WAR OF AGES plus special guests...

War Of Ages

WAR OF AGES draws a definitive line in the sand against fear and frailty with Arise and Conquer, their brand new album produced by As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis and his production partner, Daniel Castleman.

The band's convictions are as deeply rooted in strength through spirit as their music is based in intensely heavy but melodic and catchy metal and hardcore. Their burgeoning and relentless concern for the human condition has blossomed on Arise and Conquer, an album full of positive metalcore that furthers their message of victory.

"Without pain, there could be no compassion. And without hurt, how would we learn to heal?" asks singer Leroy Hamp, his empathy with the hurting youth of the world clear. "These are the moments when men and women rise up and warriors are born." Hamp and his brother, drummer Alex, certainly know about rising from pain.

In their life experience, they have dealt with kidnapping, abuse both physical and mental, and the violence that surrounded their criminal father and his backward beliefs. Through their faith in Jesus Christ as redeemer and savior, the brothers soldiered on and have forged a life of their own choosing.

War Of Ages is as much ministry as heavy music and that spirit shines throughout the new album. New guitarist Branon Bernatowicz adds his spice to main songwriter Steve Brown's already well-known classic metal and New Wave Of Swedish Death Metal-inspired chops, which first came to light on the band's prior Facedown releases Pride of the Wicked and Fire from the Tomb. Bass player T.J. Alford rounds out the band, helping them deliver a powerful live show that has enthralled audiences on tour with diverse bands like Bleeding Through, Throwdown and Soilwork.

Lambesis brought a determined focus to the band's already solid songwriting. After a month of intensive recording in Southern California, the boys who call Erie, Pennsylvania home emerged with an album that has both absorbed and surpassed their previous output. With the kind of mastery that can only be born from fervent passion, Brown weaves melody with might, building a sound framework for Leroy's inspired and crucial storytelling. Only years of collaboration and a thick friendship could produce the command and virtuosity heard on Arise and Conquer.

War of Ages' 5th Studio Album, "Return To Life", is in Stores Now.

Saving Grace

Habakkuk 1:5 "Look at the nations and watch, and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told."

This is the scripture that has been spoken over Saving Grace since their inception in 2005 in a small coastal beach town in one of the world's smallest countriesā€¦ New Zealand.

From starting out playing shows in a garage in front of 20 friends to signing multi-national record deals, 5 star reviews, headlining tours and festival appearances across Australasia to touring the world proclaiming the message of Christ to thousands of peopleā€¦ The Lord's favor upon Saving Grace and the doors that he has opened have by far exceeded the band members' initial visions, hopes and childhood dreams.

Since their humble beginnings Saving Grace have gone on to share stages and tour with some of the worlds finest hardcore and metal acts including Parkway Drive, Bleeding Through, As I Lay Dying, Darkest Hour, Misery Signals, Bring Me The Horizon and many more with a strong tour history across New Zealand, Australia, Mexico and the United States.

Their hard work, dedication to touring and ever-growing fan base has gained the band the reputation of the most successful spirit-filled hardcore act downunder.

Playing a brutal style of music influenced by mid 90s hardcore bands such as Arkangel, Reprisal and Earth Crisis as well as legendary extreme metal classics Slayer, Sepultura, Morbid Angel and Cannibal Corpse, Saving Grace create a blend of brutal metallic hardcore unlike many of their modern day contemporaries.

Combining relentless metal-driven riffage, big breakdowns and mosh parts with the intensity and ethics of traditional hardcore, Saving Grace deliver a blistering, crowd engaging live show never failing to leave venues upturned and drenched in sweat.

The band's songs deal with many personal and social topics including addiction, betrayal, violence and abuse, with the main lyrical focus being one of friendship, hope, faith, salvation and redemption through the Cross on which Christ was crucified before He rose from the dead.

Saving Grace released their sophomore album entitled 'Unbreakable' on Strike First Records in January 2010 followed by touring and festival appearances throughout the year all over Australasia.

2011 saw the band play their first appearance at the annual FACEDOWN FEST in California before embarking on the INRI Clothing Youngbloods Tour across North America alongside Sovereign Strength, Creations, The Burial and Stand Your Ground.

Saving Grace returned to Australia for their 3rd easter stint at Easterfest 2011 co-headlining the metal showcase alongside The Chariot and Oh, Sleeper.

Shortly after their return home to New Zealand Saving Grace announced their signing to Facedown Records.

The band's highly anticipated crushing third full length album 'The King is Coming' is available in stores and online on November 22, 2011 on Facedown Records.

Mouth Of The South

Forget what you've heard, forget what you've seen. Mouth of the South is here to break the mold. With the goal of sharing the love we have in Jesus Christ and playing some rawnchy music while we are at it we are more determined than ever. Music is what we love and what we do best. We aren't perfect people but we have a God that keeps us going. We have been ransomed for the soul purpose of making God known wherever we are, and the only way we know how to come close to expressing this is through music.

$10.00 - $13.00

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** This event is 16+, however, anyone under the age of 21 will be charged an additional 'minor surcharge' at the door. Everyone MUST present a valid I.D. to enter the venue. **

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WAR OF AGES plus special guests... with Saving Grace, Mouth Of The South, UGLYTWIN, Beard the Lion, Echoes In Oblivion

Thursday, March 20 · Doors 7:00 PM / Show 7:30 PM at Dirty Dog Bar

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