It really is Metal Mark‘s birthday today. He’s at work today and he’s getting drunk tonight. He’s at work tomorrow as well. It’s what he does. This is why you really ought to read about his Heavy Metal life.
Hola Metal Friends! So February is the shortest month of the year, yet in Atlanta this year, it was packed full of shows each week. I literally only had two days where I wasn’t at a show, editing, at a party, drinking until the room was spinning, or working. As tired as I am, it was a great month for metal fans here and this is my report….. from what I can remember.
The month started out with an all out metal assault at The Masquerade with DevilDriver, Suffocation, Goatwhore, and Thy Will Be Done. Before the show I was lucky enough to interview DevilDriver and Thy Will Be Done. Dez was a great guy to talk with, and J Costa from Thy Will Be Done may the be the funniest man alive. Watch that interview here to find out why. Every band destroyed the venue that night. The beers were flowing, the metal was blasting, and somehow, someway, I made it home that night.
The next week was packed with local shows and the awesome Skeletonwitch. If you haven’t seen Skeletonwitch, be sure to do it next time they come through your town. They are just awesome, and some of the coolest people on the planet. Skeletonwitch is my true definition of metal. The next big show to come through Atlanta was headlined by Nile. I fail at life, because I missed this show. I was offered the chance to host Listener Domination on Sirius/XM’s Liquid Metal, and this was an opportunity I could not pass up. I picked my three songs, did my phone interview, and it turned out great. I love Liquid Metal and to be a part of it was a dream come true.
Alrighty then, the next show brought The Black Dahlia Murder back to Atlanta for the third time in three months. No matter how many times I see this band, they just get better and better. They are definitely going to be around the scene for a while, and it couldn’t happen to better people. I interviewed Trevor before the show, and then it was time to pre-drink for the show. This show also brought Obscura to Atlanta, and this was my first time seeing this band. Obscura has way too much talent for one band. They seriously blew me away, and I would have been fine if the show ended after them. But of course, The Black Dahlia Murder headlined, and they did their part in bringing the metal to Atlanta as well as they always have. Another great show.
Now I feel really strong about the next show. The next show was Alice In Chains, and it was… a letdown.
Ok before you go- “Mark you’ve drank yourself stupid”, hear me out on this. I LOVE Alice In Chains. They are one of my favorite bands ever but this was NOT Alice In Chains. Yes, Jerry Cantrell is amazing and he definitely put on a show in Atlanta. But the new lead singer, was awful. He can sing, don’t get me wrong, but he does NOT fit that band at all. Alice In Chains is a grungy, heavy, punch you in the mouth band. They don’t need a vocalist jumping around, clicking his heels, and clapping in the air. This isn’t a jam band. Seriously man, go behind a speaker and sing from there. The setlist was great, but then again, there was no Layne, and this guy is not the right replacement in my opinion. Vocally, he’s there, but the live show is awful from him. He sticks out like a sore thumb, and it was really a letdown for me. But then again, seeing Mike Inez, Sean Kinney, and Jerry Cantrell was amazing. I love those guys, but they seriously need to get a new vocalist for the live gigs. Either that, or tell the dude to stop clapping and dancing like a prancing hippy.
I’m sure there were a few other shows, but my memory isn’t what it used to be. Damn you alcohol. Wait, I am sorry, I can’t talk bad about alcohol – it’s treated me so well so far haha. Anyways, March is a slow month when it comes to shows. I have a birthday coming up, so hopefully I’ll survive that party. If I do, you’ll get an update next month, if not, it’s been fun. Keep checking SkullsNBones.Com for all your metal needs and keep the horns high! Much respect to you all! Cheers!
At least wish him… Happy birthday to you… Happy birthday to you… Happy birthday dear Metal Mark… Happy Birthday to you. That wasn’t that hard was it.