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OVERKILL at the Masquerade

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Overkill put on an amazing show on May 10 at the Masquerade. I saw Overkill for the first time a few years ago at Rocklahoma; I wasn’t much of a fan till I saw them play then. It blows my mind when a band performs better, as Overkill did at the Masquerade. Overkill has a new album out called “The Electric Age” continues the bands ‘pump your fist’ thrash that has helped to define an age of metal.

They hit the stage an hour late due to bassist D.D. Verni getting held up at the Atlanta Airport – that’s ok though, because their performance made up for it. They started off the show with a tune off their new record “The Electric Age” called Come and get it. I was huddled down in the photo pit of the Masquerade waiting for the band to come on stage, and when they came out everyone started pumping their fists, and pushed up against the stage. Fans received instant gratification from the band, and that’s how it pretty much went with the crowd all night.

Overkill was full of high energy. I thought it was unique how lead singer Blitz would run off stage when he didn’t have any vocal parts, and he would run back on stage when he had to sing. It was a unique way to keep the crowd guessing and jamming. The rest of the band put on a “electric” performance as well. Guitars roaring and basses flying, these veterans of the stage knew how to rock out. Bassist D.D Verni was especially interesting to watch with his awesome moves and ‘hell yeah’ facial expressions!

Finally, I appreciated Overkill for adding some lighting effects to their performance. The light set up reminded of a show at a big arena, but on a smaller scale. The drums were set up on a riser, and smoke and strobe lights flashed underneath it. Some extra stage lights were added to the house giving the stage that arena feel. Blue, green, red, and white lights lit the band, and strobes flashed to accent the drummer. Plus, I was able to actually see the band, because the house lights at the Masquerade usually suck, but they obviously brought their own lighting tech. Great show overall from these veterans of the thrash metal scene!

photos © 2012 Ann Bodan

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Fear Factory at the Masquerade

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© 2015 Ann Bodan
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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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