JAM Magazine Concert Reviews

December 31, 2014
South Side Ballroom
Dallas, TX USA
Review by Noah Holt
Photos by Michael Insuaste


Oh HellYeah... Bringing In The New Year Hard And Heavy

To be honest, I was not looking forward to this New Years Eve concert, but I was pleasantly surprised by the great performance HellYeah and Drowning Pool put on at the South Side Ballroom in Dallas, Texas I mean, obviously this was going to be a good show to see, but it was even better than I expected.

The night was a cold, but the fans didn't seem to mind as they stood in line outside the building 45 minutes before head into the show. I didn't arrive in time to catch the first band, but Triple SP's songs rocked hard and with great guitar solos. Straight out of Fort Worth, this is now one of my favorite local bands. Volume Dealer, also based out of Fort Worth, draws a lot of influence from Pantera, from their aggressive, tuned-down sound to the Dean guitar their guitarist plays.

Local heroes Drowning Pool put on a good show. Opening with "Step Up," they kicked ass right out of the starting gate. Vocalist Jason Moreno did an excellent job of recreating the vocals of the late Dave Williams as DP stormed through "Pity Me," "Sermon" and others in celebration of the 13th anniversary of their debut album, Sinner. C.J. Pierce (Guitar), Stevie Benton (Bass) and Mike Luce (Drums) were each at the top of their game and gave a solid performance. With a lot of energy and cool steam jet stage effects, Drowning Pool finished off an excellent set with their biggest hit, "Bodies."

As for the most anticipated band of the night, HellYeah's performance established them as the kings of the mosh pit, with Vinnie Paul living up to his legend behind the drum kit. Their sound was the most powerful of all the bands, with guitars tuned low and vocals as brutal as they come. But amongst all the heaviness, there was sense of fellowship as Chad Gray spoke to the audience about "being there for your brothers." after he whipped them into a frenzy. Tom Maxwell tore it up the way any metal guitarist should while Kyle Sanders, with his huge dreadlocks and overpowering energy, made you reconsider what a bass player should be bringing to the stage. At 11:59 PM, the guys brought out champagne and began the countdown to 2015. After the balloons dropped, the band completed their awesome with a bit more gusto.

Although these bands aren't the kind of music I would usually go see live, their abilities as performers cannot be denied. I ended up having a good time, despite my expectations. Definitely a good 7 out of 10 in my eyes.