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Formed: 1998
From: NJ, United States
Last Known Status: Regrouped


The seeds of 40 Below Summer were sown in 1998, when drummer and Peruvian native Carlos Aguilar started jamming with singer Illidge. Joe D’Amico came into the fold next, followed by Jordan Plingos and Puerto Rican-born Hector Graziani. A self-released EP called Sideshow Freaks and constant gigging in New Jersey and New York helped foster a buzz about the band, and after numerous showcases on both coasts, a deal was signed with London/Sire Records. Their major label debut, Invitation To The Dance, was rele ased in October of 2001, produced by the legendary GGGarth Richardson (Rage Against The Machine, Kittie).

Following one label-supported run on the Jagermeister Music Tour, with Drowning Pool, Coal Chamber, and Ill Nino, making things work on their own is exactly what 40 Below Summer did – with the help of an incredibly devoted and growing fan base. “It’s pretty uplifting, especially when we’re just out in a van playing smaller clubs, and the kids are crazy,” continues Plingos. “They follow us, they’re just so psyched for you to be there, they want to talk to you and tell you what they thought about the show. It’s just nuts to see what five guys in a van can do.

“We’re not a nu-metal band,” says Illidge firmly. “We have elements of nu-metal in us; we have elements of old school metal in us. We have elements of hardcore and straight-up rock and folk and even some jazz and funk. We don’t want to be pigeonholed. We’re an aggressive rock band, and rock explores a little bit of everything.”

With The Mourning After ready for release, 40 Below Summer is preparing to do what they do best – tour as much as possible – and bring their hardcore fans a killer new album, an energized band, and an uncompromised outlook. “Everything feels much better,” says Aguilar. “Every single experience, every single show, the way we recorded this album, the songwriting – everything feels like it’s being done by a band again.”

“The music has to always come first,” confirms Illidge. “The music and the band itself have to come before anything else, and then you deal with the rest.”

Latest 40 Below Summer News

Below is our complete 40 Below Summer 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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With Daggers Drawn Announces New Lineup

New Jersey metal band With Daggers Drawn has issued the following update regarding their lineup:

"Max Illidge and Joey D'Amico (ex-40 Below Summer/Black Market Hero vocalist and guitarist) have now joined WITH DAGGERS DRAWN! They join Tommy Costello (lead guitar), Ed Schiro (bass), and Greg Telfeian (drums) in the band. The debut show with the new line-up will be Saturday, March 6th at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ opening up for God Forbid & Kittie! Purchase tickets at [this location]. New music is coming soon! Head on over to MySpace for more info and a video of us working in the studio." More...

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Ryko Distribution Announcess Deal w/ Driven Music

Ryko Distribution has announced an exclusive distribution agreement with Driven Music Group to distribute all physical and digital releases from Driven Music's artists in the U.S. and Canada.

Driven Music Group was created by Brian "Head" Welch, a founding member, songwriter and guitarist from the multi-platinum rock band KoRn, music industry veteran Mark Nawara and entertainment law attorney Greg Shanaberger. As a member of KoRn, Welch won two Grammy Awards and sold more than 30 million albums. Welch's upcoming solo debut album, "Save Me From Myself," is scheduled to be released by Driven in the Fall of 2008 and will be distributed by Ryko Distribution, along with other Driven releases by Flotsam and Jetsam, 40 Below Summer, Crossbreed, Godhead and Soil among others. Ryko Distribution is headquartered in New York City and is a Warner Music Group company. More...

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Godhead Signs To Driven Music Group

Godhead has signed with Driven Music Group for the release of their new album. The release is currently being mixed and is due out later this year.

In other label news, Driven Music Group will release 40 Below Summer's "Side Show Freaks" on July 15, 2008. The album has been re-mastered and will be available at retail stores for the first time ever.

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Black Market Hero Part Ways With Guitarist

BLACK MARKET HERO, the band featuring members of FLAW and 40 BELOW SUMMER, has issued the following update:

"It is with great regret that we wish to inform everyone that Ryan Jurhs [guitar] will no longer be a member of BLACK MARKET HERO. This has come to pass for very respectable and justifiable reasons that we choose to keep private and personal. We would like to wish Ryan the best of luck in his future endeavors, and we'll always value his friendship and the contributions he made as a member of BLACK MARKET HERO.

"BLACK MARKET HERO will be seeking a replacement guitar player in the near future. Stay tuned for announcements regarding the audition process."

BLACK MARKET HERO has been busy writing and recording music in preparation for the release of its debut album. The group's lineup includes vocalist Max Illidge (40 BELOW SUMMER), guitarist Joey D'Amico (40 BELOW SUMMER), bassist Matt Fortin (CONFLICTION), and drummer Micah Havertape (FLAW).

