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The 7 Heaviest Performances We’re Most Looking Forward to at Psycho Las Vegas 2021

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To become the most infamous death metal band in history, you really need to turn some heads. Cannibal Corpse has been that band since their inception, but have they ever played a casino pool party? Leave it to Psycho Las Vegas to break our festival fast with a bacchanal of bands playing Saturday’s death metal beach day at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino pool where the waves and the pits never stop. August 20th – 22nd the fever dream awaits. Buy the ticket, take the ride—you never know if it’ll be your last chance to chase the American dream at its central nerve. When life turns into a Cannibal Corpse lyric, don’t let the bodies get in the way of your circle pit.

Psycho Las Vegas 2021 at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino offers the most masterfully curated schedule yet to ensure fans don’t miss the bands they came to see and discover the bands they never knew they loved. Between moshing, headbanging, gambling, swimming, and partying, this is a ride you take alongside many of your favorite artists who are stuck on the same damn boat as you—they’ve been locked down and dying to let loose too.

THE ENTIRE LINEUP PLAYING DEATH METAL BEACH ON SATURDAY

Saturday at Mandalay Bay Beach, Cannibal Corpse, Dying Fetus, Pig Destroyer, and Primitive Man play the most metal pool party since the 80s—only this show will be brutal, not sad. But seriously, any true metalhead would be out of their mind to miss this.

OBITUARY / PLAYING MAIN STAGE ON FRIDAY

There’s never been a death metal sound made that inclines people to lose all inhibition and stage dive harder than Obituary. This band of brothers have found a way to make the most brutal, celebratory party music of all time. In doing so, they have become the staples and champions of the entire genre.

EXODUS / PLAYING MAIN STAGE ON SUNDAY

Bay Area Thrash pioneers, Exodus, will not let Psycho Las Vegas go quietly into the night before bringing one of the most classic, influential sounds to the Main stage on Sunday so we can circle-pit non-stop one last time before the weekend dies. Bonded by Blood, Pleasures of Flesh, Exodus will rip the Main stage to death before we get the chance to peacefully part ways on Sunday.

DANZIG / PLAYING MAIN STAGE ON SATURDAY

Who hasn’t been patiently waiting for metal’s most recognizable voice, Danzig, to perform “Danzig II: Lucifuge” in its entirety? The last time Danzig toured fans got a taste of “Blood and Tears” in his setlists but now he’s delivering all the goods with songs like “Killer Wolf” and “I’m the One” returning to the stage. There’s going to be a lot of howling at the moon and Psycho babies conceived on Saturday’s hot Las Vegas night, but only for those who don’t miss out on this rare, unholy happening.

MIDNIGHT / PLAYING HOUSE OF BLUES ON SUNDAY 

The most thrilling crew of masked marauders in all of metal. For those of you who have never seen a Midnight show, you’re in for a truly thrilling treat because Midnight’s music is the perfect speed metal assault. Faster than Motorhead, more proficient than Venom, Midnight’s riffs are so good they’re damn near Satanic. I expect the House of Blues to be filled to the brim with the entire Psycho Las Vegas asylum stepping on each other’s heads for this one.

CREEPING DEATH / PLAYING HOUSE OF BLUES ON SUNDAY 

Slow churning insanity soon ascends into all out chaos and war whenever Creeping Death lets loose the dogs of hell upon an audience. “Guttural” does not begin to describe the vocals. “Heavy” cannot capture the guitars. There are no words for drums this fast and assaulting. Creeping Death serve up cold, sonic violence when they take the House of Blues stage on Sunday.

FULL OF HELL / PLAYING DEATH METAL BEACH ON SUNDAY 

Full of Hell have found the secret combination of notes to open up the literal gates of hell at their shows. Mutilated soundscapes beckon only the most fearless to mosh. Their brutality is unparalleled. Their rawness is too awesome to comprehend. This is head-exploding grindcore that will turn a paradise-like Mandalay Beach into a little slice of hell on Earth.

Catch the full lineup here.

This guest post was written by Robert Shepyer.

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