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Formed by Meskil (ex-Crumbsuckers), Pro-Pain released their debut Foul Taste of Freedom in 1992. The record was an instant success and has since soundscanned over 60,000 units. Successive albums, The Truth Hurts (1994), Contents Under Pressure (1996) and Pro-Pain (1998) saw sales growth continue with combined album sales in the US breaking 100,000 units. All Music Guide said of the band, "Pro-Pain has managed to carve a solid career niche for themselves, built upon a reliable mix of post-thrash precision, and the NYC hardcore code of ethics."
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Rob Dukes, the lead vocalist for Bay Area thrash metal legends Exodus, has revealed his brand new crossover band, Generation Kill to the world. The band also features former Pro-Pain and M.O.D. bass player Rob Moschetti. They will be recording some more demos in anticipation for a small tour of the East Coast later this year. You can check out a demo of the song, "Hate" by heading to their official Myspace page.
Florida's Pro-Pain has announced the following European tour dates:
8/21 - Woerrstadtz, Germany - Neuborn Open Air Festival
8/22 - Hartha, Germany - Schwan
8/23 - Ceska Lipa, Czeck Republic - Luxor
8/24 - Prague, Czech Republic - Modra Vopice
8/25 - Berlin, Germany - Columbia Club
8/26 - Raciborz, Poland - Atmosfear
8/27 - Bydgoszcz, Poland - Estrada Stage Bar
8/28 - Bad Sulzungen, Germany - Pressenwerk
8/29 - Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic - Brewery Eggenberg
8/30 - Brno, Czech Republic - Tenis Klub
8/31 - Bratislava, Slovakia - Randal
9/1 - Kufstein, Austria - Kulturfabrik
9/2 - Vienna, Austria - Viper Room
9/3 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Gala Hala
9/4 - Split, Croatia - Club Kocka
9/5 - Sarajevo, Bosnia - Klub Slogna
9/6 - Lukavac, Bosnia - Klub Soda
9/7 - Belgrade, Serbia - SKC
9/8 - Cluj-Napoca, Romania - Irish & Music Pub
9/9 - Brasov, Romania - Club Surburban
9/10 - Sofia, Bulgaria - Blue Box Club
Florida-based hardcore/metal veterans PRO-PAIN will embark on a U.S. tour in June that spans into July. Support on the trek will come from SWORN ENEMY and MANTIC RITUAL. Tickets for all shows are on sale via EnterTheVault.com exclusively until March 7 at which point they will become available through all normal ticketing outlets.
The tour dates are as follows: More...
Pro-Pain has announced some more tour dates for their European trek. The band will begin the tour by supporting Der W and then head out on their own.
The tour schedule is as follows:
April (with Der W)
3 - Vienna, Austria - Gasometer
4 - Salzburg, Austria - Messehalle
5 - Innsbruck, Austria - Hafen
7 - Stuttgart, Germany - LKA Longhorn (SOLD OUT)
8 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
9 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
11 - Mannheim, Germany - Maimarkt Club (SOLD OUT)
12 - Saarbrücken, Germany - Congress Centrum (SOLD OUT)
13 - Karlsruhe, Germany - Festhalle Durlach (SOLD OUT)
April (headline tour)
14 - Mulhouse, France - Noumatrouff
15 - Templeuve, Belgium - La Mare Aux Diables
16 - Paris, France - Glazart
17 - Amersfoort, Holland - De Kelder
18 - Leiden, Holland - LVC
19 - Eindhoven, Holland - Dynamo
20 - Bonn, Germany - Klangstation
21 - Rostock, Germany - Mau Club
22 - Munich, Germany - Backstage Club
23 - Magdeburg, Germany - Sackfabrik
24 - Jena, Germany - F-Haus
25 - Bischofswerda, Germany - East Club
New York metallers, Pro-Pain, have announced the following European tour dates with Der W:
04/03 - WIEN (AT) Gasometer
04/04 - SALZBURG (AT) Messehalle
04/05 - INNSBRUECK (AT) Hafen
04/07 - STUTTGART (D) LKA Longhorn (SOLD OUT)
04/08 - PRATTELN (CH) Z7
04/09 - PRATTELN (CH) Z7
04/11 - MANNHEIM (D) Maimarkt Club (SOLD OUT)
04/12 - SAARBRUECKEN (D) Congress Centrum (SOLD OUT)
04/13 - KARLSRUHE (D) Festhalle Durlach (SOLD OUT)
PRO-PAIN have signed a deal with Regain Records for the release of its 11th album, "No End in Sight," in North America.
