Photos taken at House of Rock in Corpus Christi, Texas on Aug 8, 2019.
With over twenty years of experience, DOPE made a stop at The Aztec Theatre on a Sunday night bringing crowds to their feet and shouts filling the venue. They are currently out on tour supporting Static-X, Devildriver, Wednesday 13 and Raven Black. Even tho their set was short, the feelings they brought about were memorable and enjoyed by the sold out crowd. Singing, moshing and smiles were all I could see in every direction as the band worked the crowd into a drenched sweat.
Dope has long history of touring with Static-X, so it was only fitting for them to be on this tour helping pay tribute to Wayne Static. If you have a chance, this is a show not to miss out on. There is a great time to be had and you will not be disappointed.
1. Blood Money
2. Bring It On
4. Die Motherfucker Die
5. I’m Back
7. You Spin Me Round (Like a Record- Dead or Alive Cover)
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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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
To The Threshold
Looking Down The Barrel
Tear It Down
As Die Hard As They Come
In Ashes They Shall Reap
Everyone Bleeds Now
Honor Never Dies
Live For This
I Will Be Heard
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Few bands are as capable as Archspire when it comes to producing some delicious technical death metal that rips you apart at the seams. Currently on their Tech Trek IV tour, along with Inferi, Virvum, & Wormhole, Archspire left me in awe by their sheer musicianship and precision. Still touring in support of their latest album Relentless Mutation, which was played in its entirety, this tour is one not to miss if you have any interest in death metal.
Playing second was a band from Zurich, Sweden Virvum. Having never seen them before, I was quite interested in watching them play their progressive atmospheric death metal. And they did not disappoint. They quickly established themselves with the crowd and getting the blood going. I thoroughly enjoyed how guitarist Nic Gruhn and Toby Koelman played within the crowd, giving them up front access to the guitar shredding. Even tho they had a short set, they left a memorable impression with everyone, that people clamored to the merch table.
As headliners, watching Archspire play live is surreal. The speed and brutality displayed by each band member left me whirling with wonder. As I watched drummer Spencer Prewett beat his drums, I was perplexed at how fast he was playing. I had seen the drum playthrough of previous songs, but to actually witness it first hand was something otherworldy. It should be seen live. There are only a handful of dates left on the Tech Trek IV Tour so make sure to check it out!
Make sure to check out my Interviews with Archspire Bassist Jared Smith and Virvum Guitarist Nic Gruhn below!
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There’s no other way to say that name in a crowd of metalheads and not get that response. They are currently on the fifth leg of their farewell tour and there was no way I was gonna miss this concert. I last saw them in San Antonio mid last year and this Tuesday I traveled to Edinburg, which was about the same driving distance- 2 hours each way. Bert Ogden Arena is a new venue in South Texas which has never been the center of a metal show until tonight. And what better way than to get baptized in fire by the all mighty Slayer.
This time around I was lucky enough to get the meet and greet package, courtesy of my wife which l was so grateful for. Walking up to the venue, people were lined up 3 hours before door time dressed in battle vests displaying their favorite bands. As I waited in line to get my M&G package, you could hear stories of first hand accounts of seeing Slayer over the decades or of some instances of fans being first timers. As for the actual meet and greet- it almost passed like a blur. Meeting these metal legends was pretty epic. Tom even commented that he liked my tattoos on my arms, which left me exhilarated and giddy!
Opening up the pit first was the death metal legends Cannibal Corpse. Even tho I have seen them numerous times, their face melting riffage, break neck tempo and Corpsegrinders neck and vox leave me feeling adrenaline filled. The 30 minute set was a surprise, but they managed to pack in some boot stomping goodness by playing classics spanning their 30 plus year career such as: Evisceration Plague, I Cum Blood, and Hammer Smashed Face to name a few. Even with the early crowd, a sizable circle pit broke out letting those still coming inside know that they were in the right place.
CANNIBAL CORPSE Setlist: Evisceration Plague, Scourge of Iron, Red Before Black, I Cum Blood, Stipped Raped and Strangled, Hammer Smashed Face
Cannibal Corpse Online:
Up next was the Swedes Amon Amarth! I had never seen them before and I was truly excited to finally catch them live. And boy oh boy, they did not disappoint. With the stage set up like a viking ship ready to conquer the world, Amon Amarth showed that they aim to spread their music across with world. Having just released their newest album Berserker, there was no question from the crowds response that they too were ready to take over the country. Songs played included: The Pursuit of Vikings, First Kill, and Raise Your Horns. After having watched their set, I know that I will surely catch them next time around.
