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Threat Signal

Formed: 2003
From: Canada
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Threat Signal News

Below is our complete Threat Signal 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.

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Threat Signal Finish Shooting New Video

Canada's THREAT SIGNAL have posted this message on their official website:

"The video shoot for 'A New Beginning' was a blast. Big thanks to RT, Jordan Gross, and the whole crew at 235 Films. We expect the video to be hitting the airwaves by late May. Along with the release of the the video, we will be releasing 'The Making Of A New Beginning' in or around the same time. But for now you can take a sneak peak at the video shoot location.

In other news - we will be teaming up with THE HOLLY SPRINGS DISASTER for a run of dates on Canada's East Coast.

Also - the dates for The Spring Run 2008 have been kick ass so far. HAIL THE VILLAIN and ALPHA GALATE have been nothing short of great. Expect a video blog from us in the near future."

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Threat Signal To Film "A New Beginning" Video

Canadian metallers THREAT SIGNAL will team up with award-winning film director RT of 235 Films on Thursday, April 10 for a video shoot for the song "A New Beginning". The track comes off the group's debut album, "Under Reprisal", which was released in North America on August 22, 2006 via Nuclear Blast Records.

THREAT SIGNAL recently uploaded a demo version of a new song, entitled "Beyond Recognition", on the group's MySpace page.

Drummer George Parfitt left THREAT SIGNAL last year in order to focus on his family life. He has since been replaced by Norm Killeen.

THREAT SIGNAL tour dates are as follows:

April 08 - The Foundation Nightclub - Barrie, ON
April 11 - The Salt Lounge - London, ON
April 12 - Casbah - Hamilton, ON
April 19 - St. Paul's United Church - Milton, ON
April 27 - L3 Nightclub - St. Catharines, ON

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Fear Factory, Threat Signal Members Form Arkaea

Fear Factory members Christian Olde Wolbers (guitar) and Raymond Herrera (drums) are proud to announce the debut album of their new group, Arkaea. The band also features one of metal's hungriest young singers, Jon Howard (Threat Signal).

Arkaea has just finished up preproduction and are scheduled to enter the studio to begin recording. This album promises to be as pummeling as anything the gold-selling team of Olde Wolbers and Herrera has ever written.

Olde Wolbers comments: "These songs were designed like the Fear Factory songs that Raymond and I always wrote. However, we've been able to push the boundaries and go out of that context, while remaining heavy."

"Christian and Ray have been writing together for many years, so the music does have a lot of Fear Factory elements," adds Howard. "However, we've been open to trying different things. It basically fuses what I have been doing vocally in Threat Signal with driving Fear Factory rhythms, along with some of our own experimentation. The idea behind the project is to be heavy, but maintain melody at the same time."

Howard has been a part of the Fear Factory family ever since Olde Wolbers served as producer for Threat Signal's debut, Under Reprisal. Given that connection, the chemistry was there the instant the band started playing together.

The band's yet untitled album is due out fall 2008 on KOCH Records and plans for touring are under way in support of the record.

You can preview new music on the band's MySpace page.

It was reported last month that Christian Olde Wolbers and Raymond Herrera had joined forces with former DAMAGEPLAN singer/HALFORD guitarist Patrick Lachman in a new project called BURN IT ALL. The band was reportedly shopping a four-song demo at the time. It is presently unclear what the formation of Arkaea means to the future of Burn It All.

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Threat Signal Announce Ontario Tour Dates

Canadian metallers THREAT SIGNAL will team up with ALPHA GALATES and HAIL THE VILLAIN for a short run of Ontario dates. The details are as follows:

April 08 - The Foundation Nightclub - Barrie, ONT
April 11 - The Salt Lounge - London, ONT
April 12 - Casbah - Hamilton, ONT
April 19 – [to be announced] - Milton, ONT
April 27 - L3 Nightclub - St. Catharines, ONT

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Threat Signal Announce New Guitarist

Canadian metallers THREAT SIGNAL have issued the following update:

"We are pleased to announce guitarist Adam Weber as the final piece of the THREAT SIGNAL puzzle. The writing process with Adam has already begun, and we're all looking forward to recording and touring with him."

