SPITE in Photos Aug 8 2019

Photos taken at House of Rock in Corpus Christi, Texas on Aug 8, 2019.

HATEBREED's Supremecy Holds True - Photos and Review San Antonio Texas May 2019

Hatebreed is a rare band. One which conjures feelings of positivity, strength and standing up for ones self. It’s incredibly difficult for a metalcore band to rise to the ranks they have, but decades later they still outshine and outlast many others.

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Seeing that they were playing somewhat close (2 hour drive both ways) there was no way I would miss their twenty fifth anniversary show. The line up also consisted of Obituary, Agnostic Front, Prong, each with a long history in the music business and legends in their own right. Also on the bill were new comers Skeletal Remains.

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I also bought the VIP meet and greet package, which happens to be one of the best values I have bought thus far. For $40.00 you get a photo with the band, they sign anything you bring with you, they give you time to chat with them, a few patches and pins, a 25 year anniversary bag and a photo of the band, which they signed too when you meet them, a VIP laminate and finally a signed setlist. Not to mention individual photos with each band member. You can’t beat this experience for the price and I highly recommend it.

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Another fun aspect of doing meet and greets is meeting new people waiting in line. Depending on the schedule of the bands, you often get time to make new friends with people who have the same passion for music as yourself. Or even reminisce of bands you have seen, sharing photos, trying to one up each other with meeting bands and pics to prove it. All in good fun of course. Some even make plans of seeing each other at the next show and exchange information. A perfect example showing how the metal community is one big family.

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(Review & photos for the opening bands will be coming soon)

Once the lights went out, shouts rang out at Vibes Even Center spilling out into the night. Hatebreed took and the stage and all hell broke loose. Starting their set with To The Threshold the band wasted no time getting the adrenaline spilling by the gallons. Fans reveled in hysteria as classic after classic song was played; and my personal favorite Doomsayer. It’s pretty much impossible to stay still, you have no choice but to lose yourself in the music. As you looked over the crowd, countless bodies surfed over them and the circle pit became a black hole as bodies were lost within its trenches. Whether you looked left or right, fans were screaming along with Jamey; professing their mottos from Hatebreed lyrics etched into their minds. The wave of excitement was palpable in the night air throughout the crowd; no one was just a witness.

Once the show was over, smiles were all you could see as fans exited into the humid night. Waiting over eight years to see Hatebreed again was a huge mistake on my part. One which I won’t repeat again.

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Setlist:

  1. To The Threshold

  2. AD

  3. Perseverance

  4. Looking Down The Barrel

  5. Empty Promises

  6. Doomsayer

  7. Seven Enemies

  8. Tear It Down

  9. As Die Hard As They Come

  10. Last Breath

  11. In Ashes They Shall Reap

  12. Everyone Bleeds Now

  13. Honor Never Dies

  14. Before Dishonor

  15. Proven

  16. Live For This

  17. Destroy Everything

  18. I Will Be Heard

You can find Hatebreed online here:

https://www.hatebreed.com/

https://www.facebook.com/hatebreed

https://www.instagram.com/hatebreedofficial/

https://www.youtube.com/user/hatebreedofficial

https://twitter.com/hatebreed

CANNABIS CORPSE IS ALL BUSINESS

If you haven’t heard or seen Cannabis Corpse live, you are missing out on a no bullshit assault to the face of pure death metal. Having a play on words with their name sake and song titles makes things interesting and plenty of material for years to come. On May 2, 2019 they played at the local venue House of Rock, which is home to some epic concerts in Corpus Christi, TX. Once the band took the stage they wasted no time and in making sure they left their mark for the night. Delivering songs in full force, gave fans in attendance no chance to recover from the end of one to the start of the next. Even tho their set was only 30 minutes, it was plenty of time for fans to have a good time and bang their head in unison.

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The tour included Psycroptic, Gorod and Micawber. The tour may be over, but the experience has lasted. For fans of Cannabis Corpse, make sure to catch the interview below in which frontman Phil gives some juicy tidbits for the near future.

