Thy Will Be Done sets the bar high on their Corpus Christi, TX show.

     I was excited to see Thy Will Be Done for the first time this past Friday July 20, 2018 at a local dive bar.  Having an up close and personal experience makes the show something very unique and lively.  Once everything was set up, TWBD went from zero to one hundred in a blink of an eye. The energy of each member was top notch and neck bending.  Fans were lucky to also have listened to a new song to a forthcoming album in the works.  And from the sound of it, they have not lost any of their viciousness and sound.  If anything, they are precise and brutal as ever, making fans drool in anticipation of whats to come.  I had to give praise to J Costa (vocals) and the band for an amazing performance and their ability to not having to rely on any backtracks (as to something that has unfortunately become all too common).  Thy Will Be Done kick ass; nuff said!

*In conjunction with Rockallphotography.com*

Be sure to check out my interview with frontman J Costa below!!!

You can find Thy Will Be Done online at the following:

http://presskit.to/thywillbedone
http://www.facebook.com/thywillbedone
http://www.instagram.com/_twbd
http://twitter.com/twbd

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BEHEMOTH BROUGHT DEATH AND DESTRUCTION TO CORPUS CHRISTI TX

     Behemoth is an iconic band.  Not only for their music, but also for fighting for what they believe in regardless of what obstacles may come.  I was lucky to photograph them this June 18, 2018 at a local venue: House of Rock.  Somehow they made a headliner show while they were on tour with Slayer.  I wasn't able to shoot them with the Slayer tour, so this gave me the opportunity to take photos and catch the show. 

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      And what a hell of a concert it was.  They completely blew away any expectations that I had and left me with my jaw on the floor.  From their sound, lighting, performance, music; everything was top notch.  Even tho this show was on a weekday, you wouldn't have known by the numbers in attendance.  Everyone in the venue was packed to the gills, which made for the circle pits even that much more punishing.  Behemoth is a band that must be experienced live; no questions asked.

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     The hour and a half set was started with Blow Your Trumpets and cycled through classics such as Ov Fire And The VoidAt The Left Hand Ov God to name a few and came to a close with O Father O Satan O Sun!

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Butcher Babies still remains a favorite to see live!

Somehow this escaped from being posted on here.  So here it is:

   I’m partial to Butcher Babies.  They are one of my favorite bands to see live, and when I saw they were hitting my town, I immediately bought tickets and was ready for the show for about 2 months.  It was a long wait, but wholeheartedly worth it. As before, I bought the pre party VIP experience. Each time I have done this from prior tours, they have always gone above and beyond to make sure everyone has a great time.  I can honestly say that out of all the VIP’s I have bought throughout the years, they are the best. They take the time to hang out and talk with everyone and take more than just the usual one pick, shake a hand and get booted out.  Any chance I get, I will always do a VIP experience with them.

    On May 30, 2018 they played at one of my favorite local venues as well, House of Rock.  I love it because the closeness that you can have with the band, making it a memorable time.  First song up was off their new stellar album LILITH Korova. Everyone in attendance lost their freaking minds, myself included!  Half their set included songs off this new album, including the songs: Lilith, The Huntsman, Look What We’ve Done, along with classic songs of Monster’s Ball, and Magnolia Blvd to name a few.

    Butcher Babies live are a whirlwind of chaos and energy! They have continued to push  themselves with each new album and gaining new fans and solidifying old ones.  They have become role models of what hard work and steel minded determination can accomplish.  Now, if I could only figure how to just follow them on tour to each show, I would be set!

 

You can find Butcher Babies online at the following:

https://butcherbabiesofficial.com/

https://www.instagram.com/butcherbabies/

 

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Nonpoint is all business and in your face. May 29, 2018 Austin, TX

     Nonpoint is currently on the Kings and Queens your with Butcher Babies, Sumo Cyco and Islander.  Each brings its own unique style to the mix which makes for a killer line up. Something interesting on this tour is both Nonpoint and B.B. are alternating closing out the night. 

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     Veterans of the music scene, Nonpoint always brings their A game along with their charisma to drive the crowd go crazy.  This was my second time seeing them and I knew from my last experience that they would not disappoint. The band started off with Bullet with a Name, in which the crowd immediately went insane with shouts and singing along with frontman Elias. Other fan favorites played were: Fuck’d, The Wreckoning, amongst others which ran for the bands hour set.  

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    The crowd was even treated to a couple of new songs.  Which if these two are any indication of what Nonpoint has in store in the near future; they are sure to stay on top of their game.  The band has the energy to get the crowding going into a wild frenzy; leaving each attendant fully satisfied down to their metal soul.

