The Back To School Beatdown feat. In The Trench, Shattered Sun, Critical Assembly, DSGNS & Inside Falling Skies
Friday, August 16, 2013 from 8:30 PM to 11:30 PM (COT)
In The Trench has established a reputation, not only for their original and exceptionally tight style, but for putting together one of the most exciting live performances you will find anywhere. Vocalist Stephen Harding, and guitarists Jarrod Cook and Michael Giroux, welcome the addition of bassist Seneca Homeyer (Zero And Falling) and drummer Mark McBride (Red Team Go, Miphix, Emura). Their self-titled debut album (2009) shares similarities with their new material (release date TBA). However, the unmistakable improvement in songwriting, vocals, and musicianship in general, brings with it a somewhat more refined, and intense flavor. Brutal screams, crushing power-grooves, and chainsaw guitar riffs are now accompanied by sharper, more dynamic transitions and multi-layered screaming & singing vocals. In The Trench is here to make their mark.
Shattered Sun is a metalcore band from the small town of Alice Texas, Formed in 2011, Their style is heavy/thrash metal with incredible guitar riffs, vocal distortions and that magnetic raw appeal that allows them to create that maximum effect with every song, every time. They can sound brutal at times, but yet they have their melodic side to them. This can only be accomplished through talent and intelligence. They know what their audience wants to hear and they give it to them 100%.. They have the right lineup to deliver the brutal, yet melodic music that sets us apart from other bands. They take their live shows to another level by bringing enormous amounts of force and energy to any and every stage they perform on.
Critical Assembly is an emerging modern metal band formed in Austin, Texas in 2006. Think Pantera and Lamb of God combined with the soul of Led Zeppelin. Vocals have both grit and clean styles similar to Alice in Chains and Soundgarden. Members of CA have been in other bands such as Un Loco, South Paw Stomp, Talent to Offend and Veritas.
In 2010 brought the addition of Pedro Navarrete of Un Loco, Exit the Sun and more. Later that year Critical Assembly entered the studio with producer Tim Gerron and tracked their debut album titled "The Indifference of Good Men" at the Music Lab Recording Studio. Upon completion their album was mastered by the Legendary Roger Lian from Masterdisk Studios, New York.
2011 proved to be a strong year for CA as they toured across Texas to cities including Dallas, Houston,San Antonio and more. Voted in the top ten of Austin Chronicle's "Best Of Metal" category and hosted some of the most successful local metal shows in Austin,Tx.
Critical Assembly has proudly shared the stage with: Shadows Fall, God Forbid, Thy Will Be Done, Ill Nino, Rigor Mortis, Psycho-stick, Black Light Burns, Hed PE, Head Crusher, Prey for Sleep, Beyond Gods and Empires, Course of Ruin, Carry The Storm, Honky, Killing in Apathy and many more...
In October of 2012 CA entered the studio with producer Joey Duenas to begin recording their second LP. With shows booked across the Lone Star State in 2013 and a June CD release party booked, CA looks to spread their music across the airwaves nationally.
Listening to DSGNS, it may prove difficult to define the band with any one genre. In a "paint by numbers" world, DSGNS was conceived with the ideology that music shouldn't always be predictable. Building on an omnibus of influences from Cave In to Deftones to Botch, DSGNS focuses on creating intricate and intelligent songs that urge listeners to think for themselves.
Each song pushes and pulls the listener into a soundscape of propulsive drums, thunderous bass lines, eviscerating guitars and frenzied vocals. DSGNS eschews genre conventions in favor of creative, monolithic songwriting. They will eclipse the blight of sterility that is currently being packaged and force-fed to the masses with their honest, heartfelt and uncompromising music.
Inside Falling Skies is a band straight out of the heart of Texas. Started in the small town of Brenham Tx, Joshua Arnold, Reagan Bentke and Brad Schramm started making music together. Through a few years of going through the different styles of music they finally met their calling. From soft harmonies that make your hair stand to screams that punch you in the face, I.F.S. is a band that everyone can enjoy
Grand Stafford Theater is the premiere live music venue of the Brazos Valley. An all-ages, all-genres, 450-capacity, live music venue, with two full bars and a mezzanine the newly renovated and historic venue provides the best in talent & entertainment.
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