The Black Dahlia Murder have been shredding faces for 17 years and in that time they have become one of the leading melodic death metal bands. And rightly so, with evidence from their most recent album NIGHTBRINGERS, which landed within the Billboard 200 in 2017. Their most recent tour ‘Infinite Bringers of the Night Tour’ easily sold out the local venue House of Rock in Corpus Christi, TX this December night.
Dallas’ Texas Power Trip recently made their way through the U.S. on support of The Black Dahlia Murder. I vaguely remember seeing them the first time when they opened for Anthrax & Lamb Of God. A couple of years have passed and they have quickly risen to the top as a must see old school thrash band with a hint of punk sharpness. They have taken those old reigns and choked the hell out of them and forged something magnificent.
Bloodied, bruised and beaten, some of the things that happen at a Cannibal Corpse show. Hitting the House Of Rock, the death metal veterans gave their fiendish fans all they craved for with their dominating performance.
Here are the remaining tour dates with Hate Eternal and Harms Way:
11/27/2018 Cosmic Charlies - Lexington, KY
11/28/2018 Mr. Smalls Theatre - Pittsburgh, PA
11/29/2018 The Vogue - Indianapolis, IN
11/30/2018 Delmar Hall - St. Louis, MO
12/01/2018 The Blue Note - Columbia, MO
12/03/2018 Growlers - Memphis, TN
12/04/2018 Georgia Theater - Athens, GA
12/05/2018 The Abbey - Orlando, FL
12/06/2018 The Culture Room - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
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If you weren’t in attendance at the Texas Revolution Fest, you missed out seeing the hard hitting DEVILDRIVER. And holy cow, they pack a punch. Fresh off of releasing their latest album Outlaws ‘Til The End, this band is diversive, consistent and powerful. Setting the pit off with Ruthless, the crowd went crazy with excitement, which set the pace for the rest of the set.
Something that was quite impressive, was how Devildriver was all business, not wasting any time or giving the fans a moment to recover. Currently on The Outlaws Til The End Tour, they leave no doubt that they can kick your ass. Fans shouted and yelled along, losing themselves in the moment of metal chaos, slamming and bouncing til there was nothing left. The same can be said of the band, they left everything on stage, giving their all. Something which the fans were much appreciated of.
This is one tour not to sleep on. Check the dates below for your chance to get punched in the face with metal fervor.
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Ukrainian based Jinjer is a breath of fresh air to the metal community that has become flooded with progressive bands. Tirelessly taking part of tour after tour, they have quickly become one of the hottest acts to see live due to their unmatched presence. So when I saw they were making a stop in Texas, I knew I had to make the 7 hour drive.
Julien-K’s charming electro-rock sound hit Corpus Christi, TX on a Friday night, the perfect fit for people to gather and enjoy themselves. The band stems from former Orgy members Amir Derakh and Ryan Shuck for a little over 10 years of its inception. Being no stranger to success and the ability to writing music to make your body move, fans in Corpus got their chance to experience just what Julien-K is capable of.
Even tho this style of music is mostly foreign to myself, I can see the attraction and love the fans have for Julien-K. Embodying dance tempo rhythms with a rocky edge blends well with veterans at the helm. Fans new and old enjoyed themselves moving along to the beats and rhythms. Towards the end of the show, memories of came flooding back when frontman Ryan Shuck mentioned they used to be part of ORGY. Ending their set with the hit song Blue Monday, fans shouted with a youthful vigor of days gone by and thoughts of when having a good time was all that mattered; a great exit leaving fans fully satisfied.
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Jonathan Davis is known for being the frontman of KORN for 25 years. And for the past 10 years he has been working on a different side project under his name. The album, Black Labyrinth, was released back in May of 2018, which had the hit single “What It Is” in January. The venue was packed with fans eagerly waiting to see the one and only Jonathan Davis. Once he took the stage, everyone knew they were at the right place at the right time.
KNOCKED LOOSE left bruises and destruction in their wake this past Sunday night. Since their inception in 2013, they have climbed their way to the forefront of the music scene leaving bodies on the floor. Sunday, which some people consider a time of rest, does not apply to Knocked Loose and their fans. This was my first time seeing them and I, along with everyone in attendance was left jaw dropped with their live performance.
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On Aug 21, 2018, the Gen-X Summer tour hit the sweaty stage of Corpus Christi, TX. The bill included four bands who ruled the airwaves in the 1990's & 2000's and still continue to pump out music today. Headlined by BUCKCHERRY, along with P.O.D, LIT, and ALIEN ANT FARM; this tour sure did bring back memories.
First up was Alien Ant Farm. Known mostly for their hit rendition of Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal, AAF got the crowd warmed up and showed that they can still rock out. The short but energetic set also included the fan favorites Courage & Movies, all the while fans sang along with that sparkle in their eye knowing it was going to be a good night.
Up next was the band LIT, who brought an slew of emotions on their set. Opening up with a cover of Tom Petty's American Girl, Lit put the crowd in great spirits. As the set went on, they treated fans to a few new songs that are featured on their new release, These Are The Days, which brings the band in a new direction, leaning more on a country/easy rock vibe. Finishing out the set, Lit set it off with their well received anthem My Own Worst Enemy leaving a lasting impression with all in attendance.
Next, who I was excited to personally see, was P.O.D., who proved that time has not slowed them down one bit. They were a explosion of energy starting with the song BOOM and only slowed very briefly for the song Youth of The Nation. I wasn't prepared for how explosive P.O.D. is, similar to fans throughout. Playing classics like Southtown brought a feeding frenzy within the fans, satiating every urge of the musically starved. Known for being tagged as a Christian band, vocalist Sonny took time to let everyone know that they matter and are loved; and that we must take care of each other. This perfectly led into the song ALIVE, with everyone singing along in beautiful unison.
Closing out the night was the very lively BUCKCHERRY! This is one band that still carries the flag of good time rock and roll, where anything goes and it usually does! Breaking into RIDIN, the crowd quickly lost their minds and gave themselves over to the rock gods of old. Todd (vocalist) can easily work a crowd into puddy and sway them to his delights, giving everyone their rock music prescription. Watching Buckcherry perform live reminded me of the simple times of when rock music wasn't overly complicated, once you heard it, you instantly knew that you were home. Playing hits such as Too Drunk, Lit Up, and Crazy Bitch, Buckcherry gave everyone what they wanted. Good times and lasting memories; more than enough to be cherished indefinitely.
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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!
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Be sure to check out my interview with frontman J Costa below!!!
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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.
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.
The hour and a half set was started with Blow Your Trumpets and cycled through classics such as Ov Fire And The Void, At 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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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!
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