“We feel that Swedish-based Regain Records is a solid and up and coming label here in the US,” said Gary Meskil. “They have a professional staff and the resources that are necessary to promote and further develop artists such as Pro-Pain. We look forward to a sound and successful partnership with Regain!”
Pro-Pain have updated their European festival tour schedule. The dates are now as follows:
28 - Zagreb, Croatia - KSET
29 - Nis, Serbia - Adria Rock Festival
30 - Alexandroupolis, Greece - Balkan Club
31 - Larisa, Greece - Larisa - On Stage Club
1 - Athens, Greece - An Club
2 - Thessaloniki, Greece - Xyloyrgeio Club
3 - Sofia, Bulgaria - Black Box
4 - Bucharest, Romania - Fabrica
5 - Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia - Culture House
6 - Trebic, Czech Republic - Zamosti Festival
7 - Krakow, Poland - Lochness
8 - Knokke Heist, Belgium - Sunrock Festival **
9 - Evpatoria Crimea, Ukraine - Metal Heads Mission Festival **
15 - Dinkelsbuehl, Germany -Summer Breeze Festival
16 - Komen, Slovenia - Metal Mania Festival **
17 - Budapest, Hungary - Sziget Festival **
22 - Usedom, Germany -Headbangers Weekend Open Air
23 - Hameln, Germany - Jochenrolfest
24 - Essen, Germany - Essen Original Open Air
29 - Losheim, Germany - Rock Area Festival
30 - Rijssen, Holland - Elzrock Festival
12 - Graeffenainchen, Germany - OFT Ferropolis Festival
** new dates
Hardcore/metal veterans PRO-PAIN have scheduled the following dates:
May 23 - Poland - Wroclaw @ Finlej
May 24 - Czech - Teplice @ Mighty Sounds Festival
May 25 - Slovakia - Bratislava @ Randal
May 26 - Hungary - to be announced
May 28 - Croatia - Zagreb - to be announced
May 29 - Serbia - Nis - to be announced
May 30 - Greece - to be announced
May 31 - Greece - to be announced
Jun. 01 - Greece - to be announced
Jun. 02 - Greece - to be announced
Jun. 03 - Bulgaria - Sofia @ Black Box
Jun. 04 - Romania - Bucharest - to be announced
Jun. 05 - Slovakia - Spisska Nova Ves @ Culture House
Jun. 06 - Czech - Trebic @ Zamosti Festival
Jun. 07 - Poland - Krakow @ Lochness
Aug. 14-16 - Germany Dinkelsbuehl Summer Breeze Festival
Aug. 22 - Germany Usedom Headbangers Weekend Open Air
Aug. 23 - Germany Hameln Jochenrolfest
Aug. 24 - Germany Essen Essen Original Open Air
Aug. 29 - Germany Losheim Rock Area Festival
Aug. 30 - Holland Rijssen Elzrock Festival
Sep. 12 - Germany Graeffenhainchen OFT Ferropolis Festival
PRO-PAIN released its latest album, "Age Of Tyranny / The Tenth Crusade", in Europe in March 2007.
PRO-PAIN have announced four live dates for Europe, set for December. They are as follows:
14 - Berlin, Germany - SO 36
15 - Magdeburg, Germany - Never The Less Festival
21 - Leiden, Holland - LVC
22 - Eeklo, Belgium - JH de Lochtink (with STORMRIDERS)
New York hardcore all-stars, Bloodclot! have hit the streets running. The band boasts members of The Cro-Mags, Biohazard, Pro-Pain and Merauder.
Vocalist John Joseph (Cro-Mags) describes the band's sound best. "I don't want to lock it into any categories. There are hardcore and metal qualities, punk rock qualities, even some fusion in certain parts. It's just heavy music, with a heavy message."
The band is currently seeking a record deal with their self-produced debut, "Burn Babylon Burn." Setting a new standard in hardcore, Bloodclot! maintains a positive focus, preserving the tenets of unity central to the classic ethos. And true to the classic punk-rock DIY vibe, they also wrote and recorded everything together in drummer Danny Schuler's (Biohazard) studio, with no outside influence, financially or otherwise.
