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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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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Five Finger Death Punch at Concrete Street May 17, 2017 @FFDP @concretestreet

A special night for fans- Ivan Moody's return to the stage in the US (after a 6 month absence) with FFDP was more than a welcomed!  At one point, Phil Labonte joined along for the song 'Wash It All Away'. A triumphant return for sure!

All That Remains at Concrete Street May 17, 2017 @atrhq @concretestreet

All That Remains brought their metal style to Corpus Christi, TX in full force! 

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!

Chelsea Grin at House of Rock Corpus Christi, TX @chelseagrinuk @houseorock April 23 2017

Chelsea Grin brought their sound of Deathcore to House of Rock this April 23, 2017 and the crowd responded by going ballistic.  Slamming, moshing, jumping, shouting and sweating in concert.  After a Chelsea Grin show, you are left speechless and worn out.  Good times!

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.