Black Label Society

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Black Label Society is a heavy metal band formed in Los Angeles, California. In the early 1990s, Zakk Wylde had formed his own solo band Pride & Glory, playing a mixture of bluesy southern rock with heavy metal. However, after one album, they disbanded in December 1994. He subsequently recorded an acoustic solo album, “Book of Shadows” in 1996. In May 1998, after limited commercial success, Wylde and drummer Phil Ondich recorded what became Black Label Society’s debut album “Sonic Brew”. It was decided, rather than the album being another solo album for Wylde, that they would form a long-lasting band.

The band’s name was originally supposed to be “Hell’s Kitchen,” but they were unable to secure the trademark, and the name Black Label Society was chosen, due to Zakk’s fondness of Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch whisky. The artwork inside of Sonic Brew’s CD booklet is laid out like a kitchen menu, and any instance of the word “kitchen” was changed to Society. The band released a compilation album, entitled “Skullage” in April 21, 2009. The compilation was a CD/DVD set, including a best-of CD, and a DVD of live performances and music videos.

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Every Time I Die

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Every Time I Die is an American metalcore band from Buffalo, New York, formed in 1998. Their musical style is a combination of metalcore and hardcore punk. In their first short tour covering the Buffalo, New York and Toronto, Canada vicinities, the band met Goodfellow Records producer Chris Logan, who released the band’s debut EP “Burial Plot Bidding War” in 2000.

In 2006, their song “The New Black” (Music by Kevin Falk, lyrics by Keith Buckley) was featured as a bonus track in Guitar Hero 2 and also in the PlayStation 3 game MotorStorm. The band was featured on the 2007 Sounds Of The Underground tour. They performed the song “We’rewolf” live on the ABC late night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live on Halloween of 2007. From January-February 2008, they went on a tour with Killswitch Engage, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and Parkway Drive. They also headlined the Take Action Tour, playing alongside From First to Last, August Burns Red, The Bled, and The Human Abstract. The band played the entire Warped Tour 2008. Their fifth album, “New Junk Aesthetic”, was released on September 15, 2009.

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For Today

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For Today is an American Christian metalcore band that formed in 2005, in Iowa. The band is currently signed to Facedown Records. The band gets its name from the idea of proclaiming the world to Christianity and teaching its ways. They have released 2 albums via Facedown Records, played over 700 shows and have traveled to 6 countries in the end of 2009.

In 2008, the band released their first album entitled “Ekklesia” on April 1. The album included 10 music tracks ranging from peaceful instrumental solos and synth to hardcore breakdowns which attracted a large amount of sales toward the album. The music video for the song Agape, the most popular song on the Ekklesia album, was later made by the band under the direction of Cale Glendening and copyrighted by the bands record label Facedown Records. Their second album entitled “Portraits” which included 10 tracks of music released by the band on June 9 of 2009 under the same label. The band also covers many of Christian related songs while on tour and goes to churches and other places to worship God with many other people.

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Throwdown is an American straight edge groove metal/metalcore band from Orange County, California, formed in 1997. They have toured as part of Ozzfest, Sounds of the Underground and Warped Tour, as well as with bands like In Flames, Lamb of God, As I Lay Dying, Killswitch Engage, Korn, and Cavalera Conspiracy. The songs “Forever” and “Burn” have been staples on MTV2’s Headbanger’s Ball and Revolver Magazine called them part of “The Future of Metal” after hearing the album Vendetta. Initially branded a hardcore band, their most recent albums Venom and Tears and Deathless have taken a sharp direction towards metal, with critics likening the band’s sound to that of Pantera, Sepultura, early Metallica and Crowbar.

In September 2009, the band announced that Deathless was finished and they would be headlining the Deathless Tour with Bury Your Dead, For Today, Abacabb, and The World We Knew in November and December. On November 10, they released their sixth album Deathless.

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8 Foot Sativa

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8 Foot Sativa is a New Zealand-based metal band formed in 1998. Their most famous single is their self titled song, “8 Foot Sativa”, which was number one on M2’s top 12 list for 12 weeks, and stayed on the chart for seven months. The band has toured and released albums internationally, and have played alongside artists such as Soulfly, Korn, Slipknot, System of a Down, Children of Bodom, Disturbed, Motörhead, Pungent Stench, Shihad and Corrosion of Conformity. They have had many line-up changes with four in 2006, and one in 2007, claiming they’ve had “the line-up changes from hell”.

Their huge success of their three previous albums, national tours, break- through chart positions and exposure in the main stream media has never before been seen in this country by a Heavy Metal band. They plan to release a ‘Best of’ CD in December 2009 titled ’10 Years of Sativa’ which will include they best tracks from their past albums plus two tracks from their upcoming album. The deluxe edition will include a DVD with all the bands music videos on it. They have also recording their highly anticipanted new album, The Mark of Man, planned for release in February 2010.

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Sepultura is a heavy metal band from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, formed in 1984 by brothers Max and Igor Cavalera. The band was a major force in the death metal and thrash metal realms during the late 1980s and early 1990s, and their later experiments melding hardcore punk, industrial music, and nu metal with extreme metal provided a blueprint for the groove metal genre. Their most successful records are Arise (1991), Chaos A.D. (1993), and Roots (1996), each of them having surpassed the one million mark worldwide. Sepultura has sold over 15 million units worldwide, gaining multiple gold and platinum records across the globe, including in countries as diverse as France, Australia, Indonesia, United States, Cyprus, and their native Brazil.

In 2005, the band played in Dubai for the annual Dubai Desert Rock Festival. The band released their 11th studio album “A-Lex” on January 26, 2009, being the first album without any Cavalera member. It is a new concept album based on the book A Clockwork Orange, which was recorded at Trama Studios in São Paulo, Brazil, with producer Stanley Soares.

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Incite is a thrash metal band formed in Phoenix, Arizona, United States at the end of 2004 by Richie Cavalera, the son of Max Cavalera. The band continued writing and performing local shows and eventually began to work with Gloria Cavalera’s Oasis Management. Their first demo, entitled “Murder” was created in 2006 at the Saltmine Studio in Mesa, AZ, and it featured songs such as “You Should Be Killed”, and “Follow Me”. Through Oasis, they landed on several U.S tours with bands like Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy, Cradle of Filth, Dillinger Escape Plan, Throwdown, Bloodsimple, Thine Eyes Bleed, Bury Your Dead, Scars of Tomorrow, and Gizmachi.

In 2008, they released their first official EP, entitled “Divided We Fail”, at Villain Recording in Phoenix, AZ. After the release of this EP, they received radio support from Sirius Satellite radio and other local and college radio stations around the world. The band has a 2008 world tour with Soulfly which was tentatively planned to carry over into early 2009. Their debut “The Slaughter” was produced by Logan Mader, known from his work with bands like Devildriver, Cavalera Conspiracy and Divine Heresy, which was released in 2009.

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