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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
Come and Take It Productions founded Texas Independence Fest in 2008 as a way to bring fans of heavy music together and to celebrate Texas pride. This was my second time attending the annual event held in Austin, Texas. Last year I covered sets by Behemoth, 1349, Wayne Static and more. The previous year consisted of only a day, while this year was expanded to three days. Several vendors offered their goods and services for sale. One of these was Gibroni’s Texitalican Kitchen, which offered Tex-Mex meets Italian sandwiches. More...
American Nu-Metal veterans Mushroomhead have announced that they will be the featured headline act appearing on the 2011 "Slaughterhouse Roadshow" United States tour. The band will be joined by Psychostick, Motograter, Blue Felix, Ventana and Tenafly Viper to round out the bill. The dates, cities and venues for the trek can be found below.
09/30 Muskegon, MI – Club Envy
10/01 Traverse City, MI – Streeter’s
10/02 Sandusky, OH – The Underground
10/04 Cedar Falls, IA – The Wheelhouse
10/05 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
10/06 Joliet, IL – Mojoes
10/07 Dayton, OH – McGuffy’s
10/08 Flint, MI – Machine Shop
10/11 Lexington, KY – Buster’s Billiards & Backroom
10/13 Towson, MD – Recher Theatre
10/14 Worcester, MA – Palladium
10/15 Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
10/20 Houston, TX – TBA
10/21 Tyler, TX – Click’s
10/22 San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live
10/23 Dallas, TX – Tree’s
10/24 Lubbock, TX – Wreckers
10/27 Sauget, IL – Pop’s
10/28 Columbus, OH – Al Rosa Villa
10/29 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
10/31 Louisville, KY – Phoenix Hill Tavern
LA rockers, Five Finger Death Punch, have officially inked a deal with Firm Music, a branch of the highly successful entertainment talent management company, The Firm. The band will release their debut opus, THE WAY OF THE FIST worldwide on July 31, 2007.
THE WAY OF THE FIST was recorded at Next Level Studios by Stevo "Shotgun" Bruno (MOTLEY CRUE, PRONG) and at No Name Studios by Mikey Sarkisyan (SPINESHANK) with mixing and mastering duties being handled by Logan Mader (MACHINE HEAD, SOULFLY).
The label are excited about the addition of these metal-vets to their roster. Deb Klein, GM for Firm Music says about the signing, “We were so excited to bring FFDP into our fold. We believe that this band’s material and live show speak volumes. With our company’s history in the metal world coupled with this bands mastery of the genre we are poised for world domination!”
Euro-Metal veteran and previous U.P.O. guitarist, Zoltan Bathory, was the architect of what has morphed into Five Finger Death Punch, recruiting standout studio Metal drummer, Jeremy Spencer to add his trademark ‘double-bass mayhem’ to the equation. Vocalist, Ivan Moody’s previous band, MOTOGRATER, had played to huge crowds on Ozzfest and beyond, while guitarist Darrell Roberts toured with metal legends W.A.S.P.. Matt Snell, bassist of acclaimed experimental outfits ANUBIS RISING and DEADSETT, completed the circle by lending his considerable fretboard mastery to the band’s music.
Former MOTOGRATER vocalist Ivan (Ghost) has issued the following update on his current activities:
"I get more e-mails than I can possibly reply to, so I decided to publicly answer all the questions about what I'm up to and where I stand with MOTOGRATER.
"First off, I'd like to thank all the fans for their continuous support. I also would like to thank KORN, SHADOWS FALL, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, SEVENDUST, CHIMAIRA, MARILYN MANSON, DISTURBED, KITTIE, MINISTRY, Ozzy, Sharon and the Ozzfest crew and everyone else I had the honor and privilege to tour with.
"I had an awesome time with MOTOGRATER and I have NOT separated from my MOTO brethren with any malice or bitterness! We are just as much family now, as we have always been. We have achieved more than I ever imagined. We stormed Ozzfest in 2003, were the featured band on 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre', NASCAR 2004, and voted 'Best Band' of 2004 by Hit Parader. What a ride! …But times change and the pages of my musical life have changed as well.
