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Carnifex

April 26, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm

$20
Chaos of Carnage Tour at The Forge, Thursday, April 26, 2018

Chaos & Carnage Tour Featuring:

  • Carnifex
  • Oceano
  • Winds of Plague
  • Archspire
  • Spite
  • Buried Above Ground
  • Widowmaker

@The Forge
Thursday, April 26
Doors = 5:00 pm
Show = 5:30 pm
All-Ages
Tickets = $20

Carnifex

For more than 25 years, Death Metal has been the most maniacal and vicious form of rock. Covering the obscene and praising the perverse, extreme Death Metal still reigns as the driving force that continues to devour all other forms of hard rock. As each year passes in this brutal movement, it becomes increasingly difficult to find suitable leaders to carry the torch and continue to entice and surprise an audience that certainly isn’t shocked or impressed by much. That search has ended. Allow us to introduce Carnifex. Derived from the Old English word for executioner, their moniker could not be more appropriate. It’s a word that reeks of death and destruction from the Dark Ages to describe a fiercely morbid death metal band. It’s hard to imagine that San Diego – known for its white sand beaches, endless sunny days and astronomical real estate- is also home to the brutal beat down that is Carnifex.

In 2005, vocalist Scott Lewis had a chance meeting with like-minded, gifted drummer Shawn Cameron. Having both played in a countless number of bands over the years that just didn’t seem to fit, the connection between the two was felt instantly. Together, they began a search to fill the musical void that had existed in each of their lives. They quickly formed a group and hit the road. Carnifex, being the serious-minded musicians that they are, hit the road hard. Refusing to be another “here today, gone tomorrow” trend, Carnifex let nothing stop them from perfecting their live show, touring relentlessly, and writing brainsick, yet intelligent, songs. Having endured everything from tour cancellations, van breakdowns and inevitable line-up changes, that “magical fit” was solidified by the end of 2007. Scott and Shawn were complemented by the intensity of guitarist Cory Arford. Bassist Fred Calderon rounded out the furious unstoppable juggernaut.

The non-stop touring and methodical songwriting eventually resulted in Carnifex selling over 15,000 copies of their first full-length album, Dead in My Arms, with little publicity. Not surprisingly, industry types started to notice; however, none as quickly as Victory Records. Having spent a lot of time writing during the previous year, Carnifex was primed to get into the studio to begin the masterpiece that is The Diseased and the Poisoned. Zeuss (Unearth, Shadows Fall, Hatebreed) at Planet Z Studios was a natural choice for producer, and they entered the studio rapidly and intently.

Carnifex is something musically unique. What really makes Carnifex stand out from the throngs of other hard rock acts currently scouring the planet are their savage live performances. Their declaration to make every night an experience for fans rather than just a show has proven to be the most appreciated trait of the band among fans. But you can keep your pyrotechnics and other special effects at home Carnifex relies solely on the power of their music. “Every night, we strive to play extremely tight. Sometimes it can be difficult to make such an intense show so interactive, but we make sure that everyone is getting involved,” says Lewis.

In 2008, Carnifex proudly delivered the The Diseased and the Poisoned to the metal masses. Intriguing and armed to the teeth with an arsenal of blast beats, machine gun riffs and vocals exorcised from the deepest pits of hell, The Diseased and the Poisoned is the soundtrack to your worst nightmare. Having sold 28,000 copies in the U.S. alone, this record was a huge success, solidifying their spot in the American Death Metal realm.

In 2010, Carnifex released Hell Chose Me, taking a darker and more blasphemous approach to their already visceral sound. Musical growth and a higher level of aggression coupled with themes of despair and isolation make for an abrasive new record. Blood curdling screams, guttural growls, bottom heavy baselines, and razorsharp guitar riffs make for dark and brutal work.

After a short hiatus, Carnifex is back stronger than ever and with a new home. “Signing with Nuclear Blast is a career defining moment for Carnifex,” states Lewis. “To be aligned with the largest metal label on earth is a true honor. This world-wide deal signals a turning point for us as a band and individuals. Together with Nuclear Blast you will see Carnifex like you have never seen us before. Prepare yourself for an album that crushes any and all expectations. An album that will stand as the definitive mark for modern metal.”

Die Without Hope marks the long awaited return of the band, with their fifth full-length album and Nuclear Blast debut. 10 tracks and over 35 minutes of crushing metal that no fan of heavy music can deny. Recorded at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, FL and produced by the esteemed Mark Lewis (Arsis, The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, Devildriver, Deicide, Six Feet Under), San Diego’s finest metal export deliver an album that stands as a definitive cornerstone for modern death metal. Since their formation, Carnifex has proven time and time again that their die-hard fan base combined with their DIY work ethic is unmatched; Die Without Hope is no exception.