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THE VEER UNION BROUGHT ENERGY AND GOOD TIMES TO CORPUS CHRISTI TEXAS

The Veer Union are a band that has consistently put out stellar music for the past 15 years. This year also happens to mark the 10 year anniversary of their album  Against The Grain  which they currently have preorders and is completely re-recorded with the new song  Healing  added for good measure. These guys are always busy.

The Veer Union are a band that has consistently put out stellar music for the past 15 years. This year also happens to mark the 10 year anniversary of their album Against The Grain which they currently have preorders and is completely re-recorded with the new song Healing added for good measure. These guys are always busy.

This was my second time see the band live and they did not disappoint. I also had the pleasure of talking with Crispin (vocals) and Ryan (guitar) before the show to catch on things and have a preview of what comes next for the band.

This was my second time see the band live and they did not disappoint. I also had the pleasure of talking with Crispin (vocals) and Ryan (guitar) before the show to catch on things and have a preview of what comes next for the band.

This Friday night, The Veer Union came out swinging and performed at top peak. Opening up on the Shred Til Your Dead Tour along with Alesana and The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, they wasted no time setting up the night. There was no short of energy from the band during their 30 minute set as they dominated the stage as expected. Ending their set with the Linkin Park cover  Numb  left everyone in good spirits and wanting more. Too bad we will have to wait a while for their return.

This Friday night, The Veer Union came out swinging and performed at top peak. Opening up on the Shred Til Your Dead Tour along with Alesana and The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, they wasted no time setting up the night. There was no short of energy from the band during their 30 minute set as they dominated the stage as expected. Ending their set with the Linkin Park cover Numb left everyone in good spirits and wanting more. Too bad we will have to wait a while for their return.

