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!
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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