DEVILDRIVER “BOUND BY THE ROAD” TOUR

Scout Bar presents

DEVILDRIVER “BOUND BY THE ROAD” TOUR

Death Angel, Winds Of Plague, The AGONIST, Azrael, Green As Emerald

Sat, February 25, 2017

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 6:30 pm

Scout Bar

Houston, TX

$23.50 - $26.00

This event is all ages

DevilDriver
DevilDriver
DevilDriver tear their way through heavy metal again with Beast, the band's fifth album for Roadrunner Records, which is an exorcism of animalistic, primal hooks, death metal percussion and propulsive thrashing. While many bands in the modern era are already withering away by their second album and have shriveled up and died by their third, DevilDriver have proven to mutate, growing stronger, deadlier and more immortal with each successive release. Beast is living, firebreathing proof of that unassailable fact.

DevilDriver—Dez Fafara (Vocals), John Boecklin (Drums), Jeff Kendrick (Guitar), Mike Spreitzer (Guitar), Jon Miller (Bass)—have awakened something dark, deadly and dangerous. They've brought Beast to life for record number
five. With Beast, DevilDriver ventured into new territory: the grooves are catchier than ever, but there's an intricacy and taut technicality to them, representative of an angrier musical monster

Beast comes a mere two years after the band's incredibly successful Pray for Villains, which debuted at number 35 on the Billboard Top 200. Villains even surpassing first-week sales of their critically acclaimed 2007 outing, The Last Kind Words and 2005's The Fury of Our Maker's Hand. It's been a constant uptick for the Southern California quintet since they first blasted a hole through the zeitgeist in 2003 with their pivotal self-titled debut.

DevilDriver continue breaking the mold and busting heads in the studio and on stage. Who can forget their now legendary appearance at Download 2007, which arguably generated the biggest circle pit in history? Or any other live show they've played for that matter? Or any of the explosive anthems they've released to radio or video? Nevertheless, everything that has come before merely served as a prelude to the birth of Beast.

"It's another level," Fafara says of his band's latest offering, insisting that the band isn't tethered to any style, genre or self-imposed limitations. "We didn't simply re-issue a sound we found that worked, which most bands will do especially on their fifth, sixth or seventh record. They'll lay on their laurels and stick to what they've done. We're not looking at what anyone around us is doing. Since we're not paying attention to any of that, we were able to find unique music within ourselves. We tried to break some boundaries and stretch the genre open. We keep redefining ourselves."
Most bands don't sound this fierce and fiery on record number one and most don't have the stamina to retain this burst of sound and fury by a fifth full-length. However, DevilDriver aren't "most bands"; they burst at the seams with a violent

energy that teeters between the hyper-charged assault of "Hardened" and the punked-out fire of "Bring the Fight (To the Floor.)"

Fafara goes on to say that "Everyone came full circle on this album. They're all playing their asses off. This is something where I put myself to the test. We've taken a complete left turn by really trying to install groove and cadence. You hear weird, odd tempos, and we're taking little slices of the map out and putting in groove. For me, there's a lot of punk rock influence too. It's a crazy dichotomy of music."

The musical prowess of the band members is becoming more evident beyond the metal world, as Spreitzer, Kendrick and Miller will all release signature ESP guitars sometime next year. Miller is also only the third bassist in the history of the

company to have his own signature bass, which is a testament to his fortification of DevilDriver's rhythmic backbone. Boecklin has also been prominently featured in all drum magazines, namely Modern Drummer and DRUM!, as his kit work continues to turn heads.

DevilDriver conjure genuine chaos and make it beautifully brutal with the dichotomy that Fafara spoke of. For Fafara, the title sums up the band's mindset. "The record title Beast doesn't just explain the music. It really has to do with us and what we've become. The touring machine that we are is Beast. As friends, we're Beast. That describes us perfectly. The last 24 months has really shown us who we are as individuals and as a band. After everything we've gone through as people and as a band, it's totally appropriate."

That touring machine will commence in the immediate wake of the album's February 22, 2011 release. Be prepared to hear "Talons Out (Teeth Sharpened)" being screamed back

to DevilDriver at festivals worldwide by fans. On songs like "Shitlist" and "You Make Me Sick (Sacred Secrets,)" Fafara and Co. go right for the jugular musically and lyrically.

