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Pick Your Poison: Hemlock Invades Arizona with Animus Divine, Angelic To Ashes, Endovus, You Apart, Cold Equation, and Cursed Fate

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The July 8 show at The Rock Niteclub in Tucson, Arizona started promptly at 7:00 PM with young metal band CURSED FATE taking the stage. These guys couldn't have been older than 14 or 15, but they played with an air of professionalism that some of the more experienced bands this night should have taken note of. Their sound though was reminiscent of most of the young metal/emo type bands.

Second on the bill was COLD EQUATION with what I can only explain as combination of Rockabilly, Boogie Woogie, and White Zombie type metal. It took me a while get into their sound but when they stuck to their White Zombie type original metal songs they really cooked.

Next up was grove metal outfit ENDOVUS working in new guitarist Loren, formerly from SANITY IN DEATH (Hammermill Recording Artists). When the entire band is on stage with Loren (he's still learning the material so he's not up there all the time) their sound is phat, heavy, and can best be described as Pelican with vocals. One Promoter there remarked that their show was like having a buzz saw enema; I took that as good times.

Fourth on stage was the classical, sometimes acoustic, metal band ANGELIC TO ASHES with Chas Bagy, from deathcore outfit FEVERED DREAMS, and also including a female vocalist known as Jellybean, who has a sensational set of pipes by the way. ANGELIC TO ASHES seems to be a very talented band that is blazing their own trail, musically winding through all three genres mentioned without really sounding like anybody else.

Up next came the metal rockers YOU APART. They came out on the stage with guitars blazing and preceded to give the audience quite a show, most of the audience was in awe of vocalist, Nick Armstrong, who had them jumping, hand waving, and moshing in unison their entire set. Time constraints actually kept them from performing a much wanted encore. The crowd didn't want them to leave and neither did I.

Sixth on the bill was the featured opening act ANIMUS DIVINE, who are rap-metalers extraordinaire. They came out and crushed the crowd from beginning to end. It was amazing considering new drummer Rudy, formerly of hip hop band LEVEL 13, had only practiced with the band for six days before the show, and he was probably one of the better drummers of the night. They cruised through their set performing songs "She Wears Sin" and "Ugly" that have landed the band one award and one best band contest to date in Arizona.

Next up was headlining act HEMLOCK, who are touring in support of their latest release, "No Time for Sorrow," on Blind Prophecy Records. They came out and kicked ass for about 90 minutes, cruising through their set of about 20 songs. Newer songs "No Time for Sorrow," "Bugs," and "Beautality" got great response from the crowd. They even controlled the mosh pit, running the moshers through circles, jumps, and the famous wall of death, which you have to check out for yourselves to believe. In what also has to be considered a class act, the band moved all the smaller kids at the show on stage with them and nobody got hurt this night. Overall the band showed class and kicked ass this night.

In speaking to bassist/vocalist Chad Smith afterward, he told me the band was on a five week tour with only two days off, then soon after it's off to tour Japan. Furthermore, Chad said the band would be label hunting again because the contract with (Blind Prophecy Records) would not be renewed. The band appreciated the fact that the label got their music out there to the fans, but like most labels they went overboard in trying to enlarge their stable and in the process the band got lost in the shuffle.

Do yourselves a favor and check these guys out, they'll be touring all around the states just check out their sites for tour stops.

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1. Blindgreed1 writes:

Congratulations Chaz. Looks like your hard work is paying off with ATA. We look forward to sharing the stage with you again soon brother.

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