Avenged Sevenfold – Rise Above Fest 2014

Avenged Sevenfold grabbed the stage and gave the crowd a great set list, theatrics, and all out energy. Hard rocking and intense, A7X, lead by M. Shadows, is excellent, crazy fun, from beginning to end. Zacky Vengeance and Synyster Gates, on guitars, come together in perfect unison creating harmonies and delighting fans. Drummer, Arin Ilejay, and bassist, Johnny Christ, back with tight rhythm and join in the mood of the show. Mixing metal drums, guitar riffs, and all out personality, the band gave the Bangor fans another A7X show they will be talking about for a while. Highlights included tons of pyro that could be felt at the back of the sizeable venue, a brief moment when M. Shadows reminded the rowdy crowd that they were there in support of suicide awareness and not to get kicked out for fighting, and the center piece of the stage was a huge skeleton king on a throne. Avenged Sevenfold is dedicated to the fan experience, has proven their music and talent can keep them on top, and holds nothing back. Breaking the local curfew and still going strong, A7X was incredible.

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Christopher Joles was a teen when he discovered photography, about the same time he discovered rock and roll. It only makes sense that his dream was to combine the two mediums and photograph rock stars. Serving in the United States Air Force, Joles was stationed just a bus ride away from the hot spots of Great Britain’s historic rock and roll spectacles of the 1980s. On hand for many of the historic shows, and with many a story to tell, Joles went on years later to hone his photography skills as owner of Joles Photography, specializing in portraiture. The years behind the camera in his studio taught him one thing: it’s all about capturing the subject’s genuine emotion. As luck would have it, he has been able to take that knowledge to the foot of the stage. Owner of Maine Music News, a website covering concerts across Maine and the Boston area in photographs and reviews, Joles has now photographed many a rock star with many more on the bucket list.