Thrash Hits

June 11th, 2009

Guest Column: Metal Mark from SkullsNBones.com

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What’s going on? I am Metal Mark from Atlanta, GA in the US and I am honored to be a part of Thrash Hits, letting you in on what I’ve been up to, and hopefully you like what ya read. I do video interviews with metal acts for SkullsNBones.Com, a free metal society for all metal fans to join. That site has gotten me tons of interviews recently and I’m here to let you in on my experiences.

April and May have been extremely busy with interviews, concerts, and more! In April I was lucky enough to catch shows including bands like Killswitch Engage, Chimaira, Black Label Society, Lamb of God, The Haunted, Amon Amarth, and Napalm Death.

Early in April I got to interview Killswitch Engage, Chimaira, and Lacuna Coil on the Music For A Weapon Tour. All of the bands were really open and honest and a thrill to hang out with. Each band played new tracks to the huge crowd and it was a great show to see. A week after this show Lamb Of God came to town and played one of the best shows I’ve seen in Atlanta. The crowd was insane, beer was flowing heavily, and the pits didn’t stop all night.

Metal Mark with Johann Hegg from Swedish metallers, Amon Amarth

Metal Mark with Johann Hegg from Swedish metallers, Amon Amarth

Two days after Lamb Of God came into town, one of my favorite bands of all time, The Haunted, came into Atlanta. I got to sit down with the lead singer Peter with a very open and interesting interview. He truly is grateful for metal music and it’s good to hear that, especially being a huge fan of The Haunted. They played a killer set, and the setlist included every song a fan of The Haunted would want to hear.

A few days after that show the band Iwrestledabearonce shot their music video for ‘You Ain’t No Family’ about 20 minutes from my house. I dressed up as a redneck and went to the video shoot for beers and metal. Look for the red bandana about :30 seconds in and you’ll see me!

The busy month ended with an incredible show with Amon Amarth, Goatwhore, and my good friends of Skeletonwitch. I got interviews with Goatwhore and Amon Amarth before the show and then headed inside to hang out with Skeletonwitch. After numerous beers, and other things, the bands hit the stage and destroyed the place.

It was a month full of metal and I couldn’t ask for a better 30 days. I knew May would be less busy, but the shows heading my way were going to be huge!

May was a month where legendary heavy metal acts came back to Atlanta after long times away. Halfway through the month, Kreator and Exodus came through with a full lineup of excellent metal acts. This was my first time seeing the legendary Kreator and they did not disappoint. The show went late into the night, and I needed a cab to get home by the end of it.

After Warbringer and Exodus, I was exhausted from being in the pit and chilled by the bar for Kreator. A few days later, Atlanta’s pride and joy, Mastodon, played their last show of the Crack The Skye tour about 5 minutes from my house and they played a magical show. Playing all the songs from their latest cd, and then playing the hits that got them where they are today. I got home from the show that night, and caught their performance on David Letterman’s late night show. It obviously did not compare to the live show that I just witnessed, but it was cool to see local boys on national television.

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The month ended perfectly with the return of Testament to Atlanta. It’s been around 9 years since they have been here, so it was obviously my first time seeing them. Before the gig, I got to sit down with Eric Peterson of Testament and got a killer interview out of him. Then I hopped onto Unearth’s tour bus and interviewed them. Unearth was really honored to be sharing the stage with Testament and who can blame them?

I headed inside with a huge smile, knowing I would soon see my idols Testament live. They came out with ‘The Preacher’ and did not let up until the end of the show. Easily one of the best shows I’ve ever seen in my lifetime, and I got to meet each of the members of Testament after the show outside and they were extremely cool to all the fans. It was nuts!

So there ya have it! That’s my last few months, they have been busy, but they have been memorable. I’ll be back in two weeks to let you know what’s new with this metal kid. Keep the horns high in the air!


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