GODSMACK DELIVERS ON ALL LEVELS - Review and Photos from San Antonio TX

For as long as  Godsmack  has been around, I have never seen them live. And now after doing so, I kick myself for missing out on each time they have toured. They are currently on tour with openers  Stitched Up Heart  and will soon have  Volbeat  added to the bill.       Tonight’s show was at the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, TX; an older venue that has withstood time with grace and a solid foundation which has hosted numerous bands throughout the years. One of the things I like about this venue is that entering the doors is fairly quick and the employees always seem joyful and willing to help. Every trip here has been a pleasant one and keeps me coming back.       Opening up the night was  Stitched Up   Heart . I have a soft spot for this band, I have seen them quite a few times over the years and each time they keep getting better. Tonight was their first night on tour with  Godsmack  and they stepped up to deliver a heartwarming experience. I say that because they are finally getting the recognition they deserve. Their set consisted of mostly new songs for the new album to be released later this year. And from what was being played and enjoyed by the crowd, they have grown musically and sonically. This year might be the one for them.       Up next was the mighty  Godsmack . The minutes before they took the stage, the crowd was a sea of excitement waiting to explode. The lights dimmed and a mash up of rock classics filled the air. Once the band came out on stage swinging, all out craziness ensued. They started off with one of their current hit singles and album title  When Legends Rise ; followed with  1000hp , and  Cryin’ Like a Bitch ! The tone was set and roars of delirium rang out through venue. Watching the veteran musicians control the stage and crowd was a spectacle to behold.       Something I noticed was the ease at which the band interacted with the crowd, almost as if they were familiar friends. During songs, Sully would lay bare truths and joke about his amazing immovable hair, which he happened to cut too short, leaving an almost bald spot which was hard not to notice. But he flaunted it like the badass he is.  He even gave some skin smoothing advise to keep the wrinkles away by using a Cindy Crawford face cream, which he said keeps him looking so good at 50 years of age!       Half way through the set, some bands will dip in cadence, not so for  Godsmack , as the crowd was treated to their  Batalla de los Tambores ! Taking the drum solo to the next level, Sully and drummer Shannon battled their hearts out leaving no clear winner between them except for the crowd. I can say this is the first time that I’ve enjoyed watching a drum solo in over a decade.       Something else that was special about tonight was the official introduction to  The Scars Foundation . The foundation has been established by Sully Erna and Godsmack to help raise the awareness of mental health issues. Seeing a band take such a leap to help their fellow people speaks volumes of their personal character.       Closing out the night with the songs  Bulletproof ,  Come Together  (Beatles cover), and  I Stand Alone ,  Godsmack  left everyone completely satisfied and with hoarse singing voices. After having witnessed such an amazing concert, I will be sure to not miss them again and neither should you.  Setlist:  1. When Legends Rise  2. 1000hp  3. Cryin’ Like a Bitch  4. Say My Name  5. Straight Out of Line  6. Awake  7. Unforgettable  8. Something Different  9. Keep Away  10. The Enemy  11. Voodoo  12. Batalla de los Tambores  13. Whatever  14. Under Your Scars  15. Bulletproof  16. Come Together (Beatles cover)  17. I Stand Alone    For more information on  GODSMACK , visit:    WEBSITE    |    FACEBOOK    |    TWITTER    |    YOUTUBE     https://www.godsmack.com/scarsfoundation        Date                                            City                                            Venue   Sat 4/13                                Orlando, FL                              Central Florida Fairgrounds  Sun 4/14                               Tampa, FL                                 98Rock Fest @ Amalie Arena  Tue 4/16                                Nashville, TN                           Bridgestone Arena ^  Thu 4/18                               Evansville, IN                            Ford Center – Evansville ^  Fri 4/19                                 Grand Rapids, MI                    Van Andel Arena ^  Sat 4/20                               Milwaukee, WI                          Fiserv Forum ^  Mon 4/22                            Minneapolis, MN                      Armory ^  Tue 4/23                              Omaha, NE                                 Baxter Arena ^  Fri 4/26                                Abbotsford, BC                         Abbotsford Centre ^  Sat 4/27                               Penticton, BC                             South Okanagan Event Centre ^  Mon 4/29                            Medicine Hat, AB                     Canalta Centre ^  Tue 4/30                              Calgary, AB                              Grey Eagle Resort & Casino - Grey Eagle Event Centre ^  Thu 5/2                                Dawson Creek, BC                   EnCana Events Centre ^  Fri 5/3                                  Edmonton, AB                            Rogers Place ^  Sun 5/5                               Saskatoon, SK                             SaskTel Centre ^  Mon 5/6                              Winnipeg, MB                             Bell MTS Place ^  Thu 5/9                                London, ON                                Budweiser Gardens ^  Fri 5/10                                Ottawa, ON                                  Canadian Tire Centre ^  Sat 5/11                                Quebec, QC                                Videotron Centre ^  Sat 7/13                                Mansfield, OH                            Inkcarceration Festival  Fri 7/26                                Montville, CT                               Mohegan Sun Arena  Sat 7/27                               Montreal, QC                               Heavy Montreal  Sun 7/28                              Bangor, ME                                  Impact Music Festival  Sun 8/4                                Sturgis, SD                                   Buffalo Chip Campground   ^ with Volbeat

For as long as Godsmack has been around, I have never seen them live. And now after doing so, I kick myself for missing out on each time they have toured. They are currently on tour with openers Stitched Up Heart and will soon have Volbeat added to the bill.

Tonight’s show was at the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, TX; an older venue that has withstood time with grace and a solid foundation which has hosted numerous bands throughout the years. One of the things I like about this venue is that entering the doors is fairly quick and the employees always seem joyful and willing to help. Every trip here has been a pleasant one and keeps me coming back.

Opening up the night was Stitched Up Heart. I have a soft spot for this band, I have seen them quite a few times over the years and each time they keep getting better. Tonight was their first night on tour with Godsmack and they stepped up to deliver a heartwarming experience. I say that because they are finally getting the recognition they deserve. Their set consisted of mostly new songs for the new album to be released later this year. And from what was being played and enjoyed by the crowd, they have grown musically and sonically. This year might be the one for them.

