Sunday, December 25, 2011

Eskisi Gibi (Istanbul, Turkey)

The main thing that I wanted to do on my vacation in Turkey was to take pictures, namely of a local band. Luckily, I went to a record store on one of my first days here and met a cool local metal head. I happened to mention that I really wanted to see a show here, and he offered to take my sister and I to a hardcore/punk show the next night. Despite the pouring rain that night, the venue, Dogz Star, was packed. The band, Eskisi Gibi, roughly translated as "like the old days," or "as before," was badass. While definitely a punk band, the music is relatively melodic but with the characteristic harsh, screaming vocals of punk music. I would say that their music is different from a typical American punk band although I'm not sure if that sound is typical of Turkish punk bands or not. Although he is capable of singing in English, the vocalist chooses to sing exclusively in Turkish. The show was awesome and not only because it was in Istanbul. I really enjoyed the music and it was obvious that everyone else at the show did, too. I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to shoot a local Turkish band!



Eskisi Gibi: Kerem Onan (vocals), Ersin Çağlayan (guitars), Cenk Turanlı (bass), Barış Çelenk (drums)


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Monday, December 12, 2011

Mala Suerte and Las Cruces

Friday night I saw yet another awesome show at Red 7. I know I say that every time, but I don't go to the shows of bands I don't like. Mala Suerte went on first and defied their name with a kick ass show. I think they're a little too viscous to be called doom metal, but if you throw stoner/psychedelic metal in the pot, you'd be about right. Eyehategod, among others, has been an obvious influence on their unique, thick sound and gruff vocals. They didn't rush through the songs but certainly didn't have a lack of energy. I enjoyed the music and the whole band's stage presence.

Las Cruces, on the other hand, I wouldn't hesitate to call doom metal. They hail from San Antonio and played the last show of the evening, also on the outside stage. Their heavy bass line and gnarly riffs exemplified the genre while at the same not falling into the same basic mold. Their drummer, Paul De Leon is also their vocalist which is rather unusual but they certainly pulled it off. I can think of a few bands who might be boring without their energetic vocalist, but the same cannot be said about Las Cruces. His clear but ferocious voice boomed out at the audience and was a great accompaniment to his drumming as well as to the rest of the music. The show was fantastic and I don't think anyone could disagree with me.


Mala Suerte: Gary Rosas (vocals), David Guerrero (guitar), Vincent Pina (guitar), Mike Reed (bass), Tony Brownlow (drums)

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Las Cruces: Mando Tovar (lead guitar), George Trevino (rhythm guitar), Jimmy Bell (bass), Paul De Leon (vocals, drums)

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Friday, December 9, 2011

Dethrone and Night Siege

Finally another post! I'm almost done with finals so now it's time to get back to the blog. Wednesday I saw Dethrone and Night Siege at a free show at Emo's. Dethrone is a badass local hardcore band. They took the stage first and caused quite a ruckus in the crowd. Vocalist Wes Beasley jumped around the stage spitting out the lyrics while guitarists Wes Linkenhoger and Jamus Reichelt kept up with their ferocious playing. Bassist Liam Cahill and drummer Jake Alexander knocked out the rhythm section.

Night Siege is another local hardcore band but with a more metal influenced sound. Vocalist Manny Tapia has a gruff, metalish voice which is accompanied well by guitarists Kevin Alexander and Oneal Rodge's lightning fast playing. Their music is definitely hardcore but, with the intense vocals, becomes more of a metal/hardcore fusion. Foster Dansby played some sick bass lines while drummer Elijah Horgen's drumsticks flew around his kit.

The show was a lot of fun, although the brutal pit banged up my knees. But it was totally worth it and the large crowd was obviously having a good time. I can't wait to see both bands again!


Dethrone: Wes Beasley (vocals), Wes Linkenhoger (guitar), Jamus Reichelt (guitar), Liam Cahill (bass), Jake Alexander (drums)

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Night Siege: Manny Tapia (vocals), Kevin Alexander (guitar), Oneal Rodge (guitar), Foster Dansby (bass), Elijah Horgen (drums)

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Blood Royale and Boars

It seems to me that most of the good shows that I've been to lately have been at Red 7 and last night was no different. The Blood Royale and Boars played the outside stage. I've seen them both several times before and I always have a great time at their high energy shows. Both bands play an intense brand of metal that always sounds original and spot on. The lovely gentleman of The Blood Royale always put on a good show and they played a solid set last night. Boars followed suit with their distinct harsh sound. I greatly enjoyed the show and am looking forward to hearing both bands play again. For more info, check out their facebook pages! Sorry for the short post, but finals are coming up and I have to spend most of my time studying (blah). So I'm going to be MIA until around the new year, but after that I'll be back at it!


The Blood Royale: Timmo (vocals, guitar), JT (guitar), Pete (bass), John (drums)

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Boars: Mark Key (vocals, guitar), Max Vinson (vocals, bass), John Paul (drums)

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