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Latest Re:Ignition News

Below is our complete Re:Ignition news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

Forbidden Reveals Drummer For European Tour

Reunited thrashers Forbidden have revealed that Mark Hernandez will be behind the kit on their forthcoming European tour. Mark has a wealth of bands he's previously played for including Heathen, Vio-Lence and RE:Ignition amongst others.

Guitarist Craig Locicero states: "Yes, we're all very excited about going over to Europe with Mark Hernandez behind the kit. It took us a while to sort out all of the details, so we apologize for the delay. It was rumoured that Chris Kontos, whom I already have the honor of playing with in SPIRALARMS, was going to be Forbidden's European drummer. But that did not pan out because Chris had other obligations with ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT and the PART TIME CHRISTIANS. So we had to try out some other drummers and Mark was on fire for the gig! He knocked us over with his audition and showed us how good he really is. This guy is going to surprise a lot of people. He shocked all of us and really did his homework.

"I've known Mark a long time after seeing him play with Vio-Lence and Re:Ignition and most recently Heathen so I knew he had some chops. The last thing we would do is put someone onto the Forbidden drum throne who could not handle the job and pressure of filling some mighty large shoes. Obviously, Paul Bostaph and Steve Jacobs would be there if they could, but Paul's in TESTAMENT and Steve is unavailable in the time frame of this tour. So Mark won the job flat-out and he deserves it! So let's show him some love and respect to Mark when he bashing behind the kit with us in Europe. Make him feel welcome!"

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Onesidezero Forced To Cancel European Tour

Onesidezero’s upcoming European tour, alongside Adema and Re:Ignition, has been cancelled due to personal reasons within the Adema camp. The band has released the following statement:

"Things like this happen and it sucks! Of course we're all bummed out, but Tiefdruck Musik, our German label, our manager, and Onesidezero have worked really hard to make this happen," commented drummer Rob Basile. "We're not looking at this as a complete cancellation, but an opportunity for all bands to regroup and reconvene at a later date. We're still hyped to get there!"

"While Adema, Onesidezero, and Re:Ignition will not be fulfilling the February and March '08 dates scheduled in Europe, we have intentions to revisit these tour plans sometime in the near future," added Onesidezero manager Shawna Morey. "Tiefdruck-Musik, Onesidezero's European label, has been very supportive of all artists involved, and we're looking forward to a long lasting relationship and all overseas touring opportunities to come."

Onesidezero is currently supporting their recently released Ulrich Wild (Static-X, Stabbing Westward, Taproot) produced sophomore album, which was released th rough Corporate Punishment Records. The album is the long awaited follow-up to the band’s critically acclaimed 2001 debut “Is This Room Getting Smaller”, which saw the group tour with the likes of Incubus, 311, Static-X, and Soulfly.

Here are the latest ONESIDEZERO tour dates:

Jan 26 Mesa, AZ @ Cell Block
Feb 01 Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
Feb 02 Denver, CO @ Independent Records *** Acoustic In-store performance
Feb 16 Las Vegas, NV @ Zia Record *** Acoustic In-store performance
Feb 16 Las Vegas, NV @ The Cheyenne Saloon
Feb 17 Redondo Beach, CA @ Venezia Grill

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Re:Ignition Cancel European Tour Again

RE:IGNITION, the band featuring SKINLAB members Steev Esquivel (guitar) and Snake (bass), as well as Dave Moore (vocals), Tim Howell (guitar) and Mark Hernandez (drums), have issued the following update:

"Our European tour has been cancelled again!"

"We are very bummed to say that we are not coming to Europe in February. We will let you know when we find out when we are coming."

Sorry to everyone who already got tickets."

Further updates from the band to follow.

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Re:Ignition Debuts Video For "Head On" Online

Re:Ignition, which features Steev Esquivel and Snake of SKINLAB, have unveiled the video for the track "Head On" from their Corporate Punishment debut, "Empty Heart, Loaded Gun." The video can be seen online here or below.

"We're excited to finally share this video with everyone. It's been a long time coming and we're all very happy with the outcome," says Esquivel. "Noah Shulman and Shawn Sparks did a great job putting this thing together. Hope everyone digs it."

Since its release, "Empty Heart, Loaded Gun" has quickly earned Re:Ignition a loyal underground following with its powerful riffs and the soaring melodies of frontman Dave Moore. The album was #1 most added on the CMJ Loud Charts and has prompted critical acclaim.

High profile artists like former Soil guitarist Shaun Glass (Dirge, Broken Hope) have also championed the group’s melodic hard rock sound stating, "Any fan of rock music will instantly be brought in after one listen the the bands debut 'Empty Heart Loaded Gun'. The band's new video for the track 'Head On' only shows the emotion and just how real this band is."

Re:Ignition is currently streaming their debut album in its entirety through AltSounds, where the album has quickly become the #2 most played streams with over 43,000 plays, right behind 10 Years who hold top spot. More...

