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Chris Pérez, Selena’s Husband, Faces His Past and Looks Forward, Musically

Chris Pérez, Selena’s Husband, Faces His Past and Looks Forward, Musically

Music: Chris Pérez never saw it coming. “All I ever wanted to do was play guitar,” he told the Current. “I never thought I’d be the subject of an interview... By Enrique Lopetegui 8/28/2013
Beaches Be Trippin\': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Beaches Be Trippin': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Arts & Culture: Let’s face it, most of us Lone Stars view the Texas coast as a poor man’s Waikiki. Hell, maybe just a poor man’s Panama Beach — only to be used... By Callie Enlow 7/10/2013
Chris Perez, husband of slain Tejana icon Selena, tells of romance, suffering

Chris Perez, husband of slain Tejana icon Selena, tells of romance, suffering

Arts & Culture: In one of the final chapters of his book To Selena, With Love (out March 6), Selena's widower Chris Perez mentions that Abraham Quintanilla, his former father-in-law, once... By Enrique Lopetegui 3/7/2012
A Look Back at SA\'s Homebrew History

A Look Back at SA's Homebrew History

The Beer Issue: Homebrewing is a foundational American virtue. Not just Sam Adams smiling back from the bottle that bears his name—virtually all the... By Lance Higdon 10/15/2014

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Immortal Guardian: 'Super Metal EP'

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Power metal and prog metal have more in common than the fact that Immortal Guardian flips effortlessly between the two; they're also high-proficiency genres that create a love-it-or-leave-it reaction amongst headbangers. Judging from their popularity around these parts, a lot more people love 'em than leave 'em, and it's easy to see why: Gabriel Guardiola's guitar/keyboard attack is a twin terror showcased right off the bat on "Nevermore" and "Surface" (though the Malmsteenian piano coda on the latter is evidence of why some people stay far away from this stuff). Cody Gilliland's drumming is often spectacular, and while Wesley McCool's vocal shifts are a bit too polished to deliver the brutal attack of a Black Dahlia Murder, they complement the power-prog on display nicely. IG's reputation largely rests on their dazzling prowess as a live band, and while Super Metal doesn't shift the balance, they've learned a few tricks in the studio. There are moments — like the video-game-run-amok duel between Gabriel and Gilliland at the beginning of "The Great Escape" — where they show tantalizing glimpses of what they could become with a big budget and a simpatico producer.

★★★ ½ (out of 5 stars)

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