Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals Return To Give You Your Metal Medication

September 7, 2018  Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals  showed up in full destructive force at The Rock Box in San Antonio, TX. They are currently on tour, which is actually a rescheduled tour due to Philip having to take some time out for back surgery. I’m glad he has made a speedy recovery. Since I am from Texas, I grew up listening to Philip Anselmo with Pantera and consider them one of the greatest metal bands ever. Every project he has been in can easily stand on its own strength. Each are different and each one can kick your ass. This also applies to The Illegals.  So, once I saw there was going to be a meet and greet for Philip H. Anselmo (& The Illegals), I had to make it. I know some people complain about meet and greets and their prices, but the price for this one was quite affordable and more than worth it.

September 7, 2018 Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals showed up in full destructive force at The Rock Box in San Antonio, TX. They are currently on tour, which is actually a rescheduled tour due to Philip having to take some time out for back surgery. I’m glad he has made a speedy recovery. Since I am from Texas, I grew up listening to Philip Anselmo with Pantera and consider them one of the greatest metal bands ever. Every project he has been in can easily stand on its own strength. Each are different and each one can kick your ass. This also applies to The Illegals. So, once I saw there was going to be a meet and greet for Philip H. Anselmo (& The Illegals), I had to make it. I know some people complain about meet and greets and their prices, but the price for this one was quite affordable and more than worth it.

Of course showing up to the venue wasn’t as easy for me this time around, having to drive two hours just to get to the venue, but it’s nothing that anyone else wouldn’t do to meet their metal icons. The meet and greet experience was pretty surreal; getting to actually talk to, shake hands, get a hug and take some photos was something I will always remember. Getting the chance to tell a member of one your favorite bands of all time of how much their music means to you is treasure in its own right. And having Philip be more than humble, grateful and thankful for what I had to say speaks volumes of the person he is. I have to say, every member of the band is completely down to earth and appreciative of the fans. Having had such a great experience, I know that I will more than happily pay for another meet and greet with these guys.

Of course showing up to the venue wasn’t as easy for me this time around, having to drive two hours just to get to the venue, but it’s nothing that anyone else wouldn’t do to meet their metal icons. The meet and greet experience was pretty surreal; getting to actually talk to, shake hands, get a hug and take some photos was something I will always remember. Getting the chance to tell a member of one your favorite bands of all time of how much their music means to you is treasure in its own right. And having Philip be more than humble, grateful and thankful for what I had to say speaks volumes of the person he is. I have to say, every member of the band is completely down to earth and appreciative of the fans. Having had such a great experience, I know that I will more than happily pay for another meet and greet with these guys.

This was  The Illegals  second show on the tour which you would never know by how precise they were playing each song. Watching guitarist Mike De Leon appear to get possessed as he spun about; Stephen Taylor no BS attitude as he churned out the riffs, Joey “Blue” Gonzalez beat those drums to death and bassist Walter Howard lay down the grooves, all gave vocalist Philip Anselmo the perfect format to destroy your senses.  Opening up with  Little Fucking Heros  grabbed you by the throat and didn’t let up. Rolling through with  Choosing Mental Illness ,  Finger Me ,  Walk Through Exits Only  to name a few, they gave the fans exactly the prescription they needed. Oh, by the way, if you haven’t picked up The Illegals latest album, you are missing out on some amazing music. It’s freaking great!!

This was The Illegals second show on the tour which you would never know by how precise they were playing each song. Watching guitarist Mike De Leon appear to get possessed as he spun about; Stephen Taylor no BS attitude as he churned out the riffs, Joey “Blue” Gonzalez beat those drums to death and bassist Walter Howard lay down the grooves, all gave vocalist Philip Anselmo the perfect format to destroy your senses. Opening up with Little Fucking Heros grabbed you by the throat and didn’t let up. Rolling through with Choosing Mental Illness, Finger Me, Walk Through Exits Only to name a few, they gave the fans exactly the prescription they needed. Oh, by the way, if you haven’t picked up The Illegals latest album, you are missing out on some amazing music. It’s freaking great!!

Just when you thought the show was winding down, the last three songs of the night were Pantera songs! Kicking in with  Hellbound , then to  Death Rattle  was fucking unbelievable! Finishing off with a mix up of  Domination/Hollow  gave the night a perfect close. You could feel the deafening roar of everyone losing themselves and singing in unison to beloved songs, myself included. This has got to be one of my top favorite shows in most recent memory; I just wish I could tag along for the rest of the tour.

Just when you thought the show was winding down, the last three songs of the night were Pantera songs! Kicking in with Hellbound, then to Death Rattle was fucking unbelievable! Finishing off with a mix up of Domination/Hollow gave the night a perfect close. You could feel the deafening roar of everyone losing themselves and singing in unison to beloved songs, myself included. This has got to be one of my top favorite shows in most recent memory; I just wish I could tag along for the rest of the tour.

