Mayhem Fest ’09, or “In which I regret forgetting my earplugs” [Concert Review]

“Indianapolis, how about you suck on THIS,” growled the cape-wearing guitarist from the bad Killswitch Engage, before they promptly kicked into their opening song. They were among the dozens of bands playing at the Verizon Wireless Ampitheater in Noblesville, IN.

My friend Chris and I have been attending concerts together for a few years now. The only time I really see him is when we go to concerts, and it’s generally one concert every 12-18 months, but it’s been pretty consistent so far. We’ve seen Combichrist & KMFDM, Marilyn Manson, and this year the Mayhem Festival (a bunch of Metal bands). He and I knew each other from back in the party-days, since we were both DJs (he’s much more well-known than I am though, he’s played in many states across the country).

We had decent seats — in between orchestra and general admission (if you’re familiar with the venue, it was section F, row M, aisle seat). The festival started at 1pm, but we didn’t get there until a little after 6. We were really only interested in seeing the headliners, and I was somewhat limited on available time so we compromised by going late. Continue reading