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PostSubject: OFFICIAL ROCK/METAL MUSIC THREAD   Wed Apr 09, 2008 6:49 am

Give some Metal Band like deftones, korn, limp bizkit, etc. And remember to post their cool group pics and give the right info about that band. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: OFFICIAL ROCK/METAL MUSIC THREAD   Wed Apr 09, 2008 6:59 am

Slayer *****



Origin: Huntington Park, California, USA
Genre(s): Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, Speed Metal
Years Active: 1981 - Present
Members(Present): Tom Araya, Jeff Hanneman, Kerry King, Dave Lombardo
(Past): Paul Bostaph, Jon Dette, Tony Scaglione

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Slayer is an American thrash metal band founded by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King in 1981. Slayer rose to fame as a leader of the American thrash metal movement with their 1986 release, Reign in Blood, which has been called "the heaviest album of all time" by Kerrang!. The band is credited as one of the "Big Four" thrash metal bands, along with Metallica, Anthrax, and Megadeth.

Slayer is known for its musical traits, involving fast tremolo picking, guitar solos, double bass drumming, and shouting vocals. The band's lyrics and album art, which cover topics such as death, deviants, genocide, insanity, religion, Satanism, serial killers, and warfare have generated album bans, delays, lawsuits and strong criticism from religious groups and the general public.

Since its debut record in 1983, the band has released two live albums, one box set, three DVDs, one VHS, two EPs, and ten albums, four of which have received gold certification in the United States. The band has received three Grammy nominations, winning one in 2007 for the song "Eyes of the Insane", and one in 2008 for the song "Final Six". They have headlined music festivals worldwide, including Ozzfest and The Unholy Alliance.

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PostSubject: Re: OFFICIAL ROCK/METAL MUSIC THREAD   Wed Apr 09, 2008 7:00 am

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Origin: Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Genre(s): Thrash Metal, Death Metal, Groove Metal
Years Active: 1984 - Present
Members (Present): Derrick Green, Andreas Kisser, Paulo Jr., Jean Dolabella
(Past): Wagner Lamounier, Max Cavalera, Igor Cavalera, Jairo Guedes

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Sepultura was formed in 1984 at Belo Horizonte, the capital city of Minas Gerais, Brazil. The group's initial line-up was: Max Cavalera (rhythm guitar), his younger brother Igor Cavalera (drums), Paulo Jr. (bass), Jairo Guedes (lead guitar) and Wagner Lamounier (vocals). Sepultura signed to Cogumelo Records after a few years of performing. Lamounier left the band without recording on a demo due to differences in ideology. Max took over as vocalist. Their first EP was Bestial Devastation, a split album with fellow Brazilians Overdose. Their first LP Morbid Visions (1986), was initially released in America on New Renaissance Records, a record label owned by Ann Boleyn.

New Renaissance Records was heavily criticized by the media for signing and promoting Sepultura. However, eventually "Troops Of Doom" attracted radio airplay. Both albums are nowadays regarded as early milestones in the establishment of death metal. After Morbid Visions, Jairo Guedes left the band for another thrash metal venture and was replaced by São Paulo-based guitarist Andreas Kisser. Their second full-length album was Schizophrenia, which was a critical success that led them to being contracted to Roadrunner Records.

With Roadrunner distributing Schizophrenia worldwide, Sepultura reached new audiences of metal fans. This was cemented by 1989's Beneath the Remains, which was hailed by Terrorizer magazine as one of the all-time top 20 thrash albums, as well as a gaining a placing in their all-time top 40 death metal records. It was followed by a long European and American tour. Their first US show was October 31, 1989 at the Ritz in New York City, opening for King Diamond. By the time they released 1991's Arise, Sepultura were located in Phoenix, Arizona and had become one of the most critically-praised metal bands of the time, in spite of a lack of mainstream success.

This was changed by Chaos A.D. (1993), which saw a departure from the traditional thrash style, now mixing it with groove metal elements. The album helped form the groove metal genre and saw Sepultura achieve recognition beyond the thrash metal community. They continued with this on 1996's Roots, in which the band further innovated by experimenting with elements of the music of Brazil's indigenous peoples and traditional thrash, with a slower, downtuned metal sound. The title track is probably the band's best-known song and often a staple at live shows.

In parallel, in 1994, Max and Igor, aided by Alex Newport of Fudge Tunnel, recorded a more industrial LP, Point Blank, under the name Nailbomb. Nailbomb played a full live set only once, and the performance was released as Proud to Commit Commercial Suicide. Nailbomb also played selected tracks live on Sepultura's 1994 tour with guests Fudge Tunnel.

