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 final installment examines September through December:
The final four months signaled the return of Queensryche singer Geoff Tate as a solo artist, Rush playing to 19,000 strong at a sold-out AT&T Center, Slash tearing up Austin and four local bands in the Melody Fest spotlight.
But the stage mainly belonged to the females.
Veteran rocker Lita Ford headlined The Korova on Sept. 6, where she became agitated at the sound system about one-third of the way through her set and proceeded to reward the fans in the back by playing the remainder of her show atop the rear bar. Otep Shamaya headlined Backstage Live with the five-piece Butcher Babies — who were making their San Antonio debut fronted by co-vocalists Heidi Shepherd and Carla Harvey — and Austin duo One-Eyed Doll, fronted by guitarist Kimberly Freeman. Symphonic metallers Epica, with statuesque singer Simone Simons, took part in the Thanksgiving Frenzy.
Click on the links below for each of the SAMME’s reviews/slideshows and exclusive interviews during the latter part of 2012. For the previous five installments of the Year in Review, click on the “Suggested” links in blue below.
And remember, there’s one more 2012 show to go: Great White Featuring Jack Russell ring in the New Year tonight at Hooligan’s in Live Oak (details here).
Have a safe and Happy New Year. Thanks for reading, and here’s to a very metallic 2013:
- INTERVIEWS: Lita Ford (video); Doro Pesch; Filmmaker Sam Dunn; Helstar vocalist James Rivera; Revocation vocalist/guitarist Dave Davidson; Queensryche singer Geoff Tate; Warbeast and Rigor Mortis singer Bruce Corbitt.
- REVIEWS/SLIDESHOWS: Lita Ford; Slash; Otep with Butcher Babies and One-Eyed Doll; Melody Fest featuring San Antonio’s Cult To Follow, Memory of a Melody, The Panic Division and The Heroine; Queensryche singer Geoff Tate; Thanksgiving Frenzy featuring Epica, Alestorm and Insomnium; Rush.
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