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Hysteria – Night Closes In Review

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What’s this?  Another new US metal band?  Don’t we have enough already?  When will the madness end?  The answer is: HOPEFULLY NEVER!  Especially when you have quality acts like Hysteria popping up.

Let’s face facts, Hysteria is not really that new. I mean the band is but the players are not. They are a culmination of the Bay Area’s Hell Fire and Fresno’s Haunt, both bands  are road dogs and shouldn’t be a secret to anyone who even moderately keeps up with American metal bands.

Now on to real business.  Night Closes In is the first release from Hysteria and comes out swinging. Solid straight up metal from the opener to the closer. To be honest, it does sound like a mix of Haunt and Hell Fire, which is a good thing.

I’m on my third listen and I think the album gets stronger as it progresses. with tracks 4-7 taking total control of the over album.  Look Alive, Eyes Open and Death Consumes Me are certainly my favorites but the album has a very good flow to it overall and the closer, Soldiers of Tribulation, is a slow roller and closes the album perfectly. The album is filled with solid memorable riffs and tasty solos, as expected from these two guitarists.

Production on the album is solid, my only complaint would be in the way the vocals were mixed. I really like Jake’s vocals in Hell Fire and they do sound good on this Hysteria album, but I think they ended up with a too many effects/layering/etc on his vocals, almost in a Ripper Owens kind of way. But it’s only a minor drawback for me and live they’ll cut right through everything like he does in Hell Fire. Vocal production on most new releases has been a pet peeve of mine for the last 15 years or so.  Damned digital age! haha.

Make no mistake about Hysteria, though. This album is worth owning and I’ve linked their Bandcamp page above so you can give them a listen yourself and, for now, buy their download. Can’t wait to see them live!

Tracks:

  1. Graveyard
  2. Prophets of the Void
  3. One Year
  4. Night Closing In
  5. Death Consumes Me
  6. Look Alive
  7. Open Eyes
  8. Soldiers of Tribulation

Band:
Jake Nunn-Vocals/Guitar (Hell Fire)
John Tucker-Guitar (Haunt)
Trevor Church-Bass (Haunt)
Mike Smith-Drums (Hell Fire)

hysteria night

Written by The Metal Files

October 29, 2019 at 12:41 pm

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Iron Maiden Concert Review, Mexico City, Mexico, September 29, 2019

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As of this past Sunday I’ve seen Iron Maiden 10 times since the Seventh Son Tour in 1988.  In general, that doesn’t seem like a lot.  I was supposed to see Somewhere on Tour but my grades were shit so I wasn’t able to go.  I’ve also missed a few other opportunities over the years. In the last few weeks I had tickets to see them in Las Vegas and San Antonio but life and work got in the way and I had to sell my tickets. While I made a profit off of them, being at the shows would have been way cooler. It is cool, however that I have seen Iron Maiden in 4 different states (VA, TX, NC and CO) and Sunday night I saw them in another country…FUCKING MEXICO!

Since seeing the Flight 666 documentary, I’ve wanted to see them in a Latin American country. It’s such a different vibe and energy. I was hoping for them to play Bogota Colombia this tour as I have friends down there but no such luck. They are playing some South American shows but I had to “settle” for Mexico City, a place that I am already familiar with and love so much. So let’s just move on to my weekend in DF.

I flew out of San Antonio Saturday morning on Interjet as Southwest no longer flies to Mexico City. It wasn’t a bad flight at all and you get free tequila if you ask for it!  Si por favor! After getting through customs quickly, I took Uber to my favorite record store, Dejalo Ser Records. Elia remembered me from previous visits and I picked up some Japanese pressings. From there I went to a book store that was also a Ticketmaster outlet and picked up my 3 tickets. Originally my quierida amiga Soledad and her boyfriend were supposed to attend with me but work took her out of town at the last minute. I offered them to several other friends but all of them either didn’t want to go or were seeing them on one of the other 2 nights they were playing there. In the end, a friend of a friend bought them from me so that worked out.

