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!

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

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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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ANTHRAX- Kings of Thrash- playing in Corpus Christi, TX on Feb 8, 2018

     When Anthrax announced they were on tour again with Killswitch Engage, I was interested; but then seeing they were making a stop near me, I was beyond excited.  Being a fan for over 30 years, I grew up listening to them and they are one of my top favorites in metal. 

     Another bonus, there were meet and greets available for purchase, which makes the concert experience that much more of a memorable time.  When meeting such thrash legends, it can be quite overwhelming.  I would recommend taking a few breaths before you walk in to control your excitement and thoughts.  But then, I walk in and completely lose my shit and fanboyed out.  Maybe the third time I will be better controlled (probably not).

     Anthrax was second on the bill, which I feel they should have been headliners.  Nothing against KSE, but I feel that a band that helped form thrash should always be headliners; 36 years of metal is nothing to sneeze at.  

     Starting off with Among The Living, fans completely lost it, as did I.  Which wasn't the best for me.  I was lucky enough to photograph this show with the help of CLPresents and Age Horizon.  I had to concentrate on taking photos instead of shouting and screaming along with the other thousands of fans.  Second up was Caught In a Mosh, followed by Got The Time- definite favorites for everyone in attendance.  Once I was done taking photos, I took my place among the metal community and was able to lose myself to the music.  It is such an awe inspiring moment to listen to a band that has made a big difference in my life and sing along to songs you know by heart.  

     Anthrax performance is nothing but extraordinary.  The years have not taken one ounce of strength from them.  The proof is in their latest album- For All Kings.  Each member is a master at their craft.  They are a whirlwind of energy and professionalism.  They are at the top of their game and have continue to out do themselves with each new release.   

     Closing out the show, was the song Indians, with people war dancing and shouting til hoarseness set in, it was completely worth it.  Any time I have a chance to seem them live, I will; which happens to be this summer when they go on tour with the mighty Slayer.  Hopefully in the next meet and greet I can keep myself together, hopefully.

 

       

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10 Years at Brewster Street Ice House Corpus Christi, TX Jan 21, 2018

     Being a Sunday night, you wouldn’t think people are ready for a rock show.  But on this Sunday, the rock fans came out and packed Brewster Street Ice House to the brim.  This was my first time seeing 10 Years perform and I was also able to take photos of this show.  

    Sometimes you don’t pay attention on how many hits a band has until it starts playing.  Then you realize that 10 Years is a band that has consistently put out rock songs that have stood the test of time since 1999.  Hit after hit, fans were given an amazing performance from start to finish.  Singer Jesse Hasek has a unique voice that fits perfect with the music being played.  He is easily recognizable in his vocal delivery and pitch.  

    After their set, while fans were in standing in line, 10 Years band members surprised everyone by coming out to the merch table and started taking photos, shaking hands, giving hugs and taking the time to talk with everyone that stayed.  This, I believe, is what will always make bands stand out from others and make dedicated fans for life.  

    10 Years is a great band to see live, as all of those in attendance tonight can attest to.

 

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Sevendust Dec 30, 2017 at Vibes in San Antonio, TX

     Sevendust has been around for a while. This being their twenty year anniversary, they gave back to fans by playing 3 shows back to back in Texas as well as playing their debut album in its entirety.  I was lucky to attend the San Antonio show at the last minute, arriving thirty minutes before their set.  Walking into a packed venue was no surprise, as is expected from such a great band.  Black started the set off like a living bomb of music, bringing the crowd to a sonic roar and jumping in excitement.  With each song, the band came alive like a sonorous beast ready to consume those in presence.  Twenty years of performing has not slowed them down one bit.  Sevendust are still vibrant and powerful as ever.  In between songs, singer Lajon made sure the crowd knew how thankful they are for the fans devotion and love throughout the years; making it a point to emphasize that the crowd were not just fans, but family.  This goes a long way in letting fans know that they are the reason why they perform music for and happily.  Rounding out the night came the song Thank You, which brought the set to a beautiful close, leaving fans completely satisfied and euphoric.  2018 will be a big year for Sevendust as they are on track to release a new album, which fans are eagerly and impatiently waiting for.  We are ready for you Sevendust!!

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Arch Enemy Dec 5, 2017 Alamo City Music Hall San Antonio, TX

     Arch Enemy recently released their new album “Will To Power” back in September of this year.  Not only do they prove they have the Will, but they have all the means necessary to smash your face in with their sonic sound.  This was my first time seeing them perform live and I was left completely satisfied.  From the crushing drums provided by Daniel Erlandsson, I can easily see and hear why he was nominated for “Best Metal Drummer” by Rythm Magazine and Music Radar; The colossus roar of Sharlee D’Angelo on bass provided the groove on top of which master guitarists Michael Amott & Jeff Loomis laided their wicked riffs and mind boggling solos.  All of this was brought together by frontwoman Alissa White-Gluz commanding presence, letting all in attendance know they are to be dominated by their brand of metal.  So, in short, I am eager to see them live again; too bad it won’t be soon enough.

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Avatar performing at House of Rock in Corpus Christ, TX Oct 15, 2017

WOW!!! Avatar is such an incredible band!  Anyone who has seen this band live will tell you they are a must see live event.  From start to finish, they completely dominate the stage and the crowd.  Bow down to Avatar Country and become a citizen!

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Social Distortion at Concrete Street Amphitheater @concretestreet @houseorock

I was lucky enough to photograph such an iconic band thanks to Casey Lain from House of Rock this past September 1, 2017.  Rolling through classic songs, as well as introducing the crowd to a new one, shows that Social Distortion still has a full gas tank to keep going.  Clearly Mike Ness is a rock/punk legend truly deserving of such a title. 

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Avatar May 26, 2017 Corpus Christi, TX Concrete Street Amphitheater @AVATARmetal @concretestreet

So this was my first time seeing Avatar; and I was completely blown away by their energetic performance.  I almost wish they were the main act instead of the usual 30 minute openers.  I feel like I missed out...which now I have to see them again as a headliner ASAP!

Nonpoint May 3, 2017 Corpus Christi, TX @nonpoint

Nonpoint have been around for a bit and due to their hard work and outstanding live performance.  Even if the crowd wasn't as large as to what they are used to, they tore the hell out of the Ayers Event Center.  The smaller crowd made this show more intimate, especially when it came down to the set list.  Lucky for the fans, they deviated from their headline set list and took requests from the fans.  This made the show about 2 hours long, which was a pleasant surprise to say the least.  And another surprise for the fans, was that all the band members  took the time to take photos and sign stuff for everyone there that night.  As a fan, this- connecting with the fans- is something that cements the fan base forever.  We appreciate it; thank you so much!

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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Testament April 8, 2017 San Antonio Aztec Theater

Three entwining snake heads stare at you as eagerly await the onslaught that is about to begin.  Touring in support of their latest album Brotherhood Of The Snake, Testament are still one of the premier thrash metal bands, even after 30 years. No one can emulate their sound, even though countless bands try to follow suit.  Testament's sound gets in your blood as soon as they take the stage and gives you what you've been craving.  As a fan of many decades, I feel like a giddy school kid, finally seeing live performances of so many songs that I grew up listening to.  Sheer excitement and joy can be seen throughout the crowd as well as knowing that I have a smile from ear to ear.  I am thankful to partake and be part of this Legion.  All of this is possible with the make-up of such talented musicians of: Eric Peterson, Chuck Billy, Alex Skolnick, Gene Hoglan and Steve Di Giorgio.  Each a master of their craft that are single handedly responsible for thrash being alive and well today. With Testament at the reigns, I have no fear that it will continue for many more years to come. 

 

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.