THREAT SIGNAL recently uploaded the demo version of a new song, entitled "Beyond Recognition", on the group's MySpace page.

Drummer George Parfitt left THREAT SIGNAL last year in order to focus on his family life. He has since been replaced by Norm Killeen.

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Nuclear Blast Extends Century Family Contract

Founded in Donzdorf, Germany in 1987, ranked #11 in the "Top 20 Rock/Metal Labels" and #41 in the "Top 50 Labels" charts by Hit Quarters in 2007, Nuclear Blast Records has extended its production and distribution deal with The Century Family, Inc. for the United States.

From his office in Germany, Nuclear Blast label owner and President Markus Staiger had this to say about the continued two-year contract renewal:

"We are very thrilled to continue our work with the Century Family. It is great that 2 metal companies can work together so close without any problems and fun to have such professional and nice people in the U.S. working for us! Be sure to expect a great year in 2008 for NUCLEAR BLAST and Century Media. NUCLEAR BLAST will release new titles from MESHUGGAH, DIMMU BORGIR, KATAKLYSM, KORPIKLAANI, THREAT SIGNAL, ALL SHALL PERSIH, DEATH ANGEL, HYPOCRISY, IMMORTAL, and EXODUS, as well as a stunning new album from TESTAMENT and AVANTASIA's third album The Scarecrow (featuring members of KISS, SCORPIONS, MAGNUM, Jorn Lande, and more), along with some IN FLAMES re-releases, too. Also, keep an eye out for our new U.S. signings - they are all young, fresh and brutal new acts with tremendous new albums. Among these is SUCCESS WILL WRITE APOCALYPSE ACROSS THE SKY who play brutal Florida Grind-Death Metal! Big thanks goes to the NB U.S.A. Team, Century Media, and our distributor Caroline/EMI. Special THANKS to our great metal fans!"

Since 2000, Nuclear Blast has maintained U.S. staff and operations in Los Angeles via a successful and long-running production and distribution deal with The Century Family, Inc., parent of Century Media Records. Century Media currently maintains a distribution deal with Caroline/EMI which it manages for Nuclear Blast under the arrangement.

States Century Media CEO Oliver Withoeft:

"Nuclear Blast and Century Media are looking forward to an even closer cooperation in 2008. The new year will prove to be a decisive year for the music industry, and we will continue to be at the forefront of setting trends in Metal. Our customers will be pleased to learn that we will expand our offers beyond the traditional ways of selling music."

2007 has been a year of distinction for Nuclear Blast in both Europe and North America. In addition to hosting a celebratory 20 year anniversary festival in Stuttgart this past October in the presence of over 6,000 metal fans, various 2007 releases made extremely noteworthy entries onto the Billboard charts.

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Threat Signal Announce New Guitarist

THREAT SIGNAL vocalist Jon Howard has issued the following update:

"I believe Threat Signal owes you an explanation regarding member changes.

This is what's been going on...

First, I would like to say, every former member of the band CHOSE to leave for their own personal reasons. And I am happy the way the band has turned out in the long run. We sound better than ever and we're having a great time together!

Early in the summer Kyle (McKnight - guitar) informed me that he no longer wanted to continue his career with the band. The main reason was touring, and not wanting to be away from home, even to play an hour away... we cancelled over 60 shows because of this. I was extremely disappointed. He then wanted me to post a statement saying he had given up on music, which I didn't post, because I don't believe it to be true.

I, on the other hand, will never turn my back on my passion, my friends, my fans, or myself. I started Threat Signal, and I will die with Threat Signal. I've recorded and produced every song we've ever done, wrote music, and written all lyrics and melodies, so I'm totally confident in moving forward with the band.

