On October 15, Pathfinder Promotions hosted the Atlanta Cancer Care Foundation Benefit show at The Local in Marietta. Jon Bodan, guitar player for Halcyon Way, had fought cancer the last year and is now in Full Remission. Inspired by the high costs of treatments and how some couldn’t afford the best treatment, or get their insurance companies to help pay for it, Jon wanted to help the best way he knew how… Music. And so the idea for the Atlanta Cancer Care Benefit Show was formed.
This concert would be Jon’s return to the stage after fighting Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, and it also represented a united effort by the Atlanta rock/metal scene to raise money for the foundation. Halcyon Way headlined the show, which also featured 5 more of Atlanta’s finest rock & metal acts.
The show opened with Throatpunch. I had never seen them live before, but WOW they melted my face off. Their energy on stage set the tone for the rest of the night. They were a relatively late addition to the show and deserved a higher slot.[nggallery id=439]
Next up was Inviolate. I have never seen Inviolate put a bad show, and I have seen them many times. Kadria continues to dazzle fans with her belly dancer moves, and her unique blend of metal, rock, and industrial. Her fellow band members groove right along with her, headbanging and moving around the stage.[nggallery id=442]
Third up, was Rigorism, and they are a new force to be reckoned with. Kevin Freeman (of Gnostic, and formerly of Enders Game) is the dynamic frontman for this group, and he combined harsh and clean vocals for a style of his own. Rob Meeks’ guitar riffs pummeled the crowd as they blazed through a quick set.[nggallery id=441]
The fourth band to hit the stage was a The Dreaded Marco, a self-styled “dirty rock” band. They may not have been a metal band, but I am pretty sure they made a lot of new fans! Their powerful grooving songs captured the ears of metal fans. Featuring Mike Froedge, formerly of DoubleDrive and Black Label Society, Charlie Sheets and Dixie Duncan (Echovalve), these seasoned musicians tore it up.[nggallery id=444]
Halcyon Way were up next, and the band took the stage with a vengeance. Jon Bodan’s return to the stage was a big part of the show, and after a year long fight with Lymphoma, the fans cheered as the curtain fell. He looked great and you would have never known of his battle if he had not said something! They played songs from all three of their albums, including songs from their new CD “IndoctriNation” which will be released on October 25th via Nightmare/Sony RED. Their set dazzled the crowd with incredible riffs, amazing drumming, and some of the best singing I have ever heard. Halcyon Way’s performance was on fire as they thrashed around the stage and engaged the crowd. It was like they had not been absent from performing but rather simply picked up where they left off! Congrats guys![nggallery id=443]
If that wasn’t enough music for the night, S.S. Vendetta was the last band to play, and the awesome music continued. Led by guitarist Alex Foretich, formerly of metal band Eternal Hour, S.S. Vendetta is a Ska-core band with great energy and a cool horn section. They put on a great show and I hope to see more of them soon![nggallery id=440]
It should also be said that Keith Minor & Shock & Awe Productions were one of the sponsors of the show in that they provided a phenomenal light show to make it a truly professional event. Keith also does work with The Backstage Beat from time to time. Check out some of his work here.
The Atlanta Cancer Care Foundation Benefit show was a great success. They raised nearly $5000 thru ticket sales, a raffle, and donations from corporate sponsors and individuals.
The Backstage Beat has also been informed by the Promoter for the show that their main corporate sponsors have already signed on to support the 2012 version of the show, so look for this to become an annual event.
ACCF posted the following statement on their Facebook page:
“The Atlanta Metal Scene United Against Cancer benefit show raised $4,500 for ACCF!!! ACCF is extremely grateful to Jon Bodan and Halcyon Way; all of the other outstanding bands that donated their time and performed – Throatpunch, Inviolate, Rigorism, The Dreaded Marco and S.S. Vendetta; corporate sponsors – Top of Mind Networks, Avalanche Entertainment, Pathfinder Promotions, Hennessy Transportation, The Perpetual Financial Group, Inc., Shock & Awe Productions, Chequers, Avatar Entertainment Group, IntroMental, and Harley-Davidson Motor Company; LifeSouth Community Blood Centers; The Local at Sidelines; and everyone who attended, volunteered their time or made a donation to make the event a success!”
Fear Factory at the Masquerade
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!
2015 Rockstar Mayhem Fest
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!
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
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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