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    And if this wasn’t enough, the band is also doing VIP meet and greets which include an exclusive listening party of their new album due out in the next coming months.  All in all, Nonpoint has been a band that consistently releases a breath of fresh air with new albums and tours. Now, the bad part is having to wait for that new release.

Remaining tour dates:

6.6 - Salt Lake City, UT The Depot NP closes

6.7 - Billings, MT Pub Station B.B. Closes

6.8 - Jerome, ID Diamondz Event Center NP Closes

6.10 - Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater NP Closes

6.11 - Sacramento, CA Holy Diver B.B. Closes

6.12 - San Francisco, CA The Fillmore B.B. Closes

6.13 - Los Angeles, CA The Whisky B.B. Closes

6.14 - Las Vegas, NV Brooklyn Bowl NP Closes

6.15 - Mesa, AZ Club Red B.B. Closes

7.12 - Oshkosh, WI Rock USA NP fest

7.15 - South Bend, IN Big Growl 7 NP Fest

 

You can find Nonpoint online at the following:

 

http://www.nonpoint.com

 

UNDEROATH Triumphant Return in Corpus Christi, TX at Concrete Street Amphitheater May 22 2018

     Seeing UNDEROATH live is such a refreshing experience.  They are currently on tour supporting their newest release ERASE ME on the No Fix Tour.  Today's date is almost at the tail end of this current tour,  along with Dance Gavin Dance, Veil of Maya and Currents. 

 

      Having never seen them live before, I didn't know what to expect.  I know they have had a loyal following and everyone has been eager for their return to the stage. Before they came out, you could feel the static of excitement in the air and people gossiping about how they have been planning to come tonight for days on weeks. With the lights dimmed, all members slowly walked out to take the stage.  Then all of the sudden, it was almost if lightning exploded on the stage.  Starting off the set with  On My Teeth , UNDEROATH clearly made a statement.  Never ever doubt them.      

     Having never seen them live before, I didn't know what to expect.  I know they have had a loyal following and everyone has been eager for their return to the stage. Before they came out, you could feel the static of excitement in the air and people gossiping about how they have been planning to come tonight for days on weeks. With the lights dimmed, all members slowly walked out to take the stage.  Then all of the sudden, it was almost if lightning exploded on the stage.  Starting off the set with On My Teeth, UNDEROATH clearly made a statement.  Never ever doubt them.

 

 

      What an introduction.  Across the pit, you could see hundreds of smiling faces all jumping in unison, full of joy and relief that the time had finally come.  As the night continued, UNDEROATH continued their dominating set, giving fans some new and old songs.  It's been a while since I've seen so many people sing and shout together; it was quite deafening.  There was not one face in the crowd that wasn't overwhelmed with happiness at witnessing a triumphant return of the mighty UNDEROARTH.  Hopefully they have a new tour after this one; as there is no way anyone should miss this band live.    

     What an introduction.  Across the pit, you could see hundreds of smiling faces all jumping in unison, full of joy and relief that the time had finally come.  As the night continued, UNDEROATH continued their dominating set, giving fans some new and old songs.  It's been a while since I've seen so many people sing and shout together; it was quite deafening.  There was not one face in the crowd that wasn't overwhelmed with happiness at witnessing a triumphant return of the mighty UNDEROARTH.  Hopefully they have a new tour after this one; as there is no way anyone should miss this band live. 

 

HELMET breaks the sound barrier at House of Rock May 7, 2018

     HELMET are legendary and have inspired scores of bands and musicians since their first inception and even today.  This was my first time seeing HELMET and I had been looking forward to this show for over a month.  Growing up, Page Hamilton graced the covers of so many guitar and metal magazines that I knew there was only one way this night would play out.  

     Lights dim, all the band members take the stage...Page softly strums a few jazz chords...and suddenly...BOOOOMMM!!!! You get hit like a sledgehammer to the face when HELMET turned it to eleven! After regaining my bearings, I was overjoyed with the sounds being produced.  Everyone was like a well running clock that never missed a step.  Page is a master musician, and we were all left in awe of his guitar wizardry.  The crowd and myself were treated to a variety of songs from HELMET's extensive catalog.  After a hour and a half, no one in attendance knew that we were to get more.  The band dug deep and played tracks dating back to Meantime, which was the track that closed out the night. 

     After gathering myself and bringing my mouth off the floor, I was able to walk out into the night fully satisfied, even if I was left temporarily deaf. 

You can find Helmet online at the following:

 

https://www.facebook.com/HelmetMusic

https://www.helmetmusic.com/

 

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Legendary Prong at House of Rock in Corpus Christi, TX May 7, 2018

*This review was done in association with Rockallphotography.com courtesy of Shawn Wiseman and Tag Publicity

     Prong is a beast unto its own.  Three decades has not slowed Tommy Victor down one bit.  If anyone has picked up their latest release (and if you haven’t- go get it) Zero Days you’ll strongly agree.  It easily rips apart many of the newer bands out there.  They are currently on tour with another epic band: Helmet.  So, yes; this is one tour to catch.

