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Atlanta Will Be Rockin’

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Dokken has been a band that has proved to be one of the most recognizable names of the 80’s hard rock/metal circuit. Who hasn’t heard or said the phrase “Rockin’ With Dokken” or “Rockin’ Like Dokken?” Dokken was a huge piece of my youth with such classic albums as “Breaking The Chains”, “Under Lock and Key” and my personal favorite “Back For The Attack.” The inner turmoil and public clashing between Don Dokken and guitarist George Lynch brought it all to a close and saw George Lynch go on to form Lynch Mob and Don Dokken releasing the stellar “Up From The Ashes” solo album.

27 years after the release of their debut album, Dokken is hitting the road again and classic members Don Dokken and Wild Mick Brown are joined by Jon Levin on guitar and Sean McNabb on bass guitar. I haven’t seen Dokken since the “Back From The Attack” tour so you can only imagine how pumped I am to see these guys in action. What I love so much about these shows is that it’s like a time machine to a time when not much more mattered than getting up front to see your favorite band and losing yourself in the performance. Seeing Dokken will be a blast from the past for most and while I’m sure we can expect to hear all the classics, hopefully Dokken will treat us to some new material as well. This will undoubtedly be a fun night of rockin’ with Dokken.

Dokken will be performing in Atlanta at Wild Bill’s on July 22nd. General admission tickets cost $15 in advance and $21 at the door; tickets for table seats cost $25; and tickets for VIP seating cost $50-$100.

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Fear Factory at the Masquerade

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© 2015 Ann Bodan
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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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Photo: Adsila Chyann Atlanta 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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