REVIEW, Metalachi at Trees Dallas 09/10/2013

I drove down to Deep Ellum last evening to see the FIRST and ONLY Metal Mariachi Band on the planet. After having seen a few of the online videos from previous shows I knew I was in for a good show. I WAS WRONG! It was a fucking AWESOME show that I had no idea of it’s kind even existed.

I, as always, arrived early and before I could even get close to the door was greeted by one of the members of the band who had recognized me and came to introduce himself to me. I had gotten there while Metalachi was doing their sound check and could hear the sounds flowing to the outside as clear as day. We spoke for several moments and I moved on to just take a look around outside before the doors opened.

The opening band “ARM THA HOMELESS”: A tribute to Rage Against The Machine, played a strong set that was very well put together and quite the show to boot.

After a short intermission for stage reset, Metalachi made their way to the stage for what I will describe as a spectacle of wonder and amazement, one that seemed to be prescribed just for me at the time. These Mariachi made that which is truly Mexican in culture, to cross lines into what is coarsely known as Heavy Metal, seem like it was something that had been around since the beginning of time.  The lights were, as always, pristine at Trees Dallas and the ease at which the audience became involved in this amazing show was nothing less than incredible. I found myself screaming out the lyrics of such metal tunes as “Crazy Train” and “Rainbow In the Dark” just as every soul around me was doing as well.

After a short intermission there was a complete wardrobe change that was..WELL, let’s just say it left nothing to the imagination. I will leave the surprise intact for YOU so that you can see it for yourself when YOU go to a venue near you and see Metalachi perform live. During this part of the show the band invited an unsuspecting young lady to the stage to be a part of the show or actually to become THE SHOW. I will also leave that for you to see live, I wouldn’t want to be a spoiler for you. I will say this..”It was “Raining Blood” for the closure.

I will add that if Metalachi comes anywhere within a few hundred miles of your home and you don’t make the trip to see them you are missing what I will say was the absolute best entertainment I have witnessed in many years, ALL INCLUSIVE. I will make an attempt to see this band, Metalachi, every time they are near enough for me to make the show.

Get up, get out, and for fuck sake go see Metalachi as soon as you can at a live venue near you.














Metalachi! Trees, Dallas 9/10/13

storyof1On a hot summer night in Veracruz Mexico circa 1982, Consuela Espinoza stumbled out of her dilapidated shanty and into Rock N Roll history. What began as an innocent night of snorting horse tranquilzers in a hotel room with seven members of the village jai alai team went on to produce the greatest metal band to ever live. Unhampered by a steady regime of tequila and ill advised sumo lessons, nine months later five bastard children where born. Unable to care for her hungry offspring and concerned that motherhood would seriously interfere with her Tuesday night Karaoke league, Consuela hastily packed the babies into the saddlebags of a burro and sent her children off to America in search of a better life. Against all odds, 14 years later, and nearly dead from dehydration, the burro knelt down to drink from the stagnant waters of the Rio Grande just ouside of Juarez Mexico –mere yards from the U.S. border. With one fleeting burst of energy the brothers Espinoza cinco climbed from their leather restraints and scampered the vast reach of the river, collapsing onto the sweet amber hue of American soil. As if by destiny, lodged in the sand beneath their tanned faces was a record sleeve upon which were the words “PARANOID” and “BLACK SABBATH”. For many years to follow, this definitive black metal album served not only as a teacher and a mentor..but also as a friend. From these bleak and humble begins grew the seed that would eventually be the band we know today. Often referred to as the greatest heavy metal band to ever live..always referred to as…METALACHI.


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REVIEW..Texas Hippie Coalition at Trees, Dallas 17th August 2013