After getting my tix, I headed to my hotel to check in a relax for a little bit. I had stayed there previously and was quickly remembered by the staff. “Rockero!” Shortly after, Claudia contacted me and said they were at Bar El Espanol which is right next to El Chopo which was already closed for the day.  I got a ride there and walked up the steps and immediately ran into some friends before seeing Peter and Claudia. Marco handed me a 40oz of Leon, which is the only beer they sell in this bar and the only size. Toma!

I found my other friends, got introduced to a ton of other people, finished my beer then went over to a big ass mall to eat at a restaurant. It was good and I had a couple too many mojitos. Haha.  From there we rode over to the club HDX Circus where Japan’s Metalucifer was playing. I am 0% a fan but knew a lot of friends would be there. We missed Lead Soldier (CdMx) but The Ripper (CdMx) was playing.  They were pretty solid. Up next was Hellmidian (Oaxaca) and I really liked them.  They had an early Helloween vibe to them. I had a couple of beers here after meeting a ton of new people and then a couple of Jack and Cokes.  The placed filled up quickly as the Nefilheim show had ended. I think the club had Metalucifer wait just a bit until that crowd had time to get there from the other show. By the time the second song started, I remembered why I disliked the band so much.  Every song is about heavy metal…heavy metal is my way, heavy metal drill, heavy metal chainsaw, heavy metal bulldozer.  You get the idea. I was also getting pretty tired.  I was a long ass day.  I pulled the Irish Exit and just left without saying goodbye to anyone and got a ride back to my hotel. I did have a great time at the show overall, though. Peter knows everyone and introduced me to everyone. Very cool and always a pleasure to see him. I first met him in Chicago before one of the Ragnarokkr fests. Great guy. Once I got to the hotel, I fell right to sleep.

The next morning wasn’t great.  La Verganza de Moctezuma. It kept me sort of strapped to the hotel until I got things under control. I slept a little more, finally ate something and showered and headed over to the venue. I checked out the 1000s of bootleg merchandise items then met up with Jorge who was to buy my spare tickets.

Upon entry into the venue, I got in the official merch line to try and get a shirt. It was like a rugby scrum in there. It was so packed and shifted around like mad. Felt like the crowd at the 87 Testament show.  Nuts. Unfortunately, I didn’t get what I wanted as they sold out of the Mexico City shirts before I got up there.

Raven Age opened and I completely missed them. I had seen them before.  Not into it.

Then Transylvania started with the Legend of the Beast Game video playing followed immediately by UFO’s Doctor Doctor. The crowd went nuts. I didn’t go deep into the crowd, probably about ¾ the way back stage left side. The sound was pretty awful so I put in my earplugs and it cleaned everything up perfectly. For the first 2 songs, all I saw were camera phones which was a bit annoying but it pretty much dissipated.

Iron Maiden is pretty much on-fucking-fire these days. The energy they have on stage is unmatched. Bruce sounded great. He knows his range and stayed in it. I’ve said this before in Maiden reviews, but Nicko should have his own cam/screen 100% of the show. He’s still the best.  His right foot is insane.

The band has fun on stage in general.  Dave and Adrian are pretty stoic and Gers is Gers. He seemed a little less annoying that night in general.

Definite highlights for me were Revelations, Where Eagles Dare, 2 Minutes To Midnight, Flight of Icarus and The Evil That Men Do. Certainly I could do without many of the songs in the setlist, but it didn’t matter. I was there in the crowd with 25,999 friends in Mexico. So many times it seemed that the crowd just became one, everyone singing along together. The passion down there is way different than in the states. I certainly noticed it when I saw King Billy and Helloween down there.

Per usual, I did walk out to pee when Fear of the Dark was played. I grabbed a double shot of tequila and went back in the crowd and knocked it back during The Number of the Beast.

It was quite different being in that crowd alone. I had a few friends there but only saw one of them briefly before the show. But even with no friends next to me, I was amongst all friends.

Overall the show was awesome, probably in the top 5 Maiden shows I’ve ever seen.

UP THE IRONS!

