On Saturday May 5th, Lacuna Coil played an incredible two hour set at the Masquerade in downtown Atlanta. It has been a few years since I last saw Lacuna Coil live, and I have never seen them headline a show, so I was really looking forward to my chance to see them rock the house for two hours straight.
When I arrived at the venue, I was very excited to see an almost full house for Lacuna Coil. They haven’t played the Masquerade in a while, and I was curious to find out what kind of reception they would receive in Atlanta. Lacuna Coil was popular in the states a few years ago, thanks to music video channels like MTV. Now that MTV doesn’t really air music videos any longer, it is more difficult for International bands to get exposure here in the U.S. Many bands depend heavily for exposure on social media networks like Facebook and YouTube. Lacuna Coil’s online popularity is a testament to their success and their new album, Trip the Darkness recently reached number 15 on the Billboard 200!!!
As I mentioned earlier, I haven’t seen Lacuna Coil live for a few years. As a fan, I was excited to see them play, and they I was certainly not disappointed. All I have to say about the show is WOW!! This band can definitely deliver on stage. The dual vocals of Cristina and Andrea were absolutely amazing. Everyone in the band had such great energy on stage. After the first mind-blowing hour, Lacuna Coil took a short break and then returned to the stage with a stellar acoustic set. It was the perfect way to round out their high energy stage presence. Also, the acoustic set allowed the band to be a little more intimate with the crowd. Lacuna Coil was able to tell their fans what the songs were about, which I thought was amazing. They performed about five songs acoustically, and then went right back to heavy metal awesomeness! They played all my favorite songs like “Heaven’s a Lie”, “Trip the Darkness”, and “Swamped”. This was definitely one of the best shows of the 2012 so far.
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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