There was much activity surrounding the musical venue, Trees. The day was filled with the sweet thunder of a couple hundred Harley’s and other assorted motorcycles as it was a day set aside for the “Ride For Dime” annual event whose Proceeds go to The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. The ride went “kickstands up” leaving from  Longhorn Harley Davidson at 5:00 PM in Arlington, Texas and ended up an hour later at Trees in Deep Ellum.

~~~~~~~The Show~~~~~~~

This will not be the usual review of a metal show YOU the reader might be used to. I hope you are as entertained by it as I was in writing it.

I could not see all to well from my location, the sound was muffled where I was standing, and there wasn’t much of a pit..ON THE SIDEWALK outside the club, because the PR lady from the record label screwed the pooch and didn’t add my name to the list as she said she would in our previous conversations. The End.


Texas Hippie Coalition at Trees in Dallas 8/17

ImageThere are two paths you can take in life. You can choose to fall in line and be a follower, always fifth or sixth back, lagging behind others. Or you can make your own line and live as you choose, with everyone else landing behind you, while you create your own thing. Want to guess which line Texas Hippie Coalition have chosen?

That’s right. The purveyors of their own patented Red Dirt Metal sound are designing their own line in life and in music. For them, there is no other way.


Texas Hippie Coalition are committed to crafting a unique, original and thoroughly raucous brand of music that’s born of both life experience and a respect for rock ‘n’ roll’s forefathers. What exactly is Red Dirt Metal? Take outlaw country, toss in a dash of Southern-fried classic rock and mix it with some potent Texas power grooves and you’ve got a combustible sonic cocktail on your hands. Texas Hippie Coalition’s third album Peacemaker is a textbook example of Red Dirt Metal, which is the sound the band has been honing and cultivating for its entire existence.

THC’s frontman Big Dad Ritch, known as the “Godfather” of the RDM sound and an individual with a laser-like focus and vision when it comes to his music, believes that the band has hit its stride on Peacemaker, capturing the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll outlaws like Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. He declares, “The outlaw spirit is still alive today. That is our goal: Bring it back.”

THC, who were the first band signed to their label Carved Records back in 2009, want fans of classic rock bands to know that they are carrying the torch and that they want to be the keepers of the genre’s keys. There will be no extinction of this beloved genre if THC have anything to say about it. “We  want the people that love Molly Hatchet, ZZ Top, .38 Special, the Van Zandts and those bands that are growing older to know that somebody else out there is already waving the flag high,” he declared. The band, in essence, is ensuring that the style continues to have new and noteworthy additions, such as itself.

But Texas Hippie Coalition aren’t simply about making sure the outlaw rock style that they pretty much worship stays alive. They want it to evolve, infusing it with a modern edge and energy, thanks to the new tools (or is that weapons?) of the trade. Having also been surrounded and influenced by the likes of Black Label Society and Pantera –with Ritch proudly proclaiming to having seen the latter between 50 and 75 times live- Texas Hippie Coalition are turning in something fresh and fierce with Peacemaker. They aren’t just paying homage to Southern rock’s cultural mile-markers. They are proceeding with the intent to add to its canon. 

The process of making the album was at first bolstered by levels of familiarity and comfort.  “Me, [bassist] John Exall and [guitarist] Randy Cooper have been together a long time, and we’re soldiers always ready to go into battle no matter what,” Ritch said about his bandmates. The lineup is now rounded out by [drummer] Gunnar Molton and [guitarist] Cord Pool.

But there were also some changes and shifts, which also add to the album’s heft and helped the band to expand. Texas Hippie Coalition recruited producer Bob Marlette (Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper) to work his magic and to help the band to further explore what it was capable of with an already established, branded sound. “We have a new producer and we already know who we are and what our brand is, so with this album, we decided that the boundaries we set for ourselves [are] in the past. We would cut that barbed wire and explore beyond those fences” Ritch said.

Exploring beyond those fences and cutting that barbed wire meant creating what the band calls “heart songs.” Rather than saddle them with a generic term like “ballad,” Texas Hippie Coalition chose to call ’em “heart songs” because they touch the listener’s ticker. “They take you even deeper into the heart and soul, and into the deeper darkness,” Ritch admitted. He even referenced his biggest musical hero’s ability to vacillate between the dark and the light. “Johnny Cash could still let you inside and see the darkness of the man,” Ritch pointed out. “Johnny Cash was not just wearing black on the outside. There are parts of him that are black, and that same idea comes across on this album for us.”

Even with “heart songs,” Ritch issues a Surgeon General’s warning of sorts. “This album here takes you on a harder, longer drive, right into a brick wall. Strap yourself in.” Isn’t that the best type of rock ‘n’ roll there is?

Speaking about specific songs on Peacemaker, he said that the visceral “‘Damn You to Hell’ is maybe the heaviest song we’ve written. It has such drive and intensity that it’s like a mixed martial arts event, like UFC pay per view, like someone being grounded and pounded on.” You may emerge feeling like you’ve been administered a beating, but as evidenced in Fight Club, you can come out the other side cleansed and stronger from the catharsis.

“Think Of Me” is admittedly “the closest thing to a love song that this band would ever do. It is a great song. It goes beyond those boundaries.” Other songs that typify Red Dirt Metal include “8 Seconds” and “You Ain’t Seen Me,” which Ritch admits is “as southern-fried as Lynyrd Skynyrd and Molly Hatchet.”

The title song is a brilliantly written tune, told from the perspective of a gun. Ritch said, “I thought, ‘What would that gun say to people?'” That’s not something you come across every day in rock music, and it’s further evidence of how Texas Hippie Coalition are rewriting the rule book. The song boasts the lyrics, “I just whooped the devil’s ass / And you ain’t seen nothing if  Jesus asks  / It wasn’t nothing for him to see / This is all between God and me.”See what we mean about the outlaw spirit? It’s wholly present in every note, riff and lyric of Peacemaker. 