Up next was the mighty Godsmack. The minutes before they took the stage, the crowd was a sea of excitement waiting to explode. The lights dimmed and a mash up of rock classics filled the air. Once the band came out on stage swinging, all out craziness ensued. They started off with one of their current hit singles and album title When Legends Rise; followed with 1000hp, and Cryin’ Like a Bitch! The tone was set and roars of delirium rang out through venue. Watching the veteran musicians control the stage and crowd was a spectacle to behold.

Something I noticed was the ease at which the band interacted with the crowd, almost as if they were familiar friends. During songs, Sully would lay bare truths and joke about his amazing immovable hair, which he happened to cut too short, leaving an almost bald spot which was hard not to notice. But he flaunted it like the badass he is. He even gave some skin smoothing advise to keep the wrinkles away by using a Cindy Crawford face cream, which he said keeps him looking so good at 50 years of age!

Half way through the set, some bands will dip in cadence, not so for Godsmack, as the crowd was treated to their Batalla de los Tambores! Taking the drum solo to the next level, Sully and drummer Shannon battled their hearts out leaving no clear winner between them except for the crowd. I can say this is the first time that I’ve enjoyed watching a drum solo in over a decade.

Something else that was special about tonight was the official introduction to The Scars Foundation. The foundation has been established by Sully Erna and Godsmack to help raise the awareness of mental health issues. Seeing a band take such a leap to help their fellow people speaks volumes of their personal character.

Closing out the night with the songs Bulletproof, Come Together (Beatles cover), and I Stand Alone, Godsmack left everyone completely satisfied and with hoarse singing voices. After having witnessed such an amazing concert, I will be sure to not miss them again and neither should you.

Setlist:

1. When Legends Rise

2. 1000hp

3. Cryin’ Like a Bitch

4. Say My Name

5. Straight Out of Line

6. Awake

7. Unforgettable

8. Something Different

9. Keep Away

10. The Enemy

11. Voodoo

12. Batalla de los Tambores

13. Whatever

14. Under Your Scars

15. Bulletproof

16. Come Together (Beatles cover)

17. I Stand Alone

For more information on GODSMACK, visit:

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | YOUTUBE

https://www.godsmack.com/scarsfoundation

Date City Venue

Sat 4/13 Orlando, FL Central Florida Fairgrounds

Sun 4/14 Tampa, FL 98Rock Fest @ Amalie Arena

Tue 4/16 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena ^

Thu 4/18 Evansville, IN Ford Center – Evansville ^

Fri 4/19 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena ^

Sat 4/20 Milwaukee, WI Fiserv Forum ^

Mon 4/22 Minneapolis, MN Armory ^

Tue 4/23 Omaha, NE Baxter Arena ^

Fri 4/26 Abbotsford, BC Abbotsford Centre ^

Sat 4/27 Penticton, BC South Okanagan Event Centre ^

Mon 4/29 Medicine Hat, AB Canalta Centre ^

Tue 4/30 Calgary, AB Grey Eagle Resort & Casino - Grey Eagle Event Centre ^

Thu 5/2 Dawson Creek, BC EnCana Events Centre ^

Fri 5/3 Edmonton, AB Rogers Place ^

Sun 5/5 Saskatoon, SK SaskTel Centre ^

Mon 5/6 Winnipeg, MB Bell MTS Place ^

Thu 5/9 London, ON Budweiser Gardens ^

Fri 5/10 Ottawa, ON Canadian Tire Centre ^

Sat 5/11 Quebec, QC Videotron Centre ^

Sat 7/13 Mansfield, OH Inkcarceration Festival

Fri 7/26 Montville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena

Sat 7/27 Montreal, QC Heavy Montreal

Sun 7/28 Bangor, ME Impact Music Festival

Sun 8/4 Sturgis, SD Buffalo Chip Campground

^ with Volbeat

CROWN THE EMPIRE IN PHOTOS AT HOUSE OF ROCK

Photos taken in Corpus Christi, TX at House of Rock.

WE CAME AS ROMANS IN PHOTOS AT HOUSE OF ROCK

Photos taken in Corpus Christi, TX at House of Rock on March 25, 2019

ERRA IN PHOTOS AT HOUSE OF ROCK

Photos taken on March 25, 2019 at House of Rock in Corpus Christ, TX.