AMON AMARTH Setlist: The Pursuit of Vikings, Deceiver of the Gods, First Kill, Crack The Sky, As Loke Falls, Twilight of the Thunder God, Raise Your Horns, Raven’s Flight, Shield Wall, Guardians of Asgaard
Amon Amarth Online:
Next was a band that needs no introduction: Lamb of God! For decades LoG have established themselves at the forefront of metal music and lead the charge into the future maelstrom. They have been the main support each leg of Slayers final tour and rightly so. As LoG took the stage, the crowd went into a frenzy, screaming and shouting like rabid animals finally set free. Starting off with Omerta, circle pits erupted throughout the arena and head banging was all but mandatory. Frontman Randy is able to capture a crowd and bring them to the edge of delirium while the rest of the band sets the chaotic pace. Every time that I have seen LoG, I feel like I can never get enough. Other fan favorites included: Walk With Me in Hell & 512. Ending on the epic rager Redneck, I could see at least 3 different circle pits break out, fans yelling and singing in unison; leaving voices hoarse and necks strained.
LAMB OF GOD Setlist: Omerta, Ruin, Walk With Me In Hell, Now You’ve Got Something to Die For, 512, Engage The Fear Machine, Blacken the Cursed Sun, Laid to Rest, Redneck
Lamb of God Online:
Finally with the curtains up and lights out, visions of four crosses appeared on the canvas, slowly turning upside down followed by the Slayer emblem rotate and bounce around as a warning to those in attendance. Hell was about to break loose! As the curtain dropped, black hearts stopped and the ritual began as the thrash titans took the stage. Flames erupted and a thunderous sound of aggression swept the crowd of over six thousand. Three decades have not slowed the titanic thrashers as witnessed by their speed and precision. Playing songs from their twelve albums at breakneck speeds without missing a step, Slayer is like mythical creature come to life whose only purpose was to play some of the most brutal and memorable music in metal history.
Circle pits shook the foundation of the arena and waves of fun filled rage enveloped the night. No one was left standing still as fans were possessed by notes and beats were permanently engraved in the concrete. Looking around the venue were a sea of young and old fans that have been following Slayer for decades. Each person making memories in their own way to take with them forever to later recall years from now, to state with a tone of awe and wonder that they saw Slayer on their last tour.
Knowing that this would be my last time seeing them play live was bitter sweet. My excitement permeated me to the bone, yet I was also sad that there might never be a full tour again. With this knowledge, I enjoyed the music to the fullest like my fellow metal heads and let it sink into my being; feeling each riff in my veins, pound of the drums in my chest, boom of the bass and sinister singing pierce my ears. As the night went on, I came to a conclusion that there will never be a band like Slayer ever again and yet there doesn’t have to be. One thing I take comfort in is knowing that I was lucky enough to have witnessed one of the greatest thrash band in the world: FUCKING SLAYER!
Evil Has no Boundaries
World Painted Blood
Born of Fire
Seasons In The Abyss
South of Heaven
Dead Skin Mask
Angel of Death
I’ve been following Gorod for a couple of years now and with their latest album, which was released last year titled Aethra, they have become a go to when I want to just get lost in the music. They are different from their peers, able to blend musical elements from the past like progressive jazz and layer it with a sinister death metal sound.
I was lucky to catch them live this month despite them having visa issues the first part of the Psycroptic and Cannanbis Corpse tour. And they more than delivered! With the opening notes, people in attendance didn’t know what to expect. Then by the end of the song, new fans were created and packed themselves up front to get in the action. Despite their short 30 minute set, Gorod gained a slew of new fans and satisfied my every itch for unique tech death. I look forward to catching them live again in the near future!
Make sure to check out my interview below with frontman Julien!
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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.
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.
Photos taken in Corpus Christi, TX at House of Rock.
Photos taken in Corpus Christi, TX at House of Rock on March 25, 2019
Photos taken on March 25, 2019 at House of Rock in Corpus Christ, TX.
Photos were taken in Corpus Christi, TX at House of Rock!
Follow the link to check out some photos and a review from March 23, 2019 sold out show!
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:
John Strickland - Rhythm Guitar & Lead Vocals
Daniel Binnie - Lead Guitar
Roy 'Ray' Beatty - Bass & Vocals
Joseph Wilson - Drums & Vocals
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.
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.
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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.