On the way out I did grab a bootleg shirt and waited for Uber to pick me up. At the bus stand I waited at, there were a few cops muddling around. One of them asked me, “Como te fue?” Divertido senor! As I waited for the car, this guy came up to me and said in Spanish, “Sir, can you help me? Don’t worry, I won’t do anything with all of these police standing here.” I said that I wasn’t worried with or without them. He showed me a piece of paper that basically said he needed some gas money. I thought it was odd that he didn’t just ask for it directly. I responded in Spanish that I couldn’t help him and this is where it got funny. He says, “I’m a Christian, you must help me.” I laughed and said “No creo en nadie!”  His eyes got really big and he actually ran off.  Weird. I guess my heresy scared him off.

My Uber driver was super cool. He was seeing Maiden the next night and asked me about the show. Then when he saw where I asked him to take me, La Casa de Tono restaurant, he said, “Buena eleccion!” or good choice!

I was super hungry by that point and got pozole, a pibil taco, a tinga quesadilla (different than quesadillas in the USA) and a michelada preparada. All of it was fucking delicious and less than $8.  WHAT?!?!?!  Love that place.

I walked back to my hotel, about 3-4 blocks from Tono’s and got a mescal at the bar. It was a higher end one and cost more than my whole meal but so worth it.  Smooth, smoky, and with the naranja y sal de gusano (orange with worm salt), it was the perfect nightcap to a wonderful night.

The next morning I slept in a little.  I didn’t sleep that well overall for whatever reason. After showering and packing I just went ahead and checked out since I missed the hotel breakfast. I went around the corner to the 7-11 and got a red bull and some galletas and hopped in a car to hit some record stores. I hit Retroactivo, Roma Records and a place called Music En Vinyl which was on the walk between the  last 2 stores. Not sure how I missed it before but it was a cool place and I picked up a few LPs. After the record stores, I was feeling wiped out so I just went to the airport and chilled out at a bar. The flight back was smooth as was my drive back to Austin from San Antonio.

As always, it was a great time in Mexico City. I truly love it down there and am already looking forward to another trip with less of an agenda to see and do more stuff.

Orale!

Iron Maiden Setlist Palacio de los Deportes, Mexico City, Mexico 2019, Legacy of the Beast

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October 2, 2019 at 3:34 pm

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Tanith – In Another Time Album Review 10/10

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Tanith hit “the scene” in early 2018 with the release of their Citadel EP and unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that the band is co-fronted by one of Satan’s axemen, Russ Tippins and his girlfriend Cindy Maynard on bass and rounded out with Charles Newton on guitars and Keith Robinson on drums.

One of Tanith’s main principles in recording is that everything has to be done analog and it comes across clearly in their debut full length In Another Time released just recently on Metal Blade Records. While I’ve had the digital *gasp* files for a while, listening to the vinyl pressing this week on my 70s Pioneer turntable and receiver just sets me right. The recording is so warm and natural.  The 70s vibe is certainly there and they certainly reached their goal in the sound of the record.

The album has 9 tracks total, all of which I’ve been fortunate enough to have seen live on a couple of occasions.  The album is really special in that it’s not a metal record at all, but a melodic piece of art that just about any fan of hard rock can enjoy.  The ongoing comparisons to Uriah Heep, Wishbone Ash and maybe a little early Thin Lizzy are legit but they have their thing going for them.  The best part is that none of this sounds contrived.  It’s one issue I have with a lot of the New Wave of Traditional Metal bands is that many try to hard to sound like they were from the 80s and it just ends up sounding like cheese. Again, Tanith isn’t a metal band, but their 70s rock sound and lyrics don’t sound like they were trying hard to fit that era.  It all sounds very natural.

Cindy and Russ’ vocals work together perfectly on this record and I love the mix overall.  Russ and Charles’ guitars circle around each other perfectly throughout the record.  Keith and Cindy’s rhythm section is spot on and natural.  Nothing is left out, meaning all instruments and vocals sound up front and clear and it’s quite refreshing. Their musical style lends to that as well.

I have no problem giving this 10/10 and it’s certainly one of the top releases of 2019. Top 3 tracks for me are Wing of the Owl, Cassini’s Deadly Plunge and Dionysus. Citadel and Eleven Years are the same recordings from the EP, but mixed a bit differently (I think?).  I also love those songs.  Let’s face it, I love the whole damned thing and can’t wait to see them live again.  Maybe one day they’ll add the song The Rock Stands Tall to an upcoming release.  While it was originally an early never-recorded Satan song, it fit their sound perfectly.

