Story and photos by Stephanie Pillar
SANTEE, January 31 – Four of San Diego’s home grown hard rock and heavy metal bands hit the stage at Santee’s Second Wind.
It was an excellent night of rock as Rammoth jump started the night with their heavy-hitting, metal sound. The Rammoth Metalband is Alex Alvarez on drums, Brett Baugh and Mike Kearns on guitar, Ted Staub on bass and lead singer, Gary Pacini.
On Descent soon followed with lead singer, Justin Hedrick, Louie Borja on guitar, Stu Bacca on bass and the always entertaining, very flamboyant drummer, Rogelio Estrada (Jr)! We were all treated to a bit of a surprise performance when Rogelio Estrada (Sr) switched up with his son for a couple of songs. The elder Estrada, well known for his masterful drum style with Relax Max and Monsters of Rock, was also very impressive on the metal side.
Seventrain performed in the third spot. Their self-titled, debut CD was released in February, 2014 and over the year, Seventrain’s star has risen, opening for such acts as Pat Travers, Michael Schenker, Skid Row and Puddle of Mudd as well as being nominated for Hard Rock Album of the Year in the 2014 San Diego Music Awards! Their sound is blues-based, hard rock influenced by AC/DC, Alterbridge, Audioslave, Kings X, and, of course, Led Zeppelin! Seventrain is fronted by the guitar-slinging, lead singer, Jon Campos and rounded out by Eric Horton and Jef Poremba on guitar, Steve (Dino) Andino on bass and Joel Maitoza on drums.
Topping off the night was Bloodlines with Shawn Salerno, Tommy Johnston, Paul Vouaux Sr, and Paul Vouaux Jr fusing different styles of rock with rock-solid grooves, hard, melodic vocals, and blistering guitar solos.