    Today was my second time seeing Prong.  As soon as it was announced in my town, I knew it would be a show not to miss. House Of Rock is a bar venue with excellent acoustics and the perfect spot to get close and personal during the show.

    And sure as hell, as soon as the lights dropped, Art Cruz stepped out to start the ramp up.  Followed by Jason Christopher and finally Tommy Victor. In the crowd, were shouts in unison of the brutal beating about to ensue.  With large catalog, Prong played all the classics they are known for: Whose Fist is This Anyway, Beg to Differ, Prove You Wrong, and of course Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck!! Those were just a few of the hour+ long set.  Fans were treated to some killer new songs that were unrelenting and in your face thrash.

    With no barrier separating the stage, Tommy gave fans an up close experience by letting them play on his guitar.  Seriously, with Art’s sonic drumming and Jason’s grooving bass, let alone with the riff monster Tommy Victor, they are on top of their game.  Prong is a staple in music and paved the way for so many bands. When they first started thirty years ago, they were ahead of their time. Even now, they still continue to lead the way and will continue to do so for a long time coming.

Check the link for the video interview with Tommy Victor:

https://youtu.be/iRHoEjfGUTY

 

 

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New Years Day Dominates the fans in Corpus Christi, TX May 1, 2018

     New Years Day is currently on the massively inspiring tour which includes Halestorm, In This Moment and Stitched Up Heart.  Each have their own unique style, but also complementing one another.

     With the air palpable in anticipation of New Years Day, you could witness the crowds excitement as soon as the band took the stage.  Shouts and screams of joy erupted as fans were treated in handfuls.  This was also my first experience seeing New Years Day and was pretty stoked when the pulled out their rendition of Pantera's Fucking Hostile! Being from Texas, this had me in good spirits.  

     Watching New Years Day perform live is quite a vigorous experience and I can see why they have loyal followers with matching dyed hair of front woman Ash Costello.  The band as a whole is able to captivate the crowd by being emotionally and physically driven around the whole stage. This kept the craziness going throughout the whole set.  Coupled with the non stop rock music, made for a memory of which I will not soon forget.  Having seen them now, I will make it a point to see them again in their successful future!

 

 

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Stitched Up Heart Makes You Believe- May 1, 2018

     When I first met Mixi two years ago, I was greeted with a hug.  Having never met me before didn’t hold her back from being such a welcoming human being.  

    Fast forward to the present, she is still that amazing kindhearted person that loves to hug fans! As for the rest of the band:  Merrit (guitar), Decker (drums), Nick (guitar) and Randy (bass), each one is friendly and a joy to talk to and hang out with. It’s like seeing friends every time I’ve seen them in the past couple of years.  

    Tonight was special, Stitched Up Heart are currently on an tour of epic proportions.  They are playing along side some amazing bands: Halestorm, In This Moment and New Years Day! Each band has and is forging their own path to success in the music world to the fans delight.  

    Once Mixi and the guys took the stage, they were showered with shouts of approval with each song they played from their latest album Never Alone. In the crowd you could see fans singing back the lyrics and smile with happiness.  I know I was singing along; but I had to remind myself that I was there to take photos and carry on.

   After their set, each member took turns throughout the night hanging at the merch table.  Old fans and new were able to take photos and get those Mixi hugs to close out a perfect night of music.

    Another highlight for me was that I was able to interview Mixi (which can be played below) about what is currently going on with the band and things to come.  I, for one, am extremely excited for their successful future and will always support them!

 

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In This Moment Continue to Mezmerize - May 1 2018

     On May 1, 2018 In This Moment played at Concrete Street Amphitheater.  This was my third time seeing and photographing their show.  They have to be one of my favorites to shoot.

     Over the years, In This Moment has become a musical mystical giant with its evolution of music and live performance.  Currently on this tour they are still supporting their latest release Ritual which had a much more stripped and raw energy.  Another exciting aspect of this current tour is who they are on the road with.  Four powerful bands in their own right: Halestorm, In This Moment, New Years Day and Stitched Up Heart! Talk about being epic!   

     Before In This Moment came out, you could feel the excitement in the crowd, it was truly electric.  Once the black curtain dropped, shouts and cries of emotion erupted in a thunderous boom.   Chris (guitar), Travis (bass), Randy (guitar), Kent (drums) and the blood girls were at the ready.  Then, out from behind the curtain, Mother Maria stepped forward to be greeted by the adoring fans. 