Listen for yourself.  DO IT.

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June 4, 2019 at 9:44 am

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Keep It True XXII Concert Review, Lauda Königshofen, Germany, April 26-27, 2019

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Before last week I had never been to Europe. Just around the USA, Mexico City and Puerto Rico. I’m 49 and after this whole trip, I slightly regret not having traveled overseas before. But now I have the bug.

Let’s talk metal now.

The Keep It True festival has been on my radar for many years because they always book the best of the classic metal and up and coming true metal bands. This year in particular made it a no-brainer to attend because 1) I helped get one of my all time favorite bands get booked SACRED RITE and 2) my good friends in the TEXAS METAL LEGION also got booked. I’m sort of their manager? I’ve never had to do anything for them but whatever.

Let’s begin at the beginning. I left Austin April 24 to connect in Detroit for my flight to Frankfurt. As we were about to pull out of the gate in Detroit the pilot announced that there was a valve problem in one of the engines. We had to de-board the plane and it seemed that the flight was going to get canceled. Luckily they had a spare plane nearby and we finally left about 4 hours late. The flight over was pretty easy. I didn’t really sleep much. Even with an upgraded comfort seat, I never got fully relaxed.

April 25. Marco, one of my best friends, met me at the Frankfurt airport. He’s been living in Germany for the last few years. I booked all of our flights/hotels and he managed the ground transportation. I was pretty tired when I got there. My friend Nicole who also lives in Austin was on that flight as well as Megan from Detroit. Once we got through customs, we connected with Marco who greeted me with a hug and a German beer (Prost!) and got on our series of trains down to the town we were staying in near the festival called Bad Mergentheim. Quaint little town that apparently has a lot of spas. We were all pretty hungry so we walked around and found a nice little German food restaurant and I got a damn good wiener schnitzel. And of course more German beer, which happens to be my favorite. We were all pretty tired but made our way up to the pre-party two towns north thanks to a free ride there from the event organizer, Ollie. Great guy that I’ve been getting to know in recent years through other fests. We hung there for a bit then got a can ride back to our town by a crazy driver named Eddie. He yelled at everyone that was going too slow. It was awesome. After getting back to the room, we crashed out pretty hard.

April 26. Got up, jet lagged, and grabbed some breakfast in the hotel. A quick shower later we walked to the train station and hopped it up to the next stop near the venue. We just followed the sea of black shirts until we got to the venue, Tauberfrankenhalle. I’d only seen it in pictures and vids from previous fests. The line to get in was pretty long but we got in, grabbed another beer and I went out to the merch tent. Holy fuck. I spend a lot of money on records and could have easily dropped $1000 in there pretty quickly but I didn’t want to hassle with shipping it or carrying it to our next destination, Dublin. So I bought none. NONE!

Thankfully, my dear friend Kiri upgraded our wristbands which gave us a place to sit and watch bands out of the crowd. Shortly after I ran into Jason McMaster from the Texas Metal Legion who upgraded us to all access. Sweet. Now we could go backstage and have a nice bathroom to use as needed.

I’ll go through the bands now…

Sabire opened up and I wasn’t familiar with them at all. They didn’t really catch my ear but the crowd loved them and I saw a lot of people carrying their merch around.

Traveler was up next and features my buddy JP on vocals. He’s also in Gatekeeper (CA) and did some time in Borrowed Time. Great guy. The band was stellar all the way around. Definitely the NWOTHM sound that I dig.

Texas legends Juggernaut were up and laid down a solid set of classics. They sounded great and I was excited to finally see them play a full set. The crowd was into it and the band was having a blast.

Cities hit the stage and just laid it down. The singer sounded great as did the band who I believe were all last minute replacements. I couldn’t have been more pleased in their set and performance.

Japan’s Anthem was up next and I’ve always liked their first 3-4 albums. Somehow I only caught their last song. They sounded great and I wish I had seen more. Everyone raved about them.

Around this time I got word that. Candlemass canceled. They were to be the day 2 headliner. We kept it to ourselves. Swedish airlines went on strike and all flights were negated.