"I am proud to announce that I'm fronting a new ULTRA MEGA METAL band
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH.
"When FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH came around, I couldn't say no. It is EVERYTHING I ever loved about metal!! True, dominating, BADASS unforgiving METAL!! Everyone who heard it understood why I have to do this, and gave me their blessings and best wishes. I am putting my undivided attention, and full efforts into FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH. And believe me when I say, IT'S FUCKIN WORTH IT!!
"Thanx again for the continued support and I will see ya all very soon!"
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH recently revealed 3 tracks off of their debut album, "The Way of the Fist" - That's Being mixed by Logan Mader (ex-Soulfly/Machine Head). You can check out the songs "Ashes", "A Place to Die" and "The Bleeding" at www.myspace.com/ffdp.
Corporate Punishment Records have announced plans to release GHOST MACHINE's debut album in 2006. GHOST MACHINE, featuring MOTOGRATER vocalist Ivan "Ghost" Moody and drummer Chris "Crispy" Binns, will be releasing their Corporate Punishment debut on April 26. You can check them out at this location.
GHOST MACHINE, the new band featuring MOTOGRATER members Ivan (Ghost) (vocals) and Chris "Crispy" Binns (drums), will release their self-titled debut CD on July 26 via their own label imprint, Black Blood Records. The CD was engineered and co-produced by Pete Murray (LO-PRO).
Regarding the band's musical direction, Ivan said in a press release, "This is the most positive musical experience I have ever been a part of. There is so much excitement about what we are creating. I can't wait for everyone else to hear this."
While being influenced by sounds of NINE INCH NAILS, THE CURE, PINK FLOYD, ALICE IN CHAINS, TOOL and MINISTRY, GHOST MACHINE "has managed to paint its own portrait of an electronic emotionally rich landscape while still capturing the edge and raw energy that is heavy rock," according to the press release.
MAKESHIFT ROMEO, featuring former members of TWISTED METHOD and MOTOGRATER, are hunting for a second guitarist to join the fold in Fort Meyers, Florida. Head to their MySpace, where they recently uploaded two new songs - the tracks 'Hurt Me', and 'The Way I Was', for more information.
Guitarist Ty Fury has left 40 BELOW SUMMER and has reunited with former MOTOGRATER guitarist J.R. (who now plays bass), and A-Bomb (vocals) in a new band called SYNTHETIC DELUSION. Rounding out the group are guitarist Vex and drummer Ryan.
In other news, SYNTHETIC DELUSION recently shot a two-song video at a vacant colonial mansion in West Michigan with directors Mark Fenlon and Nick Maiella.
SYNTHETIC DELUSION are planning on making their new EP, "Murder of Crows", available at their CD-release party June 25 at the the Ogden Theater in Denver, Colorado. The track listing for the EP is as follows:
01. Try to Live
02. Murder of Crows (Blood of my Blood)
03. Endless Struggle
04. Looking Back (Cursed)
05. Death Before Dishonor
TWISTED METHOD are effectivly now on "hold" and has taken a backseat to a side project between MOTOGRATER's Jonny Nails, SLITHERYN's Tommy Burke, and TWISTED METHOD's Tripp Tribbet and Derek DeSantis.
Despite having completed work on their 2nd album, with DOPE frontman Edsel Dope producing, the band has suffered setbacks with two members leaving. Following the trend of Head from KORN, drummer Ben Goins has "turned to Christ" and Andy Howard has departed to focus on family life after becoming a father.
MOTOGRATER have posted the following message on their official web site:
"Unfortunately, there are no updates for you at this time. I guess you could say that we're on indefinite hiatus right now. Doesn't mean we're dead, just means hiatus, haha. Anyway a few of the boys have decided to do some side projects to pass the time.
"Crispy and Ivan have a project called GHOST MACHINE (www.ghostmachine.net). They just recorded a six-song demo, which came out amazing. Check it.