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Black Market Hero Post More Music Online

BLACK MARKET HERO, the band featuring members of FLAW and 40 BELOW SUMMER, has posted 10 more recent and previously unreleased tracks along with ringtones on their MySpace page. The full-length tracks have been appropriately titled the "Demo Collection." They are also available through www.isounds.com.

BLACK MARKET HERO has been busy writing and recording music in preparation for the release of its debut album. The group's lineup includes vocalist Max Illidge (40 BELOW SUMMER), guitarist Joey D'Amico (40 BELOW SUMMER), bassist Matt Fortin (CONFLICTION), guitarist Ryan Jurhs (FLAW), and drummer Micah Havertape (FLAW).

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40 Below Summer Plan Reunoin Show

40 BELOW SUMMER are set to play what seems to be yet another reunion show to promote the re-release of their Rain EP, out July 27, at Starland Ballroom with GIZMACHI and WITH DAGGERS DRAWN.

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Watch 40 Below Summer's "Relapse" Video Online

The new music video “Relapse” from 40 BELOW SUMMER is available online for viewing at the Underground Video Television website. The clip was directed by Frankie Nasso (ALL THAT REMAINS, HATEBREED, MUDVAYNE, SWORN ENEMY).

40 BELOW SUMMER released “The Last Dance” last October which includes nine new tracks as well as a 90-minute bonus DVD of the band's last performance at the Starland Ballroom as well as interviews with the bandmembers.

There are also a live video available on the UVTV website (same URL as above) of 40 BELOW SUMMER performing “Taxicab Confessions” that was filmed at The Country Club in Syracuse NY.

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Watch Bully Perform "Wake" Online

Underground Video Television has announces the availability of a new live video of New York City’s BULLY performing live at the Country Club in Syracuse NY. The live clip is for the band’s track “Wake,” which opened their set at the gig which also included performances by SEEMLESS and BRAND NEW SIN.

Bully is a rock band from NYC with melodic harmonies reminiscent of KINGS X and QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE. The band is made up of brothers Matt & John Farley, singer/guitarist Dan Karkos, younger brother of DOPE guitarist Virus, and lead guitarist Bstone. Dan and brother Virus also have a side project called “Black’n’Blues” , a dark-toned, downtempo all acoustic affair, with a video release entitled “The Sale,” which featured Jerry Gaskill of KINGSX and Hector Graziani of 40 BELOW SUMMER. That video can be seen as well at the UVTV website.

Bully’s release “Song That Make You” is available on indie label Underdog Records & was produced by Brad Morrison (The Figgs, Phish).

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40 Below Summer To Re-Issue "Rain" EP

40 Below Summer will re-issue their 'Rain' EP on May 8th. The new version will include the following tracks:

1. "Falling Down"
2. "Endorphines"
3. "Letter to God"
4. "Jonesin"
5. "Faces"
6. "Wither Away" (demo)
7. "We The People" (demo)
8. "Smile Electric" (demo)
9. "Rope" (demo)
10. "Power Tool" (demo)
11. "Minus One" (demo)
12. "Still Life" (demo)

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Black Market Hero Announce Tour Dates

Black Market Hero, which features members of Flaw and 40 Below Summer, have announced the following tour dates:

February 15th in Covington, KY @ Mad Hatter
February 16th in Cleveland, OH @ Peabodys
February 17th in Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa
February 21st in Charleston, SC @ Music Farm
February 22nd in Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
February 23rd in Thomasville, SC @ The Soundvent
February 24th in Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues

The band has been working on their debut which should be released later this year. You can hear some of their material on their MySpace page.

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40 Below Summer To Tour?

It appears that 40 Below Summer have reunited, according to the band's myspace page they are advertisting "the return of 40 Below Summer" with an in store signing at Vintage Vinyl in Fords, NJ on Wednesday, November 1st. Also, their myspace is advertising a show at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ on November 4th. Openers for 40 Below Summer include Severance and Black Market Hero.

40 Below Summer have also added a new song, "Relapse", to their myspace which can be found at the following address:http://www.myspace.com/40belowsummer . Their new album, "The Last Dance" is currently in stores.

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See Parts of 40 Below Summer's New DVD

A trailer for the upcoming 40 BELOW SUMMER DVD can now be viewed online here.

As previously reported, the bands new CD/DVD release "The Last Dance" is set to hit stores via Crash Music on October 31st. "40 BELOW SUMMER is not dead we are having fun at this point and who knows what the future holds" says lead singer Max Illidge.