Agent Steel was up next. Or were they? Singer John Cyriis has the reputation of being difficult to work with, which sucks for a band that never made it that big. But I am a huge fan of his era of the band. The whole band was there ready to go on but no John. Apparently he was just being a princess asshole and decided to show up an hour late. When they did hit the stage, they delivered a solid 6 song set and his voice sounded pretty good. The crowd was getting restless before their set and started chanting “Aria! Aria!” That was pretty funny and well-deserved. I nicknamed them Delaygent Steel. Candlemass also got nicknamed by someone else as Cancelmass.

Russian metal legends Aria were next and delivered a solid set. I’m only a moderate fan so I just hung out for a few songs. They had a huge fan base there.

The headline act was a tribute to Mark “the shark” Shelton of Manilla Road who passed away suddenly last year. The band consisted of previous members and also Leif from Cancelmass, Jarvis from Night Demon, Jake from Visigoth and others. It was a touching tribute of 20 plus songs. Mark’s mom and other family members were on hand as well, which was great.

We didn’t stay for the entire set. I was still pretty wiped out so we snagged a cab. It was Eddie again! Weird coincidence. Marco and I hit the hotel bar for another round then off to bed.

April 26. It was a little harder getting up this time. After standing around most of the day, my feet and legs were not happy. We lounged around too long to get breakfast and ended up getting a cab to the venue. I needed to see the early bands. I downed a sugar free Red Bull and felt a lot better. On to the bands.

Idle Hands is a newer band from Portland that has a couple of ex-Spellcaster members in it. I’ve lied then since hearing their first ep. They have a nice combination of vocals, lyrical content, open riffs and a darkness/sadness around them to make them really click with me. Hard to explain. They were awesome and will do well down the road.

My friends in Sacred Rite came on next. I’m obviously a huge fan and was excited to get them on the bill. Having not played out in forever, last year’s small show in Phoenix notwithstanding, I didn’t know how well received they were going to be. All doubts got erased quickly. They used a replacement bassist as Pete couldn’t make the trip. Both he and the drummer did just fine. They were well-rehearsed and the crowd loved them. I was up front with some crazy SR fans from Holland. Super cool guys. Sacred Rite were awesome.

Witherfall was next. I heard a little of the beginning and end of their set. Not my thing although the singer channels the voice of Midnight from Crimson Glory pretty well.

Solstice (UK) was next and I only saw one or two songs. Again, not my thing but they were tight and the crowd loved them. Hung out with the replacement singer and the bassist afterwards and they were good dudes.

Now it was time for the Texas Metal Legion (aka South Texas Legion). I found a spot up front to see my boys. Holy shit they tore it up. They played songs from Militia, Karion, SA Slayer and most importantly for me, two Watchtower songs. This was my first time seeing McMaster perform any of those classics and it was made even better with such a badass backing band. They closed the set out with Breaker by Accept and had flags representing Texas, Germany and the Texas Metal Legion. Harlan from Juggernaut joined them for the finale. The set was perfect and the crowd was going nuts.

Midnight came on next and ran through their set with terrifying ease. As always the crowd was going crazy and singer/bassist Athenar had the crowd throw cups at the stage. It was fun.

Culprit was up and I always felt they should have been bigger. They only did one album back in the day and it’s damned good. The lineup at KIT only featured one original member, the bassist. I thought they sounded great but talking to them backstage, they weren’t pleased. Oh well.

This was my third time seeing Vicious Rumors in the last year or so so I wasn’t that excited to see them. For this show, they had original singer Carl Albert’s son on vocals. The kid had the gift like his dad. Sounded great.

Hail Satan. I don’t tire of this band. I’d see them every week if I could. They hit the stage and delivered a solid set. Not much hang time with them as they basically did a fly in/fly out show. But it was great to get a few drinks with Brian and the gang. Hail Satan. They really are the best dudes out there.

French band Sortilege was on next. I checked out a little bit of their set but was never a huge fan. They were solid as expected.

Marco and I left before the end of their set and hit a kebap place for another drink. It was our waitresses’ birthday and she did a shot with us. “I’m not supposed to drink while working, but fuck it, it’s my birthday! Prost! Danke!”