We have recently recruited a young shredder from Texas, Travis Montgomery. He's one of the best young players I've ever seen. Oh and he's also killer at guitar... His style fits in perfectly with what Threat Signal has created, and you will shit when you hear him play on the next album. You can see him in the tour blog videos. We are extremely excited about the new material we've been writing together, and I can't wait to release the next album. We are hoping to be in the studio by spring 2008.

So with all that said, I would like to thank everyone who has stuck with Threat Signal and supported us through the good and bad times. Life is a fucked up ride, but everything happens for a reason and we only get stronger."

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George Parfitt Team Up With Michael "Skip" Cromer

Former THREAT SIGNAL drummer George Parfitt has teamed up with BYZANTINE bassist Michael "Skip" Cromer to form an as-yet-unnamed new band. The group, whose musical direction is said to be "very heavy, in the vein of STRAPPING YOUNG LAD," also features former CHILDREN OF TRAGEDY guitarist Andrew Wiens. The band is currently writing material for its debut album, which it hopes to release sometime in 2008.

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Threat Signal Post Third Tour Blog Online

Canadian metallers THREAT SIGNAL have posted the third video blog documenting their fall 2007 "The Hard Harvest Tour". Watch the six-minute clip below.

Drummer George Parfitt recently left THREAT SIGNAL in order to focus on his family life. He has since been replaced by Norm Killeen.

As previously reported, THREAT SIGNAL frontman Jon Howard is collaborating with FEAR FACTORY members Christian Olde Wolbers (guitar) and Raymond Herrera (drums) on a brand new side project. The as-yet-unnamed group will occupy much of the trio's time while FEAR FACTORY frontman Burton C. Bell focuses on his ASCENSION OF THE WATCHERS project, which recently inked a deal with MINISTRY mainman Al Jourgensen's 13th Planet Records.

Christian Olde Wolbers produced THREAT SIGNAL's debut album, "Under Reprisal", which was released in North America on August 22, 2006 via Nuclear Blast Records. More...

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"20 Years Of Nuclear Blast" Trailer Posted Online

A three-minute trailer for the forthcoming "20 Years of Nuclear Blast" two-DVD set can be viewed below. Due on November 30 via Nuclear Blast, the collection — as the title implies — celebrates the 20th anniversary of the German metal label, featuring two DVDs with almost six hours' worth of footage, including 70 promotional clips and a four-part history of the label hosted by DESTRUCTION bassist/vocalist Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer.

The following clips can be found on the "20 Years of Nuclear Blast" two-DVD set:

