Monday Metal Meltdown at the Unity Center
By Christina Stock
The band Hemlock out of Las Vegas, Nevada, returns for the Unity Center’s Monday Metal Meltdown and their friends are joining the concert on July 22, at 6 p.m. The other bands performing are local bands Sivol Black, G(d)*P, Mary Annett and Gooschi E.X.T.C.
The Unity Center, 108 E. Bland St., is known for its all-ages shows. It is one of the few places where metal bands, such as Hemlock are welcomed.
“I think over the last 20 years, Hemlock has probably performed 30 shows or more in town,” vocalist and bass player Chad Smith said. “We love coming back to rock again.”
Other members of the band are James Gelber, guitar; Troy Lee, guitar and background vocals; and Brian Smith, drummer.
The band describes its sound as a heavy blend of chugging riffs, deep bass tones, rhythmic grooves and catchy lyrics, with a “haberdasher” of melody mixed in. The lyrics are always creative and positive, and the songs have lots of scream alongs and hooks.
Hemlock has been called “The Kings of self-promotion” and has been noted as the hardest working up and coming metal band, even though they have been around since 1993. Hemlock gets the crowd involved in its live shows, and puts on the show of a lifetime, every time. The band makes sure that everyone goes home knowing they had fun.
Hemlock has released eight full-length albums and it has toured the United States extensively, recently touring Canada, Europe and Japan. Hemlock is on the road about eight months a year, and has toured with Slayer, Slipknot, Ministry, Meshuggah, Otep, Disturbed, Hatebreed, Lamb of God, Chimiara, Snot, Devil Driver, Machine Head and Mastodon, to name a few.
Their music and tour can be followed on most social networks: youtube.com/hemlockworld, twitter, Facebook, reverbnation.com/hemlock and on their webpage hemlockworld.com.
After the concert in Roswell, Hemlock is heading east to perform at The Rock House in El Paso, Texas.
For more information, call the Unity Center at 575-208-8603.