On November 1st, the band will be doing an in store appearance and signing at Vintage Vinyl Records in Fords, NJ. Then on November 4 the band will be doing a show at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ.

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More Info On The New 40 Below Summer Album

40 BELOW SUMMER will release a posthumous CD, entitled "The Last Dance", via Crash Music, on October 31. The album will also include a special bonus DVD that centers around the group's last show, which took place last September at the Starland Ballroom in New Jersey. The DVD will feature the live concert, videos, plus various footage, including personal videos, backstage footage, and more. Meanwhile, the CD portion of the set is expected to feature 13 tracks of demos and never-before-released tracks.

To hear a brand new track from the album go to www.myspace.com/crashmusicinc.

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40 Below Summer To Release New Album Halloween

40 BELOW SUMMER will release their new CD entitled "The Last Dance" via Crash Music on Halloween. The album will also include a special bonus DVD that centers around the groups last show which took place at the Starland Ballroom in New Jersey last September. To hear new music from the album, click here.

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Ex-40BS Bassist Quits Touring Due To Hearing Loss

Former 40 BELOW SUMMER bassist Hector "Hook" Graziani has been forced to leave his new band BLACK MARKET HERO after losing "a big percentage" of his hearing through years of rehearsing and performing. His official statement on the matter reads as follows:

"I never thought that this day would ever come, but what I'm about to say is one of the most hardest and most difficult things to do; so, I'll do it very short and sincerely...

"After thirteen years of non-stop playing, recording, performing music, touring and everything with it, I have to stop doing what I love doing the most... Why? Because I really never took care of my ears, I now have lost a big percentage of my hearing. I always took care and only thought about music, my bandmates, my fans and rock n' roll; but right now I have to take care of myself. So, I'm leaving my new band BLACK MARKET HERO. I wish my brothers in that band the best because they are the best and most dedicated muscians I've ever known. I also want to take this time to deeply thank 40 BELOW SUMMER (Max, Joey, Carlos and Jordan) for rescuing me, bringing me back to music and giving me the best years of my life. Also part of those amazing years have been made possible because of all the dedicated, loyal and undying supportive fans — you all know who you are and you are all the best! I also want to thank all the bands I shared the stage with... the tours, the backstage and onstage moments, as well as all those crazy Jager nights, will always live in my heart.

"To my family, gracias de todo corazon. Thanks for always supporting and accepting my absence all these years.

"To all my fellow muscians, please protect your ears don't wait until it's too late to do so.

"ROCK N' ROLL will always live in me and I will alway live in ROCK N' ROLL."

40 Below Summer played their final show at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ on September 17th with all of the bands original members. It was filmed for a DVD to be sold at a later date. The remaining members of the band, frontman Max Illidge, guitarist Joe D'Amico and bassist Hector Graziani, continued on together under the moniker of Black Market Hero.

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40 Below Summer Disband

40 Below Summer have decided to call it a day and will play a final show at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ on September 17th with all of the bands original members. It will be filmed for a DVD that the band will sell through their official website at a later date. Despite the end of 40 Below Summer, the remaining members of the band, frontman Max Illidge, guitarist Joe D'Amico and bassist Hector Graziani, will continue on together under the moniker of Black Market Hero. Also in the line-up are Ryan Jurhs of Flaw fame on guitars and drummer Ali Nassar. The band will open the aforementioned 40 Below Summer show.

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40 Below Summer Get New Drummer, Put Track Online

40 Below Summer have recruited Ali Nassar as their new drummer, he replaces Carlos Aguilar, who recently exited the group. In other news, the band have also posted a new track entitled "Relapse" online, which you can check out at www.40belowsummer.com.

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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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40 Below Summer Replace Drummer

40 Below Summer have parted ways with their drummer Carlos Aguilar and have since lined up a new replacement. Band bassist Hector "Hook" Graziani recently commented on the matter here.

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Candiria Win Verdict For 2002 Van Crash

Five members (two have since left the band) of Candiria reportedly won a $29 million verdict yesterday as a result of their 2002 van accident. On the losing end of the verdict, according to the New York Post and attorney Daniel O'Toole, is Paige Transportation Inc., who owned the tractor trailer that collided with Candiria's van. No further information has been disclosed at this time.

Members of Candiria were involved in a serious vehicle accident when their tour van was rear-ended in New York State near Buffalo. The band was forced to scrap their tour with 40 Below Summer. Their van was hit by a truck, whose driver has admitted liability. John LaMacchia and Carley Coma were both flown by helicopter to a trauma center with non-critical injuries. The band was en route from a show in Albany to a show in Cleveland.

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