On December 9th, The Devil Wears Prada performed at the Masquerade on the Dead Throne tour. Heaven, the upstairs stage of the Masquerade, was packed with a younger crowd and it was insanely hot. I felt like I was standing in a sauna at the gym! Nonetheless, fans were excited to see TDWP.
The lights went down, and I had positioned myself in the photo pit. TDWP hit the stage and suddenly the crowd cheered. They didn’t just go “yay TDWP”, they screamed like they were at a Beatles concert. One girl screamed so loud she hurt my ears, and I was wearing earplugs! The band went right into the title track from their new album, “Dead Throne”.
The first half of their set was new material. The second half of the set was comprised of songs from their previous albums. The TDWP fans liked the new stuff, but knew the older songs better. This was evident when they started to sign along to some of the older songs. The photo pit shook as the crowd pushed against it, and the band ignited the stage with energy. I turned my head to look behind me for crowd surfers, and everyone had a smile on their face. TDWP performance was great.
The only thing I didn’t like about the show was the singer’s clothes. The singer for TDWP was dressed in the lamest hipster-thrift-store-shopping-faux-retro outfit this side of a recent Bank Of America commercial. All that was missing was the corduroy smoking jacket and the ironic pipe. I may sound harsh here, but I think he could do better. Other than that, great show, and awesome energy on stage.
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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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