Innovation Concerts presents
Butcher Babies & Nonpoint
Sumo Cyco, Reject The Silence, Islander
135 South Byrne Road
Toledo, OH, 43615
This event is all ages
Watch & Listen
Faster than you can say heavy metal, The Butcher Babies have clawed their way to the top of the Hollywood music scene to become the undisputed darlings of the Sunset Strip. Now, they are poised to take on the rest of the world.
Fronted by Carla Harvey and Heidi Shepherd, and backed by Henry Flury on lead guitar (Amen), Jason Klein on bass (Azdachao), and Chris Warner on drums (Scars of Tomorrow), the Butcher Babies dish out brutal grooves that attack the crowd during performances that play out like a slaughter house carnival ride.
Rock Journalist Keith Valcourt recently hailed the Butcher Babies as "The Hottest Band in the World" in his review of a show. "The Butcher Babies deliver a loud crashing blend of heavy metal, punk and thrash that recalls Pantera" notes Valcourt, adding "their stage show
embodies the horror antics of Alice Cooper and Rob Zombie. Carla and Heidi don't merely sing: they assault the crowd with a blinding flash of aggression and abuse. And the crowd loves them for it."
The perfect anti heroes for today's lackluster corporate music scene, The Butcher Babies are answering the demand for a resurgence of the days when going to a rock show was an event with their blistering combination of theatrical presence and balls out metal.
Nonpoint only becomes fiercer with each subsequent album. Their eighth full-length offering and second for Razor & Tie, The Return, is no exception either. After 17 years in the game, the Florida quintet sustains the same energy that sparked its foundation back in 1997. The riffs crack with neck-snapping intensity, the bass and drums forge an unmatched groove, and the vocals rapidly recount stories of pain and perseverance. The Return remains as raw, ripping, and real as these musicians—Elias Soriano [vocals], Robb Rivera [drums], Rasheed Thomas [guitar], Adam Woloszyn [bass], and B.C. Kochmit [guitar]—get.
In late 2013, Nonpoint closed out a year of touring behind 2012's self-titled record, which yielded the Active Rock radio hit "Left For You." Fueled by that continued success and their time on the road, they immediately began writing for album number eight. This time around, the band amped ups the aggression musically, while Elias drew inspiration from a whole new well altogether.
"I was listening to a lot of hip-hop," he remembers. "When I finished listening to Kendrick Lamar's album good kid, m.A.A.d city, I felt like I knew the guy. That invigorated my creative flow. At the same time, Eminem does things lyrically and phonetically that challenge everybody on The Marshall Mathers LP 2. They both made some bold statements, and it gave me permission to go back in that direction. I wanted to play with vocal patterns and tell longer stories in some places, while saying very little in others. The record has its own DNA because each song respectively does as well."
In February 2014, with this mindset, the guys entered Groovemaster Studios with Grammy Award-nominated producer Johnny K [Disturbed, Staind, Megadeth] and engineer Daniel Salcidoto. It marked their second collaboration together, and this time, the band had already amassed an arsenal of tight and tough material.
Robb goes on, "Johnny is like the sixth member of our band at this point! He works us, and he pulls no punches. It was such a natural thing that we only needed to track for three weeks. Johnny understands the band and what we are, and he encourages us to be ourselves."
Not only does The Return match the pristine sonic power of Nonpoint, but the songs stand out as some of their catchiest and most crushing output to date. The first single "Breaking Skin" pierces with sharp and slick guitars before catapulting into a catchy chorus, punctuated by the vocalist's punchy delivery.
"It's about addiction, whether it be food, drugs, sex, lying, or anything," explains Elias. "That tends to turn into an itch. You can't stop scratching it so you break skin. Then, you're bleeding. You need to get help at that point and deal with it."
Robb adds, "'Breaking Skin' is a different kind of song for us. There's a lot of melody, but it's still so heavy. That heaviness has always been in the back of our minds. It's a natural direction for us. Most bands soften their sound as they go on. We get more aggressive and heavy. That's what Nonpoint does best."
Meanwhile, the record opens up with the taut thrashing of "Pins and Needles," which Elias describes as "That moment where you say something very candid to an opposing party, and you know you're going to get a reaction. You only want to retaliate, waiting to pounce."
