It was another solid year for the San Antonio metal scene in 2012. Take a look back with the San Antonio Metal Music Examiner through exclusive slideshows, reviews and interviews in this series. This installment examines May through August:
The concert scene heated up along with the scorching Texas summer. Many bands came to town, starting with the Mass Chaos tour at the Alamodome featuring Godsmack, Staind and Halestorm on May 2. Godsmack singer Sully Erna then rode over to Backstage Live after his band’s headlining gig and played an acoustic solo show where he also signed autographs.
German metalheads Rammstein, who sing in their native language, brought arguably the year’s most explosive show to the AT&T Center in late May. Other acts included Scorpions with Tesla; Seether, Bush and San Antonio’s Nothing More; Dream Theater, Staind singer Aaron Lewis playing a solo gig in support of his first full-length country album just a few weeks after the Mass Chaos tour, and not to be outdone, the return of Van Halen. The annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival skipped the Alamo City for the third consecutive year, but the SAMME ventured to The Woodlands, just outside of Houston, on July 11 to catch Slipknot, Slayer, Motorhead, Anthrax, As I Lay Dying and others in action (though Slipknot denied photo access).
Click on the links below for each concert’s complete slideshow and review, as well as interviews with these and other bands that weren’t able to be reviewed. For the first four parts of the Year in Review, click on the “Suggested” links in blue at the bottom.
INTERVIEWS: Shadows Fall singer Brian Fair; Kill Devil Hill (ex-Pantera) bassist Rex Brown; Candlelight Red guitarist Jeremy Edge; Red Lamb (ex-Anthrax) guitarist Dan Spitz; Fear Factory singer Burton C. Bell; Dream Theater singer James LaBrie (video); ex-AC/DC bassist Mark Evans.
REVIEWS/SLIDESHOWS: Godsmack; Halestorm; Staind; Rammstein; Bush with Seether and Nothing More; Destruction Evolution; Van Halen; Scorpions/Tesla; Aaron Lewis; Dream Theater; Mayhem Fest; Trespass America Fest; Iron Maiden.
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