01. DIMMU BORGIR - Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse
02. IMMORTAL - One By One
03. HYPOCRISY - Scrutinized
04. GOREFEST - The Glorious Dead
05. KATAKLYSM - Manipulator Of Souls
06. BENEDICTION - I Bow To None
07. PUNGENT STENCH - Shrunken And Mumified Bitch
08. BELPHEGOR - Sanctus Perversum
09. NILE - The Language Of The Shadows
10. DEATH - Scavenger Of Human Sorrow
12. DESTRUCTION - The Butcher Strikes Back
13. DEW SCENTED - Cities Of The Dead
14. ANTHRAX - What Doesn’t Die
15. EXODUS - Riot Act
16. DEATH ANGEL - The Devil Incarnate
17. I - Warriors
18. SONIC SYNDICATE - Psychic Suicide
19. CLAWFINGER - The Price We Pay
20. CHIMAIRA - Worthless
21. IN FLAMES - Only For The Weak
22. MESHUGGAH - Future Breed Machine
23. SOILWORK - Exile
24. THE DESTINY PROGRAM - Project Hoax
25. SCAR SYMMETRY - The Illusionist
26. THREAT SIGNAL - Counterbalance
27. MNEMIC - Ghost
28. EKTOMORF - Destroy
29. AGNOSTIC FRONT - Warriors
30. ALL SHALL PERISH - Eradication
31. BLEED THE SKY - God In The Frame
32. DARKANE - Solitary Confinement
33. THE DUSKFALL - Trust Is Overrated
35. WINTERSUN - Winter Madness
36. HAMMERFALL - Hammerfall
37. RIDE THE SKY - New Protection
38. EDGUY - King Of Fools
39. BLIND GUARDIAN - The New Order
41. GOTTHARD - Master Of Illusion
42. RAGE - Full Moon
43. GRAVE DIGGER - Valhalla
44. HELLOWEEN - Immortal
45. STRATOVARIUS - Why Are We Here
46. TAROT - Before The Skies Comes Down
47. THUNDERSTONE - Face In The Mirror
48. COMMUNIC - Conspiracy In Mind
49. THRESHOLD - Slipstream
50. CANDLEMASS - Of Stars And Smoke
51. CATHEDRAL - Corpsecycle
53. AFTER FOREVER - Transitory
54. EPICA - Never Enough
55. ECHOES OF ETERNITY - Voices In A Dream
56. SIRENIA - The Other Side
57. DEATHSTARS - Greatest Fight On Earth
58. SAMAEL - Valkyrie’s New Ride
59. THE KOVENANT - In The Name Of The Future
60. AMORPHIS - The White Swan
61. THERION - Der Mitternachtslöwe
62. CREMATORY - Revolution
63. FARMER BOYS - For The World To Sing
64. PYOGENESIS - Addiction Pole
65. LIQUIDO - Ordinary Life
66. CHROME DIVISION - Serial Killer
68. SUBWAY TO SALLY - Meine Seele Brennt
69. KNORKATOR - Wir werden alle sterben
70. SUCH A SURGE - Mission Erfüllt More...

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Threat Signal Drummer Departs

Canadian extremists THREAT SIGNAL check in with the following band lineup news:

"Congratulations George!

(Drummer) George (Parfitt) and Amanda married September 22nd, 2007 and are expecting early next year. With that said, George has left the band to focus 100% on his family. We all wish him the best of luck in the future!

We are really pleased to announce Norm Killeen as our new skin beater."

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Threat Signal Seeks New Guitarist

Ontario's Threat Signal (Nuclear Blast Records) continue to search for a new guitarist. Here's the official word from the band:

"A solid 6 string guitar god who will drop whatever life he currently has to tour, write, and record with us. Being in Threat Signal must be the single most important thing in your life or please don't apply. Must have professional gear, down pick like a maniac, clean criminal record, between 18 and 30 years of age, and willing to relocate if not local.

First download this package. It contains MP3s, and Guitar Pro files (tabs) of 2 songs. If you do not have Guitar Pro, you can get it here. Submit a video of yourself playing the 2 songs. Submit a short video of yourself playing your own written material. Links to the videos can be sent here. If the video needs to be mailed, contact us for info Also, submit a written short history of yourself as a guitarist."

As previously reported, Marco parted amicably with Threat Signal earlier in the year to focus on his own music and various studio work. Former Threat Signal guitarist Rich Howard filled in on some dates in the meantime.

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Threat Signal, Bloodjin, Year of Desolation Tour

Threat Signal will be touring with Bloodjinn and Year of Desolation this summer, dates are as follows:

