Feb 5, 2013
Door Time: 6:00 PM

Day: Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Door Time: 6:00 PM
Age: All Ages
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Hatebreed
Hatebreed was formed in 1994 in Connecticut. They began by recording a three song demo and selling it at local shows. Two of those three songs would eventually be released on a split seven inch with New York's Neglect in 1995. They followed that up with the highly acclaimed 7"/cassette EP "Under the Knife" in 1996 and went out on tour around the east coast/midwest with the UKHC band Voorhees. The following year (1997) they released Satisfaction is the Death of Desire on Victory Records, then the home of some of the biggest bands in hardcore. Satisfaction sold more copies than any other debut in the history of the record company.

Tours with national hard rock & metal bands such as Motorhead, Danzig, Slayer, Deftones, Entombed and Sepultura influenced their music and brought them to the attention of many non-hardcore/metalcore fans. These influences were apparent on the band's next two releases, 2002's Perseverance, and especially 2003's The Rise of Brutality.

After the release of The Rise of Brutality, the band took part in the 2004 Unholy Alliance tour in Europe with Slayer, Slipknot and Mastodon. In 2005 they continued to tour and In June, 2006, Hatebreed went on an extensive European tour which included a performance at the Download Festival in Donnington, UK. Immediately following this European tour, they played the main stage at Ozzfest 2006 alongside DragonForce, Lacuna Coil, Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed, and co-headliners System of a Down.

The band's fourth album, Supremacy, was released in August, 2006, their first through Roadrunner Records, featuring new guitarist Frank Novinec (who had previously spent time playing with Ringworm, Terror and Integrity). Jasta described it as an "all-out onslaught of completely adrenaline-charged, in-your-face brutality".

On September 13, 2006, former guitarist Lou "Boulder" Richards committed suicide at the age of 35; he had played on 1997's Satisfaction Is The Death Of Desire and left the band in 2002.

In 2007 Hatebreed headlined the second stage on the Ozzfest tour and continued to tour the Supremacy album taking Black Dahlia Murder, Exodus, Napalm Death, The Acacia strain and many others as support bands. Hatebreed appeared at Wacken Open Air festival in 2008 alongside Iron Maiden, Children of Bodom, and Avantasia. In April 2008, Hatebreed signed a worldwide deal with E1/Koch Records for the release of their live DVD, a live album, and a covers album entitled "For The Lions". On September 2, 2008 they released their concert DVD, entitled "Live Dominance" which went #1 on the billboard chart.

"For The Lions" which was released on May 5 2009. Artists covered included Metallica, D.R.I., Crowbar, The Cro-Mags and more.

On February 9, 2009 Guitarist Sean Martin quit the band. Sean quit the band to pursue other interests in music that are more studio-related. However, Sean remains close to and in contact with Hatebreed members.

Hatebreed's fifth studio album, entitled Hatebreed, has been released September 29, 2009 and included original guitar player Wayne Lozinak.

In 2010, Hatebreed headlined the jager stage at the third annual Mayhem Festival, alongside Atreyu, Chimaira, 3 Inches of Blood, Shadows Fall, and other bands. On February 17, 2011, it was announced that Hatebreed would partake in the fourth annual Mayhem Festival to yet again headline the Jägermeister stage but for 3 dates only.

In 2011 Hatebreed embarked on a 9 week tour of arenas, large clubs & theaters with Five Finger Death Punch & All That Remains.

http://www.hatebreed.com/
https://www.facebook.com/hatebreed

Shadows Fall
Shadows FallBefore the so-called “New Wave of American Heavy Metal” was even a ripple, Shadows Fall were there. Emerging from Springfield, Massachusetts in 1995, this D.I.Y. band ultimately found legions of fans, worldwide fame, two Grammy nominations, and even a song on Guitar Hero. Of course, none of this came from luck. Instead, hard work and musical innovation have been the forces propelling Shadows Fall, continually revealing ever more of this band’s greatness. They are beyond simply best-in-class; in so many ways, Shadows Fall – with their unmistakable, seamless blend of metal and hard rock - have grown to help define the very essence of modern aggressive music.

With Retribution – the band’s fifth full length and follow-up to 2007’s critically acclaimed Threads of Life – it’s no surprise to find Shadows Fall once again taking bold steps in their quest for constant evolution. It starts, of course, with the guts of Retribution – the sound. “With each album we’ve gotten a little more confidence to really let all of our influences show,” says vocalist Brian Fair. “We’re unapologetic about the old-school metal and the 80s influence, as well as the thrash and the melodic death metal.” And Retribution – with music production by Zeuss (Hatebreed, Municipal Waste) and vocal production by Elvis Baskette (Incubus, Alter Bridge) - surely has that thrash-metal bedrock which has long served as the foundation of Shadows Fall – but there’s more. “We’ve really taken some songs all the way,” explains Fair. “The brutal parts are a complete, non-stop assault, and the rock-influenced songs go all the way within that rock direction. A song like ‘Picture Perfect’ - the chorus is more Journey or Def Leppard than it is death metal,” laughs Fair. “There’s really no holding back when it comes to our songwriting. Once the floodgates open, we go all the way.” The result is Retribution - a collection of songs that showcase the versatility and vision of this band that only seems to get better over time.

