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Ekotren

Formed: 2000
From: Cape Coral, FL, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Background

In the Fall of 2000, five powerhouse musicians, tired of mediocre music and mundane melodies, formed to bring passion back to their Genre. In their nearly six years of brotherhood, EKOTREN has definitely seen their share of ups and downs: From the closing of nearly ALL of the venues in their town, to the loss of beloved band mates. Determined to succeed, Guitarist Keith Finnell, Bassist Sean Fiene, and DJ/Keyboardist Steve Chin pulled tighter with Vocalist, John Sheldon to push forward in their musical journey. In late 2005, after the coming and going of two drummers, EKOTREN finally solidified with the presence of Eric Pottle. With this edition, the group has really embraced their ever increasing songwriting ability and raw energy. Today, EKOTREN can be found in some of Florida's Greatest Rock Venues, promoting their new EP "The Tables Have Turned" in their 2006 tour.

Latest Ekotren News

Below is our complete Ekotren 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.

Ekotren Concert Stream Available Online

UVTV has posted a full Ekotren performance online, which can be viewed in the player below. The footage comes from the band's concert at Reggies in Chicago, IL and the set list is as follows:

1. The End Of The Day
2. Blackened Sky
3. Chupacabra
4. Dead Behind The Eyes
5. No Way Out
6. Mask Of Lies
7. A Road To Nowhere
8. Light The Fire

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Ekotren Signs To Burnhill Union Records

Chicago-based BURNHILL UNION RECORDS has announced the signing of Florida melodic metal band EKOTREN, to their record label. EKOTREN is once again teaming up with producer Paul Trust (Endo, Diecast, Atom Smash) and are looking to release their sophomore record sometime before the end of the year. The band will be hitting the studio in early July to record the new album.

EKOTREN’s debut album, “Light The Fire”, was released by in February 2008. Keith Finnell (guitar) added the following statement on the signing, “We are really excited to be working with Burnhill Union, and can’t wait to hit the studio in July to finish the album!” More...

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Ekotren Announces U.S. Tour Dates

American metalcore outfit Ekotren has announced a series of headlining shows across the United States as part of what is being dubbed the "Light To Shine" tour.

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Ekotren Posts New Song and EP Details Online

Florida metal band Ekotren has issued the following update regarding their new EP and CD release party:

"That's right everyone, we have posted one of our new songs 'Light To Shine' on Our Myspace, our new ep 'The Confessions OF Gladys White' will be available on the 28th of this month at our cd release party at 'The Spot' in Downtown Fort Myers, doors open at 7 pm, we have our friends From The Throne and In Whispers kicking off the party, and we cant wait to share our new music with our friends and family!" More...

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Ekotren Seeks New Drummer

Florida's Ekotren has issued the following update regarding the departure of their drummer:

"Our drummer Eric has come into job obligations and cannot tour and fulfill his obligation to this band. That being said, we are looking for a drummer to take his place. We are looking for a serious drummer who can play double bass, has good dynamics, can keep a good tempo/timing and can play to a click. We are looking for someone between 18-30 without any heavy drug habits or problems. We are a touring band and need to do just that, so you must be able to tour and rehearse, punctually. If this sounds like you, and you feel you have what it takes, please message us. Serious inquiries only! We would like to see what you got, so if you have a web cam, film yourself playing tranquilized, light the fire, and chupacabra, youtube it and send it to us. We have a lot of great things in the works including recording our follow up to "Light The Fire" and touring." More...

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Indianapolis Metal Fest II Cancelled

The second day of Indianapolis Metal Fest II has been cancelled. Here's a statement from show organizers:

"Due to issues entirely beyond our control, the Saturday show at 5100 W. 38th Street, Indianapolis has been cancelled. More details will be available on our website soon.

"We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. Make-up dates are being considered, and we are certain to file legal action against the parties responsible for this situation.

"Thanks to all who came out to the show on Friday night -- it was a GREAT crowd and the bands were amazing. Though we were unable to give you the show we wanted to give you due to problems and code violations within the venue, I think we all pulled together as best we could and made the Friday night show one hell of a good show.

"Special thanks to Morgan and Mercedes Lander from Kittie for being so exceptionally cool. Extra special thanks to Dino Cazares for invaluable advice and support during the show.

"A major announcement and statement will be made concerning this issue in a day or so."

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Indianapolis Metal Fest II Announces Venue Change

Monolith Entertainment and the Indianapolis Metal Fest II have announced a change in venue for the two day event to be held September 26th and 27th, 2008. The festival, dubbed "the Midwest's fastest growing celebration of all things metal," will move to the Marquee Convention and Event Center located at 5100 W. 38th Street in Indianapolis, IN 46254.

