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Black Market Hero

Formed: 2006
From: New York City, NY, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Black Market Hero News

Below is our complete Black Market Hero 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.

With Daggers Drawn Announces New Lineup

New Jersey metal band With Daggers Drawn has issued the following update regarding their lineup:

"Max Illidge and Joey D'Amico (ex-40 Below Summer/Black Market Hero vocalist and guitarist) have now joined WITH DAGGERS DRAWN! They join Tommy Costello (lead guitar), Ed Schiro (bass), and Greg Telfeian (drums) in the band. The debut show with the new line-up will be Saturday, March 6th at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ opening up for God Forbid & Kittie! Purchase tickets at [this location]. New music is coming soon! Head on over to MySpace for more info and a video of us working in the studio." More...

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Black Market Hero Posts New Song Online

New York metal band Black Market Hero has added a new track to their arsenal of melodic metal. The new track, "Hand of God," has been performed at recent shows, however was never released until now. The band has been diligently writing fresh new material since the addition of their new lead guitarist, Angel Vivaldi, back in January of this year. Black Market Hero plans to eventually release a full record once they've completed the writing process.

You can check out the new song on the band's MySpace page.

If this track has left you itching for more Black Market Hero, you can download a copy of Angel's face melting shred solo album "Revelations," released on iTunes March 11th 2008. Check out www.angelvivaldi.net for tracks, video, photos and links to purchasing the record.

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Black Market Hero Part Ways With Guitarist

BLACK MARKET HERO, the band featuring members of FLAW and 40 BELOW SUMMER, has issued the following update:

"It is with great regret that we wish to inform everyone that Ryan Jurhs [guitar] will no longer be a member of BLACK MARKET HERO. This has come to pass for very respectable and justifiable reasons that we choose to keep private and personal. We would like to wish Ryan the best of luck in his future endeavors, and we'll always value his friendship and the contributions he made as a member of BLACK MARKET HERO.

"BLACK MARKET HERO will be seeking a replacement guitar player in the near future. Stay tuned for announcements regarding the audition process."

BLACK MARKET HERO has been busy writing and recording music in preparation for the release of its debut album. The group's lineup includes vocalist Max Illidge (40 BELOW SUMMER), guitarist Joey D'Amico (40 BELOW SUMMER), bassist Matt Fortin (CONFLICTION), and drummer Micah Havertape (FLAW).

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Black Market Hero Post More Music Online

BLACK MARKET HERO, the band featuring members of FLAW and 40 BELOW SUMMER, has posted 10 more recent and previously unreleased tracks along with ringtones on their MySpace page. The full-length tracks have been appropriately titled the "Demo Collection." They are also available through www.isounds.com.

BLACK MARKET HERO has been busy writing and recording music in preparation for the release of its debut album. The group's lineup includes vocalist Max Illidge (40 BELOW SUMMER), guitarist Joey D'Amico (40 BELOW SUMMER), bassist Matt Fortin (CONFLICTION), guitarist Ryan Jurhs (FLAW), and drummer Micah Havertape (FLAW).

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Black Market Hero Post New Music Online

BLACK MARKET HERO, the band featuring members of FLAW and 40 BELOW SUMMER, has posted new music on its MySpace page. The group has been busy writing and recording music in preparation for the release of its debut album. They will also be heading back out on the road in late June and early July for a string of dates.

BLACK MARKET HERO's lineup includes vocalist Max Illidge (40 BELOW SUMMER), guitarist Joey D'Amico (40 BELOW SUMMER), bassist Matt Fortin (CONFLICTION), guitarist Ryan Jurhs (FLAW), and drummer Micah Havertape (FLAW).

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Mistress Juliya The Cause Of Flaw's Split?

In a recent interview with The All Knowing Force, Flaw front-man Chris Volz stated that former Fuse VJ Mistress Juliya as the cause of the bands breakup in 2004. Volz claims Juliya brainwashed former bassist Ryan Juhrs by introducing him to his idols which lead to the split.