Back to the hotel bar, one more beer and off to bed.

KIT was a pretty incredible experience for me. It was great seeing friends from around the world, meeting new folks and seeing a lineup of killer bands. Again I can’t thank Ollie, Kiri, Texas Metal Legion, Sacred Rite and Satan enough for their hospitality and friendship.

Next year’s lineup is already shaping up to be a killer with Loudness, Visigoth and Friday/Saturday headlining sets from Cirith Ungol!

After KIT we headed to Dublin for a few days then to Berlin, but those trips are for another day.

Setlists here.

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May 3, 2019 at 1:44 am

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Paula Abdul Concert Review, Las Vegas, NV, November 10, 2018

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To say I love Paula Abdul would be an understatement.  I finally met her last year and when the opportunity arose this year, I jumped on it!

Paula announced her Straight Up Paula tour a few months back and the most convenient show with a meet and greet was in Las Vegas, a place I had never been but seemed like as good of a place as any to go, especially with my frequent poker playing.  What could go wrong?  The answer to that is NOTHING.  Nothing went wrong.

I bought the VIP meet and greet passes and invited my Sarah Kay to come along.  I know her from Austin but she and her husband live in Vegas now.  She’s a good friend and the perfect person to take to the show with me.

I arrived in Vegas Friday night around 10PM, got checked in and Sarah Kay and her husband Mark met me at the Hard Rock for some dinner and drinks and we just hung out for a bit.  Then we went over to The Double Down.  Cool punk bar but the cigarette smoke was horrible, so we left and they dropped me off at my hotel.

The following morning I started going around to some record stores but didn’t really find anything.  Ended up meeting up with my San Antonio friend Gordon who was in town with his wife and they were doing some record shopping.  Competition!  haha.  He didn’t find much on this trip either.  Sarah and Mark picked me up and we went back to their place for a bit to chill before the show.  We had to be at the meet and greet by 430 and the hotel/casino (Red Rock) was up near their condo.  We then went to Red Rock, grabbed a quick meal and checked in with Paula’s on site VIP host.  We got our swag bags and such and got with our group of ten folks.  We all had the “Ultimate” passes so we got to watch soundcheck before getting to meet and talk with her.  As they sat us down, Promise of a New Day kicked in and we were all just watching the stage and then out of the corner of my eye, there’s Paula standing right in front of us greeting everyone with her hand as she was singing.  I was taken by surprise and almost lost it.  haha.  There she was.  So pretty, perfect and oh so tiny.  She then went to the stage and they ran through Crazy Cool.  Immediately after we were lined up for the autograph and photo ops.

I purposely put myself at the end of the group of ten people. When it was my turn to meet her, I showed her my arm and it went something like this.
“We met in Austin last year.”  She gave me a hug a huge smile and said, “oh my god, you really did get that tattooed!?”  I asked if she’d add to it and she replied, “what should I write?” I told her to write whatever she wants and she went to work on my arm.  “You’re awesome,” she said. She wrote, I’m Always & “Forever Your Girl”.  Don’t mind the big guy who just died in front of her, that was me.  I told her to call me when she gets to San Antonio and we could do dinner since there’s no meet and greet for that show. With her sly pirate smile she just said, “I’ll see what I can do.” Even though it’ll never happen, I’m glad she played along.

She was incredibly sweet and I’m still in awe of just being able to see her, say hello, have her remember me and to have gotten some sweet hugs!  Immediately after, Sarah and I went to a tattoo shop to get the work done.  We had 2+ hours until the show started.  We got back with about 30 minutes to spare, grabbed a drink and went to our seats…front row center, of course.  We were talking to the others in our row who were asking if I had gotten the tattoo and I showed them.  Good fun all around.  Then the lights went down…

There was a short overture video playing and she opened up with The Way that You Love Me then into Knocked Out.  Throughout the set, which was similar to last year’s with a few additions, she changed costumes a lot, had some videos run while she talked about her history and such.  Obviously she lip sync’d in the songs where she was dancing a lot (most of them), but some of the slower numbers she was singing.  She can still move incredibly well and obviously trusts her dancers as they were throwing her around and she even close the show jumping off of a ladder into their arms.