Between The Buried and Me in Photos March 2019

Photos were taken in Corpus Christi, TX at House of Rock!

LULLWATER ROCKS SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS

Having just released a new album and touring Sevendust, LULLWATER have a hunger to be recognized.  I remember first seeing them open up for FLYLEAF a few years back. Incidentally, when I let my wife know I was gonna see them again, she let me know that I was really annoying after getting a bit drunk with a couple of the guys from the band in Corpus Christi, TX- taking 3 shots in about 15 minutes. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity since my brother, who is in the Air Force, was on leave and also there taking shots right next to me. Luckily tho I’m not a mad drunk, I just think shit is funny; but it seems not to my wife and sister, who was also not amused by my antics.  

    Fast forward to this past March 3, 2019, (which I wouldn’t be drinking), I was getting to see Lullwater make a stop at Vibes Event Center in San Antonio, TX for the last show of the Sevendust & Tremonti Tour.  For those that didn’t get their early enough, you totally missed out! Comparing their previous performance to tonight’s, the band has made leaps in musicianship and has developed a sound that hits all the right notes on the rock scale. Watching them perform left me with a satisfied feeling, as it did those witnessing some dam good rock music, that also blended elements of grunge in just the perfect amount.  For anyone first being exposed to them, you could easily see nods in musical agreement and acceptance. Even tho they had a short set, as is usual for openers, Lullwater made sure they would not be easily forgotten. They continue to solidify themselves as ones to watch in the near future with a memorable performance and highly recommended new album VOODOO.

You can find LULLWATER Online at the Following:

https://www.lullwatermusic.com/

https://www.facebook.com/lullwatermusic/

https://twitter.com/lullwatermusic

https://www.instagram.com/lullwatermusic/

LULLWATER IS:

John Strickland - Rhythm Guitar & Lead Vocals 
Daniel Binnie - Lead Guitar 
Roy 'Ray' Beatty - Bass & Vocals 
Joseph Wilson - Drums & Vocals

TESSERACT Mind Boggling Performance in Corpus Christ, TX March 5, 2019 - Review and Photos

Since the mid 2000’s Tesseract have been pushing progressive metal to a new direction that many are either heavily influenced by or are trying to mimic. Yet, no one is quite like Tesseract. Their undeniable musicianship has catapulted them to the forefront and continue to lead the way for infectious, mesmerizing music.

So of course when I found out that they were coming to my town, I first picked my jaw off the floor and then started to make plans to attend. Playing at the local venue House of Rock meant a up front personal concert.

So of course when I found out that they were coming to my town, I first picked my jaw off the floor and then started to make plans to attend. Playing at the local venue House of Rock meant a up front personal concert.

Showing up early to the venue allowed me to get my place up front next to the stage.  Being this close allowed me to watch the musical masters at work and take some photos for the evening. Once Tesseract took the stage, they did not disappoint. They exceeded every idea of what I had of finally being able to see them live! Starting with the song  Luminary , off their stellar latest stellar release   Sonder  ; it set the mood of the beautiful music for the night. Followed with my personal favorite  Of Mind - Nocturne ! Song after song, I was left in amazement, as was the near sold out venue on a Tuesday night.

Showing up early to the venue allowed me to get my place up front next to the stage.  Being this close allowed me to watch the musical masters at work and take some photos for the evening. Once Tesseract took the stage, they did not disappoint. They exceeded every idea of what I had of finally being able to see them live! Starting with the song Luminary, off their stellar latest stellar release Sonder; it set the mood of the beautiful music for the night. Followed with my personal favorite Of Mind - Nocturne! Song after song, I was left in amazement, as was the near sold out venue on a Tuesday night.

The only sad thing of the night was that their set wasn’t longer. Which no fault of their own; its part of the package on certain tours. But one thing I know for sure, I will make every effort to see them live the next time they even come close to my area and so should you!

