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Mala Suerte

From: Austin, TX, United States
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Below is our complete Mala Suerte news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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D.R.I. Zones Austin, Texas for Thrash

Austin crust punks with their spiked and patched jean jackets came out to Red 7 to support one of the first bands to “crossover” hardcore punk and thrash metal, D.R.I. Most of these punks (including me) weren’t part of the scene when D.R.I., Dirty Rotten Imbeciles, formed more than 30 years ago in Houston. Even some of the older members of the crowd weren’t around during the band’s days in Texas. Their memories were long after the band left for California’s Bay Area. The crowd didn’t need to be 50 years old tonight, though, as D.R.I. played nearly two hours of material spanning throughout their long career. More...

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St. Vitus Dance Of Doom Snow Blinds Austin, TX

Doom metal pioneers Saint Vitus returned to the state capital of Texas. Earlier in the year, the cult icons played SXSW as part of the “Metal Alliance Tour” with Helmet, Crowbar and other masters of the down beat. Many of the group’s hardcore fans, however, were shunned by SXSW in lieu of badge and wristband holders. St. Vitus original and hippie prototype, guitarist Dave Chandler cursed SXSW in between a song, confessing his displeasure with SX’s unfair practice. August 20, 2011 went down as a night not for industry elitists, but for true fans of stoner/doom and rock-n-roll in general.

Sabbath still provides, at least, a base for all hard rock/heavy metal bands of today. Some bands owe their entire existence to Black Sabbath. In fact, so many of these bands exist, even 40 years after the birth of Sabbath, that we have categories for these bands. Still, these bands seem a small part of the metal contingency when compared to the masses of black and death metal bands. In a town known for death metal blast beats and machine-gun-delivered punk vocals, it was nice to finally slow down the tempo.

While figure heads of the doom and stoner/doom movement, Saint Vitus deservedly took the lead, Austin’s masters of slow banging rounded at a lineup that was true to fans of this style. Mala Suerte came up first. These guys have a huge sound that borrows heavily from Sabbath and Cathedral, although they create tones with harshness owing to sludge. Singer Gary Rosas possesses a Lee Dorian-type stage swagger, dancing around the stage like an enthralled Dionysus follower. The group played a five-song set that elicited a strong crowd response. More...

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"Slow Southern Steel" Documentary In The Works

One of the most comprehensive southern metal documentaries ever made is coming in 2010. Appropriately dubbed "Slow Southern Steel," the 80+ minute film is executive produced by Karim Khan (I'm Better Than Everyone Records) and directed by Rwake vocalist CT and David Lipke with the additional and integral assistance of George Hancock, Alix Petrovich and Beer Wolf guitarist Christian Sweeney (who will be releasing a paperback version of the production) among many others.

"Slow Southern Steel" peers into the world of true southern metal/doom through live footage and personal interviews; CT's devout commitment/knowledge/love of the topic at hand bringing the movie to life in a way few first-time directors can. Said CT about the laborious undertaking: "I knew there were things I could get out of these bands that other film makers could not." Added Khan, "There's just something very appealing to me about taking unyielding heavy songs and adding a strong southern element to them."

At press time, the film was still being shot and thus far, featured bands will include (in alphabetical order): A Hanging, ASG, Baron Grod, Beaten Back To Pure, Beer Wolf, Black Skies, Black Tusk, Blackblood Division, Blood Of The Sun, Collapsar, Colossus, Cough, Dark Castle, Deadbird, Dead-I-On, Dixie Witch, Doomsayer, Eyehategod, Flesh Parade, Haarp, Hawg Jaw, HOD, Hope And Suicide, Hostile Apostle, House Of Lightning, In The Lurch, Jucifer, Ketea, Khann, Kylesa, Mala Suerte, Music Hates You, Parasytic, Queen Beast, Royal Thunder, Rwake, Seahag, SeaWitch, Sourvein, Speedealer, Spickle, Suplecs, Subrig Destroyer, The Devil And The Sea, The Dumps, The Roller, The Unbeheld, Vessel Of The Divine, Weedeater, Withered and Zoroaster.

"Slow Southern Steel" will make its debut at the renowned Little Rock Film Festival in May of 2010 (www.littlerockfilmfestival.org) where many of the bands featured will be in attendance. Additional festival previews will follow.

The DVD edition is slated to be released in 2011 via fast-growing, vinyl-only (and now DVD) Chicago imprint, I'm Better Than Everyone Records.

You can check out a two-minute "Slow Southern Steel" trailer below.

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Deadbird Plans Summer Tour

Deadbird's first tour supporting "Twilight Ritual" (available June 24th) will include dates with Only Living Witness, Harvey Milk, Growing, and Black Tusk. Here are the latest Deadbird summer tour dates:

Sat. June 14th Memphis, TN @ The Buccaneer w/ Seahag
Sun. June 15th Nashville, TN @ Springwater
Mon. June 16th Chicago, IL @ The Note
Tues June 17th Indianapolis, IN @ Melody Inn
Weds. June 18th Akron, OH @ Annabelle's w/ Rue
Thurs. June 19th Pittsburgh, PA @ 31st St Pub w/ Serious Grind
Fri. June 20th New York, NY @ Knitting Factory w/ Harvey Milk, Growing, & Bloody Panda
Sat. June 21st Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East w/ Only Living Witness
Sun. June 22nd Philadelphia, PA @ Millcreek Tavern
Mon. June 23rd Baltimore, MD @ Talking Head Club w/ Wooly Mammoth
Tues. June 24th Richmond, VA @ Wonderland w/ Hail!Hornet
Weds. June 25th Wilmington, NC @ Reggie's w/ Black Tusk & Sourvein
Thurs. June 26th Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn w/ Black Tusk & Zoroaster
Fri. June 27th Orlando, FL@ The Haven w/ Black Tusk
Sat. June 28th Tampa, FL @ Transitions Art Gallery (Skate Park of Tampa) w/ Black Tusk & Dark Castle
Sun. June 29th Need Help
Mon. June 30th New Orleans, LA @ TBA
Tues. July 1st Houston, TX @ Rudyard's British Pub
Weds. July 2nd San Antonio, TX @ Rock Bottom
Thurs. July 3rd Austin, TX @ Red 7 w/ Mala Suerte
Fri. July 4th Dallas, TX @ Red Blood Club w/ Mala Suerte
Sat. July 5th Little Rock, AR @ Downtown Music w/ Mala Suerte

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Relapse Records Announces SXSW Showcase

Relapse Records has announced the details for its 2008 South by Southwest (SXSW) label showcase. This showcase, the label's tenth consecutive at SXSW, will be held at Emo's Annex (600 Red River Street) on Thursday, March 13th and will be open to the public as well as SXSW badge-holders.

This year's line-up includes High On Fire (Oakland, CA), Genghis Tron (Philadelphia, PA), Coliseum (Louisville, KY), Vverevvolf Grehv (Omaha, NE), special guests Municipal Waste (Richmond, VA), and Austin's own Mala Suerte. Running order and show times are forthcoming.

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