Sons of Texas ‘Forged by Fortitude’ – Album Review


        Sons of Texas, who are from…you guessed it, Texas; Mcallen, Texas if you’d like to be nit-picky about it. These guys play a brand of metal that is reminiscent to several other Texas bands. I hear a bit of Pantera, and Stone Sour, influence in the vocal work, and in the fact that they have a massive groove throughout their songs, and I hear a Texas Hippie Coalition vibe going on as well. They have an album coming out September 22nd, 2017, which is actually tomorrow I realize as I write this; may not be tomorrow by the time this reaches your eyes though. The upcoming release is called Forged by Fortitude, and these five guys (Mark Morales: Vocals, Mike Villarreal: Drums, Nick Villarreal: Bass, Jon Olivares: Guitar, and Jes De Hoyos: Guitar) have crafted a hard-hitting album for their fans. The riffs are powerful and full of grooves, not to mention that there is a definite Texas flavor to these songs.

        I personally, am not a fan of this style of music, as a lot of it sounds the same to me; like Nickelback, but with a harder edge. However, Sons of Texas are very good at what they do, and my opinion is just that…my opinion, and yours may differ greatly from mine. The opening track was fantastic, “Buy in To Sell Out”. It was heavy, and I had some high hopes for the album; the second track was also really cool, “Feed the Need”. After that though, my interest declined with each song, and I absolutely was not impressed with “Beneath the Riverbed”. All that said, anyone who likes this band will absolutely get into this album. What they do as a band, is something they execute very well; I’m just not into it personally. The lead guitar is well played, not flashy or boring, the band is tight with each other, and the vocals are also executed very well.

        So, if you have liked anything that Sons of Texas has ever done, then you will also enjoy Forged by Fortitude. So when it comes out on September 22nd, 2017 go grab it, and I’ll go grab something heavier for myself.

Tom Hanno

Chimera Magazine