6 Anniversary Concert "AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE"
American Head Charge
Righteous Vendetta, Cathercist, SmackFactor, The Dub Project
3970 Clearview Frontage Road
Colorado Springs, CO, 80911
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 6:30 PM
Watch & Listen
American Head Charge
The members of American Head Charge slam home their unique brand of maniacally heavy music with a fury you can't deny. They make music as if their very lives depended on it, which indeed they do. Ask main-men Chad Hanks (guitar) and Martin Cock (vocals) what drives them to make sounds this impossibly raw and intense and the answer is simple: "If we weren't doing this, we'd be dead."
The brazen and relentless all-out emotion of American Head Charge may be extreme, but it comes from a real commitment to a hard-earned, last-ditch choice: Chad and Martin met by chance (or fate, as they both say) at a treatment/rehab center in Minneapolis where they wrote their first song together, a project required of Chad in order to secure his release. While living in Los Angeles (he grew up in Hollywood), Chad had been in various bands, ranging from glam/metal to Ministry/Killing Joke-influenced industrial metal, and had reached the desperate point of selling all of his gear to feed his various vampire-like vices.
Growing up in Washington, DC, and the San Francisco Bay area, Martin had started early down the same hard road, eventually dropping out of high school while living in Baltimore, where an "intervention" saved his life. That act (performed apparently by the same once-famous rock musician who had also, completely by coincidence, intervened on Chad's behalf) led Martin to that rehab in Minneapolis where he met his future bandmate. Martin had been playing guitar and singing since an early age but never had the confidence to use his talent until he met Chad (whom he thanks in the album's credits for showing him his self-potential). Following their release, bonded and determined, the pair threw their entire lives' energies into working on American Head Charge. Seizing the moment, they raised themselves out of their own personal hells and devoted themselves to creating a band with born of the raging instinct to survive--all the ingredients of a real American success story.
"Most singers are pretty much leashed to one way of doing things," says Martin. "They stay in the same tonality. I want to always expand, always push myself into someplace new." This statement applies not only to the amazing vocabulary of his voice, but equally to American Head Charge's sound as a whole. "Each of us is very much his own person, but we're really like a disciplined military unit when we play. Total catharsis." says Chad.
They attack their music "leveling everything in sight," as Chad says--with the power of someone fighting for his life or sanity. American Head Charge is in it for the long run, and, judging by the fanatical, near-religious fury with which they throw themselves into their sound, there's absolutely no stopping them.
American Head Charge has toured the globe with the likes of, System of a Down, Slipknot, Rammstein, Mudvayne, Slayer, Marilyn Manson, Ozzfest, Pledge of Allegiance Tour, and many others.
For many in the heavy music scene, Righteous Vendetta needs little introduction. With two full length records under their belt along with numerous tours with a show history just over 800 shows in the past 4 years, Righteous Vendetta has amassed fans in the US and abroad while honing their performance skills to a fine edge. The Wyoming-based group's tight, technical brand of metalcore has earned them a great deal of respect as well as publicity, with features in publications such as HM, Amp, Hails and Horns, and AP. Most recently, they embarked on a European tour with veterans Spoken and Inhale Exhale, hitting half a dozen countries across central and eastern Europe. Meanwhile, Righteous Vendetta's single 'This Pain' spent 15 weeks in the top 20 on Billboard's Christian Rock chart, achieving commercial success rarely seen by bands who cut their teeth in the hardcore and metal scene, while also signaling a new creative direction for the band's upcoming release. Look for new material from Righteous Vendetta in spring 2013.
Sounds Like: Killswitch Engage, Bullet for My Valentine, Sevendust, Mudvayne, Avenged Sevenfold
Since their inception in 2010, Cathercist has been making strides across the Gulf Coast with hopes of spreading their infectious sound. Cathercist has taken cues from the last three decades of metal and alternative rock, and revamped it for a modern audience. With their first single "Closer", they were able to attain airplay on various FM stations and gain slots on festivals such as the 2011 Rockstar Uproar Tour and 2012 Carnival of Madness Tour.
