Bulldog Promotions & Booking Presents!
Within The Ruins, Sworn In, REFLECTIONS, Legion, From Mars to Mariana, Toothgrinder, Navigate the Maelstrom, Triumph
270 E Main Street
Newark, DE, 19711
Doors 5:30 PM / Show 5:45 PM (event ends at 1:00 AM)
Within The Ruins
"Recognizing the talent and passion of Massachusetts natives, WITHIN THE RUINS, it's no wonder Victory Records added them to its growing roster. This quintet is armed with a unique take on blending technology and metal together to write music that sets their band apart from the numerous metal bands today. WITHIN THE RUINS have mastered their technique of bringing breakdowns, riffs, tempo and a dash of personality together in order to form one cohesive entity. The development of WITHIN THE RUINS first began in 2002. That was when founding members Joe Cocchi (Guitar) and Drummer (Drums) began taking a more serious approach and started heading out on the road, doing DIY tours from 2006-2009. At that point in time the lineup was comprised of Tim Goergen (Vocals), Mike Beaujean (Bass), and Kyle Marcoux (Guitar), in addition to Cocchi and Drummer. As things progressed for the band, January of 2010 brought change when Jay Van Schelt (Guitar) was brought in to replace Marcoux; this change refueled the band to write their best record to date entitled INVADE." - last.fm
Taking a page from the tape-trading days of the past, Chicago metallic hardcore savants Sworn In took the DIY route when it came time to spread their gospel. Instead of trying to score a deal with a record label from the beginning, like so many other young bands do, Sworn In let their music do the early grassroots work.
"When we started this band a couple of years ago, our plan was just to post all of our music online, for free, till we released our first album," Sworn In vocalist Tyler Dennen explains. "99% of the hype on this band has come via social networking. We have toured nonstop and any time we meet one of our fans, they tell us they first learned about us through Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook or another social networking site."
The word of mouth on Sworn In was so strong that the folks at Razor & Tie knew they had to join forces with the Chicago combo. They signed them in the winter of 2013. Featuring a crushing mix by Brian Hood (A Plea for Purging, The Crimson Armada), The Death Card – Sworn In's new debut album – follows up the band's previously released two EPs - Catharsis and Start/End.
The Death Card was already finished by the time Sworn In – which besides Dennen also features drummer Chris George, guitarists Zakary Gibson and Eugene Kamlyuk and bassist Sean Banks – signed on with the white hot label. "We already had enough money from touring and selling our merch to pay for everything on our own, so we headed to Nashville and recorded the album with Brian. Our guitar player, Zak, suggested working with Brian since he was a big fan of his work with the band Gideon. We're all glad we did," says a rightfully proud Dennen.
A relentless attack to the senses, The Death Card is not only stacked to the rafters with one ferocious guitar riff after the other, it's also a concept album with lyrics weaving a nightmarish tale throughout the 13 tracks.
Dennen's striking lyrics manage to cut through the group's sonic assault on The Death Card, which isn't surprising since he mined from his own life for inspiration. "I was born and raised Jewish, but I never really got into religion. When I was around 13, my family joined a synagogue and the rabbi there got close to our family and came to our house a lot. Anyway, I went on to find out that my mother was having an affair with him and my parents ended up getting divorced because of it. Here was this guy who was up there preaching about family morals and he ends up doing what he did.
The main character in the album goes through a very traumatic experience throughout the story. The song 'Hypocrisy' is where the trauma hits and the journey begins and it's like my big "fuck you!" to the rabbi and the whole situation."
In terms of the story arc and its cohesiveness, The Death Card triumphs where many other concept albums fail. "I wanted the flow of the songs and lyrics to show how this character loses his mind more with each track. By the time the album ends, he's accepted his fate."
Lyrics aside, pit dwellers also have plenty to sink their teeth into throughout The Death Card, with tracks like "Mindless," "Deadpan" and "Death" entwining dynamic rhythmic shifts within the chaos that will surely leave dance floors caked with all kinds of bodily fluids. "I'm into breakdowns and that kind of stuff, but I think a lot of bands are overusing some of the same tricks," says drummer Chris George, who also writes in the band. "In a song like 'Deadpan' I use dissonant chords to create more of an effect and feel, rather than make it the focal point of the track. In 'Death,' we even included a blast beat part and that's the kind of unexpected thing we love doing when we write."
George's musical inspiration on The Death Card might surprise some listeners. "My early influences were definitely metalcore, but as I started getting into heavy music more, I went back and fell in love with bands like Slipknot. What I wanted to do with our new album was to create a new, darker kind of nu metal sound and combine it with the technicality of Meshuggah. I wanted to bridge the gap between those two worlds."
