Being completely honest, I knew very little about Anti-Mortem going into the opening night of their new tour at the Masquerade in Atlanta on March 28th. Two days before I got the request to cover their show, I had heard their single, 100% Pure American Rage, on Sirius XM’s Octane. I had a brief opportunity to check out their bio before the show, but that was about it. I have to say, I’ve never met a band that showed so much love to someone they just met. I got welcomes, fist bumps, and handshakes from the word go. First impression, these guys are something special. Southern hospitality and then some, you could just feel it being around them before the show.
Showtime came and Anti-Mortem did not disappoint. Hitting the stage like a caged animal waiting to be unleashed, the boys from Oklahoma quickly whipped the crowd into a frenzy that carried on throughout their set. The southern rock and heavy metal influences were immediately apparent. Powerful vocals, heavy riffs, and some down and dirty grooves were the perfect pairing to complement Texas Hippie Coalition’s “Red Dirt” Metal. Given the crowd’s reaction, Anti-Mortem could have easily been the headliner of this show. All things come in due time.
The stage in Hell at the Masquerade was too small for these guys for sure. I would love to see them upstairs in Heaven on the big stage next time around. These guys are young and energetic, but they also have “it”. The bands stated goal of wanting “drag rock n roll back to the forefront again” and to make people think “Rock has balls again” seems well within Anti-Mortem’s reach.
review by Gary Flinn HHM/Beyond The Pit photography
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