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From: San Francisco, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Disbanded

Latest Hostility News

Below is our complete Hostility 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.

Headline News

Hostility Calls It A Day

Bay Area based heavy metal outfit Hostility has announced that the band will be disbanding. A statement from the band reads as follows:

"After 14 years, eight releases, hundreds of shows, countless miles traveled, and many, many great times… and bottles of whiskey, Hostility has decided to disband. We would sincerely like to thank each and every one of you ragers out there that have supported Hostility through the years.

"We have some of the rowdiest, craziest fans out there and have had such a great time, we never would have made it this far without you, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you. This is the end of Hostility, but not the end of our musical careers, keep an eye out in the future for new projects!"

Additional details on members forming new projects will be announced as they are made available.

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Hostility Added To DevilDriver Tour

California's Hostility has been added as a support band on the upcoming DevilDriver and Kataklysm tour dates, which also feature Kittie. The dates are as follows:

8/25 2010 Eleanor Rigby's Bar & Nightclub Jermyn, PA
8/26 2010 London Music Hall London, ON
8/27 2010 Al Rosa Villa Columbus, OH
8/28 2010 Harpo's Detroit, MI
8/29 2010 Peabody's Down Under Cleveland, OH
8/31 2010 Scout Bar Houston, TX
9/1 2010 Scout Bar San Antonio, TX
9/2 2010 TREES Dallas, TX
9/3 2010 The Pavilion @ Concrete Street Corpus Christi, TX
9/4 2010 Dos Amigos Odessa, TX
9/5 2010 Jake's Lubbock, TX
9/7 2010 People's Court Des Moines, IA
9/8 2010 The Rock Maplewood, MN
9/10 2010 The Summit Music Hall Denver, CO
9/11 2010 The Complex Salt Lake City, UT
9/13 2010 Studio Seven Seattle, WA
9/14 2010 Berbati's Pan Portland, or
9/15 2010 The Boardwalk Orangevale, CA
9/16 2010 Key Club Los Angeles, CA

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Hostility Streaming New Song "My Terms"

California's Hostility is currently streaming a new song online titled "My Terms," which is off the band's new album "Set In Stone." The track can be heard at the Hostility MySpace page.

The track listing for "Set in Stone" is as follows:

1. Leader of the Rejects
2. Aces & Eights
3. Dividing Line
4. Baton Symphony
5. Resented Legacy
6. Flesh Doll
7. Said and Done
8. One by One
9. Hard luck
10. Something Wicked
11. My Terms

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Hostility Completes New Album "Set in Stone"

HOSTILITY has recently completed work on their new album, “Set in Stone,” which was engineered, mixed and mastered by Juan Urteaga (Machine Head, Testament, Exodus etc…) and have posted a new song “Resented Legacy” on their MySpace page. Due to their previous label (The Pen/Universal) folding, the band is currently shopping the album and plan on an early summer release with a full U.S. tour to follow.

Guitarist Tony V. comments, “To say we busted our asses writing and recording this thing would be an understatement, bottom line, we’ve developed a tremendous amount as a band and have really honed our sound. Insanely heavy shit with groove, check out 'Resented Legacy' and watch the fuck out, 'Set in Stone' is gonna be unleashed soon!”

The Tracklisting for "Set in Stone" is as follows:

01. Leader of the Rejects
02. Aces & Eights
03. Dividing Line
04. Baton Symphony
05. Resented Legacy
06. Flesh Doll
07. Said and Done
08. One by One
09. Hard luck
10. Something Wicked
11. My Terms

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Hostility Announce New Drummer

San Francisco Bay Area bashers HOSTILITY — whose bassist Brandon Sigmund filled in for Adam Duce in MACHINE HEAD on the Black Tyranny tour in late 2007 — have announced the addition of drummer Blake Ferris to the group's ranks.

Hailing from Dallas, Texas, Blake is described as "a 23-year-old, solid, in-your-face, pounding, metal machine. He has consistently been in and around the Dallas/Fort Worth metal scene and has been playing drums all his life."

Commented HOSTILITY guitarist Tony V.: "After searching the U.S... Shit.. the whole world, for the baddest, most solid motherfucker out there, we found the guy we‘ve been lookin for… our new brother in arms, Blake Ferris. He sent in some amazing video auditions and right off the bat, had the right vibe, attitude and goals… He came in, nailed the songs off 'Uncompromised' and went directly into writing new shit to see how we flowed… we came up with SO MUCH BAD-ASS MATERIAL!!! It was very apparent we found our guy. Needless to say, we're diving hard into the writing of our next record. This is a new beginning for us… we are VERY proud of everything we've ever done or been a part of in the past… but this new music is the direction we've always wanted to go….this is a new era… the era of HOSTILITY!!!" More...

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Tonight's Black Tyranny Show Cancelled

Tonight's (September 27) Black Tyranny Tour date in Buffalo, New York at the Showplace Theatre has been cancelled "due to serious illness" on the part of MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn, according to show promoters ESI Events. "We wish Robb Flynn a speedy and safe recovery, and apologize for the inconvenience," the promoters write on their web site. "Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase."