With The Death Card hitting stores supported by Razor & Tie's muscle, and the quintet keeping up their tireless touring schedule, it's only a matter of time before Sworn In transform from underground rising stars to headlining heroes.
The soldiers of the Roman Empire were such fearsome warriors their reputation spread far beyond the confines of their conquered domains. In the Bible, when Jesus cast a demon from a man in Geresenes, that demon was called Legion. It is believed that name itself suggests the man was possessed by evil the size of a Roman Legion.
It is fitting, then, that the most invigorating, powerful and determi...ned new band to emerge from the realm of metallic hardcore has chosen Legion as their name, given the obvious fact that the five-piece metalcore outfit create music that will earn them a reputation beyond the confines of the established “scene” boundaries and the way they are looking to possess the underground community.
Legion picked a name that also summarizes the ferocity of their musical delivery and the writhing, churning and burning underbelly of very heavy metal that pushes it all forward. The angry, pulverizing style of bands like Acacia Strain and Oceano combine with the polyrhythms and mathematical might of Meshuggah in Legion, who’ve consumed the strongest parts of these influences - reshaped and personalized them - to mold a sound of their own in an impressively short amount of time. Legion are extremely young and yet, extremely self-realized and talented.
As Legion’s musical style has evolved, so has their vision and philosophy. Legion stands for freethinking, radical self-expressionism and steadfast individualism. Their music, lyrics and stage presence coalesce into an overall rallying cry that defies organized religions, narrow-minded groupthink and conformist ideology. To be yourself, think for yourself; that’s what Legion is about.
Whether on nationwide tours with bands like Job For A Cowboy and Cephalic Carnage, garnering a ton of attention at the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival or sharing stages with bands like I Declare War and The Plot In You, Legion makes a statement musically and stylistically with passion and self-guided purpose.
The video for “Perverse Icon” has offered YouTube users a glimpse at just what Legion is capable of achieving on stage. Tracks like “Disclosure of Sin” and “Righteous Dictation” are emblematic of Legion’s skillful precision when it comes to balancing aggressive metallic destruction with trippy groove.
Legion’s forthcoming debut album for eOne Music delivers upon the promise put down by their devastating EPs. No stone is left unturned when it comes to Legion’s targets, from the government to the church. Legion speaks their minds, musically and lyrically, without compromise.
Legion could have done it another way. The Columbus, Ohio scene has produced many celebrated “scene” bands, but Legion actively chose another route. They didn’t base their career plans on the accumulation of Internet hype nor on cookie-cutter music designed to cater to a specific crowd. They went against the grain, on the path of resistance, decidedly choosing hard work and originality.
No choreographed stage moves. Legion isn’t following the scene blueprint. Legion is all about a genuine connection with their fans through authentic expression. Ultimately, Legion looks to create music that inspires listeners to be themselves. They are believers in the power of creativity and artistic achievement.
One thing seems assured: Legion will make a mark on the heavy music scene.
From Mars to Mariana
Eric Gallen - Vocals
Jacob Johnson - Lead Guitar
Dave Wallace - Rhythm Guitar
Christian Ward - Bass/Vocals
Lloyd Layfield - Drums
Mike Bukowski - Keys
Toothgrinder was created in 2010 by a group of local young kids wanting to hit the music scene with something heavier, broader and more inventive than had been previously done by each musician in the past. Toothgrinder resides in Asbury Park, NJ and has recently won Best Heavy Rock Band (2010,2011,2012) and Best Drummer (2011) by the Asbury Park Music Awards.
On July 22nd, 2011 Toothgrinder relea...sed its first official EP "Turning of the Tides", recorded at The Hang Zone, engineered and produced by Paul Ritchie, and mastered by Roger Quinn. The album is available for download on our Band Page.
On December 21st, 2012 Toothgrinder released their sophomore record titled "Vibration/Colour/Frequency". The record was mixed and recorded by The Parlor Mob's Paul Ritchie and Mastered by established DJ Roger Quinn.
Toothgrinder is ready to explode onto the stages of local venues. We are looking to play anywhere and everywhere at anytime, so please message with show opportunities.
We hope to be the unstoppable force in the music scene that everyone wants and desires from a band. With that, we have one last message for you:
LIVE TO GET RADICAL!!!
Navigate the Maelstrom
One of their songs is entitled "Alexis Texas In July". Nuff said.
We're about sharing the music we love and create with the world! as soon as we can get it to the world!
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Formerly known as Tomorrow Will Always Triumph. We love to eat, we love to play music & shows, we love to have fun, we love to game, we love to meet listeners & make new friends, we love being a band, and we love every single one of you.