Come and Take It Productions presents
SHADOWS FALL plus special guests...
God Forbid, Thy Will Be Done, Trumpet The Harlot, Head Crusher, Critical Assembly, Shattered Sun, In the Trench
505 E. 6th Street
Austin, TX, 78701
Doors 5:00 PM / Show 5:15 PM
This event is all ages
Before the so-called "New Wave of American Heavy Metal" was even a ripple, Shadows Fall were there. Emerging from Springfield, MA 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 and vocal production by Elvis Baskette - 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."
GOD FORBID triumphantly return with IV: Constitution Of Treason, their most dynamic and devastating offering yet, one which will undoubtedly solidify their positio lite. This mighty New Jersey-based quintet have now forged their own unique path and stretched their musical boundaries to the very limit while creating a thought-provoking conceptual opus that will undoubtedly stand the test of time.
Soon after the group's inception in 1996, The Out of Misery EP and debut full-length Reject The Sickness were released on the small indie label 9 Volt Records, helping GOD FORBID develop an underground and strong regional following. This buzz attracted the attention of Century Media Records, who quickly signed the band. In 2001, the band unleashed Determination - an Americanized form of thrash metal so unrelenting that it brought listeners to their knees. Their undying road dog mentality helped them to expand their devoted fanbase, while the challe hows with artists ranging from Cradle of Filth and Opeth to Mushroomhead and Thursday forced their live performances to grow stronger and more devastating. The group soon realized that they needed to reach deeper down within themselves to channel the energy and emotions needed to help their songwriting evolve, in order to craft the definitive GOD FORBID sound.
After a tour with Atreyu and a series of shows with Shadows Fall, Killswitch Engage and Lamb of God on the inaugural Headbangers Ball tour, GOD FORBID emerged from the studio in early 2004 with the blistering, Gone Forever, which put the band on the international map. The critically acclaimed album successfully bridged the gap between thrash, hardcore and traditional metal. They soon embarked on a few dates on a massive Ja with Slipknot, Fear Factory and Chimaira, leading immediately into a highly successful nationwide U.S. run and full European tour with Machine Head. However, the group's biggest break would come that summer on Ozzfest, where their highly captivating and energetic performances helped them garner new legions of fans. So-called "off-fest" dates with Slayer and Slipknot further cemented their momentum. GOD FORBID wrapped up the album's touring cycle with their first-ever U.S. headlining run in early 2005 and were in top form as they entered the studio to begin tracking an eagerly awaited new effort.
IV: Constitution Of Treason was produced by Jason Suecof (Trivium) at Audiohammer Studios and Eric Rachel (Atreyu, Dillinger Escape Plan) at Trax East, who also handled mixing duties. T e step forward for the band in regards to songwriting, as they emphasize developing the melodies and arrangements of each individual track. Meanwhile the stunning guitar duo of brothers Doc and Dallas Coyle delivers its most breathtaking performances yet. Doc further describes his thoughts on their new material: "Musically, it's a more refined and complex version of the traditional GOD FORBID sound, but offers several new twists and turns. I really think everyone will be surprised when they hear the growth, especially in the vocals."
The concept behind IV: Constitution Of Treason is told in three parts, the first being "Twilight of Civilization," where nations engage in a worldwide nuclear onslaught that obliterates our way of life. In part two, "In The Darkest Hour, There Was O rld is in the midst of fascist rule until one man emerges from the downtrodden common people to rebel against these ideals. He speaks to them about free choice and individuality, leading to uprisings and descent, which eventually is traced back to this man. Sentenced to banishment and death in the wasteland, he has a spiritual revelation and miraculously returns unscathed. The Hero is soon burned alive in public for all to see the awe-inspiring lack of mercy shown to those who commit treason. In part three, "Devolution," several centuries pass since the time of the Hero, and his tales become legends so profound that the masses dedicate their lives to one side of these beliefs or the other. The ultimate lesson to be learned is, even if a holocaust couldn't keep a good species down, it is doomed to repeat cataclysmic mistakes. But while predictability has seemingly become humankind's defining characteristic, the moral is to not let it define you.
With four full-length releases and almost a decade of experience under their belts, the group has achieved its true potential with a groundbreaking offering that will force the entire world to take notice.
Trumpet The Harlot
TRUMPET THE HARLOT IS A NORTHERN VIRGINIA BASED METAL BAND THAT NEVER CEASES TO IMPRESS WITH ITS TECHNICALITY, RELENTLESS SPEED, AND UNDYING ENERGETIC LIVE SHOW. A GROUP THAT CONCENTRATES LESS ON THE CURRENT IMAGE ASSOCIATED WITH METAL AND MORE ON THE SONGS AND THE EMOTIONS THEY INVOKE. THIS QUINTET IS ABOUT ONE THING - THE MUSIC. THE SONGS AND LIVE SHOW ARE FULL OF BRUTALLY FAST RIFFS, CHUGGING ANTHEMS, AND AN ENERGY THAT HAS TO BE SEEN TO BE APPRECIATED. WITH ONE LOOK AT THESE FOUR, YOU CAN TELL THERE IS SOMETHING DIFFERENT ABOUT THEM. UNAFRAID TO BE THEMSELVES, THERE ARE SMILES, HIGH FIVES, AND A LIGHTHEARTEDNESS THAT IS TRULY INFECTIOUS. TRUMPET THE HARLOT REALIZE THAT METAL IS READY FOR A SHIFT AND ARE PREPARED TO SPEARHEAD IT. THEIR DEBUT ALBUM WILL BE RELEASED MARCH 20th 2012, PRODUCED BY MATT BACHAND OF "SHADOWS FALL" AND "TIMES OF GRACE".