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LAMB OF GOD Perform in Atlanta with a Vengeance

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On November 20 at the Tabernacle in Atlanta, Sylosis, HELLYEAH, In Flames, and Lamb of God played a fabulous show. The first Lamb of God tour was cancelled due to frontman Randy Blythe being held in Prague on murder charges. Luckily, Randy was released and he went right back to touring. I had the honor of photographing this performance, and they delivered a face melting show.

First up was the UK thrash metal band, Sylosis. Unfortunately, I missed Sylosis’s performance due to a time conflict. Apparently, doors were at six, not 7. Nonetheless, Lamb of God’s frontman Randy Blythe confirmed that they played an amazing set and he enjoyed hearing them. I’m sorry I missed them, but if their performance are anything like their new album “Monolith,” you should definitely check them out.

Second to perform was “supergroup” HELLYEAH. If you don’t know already, HELLYEAH features band members of Mudvayne, Pantera, Damageplan, Danzig, and Nothingface. Together they put on a pretty brutal show full of energy and headbanging. I was expecting HELLYEAH to be Mudvayne clone, but all the members seemed to mix their different styles well. One minute you hear Pantera, and the next you hear Mudvayne. Sometimes their songs tend to run together, but the highlights of their set were War in Me, Drink, Drank, Drunk, and Band of Brothers.[nggallery id=691]

The third band to play were the fabulous Swedes, In Flames. It was so great to see In Flames again in Atlanta. Last year when they came through with Trivium, I was left a bit disappointed. This year they put on a much better show. In Flames had more energy, great stage lighting and they played a lot of their fan faves. Songs like Sounds of a Playground Fading, Reroute to Remain, and Take This Life, really got the crowd going. I looked behind me from the photo pit, and people were moshing, crowd surfing, a signing along with In Flames. It’s always to see In Flames perform, but this performance was at the top of my list of awesome![nggallery id=690]

Next to perform was headliners, Lamb of God from Richmond, Virginia. The place went nuts as soon as Lamb of God started playing. Honestly, I wish I had a eye on the back of head to help me dodge crowd surfers, a raincoat to avoid being dowsed in beer, and three hands to change my apertures faster! Performance-wise, Lamb of God has upped their game with better lighting and a ramp to jump off of during songs. Their energy on stage was great as Lamb of God blasted some new and old songs. Lamb of God’s set list included songs like Desolation, Set to Fail, Contractor, and Laid to Rest. Randy Blythe sang with a vengeance and the audience responded. It was great to see Lamb of God back in action. This is one of the best shows I have seen the band perform.[nggallery id=689]

I’m really glad to see Lamb of God on the road again. In the end, I hope the charges against Randy Blythe are dropped, and he can move forward with his music.

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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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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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