"We set out to create a piece of music that would last forever, and reflect the turbulent times we're living in," explains Schuler. "The only way to do that was to believe in each other and do it completely by ourselves. We lived every second of this record, we trusted our instincts, and worked our asses off to get it done. We made this record with absolutely no regard for what is popular right now. We listened to ourselves, dug deep, and created the record we wanted to hear."
Even the band's name itself possesses an important meaning. "In Jamaican, the word 'bloodclot' is a curse that describes everything being fucked up. It's a 'bloodclot' situation, what's happening on the planet, who's running things through deception and lies, and we need to fix it," continues Joseph.
If anyone can make a change through music, it's these five individuals with over 100 years combined experience in hardcore. In the end, Bloodclot! will make an impact. John exclaims, "We live this, every single day, that's why it comes off authentic, because it 'IS' real."
John Joseph (Cro-Mags) – vocals
Scott Roberts (Biohazard) – guitar
Eric Klinger (Pro-Pain) – guitar
Rick Lopez (Merauder) – bass
Danny Schuler (Biohazard) – drums
MAYHEM’s European tour, in support of their latest Ordo Ad Chao album, is confirmed.
It will take place in the frame of the X-Mas Festival 2007, and will come with a killer bill. Opening acts are SAMAEL, PRO-PAIN, MALEVOLENT CREATION, ONSLAUGHT, WYKKED WYTCH, and BLOOD RED THRONE.
20 - Malmø, Sweden - Malmøfestivalen
21 - Copenhagen, Denmark - The Rock
24 - Bergen, Norway - Hole In The Sky Festival
25 - Stavanger, Norway - Folken
30 - Tel Aviv, Israel - Distortion Festival
5 - Notodden, Norway - Motstoy Festival
December (with Samael, Pro-Pain, Malevolent Creation, Onslaught, Wykked Wytch, Blood Red Throne)
7 - London, England - Venue TBA
8 - Paris, France - Venue TBA
9 - Strasbourg, France - Venue TBA
10 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Venue TBA
11 - Milan, Italy - Venue TBA
12 - Munich, Germany - Venue TBA
13 - Prague, Czech Republic - Venue TBA
14 - Vienna, Austria - Venue TBA
15 - Engelsdorf, Germany - Venue TBA
16 - Frankfurt, Germany - Venue TBA
17 - Berlin, Germany - Venue TBA
18 - Hamburg, Germany - Venue TBA
19 - Stuttgart, Germany - Venue TBA
20 - Essen, Germany - Venue TBAA
21 - Tilburg, Nettherlands - Venue TBA
22 - Waregem, Belgium - Venue TBA
PRO-PAIN have announced new European tour dates beginning in mid-September. Support bands will be France's ZUUL FX and Holland's DEMIA. This is the third part of PRO-PAIN's 15-year anniversary tour. Here are the confirmed dates:
* PRO-PAIN only
Sept. 14 - Moscow, Russia - Point Club (Tochka) *
Sept. 15 - Kiev, Ukraine - Extreme Power Open Air *
Sept. 16 - Dresden, Germany - Thrillbeats Club
Sept. 17 - Warsawa, Poland - Progresia
Sept. 18 - Wroclaw, Poland - WZ
Sept. 20 - Prague, Czech Republic - Rock Cafe
Sept. 21 - Litomerice, Czech Republic - Dk
Sept. 22 - Nitra, Slovakia - Stara PekarenSep
Sept. 23 - Graz, Austria - PPC
Sept. 24 - Traun, Austria - Alte Spinnerei
Sept. 25 - Sursee, Switzerland - Kulturwerk 118
Sept. 26 - Biel, Switzerland - Gaskessel
Sept. 27 - Colmar, France - Le Grillen
Sept. 28 - Lyon, France - Le CCO
Sept. 29 - Limoges, France - La fourmie
Sept. 30 - Barcelona, Spain - Mephisto Club
Oct. 2 - Paris, France - La Loco
Oct. 5 - Dordrecht, Netherlands - Bibelot
Oct. 6 - Helmond, Netherlands - Plato
Pro-Pain guitarist, Eric Klinger, gears up to release his hardcore band's third CD, "The Book of Mourning" via Da' Core Records on September 29th.
