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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.