"It's a sincere, pissed-off street record," reveals the singer. "It's got straight-to-your-heart lyrics. I jumped outside of myself on Pray for Villains and wrote stories. On this one, I came back to who I was. It was an intense time, and this captures that intensity. It's the guy who walks through shit the best that eventually starts hovering over the top and he wins. Some people will lock themselves in a dark room and wallow because the world is crumbling. I do the opposite. I start sharpening my teeth and my nails. I start looking with an electric fucking glance and moving through life. That's what this album is about—the daily fight that is life."

Producer Mark Lewis [All That Remains, Trivium] encouraged the band to continue to fighting harder. After an intense series of writing sessions in early 2010, DevilDriver recorded with Lewis at Sonic Ranch in El Paso, TX. Fafara and Lewis

finished vocals together in San Diego at the home studio of Tim Lambesis [As I Lay Dying]. Dez continues, "Working with Mark Lewis was a great help this time because he envisioned where we were all going with us. He wanted us to step out of the box, and together we did."

Stepping out of the box lead to "Dead to Rights," which spills blood with every note, building an infectious refrain within the framework of pummeling polyrhythmic madness. "Talons Out (Teeth Sharpened)" is an anthemic war cry that drops from shrieking verses into double bass terror, while "Blur" spits punk grit into extreme metal posturing. This is one Beast that cannot and will not be contained.

In the end, Beast is as alive as anything DevilDriver has done up to this point because of the devotion of the members.

Fafara concludes, "These five souls make this band what it is. It lies in the salt and pepper from everyone. What's most important is our fans get delivered the kind of music, stage show and energy that they're expecting from us. Because of all the time and personal sacrifice, we are a Beast. The pleasure is that we're all together as friends still. Nothing can stop DevilDriver."

This Beast is alive and won't ever die. You have been warned…
Death Angel
Death Angel
Among the youngest bands ever to storm the metal genre, Death Angel has come to be known as one of the most influential bands to emerge from the thriving Bay Area Thrash Metal Scene in the early 1980s, an era when one could catch Cliff Burton (Metallica) at the front of the stage at Ruthie's Inn banging his head to Death Angel's inventive style, and speedy, complex arrangements

In 1986, a Death Angel demo produced by Kirk Hammett (Metallica) titled "Kill As One" sparked the interest of Enigma Records. Then, in 1987, Death Angel's debut, "The Ultra Violence," was released. Drummer Andy Galeon was just 14 years old at the time. The album was a full-frontal assault on the ears, buzzing with the group's youthful energy, and "The Ultra Violence" sold 40,000 copies in just four months. Another innovative recording, "Frolic Through the Park," followed, marking Death Angel's evolution both lyrically and musically. "Bored," another track from the band's second release, highlighted the cutting-edge band's inventive dynamics, and won a spot on MTV's "Headbanger's Ball."

Geffen Records was impressed enough with Death Angel's television premier to offer the band a deal, and Death Angel became the first band of their breed to appear on the major label's roster. At Geffen, the band released what is widely regarded as one of the most original and accomplished thrash metal albums ever recorded, "Act III." The record pushed the limits of the genre to create something truly unique, a definitive work that is essential to any metal fan's music collection. Death Angel's masterful songwriting ability was once again on display nationwide in 1990, as the videos for "Seemingly Endless Time' and 'Room With A View' saw heavy rotation on MTV.
Winds Of Plague
Winds Of Plague
The Southern California purveyors of pain, WINDS OF PLAGUE, are going to quickly change the landscape of heavy music upon the release of their much anticipated third full-length release, Against the World, which is a perfect metallic assault of angst ridden fury. The group went back to their roots channeling the basic, urban hardcore elements, which made their debut offering, Decimate The Weak, such a stand-out underground cult classic. The partnership with Grammy Award winning, platinum producer Matt Hyde (No Doubt, Slayer, Hatebreed) proved to be exact component needed to push each member's performance beyond their comfort zones to ultimately reach an unexpected plateau that is sure to create a buzz within the scene. Against the World is simply a bare bones assault of uninhibited aggressiveness that will serve as a much needed wake up call to the masses and beat any listener into oblivion.

