San Antonio's music community is rich and diverse, spanning multiple genres, however, it's plain to see that our town still has an affinity for metal and its numerous subgenres. On top of the vast amount of touring metal acts that descend upon the Alamo City, like Mastodon and Gojira, who will be here in a few weeks, there still are a number of metal groups local (some national acts now), working to keep San Antonio "Metal City USA." A few of the finest are playing, that’s right, the mother fucking metal lineup for this year’s San Antonio Music Showcase.
Slow and brooding, like the sound of a bomb exploding in slow motion, Cursus is a two-piece doom-metal outfit that prove you don't need lightning fast riffs to sound heavy AF. If there's a band in San Antonio that could open up a portal to hell with their thick guitar sounds and echoing drum hits, it'd probably be this duo.
Also on the bill is Aurorean, a deathcore outfit that really stand out with their surprise transitions and swing-heavy grooves. Especially on the track "Malevolence," where we got this giant-squid-attacking-a-ship kinda vibe from the way the guitars move around the rhythm of the groove-heavy drum blasts. While Aurorean still charge through with moments of double bass-driven waves of distortion, their ability to keep shit interesting is notable. Also of note, their vocalist can hit that high-pitched banshee scream better than most.
The bill is rounded out with post-metal four-piece Percocet and Nahaya who elegantly fuse European death metal with American thrash with for a blend of extreme metal that’s sophisticated and heavy yet still palatable to metal listeners that haven’t yet ventured off a path that Hot Topic has paved for them.