Jeff Loomis, Blackguard, The Browning, Wretched
1003 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107
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.
In what could be described as nothing short of 'adventurous,' THE BROWNING's music takes influences from all across the metal spectrum and heavily fuses them with hardstyle, trance and other areas of electronic music in a way that most metal acts would not dare attempt. The band pushes boundaries and pushes buttons. In short, when it comes to The Browning, TheNewReview.net put it best when they said "the soundtrack to the apocalypse has arrived."
Taking a page from each of the anthologies that METALLICA, MEGADETH, AT THE GATES, and BEHEMOTH have written, WRETCHED has bound together their own unique volume of stylishly structured death/thrash metal masterpieces.
No question about it, WRETCHED is ready to play music for the musicians and masses alike eagerly awaiting this thought provoking sound. With an enormous level of energy during their live perfor- mances, a show attendee leaves overly-satisfied but still craving more.
Bursting with tight riffs and energetic melodies, WRETCHED are prepared to make their mark in the metal world with their new take on old school thrash metal. They offer up their own metallic at- tack that is dense, intricate, and stylishly structured.
On their newest venture, Beyond The Gate, WRETCHED accompanies their punishing music with concept-based lyrics that will take the listener on an ethereal voyage through alternate worlds and leave them desperately searching for a way to return home, no matter how grave the sacrifice may be. The album features a piece composed and orchestrated by new guitarist John Vail, and performed by the University of South Carolina Sym- phony Orchestra; noting guest appearances by Jesse Clasen of Charlotte, North Carolina band Harvard, Andy Lynn on violin, and Randy Nashleanas on cello.
What began as a jam band in 2005 has evolved
into the progressive thrash band of WRETCHED. Steven Funderburk (Guitar) and Marshall Wieczorek (Drums) knew the first time that they played together that there was a strong connection that shouldn't be overlooked. Influences such as Megadeath, Metallica, Blink 182, and the Misfits are heavily evident in both their musicianship and mindset. "The connection to these bands has influenced the style of playing and writing as well as the work ethic of the group," states Funderburk.
The band prides themselves on their knowledge of music theory and composition, which has been a big benefit in making quality music. "Every piece of music we compose is analyzed down to the last note," "We put feeling and soul into our music, and we write it to the best of our ability" states Funderburk. After a listen of their music you can definitely tell that this band is as true to heart as they say they are. Previous album reviews from magazines such as Outburn have cited that "the briefest listen proves how dedicated these musicians are to their craft" and that their solos "demonstrate both proficiency and a devotion to melody". WRETCHED is a dedicated band that practices weekly as a group, something unheard of today, and members of the band have rigorous individual practices, to improve as musiciansand excel in their ever on going passions for music. Never laying to rest on their morals they are consis- tently trying to improve as individual musicians and to create a tighter collective whole.
The band is gaining a strong following in their home state of North Carolina which spans as far as Texas and back up through New York. WRETCHED believes that online promotion and communication with fans at shows has helped aid their success. A testament to that, they have a strong following
along the East Coast where they have implemented their DIY touring. Regardless of their thrash metal sound, they draw a wide variety of audiences, rang- ing from old school metal fans to hardcore kids across the globe. In the true WRETCHED fashion they are demolishing barriers and trends alike to pro- duce something so awe striking everyone is turning their heads to take a peek.
WRETCHED has done four US tours since the end of 2008, with over 175 shows. They have shared the stage with label-mates WITHIN THE RUINS as well as notable bands like Knights of the Abyss, Kill- whitneydead, Vital Remains, Diskreet, Antagonist, And Hell Followed With and The Demonstration. With all of this touring experience and non-stop energy, the band is bringing in fans by the hoard; everyone wants to hear and see this exploding force of metal apocalypse.
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