On November 4th, I was at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach to see Anthrax, Testament, and Death Angel. I must say it was the best show of the year for me, as I have a lot of respect for these three bands. These bands’ music has stayed strong and true to what they are about for many years, regardless of what the ‘flavor of the month’ was on Billboard. All three bands have been together for 20+ years, and it shows in their performance.
Death Angel hit the stage first and ripped into “I Chose The Sky” from their newest album Relentless Retribution. Death Angel thrashed around the stage full of energy., and they mixed up their old classics like “Evil Priest” with more current songs like “Relentless Revolution”. Mark Osegueda’s unique thrash vocals, the awesome guitar playing, and perfect drumming really got the nearly full House of Blues crowd – and the moshpit – going. I was sad they only got about thirty minutes to play, but they gave it their all in the short playing time.[nggallery id=457]
I Chose the Sky
Claws In So Deep
Seemingly Endless Time
Thrown to the Wolves
Next up was the mighty Testament! Testament is one of my all time favorite Thrash bands and they always deliver on stage. I know I’m way late saying this, but I am so glad Alex Skolnick is back in Testament. Alex is incredible guitar player, and I always enjoy watching him. Testament hit the stage with a classic ‘The Preacher”, and they continued with old and new songs through out their set. Chuck Billy owned the stage with his powerful vocals, unique mic stand, and continuous air guitar. Alex and EricPeterson were shredding with some of the best riffs in the business, and possessed a great energy on stage. Greg Christian was tearing up the bass and the stage. I had a hard time keeping up with Greg as he was all over the stage!! The legendary Gene Hoglan (Testament, Forbidden, Strapping Young Lad, etc etc) supplied the perfect pounding on the drums for head banging. A great performance for Testament![nggallery id=458]
The New Order
The Persecuted Won’t Forget
Over the Wall
Souls of Black
Into the Pit
More Than Meets the Eye
D.N.R. (Do Not Resuscitate)
3 Days in Darkness
Disciples of the Watch
Third up was the headliner Anthrax. I was really excited to see Anthrax with singer Joey Belladonna back in the band again. The lights went out and the band crept onto stage as the crowd roared. The started their set with “Earth on Hell” and just obliterated the place. The energy of this band is just amazing. They were all over the stage, and you could truly tell they were passionate about what they did. The crowd was loving it too, as a huge mosh pit started behind me and continued off and on during their set. They played favorites like, “Caught In A Mosh”, and “Madhouse”, as well as new songs like “The Devil You Know”. Truly greatness was on stage and these thrash veterans know how to deliver.[nggallery id=456]
Earth on Hell
Fight ‘em till you Can’t
Caught in a Mosh
The Devil You Know
Got the Time
In The End
Among The Living
Metal Thrashing Mad
I am the Law
Sepultura’s “Refuse/Resist” with Scott Ian performing vocals
This was truly the concert of the year for me personally. Bands playing together like this just doesn’t happen that often and should not be missed. If you’re a concert promoter reading this… MORE PLEASE!!
Occupy a music venue!!
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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