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'Baptised On The Rio Grande'
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Johnny Main.

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sons of texas

When the Sons of Texas album dropped into my inbox, I have to be honest and say that I'd never heard of the band so I wasn't exactly sure what to expect.

A bit of research on them shows that the band are actually from Texas, and were formed in 2013. The 'Baptized In The Rio Grande' is their debut album and it was produced by Josh Wilbur (Lamb Of God, All That Remains, Gojira) – all good so far, right?

Describing themselves as a mix of Groove Metal and Southern Metal with a layer of Heavy Metal and Hard Rock isn't too far off the mark – and you can hear the influences from each of these genres of music in the band's sound.

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If you take 'Pull It And Fire', for example, it has an almost ballad type intro with acoustic guitar and soft vocals from frontman Mark Morales before the main electric riff breaks out and the song bursts into life.

'Nothing King', meanwhile, is a great song from the very first listen. It's loud, aggressive and very much “in your face” but it still remains a tuneful piece throughout.

Morales puts in a great performance here, against the crunchy guitar riff and relentless drums. Could this track be made any better? I very much doubt it.

With 'The Vestryman', bass player Nick Villarreal gets a look in here with his throbbing rhythms while guitarist Jes De Hoyos once again shows his prowess, and when you add in another great vocal from Morales, you get another great number.

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Let's not forget the drummer, Mike Villarreal, though who comes to the fore on 'Morals of the Helpless Kind' with his unwavering drum beat before the guitar riff blasts out. This may not be the fastest song on the album but it still maintains a good pace and gives Morales a chance to stretch his voice.

'September' is the ubiquitous acoustic ballad which actually serves the band very well. They may have a catalogue of fast and ferocious numbers, but this track shows that they can also do simpler and understated performances.

Don't get me wrong, as much as I like good solid rock songs with electric guitars and pounding rhythms, I also like the odd acoustic number, and this is definitely one track I can (and will) listen to again and again.

You can see the official video for 'Baptized In The Rio Grande' here:

You can see Sons of Texas live here:
Friday 4th December – Pops, Sauget *
Saturday 5th December – The Rave, Milwaukee*
Sunday 6th December – Concord Music Hall, Chicago *
Tuesday 8th December – Masquerade, Atlanta*
Wednesday 9th December – The Fillmore, Charlotte*
Friday 11th December – Asylum, Portland*
Saturday 12th December – Webster Theater, Hartford*
Sunday 13th December – Rams Head Live, Baltimore*
Monday 14th December – Gramercy Theater, New York *
Wednesday 16th December – Chameleon Club, Lancaster*
Thursday 17th December – Machine Shop, Flint *
Friday 18th December – Mr. Smalls, Millvale*
Saturday 19th December – LC Pavilion, Columbus

* with All That Remains

'Baptized In the Rio Grande' Track List:
Never Bury the Hatchet
Pull It and Fire
Baptized In the Rio Grande
Nothing King
The Vestryman
Breathing Through My Wounds
Morals of the Helpless Kind
Drag the Blade
Texas Trim

Sons of Texas are:
Mark Morales – Vocals
Jes De Hoyos – Lead Guitar
Jon Olivares – Guitar
Nick Villarreal – Bass
Mike Villarreal – Drums

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