If you’ve never heard of them(and you probably haven’t), Metalachi is the world’s first and only metal mariachi band where the member do covers of mostly rock/metal songs using mariachi instruments and take their stage outfits from the likes of GWAR, Rob Zombie, and KISS.  When I first heard about this band in 2011, I didn’t wanna believe it until I saw YouTube videos for myself. Upon seeing a few videos of them, I was instantly hooked and saw them for the first time later that year at the annual Sunset Strip Music Festival. Some of the covers they do include: Judas Priest’s “Breaking the Law”, Ozzy Osbourne’s “Cray Train”, Dio’s “Rainbow in the Dark”, and Iron Maiden’s “Run to the Hills”, a Metallica mix,a Led Zeppelin mix as well as a ton of others. They aren’t that big but little by little they are becoming known. The show they did on January 4th at the world-famous Roxy Theater was a fan appreciation show for them having reached 10,000 fans on facebook. It was a free show so anyone, fan or non-fan, were welcome.  There were a couple of guests on this night. When the show started, they had their first guest when they opened with a cover of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train”. The guest was Robert Sarzo, founding member of the glam metal band, hurricane, and ex-Ozzy Osbourne guitarist. Metalachi’s setlist was solid as they did “Youth Gone Wild”(Skid Row), “Rainbow in the Dark”(Dio), a Led Zeppelin mix, Man in the Box(Alice in Chains), “Epic” (Faith no More), and other rock/metal favorites. Through the night, Metalachi keeps us entertained by clowning around in between songs and they are just straight up hilarious! The highlight of the night was when they brought out the final guest. I was joking around with a friend as to who the guest might be but of course I had no idea that I would actually be right. The guest was none other than my idol as a drummer. Slayer’s very own, Dave Lombardo! When I first heard his name called out, I was shocked. I watched him jam with Metalachi as they did a cover of Slayer’s “Raining Blood”. Seeing that was truly historic and epic  and may never happen again. After that, Metalachi played a mix of Metallica songs and finally finished with a traditional mariachi song called “Son de la Negra”. This is a show that just about anyone would enjoy if you like something odd and different than the usual instrument playing. Recommended for anyone that likes having fun at a show.

Metalachi live – Raining Blood 1-4-13 w/ Dave Lombardo

Metalachi live – Crazy Train 1-4-13 w/ Robert Sarzo (opening)

Metalachi live – Man in the Box/La Negra Tomasa 1-4-13

Metalachi live – Master of Puppets, Nothing Else Matters, Enter Sandman 1-4-13

Me with Maximilian "dirty" Sanchez that plays violin for Metalachi Metalachi 5 Metalachi 4 Metalachi 3 Metalachi 2 Metalachi 1

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Tuesday, January 8th, 2013 at 10:04 pm.
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