SUFFOKATE plus special guests...

Born from the dark depths of Oakland, CA in 2003, Suffokate has crafted their own brand of crushing deathmetal/hardcore with plans of world domination. The band was formed by friends; Taylor & Lars who both shared a passion for metal, death metal, and hardcore music. Soon thereafter Bray took over bass duties. Their mission was to create tastefully heavy songs with well-written breakdowns. After several lineup changes and battling it out in the bay area hardcore scene, the band caught the attention of Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed) and soon released their first album entitled "Oakland" on his label, Stillborn Records. Coming off of the momentum of their first release and the addition of Ricky and Tesoro, the band melted faces in nearly every state across the country as they toured with such acts as Sworn Enemy, Bury Your Dead, All Shall Perish, For The Fallen Dreams, and Abigail Williams. Their hard work paid off as they recently signed with hardcore giant, Mediaskare Records.

ABIOTIC

Abiotic is an American progressive, technical death metal band from Miami, Florida that has recently signed to Metal Blade Records. The five-piece group consists of vocalist Ray Jimenez, bassist Alex Vazquez, drummer Andres Hurtado and guitarists Matt Mendez and Johnathan Matos. The band has released two singles and a seven song studio EP entitled 'A Universal Plague'. "Vermosapien", the second tr
ack on the EP, has recently been featured on the quintet's first music video, directed by Dan Drescher.

Abiotic is agressive, melodic, technical and musical, to say the least. They've been compared to bands like The Faceless and Veil of Maya. Mixing technical riffs, brutal break downs, and solos that will leave you breathless, makes this five-piece assault an act that fans won't ever want to miss.

As They Sleep

As They Sleep delivers brutally heavy and savagely technical death metal of the highest order, crafting songs that put all pretenders to shame with energizing riffs and blasting disharmony. Dynasty, the band's second album and Solid State debut, proves exactly why they were chosen as "The Next Great Metal Band" in a 2009 contest presented by Metal Blade & Metal Hammer. At a time when many so called "metal" bands are absent any true knowledge about or dedication to the genre's roots, this fearsome fivesome shares more in common with Suffocation and contemporaries like Despised Icon and Black Dahlia Murder than anything trendy. Presented with pulverizing precision, Dynasty was mixed by powerhouse audio wizard Jason Suecoff (All That Remains, DevilDriver, Demon Hunter). Tracks like "Bedlam at the Nile" and "To the Republic" are driven by the fire of true heavy metal which burns deep inside As They Sleep. And with a wide color palette within their riffery, As They Sleep offer something truly memorable. "I love death metal, but sometimes you can listen to a CD front to back that all sounds the same," points out vocalist Aaron Bridgewater. "We try to write our music in a way that satisfies bloodthirsty death metal fans but also has some brighter riffs" and catchy but technical moments. The band explains that their name is a metaphor for going above and beyond what's expected in order to prevail, working hard to conquer your goals while others sleep. With a record like Dynasty now a part of their catalog, it's clearly a moniker that makes perfect sense for them as they have accomplished exactly that. The Michigan based band's debut, Blacken the Sun, merely hinted at what these men can do. The sheer savagery of the riffs on display in songs like "Oracle of the Dead" should shame lesser bands. Bridgewater's vocals are positively punishing, with the twin guitar attack of Nick Morris and Barry Gomez laying down their parts with an almost mechanical edge. Bass player Derek Kosiba keeps things interesting within the already impressive bottom end, as Tony Lukitsh's feet work the double bass into a frenzy just as his hands constantly keep things sounding fresh, fast and tasteful. Dynasty is a complex album with a conceptual focus: it's all about the rise and fall of empires. The lyrics touch on ancient Egypt, ancient Rome, and even mythology in songs like "Poseidon" and "God of War." It is an ambitious premise executed with precision focus and skill. "We wanted to intertwine these stories about empires that have risen and fallen with things people are dealing with today - economically and politically," Bridgewater explains. As They Sleep's most important endeavor is to leave a lasting impact on their listeners. They want to broaden the scope of what is possible in heavy music and introduce as many people as possible to their sound, vision, personal beliefs and the inspirations behind each and every song. If their lyrics can make you think, and their rhythms make you bang your head, mission accomplished. "With a lot of bands playing this style it's just full steam death metal," Bridgewater points out. "I can't think of too many bands right now who work as hard to include intricate, colorful parts. And I think those brighter elements help us to stand apart from what a lot of bands are doing." Dynasty is the dawn of a new era for As They Sleep. You have been warned!

$12.00 - $15.00

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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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SUFFOKATE plus special guests... with ABIOTIC, As They Sleep, In Search of Sight, Bury the Rod, Tropian, Of Ruins

Saturday, July 5 · Doors 6:00 PM / Show 6:30 PM at Dirty Dog Bar

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