- Jaime Monzon
Is it just us, or was the caliber and diversity of shows in 2017 raised to a new bar? From massive concerts at the Alamodome to cozier spots like Limelight, it seemed like Alamo City saw a range of genre and crowd sizes for live music this year, and we were stoked to be able to see a good chunk of it. Now, this by no means is an all-encompassing list of the shit we saw, but rather some of the highlights of more memorable shows we were able to soak in. If 2018 is going to be looking anything like how this year went in the live music department, we're pretty stoked for what's in store.
- Jaime Monzon
Inquisition + Mayhem
Friday, Februay 11
Inquisition took to the Alamo City Music Hall stage earlier this year and the crowd erupted in joyful chaos, throwing up the classic “horns” hand sign and head-banging to the onslaught of distortion. If you closed your eyes, you couldn’t tell that the band had just two members — a single guitar player/vocalist and a drummer. Their music was loud as fuck, and with intervals of creeping, waltzy breaks between the bone shattering drum hits, Inquisition forged a delightfully dark offering of technical black metal perfect for a seance in the middle of a dark forest. Next up was Mayhem — one of the most revered bands in the genre and hailing from the black metal capital of the world: Olso, Norway. Soaking the audience in blast-beats and shrieking as candles on stage flickered behind them, Mayhem played De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas from start to finish, an album that is revered as a classic in the extreme and macabre genre. Head-banging and moshing ensued as the Norwegian five-piece shredded through their 46-minute magnum opus before bringing the evening to its eldritch consummation.