In 1996, Sepultura played on the Ozzfest main stage alongside Ozzy Osbourne, Slayer, Danzig, Biohazard, and Fear Factory.

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PostSubject: Re: OFFICIAL ROCK/METAL MUSIC THREAD   Wed Apr 09, 2008 7:10 am

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Origin: Los Angeles, California, United States
Genre(s): Heavy Metal, Speed Metal, Trash Metal
Years Active: 1983 - 2002, 2004 - Present
Members(Present): Dave Mustaine, Chris Broderick, Shawn Drover, James LoMenzo

Description:

Megadeth is an American thrash metal band led by founder, frontman, guitarist, and songwriter Dave Mustaine. Formed in 1983 following Mustaine's departure from Metallica, the band has since released eleven studio albums, six live albums, two EPs, and two compilations.

As a pioneer of the American thrash metal movement, Megadeth rose to international fame in the 1980s, but were plagued by constant lineup changes, due partly to the band's notorious substance abuse problems. After finding sobriety and securing a stable lineup, Megadeth went on to release a string of platinum and gold albums, including the Grammy nominated, double-platinum Countdown to Extinction in 1992. Megadeth disbanded in 2002 after Mustaine suffered a severe nerve injury to his left arm, but following extensive physical therapy, Mustaine reformed the band in 2004 and released The System Has Failed, which debuted at #18 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, followed by United Abominations in 2007, which debuted at #8 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.



Megadeth are known for their distinctive guitar style, often involving complex, intricate musical passages, and trade off guitar solos. Mustaine is also known for his original "snarling" vocal style, as well as his recurring lyrical themes, often involving politics, war, addiction, and personal relationships.

As one of the most commercially successful heavy metal bands of all time, Megadeth has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide, including six consecutive platinum albums, with seven consecutive Grammy nominations for Best Metal Performance. In their 23 active years, Megadeth has had 19 official members, with Dave Mustaine remaining as the driving force, main songwriter, and sole original member. Megadeth is mentioned as one of the "Big Four of Thrash" bands, along with Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax.

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PostSubject: Re: OFFICIAL ROCK/METAL MUSIC THREAD   Wed Apr 09, 2008 7:11 am

galing mo nman admin!!

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PostSubject: Re: OFFICIAL ROCK/METAL MUSIC THREAD   Wed Apr 09, 2008 7:16 am

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Origin: New York City, NY, USA
Genre(s): Thrash Metal, Speed Metal, Heavy Metal
Years Active: 1981 - Present
Members(Present): Dan Nelson, Charlie Benante, Scott Ian, Frank Bello, Rob Caggiano

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Anthrax is an American, New York City-based thrash metal band, who released its first full-length album in 1984. The band was one of the most popular bands of the 1980s thrash metal scene and are notable for combining metal with rap and hardcore music early on. They have sold over 10 million albums worldwide, and are classified as one of the "big four" of thrash metal alongside Metallica, Megadeth, and Slayer.

They have made several appearances on television including: Married... with Children, WWE Raw, NewsRadio, Cheers, and Ask Dr. Ruth amongst others. The band has also appeared in movies such as Run Ronnie Run and Calendar Girls. Their song "Madhouse" was used in the videogame Grand Theft Auto: Vice City in-game radio station V-Rock and in Guitar Hero II. Their song "Caught in a Mosh" was also featured in Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s. In 2006, guitarist Scott Ian was a cast member of VH1's reality show SuperGroup and is also featured on many other VH1 shows such and I Love the 80s and I Love the 90s.

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PostSubject: Re: OFFICIAL ROCK/METAL MUSIC THREAD   Wed Apr 09, 2008 7:48 am

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Origin:San Francisco, California, USA
Genre(s):Thrash metal
Years active:1983–present
Members(Present): Chuck Billy, Eric Peterson, Greg Christian, Alex Skolnick, Paul Bostaph

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Testament are an American thrash metal band from California. Being one of the more influential American thrash metal bands, they were perhaps the most popular band of that scene to not break into the mainstream and see the success that the bands known as the "Big Four of Thrash" did. Some of their records nonetheless entered the charts in major markets such as the United Kingdom and Germany. Testament has two Top 40 albums and one Top 50 album to its credit in the UK. Their 1999 album The Gathering also entered the Top 50 in Germany. They had minor top 100 album success in the United States.

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PostSubject: Re: OFFICIAL ROCK/METAL MUSIC THREAD   Wed Apr 09, 2008 7:53 am

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Origin: Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Genre(s): Thrash metal, Groove metal, Alternative metal, Nu metal
Years active: 1997–present

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Soulfly is a heavy metal band formed in 1997. Led by founder, frontman, songwriter and only constant member Max Cavalera, the band has released five studio albums, one tour EP, several singles, and one DVD video.