Other bands appearing on the Black Tyranny Tour are ARCH ENEMY, THROWDOWN and SANCTITY.

MACHINE HEAD has recruited Brandon Sigmund (photo) from fellow San Francisco Bay Area metal band HOSTILITY to handle the bass parts on the group's current North American tour.

Sigmund is the temporary replacement for regular MACHINE HEAD bassist Adam Duce, who was forced to sit out the trek after suffering a broken leg while dirt biking in Redding, CA. Also joining the band onstage to reproduce Adam's backing vocals is Jared MacEachern of tourmates SANCTITY.

Duce's leg is healing normally and he's currently on track to rejoin the band for the rest of their 2007 tour schedule, starting with their Loudpark 07 (Japan) date in late October.

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Machine Head Drummer Comments On Replacement

As previously reported on September 2, MACHINE HEAD has confirmed that it has recruited Brandon Sigmund from fellow San Francisco Bay Area metal band HOSTILITY to handle the bass parts on the group's upcoming North American tour. Sigmund is the temporary replacement for regular MACHINE HEAD bassist Adam Duce, who was forced to sit out the trek after suffering a broken leg while dirt biking in Redding, CA. Also joining the band onstage to reproduce Adam's backing vocals will be Jared MacEachern of tourmates SANCTITY.

"We're really stoked to have found guys as killer as Brandon and Jared to help us through this situation," MACHINE HEAD drummer Dave McClain said in a statement. "We can't wait to get out there and give our fans in the States the headlining show they've been waiting for, especially with bands like ARCH ENEMY, THROWDOWN and SANCTITY on the bill".

Duce's leg is healing normally and he's currently on track to rejoin the band for the rest of their 2007 tour schedule, starting with their Loudpark 07 date in Japan on October 20.

HOSTILITY's video for the song "None for All" can be viewed below. The clip was filmed late last year at the Phoenix Theater in Petaluma, California with director David Kluger.

"None for All" comes off HOSTILITY's critically acclaimed debut album "Uncompromised" (The Pen/Voltaic Records), which was mixed by producer Colin Richardson (SLIPKNOT, MACHINE HEAD, TRIVIUM, SEPULTURA). Richardson previously stated about the CD, "If you want ultimate heaviness, BUY THIS ALBUM!" More...

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I.R.A.T.E. At The Whisky A Go Go September 14th

Opener PANDEMIC is a Northern California based progessive thrash metal act that combines elements of traditional 80's Maiden'ish type metal, thrash, and progressive metal. The band is made up of Andy Giardina on lead vocals, Julian Kidd on rhythm & lead guitar, Patrick Daly, rhythm & Lead Guitar, Adam Herman on bass and Eric Ford behind the drum kit. I would say one of the first things I heard in their wicked sound was Strapping Young Lad, due to the super heavy twin-guitar attack and the quirky, totally theatrical stage performance from Giardina. Slamming through crushers like 'Still Part Human', 'Left For Dead' and 'Viral Visceration', this is a band that is not trying to be like every other metal act that puts on the makeup and garter belt to get your attention.

Pandemic is just a buncha guys that, to me, represent all that is the very essence of heavy metal music: spirit and fight! They seemed to have the early crowd on the toes of their feet with a seemingly non-stop double-bass drumming assault and soloing guitars that at points sounded as deafening as an air raid. They were thick with killer changes and interesting choruses, seemingly rough around the edges at points like any young band, but with a driving intensity throughout the entire set that made you have to applaud. It even made the night that much more metal when the band closed their set with the song 'Ode To Odin'. I must admit that I laughed inside when I heard the name, figuring, "Here comes Spinal Tap!". But I was even more impressed with this tune over all the others because of the gritty lyrical content and deathly-haunted chorus, grinder fed by the heavy, face pounding guitar riff.

Next up was quite essentially one of my biggest discoveries out of heavy metal's underground scene for 2006. The band's name is HOSTILITY and trust me, this is not the last time you will hear about these guys. I cannot go into absolute detail about what it is like when you see the future of heavy metal right before your eyes and then get to hang out and drink some of the Crown with the band afterwards. When you're as diehard and devoted to metal music as I have been for over twenty-five years, the best word to attach to what I felt is: MAGIC.

Hostility's sound simply blows away literally any other metal act I have seen live in the past years, even at times roaming in 'God-like' territory of Super Joint Ritual, who unlike most, I saw three times live here in Los Angeles back before Dime got stolen from us all. WIth a blood curdling, screaming precision and almost mechanized body movement, Greg Haran on lead vocals was certainly evenly matched laid up against the all-out 'goddamn electric' performance from Tony Vorrises on lead guitar. I swear at moments I thought this dude was channeling our old friend Darrell. Bringing down a tremendous rhythm section to back it all up was Brandon Sigmund on bass and Andrew Holzbaur on drums. Taking us from one taste of their brutality to the next with songs such as 'None For All' and 'Death As Leverage', their near forty minute set seemed to come and go as quick as death itself walks into the room and takes the life of another loved one. These guys are so good that honestly, I don't know what more to say about them but that I cannot wait for their label to send me their newly released album 'Uncompromised' on indie label The Pen.

