Mutoid Man w/ Lazur/Wulf Live at Masquerade
Full review via Hustle & Heart FIlms
The masquerade is a fantastic club in downtown Atlanta, with 3 separate venues. Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory. Mutoid Man, appropriately enough, played in Hell. The venue was small, but as I walked in, my excitement grew. Sure, stadium concerts are great, but there is NOTHING better than a small, intimate club setting.
I was introduced to the Mutoid Man’s music about a year or so ago by my husband who randomly came across them while browsing new music to listen to. We both instantly fell in love with them, so getting tickets to this show the second they went on sale was a no-brainer! The opening band, Lazer/Wulf was new to me, and I enjoyed the hell out of them. Playing mostly instrumental metal, these guys completely kicked ass. Heavy and insane guitar playing, combined with incredible drumming and bass playing. I was instantly a new fan. If you haven’t heard of these guys, their music is streaming on Amazon music, check them out! One of the best opening bands I’ve seen in a long time. I’ll be seeing them again for sure! Now onto why we drove 4 hours to Atlanta…Mutoid Man!
Opening with “Melt Your Mind” off of their newest album, War Moans (buy it ASAP. You’ll thank me) I knew we were in for a mindblowing show. These guys are FLAWLESS live. The album War Moans is perfect anyways and hearing the tracks live made me love it even more. Hard-hitting insane drumming by ex Converge drummer, Ben Koller, killer bass playing by Nick Cageao, and fronted by one of the best guitarists/vocalists around now, Stephen Brodsky. These guys had a stage presence that you just don’t see anymore in the music scene. They have chemistry, they’re goofy and fun and know how to work a crowd. I had a lot of laughs by their constant giving each other the middle finger while playing.
The show was constant high energy. They played my absolute favorites such as “Microaggression”, “Date with the Devil”, and even slowed it down and played “Bandages.” (My new song to conquer on guitar).
You can tell these guys love what they do. Metal has been in a weird place for a while, but these guys breathe new life into it and prove GOOD heavy metal is still alive and will kick all ass.
My ONLY complaint was that the show was only an hour long. I wanted more. I guess we’ll just have to go see them every single time they come around. Pensacola? Atlanta? Come back, guys!! Living in the south now, we need metal down here, badly!
If you love heavy metal and need something new and completely awesome to listen to, please pick up Mutoid Man’s discography, see them live, and buy their merchandise at shows/their website. Get these guys out there more!! I guarantee they’ll be the next big thing in metal if people would just step out of their comfort zone and try something NEW. They’re on tour now, so if they’re coming by your city buy a ticket. Take off work, and go have your face melted off. You’ll be completely entertained by one of the best heavy metal bands around. Trust me.