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Gross Misconduct

Formed: 2000
From: Nanaimo, Canada
Last Known Status: Active

Background

Since its inception in late 2000, Gross Misconduct helped resurrect the relatively dormant Vancouver Island metal scene with their brand of Canadian metal. With the emphasis being on harmonies and all out speed, Gross Misconduct emerged from the ashes of two Nanaimo-based skate punk/metal bands (Fuck Right Off and Spent Load). The four piece started with original members Dave London (guitars/vocals), John Kurucz (drums) and Jesse Brooks (bass) in 1999. The band went through an arduous process in finding the second axe needed to fill out the assault, but that man was found in the summer of 2000 in Jesse Brint. Since then, the band has concentrated on writing their signature brand of metal: harmony laden riffs over top of a crushing rhythm section. Their sound takes from both the European thrash-metal movement and the North American death metal scene to create a vortex of beautifully catastrophic metal. The band played countless shows on Vancouver Island with the likes of NomeansNo, Anonymous and Meatlocker 7 to name a few. In September 2003, the group re-located to Vancouver, with the hopes of conquering the Vancouver death/thrash scene.

Latest Gross Misconduct News

Below is our complete Gross Misconduct 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.

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Gross Misconduct Splits With Bassist

Canadian outfit Gross Misconduct has issued the following announcement about parting ways with bassist Brent Mackenzie and writing a new album:

"It’s been awhile since any meaningful update, so without further ado… First the bad news — Brent is no longer playing bass with us. He’s taking some time away from music to focus on other aspects of his life, and although we respect his decision, we also hope he changes his mind…

"Now the good news — we are still a band! Although we haven’t played live since that rad At the Gates show last summer, we are most definitely still jamming all the time, and the writing of our third album is almost complete.

"We really like where it’s going and our writing/playing chops have never been better ... despite our old age.

"We don’t have an ETA on when we’ll have a new bass player or when we’re going to hit the stage again. But worry not. We haven’t gone anywhere, and we don’t plan on it any time soon." More...

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Gross Misconduct Cancels Upcoming Shows

Canada's Gross Misconduct has issued the following announcement about canceling upcoming shows due to John Kurucz suffering a back injury:

"Dudes, John here. Shitty news. I have re-aggravated a serious back injury that has rendered me useless.

"Unfortunately we can't play the two shows scheduled for this month on July 6th and 13th. We will make it up to yous dudes later this summer, or early in the fall.

"Love you long time, John/GM."

For more Gross Misconduct, you can also check out the band's previously posted music video for "Of Redemption" at this location.

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Gross Misconduct Posts "Of Redemption" Video

Canadian-based death/thrash band Gross Misconduct has released a video for "Of Redemption," the lead track off the band’s forthcoming album "The Disconnect." Check out the clip below. Comments the band:

“We bought a keg of beer, invited dozens of friends to our practice space for a couple of hours and this is the result. We hope you like it. Rest assured, this is but a small taste of what’s to come on our new album…”

Of Redemption was filmed and directed by Rob Trendiak and Alex Tranq. The band recently released a separate track off the album called “Our First Perversion,” which can be heard by going to this location. "The Disconnect" will be released on Friday, November 11. More...

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Gross Misconduct Reveals "The Disconnect" Details

Drummer John Kurucz of Canadian based death/thrash band Gross Misconduct has checked in with the following update about the release of a new album:

"We are beyond stoked to announce that our new album will be released on Friday, November 11 through our website and various online channels (iTunes, CD Baby, etc.) The album is called The Disconnect. It contains nine songs and runs just shy of 50 minutes.

"We had Neil Kernon mix the album and Alan Douches master it. It goes without saying that their reputations precede both of them, and we're extremely happy with the job they did.

"As far as the musical direction goes, The Disconnect hints at our 2007 debut, The Process of Indoctrination, while pushing things a lot further. We've grown a lot as musicians and as songwriters in the last four years, and The Disconnect is a reflection of that fact.

"We've released a song off of The Disconnect called Our First Perversion, and it's available on our Facebook page, located here.

"We will be releasing a new video for the lead track on our album, a song called Of Redemption, within the next week. But in the meantime, here's a video we made last summer for Abaddon, a track off The Process on Indoctrination." More...

