Stratagem, Nemesys, Immortal Dominion, Who If Not Us
1578 South Broadway
Denver, CO, 80210
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 7:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
Buried deep in the snowcapped mountains of Colorado, a distant rumble breathes life to a new breed of dynamic metal; a quartet by the name of Switchpin. Formed in May of 2001, Switchpin is Jimmy Trigger (vocals), Pat Anderson (drums), Eric Bloomquist (guitars), and Geoff Frantz (bass). Fusing together modern alternative heaviness akin to the likes of Chimaira, American Head Charge, etc. spiked with their own brand of melody, thunderous riffs, and a crushing rhythm section, Switchpin leave no stone unturned in their quest to turn the tides of metal warfare from a whiter shade of pale to a murky somber black. Or a somewhat sunny day, depending on the song.
Since landing a covetous band sponsorship from Jagermeister and the famed JagerMusic Band Program, Switchpin have had the pleasure of sharing the stage with most of metal’s elite:
36 Crazyfists – Airbourne – Black Tide - Chimaira - Diecast - Dry Kill Logic -Disturbed – Dragonforce - Five Finger Death Punch - Machine Head – Killswitch Engage - Mastodon – Hatebreed –
Type O Negative - 3 Inches Of Blood – Staind – Hurt – 3 Days Grace - Slayer – Walls Of Jericho – Slipknot - Stone Sour – Lacuna Coil – Shadows Fall -God Forbid – Full Blown Chaos - Trivium - Mushroomhead – In Flames – Union Underground - EkoTren – Hemlock – ill Nino – Unearth -
American Head Charge – Dope - Korn – Linkin Park – Drowning Pool - Snoop Dogg.
Inspired and built upon by the likes of Sepultura, Slayer, Pantera, Switchpin is the middle finger to the music business that is a now cliché homogeneous mix of trends, and images. This five-piece is what your mother doesn’t want you to listen to.
Flaunting such a powerful resume of “Bands Played With”, the swank doesn’t stop there
– June, 2008 saw the release of EP “5200 RPM” co-produced by Ahrue Luster (Ill Nino, Machine Head)
– June, 2004 saw the release of Switchpin’s first full length DIY effort, “…The Truest Form Of Flattery”. Produced by Switchpin, and Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage) TFOF expands on the band’s personal feelings, and pent up emotion. The effort continues a tradition of heavy, where “Redemption” (2003) has left off.
Switchpin are constantly on a strict touring regiment, winning fans over nationwide breaking into both the West and East coasts, and laying waste to the Mid-West, their 7 states in 9 days ‘No Coast, Whore-Core Tour’ was a testament to the work ethic put forth by these select group of musicians. In 2008 the band played for tens of thousands of fans as a part of the Spring 2008 Jagermeister MusicTour, then on to The Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival. 2009 will see its fair share of Switchpin.
The quiet place? An end? There isn’t one - clearly the bands impetuous streak has not been quelled yet. With new material always in the works. Switchpin is gearing up to take their musical destruction into overdrive. A foreseeable trail of empty beer cans, ravaged women, and fans stricken with awe is what this breakdown in silence is all about. Forget about the way it was, and prepare for the onslaught that is Switchpin. – For more information on the band, head to www.switchpin.com
Stratagem started when some dude was like, "Hey dude, you wanna play with me?" (Or posted an homo-erotic ad on Craigslist, or something, no one truly knows) And then those dudes hit up another dude (with whom one of the dudes had previously played) and said, "Dude, you wanna jam too?" Dude said "Sure." They hit up another dude THEY had previously played with and said, "Dude... dude?" Then wrote a couple tunes, which culminated with one of the dudes to hit up the last dude and was like, "Dude... Creme Fraiche!" And the last dude was like, "Oh fuck yeah, creme fraiche."
Influences: Deftones, Nirvana, Sevendust, Korn, Fear Factory, Meshuggah, Michael Jackson, Primus, Mr. Bungle, NIN, Tek-9, Bjork, Killswitch Engage, Justin Timberlake, Jamiroquai, Tool, Tomahawk, Prince.
Immortal Dominion (I.D.) is a powerhouse of heavy, driving metal. Often amazing new listeners with their unique and catchy rhythms, I.D. has an appeal that crosses genres and audiences. Established over a decade ago in Ft. Collins, Colorado, they reinvented the local scene, paving the way for many bands to follow. They have played in CA, WY, UT, IN, MO, and Kansas opening for national acts such as: Macabre, Fear Factory, Vader, Cephalic Carnage, Adema, Darkest Hour, Trust Co., Neurosis, Malevolent Creation, Dirty Rotten Imbeciles, Today is the Day, Living Sacrifice, and Napalm Death.
With a loyal fan base, I.D. has drawn audiences over 300 for their larger shows. The key has been their intense and energetic live performances full of chugging grooves, thrashing riffs, and a strong connection to the audience. Their unique approach is accentuated by the use of three vocals blending screams, growls and melodies, creatively and harmonically. Their music has been called addictive and they have been crowned as, "one of Colorado's top death-thrash bands with a strong live following!" by SSMT -- www.ssmt-reviews.com .
Immortal Dominion's members are: Ray Smith -- Guitars/Lead Vocals; Brian Villers -- Guitars/Vocals; Gabe Romero -- Bass; and Ben Huntwork -- Drums/Vocals.
The current project "Awakening -- the Revelation" is scheduled for release in May of 2005. It follows the album "Endure" and the EP "Birth". Having sold several thousand of their previous CDs, I.D. has high expectations for the release of "Awakening" that will be orchestrated through Alliance Entertainment via partnership with Hapiskratch Entertainment for world-wide distribution. Look for "Awakening" downloads this summer @ iTunes.com, emusic.com, buy.com and MTV Europe (MTV France, MTV DE) or visit I.D. at www.immortaldomion.com to buy direct go to www.fistmusic.com
Who If Not Us
Before they were known as "Who If Not Us", Danny and Darin sought after other musicians with accentuating styles with a level of passion that rivaled their own. Danny injects brutal, decimating riffs. Gabe recently joined our ranks with his energetic, off timed jazzy melodies that has pushed us all into another realm of metal. Micky lays down his own deep, chest pounding, Cliff Burton-esque stylings that deliver Darin's hard hitting, no nonsense drumming into a level of pure insanity. Justin's vocals are well thought out and defined to bring the aggression and depth that continues the whirlwind sound that is "Who If Not Us".