After annihilating the masses on the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Fest throughout the summer of 2010, WINDS OF PLAGUE now prepares to further spread their carnage across North America on The Warped Tour in the summer of 2011. This is a huge opportunity for the band to perform in front of a different crowd while definitely bringing something unique to this festival to separate themselves from the pack. Expect big circle pits and one of the most energetic performances of the day.

Johnny Plague (vocals) further states: "We set out with producer Matt Hyde to raise the bar for WINDS OF PLAGUE both as a band and as musicians. We put a lot of our writing focus into the energy and the structure of the songs and everything else just seemed to fall into place naturally. We really just wanted to create a fun but heavy album. We still topped every song off with over the top epic orchestral arrangements, but we brought back the more hardcore, live show elements from Decimate The Weak. Unlike the previous release this record is not a concept album, which gave me freedom as a writer.
Both fans of Decimate The Weak and The Great Stone War will be pleased for we haven't altered the formula or strayed from our roots, but injected them with rage and fury. This record is beautiful, ignorant and heavy.

"The Warped Tour has been an event I have been attending since I started going to shows and needless to say, I have always wanted to participate in it, so we are very excited to say the least. Warped has always been known for the eclectic lineups and I am anxious to get in front of a new crowd and continue to build the WOP army. It's going to be a wild summer, so we hope you can all come and hang with us."

WINDS OF PLAGUE further solidified their status as one of the hottest up-and-coming metal acts upon release of their highly acclaimed, sophomore album, The Great Stone War, which made an impressive debut in its first week landing at #73 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. The offering quickly propelled the band to the forefront of the American metal scene.
The AGONIST
The AGONIST
Over the course of three full-lengths The Agonist have proved they're no "Flavor of the Week." Through great songs, hard work, and an ardent fanbase, the Montreal-based five-piece quickly established themselves as torchbearers of a new generation of Canadian metal, much of it on the shoulders of founding members Danny Marino, Chris Kells, and Alissa White-Gluz. Throughout the last decade, The Agonist spread their respective wings wide, touring with an array of notable artists, including Danzig, Kamelot, Corrosion of Conformity, Enslaved, Kittie, and Epica.
Times and circumstances change, however. After parting ways with White-Gluz in 2014—she's now center stage in labelmates Arch Enemy—, The Agonist set out to find a new vocalist. For a split second, the group considered a frontman to replace White-Gluz, but quickly realized the dynamic wouldn't work. Searching high and low, they found American vocalist Vicky Psarakis on Youtube. Psarakis wasn't just covering songs by Iron Maiden, Nevermore, Adele, and Nightwish in the comfort of her home studio. She was magically altering them. Her online performance was enough for The Agonist to request an audition, for which she nailed and the rest is history. "The change has actually been quite smooth overall," guitarist Marino acknowledges. "Part in thanks to Vicky's ability to rise to the occasion and our fans open mindedness. I think the fact that the Agonist has often gone outside the box musically has attracted fans that welcome change and new things pretty easily."
The Agonist, now with Psarakis fronting, are preparing to unfurl Eye of Providence. Powerful, diverse, aggressive, and epic are all buzzwords used to describe the group's fourth full-length. Album opener "Gates of Horn and Ivory" immediately shows The Agonist's intentions. There is no escape from Marino and Pascal Jobin's aggro-melodic riffing, Kells' storm-like bass, and Simon McKay's thunderous drums. And no doubt will Psarakis' screams, growls, and full-bodied clean vocals floor longtime fans and hook new acolytes. This is The Agonist reborn! This fact couldn't be truer in lead single, "Disconnect Me". The frontwoman immediately demonstrates she's ready to be in the ruling class of metal singers, while the rest of her bandmates cleverly pound out a killer song as if it's nothing. Turns out, Eye of Providence was effortlessly awesome to make.
Says Marino: "It was a whole new experience and the most enjoyable we've ever had. There was an air of full collaboration like never before. It was a good balance of group effort and individual composition and understanding that balance. While Vicky and I were the main composers, every member composed
part of this album and this was the first album, where lyrical content was also shared between Vicky, Simon, and myself."
The Eye of Providence, or God's all-seeing eye, is a piece of religious iconography with origins stemming back to ancient Egypt. But The Agonist aren't going all History Channel on their new album. The lyrical center isn't about pyramids, the Freemasons, or its appearance on the United States one-dollar bill. As on previous albums, The Agonist are commenting heavily on advances in monitoring technology, particularly as it relates to governments intruding on the private lives of its citizens. "We are embracing a number of new topics," admits Marino with a cryptic smile. "The Agonist still wants to be a voice for change. However, there are many socio-political and personal topics that we haven't yet covered. We get into some of those on this record."
Recorded at The Grid Studio (Beneath the Massacre, Beyond Creation) with longtime producer Christian Donaldson, Eye of Providence sounds incomparable to albums previous. Donaldson captured The Agonist fresh, alive, and, most importantly, heavy. They fed viciously off a spontaneous and collaborative work environment and ended up with a record that's completely "in the moment". So much so, an injury to Jobin's hand forced him to approach a solo with a little innovation. "While tracking "Disconnect Me" Paco punched a wall," Marino laughs. "He ended up breaking a bone in his finger, but he still had to write and track his guitar solo. Since picking was very difficult he ended up writing the whole solo using tapping. The solo ended up really cool and like nothing he's really done before. So, in the end, it was a good thing he punched that wall!"
If The Agonist were to weather a storm it wouldn't be the departure of White-Gluz and the arrival of Psarakis. The great struggle is making a record that sounds like The Agonist. A fingerprint solely made from five individuals with like motivations and goals. Eye of Providence is that record. It is The Agonist's crowning achievement to date. "I feel like we have come into our own sound, especially on Eye of Providence," says Marino proudly. "I am influenced by artists like Devin Townsend and Mikael Åkerfeldt. I am inspired by artists with the courage to take a listener to many different places in one album. That's what we have been trying to do since our second album [Lullabies for the Dormant Mind]. With the Eye of Providence we were able to find that balance."
As with many bands so to with The Agonist. They live and breathe on stage. In fact, if a song doesn't pass the "live test" it doesn't make it on the album. The music is only right when it can be translated from the stage to The Agonist's rabid fanbase. So, expect to see The Agonist in 2014 and 2015 all over the world. And be fully ready to hear the total brilliance of Eye of Providence.