Essentially, Peacemaker, which follows the previous albums The Pride of Texas and Rollin’, is like one of those out-of-control parties that will find you without a girlfriend and with pissed off family members the very next day, but you’ll be gawking over your killer new tattoo while nursing an awful hangover. It’s the stuff of life, the good time ingredient that you can’t manufacture or fake. It comes from a very real place, thanks to Texas Hippie Coalition’s ability to understand their influences and mine them into something wholly unique.

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P.O.D. At Trees on Friday, August 2nd With FLYLEAF

You Metal Freakin Missed It!

Coming to Trees, 2707 Elm Street, in Dallas this Friday, August 2nd 2013 POD with FLYLEAF. Doors open at 7:00 PM with the show beginning at 8:00 PM. Get there early as there will be a line. Pod will be performing from their new CD,  Murdered Love – Out Now (Razor & Tie) as well as some of the stuff from their great selection from their over 20 years of rocking the people with Grammy winning music with a punch.



One History of Metal Part Deux

Now that you have picked yourself up from the floor where the PIT deposited you as you wind milled the night away last night, let’s get on with “A History of Metal Part Deux.”

Moving into the new millennium proved to be nothing new for Metal music as a whole, but it has brought about a couple of new sub-genre to help make the entire Metal scene to gain strength for a growing audience.  Among the new additions, of which this one, Folk Metal, (actual date of inception mid 1990s) has its roots sank into the tradition of Folk Music. I find this form to be very interesting myself. Steeped in fantasy, paganism, nature, mythology and history, Folk metal has come to stay. With the likes of Amon Amarth, Skyforger, Elvenking and many others, this unique form of Metal which sometimes uses traditional folk instruments is making a run on Traditional Metal for a top spot in the genre.

Making itself known, the newest sub-genre in the Metal scene is Metalstep/ Deathstep. Riding in on the ever-growing popularity of Dubstep, it is a new mix of sound that seems to be picking up steam like a locomotive out of control. Metals newest addition to the family is taking some older Metal songs as well as musicians and adding what is called “The Drop”, a heavy electronic bass line to the music and mixing it through the help of a mixer board and creating this wild EDM (electronic dance music). Some notables in this new sub are Jonathan Davis of the Metal band Korn who is presently touring under the name JDEVIL, as well as Igor Cavalera, from Sepultura’s Mixhell.

As it has been from the beginning and shall be for years to come Metal has had several messages in the music. Whether it be political, peace, hate or just about any number of topics you can imagine, it has to me always been about the sound, both instrumental and vocal. Remember this, anyone can make noise, but it takes an artist to make music. Having said that I will leave you with this. No matter what type of MUSIC you enjoy, if it be Beethoven or Black Sabbath, the choice to listen to what YOU like is ultimately YOURS. So don’t let others bully you into crossing the boundaries you set in your life. Stand up for the genre you like.. And if you like Metal and want to hear the newest bands as they emerge, stay tuned to Dallas Our City Radio in the near future as we embark on a mission to serve you, the Metalhead with just what you want and deserve. \m/ Rock On!


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One History of Metal


I remember that first note I heard when I was just a child, how it set me on the path that today still hits deep in my soul every time I hear those heavy guitar riffs, the maddening thrust of the drum head, the kicking deep throb of the bass, or the screaming vocals of METAL. That first sound was indelibly impressed in my psyche by the band that today is deemed as the original Heavy Metal Band, Black Sabbath, and that song was “Black Sabbath” the first song released off the album by the same name, on Friday the 13th day of February 1970. Even at the young age of 9 I knew at that very moment the world of music was changing.

Through the 70’s the face of music put on several new hats as the genre of Metal began to take on a new air throughout the music scene. With the influx of this new musical genre came many offshoots throughout the 70s, some to include Dark, Thrash, Death and several more. I will attempt to show you the reader how this new sound invoked an entire new musical trip through history.

Throughout the many years of modern music the Blues have been a baseline for MANY different genre and Metal is no different. The sound, the soul and even the meter of Metal comes from The Blues. The only difference that stands out is the darkening of the lyrics and the speed in which it is delivered to the ear. It would be impossible to make a clear cut choice as to which Blues man or Blues band was the biggest influence on Metal in itself so I will generalize this with the following statement; Blues has without a doubt served as the beginning of MORE than just Metal, but has also influenced pretty much every other genre of music with roots in modern music.

Throughout the 70s MANY a new Metal band came on the scene as the new sound began to take ahold of the youth and give them cause for rebellion. Among these in this awakening decade were Deep Purple, Rainbow, and afore mentioned Black Sabbath. These bands led the way into the 80’s for a very large influx of new Metal bands to emerge from this still young genre fresh on the music scene.

In the 80’s began the large splintering of sub-genre that set the tone for the years to come. Within those sub-genre were Power Metal, Doom Metal, and the always strong Thrash metal which is still today dominated by the likes of Anthrax, Slayer, Megadeath, and Metallica. All of these bands still rock the Metal scene today with an ever growing audience.

Through the 90s and into the new millennium came even more sub-genre adding to the already deep well of musical typologies that already existed within Metal. Alternative/ Nu, Metalcore and Progressive Metal are among those burning strong within the ranks of Metal during this period. The bands serving up a new dose of Metal sub-genre seeking listener got their roots from not only the blues but in these new subs there was an even newer influence in that of Jazz Fusion and the never ending Classical. The bands that chose to perform within the Progressive Metal sound began to lengthen their songs and produce more theme based conceptual albums such as Morningrise by Opeth and the ever popular Operation Mindcrime by Queensryche. There are several other subs that came about interspersed throughout the years but I will leave those to be discovered at a further date. Now go out into the scene and dive headlong into a pit.

MetalMaxx, your guide for new realms of Metal to come.

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