On June 15th, I headed to the Masquerade to see a very unique local band called Inviolate. These veterans of the Atlanta metal music scene were celebrating the release of their first CD Feast of Ashes; with it being over a year and half in the making, Inviolate had a lot to celebrate that night!

Fronted by mastermind Kadria, Inviolate has one of the most unique stage performances of a metal band that I have ever seen. Kadria has many passions, such as belly dancing and art, and is able to combine all of these into her music. While she is singing and growling, she is belly dancing. As strange as that might sound, it just works, and her fans love it. She handles all of the graphic design for the band, and the writing of the music and lyrics as well.

Inviolate put on a great show that night. I have seen Inviolate on several occasions, and this was one of their best performances to date. Kadria put on all her moves, which included balancing a sword on her head while belly dancing.

Inviolate are unique as a band in the sense that they don’t have any permanent members at the moment besides Kadria – instead she recruits from a number of musicians from the Atlanta metal scene and puts together a lineup for each show as it comes along. For the CD release party, this made made the show even more unique, because she had different musicians that had performed with her at different times rotate in and out of the set. At certain points during Inviolate’s set a different bass player or guitar player would change out – this was interesting because everyone performed differently. To go even further, on the last song (Endgame) everyone came on stage to jam.

Inviolate put on a great show, and if you haven’t seem them yet, I highly recommend you go check them out. I do hope Inviolate gets some permanent members soon even though I kinda like the rotating idea. Their new CD Feast of Ashes was produced by Atlanta’s own Mike Froedge (Doubledrive, Black Label Society, The Dreaded Marco) at Open Sky Studios. It’s a great CD, and you can download it on iTunes!