Vicky Psarakis – Vocals
Danny Marino – Guitar
Chris Kells – Bass
Simon McKay- Drums
Pascal "Paco" Jobin – Guitar
Green As Emerald
Green As Emerald
Hailing from the great state of Texas, Green as Emerald is pushing the envelope of what a young metal band is capable of. They could sit here and talk about their past & how they came together, but that doesn't matter. What matters is they're here NOW. Pulling from all areas of metal, they've focused on trying to write solid and focused songs as opposed to simply trying to be the heaviest band there is. From death metal to hardcore, speed metal to hair metal, Green as Emerald is putting the fun & kick ass mentality back into metal. No one remembers the band who constantly only tries to be heavy, but they do remember the band that wasn't afraid to step outside their respected comfort zone & try something new. As some bands are scared to see what their limitations are, it is not the case here. Appearing to take on all changes presented to them, Green as Emerald has quickly gained a loyal following due to the DIY work ethic, shameless self promotion through all avenues, personally selling tickets to open for some of the biggest bands in the scene, Green as Emerald has played the 2015 Knotfest & proudly shared the stage with the following bands:

All That Remains
Sons of Texas
Doyle
Heavygrinder
Oceans of Slumber
The Bloodline
Fear Factory
Before The Mourning
Once Human
Act of Defiance
Allegaeon
Soulfly
Soilwork
Shattered Sun
Earthside
Slipknot
Judas Priest
Bring Me The Horizon
Korn
Mastodon
Clutch
Corrosion of Conformity
Trivium
Mobb Deep
Body Count
GWAR
At The Gates
Cannibal Corpse
Suicidal Tendencies
Born of Osiris
Red Fang
Snot
Battlecross
Goatwhore
Devour The Day
Beartooth
Kyng
Kataklysm
Six Feet Under
Dying Fetus
Belphegor
Disgorge
Inquisition
Abysmal Dawn
Internal Bleeding
Green Death
Khaotika

...and many more.
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