Blitzmas!! 99.7 The Blitz SOLD OUT Hard Rocking Holiday Celebration

by Craig Noce on December 22, 2015

On Saturday Dec 19th the mark the final stop for “The Order of Things” US tour to a SOLD OUT crowd at the LC Pavilion for the annual “Blitzmas” celebration sponsored by 99.7 the Blitz!! The dedicated fans lined up early wrapping around the corner and down the street in support and anticipation of the hard core, high energy holiday festivity.

Shorty after the doors opened fulling the pavilion floor, hard core, heavy metal Texas based rockers “Sons of Texas” took the stage. Formed in McAllen, Texas in 2013, they recently signed with Razor & Tie and released their first official music video “Baptized In The Rio Grande” from their debut album of the same name in January 2015. The band consists of Mark Morales on vocals, Mike Villarreal on the Drums, Bassist Nick Villarreal, Guitarist Jon Olivares and Jes De Hoyos playing Lead Guitar; with a heavy beat and deep rhythmic riffs followed up with a “Pantera” influenced in your face Texas rock and roll that really kicked the crowd into high gear right out of the gate.

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Next up was the recently formed super-group “Audiotopsy” consisting of Skrape vocalist Billy Keeton, Greg Tribbett on guitar of Mudvayne/Hellyeah, Mudvayne drummer Matthew McDonough and bassist Perry Stern. The performance and sound gives an enticing blend of metallic rhythms with a post-grunge, progressive hard rock base. Formed earlier this year after Greg Tribbett parted ways with Hellyeah, the band signed with Napalm Records to release their debut album “Natural Causes“, which was released on October 2nd. While no tour dates have a officially been announced for 2016, in the meantime you can be on the lookout for some appearances on the 2016 festival circuit starting with a confirmed performance at the 2016 Carolina Rebellion.

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Without a moment to waste the hard rock alternative metal band from Memphis, Tennessee “Devour the Day” took the stage to a crowd of fist pumping, roaring fans. Formed in 2012 after the demise of “Egypt Central” by former members Joey Walser and Blake Allison. Their debut album was released in the spring of 2013 and have since release several singles, most recently being the digital release of “Faith” in February. Devour the Day was a natural fit to the evening with a montage of skull crushing, fist pumping hard rock hits that had the crowd jumping from the front to the back of packed pavilion floor. The crowd went ballistic at the end of the set as Allison ripped out the opening chords of the bands ultimate hit “Good Man

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An Ohio hometown favorite, Akron based “Red Sun Rising” took the stage next as the supporting act. When we at ZTPMagazine first brought you coverage of Red Sun Rising almost exactly one year ago, they were operating completely independently of any record label, at the time the band was heavily relying on social media and word of mouth to get their music out to the masses. That plan worked, these guys are truly self made, the perfect example of how hard work, dedication and perseverance can lead to living out the American Dream. Since that day “Red Sun Rising” had much success not only on the local Ohio music scene but as we anticipated have literally taken the country by storm. Shortly after signing a deal with Razor & Tie the band released their 1st studio album under a major label “Polyester Zeal” which included the #1 hit, “The Otherside” becoming the only band of 2015 to have their debut single reach the #1 spot of Billboard magazine’s Mainstream Rock chart. We at ZTPMagazine cannot wait to see what they have in store for 2016.

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For the grand finally the Massachusetts based hardcore metal group “All That Remains” with as powerful of an opening as anyone could wish for from these well established metal veterans. Formed in 1998, All That Remains continues to leave their heavy metal mark on music history. With vocalist Phil Labonte and Oli Herbet on guitar being the only remaining original members of the band, after over 15 years they are still going full force as a premium heavy metal operation. Touring in support of there last studio release, “The Order of Things”, which marks the 4th time All That Remains has had an album debut hit the top 25 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. These Springfield, MA rockers currently consist of original members vocalist Phil Labonte and Oli Herbert on guitar; guitarist Mike Martin, bassist Aaron Patrick, and Jason Costa on the drums. The set was complete with older favorites as well as several tracks off the new album. The band put on a powerful performance from start to finish, perfectly delivering every track and a flawless execution of the clear fan favorites “Hold On” and “What If I Was Nothing“.

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