Hatebreed

Hatebreed

Shadows Fall, Dying Fetus, The Contortionist, Continent Of Ash

Wed, February 6, 2013

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 6:50 pm

$19 Advance - $22 Day of Show

This event is all ages

All tickets are general admission. A limited number of table reservations are available for an additional charge by calling The Cotillion at (316) 722-4201.

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Hatebreed
Hatebreed
The New Haven, CT-based Hatebreed got together in 1993 for the purpose of creating a "back to basics" hardcore band with heavy, metallic guitars, screaming vocals, and 30-second songs. Consisting of Jamey Jasta (vocals), Lou "Boulder" Richards (guitar), Chris Beattie (bass), Sean Martin (guitar), and Rigg Ross (drums), Hatebreed had the chance to play throughout the East Coast while sharing the stage with the likes of Entombed, the Deftones, Slayer, and Napalm Death. By 1997, Victory Records released the quintet's debut full-length, entitled Satisfaction Is the Death of Desire. The group signed with Stillborn/Republic/Universal for 2002's Perseverance and 2003's Rise of Brutality. Supremacy arrived on Roadrunner Records in 2006, featuring new guitarist Frank Novinec (who'd previously spent time playing with Ringworm, Terror, and Integrity). Mike DaRonco - allmusic.com
Shadows Fall
Shadows Fall
Before the so-called "New Wave of American Heavy Metal" was even a ripple, Shadows Fall were there. Emerging from Springfield, MA in 1995, this D.I.Y. band ultimately found legions of fans, worldwide fame, two Grammy nominations, and even a song on Guitar Hero. Of course, none of this came from luck. Instead, hard work and musical innovation have been the forces propelling Shadows Fall, continually revealing ever more of this band's greatness. They are beyond simply best-in-class; in so many ways, Shadows Fall – with their unmistakable, seamless blend of metal and hard rock - have grown to help define the very essence of modern aggressive music. With Retribution – the band's fifth full length and follow-up to 2007's critically acclaimed Threads of Life – it's no surprise to find Shadows Fall once again taking bold steps in their quest for constant evolution. It starts, of course, with the guts of Retribution – the sound. "With each album we've gotten a little more confidence to really let all of our influences show," says vocalist Brian Fair. "We're unapologetic about the old-school metal and the 80s influence, as well as the thrash and the melodic death metal." And Retribution – with music production by Zeuss and vocal production by Elvis Baskette - surely has that thrash-metal bedrock which has long served as the foundation of Shadows Fall – but there's more. "We've really taken some songs all the way," explains Fair. "The brutal parts are a complete, non-stop assault, and the rock-influenced songs go all the way within that rock direction. A song like 'Picture Perfect' - the chorus is more Journey or Def Leppard than it is death metal," laughs Fair. "There's really no holding back when it comes to our songwriting. Once the floodgates open, we go all the way." The result is Retribution - a collection of songs that showcase the versatility and vision of this band that only seems to get better over time. But the evolution of Shadows Fall is not limited to their music. Atop the shifting grounds of an unpredictable music industry, they've found even more opportunity to try new ideas. "We learned everything from the ground up," says Fair, reflecting on more than a decade of experience and lessons learned. "We've gone through the independent metal world to the major label world, and have come to realize that, given the way things are now, it's all about the band re-taking the control of everything: music, business, ownership, publishing. Everything."
Dying Fetus
Dying Fetus
The Contortionist
The Contortionist
Bottom heavy open chords that resonate strong enough to shake the core of the earth. Skyrocketing bursts of oscillating guitar leads layer an ominous and dark undercurrent of rhythm. While hardcore punk may be the sound that rules the day in The Contortionist hometown of Indianapolis, it is the band's signature brand of forward thinking heavy metal that has made them stick out as hometown favorites. The band worked hard to amass a following beyond Indiana though consistent regional shows, coastal touring, and two self-released EPs. They clearly began to define their sound and grow as musicians on their EP titled "Apparition".

The songwriting and progression on "Apparition" smacks of a group of musicians who are locked deeply into a remarkable place of expression and creativity that is usually reserved for bands with multiple albums under their belt. While it is not uncommon lately for bands in the world of metal to experiment with melody and progression, many times these breaks from the brutal end up sounding forced, too contrived, or way too over the top in shred. What could have been an opportunity for the listener to settle into some depth, winds up missing the mark. When The Contortionist venture into the realm of ambiance it actually raises the level of the song above the crushing breakdowns and demands the listener stay put for the ride. More impressive than their ability to write and record such material, is how big it all plays live. The room seems to expand and fill with spacious tones just in time to be leveled with ferocity. The band is razor sharp while nailing every bit of nuance their ambitious songwriting offers. It is this ability to dole out their sounds in epic proportions through a live performance that piqued the interest of record label Good Fight Music. The band had already distinguished themselves to Good Fight with a penchant for creating a distinct style of heavy music that has plenty of room for the listener to breathe and settle into. So in early 2010, shortly after the staff had caught them live, a deal had become imminent.
Continent Of Ash
Continent Of Ash
Spawning from the air capital, Continent of Ash is a metal band with no limits.

With new blood, determination, and a new release on the horizon, this group of musicians from Wichita, KS are set to slay & melt faces like never before.

Continent of Ash hit the scene in 2004 as a 5 piece, quickly landing spots on tours like Jagermeister Music Tour, Vans Warped Tour, and Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival to name a few, with acts like Slipknot, Whitechapel, Suicide Silence, Slayer, Every Time I Die, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Machine Head, Marilyn Manson, Mastodon, Killswitch Engage, Mudvayne, Behemoth, and more.

The groups first EP, "Self Titled", was released in 2004, which featured fan favorites like "Deathbed Whispers" & "Revelations". Fans latched on, and described the group as sounding like a cross between Lamb of God & early Mudvayne. For their 2006 EP, "Memories & Shards of Glass", the group honed their skills. Introducing complex, spastic guitars and choppy poly rhythms, bringing the band recognition through the Wichita musical community.

In tradition with their previous efforts, the group saw their 2008 release, "Unraveling A False Sense of Security", going in a more radical direction, bringing together elements of grind, tech, death & prog. During this time the group recorded & toured as a 4 piece with only one guitar player. In October of 2009 the band went on a hiatus, unsure of what the future had in store.

Re-activated in 2012, the band began preparing songs for what would eventually become the upcoming EP release, "Wooden Coat Mentality", which is currently in production. During this time, Continent Of Ash parted ways with long time, and original vocalist Tim Williams, earlier this year (2014). The current line up includes founding members Jason Catlett on Guitar, and Ryan Davis on Bass, along with Travis Rickett on Guitar, Evan Coleman on Drums and Trevor Rickett on Vocals, who is the newest member to the CoA family, and brother to guitarist Travis Rickett.

The title track to the groups much anticipated EP, "Wooden Coat Mentality" is now available on iTunes, Amazon & more.

As a band that has always challenged new concepts in metal, the future for Continent Of Ash is stronger than it has been in 10 years.