Sons of Texas – Forged by Fortitude

Melding differing types of rock and metal together are American metalheads Sons of Texas. Formed in 2013 from, as their name suggests, the lone star state SOT are vocalist Mark Morales, drummer Mike Villareal, bassist Nick Villareal, and on guitar Jon Olivarez and Jes De Hoyos. Their new album Forged by Fortitude, coming two years after their début Baptized in the Rio Grande (both Razor & Tie/Spinefarm), is a continuation of their radio-friendly hybrid of rock and metal. Continue reading

Video: All That Remains – Victory Lap


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All That Remains have released a new music video for their single ‘Victory Lap’. You can watch the clip at this link or below.

 


The band recently announced the departure of long-time bassist/vocalist Jeanne Sagan and named her replacement, Aaron “Bubble” Patrick (ex-Devildriver). Kicking off a tour tonight with Devour The Day, Audiotopsy, and Sons Of Texas, the band is on the road supporting their album The Order of Things (Razor & Tie) released earlier in 2015.

 

All That Remains tour dates, with Devour The Day, Audiotopsy, and Sons Of Texas

Dec 08: Masquerade – Atlanta, GA

Dec. 09: The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC

Dec 11: Asylum – Portland, ME

Dec 12: Webster Theater – Hartford, CT

Dec 13: Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD

Dec 14: Gramercy Theater – New York, NY

Dec 16: Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA

Dec 17: Machine Shop – Flint, MI

Dec 18: Mr. Smalls – Millvale, PA

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Sons of Texas – Baptized In The Rio Grande

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Predictability is as underrated as a comfy old of pair of trainers for moochin’ around in, and if we were gambling peeps round Ghost Cult Towers even before picking up Sons Of Texas début Baptized In The Rio Grande we’d have had some pretty strong suspicions as to whether or not it would carry the expected Southern flavours of the Lone Star State.

And a seam of a Southern groove does indeed hit the back of the throat as strong as a slug of straight-up Bourbon from the outset, and is the underlying theme of each of the eleven songs. The initial impression is that Sons of Texas are a Face Off mixture of Down and Black Stone Cherry with Zakk Wylde picking up the tab, particularly on the opening and title tracks. Mark Morales manages to incorporate elements of both Anselmo and Chris Robertson to his delivery representing the band by mixing aggression where it’s needed (but without spilling over and losing the melody) with some quality choruses and hooks, in particular when things kick back during ‘Breathing Through My Wounds’ and ‘September’, two powerful, rocky balladic reflective moments that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Stone Sour album

Elsewhere there are touches of Disturbed or Shinedown, and ‘The Vestryman’ has NOLA (Elektra) etched into its’ spine, but these are mentioned more as pointers of where the band sit sound-wise and stylistically.  Clearly receiving the backing of Razor & Tie, Josh Wilbur (Lamb of God, All That Remains) is behind the production desk, bringing forth a full, thick and expertly balanced sound, it isn’t long before you embrace the appealing, honest enjoyability of Sons of Texas and accept Baptized In The Rio Grande in its’ own right as fine, Southern, hard rock album imbued with a song-writing maturity beyond the years of the contributing members all while retaining the requisite youthful energy to put the songs over.

You can rest assured, predictability isn’t the only thing that is welcome – giving people the big, stompin’ rock songs that put a grin on the face and an involuntary bob in the neck are too, and Sons of Texas have those in spades.

 

7.0/10

 

STEVE TOVEY

 

Rocklahoma Announces Performance Times

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Rocklahoma has announced performance times for each day of the event, happening May 22, 23 and 24, 2015 at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK. Go here for more information.

Thursday, May 21

AXiS Stage presented by D&B Processing
6:00 PM: ANU
6:50 PM: Skytown
7:40 PM: Fight the Fade
8:30 PM: Framing the Red
9:20 PM: Dirty Crush
10:10 PM: Swampfox
11:00 PM: Well Hung Heart
11:50 PM: We The Ghost
12:40 AM: Severmind
1:30 AM: DRYVR

Friday, May 22 (Doors open at 3:00 PM.)

