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

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

Sepultura April 8, 2017 The Aztec Theater @sepulturacombr @theaztectheater

I remember the first time I heard Sepultura.  I was still in high school at the time.  A friend happened to have a demo tape of a band from Brazil and it was death metal (this was before Sepultura was signed to a major label).  He popped in the cassette, I put the headphones on my ears and pushed play- and once the music started, my ears were bombarded, they didn't know what to do.  I was suddenly assaulted with this brutal music and I can honestly say, my head felt like it was spinning.  What an experience.

Fast forward to today, seeing Selputura play live is just as exciting.  The onslaught of their brand of music is a welcome.  I can scratch one off the my bucket list of bands to see live.  And they deliver.  Even after 30 years, they still sound fresh with their new album Machine Messiah, letting fans know they are still just as brutal.  If you have a chance, see them live. You won't regret it.  In fact, you'll be thankful.

 

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Prong April 8, 2017 @Aztec Theater San Antonio

The mighty Prong have been around for three decades, but Saturday's performance doesn't show any indication of them slowing down.  Tour to support their latest album X-No Absolutes, Prong proves they are still fresh full of music.  Tommy Victor started Prong back in 1986, long before some of their new fans were alive.   Instead going the hardcore route like so many others, he decided to take a different road, one that has etched its mark in time and that has influenced so many bands throughout the years.   Tommy is a riff master; no other way to state it.  Being able to watch Prong perform was sheer delight.  Tuning out classics and everything in between, you are left with satisfaction.  Ending the night with Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck, you clearly understand why Prong is such a force that has endured when so many others haven't.