Suffice to say she looked incredibly gorgeous up there and a couple of times she made eye contact with me and gave a little smile.  Dead again!  haha.  It was a fun show all around.  Afterwards we bounced down to the casino area.  I wanted to get into a poker game and Sarah had her husband and his brother on the way.  I jumped into a cash game for a $200 buy-in and an hour or so later I walked away with about $430.  Not too shabby.  It was the night of the queens for me…Paula and the queens that kept me winning hands at the poker table!  My first and last hands at the table were pocket queens.  It all seemed like it was meant to be.  We played some keno after and Mark was hitting pretty well and knew when to walk away.  We went back to their condo and I got a ride back to my hotel from there.  I was pretty wiped out.  I grabbed a slice of pizza at the hotel and went to my room.  Elated and worn out all the same.

The next morning I got up after getting some good sleep, packed, showered and checked out.  Still had some time to kill so I got on the video roulette machine, dropped in $100 and walked away with $205.  In Vegas, I am a winner.  Everywhere else, not so much.  haha

I’m still undecided on the San Antonio show.  We’ll see.

Already looking forward to another tour!

See the setlist here.

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November 13, 2018 at 1:55 pm

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Arsis (Bloodletting North America Tour XII) Concert Review, Austin, TX, October 17, 2018

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Last night marked probably the 15th time I’ve seen Arsis since their early days back in Virginia where I first became pals with mainman James Malone and the band.  I’m impressed more and more by the band every time I see them.

When the Bloodletting Tour got announced I was super stoked as Arsis doesn’t tour that often.  There were no other bands on the bill I cared about but that wasn’t going to keep me from going.  Generally I’m not into any of the bands they tour with.  haha.

Decrepit Birth was to be the headliner but apparently their singer broke his leg when stagediving and no one caught him.  So at least for the next few shows, Arsis is taking that spot.

It was an early show and upon arrival to the venue, I could already see that it would be grossly under-attended.  Unfortunate.  I met up with James and Noah from Arsis and caught up with them for a bit before they prepped for their set.  Pyrexia was just going on and Internal Bleeding followed right behind them.  I’ll just say that I’m not into that east coast NYHC bro metal stuff.  0%.

By the time Arsis went on, which was right around 9-915PM, the already small crowd had thinned out quite a bit but they still came out and played a killer set, opening the set with a Tricking the Gods from their upcoming LP Visitant which will be released November 2.  Too bad they’re touring without it in hand.  They also played Hell Sworn from the new LP.    Most of the set, however, weighed heavily from 2004’s Celebration of Guilt, which is an awesome album.  James kindly dedicated Seven Whispers Fell Silent to me whilst mentioning how far we go back.  That was pretty sweet.

Their full set consisted of 11 tracks and left the crowd and me wanting more, especially since it was still so early.  But their stuff is pretty intricate and intensive, so I get it.  A friend I met 2 weeks ago at the Satan show at The Whisky was in town for a conference and she showed up, too. So that was cool.

Long live Arsis and I can’t wait to get the latest album in hand!

Setlist.

 

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October 18, 2018 at 9:18 am

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Vicious Rumors and Cloven Hoof Concert Review, Austin, TX, October 15, 2018

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For the second time in a week I got to watch Vicious Rumors play my favorite album of theirs, Digital Dictator.  They’re on a 40+ date tour for the 30th anniversary of that album.  After rolling through the LP tracks with precision, we got a few extra tracks from the other Carl Albert era albums.  The band sounded great, but sadly the crowd was weak.  20 people?  Maybe 30 at its peak?  That sucks.  No matter, I stayed up front and the band was great.  I bought a tour shirt and an original still sealed copy of Digital Dictator.  Some great friends were there which made it even better.

NWOBHM veteran band Cloven Hoof was direct support.  The band only features one original member, the bassist.  I was never a fan then or now.  I watched the first three songs and waited outside and hung with some friends.  They were solid, but they just don’t connect with me.

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Written by The Metal Files

October 15, 2018 at 7:21 pm

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