by rudyards | March 18th, 2017
Sanctus Bellum returns to the stage for their first show in 18 months and Warbeast returns to the inner loop for the first time since 2013.
Warbeast (Dallas/Fort Worth, TX)
With the “retro-thrash” trend in full-swing, and hordes of bands trying to re-create “old school metal”, Texas monsters WARBEAST offer the real thing. Their music is not the result of careful study of 80’s thrash or classic metal; it just comes naturally because that is who they are.
The roots of WARBEAST are firmly entrenched in the legendary 80’s Texas underground metal scene. Vocalist Bruce Corbitt was the voice of speed metal splatter kings Rigor Mortis, who achieved major label success on Capitol Records in 1988. Guitarist Scott Shelby was part of the riff machine behind Gammacide, one of Texas most furious thrash exports. Drum tornado Joey Gonzalez now also provides blast beats and mayhem for Philip Anselmo & The Illegals.
The live show proves equally impressive. They’ve already massacred crowds alongside the likes of Down, Crowbar, Eyehategod, Arson Anthem, Philip Anselmo & The Illegals, haarp, Child Bite, Hymns, Author & Punisher, Gwar, Goatwhore, Destruction, Danzig, Samhain, Rigor Mortis, Every Time I Die, Cavalera Conspiracy, OTEP, Deadhorse, Helstar, Heathen, Ghoul, Hammer Witch, Rotting Corpse, Goblin, Wilson, Venomous Maximus, Dead Earth Politics, Headcrusher, Mobile Deathcamp, Municipal Waste, Corrosion of Conformity, Pig Destroyer, Cannabis Corpse, X-Cops, Lord Dying and countless others.
With numerous tours on the horizon, they’ll undoubtedly be slaying cities everywhere. About the live show, Shelby smiles, “We always like to attack the audience with our songs and move them. That’s our approach as soon as we hit the stage.”
Sanctus Bellum (Houston, TX)
Following the recording of Return to Dust, the band recruited 2nd guitarist Maurice Eggenschwiler and took to the stage in 2010 with appearances at the Born to be Doomed Fest in Baltimore, MD and shows alongside doom legends Pentagram, The Gates of Slumber, Cauldron (ex-Gammacide), Las Cruces, Stinking Lizaveta, Rotor, Orthodox Fuzz, and many more.
2011 saw the band play 35 Conferette in Denton and the Liquid Sludge Festival in Austin, TX (part of Chaos in Tejas) in addition to shows with Dio Disciples, James Rivera’s Sabbath Judas Sabbath, and many more. At the end of the year, Sanctus Bellum returned to RBI Recording to begin work on its sophomore release, The Shining Path. Released on June 12, 2012, the six songs comprising The Shining Path are significantly more intricate than their predecessors on Return to Dust – something the band attributes to the addition of Eggenschwiler in the studio and in the songwriting process.
In the first half of 2012, prior to the release of The Shining Path, Sanctus Bellum opened for Helstar at the Houston metal legend’s 30th anniversary concert and played with doom icons Saint Vitus. At the latter show Saint Vitus vocalist Scott “Wino” Weinrich (also of The Obsessed, Spirit Caravan, Shrinebuilder, etc.) joined the band onstage for a rendition of the Pentagram classic “Sign of the Wolf.”
Sanctus Bellum celebrated the arrival of The Shining Path with an appearance at the Days of the Doomed II Festival in Milwaukee, WI where the band played alongside The Skull (members of Trouble), Solace, Earthride, Revelation, and many more. A Houston CD release show, where the band showcased the new album in its entirety and covered Candlemass’ At the Gallows End alongside the aforementioned Rivera, occurred on July 21st.
Age of Man are an El Dorado-based rock trio comprised of Matt Benson on lead guitar and vocals, Brandon Borden on drums, and Eric Stone on bass/organ. Their thick and muddy brand of blues-steeped guitar rock is reminiscent of a simpler time, stripped of modern musical conventions and cleverly re-imagined from its very core.
Fiddle Witch & the Demons of Doom (Houston, TX)
“Best New Act” Houston Press Music Awards 2015
Power trio casting Witch Metal music into your brain. Viola, bass and drums. Self titled album released 2014. Single “Midnight Mayhem” released through our new label Domo Records June 10 2016.
Saturday 18 March 2017
Warbeast * Sanctus Bellum * Age of Man * Fiddle Witch and the Demons of Doom
Doors: 7:30 PM
Fiddle Witch and the Demons of Doom: 8:00
Age of Man: 9:00
Sanctus Bellum: 10:00