On September 30, I headed over to Center Stage to see the Heritage tour featuring Opeth with special guests Katatonia. Being a progressive metal fan, I was excited to see and photograph these two bands.
First up was Katatonia, a progressive/atmospheric metal band from Sweden. Within seconds, I was drawn into this band’s music. It possessed a great deal of emotion that I almost instantly felt when they began to play. The stage lighting was softer than most concerts I had seen at this level. It consisted on blue, green and red lights that created a moody dark effect, adding more to this band’s sound. Katatonia played many new songs off their last record Night is the New Day. Songs included “Liberation”, “Onward Into Battle”, “Forsaker”, and several others. Their set included a great mix of songs off their other records as well, which I love for bands to do. Many simply play just new songs, but fans want to hear old favorites as well. So it was great for Katatonia to play such favorites as “July”, “Omerta”, and “Sweet Nurse”. All in all, Katatonia showed a great deal of musicianship and I thoroughly enjoyed their performance.
Next up was Opeth, a progressive/death metal band, also from Sweden. I had never seen Opeth live before, and I was very interested to see them. Like many other bands they played some songs of their latest & tenth studio album Heritage. The first thing I noticed as I watched Opeth was their musicianship. Metal bands have some best musicians out there and Opeth is at the top of the heap. Songs like the “The Devil’s Orchard” and “I Feel the Dark” from their new album showed the band going into a bit of a different direction musically, as there were no death metal vocals. The band also played some songs they have never played live before, such as “Porcelain Heart”. During this song, Opeth’s new keyboard player Joakim Svalberg did a short but amazing solo. Joakim is definitely a great addition to Opeth. To my surprise, Opeth also, played several songs acoustically. Although it was unexpected, Opeth are a “progressive/death metal” band so I guess it’s ok! As a whole, I enjoyed Opeth’s set. Their cool banners, awesome lighting, and musicianship were awe-inspiring, and I really enjoyed it.
Both Katatonia and Opeth performed well, and musically I think they go well together. I only wish Opeth had played a few songs with some death metal vocals. Other than that, it was a great show! Enjoy the pics….
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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