"Razors" cuts deep with a bludgeoning and brutal stomp, and the title track captures a strong and rather crucial message for the singer. He continues, "When you look back in your past, you always will find people who didn't believe in what you were doing at the beginning. They end up coming around full circle later. Watching them come back is an interesting feeling. You can be a dick about it, or you can just be happy and live your life. That song is about opening the door and holding the proverbial slice of crow for them to eat high above your head."
A vital energy has coursed through Nonpoint's music since day one. As a result, they've sold over 800,000 albums in North America alone, yielding hits including "What A Day", "Bullet With A Name", and a cover of Phil Collins' "In The Air Tonight"—which appeared in Miami Vice. They've also crisscrossed the country with everybody from Stone Sour, Disturbed, and Papa Roach to Sevendust, All That Remains, and Device, also appearing at festivals including OZZfest, Rock on the Range, and Summerfest.
Ultimately, Nonpoint once again delivers a cohesive collection of powerful songs. "I want everybody to feel like they got a complete record from beginning to end," concludes Elias. "I want them to walk away with something substantial and true that they can hopefully come back to."
Robb leaves off, "Nonpoint has always been known for writing songs that help people. If we can help even one person feel better about his or her day, we've done well, as far as I'm concerned. I hope everybody gets something positive and can walk away with a smile."
Then they'll return for more…
Punk rock metal band based in Hamilton, Ontario. Formed in 2011
Sever a.k.a. Skye Sweetnam - vocal
MD13 (Matt Drake) - lead guitar
Thor (Ken Corke) - bass
Reject The Silence
ISLANDER in 2016 is a new breed of monster, certain to leave every witness a believer. Founding member and vocalist Mikey Carvajal was joined by Love And Death guitarist J.R. Bareis in 2014, leading the band on a powerful new path. The seeds of this relationship were planted during 2014's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest, when word of ISLANDER's explosive performances quickly spread to the tour's headliners Avenged Sevenfold and Korn - who flocked to watch the band almost daily. Bareis, who was then guitar tech for Korn's Brian "Head" Welch, soon found himself in the role as ISLANDER's new guitar player.
Shortly thereafter, ISLANDER recruited bassist Zeke Vasquez (ex-ForeverAtLast), as well as newly exited Avenged Sevenfold skinsman Arin Ilejay became a permanent fixture in the band.
In February of 2016, ISLANDER "without question" partnered again with producer Cameron Webb (Motorhead, Alkaline Trio) at NRG Studios, and over the next eight weeks the newly ignited foursome got to work on Power Under Control, recording twelve original tracks that showcase the quartet's deeper complexion.
"We would not move on to the next song until we were finished with the song we were working on," explains Carvajal on the albums alignment. "This is an album which follows a character through a story. The songs stand on their own. If someone really wants to know the real meaning behind one of the songs, they have to listen to the song prior to the one they are listening to."
Exploding out of the gate with "Darkness," the track infuses spidery drum patterns and attacks with ferocious honesty. From other stand-outs like the punky workout "Green Slime Man," the reggae-drenched outro to "All We Need," to the swaggering rhythm of "Casket," ISLANDER's flavorful recipe is just as much about attitude as it is musical ingenuity.
Carvajal continues, "Our friend HR from the legendary Bad Brains is on a track called "Think It Over," which is destined to be a live favorite with its rally cry anthem, a track encouraging the youth to take power under control, make good choices and to stay strong in this crazy world."
"These guys might be the new force in rock," asserted Alternative Press, as ISLANDER garnered worldwide press accolades since 2014's breakout debut album Violence & Destruction. The group had three consecutive singles climb to the Top 25 on national rock radio charts, and their videos and streams are in the millions. These developments led to full scale tours with some of rocks elite, totaling nearly 300 shows since the debut - Korn, P.O.D., Papa Roach, Seether, Suicide Silence, Atreyu, and the 2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. "Mayhem 2014 was the first mainstream tour we did. Quickly, we learned a lot about being a band," confesses Carvajal. "We were home less than two months within just one year." 2015 saw ISLANDER invited to perform at some of the biggest rock festivals in the country - Rock On The Range, Aftershock, Louder Than Life, Rocklahoma and Shiprocked to name a few.
When asked if this feels like a new life for ISLANDER, Carvajal states, "We can't describe just how refreshed we feel with our new lineup. Everyone was playing in different bands, we met on tour and as we had to make some changes in the band for the better, we found ourselves with this lineup. It's our sophomore release, but it really feels like the excitement of a debut release all over again."
"Power Under Control is the link that will find its way into the darkest parts of our fans inner selves and bring light to them."