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Almost Kings High Energy

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It’s Saturday night!  I have my tickets in hand walking into Wild Bill’s to see Almost Kings.  Tonight they are releasing their new EP, CLUBROCK.  It would not matter if it was a CD release or not, I would still be here for the show.  I walk in and am hit by a gigantic crowd of people.  This group is unique in that they are not signed and handle everything from merchandise to booking venues.  Their business savvy and marketing works.  Tonight I see hundreds of fans.  I am a fan.  I head to the front with my camera in tow and I am ushered into the throngs of a huge group of people.  I feel the crowd’s excitement is only for an energy rush of adrenaline caused by being entertained with good music and listening to a great performance.  Almost Kings enter stage right.  The drummer begins to tap lightly with his sticks and then BAM!  Onto the stage comes the rest of the group.  I have said once and I will say it again, it is hard to get pictures of these guys because they simply do not stand still.

If Rage Against the Machine and 311 had a baby, I do believe it would be named Almost Kings.  A band of 2011 heavily influenced by the grunge, rap, and heavy metal of the 1990’s; Almost Kings manages to intertwine all these genres of music in their lyrics.  To see AK perform BOUNCE! Live is a treat.  This is a high energy band.  They jump and bounce off of almost anything . . . and when they jump?  They catch air.  Thank you guys for putting on a great show.   The new songs off your EP are great.  Thanks to all who I met throughout the night. It was a great one.  Happy Birthday to Keith Minor who has a rendition of the wild night and his celebration details. He was there with me tonight.  I tried finding him. I was never able to locate him.  Even with “text” directions :)  Almost Kings . . .  I will sum up the night and I think there are several out there who would agree with me: It was a perfect combination, a perfect storm.

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Fear Factory destroyed the Masquerade on September 4th with an amazing set.  Fear Factory was one of the first bands to pioneer industrial metal. It was great to see them back in Atlanta after a long absence.  Fear Factory is on tour promoting their new album Genexas, which lead singer Burton made sure we pronounced correctly (ha). Their show was great and I found myself singing along while I took pictures of the band.  The only thing I didn’t like was the fact I could hardly SEE the band.  Once again the Masquerade didn’t bother to turn up the stage lights for the bands.  This of course makes it very hard to photograph.  Nonetheless, I still really enjoyed watching this band play some of my favorite tunes live like Shock, Edgecrusher, Damaged, and Demanufacture!

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