Thomas Cazares.

When Tides Turn is one of the hardest-hitting metal bands in the Coachella Valley—and has been for quite some time. The heavy riffs, backbeats and vocal performances make any performance one for the ages. For more info, visit Thomas Cazares plays guitar for the group, and he was the latest to take The Lucky 13.

What was the first concert you attended?

Ozzfest 2001 was the first real concert I attended, featuring some of my favorite bands like Slipknot, Linkin Park and Black Sabbath. It was pretty life-changing.

What was the first album you owned?

The first album was White Zombie, Astro-Creep: 2000, and it was on cassette tape.

What bands are you listening to right now?

I always have some of my favorite bands in my playlist: Children of Bodom, Cradle of Filth, AFI, Nightwish and St. Vincent.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?

Grindcore. I don’t know if I would say everyone loves it, but a lot of people I have played music with seemed to love it.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

I was supposed to see Nightwish this year, but they canceled the show due to COVID. I have been wanting to see Nightwish with Floor Jansen so bad for years now!

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

I love Megan Thee Stallion! I know it’s not metal, but it slaps!

What’s your favorite music venue?

I have never had a bad time at the House of Blues in Anaheim, and it is pretty intimate. You can really get up close to the stage.

What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?

“While I waited, I was wasting away,” “The Great Disappointment,” by AFI.

What band or artist changed your life? How?

System of a Down was a big influence and life-changing band for me. I was just discovering metal and hard rock. Learning guitar and music really helped me get through hard times as a teenager. I had just got the Toxicity tablature book, and that really influenced my playing.

You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?

I would definitely be asking my favorite musician/guitar player, Alexi Laiho (R.I.P.): “What is your favorite song to perform, and why?”

What song would you like played at your funeral?

“Till the World Ends” by Britney Spears.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Follow the Reaper by Children of Bodom.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

“Existential Terror” by Cradle of Filth.

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Matt King

Matt King is a freelance writer for the Coachella Valley Independent. A creative at heart, his love for music thrust him into the world of journalism at 17 years old, and he hasn't looked back. Before...