Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Iced Earth

Touring to support the most recent (and critically well received) album Plagues of Babylon, the Tampa, Florida-based band Iced Earth hit Atlanta with a full blast of traditional metal that included a blinding light show and lots of volume. The tour was unfortunately derailed due to founder Jon Schaffer's recurring neck problems, but they will undoubtedly return in full force upon his recovery. In the meantime, catch up with them at these locations: Website | Facebook.

Metal band Iced Earth, live at The Masquerade in Atlanta, Georgia

Metal band Iced Earth, live at The Masquerade in Atlanta, Georgia

Metal band Iced Earth, live at The Masquerade in Atlanta, Georgia

Metal band Iced Earth, live at The Masquerade in Atlanta, Georgia

Metal band Iced Earth, live at The Masquerade in Atlanta, Georgia

Metal band Iced Earth, live at The Masquerade in Atlanta, Georgia

Metal band Iced Earth, live at The Masquerade in Atlanta, Georgia

Metal band Iced Earth, live at The Masquerade in Atlanta, Georgia

Metal band Iced Earth, live at The Masquerade in Atlanta, Georgia

Metal band Iced Earth, live at The Masquerade in Atlanta, Georgia

Metal band Iced Earth, live at The Masquerade in Atlanta, Georgia

vMetal band Iced Earth, live at The Masquerade in Atlanta, Georgia

Metal band Iced Earth, live at The Masquerade in Atlanta, Georgia

Metal band Iced Earth, live at The Masquerade in Atlanta, Georgia

Metal band Iced Earth, live at The Masquerade in Atlanta, Georgia

Metal band Iced Earth, live at The Masquerade in Atlanta, Georgia

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Sabaton

The Swedish metal band Sabaton is a band that I've heard a lot of people talking about, but to be honest I never really heard their music or saw any of their videos before their show at The Masquerade. Holy crap, what the hell have I been missing?!? This band blew me away with their energy and musicianship. They are all natural performers and easily worked the crowd into a frenzy with their enthusiasm. Lead singer Joakim Brodén rarely stopped moving, and ultimately ripped a huge whole in the crotch of his pants from his efforts. And, in one of the classiest moves I've seen at a live show, he gave the sunglasses right off his head to an 11-year old fan in the front row. Well done sir! Find out more about Sabaton at their website or on their Facebook page. You can also check out a review of their show at The Great Southern Brainfart.

Sabaton, Live at The Masquerade

Sabaton, Live at The Masquerade

Sabaton, Live at The Masquerade

Sabaton, Live at The Masquerade

Sabaton, Live at The Masquerade

Sabaton, Live at The Masquerade

Sabaton, Live at The Masquerade

Sabaton, Live at The Masquerade

Sabaton, Live at The Masquerade

Sabaton, Live at The Masquerade

Sabaton, Live at The Masquerade

Sabaton, Live at The Masquerade

Sabaton, Live at The Masquerade

Sabaton, Live at The Masquerade

Sabaton, Live at The Masquerade

Sabaton, Live at The Masquerade

Sabaton, Live at The Masquerade

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Crobot

Crobot = lightning in a bottle, covered with hot sauce.

You may not have heard of Crobot yet, but I have a feeling that you probably will very soon. As of today, this relatively young band (formed in 2011) has only a self-produced full length album and their first major label release - the EP Crobot - to their credit, but they've already toured the country with the likes of Clutch, Kyng, Kill Devil Hill, Scorpion Child and the Swedish band Truckfighters. Why such demand? Because they absolutely kill it in a live setting. People always say "oh, this band is great live, or you have to see that band live...," and when I do I'm always underwhelmed. Not with Crobot. I've seen them perform three times now and each time I've been blown away. Funky, dirty, groovy space-metal on top of a super high-energy show. Their first radio single "Nowhere To Hide" is just about to hit the airwaves. You can find their EP on iTunes, or check them out at their website or on Facebook. (Click images for larger versions in Lightbox).


Pennsylvania-based rock band Crobot, performing live at Vinyl in Atlanta, Georgia

Pennsylvania-based rock band Crobot, performing live at Vinyl in Atlanta, Georgia

Pennsylvania-based rock band Crobot, performing live at Vinyl in Atlanta, Georgia

Pennsylvania-based rock band Crobot, performing live at Vinyl in Atlanta, Georgia

Pennsylvania-based rock band Crobot, performing live at Vinyl in Atlanta, Georgia

Pennsylvania-based rock band Crobot, performing live at Vinyl in Atlanta, Georgia

Pennsylvania-based rock band Crobot, performing live at Vinyl in Atlanta, Georgia

Pennsylvania-based rock band Crobot, performing live at Vinyl in Atlanta, Georgia

Pennsylvania-based rock band Crobot, performing live at Vinyl in Atlanta, Georgia

Pennsylvania-based rock band Crobot, performing live at Vinyl in Atlanta, Georgia

Pennsylvania-based rock band Crobot, performing live at Vinyl in Atlanta, Georgia

Pennsylvania-based rock band Crobot, performing live at Vinyl in Atlanta, Georgia

Pennsylvania-based rock band Crobot, performing live at Vinyl in Atlanta, Georgia

Pennsylvania-based rock band Crobot, performing live at Vinyl in Atlanta, Georgia