Carnifex’s relentless touring schedule begins with an extensive 5 week headlining tour February 21st though March 29th. Taking the band through all of North America. Followed by a direct support slot to a major band in April, which includes an appearance at the 2014 New England Metal and Hardcore Festival. (Source)

Oceano

Windy city deathcore titans Oceano awaken with their brand new studio album, ‘Ascendants’. Oceano’s evolution continues on their 4th full length venture. The band’s trademark vicious hybrid of bone-splintering brutality ascends into a new realm and reach previously undiscovered depths. Their signature sound is revitalized through guitarists Scott Smith and Michael Kasper (Carnivale/Dead To Fall) and bassist Chris Wagner (Monsters). Vocalist Adam Warren’s visceral screams and guttural onslaught are further refined and expanded with near inhuman tone. Taking steps into previously unexplored territory, ‘Ascendants’ is a concept album transcending the norms of most modern metal acts. Within stand out tracks “Dead planet”, “Transient gateways” and “Dawn of Descent”, eerie atmospherics come to the fore. ‘Ascendants’ is Oceano’s most focused effort to date, giving the album a greater intensity and deeper sense of purpose. Rediscovering their niche, ‘Ascendants’ is the definitive Oceano experience. Oceano has truely experienced an awakening and with it they hold the key album to re-define their genre. (Source)

Winds of Plague

Winds of Plague was founded in 2002 in Upland, California. During the time of the band’s inception, its name was originally “Bleak December”. However, they changed their name in April of 2005, to “Winds of Plague”. They released their demo A Cold Day In Hell in late 2005 independently. Several of the songs would subsequently be re-recorded for the following album.

Decimate the Weak, the band’s first major label album, was released in 2008 through Century Media Records. The album included several re-recorded tracks from A Cold Day In Hell.

Winds of Plague’s second release on a major label and third album overall, The Great Stone War, was released on August 11, 2009. The album features two singles, “Approach the Podium” and “Chest and Horns”, though no music videos were ever shot for any songs on the album. On October 14, 2009, keyboardist Kristen Randall stated that she would be leaving the band and did so days afterward. The band approached musician Lisa Marx to fill in on keyboard for their Australian/New Zealand tour. Afterwards the band found Alana Potocnik who has since been inducted as Winds of Plague’s keyboardist.

The third album, Against the World, was released in 2011. “Refined in the Fire” and “California” have been released as singles, and music videos for “Drop the Match”, “California” and “Refined in the Fire” have also been released. The band also appeared on the soundtrack for the game Homefront performing a cover of the Buffalo Springfield song “For What It’s Worth”.

Winds of Plague’s fourth studio album, Resistance, was recorded in mid-2013 with producer Will Putney (Miss May I, Stray From The Path) and was released October 29th via Century Media records. They have released a music video for the intro track ‘Open The Gates of Hell’, and a follow up sequel video for ‘Say Hello To The Undertaker’ both produced by director Shan Dan . Catch Winds Of Plague in a city near you! (Source)

Archspire

For the recent successes of technical death outfit ARCHSPIRE to come into fruition, certain variables must align. Talent, drive, creativitiy, and absolute dedication are only a few characteristics one may notice about the group, and indeed many have experienced the bi-product of these characteristics:

A tight live performance, where impressive speeds come grinding to a halt, and in even less time twist and contort into complex passages rife with beautiful harmonies, juxtaposed against insidious melodies. An attention to songwriting, focusing not only on technicality, but originality as well, take this sub genre and put it on it’s ear. And the combination of musical backgrounds, which is apparent in much of ARCHSPIRE’S music, showing itself through catchy rhythms, interesting riffs and arrangements, and progressive passages.

Pushing boundaries of speed and endurance set only by the genre’s top artists, while remaining accessible and interesting is no small feat. These Canadians have proven themselves worthy of touring and playing with bands like Origin, Decapitated, Hate Eternal, Abysmal Dawn, Vomitory, Fleshgod Apocalypse, and Aborted.

When all the elements required align in such a way that they form something original, and interesting, it becomes a catalyst for something new… and in the case of ARCHSPIRE, All has indeed, Aligned. (Source)

Spite

A raw desecration black metal band. (source)

Buried Above Ground

Widowmaker

Deathcore from Huntsville, AL.

Venue

The Forge
22 W. Cass St.
Joliet, IL 60432 United States
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Phone:
(815) 280-5246
Website:
http://theforgelive.com/