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6 Must-See Artists at Mayhem Festival

Metal's biggest summer event is here! All of the bands are great, but here are the six you can't afford to miss

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Slayer

This one feels obvious enough, but just in case you weren't planning on staying the entire time at Mayhem Festival...you better change your mind or get another ride. No metal festival is truly complete without Slayer. Get those horns up, people!

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The Devil Wears Prada

This isn't an Anne Hathway (obviously). The Devil Wears Prada will appeal to the heavier side of the Warped Tour crowd, but the metalcore band also bring a modern spin to the genre; one that is sure to translate live.

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Sister Sin

It wouldn't be a true metal fest without some badass lady musicians taking the stage. Sweden's Sister Sin are holding it down at Mayhem this year, proving that women truly dominate the genre. As if there was any question of that!

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Code Orange

Code Orange (formely Code Orange Kids) bring a hardcore-punk sound to the mostly metal festival, a totally invited and refreshing change of pace for Mayhem. They truly bring the gap between metalheads and punk-rock kids...who says you can't be both?

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Whitechapel

Whitechapel are the token deathcore band at Mayhem this year, filling a space that can be likened to Code Orange Kids: This is the stuff that will please the metal-iest of metal fans and the punkest of punks. Trust us.

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King Diamond

There's a reason King Diamond are headlining alongside Slayer. The Danish, corpse-paint heavy band have been at it for 30 years and only seem to get better with age. With 13 full-length albums under their belt and about a zillion live performances, you know their set is going to be the stuff of legends. 

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