"JR and A-Bomb are jamming together in a band called SYNTHETIC DELUSION out of Denver, CO. Evil stuff....
"That's it for now."
40 Below Summer have parted ways with guitarist Jordan Plingos. The group's official statement on the matter is as follows:
After five years of working together, 40 Below Summer and Jordan Plingos have decided to part ways. We appreciate everything that he and his family had brought to the band. We'll always wish Jordan the best in all of his future endeavors and will never forget him.
...And so begins the new era of 40 Below Summer. Filling in for the next tour will be Ty Fury, formerly of Motograter. Get ready for what is to come.
40 Below Summer's most recent album, "The Mourning After," was released last November through Razor & Tie Records.
Motograter look to have dropped off of the upcoming "New Level Of Aggression Tour 2004" in favor of performing on the "American Apathy Tour" alongside Dope and Twisted Method. As a result, American Head Charge have now taken their place on the trek, which will also feature Dry Kill Logic. A full list of dates is expected shortly.
Dry Kill Logic will be hitting the road with Motograter on the JagerMeister-sponsored New Level of Aggression Tour 2004. The tour which will last from October 13 through the 28 will hit the following places:
October 13 - Jacksonville, FL @ The Imperial
October 14 - Seminole, FL @ Boomerz (Dry Kill Logic only)
October 21 - Dallas @ Trees
October 22 - OK City @ Bricktown Live
October 25 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre
October 27 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Mason Jar
October 28 - Los Angeles, CA @ Whiskey
LA-based Scission have been chosen to open the show at the Whiskey A Go Go on October 28th. Discounted tickets of $15 can be purchased through the band by calling the following numbers: (661) 803-1475 or (661) 492-7376
DRY KILL LOGIC and MOTOGRATER will be teaming up for a three-week co-headlining tour in October. Exact cities and dates for the Jägermeister-presented trek, dubbed "The New Level of Aggression Tour 2004", will be announced soon.
As previously reported, DRY KILL LOGIC will be hitting the road with NONPOINT and SKINDRED beginning in late September.
DRY KILL LOGIC will be touring in support of their new album, "The Dead and Dreaming", due on October 5 through Repossession Records. A video for the track "Paper Tiger" was recently shot with director Dale Restighini (SHADOWS FALL, FEAR FACTORY, 36 CRAZYFISTS) in New York City. Several tracks from the CD can currently be previewed at this location.
"The Dead and Dreaming" is the follow-up to the acclaimed "The Darker Side of Nonsense", released in 2001 through Roadrunner/Island Def Jam Records. The band previously shared the stage with the likes of FEAR FACTORY, SLAYER, HATEBREED, KITTIE, PRIMER 55 and SPINESHANK.
Aaron Zilch formerly of AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE, TOYS and PINATA, has joined GRADE 8. Here's what Zilch had to say:
"I have joined GRADE 8 on Lava/Atlantic records. We are currently in Vegas writing the band's second record. The bassist and drummer are also new to the band. STITCH, formerly of TOYS w/ Ghost of MOTOGRATER and recently of PINATA w/ Meegs of COAL CHAMBER, is now providing the low end. Wade Hagbloom, another MN boy formerly of the amazing Gabriel and thee Apocalypse, is destroying cymbals on a daily basis. All the guys are really fucking cool. We're moving at a fast pace, wrote and demoed a bunch of songs in the first 3 weeks of Dec. and we have tons more in various stages of completion. We spend about 6 hours in the studio daily, get done about 6 or 7 and then go destroy vegas nightly. Good times. Should have the record done and be on tour within 5 or 6 mos, if that. In the meantime you can check out tunes from the first record in the True Crime game and an upcomming episode of the Sopranos.
Well I'll keep you all updated and I hope 2004 holds as much promise for you as it does for me."
According to MOTOGRATER's official newsletter, the group's previously announced U.S. tour dates have been cancelled.
The reasons for the cancellation, according to the newsletter, are as follows: More...