Drowning Singing Style of Max Cavalera

Soulfly incorporates thrash metal, groove metal, nu metal with Brazilian tribal music and world music. The band has had all five of their studio albums debut on the United States Billboard 200, with a peak position at number 32 with their second album Primitive, and the band's debut album Soulfly, has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.

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PostSubject: Re: OFFICIAL ROCK/METAL MUSIC THREAD   Wed Apr 09, 2008 8:04 am

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Origin: Arlington, Texas, United States
Genre(s): Heavy metal, Groove metal, Glam metal (early years)
Years active: 1981–2003
Members(Final Lineup): Vinnie Paul Abbott, "Dimebag Darrell" Abbott, Rex Brown, Phil Anselmo

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Pantera was an American heavy metal band from Arlington, Texas, that formed in 1981.

Although initially influenced by 1980s glam metal bands, Pantera's style would change by the late '80s, showing a greater influence from thrash metal acts such as Slayer and Metallica, as well as traditional metal bands such as Black Sabbath. Pantera subsequently became a key formulator of the post-thrash subgenre of "groove" metal.


Pantera's Glam Days. From Left to Right: Dimebag Darrell, Rex Brown, Phil Anselmo, Vinnie Paul

It would not be until nine years after forming that Pantera saw its first piece of commercial success in its 1990 major label debut, Cowboys from Hell. From there, Pantera became one of the most celebrated heavy metal bands of the 1990s. Despite the generally cold reception of the band's first four albums from the 1980s, critics have lauded Pantera's style thereafter; Jason Birchmeier of Allmusic.com considers Pantera to be "arguably the greatest metal band of '90s and...one of the greatest and most influential metal bands ever." The band has received accolades such as ranking 45th on VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock" and fifth on MTV's "Top 10 Greatest Heavy Metal Bands of All-Time."

Due to long-standing internal conflicts largely resulting from frontman Phil Anselmo's rampant heroin abuse beginning in the mid-1990s, Pantera dissolved in 2003. The following year, the band's guitarist, "Dimebag Darrell" Abbott, was shot and killed on-stage while performing with his new band, Damageplan.


R.I.P Dimebag Darrell

The band's 1987-2003 lineup, by far its most successful as it was responsible for all of Pantera's major-label releases, consisted of Darrell (guitar), his older brother, Vinnie Paul Abbott (drums), Rex Brown (bass) and Anselmo (vocals).

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PostSubject: Re: OFFICIAL ROCK/METAL MUSIC THREAD   Wed Apr 09, 2008 8:12 am

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Origin: New York, USA
Genre(s): Progressive Metal, Progressive Rock
Years active: 1985–present
Members(Present): James LaBrie, John Myung, John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy, Jordan Rudess
(Past): Chris Collins, Charlie Dominici, Kevin Moore, Derek Sherinian

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Dream Theater is an American progressive metal band formed in 1985 under the name "Majesty" by John Myung, John Petrucci and Mike Portnoy while they attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, before they dropped out to support the band. Though a number of lineup changes followed, the three original members remain today along with James LaBrie and Jordan Rudess.

Dream Theater has become one of the most successful progressive rock bands since the height of the genre in the mid-1970s. Although the band has had a few successful hits (notably 'Pull Me Under' in the early 1990s, which received extensive MTV rotation), they have mostly stayed underground for their career, feeding off support from their fans.

The band is well known for the technical proficiency of its instrumentalists, who have won many awards from music instruction magazines. Dream Theater's members have collaborated with many other notable musicians. Guitarist John Petrucci was named as the third player on the G3 tour six times, more than any other invited guitarist, following in the footsteps of Eric Johnson, Robert Fripp, and Yngwie Malmsteen.

The band's two highest selling albums are the gold selling Images and Words (1992), although it reached only #61 on the Billboard 200 charts, and Awake (1994) which reached #32 on the Billboard 200. Recently Systematic Chaos entered US Billboard 200 at #19. Dream Theater has sold over two million albums in the U.S., and over 8 million albums and DVDs worldwide.

The band is currently promoting their latest effort, Systematic Chaos, with a world tour that began on June 3, 2007 in Milan, Italy.

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PostSubject: auz ah   Wed Apr 09, 2008 8:16 am

trip ko din ung pantera at dream theather,..


