New York, NY) – Sons of Texas debut studio album, Baptized in The Rio Grande (Razor & Tie), has landed at #5 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and #143 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart with 2273 units sold in its first week at retail.  The new album also debuts on a series of other Billboard charts including #10 on Hard Rock and #36 on Rock. Baptized in The Rio Grande is available now at iTunes HERE ( or Amazon HERE.
The band’s debut single, “Baptized in the Rio Grande,” is currently #32 and climbing at rock radio.  The video for the song can be watched here:
Baptized In The Rio Grande was produced by Josh Wilbur (Lamb Of God, All That Remains, Gojira). The band will be hitting the road playing a few major festivals such as Welcome to Rockville, Rocklahoma and Carolina Rebellion with more tour dates to be announced soon (tour dates below).
Press Raves
“Drawing liberally from the power-metal grooves dug by fellow Texans Pantera — and making absolutely no apologies for it — the upcoming album of the same name is muscular in just about every aspect, from Mike Morales’ vocals to Jes de Hoyos’ guitar work and the fraternal rhythm section of Mike and Nick Villarreal.”
Houston Press
Sons of Texas set power-riff metal on fire.” – Crave Online
“Sons Of Texas combine filthy southern metal grooves with a modern rock flair that is dangerously infectious.”
Pure Grain Audio
Sons Of Texas was spawned in McAllen, Texas, a valley town without the music legacy of Austin or Arlington. The scene vibes “music for music’s sake” with metalcore bands, blues-rock bands, and straight up rock n’ roll bands swapping members and sharing bills. Sons Of Texas solidified in 2013 around a lineup of local all-stars. The young quintet’s debut, Baptized In The Rio Grande is a Texas-sized portion of power metal grooves, dazzling guitar solos, strip joint/tailgate sing-along choruses, and soulfully charred vocal melodies. The group is Mark Morales, vocals, Mike Villarreal, drums, Nick Villarreal, bass, Jon Olivarez, rhythm guitar, and Jes De Hoyos, lead guitar.
Sons of Texas new album is the latest success for Razor & Tie, which finished 2014 as the #2 overall label at Rock Radio and the #1 indie label.
Sons of Texas Tour Dates
April 22 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar
April 25 – Jacksonville, FL – Rockville Festival
May 2 – Concord, NC – Carolina Rebellion
May 23 – Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma
May 31 – Dallas, TX – KEGL Festival

Flyleaf headlines Sno-Tour at Ace of Spades


Kristen May preforming at the Sno-Core tour at Ace of Spades, in Sacramento

Bryce Fraser, writer
Shiftsync Media

Fans of rock music were lined up on Ace March 10th for the Sno-Core 015 Winter Music Tour. Bands such as Flyleaf, Adelitas Way, Framing Hanley, and more.
When Framing Hanley came on stage the crowd went wild, the sound from the female audience were notably louder than the rest when Kenneth Nixon walked to the front of the stage.

Nixon, after the first few songs, quoted a line from the  popular movie Hot Rod and said “Hi I’m Ron and I like to party”. He began to thank the audience for their support of rock and roll for coming to the show. They finished the night with their song “Lollipop”, but saved all their energy for their final song “Stupid Girl” which they performed very well with very high levels of energy.

Adelitas Way gave the same type of thanks to the audience for supporting Rock and Roll then they played some songs from their new album Stuck, first from the new album was “Dog on a Leash”, then “Stuck”. They announced that they have released their album early for fans. Between songs, front man Rick Dejesus, before throwing a drum stick to the crowd told them “This is not a weapon”.

Bass player Robert Zakaryan played an astounding solo right before the band went on to play “Criticize”. The band ended the night with their first hit song” Sick”. They Then made fans start to clap in droves to get them amped up for their final song of the night. They too, like Adelitas Way, seemed to have saved their energy for their last song which was “Invincible” and  where they gave everything they had to their fans.

Flyleaf came out swinging, they had the highest level of energy all night.They started the night with “Set Me on Fire”. They seemed to have kept the energy levels high throughout the entire night. Sameer Bhattacharya, lead guitarist, and Pat Seals, Bass player, were literally jumping off of metal steps that were on the stage and lead vocalist, Kristen May, showed a lot of passion and a wide vocal range as well. May has been with the band since 2012 and made her first album with them “Between the stars”, although it felt as if she was with the band from the beginning. As a surprise to the audience Kenneth Nixon came back on stage to sing a duet with May during their song” So I Thought”.

Flyleaf then finished the night with the song fans were so intently waiting for “So Sick”, their first hit and a crowd all-time favorite. During the song where May showed off the power of her vocals with her roar.
All in all the night gave Sacramento fans a great night of Rock music and fan favorites. All the bands gave their high energy performances and a good mix of new and old songs as well.

SHATTERED SUN Join “Dark Roots of Thrash II” Tour Alongside Testament and Exodus New Album Hope Within Hatred Available April 21


File Photo Credit: Bryce Fraser Chuck Billy lead singer of Testament preforming at the Aftershock Fest in 2012.


Texas metal assailants SHATTERED SUN will be joining the “Dark Roots Of Thrash II Tour”, undoubtedly the most crushing heavy metal tour to hit North America this spring, as direct support to legendary thrash titans TESTAMENT and EXODUS.  SHATTERED SUN took the roots of their Southern backdrop, infusing state-of-the-art metal and created Hope Within Hatred, the debut album to be released April 21, 2015 via Victory Records.


“We are ecstatic to announce this tour with TESTAMENT and EXODUS,” offers SHATTERED SUN frontman Marcos Leal. “This will be our first national tour and we couldn’t be more ready to represent and show the world what we are all about!  We have been anticipating getting out there and playing our new album “Hope Within Hatred” to the fans, so the moment we have been fighting for has finally arrived!  Thank you to TESTAMENT for having us out, this is a huge honor for us and we look forward to wreaking havoc with our brothers in metal EXODUS.”


EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt adds, “EXODUS are very excited in the most violent of fashion to announce our part in the Dark Roots of Thrash II tour with our old friends and label mates TESTAMENT, as well as soon to be new friends SHATTERED SUN!


TESTAMENT, EXODUS and SHATTERED SUN “Dark Roots of Thrash II” Dates:

4/01/15   Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA

4/02/15   House Of Blues – Hollywood, CA

4/03/15   Livewire – Scottsdale, AZ

4/04/15   Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM

4/06/15   Aztec Theater – San Antonio, TX

4/07/15   House Of Blues – Houston, TX

4/08/15   House Of Blues – Dallas, TX

4/10/15   Pop’s – Sauget, IL

4/11/15   Mojoes – Joliet, IL

4/12/15   Harpo’s – Detroit, MI

4/13/15   The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI

4/15/15   Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto, ON – CANADA

4/16/15   Rapids Theatre – Niagara Falls, NY

4/17/15   Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ

4/18/15   The Palladium – Worcester, MA, New England Metal & Hardcore Festival

4/19/15   The Paramount – Huntington, NY

4/21/15   Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY

4/22/15   Cannery Ballroom – Nashville, TN

4/23/15   Masquerade – Atlanta, GA