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Latest Motograter News

Below is our complete Motograter 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.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Ex-Motograter Drummer Blasts The Band’s Guitarist

Former Motograter drummer Noah “Shark” Robertson has now issued a revised statement regarding his forced departure from the group. Previously Robertson had issued an abbreviated version of the statement. His latest is a very lengthy read, in it he alleges that the Motograter's guitarist Matt “Nuke” Nunes repeatedly mismanaged money earned by the band to feed an alleged drug habit. An excerpt from that statement can be read below:

“I gave my life to this band for 4 years. I have never been compensated. Every single tour that we have done, Nuke has taken ALL of the money. At the end of one tour in particular, he let members disperse without any money in their pockets, whatsoever; begging for train tickets and bus tickets from their family and friends – while he went to Disneyland.

The truth is, most of the money has gone to feed his insane, insatiable drug addiction. Crack, heroin, meth, whatever he can get his greedy hands on. There were many times when we would be stranded, waiting for hours, while he was off scoring drugs. His drug use caused him to behave in a manner that is inconsistent with the rest of civilized society.

Violent outbursts, screaming at band members on a constant basis. Paranoid, delusional behavior. Angry outbursts on stage. Yelling at members during live performances and even kicking them or pushing them. It was a constant battle between Nuke and I. Me constantly trying to battle against horrible decisions and bad business. If the money was handled professionally and correctly, we could not only pay our debts, we would be well within our means to compensate band members for their time and effort.”

Another excerpt finds him explaining that his exit from the band came as the result of a heated altercation with Nunes while on tour:

“Matthew “Nuke” Nunes got in my face, screaming and threatening me, saying I’m a “piece of shit” and a “little bitch”. Threatening me with violence. I had made a snide remark about him losing my driver’s licence, which he did, but to be honest I was half kidding. After all, it was a major inconvenience to me, especially being on tour traveling the country. It was also partially my fault, as I should have never trusted him with it in the first place.

After he made a huge scene in the hotel lobby, screaming and ranting and throwing a temper tantrum, I grabbed my things and proceeded to take off. I did mention “This tour is over.” I said a few things in the heat of the moment, definitely. For a moment I contemplated going home, but in reality I just needed to blow off some steam and cool off.

I thought about my friends, the fans and the promoters and I knew we needed to finish this tour. We had just played fifty-something shows and there were only about 6 or 7 to go. As anyone who’s toured knows, especially in a van, it sometimes gets to the point where even the way somebody eats their cereal in the morning can drive you berserk. We’re a family, but we all hate each other at various moments.

It’s just the way it is. I immediately returned to the hotel and waited in the lobby for at least an hour or two. I was messaging every member of the band. Everyone was ignoring me. A few of them even walked right past me without saying a word. I then saw on social media that they were already telling people I had quit and that they were seeking a replacement. This came as quite a shock.” More...

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Motograter Drummer Quits Band

Motograter drummer Noah “Shark” Robertson has announced his departure from the group and it doesn’t seem like his exit was entirely amicable. His statement on the matter can be read below:

“It breaks my heart to release this statement. It looks like my time in the band Motograter has come to an abrupt and shocking end. I want to thank all my friends, the fans, and my extended music family for the support over the years. Like I always do, I will persevere in a major way. I truly loved the band, have always been a fan, and am proud of everything I was able to accomplish with the group. More...

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Motograter Premieres Music Video For "Dorian"

Motograter just released the official music video for the band's latest single "Dorian" directed and produced by Christopher Davis (Human Twelve). The track is taken from Motograter's sophomore album 'Desolation' released past Friday, August 11th, 2017 via EMP Label Group.

Check out now "Dorian" below.

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Motograter Signs With EMP

Motograter has signed to EMP Label Group to release "Desolation," the bands sophomore album, produced by Ahrue Luster (Ill Nino/Ex-Machine Head) and mixed by Joshua Wickman (Within the Ruins, KING 810).

The album was engineered by Luster, Wickman, and Jon Berrier, and recorded at Illustrious Productions, Dreadcore Productions, and BlackPlate Productions.

Art for "Desolation" was created by “Mister Sam” Shearon, who has created covers for comic books and graphic novels including Clive Barker’s Hellraiser, Judge Dredd, The X-Files, Mars Attacks, KISS, and Clive Barker’s Books of Blood.

"Desolation" marks the band’s first full-length album since the 2003 Elektra/No Name self-titled release featuring Ivan Moody (Five Finger Death Punch) on vocals. Motograter is now fronted by James Anthony Legion. More...

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Motograter Premieres New Song & Video "Parasite"

Motograter premieres a new song and music video entitled "Parasite", taken from the upcoming new album "Desolation", which was produced by Ahrue Luster of Ill Nino and mixed by Joshua Wickman (Within The Ruins, King 810).

Check out now "Parasite" below.

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Motograter Announces New Album

California's heavy rock veterans from Motograter have announced the recording of a currently untitled album, tentatively slated for production in January of 2016. Ahrue Luster of Ill Nino, Terror Universal, and Machine Head will be overseeing production and handling all engineering duties.

“As a producer, I plan to help them make the best record of their careers, something they’ll be proud of for the rest of their lives, and something that will bring them to the next level,” states Luster.

This marks the band's first official full-length release since the 2003 self-titled album released through Elektra/No Name. The band now features James Anthony Legion on vocals, formerly of The Breathing Process and Deadform.

Guitarist Matthew "Nuke" Nunes states, “We are all really fucking proud of this new material... proud and grateful for the opportunity to finally see the second official Motograter record come to light.”

A crowd funding campaign for the album has also been launched, which serves as the pre-order. Take part in the campaign right here. More...

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Texas Independence Fest Day 1: BTBAM

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...

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Mushroomhead To Headline "Slaughterhouse Roadshow"

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

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Five Finger Death Punch Sign To Firm Music

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.

You can check out some of FFDP's material on their MySpace page.

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Ex-Motograter Frontman Update On New Project

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

"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.

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Ghost Machine Set Release For April 26, 2006

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.

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Ghost Machine To Release Debut CD

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.

Check out streaming audio of the songs "God Forbid", "Vegas Moon" and "What You Made Me UGLI" on their MySpace page.

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Makeshift Romeo Seek Second Guitarist

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.

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40 Below Summer Guitarist Quits For Other Band

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

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Twisted Method On 'Hold', Drummer Turns to Christ

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.

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Motograter On Indefinite Hiatus

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."

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40 Below Summer Parts Ways With Guitarist

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.

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Motograter Drop Off Tour American Head Charge Join

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.

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Dry Kill Logic, Motograter Tour Dates Announced

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

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Dry Kill Logic & Motograter To Team Up For US Tour

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.

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