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Down The Drain

Formed: 2002
From: Buffalo, NY, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Down The Drain News

Below is our complete Down The Drain 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.

Mike Portnoy Tribute Available For Free Download

Independent musicians, graphic artists, and a computer graphics demogroup have collaborated on a grand scale multimedia tribute to Mike Portnoy, in celebration of over a quarter of a century of highly influential musicianship. Mike Portnoy’s early investment into the internet, as well as his relationship with the global fan base, created a fad-transcending musical community that continues to grow past the post quarter century mark.

“Mike, over the years, has fueled an online community with tireless energy and effort, of which it has been a pleasure to be a part of. Members of the community feel that paying some of that energy forward is the least they could do to show their appreciation,” says compilation producer Anthony Morse.

The multimedia tribute appears in the form of a free three disc digital album, interviews,
and some stunning music videos graphically generated by the legendary Greek demogroup Andromeda Software Development.

"Honor Thy Drummer: A Tribute to Mike Portnoy" contains 3 digital discs, 2 new, and a bonus
2009 retrospective disc featuring choice selections from the previous digital release MPF
2009. "Honor Thy Drummer" features a diverse range of styles and approaches, drawing inspiration from Mr. Portnoy’s award winning approach to music, created by acts inspired by his musical influence. The resulting music seamlessly crosses many musical boundaries weaving from heavy time-spanning progressive metal to concise folk.

"The Honor Thy Drummer" multimedia collection is available for free download at spaceprog.com. It contains the digital album in MP3 format, a digital PDF booklet featuring photos, lyrics, and bios of the contributing artists. Two of three interviews with contributing artists Relocator, In Progress, and S.A. Adams, are included, and shed light on their collaborations with progressive metal superstars Derek Sherinian, Mark Zonder, and Mike Portnoy himself, all of whom play on the artists‘ tracks featured in Honor Thy Drummer. The third interview will be released in January.

The scope of this endeavor reaches across the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and the American continent. This project, fueled by the hard work and dedication of all of the participants, resulted in a quality work free to the world, and without the complications of revenue generation. The collection is, simply put, a high quality independent project available freely to all that desire the audio/visual experience.

Here are a couple of videos from the compilation:

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Down The Drain Posts New Music Online

Buffalo, New York-based quintet featuring MALEVOLENT CREATION singer Brett Hoffmann, DOWN THE DRAIN has posted two new songs, "The Joining" and "Seeds Of Victory," on their ReverbNation page. The tracks come from their upcoming album "Seeds Of Victory," which was formerly entitled "Ground Pounder," is tentatively due for release in early 2011 via an as-yet-undetermined record label.

"Back Of Your Hand", the first-ever official video from DOWN THE DRAIN, was filmed on August 29, 2008 at The Red Eye Saloon in Lackawanna, New York. The music video can be viewed below:

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Cellbound Releases Live Video Footage

Cleveland band Cellbound has released a live video for the song “Forgotten” on youtube. The video was directed and produced by SS Multimedia, also known as Skinny and Stitch from Mushroomhead. The video was shot on June 19, 2009 at Peabody’s in Cleveland, OH during Cellbound’s Skullbong Bash/CD release party for their debut album “Fallen Angels of Sui Caedere.”

Cellbound is currently working on material for their second album and have the following upcoming shows:

August 7th - 31st Street Pub - Pittsburgh with Down the Drain (featuring Brett Hoffman of Malevolent Creation)
August 21st - Carriage House - Ohio with Stemm
August 22nd - Chicago, IL - 4th Annual Midwest Metal Anthem festival

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Down The Drain Posts First Music Video Online

Bret Hoffmann (Malevolent Creation) has posted his first music video with his band Down the Drain on their MySpace page, also viewable below. The video is for the song "Back Of My Hand." The band's second CD, "Ground Pounder," is finish snd is awaiting release.

You can check out the video below and additional songs on the band's MySpace player.

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Down the Drain Post New Music Online

Music from DOWN THE DRAIN, featuring Bret Hoffman of MALEVOLENT CREATION, has been posted online. The band will be releasing new music through Arctic Music Group this summer. You can take a listen here.

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Down the Drain Sign With Arctic Music

DOWN THE DRAIN, featuring former MALEVOLENT CREATION vocalist Brett Hoffmann, have posted the following update:

"Well, we can finally let everyone know that Down The Drain has signed with Arctic Music Group.

Our debut album, Dying Inside, will be coming out through Arctic with the release date set for the 1st month of the new year... January, 2007!

Should be a great way to start the New Year!"

Stay tuned for more details. Meanwhile, check out the album's title track at www.downthedrainmusic.com.

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ex-Malevolent Creation Vocalist NOT On New Album

MALEVOLENT CREATION mainman Phil Fasciana has rejected as "wrong" an announcement on the official DOWN THE DRAIN MySpace.com page that former MALEVOLENT CREATION and current DOWN THE DRAIN frontman Brett Hoffman will be singing two tracks on MALEVOLENT's upcoming studio album. "Brett Hoffman is not singing any songs on our new album and either is Jason Blachowicz," Phil told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. "Jason has rejoined the band — yes, that is true — but he is playing bass, not singing (unless some backing vocals are needed). Brett is no longer a part of MALEVOLENT CREATION and hasn't been for the last five years and is definitely not recording with MALEVOLENT CREATION. All vocals will be performed by vocalist Kyle Symons who replaced Hoffman in late 2000 and has recorded the last two studio albums, 'The Will To Kill' and 'Warkult' and a live album that was released earlier this year titled 'Conquering South America' and was recorded in Brazil on the Brazilian Tour in 2003 and has no plans of leaving or being released from the band. Whoever posted that information about Brett and Jason singing on our new album is an idiot and it is 100% not true!!!" The current recording and live lineup is:

Kyle Symons – vocals
Dave Culross – drums
Jon Rubin – guitars
Jason Blachowicz – bass
Phil Fasciana – guitars

MALEVOLENT CREATION will play the following live dates in Mexico this coming December:

Dec. 02 - Aguascalientes, MEX @ La Caverna
Dec. 03 - Mexico City, MEX @ Circo Volador
Dec. 04 - Puebla, MEX @ La Ciricua Bar

These will be the last shows in support of the band's ninth album, "Warkult". MALEVOLENT CREATION are currently writing the material for their tenth studio CD, entitled "Doomsday X", which will be released spring-summer 2006. Several European festival appearances will follow next summer.

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