Smashed Faces Courtesy of Cannibal Corpse in Corpus Christi TX

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.

For 30 Years  Cannibal Corpse  have become one of the golden standards for death metal, and rightfully so. With each album they have successfully kept their contemporaries in the dust, giving fans exactly what they want. No gimmicks, no fancy light show, just full on brutal death metal. They let their music do the gut punching and floor stomping to everyones delight.

For 30 Years Cannibal Corpse have become one of the golden standards for death metal, and rightfully so. With each album they have successfully kept their contemporaries in the dust, giving fans exactly what they want. No gimmicks, no fancy light show, just full on brutal death metal. They let their music do the gut punching and floor stomping to everyones delight.

The set list included: Hammer Smashed Face, Make Them Suffer, I Cum Blood, Kill or Become, and my personal favorite Stripped, Raped and Strangled (which as I type this sounds weird in a fucked up way, oh well) to name a few.

The set list included: Hammer Smashed Face, Make Them Suffer, I Cum Blood, Kill or Become, and my personal favorite Stripped, Raped and Strangled (which as I type this sounds weird in a fucked up way, oh well) to name a few.

When you go to a  Cannibal Corpse  show, you know what to expect: fast, unforgiving metal in gory detail, dripping with infectious rhythms that no one in attendance was allowed to stand still; either from headbanging or being thrown into the mosh pit. The sold out crowd danced til their bodies couldn’t move any which way.  No one was left disappointed. And that’s the way it should be: Thank you Cannibal Corpse!

When you go to a Cannibal Corpse show, you know what to expect: fast, unforgiving metal in gory detail, dripping with infectious rhythms that no one in attendance was allowed to stand still; either from headbanging or being thrown into the mosh pit. The sold out crowd danced til their bodies couldn’t move any which way.  No one was left disappointed. And that’s the way it should be: Thank you Cannibal Corpse!

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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

You can find Cannibal Corpse online at the following:

http://cannibalcorpse.net
http://www.facebook.com/cannibalcorpse
http://twitter.com/CorpseOfficial
http://www.youtube.com/user/cannibalcorpse
http://www.metalblade.com
http://www.facebook.com/metalbladerecords

To preview and purchase Red Before Black, visit: metalblade.com/cannibalcorpse


JINJER RISES ABOVE THE METAL SCENE: Review, Interview and Photos from Austin, TX Oct 27, 2018

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.

With the recent release of their new single  APE,   JINJER  is a band that takes risks and it’s paying off in abundance. The progressive metal elements are present as well as groove foundation. So if you have been a fan for their past 3 albums, you know what they are capable of. If you are new to  Jinjer , welcome, you’ve come to the right place.

With the recent release of their new single APE, JINJER is a band that takes risks and it’s paying off in abundance. The progressive metal elements are present as well as groove foundation. So if you have been a fan for their past 3 albums, you know what they are capable of. If you are new to Jinjer, welcome, you’ve come to the right place.

Roman’s guitar playing has a swinging rhythm that is impossible not to move to. Eugene’s bass playing is unique in the amounts of variety and technique over the fretboard. Vlad’s drumming is jam packed with precision and smoothness that makes other drummers envious. And Tatiana’s voice is on a whole different level, leaving her contemporaries in the dust. Her ability to transition from clean to growls is unmatched. With her clean singing, Tatiana has a smooth effortless jazz flavor which soothes the soul. Then comes in the growls which are mind blowing in its delivery, deepness and power, punching you right in the gut. I have never witnessed or heard anyone quite like her.

Roman’s guitar playing has a swinging rhythm that is impossible not to move to. Eugene’s bass playing is unique in the amounts of variety and technique over the fretboard. Vlad’s drumming is jam packed with precision and smoothness that makes other drummers envious. And Tatiana’s voice is on a whole different level, leaving her contemporaries in the dust. Her ability to transition from clean to growls is unmatched. With her clean singing, Tatiana has a smooth effortless jazz flavor which soothes the soul. Then comes in the growls which are mind blowing in its delivery, deepness and power, punching you right in the gut. I have never witnessed or heard anyone quite like her.

All of this transitions to their amazing live experience, leaving fans, new and old, jaw dropped. Watching  Jinjer  perform live has to be one of the most memorable concerts in a long time. The whole time I was watching them, I kept thinking, they are the new conquerors of metal. They are the kick in the ass metal has needed for this era. What they are doing with their music is very refreshing. Talking with Eugene and Tatiana gave me insight of what they plan next; and I am very excited by their musicianship, determination and risk taking attitude.

All of this transitions to their amazing live experience, leaving fans, new and old, jaw dropped. Watching Jinjer perform live has to be one of the most memorable concerts in a long time. The whole time I was watching them, I kept thinking, they are the new conquerors of metal. They are the kick in the ass metal has needed for this era. What they are doing with their music is very refreshing. Talking with Eugene and Tatiana gave me insight of what they plan next; and I am very excited by their musicianship, determination and risk taking attitude.

Jinjer  has quickly become one of my favorite bands. So if when they come back through Texas, I know I will make the long tireless drive no matter where it is and so should you.  Find Jinjer online at the following:   http://jinjer-metal.com/    https://www.facebook.com/JinjerOfficial    https://soundcloud.com/jinjermetal    https://www.youtube.com/user/dmitriyoksen   ****Note about the video interview below: SD card got corrupt, but I was able to retrieve most of interview. Below you will also find the complete audio interview****

Jinjer has quickly become one of my favorite bands. So if when they come back through Texas, I know I will make the long tireless drive no matter where it is and so should you.

Find Jinjer online at the following:

http://jinjer-metal.com/

https://www.facebook.com/JinjerOfficial

https://soundcloud.com/jinjermetal

https://www.youtube.com/user/dmitriyoksen

****Note about the video interview below: SD card got corrupt, but I was able to retrieve most of interview. Below you will also find the complete audio interview****

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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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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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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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