Thrash Hits

December 14th, 2009

Metal Mark runs out of new CDs, so interviews every band in sight

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So my liver and I survived November somehow, but man was it a struggle on both of us. November was packed full of amazing metal shows here in Atlanta, and luckily I went to every damn one.

The month started with one of the best tours of the year- Mastodon, Dethklok, Converge, and High On Fire. I was lucky enough to sit down with Brendon Small, the co-creator of Metalocalypse, during the show and get a rare interview. He was an awesome interview backstage, and we ended the interview right as the hometown heroes in Mastodon hit the stage.

I’ve seen Mastodon a million times, but this show was by far the best time I’d ever seen them. I don’t know if it was the numerous Jack and Coke’s I had, or just the packed house screaming loud as hell, but this show was magical. We were in the VIP for Dethklok, which meant people brought drinks to us – what a great idea – so I didn’t have to do anything but drink and sit and watch Dethklok destroy the stage. What a night.

A few days later, the tour with All That Remains and Lacuna Coil came into town. I had a hilarious interview with Mike from All That Remains before the gig, as well as a sit down interview with Andrea from Lacuna Coil. The show was killer, but as for me, Cristina Scabbia is all I remember. Yes she is the most beautiful woman alive, but she can actually sing and knows how to own a crowd. Watching that beautiful Italian goddess sing live never gets old to me.

Ok, um back to the blog… sorry… I have a little crush.

The next week brought one of the most brutal tours to Atlanta. Hatebreed, Cannibal Corpse, Unearth, and Hate Eternal. There was another band, but they were horrible so no need mentioning them. I had an awesome time interviewing Jamey from Hatebreed before the show. He’s a really chill guy that commands a crowd like no other. Luckily for me the interview was before the show, because numerous friends showed up and we literally drank more PBR than I could ever imagine.

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As Cannibal Corpse came on the stage, I was hammered, but that band still had me banging my head harder than anyone else. That band is awesome…nothing more needs to be said. Then the crowd exploded as Hatebreed came out to ‘Destroy Everything’. The pit was insane, kids were flying everywhere, and I was somehow sober enough to join them in the pit for a few songs. How my body handles this anymore I have no idea. I took another beautiful cab home that night, and quickly fell asleep outside my house on a chair….that was not a good night of sleep.

The last show of the month was Suicide Silence. Most of the bands on the bill were um… horrible, but I was really only there for Suicide Silence. That band is heavy as balls live and never disappoints. I hung out with them before the show on the bus and interviewed Mitch and Mark. They are some of the coolest people you’ll ever met if you haven’t met them. They were amazing live as always, and ended their set with the cover of the Deftones’ ‘Engine No 9’.

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Once again my bank account was hurting as the PBR’s kept flowing down my throat, but who cares. You only live once, enjoy the hell out of it. So that was most of my November. I could always talk about the strip clubs, keg parties, and passing out on lawns, but who really cares about that, right?

So I hope you enjoyed your November as much as I did, and December is already here. Bands coming to Atlanta in December include Dying Fetus, The Faceless, The Black Dahlia Murder, Revocation, Vader, Baroness, Pig Destroyer, and more! So I’ll keep my beer and horns raised high! You do the same! Keep the metal alive! HAILZ!


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