7/6/2007 The Foundry Music Venue- Joplin, Missouri
7/7/2007 The Dart Room- Fayetteville, Arkansas
7/8/2007 Fat Daddy's Sound Shack- Lewisville, Texas
7/9/2007 The Compound- Corpus Christi, Texas
7/11/2007 Walter's On Washington- Houston, Texas
7/12/2007 Red 7- Austin, Texas
7/13/2007 White Rabbit- San Antonio, Texas
7/14/2007 Absolute Zero- Clovis, New Mexico
7/17/2007 Brick By Brick- San Diego, California
7/18/2007 Knitting Factory- Hollywood, California
7/19/2007 Showcase Theatre- Corona, California
7/20/2007 Box Underground- Downtown Tijuana, Mexico
7/21/2007 Uptown Nightclub- Oakland, California
7/22/2007 Susanville Elks Lodge- Susanville, California
7/23/2007 The Gadfly- La Grande, Oregon
7/24/2007 Hawthorne Theatre- Portland, Oregon
7/25/2007 Studio Seven- Seattle, Washington
7/26/2007 Hells Kitchen- Tacoma, Washington
8/1/2007 Club Vegas- Salt Lake City, Utah
8/2/2007 Hubba's House Of Rock- Aurora, Colorado
8/3/2007 Static Bar- Topeka, Kansas
8/5/2007 Station-4- St. Paul, Minnesota
8/7/2007 Arlington Heights Knights Of Columbus Hall- Arlington Heights, Illinois
8/18/2007 Sirens- Milford, New Hampshire
8/19/2007 Monatage Music Hall- Rochester, New York
8/20/2007 Knitting Factory- New York City, New York
8/21/2007 Dingbatz- Clifton, New Jersey
8/22/2007 Jaxx- Springfield, Virginia
8/24/2007 The SoundVent- Thomasvill, North Carolina
9/3/2007 Lake Eagles Station- Lake Station, Illinois More...

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Threat Signal To Tour Canada With The End

Fresh off their tour with ALL THAT REMAINS, PROTEST THE HERO, BLESS THE FALLEN and THE HOLLY SPRINGS DISASTER, THREAT SIGNAL is hitting the road once again. Soon to embark on a Canadian trek with Relapse recording artist THE END, vocalist Jon Howard offered his thoughts on the excursion:

"We are extremely excited to bring a little homegrown metal to East Coast Canada for the first time with our fellow Canadians, THE END. I hear they are excellent lobster trappers, which complements THREAT SIGNAL nicely since we specialize in catching crabs - haha! Just kidding, ladies. East Coast metal fans, you better put on your party shoes and get ready to have your faces melted. THREAT SIGNAL is coming to town!”

Confirmed Canadian tour dates at this time:

06/20/07 Elwoods – Saint John, NB
06/21/07 The Arts Guild – Charlottetown, PE
06/22/07 The Attic – Halifax, NS
06/23/07 St. Albans Hall – Sydney, NS
06/25/07 The Paramount – Moncton, NB
06/26/07 The Basement – Saint John, NB
06/27/07 Marysville Legion – Fredericton, NB

THREAT SIGNAL's debut album, "Under Reprisal", was released on August 22, 2006 in North America via Nuclear Blast Records.

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Threat Signal Added to "Tour and Loathing" Tour

THREAT SIGNAL have been added to the “Tour and Loathing” tour alongside ALL THAT REMAINS, PROTEST THE HERO, BLESS THE FALLEN and THE HOLY SPRINGS DISASTER. Lead singer Jonathan Howard had this to say:

"When I first heard my band would be opening the ‘Tour and Loathing’ tour with co-headliners PROTEST THE HERO and ALL THAT REMAINS, I thought to myself ‘Wow, this is a great chance to get really drunk and hit on their female fans!’ Cause you know, Canadian girls are the hottest on the planet and these shows are gonna be packed haha! But seriously, I know for a fact we'll throw down hard on this tour and add a tasty flavor to the line up. I can’t wait to kick it with those guys, meet our fans from Western Canada for the first time, and have some fun traveling across my home country." More...

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Year Of Desolation Plan Extensive Summer Tour

Indiana thrashers YEAR OF DESOLATION will be touring throughout the summer on a handful of different packages. Starting in May with The Handshake Murders, the band will continue on in June alongside a rotating line-up with The Destro, Unholy, Apiary and Iscariot on the Lambgoat-sponsored First Post Tour. YEAR OF DESOLATION will continue on the tour through June 28, before departing to continue touring throughout July and into August, this time with Threat Signal and Bloodjinn.