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PostSubject: Re: OFFICIAL ROCK/METAL MUSIC THREAD   Wed Apr 09, 2008 8:20 am

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Origin: Los Angeles, California, USA
Genre(s): Gothic Metal, Nu Metal
Years active: 1994–2003
Members(Final Lineup): Dez Fafara, Miguel "Meegs" Rascón, Mikey "Bug" Cox, Rayna Foss-Rose

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Coal Chamber was an American Nu Metal/Gothic metal band from Los Angeles, California. The band formed in 1994 and disbanded in 2003.

Coal Chamber broke out of the Alternative Metal scene in Los Angeles, California with a sound often compared to Korn. Originally formed in 1994 by vocalist/lyricist Dez Fafara and guitarist Miguel Rascón (These two met through a classified ad). They then added drummer Mike Cox and bassist Rayna Foss. After the huge local stir following their gigs at The Roxy Theatre and the Whisky A Go Go, and from a demo tape championed by Dino Cazares of Fear Factory. Coal Chamber finally got the opportunity to sign with Roadrunner Records in late 1994, but very suddenly Fafara quit due to some disagreements with his wife about the band. But, in the spring of 1995 Dez reunited with his band, and with this decision his marriage would soon end. Now the group would gain a renewed sense of energy and regain their deal with Roadrunner by the end of 1995. In 1997 their debut self-titled album Coal Chamber was released; followed two years later by Chamber Music. They toured very heavily for this album as it wasn't very successful with its mix of nu metal and goth rock imagery. In between the two album releases bassist Rayna Foss had become pregnant. When she eventually had to have the baby, the band invited Nadja Peulen to fill in for Rayna while on tour, and she gladly accepted to do so. By the time they were ready to start recording their new album, Rayna Foss was off raising her new daughter. As before when Rayna was pregnant Nadja Peulen was recruited to become the new bass player and record their new album entitled Dark Days, released in the spring of 2002.

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PostSubject: Re: OFFICIAL ROCK/METAL MUSIC THREAD   Wed Apr 09, 2008 8:26 am

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Origin: Los Angeles, California, USA
Genre(s): Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal, Hard rock
Years active: 1981–present
Members(Present): James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, Robert Trujillo
(Past): Jason Newsted, Cliff Burton, Dave Mustaine, Ron McGovney

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Metallica is an American heavy metal band that formed in 1981 in Los Angeles, California. Founded when drummer Lars Ulrich posted an advertisement in a Los Angeles newspaper, Metallica's original line-up consisted of Ulrich, rhythm guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield, lead guitarist Dave Mustaine, and bassist Ron McGovney. McGovney and Mustaine were later ejected from the band, in favor of Cliff Burton and Kirk Hammett, respectively. The ejection of Mustaine has subsequently resulted in a feud between him and Metallica. Mustaine later went on to form Megadeth. In 1986, Metallica's tour bus skidded out of control, and Burton was crushed under the bus and was killed. Jason Newsted replaced him, although he left the band in 2001 and was replaced by Robert Trujillo in 2003.

Metallica's early releases included fast tempos, instrumentals, and aggressive musicianship that placed them as one of the "Big Four" of the thrash metal genre alongside with Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax. The band earned a growing fan base in the underground music community, and some critics say the 1986 release Master of Puppets is one of the most influential and "heavy" thrash metal albums. The band rose to fame with its 1991 self-titled album Metallica, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. Some critics and fans believed the band changed its musical direction to appeal to the mainstream audience.

With the release of Load in 1996, Metallica distanced itself from earlier releases in what has been described as "an almost alternative approach", and the band faced accusations of "selling out". Metallica filed a lawsuit in 2000 against Napster for sharing the band's copyrighted material for free without the members' consent. A settlement was reached, and Napster became a pay-to-use service. Despite reaching number one on the Billboard 200, the release of St. Anger in 2003 disappointed some critics and fans with the exclusion of guitar solos, and the "steel-sounding" snare drum. A film titled Some Kind of Monster documented the recording process of St. Anger.

Metallica has released eight studio albums, two live albums, two EPs, nine videos, and is working on a ninth studio album. The band has become one of the most commercially successful and influential musical acts. With over 100 million records sold worldwide, including 57 million in the United States alone, the band has won seven Grammy Awards, and has had four albums peak at number one on the Billboard 200. The band's 1991 album Metallica, has sold over 20 million copies, which makes it the 25th highest selling album in the United States.

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PostSubject: Re: OFFICIAL ROCK/METAL MUSIC THREAD   Thu Apr 10, 2008 1:57 am

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Origin: Sacramento, California
Genre(s): Alternative metal, Alternative rock, Hard rock, Experimental rock
Years active: 1988–present
Members(Present): Stephen Carpenter, Chi Cheng, Abe Cunningham, Frank Delgado, Chino Moreno

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Deftones is a rock band from Sacramento, California formed in 1988, consisting of Chino Moreno (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), Stephen Carpenter (lead guitar), Chi Cheng (bass guitar) Frank Delgado (keyboards and turntables) and Abe Cunningham (drums and percussion). Their sound has been described as ranging from alternative metal and dream pop, to progressive rock.

