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Halcyon Way parts ways with rhythm guitarist Zane

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HALCYON WAY, has parted ways with rhythm guitarist Zane (pictured below). Zane left the band on amicable terms and Halcyon Way wishes him the best in his future endeavors.Zane spoke about his decision to leave the band: “After 6 years in one of the greatest metal bands ever, I have decided to leave for the sake of family and personal health. I have enjoyed my time in Halcyon Way and it has been a life defining tenure. Me and the guys all remain brothers and I look forward to everything Halcyon Way has to offer the metal world in the years to come. It was a true privilege to write and contribute to the band, and to hear what was in my head fleshed out on the albums was a joy all its own. See all of you guys in the front row at the next HW show! I’m currently working on a project called BISHOP LAKE with an EP due out in spring 2012. I also have a horror punk/metal band called School For Morticians slated to break wind sometime in mid 2012.”Guitarist Jon Bodan shared his thoughts on Zane leaving: “As much as it pains us that our brother Zane has had to step away from Halcyon Way, we have nothing but respect for his decision and wish him nothing but the best. We’ve gone to war with him for a long time, and he will truly be missed. Keep an eye out for his new projects as I’m sure they’re going to be killer! We would also like to thank Eric Roberts, Rob Fisher from Void Of Reason, and Mike Perrone for filling in with us on several live dates when Zane’s situation was a little unclear – you guys were a big help to us and we appreciate it.”In the meantime the band is auditioning new guitarists. Interested parties can contact the band at auditions@halcyonway.com.

This will not put a damper on Atlanta’s premier metal band’s European tour this spring with DELAIN and TRILLIUM. Halcyon Way is still planning on bringing their powerful mixture of heavy, punishing riffs and infectious melodies to Europe. The tour kicks off April 26th in Hamburg, Germany and winds up May 16th in London.

Halcyon Way tour dates (with Delain, Tillium) include:

April
26 – Gruenspan – Hamburg, Germany
27 – Lido – Berlin, Germany
28 – Progresja – Warzaw, Poland
29 – Masters of Rock Cafe – Zlin, Czech Republic

May
2 – Club 202 – Budapest, Hungary
3 – Arena – Vienna, Austria
4 – Backstage – Munich, Germany
5 – Rock’n’Roll Arena – Romagnano Sesia, Italy
6 – Z7 – Pratteln, Switzerland
8 – Gloria – Cologne, Germany
9 – Biebob – Vosselaar, Belgium
10 – Substage – Karlsruhe, Germany
11 – Alhambra – Paris, France
12 – HMV Institute – Birmingham, UK
13 – Corporation – Sheffield, UK
15 – Academy 20 – Manchester, UK
16 – Koko – London, UK

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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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Photo: Ann Bodan
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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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Photo: Adsila Chyann Atlanta 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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