The Festival was originally scheduled to be held at the Madame C.J. Walker Theatre but the organizers moved the event to the new venue to accommodate the comfort of additional fans to move inside in case of inclement weather.

Monolith Entertainment is working through all media outlets to inform all fans who have already purchased tickets that these tickets are remain valid at the new venue. All other details remain the same with regards to the show and ticket booking info.

The Indianapolis Metal Fest II is featuring acts from all over the world and from all genres of metal including: Dew-Scented, Kittie, Divine Heresy, Into Eternity, Arsis, Mustasch, Ekotren, Demiricous, Shadowside, The Absence, Woe of Tyrants, Psyopus, Wykked Wytch, Obszon Geschopf, Threat Signal, Green Jelly, Into Eternity, Daylight Dies, Bleed The Sky, Destrophy, Skeletonwitch, The Destro, Gates Of Slumber and more.

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Arsis Added To Indianapolis Metalfest II Lineup

Nuclear Blast USA Recording artist and death metal act Arsis is confirmed to appear at the Indianapolis Metal Fest II on September 26th and 27.

Arsis joins label mates Dew-Scented, Threat Signal, and Bleed the Sky for their first-ever appearance at what's being touted as the "fastest growing celebration of all things metal." In its second year, the Indianapolis Metal Fest is setting itself apart from other metal festivals by highlighting diverse bands from all metal genres.

2008 has proved to be busy and successful for the Virginia-based Arsis, which is arriving in Indianapolis fresh off their summer "Trash and Burn Tour" with Misery Signal, Darkest Hour, and Parkway Drive and will hit the road again in November on the "European MetalFest Tour" with Morbid Angel and Kataklysm through the end of the year. Arsis is performing and touring with material from their latest Nuclear Blast Release, "We are the Nightmare."

Joining Arsis, Dew-Scented, Threat Signal, and Bleed the Sky at the Indianapolis Metal Fest II will be national bands Kittie, Divine Heresy, Mustasch, The Absence, Ekotren, Woe of Tyrants, Demiricous, Shadowside (Brazil), Level-C, Wykked Wytch, Obszon Geschopf (France), Green Jelly, Into Eternity, Daylight Dies, Destrophy, Skeletonwitch, The Destro, Gates of Slumber, Gigan, Black Chapel, and a number of hand-picked artists and regional favorites.

The show will take place at Madame Walker Theater, located at 617 Indiana Avenue in Indianapolis. Two-day tickets are $30 in advance/$40 at the door. Tickets are available at indianapolismetalfest.com, www.myspace.com/indymetalfest or by phone at (888) 690-9875.

Tickets are also available locally at select retails locations listed below. More...

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Ekotren Posts "Chupacabra" Video Online

Florida based act Ekotren have posted their new video online for the song "Chupacabra." You can check it out below. The song comes off the bands debut full length album "Light The Fire."

Says frontman John Sheldon: "Our manager Eddie has been talking about doing an animation video for a while, he has this friend who is just an amazing artist and he always wanted to work on a music video. We wanted to do something different and honestly to us ‘Chupacabra’ is one of those songs that only animation could pull it off. We really loved the way the video came out and hopefully so will our fans." More...

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Indianapolis Metal Fest Returns I September

Following a successful 2007 debut, the Indianapolis Metal Fest is returning this September 26 and 27 to prove itself as the Midwest's premiere metal festival.

The festival includes an assortment of headliner-status and personally-chosen unsigned artists, including three bands that will be making their U.S. debuts. Bands already confirmed are: Dew Scented, Kittie, Divine Heresy, Mustasch, Daylight Dies, Bleed The Sky, Into Eternity, Ekotren, Skeletonwitch, The Destro, Gigan (ex-Hate Eternal), Psyopus, Level-C, Obszon Geschopf, Black Chapel, Demiricous, Gates of Slumber, Threat Signal, and The Absence. In all, the festival will host 60 bands over the two days. More...

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Ekotren Posts "Tranquilized" Video Online

Ekotren have posted a video for the song "Tranquilized" online. You can check it out below. The song comes off the bands debut album, "Light The Fire". More...

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Scum Of The Earth, Ekotren Team Up For US Tour

SCUM OF THE EARTH, the band featuring former ROB ZOMBIE guitarist Riggs, will join forces with EKOTREN and RIKETS for the first leg of The Chemical Alliance tour. Confirmed dates are as follows:

May 02 - SOP'S - Peoria, Illinois
May 03 - LT’s - Rockford, Illinois
May 04 - Club Toxic - Green Bay, Wisconsin
May 05 - Double Door - Chicago, Illinois
May 08 - The Ritz - Detroit, Michigan
May 12 - Crocodile Rock - Allentown, Pennsylvania
May 16 - Chasers - Keansburg, New Jersey
May 19 - Main Stage - Pompton Lakes, New Jersey
May 26 - Masquerade - Atlanta, Georgia
Jun. 11 - Lizard Lounge - Witchita, Kansas
Jun. 14 - Boom Slang Fest - Danville, Illinois

Video footage of Riggs playing the song "13 Freaks" on a skin guitar can be viewed below at this location (courtesy of FPE-TV).