YEAR OF DESOLATION continues touring in support of its Prosthetic Records debut, 'Year of Desolation,' which has been praised by critics as a welcome addition to the thrash and melodic death metal scene, which saw a January release. Produced by Jamie King (Through The Eyes of the Dead, Glass Casket), 'Year of Desolation' features in-depth design from renowned artist Paul Romano. Samples from the record can be heard on the YEAR OF DESOLATION MySpace site.

Here are the latest YEAR OF DESOLATION tour dates: More...

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Threat Signal Guitarist Leaves Band

Threat Signal have issued the following update on their myspace page:

"Marco has decided to part ways with Threat Signal. He will be focusing on his own music and various studio work. We would like to wish him the best of luck in the future and a big thanks for his work in Threat Signal.

Former Threat Signal guitarist Rich Howard will be filling in some dates in April while we begin our search. We look forward to sharing the stage with him again! "

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Threat Signal Announce Tour Dates

Canadian metallers THREAT SIGNAL have lined up the following dates:

Jan. 25 - Phil's - Waterloo, ONT
Feb. 03 - Call The Office - London, ONT
Feb. 10 - Underground - Hamilton, ONT
Mar. 04 - Dingbatz - Clifton, NJ
Mar. 05 - Mccoy's - Commack, NY
Mar. 06 - JC Maxey's - Bridgeport, WV
Mar. 09 - Boomerz Boiler Room - Seminole, FL
Mar. 12 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
Mar. 14 - Jaxx - Springfeild, VA
Mar. 15 - The Hyamp - Huntington, WV
Mar. 16 - Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
Mar. 17 - Montage Music Hall - Rochester, NY
Mar. 18 - KC's Tap - Pawtucket, RI

THREAT SIGNAL was honored with the "Canadian Recording of the Year" award at the 2006 Hamilton Music Awards, which were held Nov. 19, 2006 in Hamilton, Ontario.

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Darkest Hour Drops Off Soilwork Tour

Darkest Hour has cancelled the remainder of their shows on the Soilwork, etc. tour due to health issues. Here's a statement from the band:

"We are sorry to announce that we must cancel our upcoming shows in Pittsburgh, Rochester NY, and Detroit on our current tour with Soilwork, Mnemic, and Threat Signal. One of the us has a serious health issue that must be addressed immediately. We apologize to all the fans and the other bands, but when you're on tour forever health has to come first. We will see everyone in the UK next month and everyone in the US with a new record next year."

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News Update For Threat Signal

Just days before the release of their debut album Under Reprisal on Nuclear Blast Records, Canadian metal hopefuls THREAT SIGNAL have launched a self-produced video for the song "Counterbalance". The clip features footage of the band on the road, in the studio with producer Christian Olde Wolbers of Fear Factory, snippets from the "Rational Eyes" production video shoot, and plenty of live footage from North American shows as well as the band's recent appearance at Germany's Earthshaker Festival. The new video was shot and put together by the band and their crew themselves and can be seen at this location!

Meanwhile THREAT SIGNAL are boiling with excitement about the Under Reprisal North American release this Tuesday, August 22nd and the chance to play Earthshaker. Vocalist Jon Howard speaks from his home in Hamilton, Ontario..."Ever since I was a kid I've dreamed of releasing an album, and next week that dream becomes a reality. Words cannot describe the excitement! Under Reprisal has been released in Europe for a few months now, and has been doing great. However now it is being released on our home turf, and we'll actually get to see our album in stores, our video played, and even hear our music on the radio, it's a trip. Playing the Earthshaker Fest was just completely ridiculous. They treated us like fuckin rock stars. We played on a gigantic stage where we could actually move around, and to thousands of people who most of them knew who we were! Germany rules!"

THREAT SIGNAL will hit the road in October 5th for a five-week North American tour supporting Soilwork, Darkest Hour and Mnemic, sponsored by Decibel Magazine. "I've always been a huge fan of Soilwork, and our band is actually influenced by Soilwork," admits Howard. "I must have seen that band perform at least 5 times last year, and every show I was wishing we could open for them, now we are. Watch out for THREAT SIGNAL boys!"

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