After having an awesome dinner at Alyan's, I decided to grab a coffee at Starbucks before the concert. I wake up at 4:45 AM for work and I knew it was going to be a late night. As I enjoyed my coffee, I had a perfect view of the TLA. I was super excited to see Mayhem!
Before I entered the TLA, I had to get a picture of the Marquee. Someone standing outside took a picture of me standing under the marquee - I believe she was one of the stage hands because I saw her set up the set for Mayhem. Super sweet!
After buying some merch, I made my way into the venue. I lucked out with finding a spot near the front.
The first band that opened was called Inquisition. I really liked them and want to check out their albums. I really loved their style.
The next act was Black Anvil. They sounded similar to Mayhem and I remember hearing a bunch of songs from Black Anvil when I was starting to get into Mayhem a decade ago. I really enjoyed this act as well.
During intermission, I had to walk around a little bit. With all of the headbanging and bopping around, my arm was becoming stiff. Fortunately, some guy let me assume my place once I came back from moving around. I loved watching the stage hands set up Mayhem's set. They set up the altar and the woman that took my picture a few hours earlier, placed Necrobutcher's "Make America Great Again" hat on the skull that sat between the candles. I saw her giggle and a few other stage hands giggle as well. I was hoping they would leave the hat on during the performance, but sadly they removed it. I did get a picture (somewhat) of it.
Before the show began, there was an announcement that photography should be kept to a minimum because the flashes might interfere with their performance. However, if we chose to take some photos, turn off the flash. I did manage to get a few photos, but I see why photos were suggested as a minimum. The performance was amazing and I was in awe of the performance. Just watching the way they played and the acting around the altar, it felt surreal. But, a good surreal. Listening to the riffs, chords, and vocals just made me feel like a spirit. It's hard to describe, but when I listened to Mayhem religiously in high school and early college, I would listen to them as I created art. That transcendance I felt back then, I felt during the concert.
Just amazing. I'm still in awe. Pictures wouldn't have done justice. Also, some mosh pits started and I was getting pushed a bit out of place, which makes it harder for photography as well. The show was still amazing and I would love to see them again.