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Top Dead Center / Press

“And if you can't raise a beer to them at the end of the night, then you're just being an old dick. See them at Clicks Live Aug. 20th, bring your Mom, Dad, grandparents, they'll thank you. As always, metal rules always has, always will. Keep those horns up muthatruckas! -John G. (J.G.)_\m”


“Ol'Mikey (vocals) fronts a great band with awesome vocals that you will feel in the pit of your stomach. Behind Mike, melds two great guys Chris (bass) and Justin (drums). The two of them build the tone and the gallop thats been missing in todays metal, they depend on eachother and it fucking works. Pummeling bass and mind crushing drums, with killer rhythm and structure. The guitarists Jack and Johnny bounce off of each other like Kerry and Jeff from Slayer, its a beautiful ride on a locomotive from hell. The music as a whole is dirty, gritty, metal with a taste of something from our metal and rock past, you'll know when you hear it. And you know damn well their not gonna slip in a freakin ballad on you. It's 200 mph, high octane metal that you have to see and hear at least once. If you miss them consider yourself deprived.”


“Last nite, TDC played a free show at Zombies, which can be tough on a band with family and responsibilities, especially these days. However, they rocked as if they were getting paid 10 grand a piece, playing a blistering set... to a pretty well packed house. They brought an intensity rarely ever witnessed in a small venue. Their metal is like a new 5 star cuisine, finding new subtleties with every taste of every song.”


“Hailing from San Antonio, Top Dead Center is gearing up to release their heart pounding southern style heavy metal to the masses. This Southern style rock n roll band has been in the studio pumping out some new material guaranteed to make your head move from its’ brutal sound. Top Dead Center has a new vocal locomotive fronting the band, Mikey, which most of you will remember as former vocalist of Uriel, has taken front and center and is leading the band to what is to be a great asset to the San Antonio rock music community. But these boys just aren’t any ordinary band. With Chris on Bass, Johnny and Trey on guitars and Justin on Drums I warn you now girls, hang on to your panties cause a train is a coming, and its called Top Dead Center! Their unique mix of southern rock, vintage bar rock, and true heavy metal make these guys stand out in a scene of Hardcore, metalcore and grindcore bands that dominate the SA scene right now.”


“A Train Ride to Hell cd review the Edge Magazine Review by Zach Marcotte Top Dead Center punches us in the face then buys us a beer with their disc titled "A Train Ride to Hell." This super group of S.A. music veterans are a powerhouse of rock'n'roll fused with bar rock, classic rock, and heavy metal. Rowdy and fun, Top Dead Center's vicious live show is captured on "A Train Ride to Hell" which sounds great (recorded at Looney Bin by Bobby Mercier), and is easy to listen to over and over again. From opening to closing, "A Train Ride to Hell" is an auditory ride of the best kind of rocking brutality. Each song can stand alone like the invincible gunslinger at every high noon showdown, but they all fit in together to make a great album . . . some songs weigh in a tad heavier, more menacing and destructive like, The Lunatics are Taking Over the Asylum, whereas others encourage the beer flow like, Born Again, but they all kick ass.”

Zach Marcotte - The Edge Magazine

“backbeat review backbeat magazine Top Dead Center's "A Train Ride to Hell" has it all . . . shredding guitars, groovy grooves and breakdowns, pit starting rhythms, thundering bass, pounding drums, and extremely in your face yet discernible vocals. Top Dead Center is everything right with rock'n'roll and what rock'n'roll should be today.”

John Santos - Backbeat Magazine