The only sad thing of the night was that their set wasn’t longer. Which no fault of their own; its part of the package on certain tours. But one thing I know for sure, I will make every effort to see them live the next time they even come close to my area and so should you!

Tesseract  Setlist: Luminary, Of Mind - Nocturne, Deception, The Impossible, Survival, Dystopia, King, Juno

Tesseract Setlist: Luminary, Of Mind - Nocturne, Deception, The Impossible, Survival, Dystopia, King, Juno

FAREWELL TO FEAR LIFTS SPIRITS- LIVE IN CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS - Review, Photos and Interview!

Being from different parts of the US has given Farewell To Fear an advantage in blending a rock sound they intend to bring to the masses.  Playing a show during the week has its challenges, but the band was more than ready to give the crowd their rock dosage.

I was unfamiliar with the band up until now, chatting before their set gave me some insight as to where they come from and what drives them across the US. Most importantly, giving people hope through music is something I found particularly moving.  Their love and joy at helping another person not feel alone is something that should be applauded and praised.

I was unfamiliar with the band up until now, chatting before their set gave me some insight as to where they come from and what drives them across the US. Most importantly, giving people hope through music is something I found particularly moving.  Their love and joy at helping another person not feel alone is something that should be applauded and praised.

From the start of their set with the crowd being unsure to ending with people crowded up front and bouncing in full acceptance,  Farewell To Fear  easily won some new fans! It’s a beautiful thing to watch faces of happiness and hear shouts of excitement in experiencing live rock music.

From the start of their set with the crowd being unsure to ending with people crowded up front and bouncing in full acceptance, Farewell To Fear easily won some new fans! It’s a beautiful thing to watch faces of happiness and hear shouts of excitement in experiencing live rock music.

Leaving the show gave me much to reflect on, which speaks volumes to what a band can accomplish with words of encouragement and the musical rhythms bringing front and center.   Be sure to catch them if they drop by your area!

Leaving the show gave me much to reflect on, which speaks volumes to what a band can accomplish with words of encouragement and the musical rhythms bringing front and center. Be sure to catch them if they drop by your area!

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TETRARCH BRINGS THE ENERGY TO CORPUS CHRISTI TEXAS- Review, Photos and Interview with Diamond Rowe!

DIY is not just a term for the successful band Tetrarch.  They have taken the reigns of their own future, paid their dues, and made a name for themselves in the metal/rock genre. Still on the fiery streak left from their album FREAK, Tetrarch bring the energy up front and center.

Currently on a headlining tour that lasts through February, I had the pleasure of catching them live at House of Rock venue and even talk to guitarist Diamond Rowe. (Which the interview can be heard below.)

Currently on a headlining tour that lasts through February, I had the pleasure of catching them live at House of Rock venue and even talk to guitarist Diamond Rowe. (Which the interview can be heard below.)

Watching  Tetrarch  live brings excitement into the air, as you can feel their hunger seeping through the crowd. The band works in an unstoppable unison to deliver on all levels, assaulting every person in hearing distance with their brand of metal. During brief intermissions of their songs, vocalist Josh Fore made sure that everyone in attendance felt part of a big metal family with words of encouragement and positivity. The grooves were plenty and heavy, making headbanging and shouting a must.

Watching Tetrarch live brings excitement into the air, as you can feel their hunger seeping through the crowd. The band works in an unstoppable unison to deliver on all levels, assaulting every person in hearing distance with their brand of metal. During brief intermissions of their songs, vocalist Josh Fore made sure that everyone in attendance felt part of a big metal family with words of encouragement and positivity. The grooves were plenty and heavy, making headbanging and shouting a must.

After running through their set, you could see faces of satisfaction after having witnessed one of the hottest acts from this past year, which will undoubtedly continue for years to come. So don’t make a mistake of missing  Tetrarch  live, you won’t regret it.

After running through their set, you could see faces of satisfaction after having witnessed one of the hottest acts from this past year, which will undoubtedly continue for years to come. So don’t make a mistake of missing Tetrarch live, you won’t regret it.

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