Since the year Megadeth hit the stage for the first time in 1983, they have rocked the world with their thrash metal. Recently, Megadeth performed on November 26th at the Tabernacle in Atlanta on the Countdown to Extinction tour. Once again they showed Atlantians that Megadeth still has staying power.
Opening the show was a stoner hard rock band from LA called Kyng. The stage at the Tabernacle is pretty big, and I wondered how a three piece would manage not to look like ants on it. I was pleased to see Kyng rock it on the stage, and make their presence known throughout their set. The vocalist/guitar player Eddie Veliz had a voice that reminded me of a raspy Chris Cornell, and he sang with a passion on stage. When Eddie wasn’t singing he was rocking out with some great sludgy riffs while whipping his hair round and round. Tony Castaneda possessed the other side of the stage with his bass playing in the same manner. He was whipping his hair around and playing bass and singing backup vocals. Also, I gotta say Kyng’s drummer Pepe Clarke just makes drumming look easy. With his more aggressive approach to drumming, he makes his presence known on stage. Along with Kyng’s awesome performance, they played a new song called Used as Fool. A more “angry” song, and it certainly got everyone’s attention.[nggallery id=693]
Next up was the legendary Megadeth. Honestly, I can’t say enough how great the Megadeth show was that night at the Tabernacle. The show behind Megadeth was just as cool as their performance only adding to the awesomeness of this show. Behind Megadeth were three large screens. One screen on each side of the drummer, and one extra huge one over the drummers head that played video footage. What was cool about the video is that it related to the each song. Without Megadeth’s usual pyrotechnics, the video on the huge screens was a nice touch. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Megadeth run all over stage whipping their hair around, and watching the footage on the video screens. Megadeth played some classic fan faves and the entire Countdown to Extinction album. Ending the show with Holy Wars…The Punishment Due, I was hypnotized by the music and didn’t want the show to end!! I think that says a lot about a band that’s been around for nearly thirty years. Thanks Megadeth for the great show!![nggallery id=692]
Megadeth set list:
Public Enemy No. 1
Skin o’ My Teeth
Symphony of Destruction
Architecture of Aggression
Foreclosure of a Dream
This Was My Life
Countdown to Extinction
High Speed Dirt
Ashes in Your Mouth
Holy Wars… The Punishment Due
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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