Juliya called into the show on March 13th, along with Juhrs current band-mates in Black Market Hero, where she stated that Volz comments were drug and alcohol induced and accused him of being a woman beater.

Audio of the Chris Volz conversation is available here and Juliya's here.

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Black Market Hero Announce Tour Dates

Black Market Hero, which features members of Flaw and 40 Below Summer, have announced the following tour dates:

February 15th in Covington, KY @ Mad Hatter
February 16th in Cleveland, OH @ Peabodys
February 17th in Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa
February 21st in Charleston, SC @ Music Farm
February 22nd in Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
February 23rd in Thomasville, SC @ The Soundvent
February 24th in Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues

The band has been working on their debut which should be released later this year. You can hear some of their material on their MySpace page.

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40 Below Summer To Tour?

It appears that 40 Below Summer have reunited, according to the band's myspace page they are advertisting "the return of 40 Below Summer" with an in store signing at Vintage Vinyl in Fords, NJ on Wednesday, November 1st. Also, their myspace is advertising a show at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ on November 4th. Openers for 40 Below Summer include Severance and Black Market Hero.

40 Below Summer have also added a new song, "Relapse", to their myspace which can be found at the following address:http://www.myspace.com/40belowsummer . Their new album, "The Last Dance" is currently in stores.

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Hear Black Market Hero's New Song Online

Black Market Hero (ex-40 Below Summer) have posted their two new tracks "Walking The Plank" and "3D" online here.

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Ex-40BS Bassist Quits Touring Due To Hearing Loss

Former 40 BELOW SUMMER bassist Hector "Hook" Graziani has been forced to leave his new band BLACK MARKET HERO after losing "a big percentage" of his hearing through years of rehearsing and performing. His official statement on the matter reads as follows:

"I never thought that this day would ever come, but what I'm about to say is one of the most hardest and most difficult things to do; so, I'll do it very short and sincerely...

"After thirteen years of non-stop playing, recording, performing music, touring and everything with it, I have to stop doing what I love doing the most... Why? Because I really never took care of my ears, I now have lost a big percentage of my hearing. I always took care and only thought about music, my bandmates, my fans and rock n' roll; but right now I have to take care of myself. So, I'm leaving my new band BLACK MARKET HERO. I wish my brothers in that band the best because they are the best and most dedicated muscians I've ever known. I also want to take this time to deeply thank 40 BELOW SUMMER (Max, Joey, Carlos and Jordan) for rescuing me, bringing me back to music and giving me the best years of my life. Also part of those amazing years have been made possible because of all the dedicated, loyal and undying supportive fans — you all know who you are and you are all the best! I also want to thank all the bands I shared the stage with... the tours, the backstage and onstage moments, as well as all those crazy Jager nights, will always live in my heart.

"To my family, gracias de todo corazon. Thanks for always supporting and accepting my absence all these years.

"To all my fellow muscians, please protect your ears don't wait until it's too late to do so.

"ROCK N' ROLL will always live in me and I will alway live in ROCK N' ROLL."

40 Below Summer played their final show at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ on September 17th with all of the bands original members. It was filmed for a DVD to be sold at a later date. The remaining members of the band, frontman Max Illidge, guitarist Joe D'Amico and bassist Hector Graziani, continued on together under the moniker of Black Market Hero.

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40 Below Summer Disband

40 Below Summer have decided to call it a day and will play a final show at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ on September 17th with all of the bands original members. It will be filmed for a DVD that the band will sell through their official website at a later date. Despite the end of 40 Below Summer, the remaining members of the band, frontman Max Illidge, guitarist Joe D'Amico and bassist Hector Graziani, will continue on together under the moniker of Black Market Hero. Also in the line-up are Ryan Jurhs of Flaw fame on guitars and drummer Ali Nassar. The band will open the aforementioned 40 Below Summer show.

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