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Gross Misconduct Streaming Debut Album Online

Gross Misconduct will be releasing the new album "The Disconnect" later this month, and in celebration of the new release the band is streaming the entire debut album "The Process of Indoctrination" online. Gross Misconduct issued the following announcement about the stream:

"In anticipation of the release of our new album 'The Disconnect' on 11.11.11 we have made our entire debut album available for streaming. Check out the 'Music Store' tab for a link to stream the album, buy a physical copy, (Only two left from the original pressing) or to purchase a digital copy.

"Thanks so much for the support, please help spread the word and make sure you all get your asses out to The Media Club for our CD release on 11.11.11.

"We will be uploading a new song and a new video in the next 10 days, keep checking back for those."

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Quartered, Bison B.C, 3IOB Nominated For Award

Vancouver metal act Quartered has announced that it has been nominated in the "Best Metal Band" category at this year's first annual Urban Culture Conference. The new awards event has categories based in music, blogs, arts, sports, food, beer, radio and nightlife (amongst many others) which all spotlight distinct Vancouver talent.

You can find the entire list of "Best Metal Band" nominees below and you can also cast your vote, for every category, at this location.

Bison BC
3 Inches of Blood
Gross Misconduct
Archon Legion
Artep
Tard
Muspellheim
Quartered

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Gross Misconduct Recruits New Bassist

Gross Misconduct has issued the following announcement about parting ways with bassist Ryan Shepard and recruiting new member Brent MacKenzie:

"Alright, so there’s a new guy in our band now. His name is Brent MacKenzie. You may remember him from such musical endeavours as Menz, Devived and Soulscar.

"As for Ryan, there’s no drama, ill will or anything of that nature behind our decision. We slayed many dragons with him, but the time has come to part ways. We wish him the best of luck.

"As for our decision to go with Brent, the choice was pretty simple. Extensive market research and public opinion polls suggested that we needed a married guy with glasses and short hair in our band to even out the long hair to short hair ratio. He’s also good at music and stuff. Come see Brent and his glasses at our show on March 11 at Funky Winkerbeans in Vancouver."

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Gross Misconduct To Perform New Material Live

Vancouver's Gross Misconduct has issued the following announcement about playing new material and upcoming live show:

"March 11 At Funky Winkerbeans -- 35 Hastings Street, in Vancouver with Gross Misconduct, Carnivitriol, and Excruciating Pain. $10 Doors = 9 pm.

"We'll be on stage by midnight, and we will be playing new material from our upcoming album that you've never heard before. There's a new guy too!"

You can also check out Metalunderground.com's look at Gross Misconduct in the "Unearthing the Metal Underground" column at this location.

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Gross Misconduct Announces Benefit Show

Gross Misconduct has issued the following announcement about performing a benefit show for James Holt, who is about to begin cancer treatment:

"A good friend of ours from back in the day is about to begin cancer treatments, and we are trying to help him out. $16,000 is needed for our buddy James Holt, and it’s needed ASAP. We are going to play a benefit show for James on Nov. 6 at the Astoria in Vancouver. Our set will consist of a couple of tunes from our upcoming album, on top of a bunch of covers from the 1970s and 1980s. Details are still being confirmed, but it looks like cover will be $10 and the set times are 11:30 and 12:30. The Facebook link here has info on how to help James out."

The show details are as follows:

Gross Misconduct and Needles//Pins
Nov. 6
The Astoria
769 Hastings Street, Vancouver
Cover: $10
Doors 9
Set times = 11:30/12:30

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Gross Misconduct Checks In With Band Update

Gross Misconduct has checked in with the following update about working on a new album:

"Hey how about an update? It’s only been close to a year, why not? We are playing the Vancouver Metal Fest at Vancouver's Rickshaw Theatre on July 31 with some of the best talent not only in Vancouver or Western Canada, but this whole country — all for a measly $12. We are headlining the show, and hope to be on stage for about 11:30-11:45ish. There is no way you will miss the last bus/Skytrain, so you have no excuse.

