Gregg Higgins

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    September 16, 2014

    Goatwhore at Fitzgeralds, 9/15/2014

    Goatwhore, Venomous Maximus, Demoniacal Genuflection, Legion Fitzgerald's September 15, 2014 Of all the days of the week, none are less metal than Mondays. The domain of alarm clocks and rent payments, Monday must necessarily be the sworn enemy of middle fingers and Jager shots. Nobody applies KISS ... More >>

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    April 14, 2014

    Helstar & Venomous Maximus at Fitzgerald's, 4/12/2014

    Helstar, Venomous Maximus, Sanctus Bellum, Termination Force Fitzgerald's April 12, 2014 The list of local bands that can still fill up Fitzgerald's more than 30 years after jamming out on their first power chord is a short one. On Saturday night, the metallic warriors in Helstar proved they can st ... More >>

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    January 16, 2014

    Rip It Out

    The coming year in Houston recordings.

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    November 15, 2013

    The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Untapped Festival, Little Joe Benefit, etc.

    Venomous Maximus Fitzgerald's, November 15 Houston's dark overlords of doom-metal should be coming into this Fitz show -- their first hometown gig since opening for Guns N' Roses in May -- on quite a high, having just shared a stage with the mighty Slayer at last weekend's Fun Fun Fun Fest. Now pr ... More >>

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    November 15, 2013

    Venomous Maximus Ramps Up to Conquering Mode

    2013 was a big year for the men of Venomous Maximus. The local metal kings toured with Down, opened for Guns 'N' Roses and played SXSW and Fun Fun Fun Fest. They even signed a deal with Napalm Records, which issued the band's critically acclaimed album Beg Upon the Light in Europe for the first time ... More >>

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    July 30, 2013

    HPMA Showcase Spotlight: Venomous Maximus, "Cheesy, Curious, Obsessed, Immortal"

    In the weeks leading up to the Houston Press Music Awards showcase on Sunday, August 4, Rocks Off will be profiling a handful of performers each day, mostly in their own words - part of the best top-to-bottum lineup the showcase has ever had, in our humble opinion. See the showcase schedule and tick ... More >>

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    December 24, 2012

    Friday Night: Pallbearer, Power Trip, etc. at Fitzgerald's

    Pallbearer, Venomous Maximus, Power Trip etc. Fitzgerald's December 21, 2012 When Fitzgerald's changed ownership a couple of years ago, some of us worried that the days of mondo metal shows at the storied club might be over. But as has often been the case of late, Fitz was once again the center of ... More >>

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    October 18, 2012

    Venomous Maximus Readies Beg Upon the Light For Wide Release

    This Saturday night at Fitzgerald's, Houston's Venomous Maximus releases what is the best metal album to come out of Texas in a long, long time. Maybe too long. Beg Upon the Light has already begun to wash upon the metal music press in the past few weeks. This is the band's first full-length LP, c ... More >>

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    September 20, 2012

    Venomous Maximus, American Heist Barrel Into Dallas' Riot Fest

    This week our sister paper the Dallas Observer and their music blog DC9 At Night talked to Houston's own Venomous Maximus -- namely lead singer Gregg Higgins and guitarist Christian Larson -- for their "My First Show" series. Rewind: Venomous Maximus Head Out Onto the Highway For Summer Tour Roc ... More >>

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    July 3, 2012

    Venomous Maximus Head Out Onto the Highway For Summer Tour

    Summer is the season for Houston bands to hit the road for tours, and Houston's metal demons Venomous Maximus are heading out onto the highway themselves. Tonight at Rudyard's the group throws a tour fundraiser/kickoff with friends the American Heist and A Dream Asleep. On July 13, the band sets o ... More >>

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    April 17, 2012

    Rocks Off Exclusive: Venomous Maximus Premiere "The Mission" Music Video

    Houston's Venomous Maximus have made their first music video, directed and edited by Bryan Forrester, for their song "The Mission" from last year's EP of the same name. The video, a spooky black-and-white affair featuring strobe shots, raven witches, and the band playing in the woods, is Forrester's ... More >>

  • Music

    November 10, 2011

    2011 Music Awards Showcase

    Your guide to the bands and venues.

  • Music

    August 18, 2011

    Men on a Mission

    Venomous Maximus is Houston's most philosophical metal band.

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    January 3, 2011

    Saturday Night: The Sword At Fitzgerald's

    Photos by Craig Hlavaty​The Sword Fitzgerald's January 1, 2010 Aftermath wasn't even nursing a hangover after New Year's Eve, but the Sword's headlining show Saturday night melted down whatever residual toxins we were floating in and washed them away across 90 minutes at Fitzgeralds upstairs. ... More >>