SCUM OF THE EARTH's latest CD, "Sleaze Freak", was released on October 23, 2007. The explicit (PA) version of the album was made available at most retailers containing an added DVD video. The DVD consists of footage filmed while recording and mixing the album documenting the recording and mixing process and many hijinks of the band around town, in the studio, and on the road.

SCUM OF THE EARTH's first studio album of all-new material since the critically-acclaimed debut "Blah…Blah…Blah…Love Songs For The New Millennium" (2004), "Sleaze Freak" contains 13 brand new songs described by Riggs as "heavy-as-hell grinding, stripper-rock." "It's a much more intense collection of material than 'Blah…Blah…Blah…'" said Riggs. "We did everything we wanted to do this time around, which allowed us to really embody the whole red-light-district sleazy vibe into the material."

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EkoTren Debuts Title Track Performance on YouTube

Live Footage of EKOTREN performing their title track ‘Light The Fire’ at Club Ricochet in Fort Myers Florida on March 8 is available here. The tune has been bouncing around on Sirius Hard Attack for 5 weeks. EKOTREN are currently plotting out their 2nd US tour, which will tentatively start sometime in April. More...

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Ekotren To Film "Tranquilized" Video

"Light The Fire", the new album by Florida metalcore band EKOTREN, was released today (February 19) in North America via Blind Prophecy Records. The first single, "Tranquilized", has been tearing across the airwaves, earning titles as Most Added Band on FMQB and #4 on CMJ's Loud Rock charts.

EKOTREN is slated to shoot a video for "Tranquilized" with David Brodsky (My Good Eye), who has directed clips for some of the hottest up-and-coming names in metal, including STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, SUICIDE SILENCE, and THE RED CHORD. The video will be filmed on February 25, on a rare day off during the band's national tour with ILL NINO, in New Jersey and is tentatively set for a March premiere.

EKOTREN will be on tour with ILL NINO and DROID until March 2 and will celebrate its homecoming with a CD-release party on March 8 at Club Ricochet in Fort Myers, Florida.

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Droid Announce More Tour Dates

More dates were just announced for DROID on the Guerilla Carnival Tour with Ill Nino. The tours line up has been changed as well. The shows will no longer see support coming from Bury Your Dead or Soil, both of whom had to unfortunately drop off the tour. The band Ekotren have been added in their place.

James “Buddy” Eason lead singer of Droid had this to say, “We are really excited to get back out on the road and the ILL NINO guys are good friends of ours so it will be great to see them rip it up every night. I really like the fact that all the bands on this tour are a little different than each other musically. This diverse package will give fans an exciting show from beginning to end. Get ready DROID fans...here comes the pain!!!!”

DROID with Ill Nino, Bobaflex, and Ekotren on The Guerilla Carnival Tour:

1/31 – Cleveland, OH - Agora
2/01 – Detroit, MI – Harpo’s
2/02 – Mokena, IL – Pearl Room
2/04 – Minneapolis, MN – The Rock
2/06 – Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep
2/07 – Farmington, NM – Gator’s
2/12 – Albuquerque, NM – Launch Pad
2/13 – Odessa, TX – Dos Amigos
2/14 – Abilene, TX – Midnite Rodeo
2/15 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar
2/16 – Fort Worth, TX – Ridglea Theater
2/21 – Louisville, KY – Headliner’s
2/22 – Springfield, VA - Jaxx

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Ill Nino, Droid And More Announce Tour Dates

ILL NINO will embark on the "Guerrilla Carnival Tour" at the end of January. Support will come from BOBAFLEX, DROID and EKOTREN. The tour begins on Thursday, January 31 in Cleveland, Ohio and ends on Saturday, March 1. The trek will cover 27 cities across the U.S., including the East Coast, Midwest, West Coast, and the South.

Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

Jan. 31 - Agora Ballroom - Cleveland, Ohio
Feb. 01 - Harpo's - Detroit, Michigan
Feb. 02 - Pearl Room - Mokena, Illinois
Feb. 04 - The Rock - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Feb. 07 - Gator's - Farmington, New Mexico
Feb. 14 - Midnite Rodeo - Abilene, Texas
Feb. 15 - Scout Bar - Houston, Texas
Feb. 16 - Ridglea Theatre - Ft. Worth, Texas
Feb. 21 – Headliner's - Louisville, Kentucky
Feb. 22 - Jaxx - Springfield, Virginia

ILL NINO's new album, "Enigma", has had its release date pushed back from the previously announced January 8.