I.R.A.T.E. took complete ownership of the stage once it was their turn, however. I tell you that it literally seemed as if these guys encouraged the 'tough act to follow' scenario, because they were easily three times as solid and intense than the last time I saw them earlier this year as headliner for the first Project Independent Tour. The boldest choice of all was that they opened the set with a cover of Oingo Boingo's 'Dead Man's Party'. It seemed readily apparent to my trained ear that all its members have not only gotten tighter as a musical unit since doing all the endless touring this year but they are not letting up in the sheer bravado and swagger that they always infuse with their steady onslaught of hardcore metal done well. The guilty culprits: lead singer, Erik Ulrich, Rudy Hewlett on guitars, Eric Buell on bass and drummer, Jason Berglund, seemed to take complete glee in the fact that the audience literally became mesmerized by them from start to finish. Tearing like a Texas Twister through much of their latest album 'Brothers Of The Same Struggle' with a workman-like ethic, I.R.A.T.E. clearly has stepped up their game a major notch in my mind. The crowd was literally at their mercy by the time the last note rung out. I was honored to be able to chat with Erik before the show and I must admit that despite all his street-tough posturing and in-your-face rants as a performer, he is one of the most humble and down to earth rockers I've ever met in my life. The big thing out all of the great metal music I heard this night was walking away knowing that The Project Independent Tour is simply killing it on all levels, putting it mountains above the rest in its literal uncanny ability to showcase 'best of the best' metal acts out of America's immensely competitive underground scene.

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Hostility Tour Dates Announced

San Francisco Bay Area metal band HOSTILITY has announced the following tour dates in support of its debut album, "Uncompromised":

Sep. 14 - The Whisky A Go-Go - Los Angeles, CA
Sep. 22 - Lava Lounge - Monterey, CA
Sep. 23 - The Boardwalk - Orangevale, CA
Sep. 24 - Fat Cat - Modesto, CA
Sep. 30 - The Phoenix Theater - Petaluma, CA
Oct. 05 - Cheers - Vacaville, CA
Oct. 06 - Annie's Social Club - San Francisco, CA
Oct. 13 - The Blvd - Spokane, WA
Oct. 14 - Ray's Golden Lion - Richland, WA
Oct. 15 - Flash Disco - Wenachee, WA
Oct. 16 - Central Saloon - Seattle, WA
Oct. 17 - The Gravity Room - Portland, OR
Oct. 18 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA
Oct. 19 - Jimmy's Z - Everette, WA
Oct. 20 - Sons of Norway Hall - Bremerton, WA
Oct. 21 - The Zone - Vakima, WA
Oct. 27 - The Otherside - Missoula, MT
Oct. 28 - Filling Station - Bozeman, MT
Nov. 25 - DeSilva's Bar & Grill - Novato, CA

"Uncompromised" is released today (Tuesday, September 12) via The Pen/Voltaic Records. Mixed by Colin Richardson, the CD is being described in a press release as "pure, unadulterated metal at its finest."

What would entice Richardson, who is known for his work with such metal luminaries as SLIPKNOT, SEPULTURA, MACHINE HEAD, TRIVIUM and many others, to work with an as yet unknown band like HOSTILITY? Richardson explains, "HOSTILITY simply has great songs. They're quite intense, and each band member is a really good musician." So, how would Richardson describe HOSTILITY in three words? "Monstrous. Heavy. Brutal. Beer drinkers…that's five…"

He continues, "HOSTILITY is special because when you meet the guys, they've just got a self belief in their abilities…a quiet confidence that will reap rewards. They are in it for the long haul."

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Hostility Release Debut Album In September

San Francisco Bay Area metal band HOSTILITY is set to release its debut album, "Uncompromised", on September 12 via The Pen/Voltaic Records. Mixed by Colin Richardson (SLIPKNOT, SEPULTURA, MACHINE HEAD), the CD is being described in a press release as "pure, unadulterated metal at its finest."

HOSTILITY is: Greg Haran (vocals); Tony Vorrises (guitar); Brandon Sigmund (bass); and Andrew Holzbaur (drums). Influences include metal titans PANTERA, SEPULTURA, MACHINE HEAD and many others, as well as death metal legends CANNIBAL CORPSE, etc.

Upcoming HOSTILITY shows:

Jul. 24 - Fat Cat - Modesto, CA
Aug. 06 - Central Saloon - Seattle, WA
Sep. 08 - Phoenix Theater - Petaluma, CA
Sep. 14 - Whisky a Go Go - Los Angeles, CA
Sep. 24 - Fat Cat - Modesto, CA

For more information, visit www.hostility1.com.

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Project Independent Tour Kicks Off At Whisky

With a buzzing anti-major label sentiment palpable in the air Thursday night, April 27th at Hollywood's famed Whisky A Go Go, I was fortunate to have the red carpet rolled out for me with V.I.P. treatment, for which I am eternally thankful to Jeff Totten, I.R.A.T.E. and The Project Independent Tour. I truly celebrated in the fact that I was witnessing one of the real success stories of underground metal this year. I also must say that I was more than taken aback at the overall turnout and strong sense of unity in the air.


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