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Onesidezero Announces Headlining Dates, Euro Tour

Los Angeles based Onesidezero has added more tour dates in support of their recently released self-titled sophomore album. The group will play a series of West Coast dates to round out the year, including a spot on
104.7 The Edge's "Not So Silent Night" show with Atreyu, Five Finger Death Punch and Fair To Midland.

Onesidezero will kick off 2008 with a European tour alongside Adema and Re:Ignition which is scheduled to begin February 27, 2008 in Hamburg, Germany. More cities and dates will be announced soon.

"I think I can speak for all of us in saying FINALLY! We love touring! We've seen most of the United States and Canada several times and it's been awesome. That being said, we're ready for Europe," says Onesidezero drummer Rob Basile. "Europe has produced so much amazing music and art, and I can't wait to experience that first hand. Personally I love history, and good beer, so I can't think of a better place to go. It's also going to be a pleasure hitting the road again with Adema, as we've toured with them on two separate occasions in the past, and Adema's live sh ow is amazing and they're great guys."

"We are really excited to finally be getting our ass's overseas and are grateful to Tiefdruck-Musik for giving us this opportunity," adds frontman Jasan Radford. "2008 is starting to look like a great year for Onesidezero and thank you all for the support!" More...

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Milwaukee Metal Fest XIX Announces Undercard

Milwaukee Metal Fest XIX has announced that the majority of our undercard has been booked. Undercard bands are featured, non-headlining bands and 36 featured bands are listed below. Though the list is substantial, it's not quite all of them. There will be more undercard announcements in a few days.

Milwaukee Metal Fest XIX The Undercard: More...

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Re:Ignition Mixing Debut Album

Guitarist Tim Howell of RE:IGNITION has issued the following update on the progress of the recording sessions for the group's debut album, "Empty Heart Loaded Gun", due later in the year via Corporate Punishment Records:

"We are finally done with all the tracking and editing of the record that seemed like would never end. After changing producers and studios and editors, we have hashed out everything and it's in the capable hands of Peter Rutcho (SEEMLESS). We have six songs very close to being mixed and six more on the way. We are so fucking glad to have it out of our hands and almost finished."

"Empty Heart Loaded Gun" will feature guest appearances by guitarist Phil Demmel (MACHINE HEAD, ex-VIO-LENCE) and vocalist Brock Lindow (36 CRAZYFISTS).

RE:IGNITION is:

Dave Moore (ex-MINDBENDER) - Vocals
Steev Esquivel (SKINLAB, ex-DEFIANCE) - Guitars
Tim Howell (ex-FUELED, SACRILEGE B.C.) - Guitars
Snake (SKINLAB) - Bass
Mark Hernandez (ex-TECHNOCRACY, TORQUE) – Drums

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Defiance Sign With Corporate Punishment Records

Oakland, California thrashers DEFIANCE, best known for their seminal late '80s/early '90s Roadrunner releases "Void Terra Firma" and "Beyond Recognition", have inked a deal with Los Angeles-based Corporate Punishment Records. The group will enter Trident Studios in Concord, CA with producer Juan Urteaga (EXODUS, SKINLAB, VILE) this summer to begin work on their fourth album, tentatively due before the end of the year. Upon completion of the LP, the band is looking forward to playing selected shows and festivals. In addition to the new LP, Corporate Punishment Records will also release the band's first long-form DVD, "Decade(s) of Defiance", compiling hours of live performance, interview and archival footage chronicling their nearly 20 years of existence

Part of the so-called “second wave” of Bay Area thrash (which also included the likes of FORBIDDEN, VIO-LENCE, DEATH ANGEL, and TESTAMENT), DEFIANCE officially disbanded in 1993 after the departure of vocalist Steev Esquivel (who would go on to form SKINLAB, and later RE:IGNITION), while the remaining members, with the addition of vocalist Dave Godfrey White (HEATHEN), formed INNER THRESHOLD, which would also eventually disband.

In 2005, rumors of a reformed DEFIANCE sent waves of interest through the burgeoning thrash metal community, until it was finally confirmed that the band had in fact reunited and were at work on their first new material in over a decade.

"I'm really stoked to be playing with DEFIANCE again," says guitarist Jim Adams. "We have been working on some new songs and ideas that are really heavy and complex. We are not moving away from the Bay Area thrash style that people will expect to hear from us, no detuning or anything like that. We are writing pure straight forward thrash metal." Bassist/founder Mike Kauffman adds, "We've been working hard at writing new songs and we're all looking forward to working with Corporate Punishment. We hold ourselves to a very high standard when it comes to songwriting and I'm sure our fans will not be disappointed."

In addition to the classic lineup of Doug Harrington (guitar), Jim Adams (guitar), Mike Kaufmann (bass) and vocalist Steev Esquivel, the LP will also feature ex-VIO-LENCE/TORQUE drummer Mark Hernandez.