Critics have often praised them as one of the more unique rock bands of recent years for their innovative, atmospheric music; as Johnny Loftus writes, "Rock critics usually reserve a special place for Deftones above or at least away from the rest of the turn-of-the-century metal movement Deftones have always seemed more curious, more willing to incorporate traditionally revered sounds like dream pop or D.C. hardcore into their northern California alt-metal."

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PostSubject: Re: OFFICIAL ROCK/METAL MUSIC THREAD   Thu Apr 10, 2008 2:02 am

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Origin: Los Angeles, California, United States
Genre(s): Art Rock, Progressive Metal, Progressive Rock
Years active: 1990–present
Members(Present): Danny Carey, Justin Chancellor, Maynard James Keenan, Adam Jones

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Tool is an American rock band that was formed in 1990 in Los Angeles, California. The band consists of drummer Danny Carey, bassist Justin Chancellor, guitarist Adam Jones, and vocalist Maynard James Keenan. Tool has won three Grammy Awards, hosted worldwide tours, and produced albums which have performed well on international music charts.

The band emerged with a heavy metal sound on their first LP at a time when the genre was dominated by thrash metal, and later reached the top of the alternative metal movement with the release of their second LP, Ænima, in 1996. Their efforts to unify musical experimentation, visual arts, and a message of personal evolution continued with Lateralus (2001) and their most recent album, 10,000 Days (2006), gaining the band critical acclaim and success around the world. Due to Tool's incorporation of visual arts and relatively long and complex releases, the band is generally described as a style-transgressing act and part of progressive and art rock. The relationship between the band and today's music industry is ambivalent, at times marked by censorship and the band members' insistence on privacy.

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PostSubject: Re: OFFICIAL ROCK/METAL MUSIC THREAD   Thu Apr 10, 2008 2:56 am

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Origin: Bakersfield, California, USA
Genre(s): Alternative Metal, Nu Metal, Industrial Metal
Years active: 1993–present

Members (Present):



Jonathan Davis - Vocals, Bagpipes, Glass Harmonica



James "Munky" Shaffer - Lead Guitar, 2nd Vocals



Shane Gibson - New Rhythm Guitar, 2nd Vocals



Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu - Bass Guitar



Ray Luzier - New Drummer


Members (Past):




Brian "Head" Welch - Former Lead Guitarist and 2nd Vocals



David Silveria - Former Drummer


HISTORY:

Formation, Neidermeyer's Mind demo, Korn (1993-1995)

Korn formed after the group L.A.P.D. folded, due to singer Richard Morrill's drug addiction. Musicians Reginald Arvizu, James Shaffer, and David Silveria wanted to continue, and recruited guitarist Brian Welch and a singer named Corey and started a new band called Creep. Corey was soon dropped due to the band being dissatisfied with him.

In 1993, the band took notice of vocalist Jonathan Davis after seeing his band Sexart and attempted to get him to join Creep. Davis initially did not want to join the band, but after consulting a psychic he decided to audition and then joined the band. The band soon changed their name to Korn.

Later that year, the band began a working relationship with producer Ross Robinson, which led to their first demo tape entitled Neidermeyer's Mind. The band had problems getting signed during its first year, due to the 1990s rock scene, which was primarily grunge. After many attempts at a record deal, Paul Pontius from Immortal/Epic Records heard the band in a nightclub and was so impressed, he signed them on the spot. With a producer and a label, Korn started work on their self-titled debut album.

Musically, the album was a mix of both heavy metal and hip hop/funk, the latter of which in rhythms and beats. "Blind" was the first single from the album, which got a decent amount of airplay and attention. Once Korn saw a release on October 11, 1994, the band toured incessantly with no support from radio or video stations. They relied solely on their intensive live shows, which created a large cultlike following of dedicated fans. It was through the effort of this fanbase that helped push Korn onto the Billboard 200, eventually peaking at #72 in 1996, with "Shoots and Ladders" being their first Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance.

On their first large tour, Korn opened for Danzig alongside Marilyn Manson. Other bands for which Korn opened in 1995 included Megadeth, 311, Fear Factory, Flotsam and Jetsam, and KMFDM. However, the first tour that widely exposed the band was opening for Ozzy Osbourne alongside the Deftones. After opening for lesser-known bands such as Dimestore Hoods, Sugar Ray (at the time), and Life of Agony, Korn returned to the studio to record a second album.