Bud Light Main Stage
3:45 PM: We Are Harlot
4:55 PM: Apocalyptica
6:05 PM: In This Moment
7:25 PM: Papa Roach
8:50 PM: Slayer
10:40 PM: Godsmack

Hard Rock Hotel Stage
3:15 PM: Like A Storm
4:20 PM: Upon A Burning Body
5:30 PM: Butcher Babies
6:50 PM: Young Guns
8:15 PM: Nonpoint
9:55 PM: Ministry
12:00 AM: Wayland

Jägermeister Stage powered by
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3:30 PM: Mycah
4:35 PM: Ruff Justice
5:45 PM: Lola Black
7:05 PM: Ragdoll
8:30 PM: Lynam
10:10 PM: Dead Metal Society
12:00 AM: ASKA
12:35 AM: Warlock Texas
1:15 AM: Ivy Stone

AXiS Stage presented by D&B Processing

Noon Zero 2 Panic
12:50 PM: Kirra
1:40 PM: Sovereign Dame
2:30 PM: Even the Dogs
3:20 PM: Kingshifter
11:30 PM: Vilifi
12:20 AM: NICNOS
1:10 AM: DREK

Saturday, May 23 (Doors open at 3:00 PM.)

Bud Light Main Stage
3:30 PM: Candlebox
4:45 PM: The Pretty Reckless
6:05 PM: Anthrax
7:25 PM: Halestorm
8:50 PM: Volbeat
10:40 PM: Linkin Park

Hard Rock Hotel Stage
3:05 PM: Sons of Texas
4:10 PM: Crobot
5:30 PM: Starset
6:50 PM: Periphery
8:15 PM: In Flames
9:55 PM: Scott Weiland and The Wildabouts
12:15 AM: Krash Rover

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3:30 PM: Lamp Shade Betty
4:35 PM: Project Terror
5:45 PM: Black Tora
7:05 PM: Station
8:30 PM: Loveblast
10:10 PM: Firstryke
12:00 AM: Chaotic Resemblance
12:35 AM: Ratchet Dolls
1:15 AM: Mycah

AXiS Stage presented by D&B Processing
12:00 PM: The Jet Set
12:50 PM: Weston and the Outsiders
1:40 PM: The Heroine
2:30 PM: Arson City
3:20 PM: The Chimpz
11:30 PM: Lovebettie
12:20 AM: A Course of Action
1:10 AM: Screaming for Silence

Sunday, May 24 (Doors open at 3:00 PM.)

Bud Light Main Stage
3:50 PM: Aranda
5:00 PM: The Winery Dogs
6:15 PM: Of Mice & Men
7:30 PM: Queensrÿche
8:50 PM: Breaking Benjamin
10:40 PM: Tesla

Hard Rock Hotel Stage
3:20 PM: Dryvr
4:25 PM: Islander
5:40 PM: Otherwise
6:55 PM: Shaman’s Harvest
8:15 PM: Red Dragon Cartel
9:55 PM: Motionless In White
12:00 AM: Nasty Habit

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3:30 PM: Mach22
4:25 PM: Baby Jane
5:40 PM: London’s Dungeon
7:00 PM: Dellacoma
8:25 PM: Stop, Stop!
9:55 PM: Mystery
12:35 AM: Delta Rose
1:15 AM: Dellacoma

AXiS Stage presented by D&B Processing
12:00 PM: Empire Grey
12:50 PM: Stolen Rhodes
1:40 PM: The Dirtboxwailers
2:30 PM: Balkun Brothers
3:20 PM: Robert Jon and the Wreck
11:30 PM: Motortrain
12:00 AM: Diamond Lane
12:20 AM: Mine Enemies Fall

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Carolina Rebellion Announces Artist Performance Times

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Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion has released the band performance times for each day. The event is held at Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC The following is the schedule:

Friday, May 1 — Friday Night Campground Party
(for those with hotel and camping packages)

Jägermeister Stage

7:30 pm: 21st Century Goliath
8:40 PM: Failure Anthem
9:50 PM: Brown Sabbath

Saturday May 2

Monster Energy Rebellion Stage

12:30 PM: We Are Harlot
2:00 PM: Of Mice & Men
4:00 PM: Hollywood Undead
6:10 PM: Papa Roach
7:40 PM: Sammy Hagar & The Circle
9:50 PM: Korn