"As far as our new album is concerned, it is damn near done. There are a couple things left to do, but we’re confident that it will be out by the end of summer. We’ve got almost all the tracking done and most of the art done. We’ve even come up with a name for it! We’re in the process of getting some big names to help us on the mixing/mastering end of things, and we hope to announce those names soon. In the meantime, we are back to playing shows after a year off, and we are looking forward to destroying you all. Check back often, as the next few months will get busy, busy, busy."

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Gross Misconduct Issues Recording Update

Gross Misconduct bassist, Ryan Shepard, has issued the following album update:

"Here's a quick update on where we are with the recording of the new album:

"The album is 8 full songs and around 50 minutes

"-The Drum tracks are 100% complete
-Rhythm Guitar tracks are 100% complete
-Bass tracks are 70% complete
-We will start tracking Vocals and lead guitars from mid-November to late December.
-Mixing and mastering will be early 2010
-We hope to release the album end of Q1 2010

"We are really happy with how it is coming out, and I can say that anyone that liked the first album will LOVE the 2nd.

"We also playing a show on Nov 20th at The Fall tattooing at 433 Seymour St. Vancouver.
Gross Misconduct is headlining with support from Reckoner and Kooznetz.

"We play 4 songs from the new album live now, so come out for a preview!"

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Unearthing the Metal Underground in Vancouver

Each week in "Unearthing the Metal Underground," we'll be putting a few quality underground bands in the spotlight in an attempt to get the word out about them. This week, I am exploring the metal scene in Vancouver, Canada.

First, I give you one of the best live bands in Vancouver: Gross Misconduct. As huge fans of Chuck Shuldiner (R.I.P.), Gross Misconduct picks up where Death left off. The band also draws influences from Iron Maiden, Slayer and good old Metallica. The death/thrash-metal four-piece have opened up for big names such as The Haunted and Amon Amarth. Gross Misconduct maintains the high quality metal that epitomized Death. It is impressive how both Schuldiner and Gross Misconduct vocalist/guitarist David London can pull off singing while playing such technical metal. More...

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Gross Misconduct Announces Vancouver Tour Date

Vancouver death/thrash band Gross Misconduct has been added to Forbidden's only Canadian tour date, scheduled for August 26 in Vancouver. The show will take place at The Bourbon, located at 50 Cordova Street West, and Gross Misconduct is slated to play directly before Forbidden.

“To say we are honoured to play with thrash legends such as Forbidden is an understatement,” said Gross Misconduct guitarist Jesse Brint. “We are looking forward to debuting new material from our upcoming album as well.”

Gross Misconduct is also scheduled to play at the Alberta-based Harvesting Hell festival on Sept. 6, with the band sharing the stage with QUO VADIS and THE DAYGLO ABORTIONS among others.

Gross Misconduct’s untitled sophomore album is tentatively scheduled for an October release date and will feature nine songs and 50 minutes worth of material.

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Gross Misconduct Recording New Album

Vancouver death/thrash band Gross Misconduct is set to begin recording its second album, with drum tracking to commence at Vancouver's Mushroom Studios on July 18.

Following up on Gross Misconduct's independently released 2007 debut "The Process of Indoctrination," the band's as-of-yet-untitled second album is set for a fall release date.

"We've got nine songs and around 50 minutes of material," said Gross Misconduct guitarist/vocalist David London. "Our new album represents the next logical step in our progression as musicians. There's some songs on there that you'd come to expect from us, but definitely some tunes that will catch people by surprise. There's a healthy mix of fast and slow, brutal and epic and maybe even an instrumental in there as well..."

With a recording schedule that will take the band through August, Gross Misconduct is also playing a handful of festivals and club dates while in the studio.

The band will perform at the Vans Warped Tour at Vancouver's Thunderbird Stadium on August 14 and at the Alberta-based Harvesting Hell Festival, alongside Atheist, Quo Vadis and many more on September 6. The band will also headline a show at the Cobalt in Vancouver on July 31 with Over The Coals and Resurgence.

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Gross Misconduct Announces Show With The Haunted

Canadian band Gross Misconduct has issued the following announcement about an upcoming show with The Haunted:

"We are super stoked to play this show and thank everyone who made it possible. We will have tons of new merch, so come check them shits out!"