Life Is Peachy (1996-1997)

Korn teamed up with Robinson once again for their second album, Life Is Peachy, released on October 15, 1996. Musically, it was similar to the first album, but also showed more of a funk influence on tracks like "Porno Creep" and "Swallow". The album included two covers, War's "Low Rider", with Davis' bagpipes and Head on vocals, and Ice Cube's "Wicked", with guest vocalist Chino Moreno of Deftones.

To help promote their new album, Korn opened for Metallica, along with utilizing the Internet, which was still a growing technology at the time. Life Is Peachy sold more than 106,000 copies in its first week and reached #3 on the Billboard 200. The first single, "No Place to Hide", spawned a Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance. "A.D.I.D.A.S." was the second single and only music video, which also did well.

The band gained more populary after co-headlining the Lollapalooza music festival in 1997 with Tool. However, Korn were forced to drop off the bill after Munky was diagnosed with viral meningitis. Also that year, Korn augmented their growing crossover appeal by collaborating with Los Angeles-based production and remix duo the Dust Brothers on the track "Kick the P.A.". This track appeared on the motion picture soundtrack of the film Spawn.

In late 1997, Korn formed their own record label, Elementree Records. The first signing was Videodrone, whose singer, Ty Elam, is credited for giving Jonathan Davis singing lessons. Orgy, however, released their debut album prior to Videodrone's, giving Elementree its first Platinum certification. Orgy's guitarist, Ryan Shuck, is known for playing alongside Davis and Elam in the band Sexart. Over the next few years, Korn signed other acts like rapper Marz and Deadsy.

Follow the Leader, mainstream success (1998-1999)

Prior to the release of the band's third album, Korn produced a weekly online TV show, KornTV, which documented the making of the record and featured special guests such as porn star Ron Jeremy, Limp Bizkit, and 311. The project also gave fans the chance to call in and ask the band questions, an approach that represented one of the first times a band utilized the Internet in such a way. Korn released their third album, Follow the Leader, on August 18, 1998, which featured a number of guest vocalists such as Ice Cube, Tre Hardson from the Pharcyde, Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit and actor Cheech Marin on the hidden track "Earache My Eye" (written by Marin himself).

Korn launched a political campaign-style tour to promote the release of Follow the Leader. The tour took the group, on a chartered jet, all over North America to help promote Follow the Leader. They talked to fans and answered questions during special "fan conferences", which were organized at every stop along the tour route, and signed autographs. Jim Rose hosted the entire "Kampaign" tour.

The album was a complete success, debuting at #1 on Billboard with 268,000 copies sold, and spawning the singles "Got the Life" and "Freak on a Leash". They both exposed Korn to a wider, mainstream audience, with the music videos being mainstays on MTV's Total Request Live. "Got the Life" was the show's very first "retired" video, with "Freak on a Leash" reaching that same success months later. The singles also fared well on Billboard, with "Freak on a Leash" peaking in the top 10 of both Mainstream Rock and Modern Rock, the latter of which it spent 27 weeks on—more than any other Korn single to date.

"Freak on a Leash" won a Grammy for Best Music Video, Short Form, and received a nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance. The video also earned nine MTV Video Music Awards nominations for Video of the Year, Best Rock Video, Breakthrough Video, Best Direction, Best Special Effects, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, and Viewer's Choice. It eventually won two, for Best Rock Video and Best Editing. Follow the Leader is the band's most commercially-successful album, being certified 5x Platinum by the RIAA and having sold almost ten million copies worldwide.

The same year Follow the Leader was released, Korn started their own annual tour called the Family Values Tour. Korn headlined the highly-successful tour along with Incubus, Orgy, Limp Bizkit, Ice Cube, and Rammstein. A live CD and DVD were released and earned Gold and Platinum certifications, respectively. In 1999, Limp Bizkit headlined, along with Primus, Staind, The Crystal Method, Method Man & Redman, and Filter. Korn were not featured on the bill and instead only made surprise appearances at a few of the stops to perform their first single from their next album. The tour took a break in 2000.

Issues (1999-2001)

The band's fourth album, Issues, produced by Brendan O'Brien, was released on November 16, 1999, featuring cover art designed by Alfredo Carlos, who won a contest held for the fans by MTV.[20] Issues was released during a week of many highly-anticipated records. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 with more than 573,000 copies sold, keeping Dr. Dre's long-awaited album 2001 and Celine Dion's greatest hits album from hitting #1.

