Jeff Loomis, Blackguard, Hatchet
261 Main street
Worcester, MA, 01608
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 6:30 PM
Following the highly acclaimed albums "Natural Born Chaos" and "Figure Number Five", SOILWORK now give you the final bash! "Stabbing The Drama" is perhaps the best piece of Melodic Death Metal the Swedish band has ever created! Extremely tight and dynamic with melodic elements at the exact right places are the trademarks of this work; every single note, precise break and stabbing beat is timed in pure perfection. Soilwork have reached a new plateau only hinted at in their now classic "Natural Born Chaos".The vocals of Björn "Speed" Strid burst with mere power and gives you both emotional shivers and brutal attacks! Title track 'Stabbing The Drama' opens an album full of blistering ear catchers and the refrains are just made for staying in your brain to the bitter end… SOILWORK have never been better before!
SOILWORK was founded in 1995 under the name INFERIOR BREED. In 1997 the band changed its title to SOILWORK which would become more than well-known within the Melodic Death scene only a couple of years later. In 2001, the Swedes released their third album "A Predator's Portrait" which marked the big breakthrough. The record got extremely good scores and critics from the press, especially in Germany, and made SOILWORK the new big hit next to their colleagues of IN FLAMES. After an acclaimed tour with ANNIHILATOR and NEVERMORE, SOILWORK went on rocking several summer open airs; amongst the many highlights, the show at Wacken Open Air 2001 remains memorable to the 20.000 + attending fans!
The following masterpiece "Natural Born Chaos" was recorded under the supervision of Devin Townsend (e.g. STRAPPING YOUNG LAD) as producer. Packed with great smashers like 'Follow The Hollow' and 'As We Speak', this longplayer marked the logical next step after "A Predator's Portrait", helping SOILWORK to keep on climbing the peaks of success. More tours through Europe, the USA and even Japan helped spreading SOILWORK's popularity making it hard for tour-mates CHILDREN OF BODOM, HYPOCRISY or KILLSWITCH ENGAGE to stand their ground besides the mere unbelievable power of this Swedish combo. "Figure Number Five" lifted SOILWORK ultimately to the first class of the Melodic Death Metal genre. No ifs or buts! 'Rejection Role', 'Light The Torch' and especially 'Departure Plan' became the new hymns of the SOILWORK set list.
In the second half of 2004, the band started working on new material with producer Daniel Bergstrand in the Dug-Out Studios in Uppsala, Sweden and the Fascination Street studios in Orebro, Sweden. As Richard Evensand left SOILWORK in the beich ginning of 2004, Dirk Verbeuren of SCARVE played drums on "Stabbing The Drama" and did a really unbelievable job -- the awesome result you just have at hand!
The simple but very memorable cover was done my Mircea Gabriel Eftemie (who's also guitar player at MNEMIC and already did covers for EKTOMORF, MALEVOLENT CREATION and many more) and it just represents the music of SOILWORK: Catchy & striking -- like a sharp hit in your brain!
JEFF LOOMIS' complex shredding has been a central part of the progressive but powerful and thrashy edge often attributed to Nevermore's trademark sound since the band's formation in 1992. As the band's lone permanent guitarist, he's been responsible for some of the most awe-inspiring riffs modern metal has ever heard. Taking the classic techniques he learned from listening to legends like Jason Be
cker and Yngwie Malmsteen as a teen and applying his own ingenuity, Loomis has carved his own niche and created an instantly recognizable style. As a result of his invaluable contributions to Nevermore's success, fans have been calling for a JEFF LOOMIS solo album for years. With most in the band taking a rare and much-deserved break, Loomis finally had the opportunity to hit the studio himself and the outcome is nothing short of remarkable.
Growing up in the San Francisco area suburbs as young metal heads can make it quite likely to take influence from the pioneers of metal that spanned the area in the 1980's. So it's no surprise that Hatchet describes their sound as "Pure, Uncompromising, Bay Area Thrash Metal".
Since hitting the Bay Area Metal scene in early 2007, Hatchet quickly made a name for itself. They worked hard to gig as often as they could and also not compete with, but group together bands of the like to help strengthen the scene. Focusing on playing with other young starting thrash bands in their area, the fan base grew. Eventually they reached out to the neighboring Los Angeles thrash scene which was also flourishing and invited various bands up to the bay area to diversify their shows, and spread overall thrash metal awareness.
After self-releasing two demos, the band's debut album, "Awaiting Evil", was released in mid-2008 via Metal Blade Records. The album was well-received by thrash enthusiasts around the globe and proved a great beginning for Hatchet. Since the release of the debut, the band has completed 3 full DIY U.S. tours that have helped put them on the map for up and coming thrash metal bands. Unfortunately in this time, the band also saw its share of lineup changes, which stalled overall progress of the group. Throughout the changes, founding member Julz Ramos always had the passion to keep the band going, even moving to take on vocal duties. Now in 2012, the band has never been stronger with its most dedicated, mature, and musically inclined members since its birth.
Their sophomore effort, "Dawn of the End", released on their new label, The End Records, showcases a much more aggressive and professionally oriented band. The group has stated its hunger to hit the road and prove that thrash metal is still a force to be reckoned with.