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Firewind..Frets of Fury

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On October 10th I headed down to the Masquerade to see Firewind headlining on the The Frets of Fury US tour.  Firewind is a power metal band from Greece.  Gus G started the band in 1998 when he recorded a demo with some close musician friends to showcase his guitar skills, and they have released six studio albums to date.

I first saw Firewind at Progpower USA at Center Stage.  They played for about 900 people.  So, I was a little surprised to see them playing in Hell at the Masquerade.  Nonetheless, it was cool to watch them so up close and personal on the Hell stage.  When Firewind came on stage I noticed their drummer Michael Ehre was missing and Jo Nunez from Nightrage was filling in for him.  Jo did great so no worries.  Firewind ripped right into their set with The Ark of Lies from their newest album Days of Defiance. Apollo’s catchy vocals, and Gus G’s awesome shredding got the crowd pumping their fists.  They played various songs from their albums, and the fans were singing right along with the band.  A few fan favorites included “World on Fire”, “Mercenary Man”, and “I Am The Anger”.  Also, Bob Katsionis did a great job playing both keyboards and rhythm guitar.  He had a cool keyboard solo after the song “Kill to Live”, and then went right back to shredding on the guitar.  It’s amazing how some musicians can go back and forth between instruments.  In addition, Firewind’s original singer Stephen Frederick was in the crowd at the show, as he now lives in Conyers, GA, which was cool.

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In the end, I thought Firewind did a great performance despite the smaller stage.  It’s too bad not many people showed up for this band, but by all accounts the tour has been plagued by low attendance.  Those who did attend loved every minute of their set.  Again, this was only my second time seeing these guys, but they were great both times.  Check them out on Facebook.

Set List:
The Ark Of Lies
Head Up High
Destination Forever
Kill To Live
Keyboard solo
Angels forgive me
World On Fire
The Fire And The Fury
Heading For The Dawn
Mercenary Man
SKG
The End Of Time
I Am The Anger
Into The Fire
Falling To Pie

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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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