Words By: Lyssa Quallio
We all have our own different versions of music that seems to complete our lives, some of us choose to listen to the old school southernness of Country music, others prefer the hardcore sounds of hip-hop and of course there is the high energy beats of electronic dance music. But the following of people that feel the most at home in a head-banging, moshing, heavy-metal environment are the ones that didn’t miss last Tuesday’s performance at Atlanta’s very own Masquerade. Performing on stage was Metal Prodigy Animals as Leaders along with, After The Burial, Collapse of the Empire, Navene-k, and CHON.
Opening the evenings events was local Metal group Collapse of the Empire. Their original use of female vocals captured by Michelle Hargita mixed with numerous instrumentals including Keyboards (Kelsie Hargita), two guitarists (Case McCarty & Lee Bradford), a Bass guitarists (Cody Smith), and of course the Drums (Jordan Spencer) brought in a large crowd to begin the nights festivities. Following their ensemble, Masquerade brought to the stage CHON followed by, Navene-K, american drummer and producer who was formally in the band Animals as Leaders.
As the night went on, the energy in the crowd began to shift due to the excitement accumulating for Minnesota quintet, After The Burial. This was clearly a major performance for the band, it seemed as though fans couldn’t help but glimmer in astonishment. This group would be what you’d consider “extreme metal” and they come with a ravenous assault on all of your senses, forcing your brain to fire on all cylinders in order to process the amount of notes that are being pummeled into your ears. This is what you’d call ‘real man’s metal’ and is definitely not for the weak minded. Already glorified for the groups technically impressive yet well framed style of songwriting, After The Burial certainly still took things up a notch. This set surely kept attendees on their toes, guessing whats next to come in this never-ending array of extremity.
Already in extreme rampancy, fans were pumped and ready for the final performance of the night which was progressive metal trio, Animals as Leaders. Guitarist Tosin Abasi, shared with attendees his connection to the ATL area, he actually graduated from Atlanta’s Institute For Music, and has always appreciated the city for all it has to offer. The set was adequate, two screens with ambient swirling and changing shapes and some simple lighting which seems to be all you need with talent like theirs. The three musicians went through their set transitioning from technical metal, to a dazing steady jolt of percussion, then pure jazz, to ambient, all so naturally it seemed like a breeze to them. It goes without saying that seeing this band live is the best way to get the full experience. The diversity of their music has enabled them to tour with a wide variety of acts including Underoath, Deftones and Thursday. This band is still booming and can’t be missed if they are on tour in your area!
Check out this amateur video of some of their performance below.