But the evolution of Shadows Fall is not limited to their music. Atop the shifting grounds of an unpredictable music industry, they’ve found even more opportunity to try new ideas. “We learned everything from the ground up,” says Fair, reflecting on more than a decade of experience and lessons learned. “We’ve gone through the independent metal world to the major label world, and have come to realize that, given the way things are now, it’s all about the band re-taking the control of everything: music, business, ownership, publishing. Everything.”

In taking that control, Shadows Fall knew they would need strong partners. “We wanted people who understood where we come from,” says Fair. They found just that, in the team of Ferret Music and Independent Label Group. “We see it as the Justice League of Metal,” says Fair. “Ferret was started by guys who were in hardcore bands - who did it all the hard way, themselves. Having someone like that in your corner is just huge. And with Independent Label Group, you have a major label distributor that can kick open some doors, but the people who are doing the every-day work understand the DIY approach we have always taken. So the whole way that we’re handling this is super exciting. We get the best of both worlds.”

True brilliance doesn’t just navigate change – it anticipates, adapts, and turns it into opportunity. This is so much of what separates Shadows Fall from so many other bands: a work ethic as forward-thinking as their musical instinct. Strong, savvy self-determinism shoring up a distinctive mix of bone-splintering aggression and melodic nuance.

It’s Retribution from Shadows Fall. It’s not to be missed.
shadowsfall.com
https://www.facebook.com/shadowsfall

Dying Fetus
Dying FetusDying Fetus is a brutal death metal band formed in 1991 in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, United States. The line-up consists of John Gallagher (guitar, vocals), Sean Beasley (bass, vocals) and Trey Williams (drums).

Dying Fetus’ music is a hybrid of death metal and grindcore, characterized by extremely fast blast beats, complex riffing and slow breakdowns. Lyrically-wise, the band dabbled in the usual gory death metal subject matter on their early albums, and respectfully covered “Born in a Casket,” a song originally written by famous death metal band Cannibal Corpse. By 2000’s Destroy the Opposition, however, they shifted towards politically driven lyrics. Their lyrics are often left-wing, mostly consisting of aggressive critique addressed towards things such as religion, corporations, consumerism and war. Their fusion of death and grind is called Slam.
www.myspace.com/dyingfetus
www.facebook.com/DyingFetus?v=app_5179614317
https://twitter.com/#!/DyingFetusBand

The Contortionist
The ContortionistBottom heavy open chords that resonate strong enough to shake the core of the earth. Skyrocketing bursts of oscillating guitar leads layer an ominous and dark undercurrent of rhythm. While hardcore punk may be the sound that rules the day in The Contortionist hometown of Indianapolis, it is the band’s signature brand of forward thinking heavy metal that has made them stick out as hometown favorites. The band worked hard to amass a following beyond Indiana though consistent regional shows, coastal touring, and two self-released EPs. They clearly began to define their sound and grow as musicians on their EP titled "Apparition". The songwriting and progression on "Apparition" smacks of a group of musicians who are locked deeply into a remarkable place of expression and creativity that is usually reserved for bands with multiple albums under their belt. While it is not uncommon lately for bands in the world of metal to experiment with melody and progression, many times these breaks from the brutal end up sounding forced, too contrived, or way too over the top in shred. What could have been an opportunity for the listener to settle into some depth, winds up missing the mark. When The Contortionist venture into the realm of ambiance it actually raises the level of the song above the crushing breakdowns and demands the listener stay put for the ride. More impressive than their ability to write and record such material, is how big it all plays live. The room seems to expand and fill with spacious tones just in time to be leveled with ferocity. The band is razor sharp while nailing every bit of nuance their ambitious songwriting offers. It is this ability to dole out their sounds in epic proportions through a live performance that piqued the interest of record label Good Fight Music. The band had already distinguished themselves to Good Fight with a penchant for creating a distinct style of heavy music that has plenty of room for the listener to breathe and settle into. So in early 2010, shortly after the staff had caught them live, a deal had become imminent.

With the label now in place, The Contortionist recently spent time in the studio with Unearth's own Ken Susi handling production duties. When asked what interested him about working with The Contortionist, Ken commented - "The Contortionist is not your typical run of the mill band. Lots of bands in this day in age are copycats or just plain old rip offs of other bands that are currently out now. This is truly an original band, from the overall look, sound and structure of the songs. I really feel this band has a bright future ahead of them!" The Contortionist brand new album, titled “Exoplanet”, is a progressive metal mammoth. What stands out about the song structures is the bursts of space and atmosphere underscored by intense sonic emotion and boldness. A welcomed subtlety to the evolution of the band’s sound from previous works is a sparse use of ominous sci-fi inspired clean vocals. For every bit of progression and aura the band offers up on Exoplanet, comes an equal and unforgiving onslaught of heaviness. Just when heavy metal had seemed to reach a ceiling on how punishing a sound could get, The Contortionist raised the bar even higher. Exoplanet will be out in stores on August 31, 2010.
www.myspace.com/thecontortionistband
www.facebook.com/thecontortionist

Vital Malice
Vital MaliceFounded in the summer of 2006 by former member Bryan "Ty" Lynn, Vital Malice is a Colorado Springs based Groove Metal band that incorporates a variety of other metal genres. They first came on the scene in August of 2007, and in Feburary 2008, released their first full-length album titled "Step One: Feed the Masses" with Konkshoo Records and are currently working on their second album titled "Fear Campaign".
https://www.facebook.com/VitalMalice