Knitting Factory Presents
Volbeat Live From Beyond Hell
HELLYEAH, Iced Earth, Heart-Set Self-Destruct
919 W. Sprague Ave.
Spokane, WA, 99201
Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:30 PM
This event is all ages
Volbeat, a Danish metal band begun by former Dominus leader Michael Poulsen in October of 2001, became a dominant force not only in Danish metal, but in Danish rock as a whole, charting albums and singles on a regular basis. Poulsen's earlier group, Dominus, was a giant in Danish metal, releasing four albums in ten years, and making a lasting impression on the scene. Poulsen felt it was time to start over, and his concept of tying straight-up heavy metal with a more trad rock flourish (Poulsen was a big Elvis fan, if that is any indication) together was at the heart of Volbeat. Bringing together members Franz Gottschalk on guitar (he would be replaced by Thomas Bredahl in 2006), Jon Larsen on drums, and Anders Kjølholm on bass, vocalist and guitarist Poulsen was able to release the band's first demo, Volbeat, in 2002. Reception was lukewarm to the initial release, but the group's second demo, Beat the Meat, was an instant success, getting airplay on European radio. Volbeat consolidated this early win with a semi-final appearance on the Danish talent show competition Live Contest. From there on, Volbeat began an almost constant work schedule, including performances with Europe and America's biggest metal acts, as well as winning a number of genre and industry awards for their music. The band soon landed a record deal, with Rebel Monster, and soon released The Strength/The Sound/The Songs. That first "official" release was a relative monster in the band's home nation, and beyond brisk sales, the album won a handful of awards, including Best Album in the Danish Metal Musik Awards in 2005. Volbeat had further reason to celebrate, as 2006 saw the group playing most of the continent's best known rock festivals, including Roskilde and Summer Breeze. They followed up these appearances with a Danish tour. A follow-up to their best-selling debut finally appeared in shops in 2007. Titled Rock the Rebel/Metal the Devil debuted at number one in Denmark, and later that year Volbeat made a repeat appearance at Roskilde, opened for Metallica and Megadeth, and once again toured Europe. By: Chris True - allmusic.com
Hard rock supergroup HELLYEAH is back with a their third album, entitled Band of Brothers. The album, the band's first effort for their new label home, Eleven Seven Music, was recorded in Dallas at drummer Vinnie Paul's home studio, VP's Upstairs Studio, and was produced by the band and Jeremy Parker (Godsmack, Evanessence), who also served as engineer.
Having produced track after track of heavy-hitting, in-your-face, feel good rock and roll on their previous two albums (2010's STAMPEDE and 2007's self-titled debut), Band of Brothers sees HELLYEAH taking a slightly different musical direction. Drawing on their former bands' collective metal roots for inspiration, the influences and style of Mudvayne, Pantera, Damageplan and Nothingface are immediately recognizable in tracks such as "Band of Brothers," "War In Me" and "Rage Burn," while the party anthem "Drink, Drank, Drunk" retains the essence of earlier HELLYEAH.
Frontman Chad Gray comments, "I'm really excited about what we've done on this new album. I've always separated Mudvayne and HELLYEAH as much as I could, even though it was my voice. Melodies, lyrics and just the overall style of writing were different. With Band of Brothers, I just quit being afraid of who I am in relation to this band. I think we've all really gotten back to the original roots of what we've done individually and brought it together on this album. As an artist, as long as you're painting with your own brush, no one can compare or challenge you. I just painted with a bigger, heavier brush than I had with HELLYEAH in the past. I think this is what fans have always expected to hear from us, and now were giving it to them."
Vinnie Paul echoed the sentiment in a recent interview for Loudwire.com : "On our first two records, we were a new band. We really wanted to branch out and expand and experiment with all different styles. We all come from traditional metal bands and backgrounds, so it was a great breath of fresh air to play in a band that was rock 'n' roll, blues and Southern rock. We got that out of our system and got really focused on going back to our metal roots. It's heavy, focused, groove-oriented and I'm excited about it."
Jeremy Parker said, "It's impossible not to have a good time jamming this record. It has the anger and violence of Pantera and Mudvayne, but a party vibe that can
only be HELLYEAH!"
Iced Earth is one of America's most successful heavy-metal bands.
To date, Iced Earth has released 10 studio, one live, two compilation, and three boxed sets ... catapulting them into that rarified cadre of bands who have sold millions of records worldwide.
Jon Schaffer formed Iced Earth in Tampa, Florida, in the early 1980s and has been guiding the band ever since, passionately paying attenti...on to every detail, making sure nothing is released with his name on it that isn't 100% Iced Friggin' Earth, baby.