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Dream Theater Picks Mike Mangini As Their New Drummer!

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After a lengthy process of audition 7 drummers, Dream Theater announced today via their reality based web show that the new drummer is Mike Mangini. In a very emotional and exciting webisode, Mangini was moved and ecstatic to be the new drummer for Dream Theater. “Thank you for trusting me with the 2nd part of your career.” is what he said.

I have been pulling for this guy from the beginning. His passion, drive and determination is inspirational and I cannot wait to see what comes of this new chapter of Dream Theater. Dream Theater auditioned an extremely impressive roster of drummer that consisted of Derek Roddy, Thomas Lang, Virgil Donati, Marco Minneman, Aquiles Priester and Peter Wildoer.

After watching these three episodes, I honestly have to say that Mike Mangini is the perfect guy for the job. He truly loves this band and the music they make and it was so obvious. While the other guys showed experience and expertise at their instruments, Mangini was the one. I was totally blown away by Peter Wildoer’s work with them and honestly felt that he was a close second but it was still all about Mike.

Mike, congratulations to you and we wish you nothing but the most amazing success!  You earned this.

View the Dream Theater “reality” series below:

Episode I: [pro-player width=’530′ height=’253′ type=’video’]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L609JsPFmmI[/pro-player]

Episode II: [pro-player width=’530′ height=’253′ type=’video’]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vaDfcKzLbY[/pro-player]

Episode III: [pro-player width=’530′ height=’253′ type=’video’]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QHMQjH17aw[/pro-player]

 

Need some extra credit?  Professor Don would love to see ya after school at http://www.thegreatsouthernbrainfart.com No apples please!

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Fear Factory at the Masquerade

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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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2015 Rockstar Mayhem Fest

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The 2015 Rockstar Mayhem Fest visited Atlanta on July 26th, with amazing bands like WhiteChapel, and Slayer!

When I walked into Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood it was like a ghost town.  In past years, the Mayhem Fest is usually packed with people, but this year was different.  The entrance I walked into had no venders, no food venders, and no people hanging out between band sets.  I walked clear across to the other side of the venue to find a much smaller side stage than the previous years.

After seeing, maybe a 1000+ people watching the side stage bands, I knew the Rockstar Mayhem was coming to an end.  Also, the beloved Metal Mulisha motorcycle stunt riders were not present at this year’s Mayhem Fest. As for the bands, some of them just were not for me, while a few were amazing to see perform.  It was a sad sight to see the Rockstar Mayhem Fest scaled down to almost nothing, but I still had a good time taking pictures.

Enjoy the pictures for the last Rockstar Mayhem Fest.  Hopefully, some brave soul will pick up the torch and revive the festival!

Victory Records Stage


Check out pics from the Main Stage on the next page!
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Friday @120 Marietta: Metal Invasion

Pathfinder Promotions and 120 Tavern and Music Hall Present MARIETTA METAL INVASION a night of Hard-hitting, in-your-face heavy Metal

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Pathfinder Promotions and 120 Tavern and Music Hall Present “Marietta Metal Invasion,” a night of hard-hitting, in-your-face Heavy Metal from Atlanta’s Rigorism with their special guests Paladin, and on tour out of Florida: Sons Of Ragnar and Lacerate!

Rigorism formed in 2012 setting out to make music that doesn’t have a million genres, Metal is what is written, played and the adrenaline at a live show is definitely a must see. Strong vocals, powerful riffs, odd syncopated bass and drums make up RIGORISM \m/

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