On March 9th at the 120 Tavern in Marietta, I had the pleasure of seeing four great bands. Two local bands, Halcyon Way and Homicidal – and two bands from Florida, Silenmara and Wirethrone played that night. All four bands blew me away with their music and their performance.
First to play was Atlanta based thrash metallers Homicidal. Personally, I had not heard of these guys until that night, but wow was I impressed! Being a huge thrash metal fan myself, Homicidal presented themselves in perfect thrash form. I have never seen such a young group of guys play thrash in such a perfect fashion. They performed well on stage as well. A blend of D.R.I with a bit of old Metallica Homicidal thrashed their hair around while ripping out some great thrash riffs. My favorite songs were Homicidal, Burn in the fire, and Eternal Genocide.
Second to play was melodic death metal band Wirethrone from Florida. Hugely influenced by Gothenburg metal, Wirethrone blend clean and death metal vocals. Accompanied with melodic progressive guitars and technical drumming. A mix made in heaven, these guys rock. Between Josh Delgado’s super speed wind mills and the rest of the band’s thrashing around, I must say I grow more impressed with these bands as the night continues. Wirethrone play with passion! I look forward to their album “The Sun Betrays Us to the Night” set to be released this Spring or Summer.
Third to play was another melodic death metal band from Florida called Silenmara. When I first walked in to the room at 120 Tavern where bands play, I was like what is that… whoa. Silenmara immediately hit me as an intense band. The singer Reggie Miller is all over the stage singing his guts out! The rest of the band is rocking behind him. At one point, guitarist Jason Gato and Paul Casas made their way offstage and wondered around in the audience while still playing guitar. Nothing like getting close and personal with your fans during a performance. Silenmara really blew me away. Pick up their album A Collection of Conscience… I did!
Headliner of the night was Atlanta’s own Halcyon Way. Halcyon Way hasn’t been playing out much recently because they have been working on their new album and preparing for their upcoming US/Canada tour with U.D.O. That night when they played I hoped for them to play a new song, and they did! The song was called Web of Lies, and is a very get stuck in your head for a week song. The song is filled with cool harmonies and the guitars are a bit heavier. I look forward to hearing more of their new songs!! The rest of their set took you thru a journey of heaviness to a little less heavy progressive moments filled with awesome harmonies and always great singing by Steve Braun. New members Max Eve (bass) and Sergio Quesada (rhythm guitar) bring more showmanship to the bands performance by thrashing around all over stage ripping out chords
All in all a great night of music! Thanks to Pathfinder Promotions for bringing these bands together for an epic show!! If you see any of these bands playing out, go see them, it’s well worth it!! Support your local music!!
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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