Check out "Enigma" audio samples at www.myspace.com/illnino.

ILL NINO's last release was the "The Undercover Sessions" EP, which came out in November 2006 through Cement Shoes. The CD was comprised of three of ILL NINO's favorite cover songs from bands they loved growing up as fans, and two brand new songs — all overseen by legendary producer Andy Johns (LED ZEPPELIN, VAN HALEN, OZZY OSBOURNE), Dave Chavarri and Eddie Wohl (ANTHRAX, 36 CRAZYFISTS, MACHINE HEAD). The EP was the band's first release through Cement Shoes following their split with the Roadrunner label.

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Ekotren Post Second Track From Latest Album Online

After posting the title track to their upcoming debut CD, "Light The Fire," a little over a week ago on their MySpace page, EkoTren has already had over 23,000 plays on it. So today, fresh after their US tour with Diecast,
the band have posted another track, "Tranquilized," on their MySpace. "Tranquilized" is their first single from their upcoming "Light The Fire" album.

Here are the planned "Light The Fire" worldwide release dates:

North America Feb. 19th 2008
Japan Feb. 12th 2008
Europe Feb. 25th 2008

Here are the latest Ekotren tour dates: More...

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Ekotren Reveal "Light The Fire" CD Details

Within weeks of signing to Blind Prophecy Records, Cape Coral, Florida-based melodic metal band EKOTREN headed straight into the studio with producer Paul Trust (DIECAST, ENDO) to craft its 11-song album, "Light The Fire". The CD features six new songs and breathes new life into songs from previous EPs "Destroying The American Dream" and "The Tables Have Turned".

"Light The Fire" will be released on the following dates:

Japan - February 20, 2008
Europe - February 25, 2008
North America - Febuary 26, 2008

"Light The Fire" track listing:

01. Light The Fire
02. Paper Thin
03. Become
04. Tables Have Turned
05. Tranquilized
06. Nothing Left
07. Falling
08. Death Blanket
09. Point of View
10. Needed You More
11. Chupacabra

A preview of the cover is available at this location.

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EkoTren Announce US Tour Dates With Diecast

EkoTren will be hitting the road alongside Diecast this winter for a national tour, ending 2007 in a monumental way. Established in Cape Coral, FL in 2000 by vocalist John Sheldon, guitarist Keith Finnell, and keyboardist Steve Chin, EkoTren has carved their name deep into the scene. After seven years of dedication, the band signed with Blind Prophecy Records in September 2007 and immediately hit the studio with acclaimed producer Paul Trust (Diecast, Endo) to craft their first full-length album, ‘Light the Fire’, available worldwide in early 2008. Steered by melody and driven by metal, the 11-track effort breathes new life into fan favorites like "The Tables Have Turned" and displays brand new tracks in EkoTren’s signature style. After the international release of the album, EkoTren aims bring their unique breed of metal to the masses with an extensive tour. More...

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Ekotren Signs To Blind Prophecy Records

Independent metal label Blind Prophecy Records has signed melodic metal band EkoTren.

Originating in Cape Coral, FL in 2000, EkoTren is John Sheldon (vocals), Keith Finnell (guitars), Derek DeSantis (bass), Steve Chin (keyboard, backing vocals), and Eric Pottle (drums). In collaboration with renowned producer Paul Trust (Diecast, Endo), EkoTren polished up and pounded out their latest EP, 'Destroying the American Dream' in early 2007 and plan to return into Trust's clutches this October to record new material which will complete their full-length debut.

Under the vast wingspan of Blind Prophecy, EkoTren aims their reach toward the far corners of the earth, propelled by the label's freshly-inked distribution deals with the U.S., Canada, Japan, and Europe. "We're looking forward to building a strong foundation and a happy home at Blind Prophecy. We're anxious to take things to things to the next level and determined to succeed," says guitarist Keith Finnell.

In honor of the record deal, EkoTren will emerge on a victory lap of all-ages shows around southern Florida alongside Ozz-fest heroes Ankla (Bieler Bros. Records). EkoTren will officially seal the deal at their show at Martini's Rock Club in their hometown of Cape Coral, FL.

TOUR DATES - EKOTREN FEATURING ANKLA
Aug. 31 - 7 p.m. Studio A - Miami, FL - 18 and up
Sep. 01 - 9 p.m. Gallery Billiards - Sarasota, FL - *ALL AGES*
Sep. 02 - 7 p.m. Martini's Rock Club - Cape Coral, FL - *ALL AGES*

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