EMP Showcase: CO-OP with special guests

No strangers to performance, CO-OP brings a big, powerful sound to their show. Forming in 2014, CO-OP began gathering a small following in the local Phoenix scene. Within a few years, having shared a stage with rock legends like Motley Crue, The Hollywood Vampires and Alice Cooper, CO-OP is expanding their influence beyond Arizona and even outside the United States.

Founder and frontman Dash Cooper’s powerful vocals mix a classic rock undertone with the strength and grit of modern rock, while guitar player Jeremy Tabor introduces heavy riffs mixed with melodic hooks that keep the music powerful and interesting. Justin Swartzentruber (bass) and Nick Spann (drums) hold down the foundation.

Not content to stick only to pursuing their careers in music, CO-OP often puts their skills to work helping raise funds for Alice Cooper’s Solid Rock Teen Center. The work has often brought with it opportunities to perform as a back-up band along with other philanthropic volunteers such as Alex Lifeson (Rush), Danny Seraphine (Chicago) and Tommy Thayer of Kiss.

2017 brought the band on their first tour with label mates One Eyed Doll and Dollskin. In 2018, the band played direct support for FLAW on their Spring tour. Their debut album will be released worldwide on June 15, 2018 under Ellefson's EMP Label Group, with their first single "N.O.W." already gaining radio airplay nationwide.

Other artists CO-OP has performed with:
Motley Crue, Alice Cooper, KISS, The Hollywood Vampires, Korn, Trivium, Steel Panther, One Eyed Doll, Doll Skin, Max Cavalara of Soul Fly, Alex Lifeson of Rush, Tommy Thayer of KISS, Robbie Krieger of The Doors, 9 Electric, Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers, Beasto Blanco, Johnny Lang, Rob Halford of Judas Priest, Orianthi, P.O.D., Thousand Foot Crutch, Ted Nugent, Night Ranger, Danny Seraphine of Chicago, Love and Death, Colt Ford, Dee Snider of Twisted Sister, Lita Ford, Rob Zombie, Bret Michaels of Poison, Tom Kiefer of Cinderella, The Iron Maidens, Lola Black, The Chimpz, Future Leaders of the World, Great White, Slaughter, Jackyl, Fireflight, Don Felder of The Eagles, LA Guns, Buried as Thieves.

Symbolic

As a heavy-hitting dynamic force hailing from the power/prog metal midst of the San Diego, California music scene, Symbolic combines their melodic energy and excitement for what will be their fifth CD later this year.

Since the first three years of their conception, increasingly impressive efforts helped build a strong following locally and internationally. Opening for well-known national acts such as Adrenaline Mob, Fates Warning, UFO, Brian Wheat (of Tesla fame), PHILM with Dave Lombardo, guitar legend Michael Schenker, Doro Pesch and others, it was no surprise that Symbolic found themselves in very close company of great music notables.

Their epic sophomoric release "Nevertime" garnered them a 2011 SDMA nomination for "Best Hard Rock Album of the Year". Radio interest locally and as far away as Chicago (Gregg Kovach), offered the band enormous praise. Billy Sherwood (of Yes and Circa fame) commented upon learning of the band and hearing cuts from their third effort "Disconnected": "Cool stuff indeed…I really dig the band".

With the 2012 release of "Xenatopia", notable music critic and journalist Martin Popoff writes, "Symbolic have demonstrated a sterling silver craftsmanship in the forging of locked down metal with both brains and brawn". A heavier and even more progressive than anything they've done to date under the guidance of producer/engineer Daniel Castleman, “Xenatopia” had corralled the power/prog metal faithful throughout 2013 and 2014. Radio/internet interviews and San Diego radio airplay sealed Symbolic’s position as musically solid and here to stay.

With Scott Bruce (vocals), Steve Potts (guitar), Bobby Fernandez (bass), and Steven Elias (drums), Symbolic’s future is of one of the staunch core foundations of the San Diego music scene.

Hailing out of Southern California, the origins of Malison are traced back to the days of a high school cover band looking to get together and play some tunes.

After years and years of playing together and putting on cover shows for friends and family, original material was starting to get written, and then the embryonic stage of musical development started to progress.

After Malison had found a guitarist with similar musical direction, the band started collaborating together on new musical ideas, inspired by the sounds of Iron Maiden, Dream Theater, Between the Buried and Me, Dragonforce, and Megadeth.

On January 17th, 2014, Malison was born.

Since then, Malison has played a handful of shows in the Southern California metal scene, and has even taken the prerogative to put on its own shows hosting San Diego talent to build the heavy metal community. Using the moniker "Malison Presents," Pop vs. Metal was an instant success, and now "Pop vs. Metal II: A New Challenger" will be underway!

Malison is hoping to reach the heavy metal community with a revival of clean vocals, complementing the classic sound and feel of the 1980s, with a contemporary edge for originality. The galloping bass lines, raspy vocals, and melodic harmony encompasses Malison's vision for a new, unique sound.

Currently, the band just self-released their first EP, "Impulses" on June 9th, 2015
and is currently waiting to take the stage at a venue near you!

Nightshadow

Nightshadow was originally conceived in 2012, but it would be 3 years before the band would really get started. Nightshadow's goal is to give San Diego a dose of epic power metal \m/

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