The line-up will be as follows:

The Haunted
Merauder
The Agonist
Gross Misconduct

April 7 at the Commodore, Vancouver

Doors: 7 pm
Show: 8 pm

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Terror Syndrome Headlines Vancouver's Brutalfest

Vancouver metallers, Terror Syndrome, have confirmed that they will be headlining Vancouver's Brutalfest. They will be performing at two shows on Saturday, April 18th at the Maritime Labor Center in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Terror Syndrome explains, "We will first headline an All Ages show during the day starting at 2pm. Then we will headline a second show that will be 19+, starting at 7:30pm." More...

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Gross Misconduct Inks US Distribution Deal

Vancouver death/thrash band Gross Misconduct has secured U.S. distribution through The End Records.

Gross Misconduct’s debut album, “The Process of Indoctrination,” is now available through The End’s online mail order site, the Omega Order.

“Having our music available to as many people possible is our primary goal, and we’re stoked to be working alongside The End towards achieving that,” said Gross Misconduct vocalist/guitar player, David London. More...

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Neuraxis, Fuck the Facts, Gross Misconduct To Tour

Neuraxis, Fuck the Facts and Gross Misconduct will be touring Canada this June. Tour dates confirmed so far are in western Canada.

Gross Misconduct have stated on their web site that they "are working on dates to fill out the remainder of June by ourselves. We plan to hit up Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec."

Here is the list of tour dates:

Jun. 8 Calgary - Underground
Jun. 9 Kamloops - Chilli's Bar
Jun. 11 Victoria - Logan's
Jun. 12 Vancouver - The Cobalt
Jun. 13 Prince George - Columbus Community Centre
Jun. 14 Edmonton - The Meadhall
Jun. 15 Regina - The Exchange
Jun. 16 Saskatoon - Walker's

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CBC Radio 3 Launches First Full Metal Podcast

Canada's CBC Radio 3 has launched the first Full Metal Podcast, hosted by Lisa Christiansen. The podcast features new music from Arapacis, Bison, Cursed, Cryptopsy, Derelict, Divinity, Forty Birds, Gross Misconduct, Penetrator, Protest the Hero, Rammer and Sequoia.

"We play a lot of great music here at Radio 3, and for one radio station we do play an unbelievable number of different genres, from hip hop to folk; electronica to pop and hard rock. But there is one genre that is sadly under-represented - metal.

"But not anymore. Today marks the first Full Metal Podcast for CBC Radio 3. And I couldn't be more um, filled with unholy joy.

"For the past few months a crack team of producers and one eager host, have listened to literally hours of metal tunes from our collection here at New Music Canada. We then sought out the opinions of a few serious metal heads and created this podcast.

"You'll hear music from Protest the Hero, Cursed, Bison, and Cryptopsy. I check in with a touring Cam Pipes of 3 Inches of Blood and ponder the why behind Montreal's metal capital of North America status with legendary drummer Flo Mounier of Cryptopsy.

"It's a cross-country journey through some of the hardest and loudest music being made in Canada today, and it's all in one easy to enjoy package. So kick back and get ready and watch where you bang that head. Neck injuries are not covered by Radio 3."

To listen to the podcast, visit CBC Radio 3.

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Gross Misconduct Signs Canadian Distribution Deal

Vancouver-based death/thrash band Gross Misconduct has signed a Canada-wide distribution deal with PHD Canada Distributing.

The deal will see Gross Misconduct's debut album, The Process of Indoctrination, available in major retail outlets across the country, including HMV, A&B Sound, Archambault, CD Plus and Sunrise Records.

"Getting this deal done represents achieving one of our primary goals for our debut album," said Gross Misconduct's vocalist/guitarist David London. "We're looking forward to working with PHD to ensure that people can access our music no matter where they're located in Canada."

The deal culminates what has been an extremely productive 10 months since Gross Misconduct released its debut album in May 2007.

Since that time, the band has shared the stage with Amon Amarth, Martyr, Neuraxis, Thine Eyes Bleed and Infernal Majesty, on top of playing the Vancouver stop of the Vans Warped Tour in July, 2007.

"We are preparing to tour across Canada this summer with some of the biggest names in the Canadian metal scene," adds drummer John Kurucz. "The details are being finalized, but we're pumped to share the stage with some of Canada's best metal bands and play in as many cities as we possibly can."

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