Last Sunday, Twin Cities metal promoter “Swordlord” held his last show of the year, showcasing a bunch of local bands and raffling off a gazillion prizes including free admission to all Swordlord shows in 2012 - and this guy does a LOT of shows. I was there to document the evening - highlights below, or check out the full set at Flickr, follow me on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter for more.
Before the show started I did a portrait with two of the bands, Echoterra (above) and Alation. The former have a substantial international following in part thanks to vocalist Melissa Ferlaak Koch, formerly the vocalist of Austrian gothic metal band Visions of Atlantis, whom I saw several years ago opening for Epica, I think. My favorite of that set is above - simple V-formation (I have to be careful lest this become a cliche of mine), Speedlights on either side of the band bounced off of white umbrellas.
Below is one of my favorites of Alation; I had a bit more time with them because we got stuck backstage when the first band, Purified, started their set. Tried a few different looks and the most interesting is the below, with their creeptastic stage props playing a big role in my composition. Again, a Speedlight on either side bounced off of umbrellas - I wasn’t going for anything fancy with the lighting that night.
And then, of course, there was music. We managed to sneak out of the backstage area in time for me to get a couple shots of Purified. Here’s one I like:
Then Alation was up; they were a pretty neat band whose stage presence was completely dominated by their vocalist Angel Bourgeois. They also had a nifty light show that made for some neat photos, although since it was all backlight it meant that I used a lot of flash for their set. A few good ones below.
Echoterra was up next, and their stage presence was also dominated by their vocalist, although Jonah W on keytar also gave me some pretty dynamic shots. Got way too many great shots of them to post them all here, but these are a few of my favorites:
And finally, Dawn of Valor, a power metal band that also featured a charismatic vocalist. I took off right before their last song, which ended up being a poor choice since apparently Angel from Alation joined them onstage, and I wish I’d gotten photos from that. Still, got some good stuff:
Once again, full set here. Enjoy!