Heavy metal: Mayhem-style

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On a day that started gray, dreary, and wet before skies cleared, the Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival brought a vast array of metal stylings into the Infinity Theater in Hartford on July 27. Here is a visual sampling of the bands in action in this annual festival event.

PHOTOS by MIKE CHAIKEN

Miss May I

Miss May I

Emmure

Emmure

Fans of Emmure bang their heads

Fans of Emmure bang their heads

Suicide Solution

Suicide Solution

Coco Austin, the wife of Ice-T, watches her husband's band, Body Count, from the wings.

Coco Austin, the wife of Ice-T, watches her husband’s band, Body Count, from the wings.

Ice-T brought his band Body Count to this year's Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival.

Ice-T brought his band Body Count to this year’s Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival.

Spartacus, Ice-T's dog, enjoys his master's show.

Spartacus, Ice-T’s dog, enjoys his master’s show.

Carnivore

Carnivore

Erimha

Erimha

King 810

King 810

The Darkest Hour

The Darkest Hour

Texas Hippie Coalition

Texas Hippie Coalition

The Wretched

The Wretched

Crowd surfing at the Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival.

Crowd surfing at the Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival.

Veil of Maya

Veil of Maya

Mushroomhead

Mushroomhead

Mushroomhead

Mushroomhead

The members of Ill Nino pose for the cameras before hitting the stage.

The members of Ill Nino pose for the cameras before hitting the stage.

Ill Nino

Ill Nino