An unlikely tribute to classic metal cover songs from artists such as Metallica, Slayer and Ozzy Osbourne will be played with traditional mariachi instruments.
Metalachi, the first and only heavy metal mariachi band, are set to perform Friday, Dec. 7, at Lola’s Saloon and Sunday, Dec. 9, at Trees.
Metalachi are on tour in support of their recently released third album, Tres. The band is well-known for performing tribute and original music by adding a unique twist of metal and mariachi beat.
“Metalachi is exactly what it sounds like. It is a metal mariachi band that plays songs from big acts from the likes of Dio, Black Sabbath, Metallica, etc.,” Vega De La Rockha, lead vocalist of Metalachi, says via email.
De La Rockha says that the crowd can expect a performance that will make them want to sing, dance and mosh. He also says that most of the time, the audience is a fun, drinking crowd that can be loud and rowdy.
“Most of the people that come see us for the first time don’t know what to expect at first, but once they see us hit the stage and hear the music and the jokes we incorporate in between songs, then they know what we are all about, having fun and making sure everyone else does,” De La Rockha says. “We have been to Fort Worth and Dallas many times before, and the crowd never disappoints. Some of the best fans we have hands down.”
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De La Rockha says that the new album has a few more original songs than the band's previous two albums but still has the same fun and entertaining tribute songs.
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“The sound and structure of the songs are more defined,” De La Rockha says. “On this one the production is much better in sound and ideas. We have also added our second original song, 'LUCHA,' inspired by our friends at Lucha Underground. Vocally, the album is a tour de force with the backing vocals and choruses also. El Cucuy [Metalachi’s trumpet player] sings on two songs, 'Bohemian Rhapsody' and 'More than Words.' Personally, this one is my favorite of all the three.”
De La Rockha says for those who are curious, they should not be afraid of having an open mind toward acts such as Metalachi.
“We hope you all can come and party it up with us," he says.