To celebrate the album's release, the band performed the record in its entirety in front of a live audience at New York's historic Apollo Theater and broadcast the concert simultaneously across many radio stations. This performance made Korn the first rock band, and only the second predominantly white musical group, to ever perform at The Apollo, after the legendary Buddy Holly in the late 1950s. This special event featured the NYPD marching drum and bagpipe band conducted by Richard Gibbs as well as a group of back-up singers to enhance the more melodic choruses Davis used on the album.

Earlier that year, Korn had appeared on an episode of South Park, titled Korn's Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery, in which the first single from Issues, "Falling Away from Me", was premiered. Korn released two more singles from Issues, "Make Me Bad" and "Somebody Someone", both of which fared well on Billboard. Videos were shot for all three singles, with longtime friend Fred Durst directing "Falling Away from Me", and Martin Weisz directing a concept video for "Make Me Bad", as well as a performance video for "Somebody Someone", which featured the use of CGI effects. Every video was a staple on Total Request Live, two of which made it to retirement. Issues is considered by some critics to be less hip hop-influenced and closer to alternative metal than nu metal. It was certified 3x Platinum, following up the success of Follow the Leader.

Untouchables (2002-2003)

On June 11, 2002, after a year and a half of hard work and a long creative process, Korn re-emerged into the media spotlight with their fifth album, Untouchables. It debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 with 434,000 in sales. Sales were disappointing in comparison to the first four albums, as Untouchables has only been certified Platinum once. The band has blamed Internet piracy for the drop in sales, as an unmastered version of the album had leaked three months prior to its official release date.

The release of this album was preceded by a show at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, a day prior to the album's release, broadcast digitally throughout U.S. movie theatres. Untouchables featured electronic beats, strings and various guitar effects the band had never used in an album before. The overall feel was drastically different from previous efforts, particularly tracks like "Alone I Break", "Hating", and "Hollow Life", which singer Jonathan Davis claims is one of his favorite Korn songs to this day.

The first two videos from Untouchables were directed by the Hughes Brothers (best known for their films, Menace II Society and From Hell). The first video, "Here to Stay", has the band playing inside a TV with a static background along with controversial news stories and world issues being presented. The song itself earned Korn a Grammy for Best Metal Performance, and would become their highest-peaking single on Billboard's Modern Rock chart. The second video, "Thoughtless", was a nod back to Davis' childhood as the character in the video (previously featured in the first Vanilla Coke commercial) is picked on and constantly beaten. The third video for Untouchables, "Alone I Break," was directed by Sean Dack, who won the honor of directing the video through an MTV contest.

Prior to their next album, Korn released a new single, "Did My Time" on July 22, 2003, which was used to promote the film and appeared on the soundtrack to Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. Angelina Jolie appeared in the Dave Meyers-directed video. "Did My Time" also gave Korn yet another Grammy nomination in the Best Metal Performance category.

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Take a Look in the Mirror, Greatest Hits, Head's departure (2003-2005)

Korn's sixth album, Take a Look in the Mirror, was released on November 21, 2003, four days earlier than originally planned. Korn produced the album themselves, and released "Right Now", "Y'All Want a Single", and "Everything I've Known" as singles. "Right Now" and "Everything I've Known" had animated music videos, whereas "Y'All Want a Single" featured Korn and a large group of fans destroying a record store. The album was an attempt by the band to return to its roots with a more raw and heavier sound. The album peaked at #9 on Billboard, selling over 179,000 copies in its first full week.

Korn released their greatest hits album, Greatest Hits Vol.1, on October 5, 2004. The album debuted at #4 on Billboard, selling more than 129,000 copies. It featured two cover songs as singles, and a compilation of the band's hits from the past 10 years. The first single was a cover of the song "Word Up!", which was originally made popular by the group Cameo. The second single was a medley of all three parts of Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall". A remix of their hit single "Freak on a Leash" was also included as a bonus track. Special editions of the album included a DVD titled Korn: Live at CBGB featuring seven select songs from their November 24, 2003 show at CBGB.

Prior to Korn starting work on their next album, Brian "Head" Welch announced that he had "...chosen the Lord Jesus Christ as his savior, and will be dedicating his musical pursuits to that end", and was formally leaving Korn. Initial speculations that this was a hoax or practical joke were proven wrong; he has turned highly spiritual, even being baptized in the Jordan River and speaking openly about his faith and conversion, especially on his website Head to Christ. This was the band's first line-up change in their history.

Several weeks following his departure, Welch had mentioned a solo album was in the works, although there was no release date given, nor had he signed on with a record label. He has since signed with Fortitude Music. However, his album has failed to meet two release dates, including as recently as July 7, 2007. It was revealed in a July 6 interview that the album is still in the mixing process.

