The Rocks Off 100: Willow Villarreal, Hatetank Maniac


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Why Do You Stay In Houston? "Houston is a great city," says Villarreal. "It has museums, theaters great food [and] numerous shows going on on any given night. The weather leaves something to be desired, but it's South Texas. I know it's kinda messed-up, but I like the harshness, grittiness and the urban city vibe that Houston has. It's not a bro-jock college town like Austin."


Biggest Music Scene Pet Peeve "Local bands who do not promote their own shows and can't show up on time to load into the venue," he says. "Just because it's my show doesn't mean you can't help promote the show as well... and then they want to get paid afterwards."


5 Desert Island Discs (+3): "Sorry, I've always hated this question, but..."

  • Slayer, Reign In Blood
  • Roy Orbison, The Very Best of Roy Orbison
  • Bad Brains, Bad Brains
  • The Doors, The Doors
  • Tori Amos, Boys For Pele
  • Danzig, Danzig II: Lucifuge
  • Suicidal Tendencies, How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Smile Today
  • Iron Maiden, Seventh Son of a Seventh Son


Best Show(s) Ever "The best show I ever went to was my first real show in 1995," says Villarreal. "It was Slayer, Biohazard and Machine Head. I moshed the whole time until 4 songs into Slayer's set when my legs started cramping up and I could barely stand up.

"In 1996 I saw Sepultura, with the original singer Max Cavalera, opening for Type O Negative and Ozzy," he continues. "It was one of the most violent pits I've ever seen. This huge Mexican dude with locks through his nipples was attacking all the white kids in the crowd until a bunch of them banded together and took him out.

"I also saw Slayer and Unsane in a club in San Antonio the same touring for their punk covers album Undisputed Attitude," he concludes. "I still can't believe I saw Slayer in a club."


FallCore begins at 5 p.m. Saturday at Walters, 1120 Naylor, www.waltersdowntown.com.


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1120 Naylor St., Houston, TX

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