Since the release of 2003's "Resurrected," Pittsburgh 's Built Upon Frustration have made the gradual ascension to the top of the hardcore metal heap. A bevy of live shows, highlighted by the band's unrelenting brutality and now infamous beatdowns has garnered the band a devoted following, one that should devour their latest offering, "The Book Of Mourning." A near flawless display of hardcore metal, BUF finds itself at a unique position in the hardcore scene, able to cull from both crowds without losing any credibility. Highlighted by tracks like "Perish" and "Drowning In Disgust," longtime fans will make instant note of the more predominant metal influence, something that guitarist and founding member Derek Kovacs is well aware of.
"This disc is a little more metal, but it's still hard," begins Kovacs. "There will be some guys who may want to hear more 2-step parts, but they will be wrecking people when we play. People into metal will accept this disk more than "Resurrected." Even though Resurrected was a heavy record, it was more on the hardcore side of things. A band has to grow and evolve or people (and the band) get bored. Who wants to hear the same album over and over again? I think The Book of Mourning will set us on our way to gain popularity with both metal and hardcore fans. I also like the fact that even though the material is a little different, you know it's Built Upon Frustration." More...
According to the web site of the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office, PRO-PAIN frontman and CRUMBSUCKERS bassist Gary Meskil was arrested in the early morning hours of Sunday, July 23 on a battery charge. Gary and some of the other members of the CRUMBSUCKERS were allegedly involved in a fight at the Paddy Wagon Irish pub in Sarasota, Florida after a night of rehearsal for their upcoming reunion show and Meskil was placed under arrest at 2:49 a.m., according to the official Sarasota County Sheriff's Office arrest report. Gary was booked at 4:54 a.m. and his bond was set at $750. He was released at 6:44 a.m.
Original Faith No More singer, Chuck Mosley, has resurfaced in a group called Vandals Against Illiteracy (V.U.A.). "The album we're working on and trying to finish is called 'Will Rap Over Hard Rock for Food'," Mosley tells Billboard.com. "It's more kind of my style -- more noisiness, but there's some rapping over hard rock. There's more screaming and singing -- some short punk rock songs, some harder ones, acoustic jammies."
Although the Mike Patton-led line up of Faith No More conquered the charts, it was the Chuck Mosley-led incarnation that made the group a college radio favorite during the mid to late 1980s. But apart from a pair of short-lived gigs -- fronting Bad Brains and '90s alt-rockers Cement -- Mosley has stayed largely out of the spotlight.
Joining Mosley in V.U.A. is Cobra Verde guitarist Tim Parnin, bassist Ed Stevens, and "A guy named Eric. I can't remember his last name, he plays drums -- he was in Pro-Pain," he says. In addition to handling vocals, Mosley also supplies some guitar.
With Mosley at the helm, Faith No More became one of the '80s' leading underground bands on the strength of 1985's "We Care a Lot" and 1987's "Introduce Yourself." Despite exiting the group in 1988 under less-than-friendly circumstances, the Ohio-based Mosley is now friendly with most of his former FNM bandmates. In fact, keyboardist Roddy Bottum appears on the new album's remake of the title track from "We Care a Lot."
"He put keyboards on it. We have the original going in the background, so you get the other guys on the chorus and Roddy's organ sound," Mosley says. "But we play it slower, so it's matched up to them, and we do our version over that. And all new lyrics -- way more updated."
Other tracks to appear on the album are are "Tractor," "Punk Rock Movie," "The Enabler" and "Sophie," named after Mosley's youngest daughter. "It's a 'baby ballad,'" he says.
V.U.A. has already played live gigs, but Mosley took the band off the road until the forthcoming debut is completed. "Hopefully it will be out this year," he says. Label and distribution deals are pending.
Legendary New York hardcore/metal act CRUMBSUCKERS will be reuniting for a special show to mark the 20th anniversary of their classic "Life of Dreams" release. Original members Chris Notaro (vocals), Chuck Lenihan (guitar; GENITORTURERS), Gary Meskil (bass; PRO-PAIN) and Dan Richardson (drums; LIFE OF AGONY, PRO-PAIN, STEREOMUD) will be accompanied by an as-yet-undetermined second guitarist for a reunion concert in New York City this summer.
