On February 5 at the Masquerade in Atlanta, Atlas Moth, Devin Townsend, and Gojira performed an amazing show. Personally, I could not wait to see these bands perform.
You know, I think that it sucks that the opening band gets almost no stage lighting. The Masquerade is notorious for this, and poor Atlas Moth practically played in the dark. Luckily, it didn’t matter to Atlas Moth. It actually kind of fit their style of music. Atlas Moth’s sound can be described as doomy, sludgy, bluesy, jazzy, and filled with intense emotion. The vocals are death metal doom and sometimes clean. It is hard to describe their performance as Atlas Moth only had about two feet of stage to move on and few lights, but I could hear the passion in their music. Grinding out some heavy tunes, I could tell these guys were passionate about what the played.
Second to play was Devin Townsend. This being my first time seeing Devin Townsend, I don’t know even where to begin, Devin is crazy. Devin Townsend had a movie screen and a projector playing Ziltoid TV while the stage was being set up. Ziltoid TV is a mash up of some crazy videos. Dancing badgers, poodle people doing aerobics, and other bizarre clips. The crowd didn’t know what to think at first, but then they laughed. Devin Townsend’s performance was a little less bizarre, but equally entertaining. Devin Townsend performs in a “not your average” metal band performance. He doesn’t try to be evil, tough, or emotionless. Devin is just Devin…Talented, fun, and fearless on stage. Musically, Devin Townsend is brilliant. An amazing guitar player, Devin Townsend played flawlessly on stage. He continued the intricate guitar playing, but made it look so easy. His bandmates played equally as well while thrashing around on stage. Notably, Ryan von Poederooyenís drumming was amazing. Listen to the drums on the song “Juular” and you will see what I mean.
Truth, Supercrush, More, Planet of the Apes, Animals, Juular, Grace
Headliners Gojira, from France, took the stage next. Gojira’s music is unique, melodic, well written, and heavy as all get out. As soon as Gojira hit the stage, fans pumped their fists and banged their heads and it didn’t stop ’til the show ended. Gojira’s music hits you like a freight train with complex guitar playing, odd time signatures, and intricate guitar tapping. Groovy and emotional tunes pounded from the stage. Earplugs were useless that night. The iconic head from their newest album L’enfant Sauvage (The Wild Child), hung behind the drummer Christian Andreu, who played a fantastic drum solo after the song The Axe. Gojira touches my heavy metal inner child like only a few other bands have in the my past. I have seen Gojira once before in Myrtle Beach, and this performance blew the first one out of the water.
Explosia, Flying Whales, Backbone, The Heaviest Matter of the Universe, L’Enfant Sauvage, The Art of Dying, Toxic Garbage Island, Wisdom Comes, Oroborus, The Axe, Vacuity, Gift of Guilty
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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