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Re:Ignition Recording Debut Album

RE:IGNITION guitarist Steev Esquivel (also of SKINLAB) has issued the following update:

"We are currently recording our debut album, 'Empty Heart Loaded Gun'. Things have been going great! With drums having been complete for a while now, things are starting to take shape. Snake [also guitarist in SKINLAB] is nearly complete with all 14 songs. The bass tones he and Kent Matcke [METALLICA, STABBING WESTWARD] have gotten are just phenomenal! Snake has really taken the time to focus on his bass tone — as well as technique...can you say BULLFRog, ohhh, yeah!

"Guitars have been coming along too. We've spent the better part getting tones, trying out different amp combinations and dealing with sneaky Mexican radio feedback, haha, when trying to split the amps! We've since taken care of all that and have been moving forward with guitar-tracking, which by the way is coming out slammin'! Tim [Howell; ex-FUELED, SACRILEGE B.C.] and I have really done our homework and are coming in the most prepared we've ever been. The guitar tones are sounding great, just straight-up heavy as hell! Dave [Moore; ex-MINDBENDER) will be coming in next week to begin tracking his guitars as well as getting started on vocals.... YES!!

"We can't wait to get this album done and share it with everyone. People are gonna be surprised by this record, straight up! Some cool label announcements coming
soon... daaaaang, we're so close, I can taste it.

"Oh yeah, come check us out January 13 with our buds THE MERCY CLINIC and DECONSTRUCT at The Pheonix Theatre, Petaluma. Also January 31st at House Of Blues (more details TBA)."

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Mustaine "Narrows Down List" Of Gigantour Bands

Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following Gigantour update in the "Forums" sections of the band's official web site:

OK, now here is some dirt on the first and second stage: I wanted to have the first stage be powerful and the second stage be a glimpse into the future bands that are either influenced, fans, or friends of mine and Megadeth. I did say that I had 'this band' or 'that band' in my sights, but I have seriously narrowed down the list.

I am still interested in Dry Kill Logic, Overkill, Dead New Day, Re:Ignition, Life Of Agony, Children Of Bodom, The Agony Scene, Diecast, Symphony X, Otep, and believe it or not, Anthrax and Testament. There are a lot more bands still trying to get onboard, but I think I will just have to make a list for next year.

My dilemma is this; the West Coast run will not have The Dillinger Escape Plan on for the first several shows. I am still deciding to either fill that slot or just go on as a four band show for the main stage. I would love to have Anthrax or Overkill on the main stage with us all, but I don't want to offend Anthrax by offering them that slot unless they really want to take it, and I don't know if Overkill are available yet.

After that, there will be more shows at the end of the tour where Dream Theater will have finished and I need to fill that slot (If I do) at that time.

This tour will run from mid-July to mid-September and will also include Texas, Georgia, and Florida this time, as well as another stint across Canada at the end of the tour.

We have been made offers to go to Mexico City and Monterey, Mexico on the Gigantour run; and Santiago, Chile; and Sao Paolo, Brazil in October on our own. I will not go down to South America without playing Argentina or Columbia too, so don't worry. We just have to work out the details.

Please stay tuned so that I can give you more of the official news real soon.

Meanwhile, the first two dates have been announced for Gigantour. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

08/23 - Wantagh, NY @ Tommy Hilfiger At Jones Beach Theater
08/24 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center

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RE:Ignition Set to Enter the Studio

SKINLAB and RE:IGNITION mainman Steev Esquivel has offered an update on the bands current schedule:

"Hey there everyone, sorry about the lack of updates lately. We've all been hard at work writting new material and getting ready to hit the studio once again to record some more tunes. This time we're set to record with multi-platinum producer Sylvia Massy (TOOL, SEVENDUST, SYSTEM OF A DOWN) at her killer studio RadioStarStudios in Weed Ca. starting January 6th. We're honored to be able to work with Sylvia, she's been apart of some of our favorite records and have no doubt she'll be bringing out the best of RE:IGNITION. We'll keep you all posted."

The Bay Area group have just one show lined up this December:

December 11 - Concord, CA @ The Time Out

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Steev of Skinlab Set To Do Exodus Vocals on Tour

Following the firing of Exodus vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza and the subsequent addition of Exodus to the Megadeth tour (replacing 12 Stones), it appears Steev Esquivel of SKINLAB / RE:IGNITION will be handling all vocal duties for the Bay Area's EXODUS on the bands forthcoming tour in support of MEGADETH. Also appearing on the bill with EXODUS will be nu-rockers EARSHOT.

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Three New Re:Ignition Songs Online

Re:Ignition (featuring Steev Esquivel and Snake of Skinlab fame) have posted three songs from their new demo online, which they recorded recently at the Trident Studios in Concord, California with Juan Urteaga (40 Grit, Cattle Decapitation) producing. You can find them at the project's official website www.reignitionmusic.com.

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