Monster Energy Carolina Stage
1:00 PM: Nonpoint
2:40 PM: Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts
4:45 PM: Chevelle
6:55 PM: Rise Against
8:45 PM: Marilyn Manson

ReverbNation Stage

11:15 AM: ReverbNation Winner TBA
Noon: Islander
1:30 PM: Stars In Stereo
3:20 PM: Jackyl
5:30 PM: Cheap Trick

Jägermeister Stage

11:15 AM: Lola Black
Noon: Sons Of Texas
1:30 PM: Beartooth
3:30 PM: Periphery
5:40 PM: Motionless In White

Sunday May 3
Doors open at Noon

Monster Energy Carolina Stage

1:30 PM: Young Guns
3:00 PM: In This Moment
4:50 PM: Halestorm
6:20 PM: Slash ft Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators
8:30 PM: Godsmack

Monster Energy Rebellion Stage

2:00 PM: Butcher Babies
3:35 PM: The Pretty Reckless
5:35 PM: Breaking Benjamin
7:25 PM: Slayer
9:35 PM: Slipknot

ReverbNation Stage

12:15 PM: Exodus
1:00 PM: Testament
2:30 PM: Suicidal Tendencies
4:10 PM: Queensrÿche

Jägermeister Stage

12:15 PM: Starset
1:00 PM: Hatebreed
2:30 PM: Tremonti
4:20 PM: In Flames

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Rocklahoma Announces Daily Lineup

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The daily band lineups for Rocklahoma is now available, which will be held the weekend of May 22, 23 and 24 at “Catch The Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK

Thursday, May 21 (Campground Pre-Party)
We The Ghost, Longreef, Well Hung Heart, DRYVR, Severmind, Swampfox, Fight the Fade, Dirty Crush, Skytown, ANU

Friday, May 22
Godsmack, Slayer, Papa Roach, In This Moment, Ministry, Apocolyptica, We Are Harlot, Nonpoint, Young Guns, Butcher Babies, Upon A Burning Body, Like A Storm, Wayland, Ivy Stone, Warlock Texas, ASKA, Dead Metal Society, Lynam, Ragdoll, Lola Black, Ruff Justice, Kingdragon, NICNOS, Vilifi, DREK, Kingshifter, Even the Dogs, Sovereign Dame, Kirra

Saturday, May 23
Linkin Park, Volbeat, Halestorm, Anthrax, The Pretty Reckless, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, Candlebox, In Flames, Periphery, Starset, Crobot, Sons Of Texas, Mycah, Ratchet Dolls, Chaotic Resemblance, Firstryke, Loveblast, Station, Lamp Shade Betty, Project Terror, Lovebettie, A Course of Action, The Chimpz, The Heroine, Screaming for Silence, Summit, Arson City, The Jet Set

Sunday, May 24
Tesla, Breaking Benjamin, Queensrÿche, Of Mice & Men, The Winery Dogs, Motionless In White, Aranda, Jake E. Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel, Shaman’s Harvest, Otherwise, Islander, Nasty Habit, Dellacoma, Diamond Lane, Mystery, Delta Rose, Stop, Stop!, London’s Dungeon, Baby Jane, Mine Enemies Fall, Stolen Rhodes, Robert Jon and the Wreck, Motortrain, Balkun Brothers, The Dirtboxwailers, Empire Grey

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Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville Announce Set Times

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Set times for Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville on April 25 and 26, 2015 at Metropolitan Park in Jacksonville, FL has been released.

Saturday, April 25

Monster Energy Fire Museum Stage
12:30 PM: Stars In Stereo
2:00 PM: Hollywood Undead
3:30 PM: Of Mice & Men
5:15 PM: Halestorm
7:10 PM: Slayer
9:35 PM: Korn

Jack Daniel’s Metropolitan Park Stage
11:45 AM: Like A Storm
1:15 PM: Nonpoint
2:45 PM: Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts
4:15 PM: Queensrÿche
6:15 PM: Ministry
8:20 PM: Marilyn Manson

ReverbNation Stage powered by Hundred Handed
11:55 AM: Red Sun Rising
1:05 PM: Sons Of Texas
2:15 PM: Fozzy
3:25 PM: Exodus
4:55 PM: Testament
6:45 PM: Suicidal Tendencies