You can find Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals online at the following and remaining tour dates:   http://www.facebook.com/philipanselmo    http://www.thehousecorerecords.com    http://www.thehousecorestore.com    http://www.facebook.com/housecorerecords    PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS w/ King Parrot:   9/06/2018 Santos - New Orleans, LA [ Tickets ]  9/07/2018 Rock Box - San Antonio, TX [ Tickets ]  9/08/2018 Trees - Dallas, TX [ Tickets ]  9/09/2018 Scout Bar - Houston, TX [ Tickets ]  9/11/2018 Concourse - Knoxville, TN  9/12/2018 The Firmament - Greenville SC [ Tickets ]  9/14/2018 The Capitol Room @ HMAC - Harrisburg, PA [ Tickets ]  9/15/2018 Fete Music Hall - Providence, RI  9/16/2018 Mulcahy's - Wantagh, NY [ Tickets ]  9/18/2018 Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY [ Tickets ]  9/20/2018 Montage Music Hall - Rochester, NY [ Tickets ]  9/21/2018 Piere's - Ft. Wayne, IN [ Tickets ]  9/22/2018 The Blue Note - Harrison, OH  9/23/2018 Diamond's - Louisville, KY [ Tickets ]  9/25/2018 Green Bay Distillery - Green Bay, WI [ Tickets ]  9/27/2018 The Forge - Joliet, IL [ Tickets ]  9/28/2018 Berserker Fest @ The Crofoot - Pontiac, MI  9/29/2018 Pop's - Sauget, IL  9/30/2018 George's Majestic - Fayetteville, AR [ Tickets ]

You can find Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals online at the following and remaining tour dates:

http://www.facebook.com/philipanselmo

http://www.thehousecorerecords.com

http://www.thehousecorestore.com

http://www.facebook.com/housecorerecords

PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS w/ King Parrot:

9/06/2018 Santos - New Orleans, LA [Tickets]

9/07/2018 Rock Box - San Antonio, TX [Tickets]

9/08/2018 Trees - Dallas, TX [Tickets]

9/09/2018 Scout Bar - Houston, TX [Tickets]

9/11/2018 Concourse - Knoxville, TN

9/12/2018 The Firmament - Greenville SC [Tickets]

9/14/2018 The Capitol Room @ HMAC - Harrisburg, PA [Tickets]

9/15/2018 Fete Music Hall - Providence, RI

9/16/2018 Mulcahy's - Wantagh, NY [Tickets]

9/18/2018 Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY [Tickets]

9/20/2018 Montage Music Hall - Rochester, NY [Tickets]

9/21/2018 Piere's - Ft. Wayne, IN [Tickets]

9/22/2018 The Blue Note - Harrison, OH

9/23/2018 Diamond's - Louisville, KY [Tickets]

9/25/2018 Green Bay Distillery - Green Bay, WI [Tickets]

9/27/2018 The Forge - Joliet, IL [Tickets]

9/28/2018 Berserker Fest @ The Crofoot - Pontiac, MI

9/29/2018 Pop's - Sauget, IL

9/30/2018 George's Majestic - Fayetteville, AR [Tickets]

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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Periphery at Alamo City Music Hall Nov 17, 2017 The Convergence Tour

Periphery have dominated the djent movement since their initial release.  Their latest release "Periphery III: Select Difficulty" solidifies that statement.  Watching them perform songs through their entire catalog made me giddy with joy and excitement.  This was also evident with the crowd singing along to all their songs.  From the playfulness displayed by all of its members to the crushing sound generated by these amazing musicians,  Periphery continue to lead the way for the Djent genre without question.  And its in capable, complex hands that will continue to see it grow in uncharted territory. 

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Animals As Leaders at Alamo City Music Hall San Antonio, TX Nov 17, 2017

There's no denying, Tosin Abasi is hands down a phenomenal guitar player.  Watching him play live was such a guitar nerds buffet filled with notes, melody and wizardry.  Backup by equally amazing musicians, Javier Reyes (guitar) and Matt Garstka (drums), Animals As Leaders are at the forefront of new wave of unparalleled gifted musicians paving new roads of uncharted territory.  Each new album release sees them pushing the boundaries of what can be accomplished with instrumental metal.  So, to watch them live, was truly a rewarding experience.

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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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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!

Ded Performing at Rockit's Bar in Corpus Christi TX May 31, 2017 @weareded

Ded are fast rising metal performers that are putting in the work to ensure their success.  Each one of the members are down to earth and great guys to talk/hang out with.  If you can, catch them as soon as possible. 

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!

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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