More recently, Cathercist has also gained endorsements with Peavey Amps, Paiste Cymbals, Seagull Acoustics, Mooer Pedals, Dimarzio Pickups, and Berma Clothing. Cathercist has just exited the studio with producer Matt LaPlant (Nonpoint, Skindred) and are releasing their new record "As Hope Expires" May 24th. The new single "Bad Memory" hits airwaves soon.
INFLUENCES: My wife and kids, Motley Crue, Korn, Deicide, Dio, Slayer, Metallica(old school), Megadeth, 4/20, Ice-T, Ice Cube, Killswitch Engage, Slipnot, Dry Kill Logic, ELVIS, Nugent, KISS!
FORMER BANDS: Deception, Salacious Khrum, Flesh Flood, TWITCH!
PAST TIMES: Football, Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll!!! In that demented order!
INFLUENCES: Dry Kill Logic, Diecast, Demon Hunter, Ozzy, Kiss, Iron Maiden, Led Zeppelin, John Palmer, Les Claypool, Ryan Martinie(MudVayne)
FORMER BANDS: Los Chachos, PigSkin.
PAST TIMES: Halloween, My kids B-days, Jammin w/ my bros., football. Oil wrestling in my leopard skin G-string w/ my wife!
INFLUENCES: Rob(My Bro)Palmer, Nick(Thro Cult)Jackson, Sean Wolf, Aaron Petrelli, Blackie Lawless, Glenn Tipton, Jeff Hannaman, Dave Mustaine, R.R., Zack Wylde, S.R.V.
FORMER BANDS: Virgin Urge, Salacious Khrum, Flesh Flood, Pig Skin,TWITCH!
PAST TIMES: Family, wife and kids, Football, playing guitar and sitting on my favorite bowel stool! Thats ART!
INFLUENCES: King Diamond, Steve Via, Joe Sach., Korn, Slipknot, Iron Maiden, John Palmer, Dana Kramer.
FORMER BANDS: Zero,Anomias,Disinter, Fortune Teller, Freak of Nature.
PAST TIMES: Learn more about Scottish, Celtic, Salsa music to add more flavor to my music. Coaching kids wrestling, keeping those little shits in shape and off the streets!
INFLUENCES: Neil Peart, Larry Mullen Jr.-U2, Blas Elias-Slaughter, Vinny Paul, Joey-Slipknot, and the guy from Chamaira.
FORMER BANDS: Chisel, Overflow, SOUTHSAINT!
PAST TIMES: Recoding bands, woodworking, fiddling around with everything and computer art.
INFLUENCES: Bile, Judas Priest, Tenacious D, Strapping Young Lad,Cannabal Corpse, mARlyN MaNsOn, INLAKESH....Bile, Judas Priest, Tenacious D, Strapping Young Lad,Cannabal Corpse, mARlyN MaNsOn, INLAKESH.
FORMER BANDS: TWITCH.
PAST TIMES: Mom, family, Sophia, Jessie, John&Rob Palmer, Rich , My partner in crime KEVIN , Dave Sponenberg (Kun-Tao-Silat), being introduced to silk screen T-shirt printing and designing, seek the wisdom of KALI ! Rodney Mathews ,Frazetta, Aquateen Hunger Force , movie "7", collecting endless amounts of close Quarter Combat Weaponry!!!
The Dub Project
The Dub Project spawned from Anthony Welch, who was drumming for the band Erased at the time, and his first solo CD, which he recorded in 2003. Beaten down by a failed marriage that ended badly along with legal troubles, the drummer released his first attempt at a solo record, "Shattered Life." It was rough around the edges but would lead to the formation of a live band, originally put together to do just one show ...Welch wrote more songs and again a band was put together utilizing some friends and fellow band mates from Colorado Springs nu-metal act Erased. A side project was formed. With no ideas for a name, it was dubbed (no pun intended) The Dub Project.
A rousing response led to the act becoming a fuill-time band. The Dub Project had a great run, opening for bands such as Hemlock, Flaw and American Head Charge. The group played local venues such as Navajo Hogan, First Draft Choice, 32 Bleu and the Ogden Theatre in Denver before calling it quits in the spring of 2006.
Currently, Welch is the front man for Another Shade of Hate, drummer for We Are All Destined to Fail and also drums for the cover band 40oz. Freedom Fighters.
No frills, in-your-face, groovy metal. Don't confuse this with fuckin' dubstep!
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