Jägermeister Stage
11:20 AM: World Gone
12:30 PM: Sangre
1:40 PM: Upon A Burning Body
2:50 PM: Beartooth
4:10 PM: Periphery
5:50 PM: The Devil Wears Prada

Sunday, April 26

Monster Energy Fire Museum Stage
12:20 PM: We Are Harlot
1:40 PM: Surprise Guest
3:00 PM: In This Moment
4:50 PM: The Pretty Reckless
6:35 PM: Papa Roach
8:40 PM: Slipknot

Jack Daniel’s Metropolitan Park Stage
11:40 AM: ‘68
1:00 PM: Young Guns
2:20 PM: Motionless In White
3:50 PM: Breaking Benjamin
5:40 PM: Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators
7:30 PM: Godsmack

ReverbNation Stage powered by Hundred Handed
11:10 AM: Shattered Sun
12:15 PM: ReverbNation Winner
1:25 PM: Starset
2:35 PM: Butcher Babies
4:05 PM: Hatebreed
6:15 PM: All That Remains

Jägermeister Stage
11:40 AM: From Ashes To New
12:50 PM: Islander
2:00 PM: VAMPS
3:20 PM: Tremonti
5:10 PM: In Flames

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Rocklahoma Issues Updates On Battle Of The Bands and Miss Rocklahoma Contests

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America’s biggest Memorial Day Weekend Party – better known as Rocklahoma, has announced the first national Reverbnation Rocklahoma Battle of the Bands contest, as well as details for the 2015 Miss Rocklahoma comepetition. The event is presented by Bud Light and returns to “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK (45 minutes northeast of Tulsa, OK) for its ninth year on May 22, 23 and 24, 2015.

ReverbNation is hosting the national Rocklahoma Battle Of The Bands contest which will allow one ReverbNation artist the chance to perform at Rocklahoma 2015. For more details and to enter the competition, go here.

Registration for the 2015 Miss Rocklahoma competition begins March 16 here, and continues through April 17, with the top ten entries will be announced on April 22, Fan voting will run from April 22-May 8. Five finalists, named on May 11, will compete on stage at Rocklahoma for the chance to be named Miss Rocklahoma 2015.

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The current band lineup for Rocklahoma 2015 is as follows: Linkin Park, Tesla, Godsmack, Slayer, Volbeat, Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, Halestorm, Queensrÿche, Candlebox, Anthrax, Ministry, The Pretty Reckless, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, Of Mice & Men, In This Moment, Apocalyptica, The Winery Dogs (featuring Billy Sheehan, Mike Portnoy & Richie Kotzen), Motionless In White, In Flames, Aranda, Nonpoint, We Are Harlot, Young Guns, Butcher Babies, Periphery, Jake E. Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel, Starset, Shaman’s Harvest, Upon A Burning Body, Sabaton, Like A Storm, Crobot, Islander, Sons of Texas, Wayland, Gypsy Pistoleros, Nasty Habit, Lynam, Bai Bang, Black Tora, ASKA, Kingdragon, BabyJane, Chaotic Resemblance, Firstryke, Dead Metal Society, Ratchet Dolls, Diamond Lane, Mystery, Ragdoll, Mycah, Delta Rose, Loveblast, Ruff Justice, Warlock Texas, Mach22, Dellacoma, Station, Tempt, Project Terror, London’s Dungeon, Ivy Stone, Lamp Shade Betty, We The Ghost, Well Hung Heart, Nicnos, Even the Dogs, SONS, A Course Of Action, Drek, and Lovebettie, and the festival will be hosted by Eddie Trunk.

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Sons of Texas Streaming “Drag The Blade”

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Sons of Texas are streaming “Drag The Blade,” off their new album Baptized in The Rio Grande, out now via Razor & Tie. The CD was produced by Josh Wilbur (Lamb of God, Hatebreed, All That Remains).

The band was spawned in McAllen, TX, a valley town without the music legacy of Austin or Arlington. The scene vibes “music for music’s sake,” with metalcore bands, blues-rock bands, and straight up rock ‘n’ roll bands swapping members and sharing bills.

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Watch the video for their debut single “Baptized In The Rio Grande” here.