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Saint Diablo w/ Elisium 

When: Sat., Dec. 8, 8 p.m. 2012
Tito Quinones, the lead singer for Virginia-based Saint Diablo, knows the secret to happiness. It’s a little drink he calls “a smiley face on the rocks.” “It’s what I imagine ‘happy people’ must drink every day that allows them to remain so ‘happy,’” Quinones says. “Smiley Face on the Rocks” is one of the standout tracks on Saint Diablo’s recently released self-titled long-player, a hard-hitting collection that mixes liberal doses of System of a Down and Pantera, with a little bit of Latin flavor and a wee bit of Mike Patton. “I always let the audience know that I am jealous of those that can stay positive in a world full of so much hurt.” And Quinones and company know plenty about hurt. They play a bruising 200-something shows a year. Currently, Saint Diablo is working on a Spanish-language remix of their self-titled disc. “We have always been a gumbo of sounds that are laced with bilingual messages,” Quinones says. “I grew up listening to both Spanish and English music, so to me I can’t imagine not doing both all the time.” —Chris Haire

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