"Over the past week, I have been in close contact with my old bandmates via phone and e-mail," Meskil confirmed. "I'm happy to say that all are optimistic and xcited about a CRUMBSUCKERS reunion."
"At this point we are still in the early planning stages, but we intend to play a special 'Life Of Dreams' 20th anniversary reunion concert in NYC this summer (date and venue to be announced), which will certainly be a lot of fun."
CRUMBSUCKERS released two full-length albums through the Combat label — 1986's "Life of Dreams" and 1988's "Beast On My Back" — before finally calling it a day in the early 90's. Several members embarked on a melodic metal venture called HEAVY RAIN, but that band was short-lived. The rhythm section of Meskil and Richardson went on to PRO-PAIN, while Chuck Lenihan ended up with GENITORTURERS.
Florida-based metal/hardcore legends PRO-PAIN are currently writing material for a new album, due before the end of the year. The band have tentative plans to play concerts in Greece, Romania, Holland, and other select markets in April, before entering the studio in late spring/early summer to begin recording the new CD. Extensive tours of Europe and the U.S. in support of the new CD are planned for later in the year.
In other news, PRO-PAIN will be included on an upcoming DVD release of DIE BÖHSE ONKELZ' farewell concerts at Eurospeedway/Lausitzring. PRO-PAIN will be featured in the form of three live tracks ("Make War Not Love", "Shine" and "Terpentin") and an interview.
Also on the PRO-PAIN-related front, the group's drummer J.C. Dwyer will marry his fiancée Jamie Burnett in May.
PRO-PAIN's most recent studio album, "Prophets of Doom", was released in June 2005 via Candlelight Records.
KREATOR have made a few changes to their upcoming North American tour with VADER and PRO-PAIN. In order to hopefully minimize the confusion, the changes are noted beside the dates in question. In addition, the April 28th gig in Albuquerque, NM at Launchpad has been cancelled.
The updates itinerary now includes: More...
Vader is currently preparing for the upcoming, very hard touring season. On the 4th of April starts US trip along with Kreator and Pro-Pain which ends with 5 headlining shows. A few days later Vader will be invading Mexico and South America. After 2 months of American destruction the band will play a few single shows in Germany and Belgium and five battles in the UK. Then Vader is going to record a brand new MCD (Hertz Studio), right before their tour along with Rotting Christ and Anorexia Nervosa under the name of "Blitzkrieg 3" (September). The next US tour will come right after September's invasion, containing about 30 dates along with Decapitated and two other bands. Japanese Isles & other Asia's territories will be attacked in December.
Upcoming Vader tour dates: More...
Danzig and special guest Doyle have been confirmed as the Saturday headliner for the seventh annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, to be held Friday-Sunday, April 22-24 at the Palladium in Worcester, Mass.
In addition to the regular Danzig set, Doyle with join the band for a blistering 30-minute set of classic Misfits material. Danzig and Doyle have performed together just three times during Danzig’s recent tour – their first performances together in over 21 years.
Hatebreed, Unearth and Obituary will headline Friday night.
Saturday’s other headliners will include Chimaira and Cryptopsy.
Sunday’s headliners are King Diamond, Nile and Soilwork.
Also appearing are A Life Once Lost, All Shall Perish, All That Remains, As I Lay Dying, Behemoth, Black Dahlia Murder, Blood Has Been Shed, Bury Your Dead, Dark Tranquility, Darkest Hour, Evergreen Terrace, Full Blown Chaos, Glass Casket, Hypocrisy, If Hope Dies, Internal Bleeding, Ion Dissonance, It Dies Today, Kylesa, Maroon, Misery Signals, Mnemic, Premonitions Of War, Pro-Pain, Red Chord, Reflux, Remembering Never, Scurvy, Sonata Arctica, Stemm, Strapping Young Lad, The Acacia Strain, The Agony Scene, The Esoteric, The Killing, The Minor Times, Throwdown, Trivium, Winter Solstice, and many more to be added.
Single day tickets are $35 per day. Three-day passes are $99. Tickets are on sale at all Strawberries Record Stores, online at tickets.com, or by calling tickets.com at (800) 477-6849.