- Klipsch Music Center
7/20 -- Tinley Park, Ill. -- First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre
7/22 -- Mansfield, Mass. -- Xfinity Center
7/23 -- Saratoga, N.Y. -- Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/25 -- Toronto, Ontario -- Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
7/26 -- Burgettstown, Pa. -- First Niagara Pavilion
7/27 -- Hartford, Conn. -- Xfinity Theatre
7/29 -- Darien Center, N.Y. -- Darien Lake
7/30 -- Wantagh, N.Y. -- Nikon Theater at Jones Beach
8/01 -- Camden, N.J. -- Susquehanna Bank Center
8/02 -- Scranton, Pa. -- The Pavilion At Montage Mountain
8/03 -- Bristow, Va. -- Jiffy Lube Live
8/05 -- Atlanta, Ga. -- Lakewood Amphitheatre
8/07 -- Oklahoma City, Okla. -- Oklahoma Zoo Amphitheatre
8/09 -- Dallas, Texas -- Gexa Energy Pavilion
8/10 -- The Woodlands, Texas -- Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
5 Questions With... is your chance to get to know a new or up-and-coming band. Gunpowder Gray are an Atlanta group who just released their self-titled EP. Guitarist Chris Heffernan and vocalist Nate Godbee introduce us to their band.
Give us a brief history of Gunpowder Gray.
Chris: I had a bunch of rock riffs that were different from anything I had done in the past, but I had no idea what they would turn into. Gunpowder Gray started with myself, Joey O'Brien (Biters), and Charlie Southern (Sadistic Ritual) just jamming these riffs that I had been sitting on for at least a couple of years and it seemed like something we all wanted to pursue.
We brought Nate Godbee (Disfigurement) in to sing like Halford, and Sam Vaughan in to lay down the cool vibes. Charlie is a killer guitarist and stand up dude, but we decided to try out Adam Besserer (Disfigurement) on lead. He pretty much got the part because he looks like Slash.
Describe the songwriting and recording process for your self-titled EP.
Chris: Nate and I write songs in the warehouse that we live in on acoustic guitars at four in the morning hammered drunk. Recording of the EP was cut live except for the vocals and solos. Matt Washburn of Ledbelly Studios was really rad for putting up with us and for making Joey's drums sound straight beastly.
How would you characterize the style/sound of the album?
Nate: That's pretty tough. We didn't have some holy-grail band or era in mind when writing or recording the stuff. We just tried to make a record that sounds like something that we'd want to listen to, and I think it worked. Everyone hears something a little different in it, and that's what we wanted. You can't listen to it and say 'yeah, that sounds like so and so' and that's it, there's always a little something else there. You have to decide for yourself. That being said, I guess it sounds like a rock n' roll record, the way we think a rock record should sound.
What has been your most memorable Gunpowder Gray live show, and what are your upcoming show/tour plans?
At About.com Heavy Metal, we keep our eyes (and ears) on the underground for the genre's next generation. Every month we spotlight several unsigned bands. Check out the article, and check out the music from some great unsigned acts. If you're in an unsigned band, there's information on how you can submit your info for consideration to be included in the next Unsigned Underground column.
The Unsigned Underground: April 2014
A new band generating quite a bit of buzz is The Oath. With members from Germany and Sweden, their brand of doom metal and occult rock has drawn a lot of positive response so far. Vocalist Johanna Sadonis introduces us to her band, talks about the writing and recording of their self-titled debut album, her musical background, the metal scene in Berlin and other topics.
Read the complete The Oath Interview
(photo courtesy Rise Above Records)