     Starting off with the song Blood, you instantly knew you were in for a treat. With each song that followed, the fans kept up, hanging on each moment, movement and note played.  The blood legion (fans) are faithful to the band and the band to its fans.  Despite a technical hiccup, Maria let everyone know that they would not be deterred.  In the sea of fans, no one was left without a smile.  

     The only disappointment to the set was that it ended to quickly.  The last two times I've seen them, they had been headlining.  But that is the trade off to seeing so many amazing bands on this tour.  This is truly not one to miss. 

 

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Starset Had Lift off in Corpus Christi, TX April 17, 2018

     Starset had a successful performance in Corpus Christi, TX at Concrete Street Amphitheater this month.  This was my first time seeing them live and it was quite an experience.  From the moody lighting to the use of costumes and fog.  It all made it seem like you were being transported to another planet for a good time.  Everyone in attendance loved every last bit of it and were left satisfied with their set performance. 

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The Scars Heal In Time April 15 2018 Corpus Christi, TX

Houston, TX based The Scars Heal In Time made an appearance in Corpus Christi, TX on April 15, 2018.  It is always a pleasure seeing them. They are currently finished up their tour with City Of The Weak, whom they have toured with before.  The kindness and excitement from Tayler and Kayla Smith is evident. They love meeting fans and playing live.

    Despite a technical hiccup, they pushed forward to give a great performance.  The majority of the songs played were from their most recent EP Unidentified which showed quite a bit of musical growth from their previous release.  Their relentless touring, memorable melodic rock music and unbreakable drive will see these sisters succeed.  Be on the look out and don’t miss this band this band live!

You can find The Scars Heal In Time online at the following:

http://www.thescarshealintime.com/

https://www.instagram.com/thescarshealintime/

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/the-scars-heal-in-time/492422919

 

 

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Kublai Khan March 25, 2018 Corpus Christi, TX at Boozers

     Kublai Khan are a metalcore band from Sherman, TX and bring a big decimating sound with them.  On their stop in Corpus Christi, TX, fans were left bruised and sore after their crushing performance.  The small stage wasn't large enough for Kublai Khan's presence.  While pummeling through their set, which consisted of old favorites and new songs from their most recent release, Nomad, Kublai has an ability to conjure chaos in the atmosphere; so much so, that there was a need for a small break due to a fight breaking out.  But luckily the show carried on with guidance from frontman Matt Honeycutt, who reminded everyone that we must take care of each other in the mosh pit.  The only thing I wished for, was a longer set.  But then again, I'm not sure the crowd could have physically handled more than 30 minutes.  

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BIG STORY was a spectacular surprise this February 24, 2018

     Hailing from Dallas, TX, BIG STORY are on the rise. Recently Texas has seen a resurgence of rock and metal music that is taking the nation by the throat and making sure they heard loud and clear.  Opening for Nothing More this evening, BIG STORY left myself and the crowd speechless!  I had seen them the year before as an opening band and I can say they have grown so much in less than a year.  I was literally left winded trying to keep up with their high energy performance while photographing them.  The small stage at Brewsters Street Icehouse was not big enough for them.  They were like a rabid animal in a small cage, busting at the hinges to break free to spread their music to the masses.  Make no mistake, these guys are gonna be the next hit come out of Texas.  Be warned!

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NOTHING MORE Live in Corpus Christi, TX at Brewsters Street Icehouse Feb 24, 2018

     Nothing More made a stop and completely rocked Corpus Christi, TX this February 24, 2018.  I had never seen them live before, so being able to attend this sold out show was pretty exciting. I kept hearing from people how much of a great show they put on.  And to put it short, they weren’t lying.

    Photographing this show was quite a bit a work.  Rarely did the vocalist Jonny hold still long enough to take photos; it was the same for guitarist Mark, bassist Daniel and drummer Ben.  So much energy on one stage was quite an experience.

    While the band played hits from their albums, it was a truly mesmerizing to see them in action.  It felt like being witness to a ritual that was sacrificing blood and sweat to the rock gods of old and only those in attendance were privilege to partake. Watching how the band interacted with the crowd, you can easily see why fans love them.  There were so many times Jonny was up close and personal with the crowd. With holding hands and fan fevered pats, both vocalist and fans would sing together, creating a special moment in time to be forever treasured.

    This continued throughout the set, luckily to the fans adoration. And yes, they did have their musical creations in attendance.  Those custom built beasts are a sight to behold.  And to see them being wielded by the band with such epic presence, you knew you were witnessing something truly special.

    So, now I have become one of those persons that will tell you, YES! you have to see Nothing More live.  It truly is a one of a kind performance.

 

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