See You on the Other Side, EMI/Virgin (2005-2006)

Upon completing their record deal with Sony, Korn partnered with EMI and signed to Virgin Records. As part of this innovative arrangement, Virgin paid Korn $25 million upfront in exchange for a share in the profits of their next two studio albums, including tours and merchandising. Virgin also received a 30 percent stake in the band's licensing, ticket sales and other revenue sources.

The band's first album for Virgin, See You on the Other Side, was released on December 6, 2005, and debuted on #3 on the Billboard 200, scanning close to 221,000 copies. The album managed to stay in the top 100 of the Billboard 200 for 34 consecutive weeks. The first single from the album, "Twisted Transistor", was accompanied by a comedic video directed by Dave Meyers in which rap stars Xzibit, Lil' Jon, Snoop Dogg, and David Banner portray Korn. The single itself peaked at #3 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks, Korn's highest entry thus far, and #9 on Modern Rock. The second single, "Coming Undone", had its performance-based video directed by Little X, who previously helmed only hip hop and R&B videos. See You on the Other Side is certified Platinum, and has sold over two million copies worldwide.

Korn held a press conference at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on January 13, 2006, announcing the See You on the Other Side Tour. 10 Years and Mudvayne were selected to open all dates of the trek, which kicked off in their hometown of Bakersfield, on what Mayor Harvey Hall officially declared as "Korn Day", February 26. The resurrection of their Family Values Tour was announced on April 18, 2006, which featured co-headliners Deftones, Stone Sour, Flyleaf, and Dir en grey on the main stage. Korn and Evanescence co-headlined the 2007 edition, with Atreyu, 2006 alumni Flyleaf, Hellyeah, and Trivium rounding out the main stage.

While promoting See You on the Other Side in Europe, Jonathan Davis was diagnosed with idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, a blood platelet disorder that hospitalized him for the weekend and prevented him from performing at the renowned Download Festival. The band still performed, with guest singers including Corey Taylor of Slipknot/Stone Sour fame, Skindred's Benji Webbe, and Avenged Sevenfold's M. Shadows. This led to Korn canceling the rest of their European bill for 2006, including the Hellfest Summer Open Air. It was originally unknown to the public what his ailment was, but the singer revealed in a letter to fans that he was "dangerously low on blood platelets and at a high risk of death from a hemorrhage if the problem was not treated". His illness did not affect the 2006 Family Values Tour.

Untitled album, MTV Unplugged, David Silveria's Departure (2006-2008)

Korn performed at the MTV studios in Times Square on December 9, 2006, for the MTV Unplugged series, which was broadcast on February 23, 2007, through MTV.com and on March 2, 2007, across North American, South American, European and Asian MTV stations. In front of a crowd of approximately 50 people, Korn played a 14-song acoustic set complete with guest appearances by The Cure and Amy Lee of Evanescence. The performance was eventually cut down to 11 songs for the album, two of which did not air on MTV. Sales of nearly 51,000 brought MTV Unplugged: Korn to #9 in its first week out. The disc has yet to receive a Gold or Platinum certification.

Korn's untitled eighth album was released on July 31, 2007, debuting at #2 with 123,000 copies in its first week. The album has been certified Gold for shipments in excess of 500,000 copies. It also concludes Korn's unique deal with Virgin Records, and features touring keyboardist Zac Baird, giving the tracks a deeper, atmospheric sound. Drumming duties were left up to Terry Bozzio, Jonathan Davis, and Bad Religion's Brooks Wackerman, as well as Joey Jordison from Slipknot (who played for the band on live shows) as David Silveria went on a hiatus and it has been assumed by many fans that David is out of Korn for good. So far, "Evolution" and "Hold On" have been released as singles, each charting on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks at #4 and #9, respectively.

It was also announced that "Kiss" would be the third single off the album and would hit the airwaves on April 7th.

Recent events

Korn was nominated, along with 31 other artists, for the Best of 2007 by Fuse in November 2007. They ended up making it to the final round, but lost to 30 Seconds to Mars by roughly 200,000 votes.

Ubisoft reported in October that "Korn has written and recorded an original song inspired by Ubisoft's upcoming Haze video game", simply entitled "Haze", due for release on July 1, 2008. As a first in the video game industry, "Haze" will be released and promoted as a full-fledged single and music video, not just as an exclusive download with the video game.

Korn is currently in Europe for the second leg of the Bitch We Have a Problem Tour, with drummer Ray Luzier of David Lee Roth and Army of Anyone fame, leading up to a Latin American and Australian run, plus festival dates in the United Arab Emirates and South Africa. Munky left the Bitch We Have A Problem Tour shortly after the European leg began due to his father becoming ill. Despite rumors that he was leaving the band, Shane Gibson has stated on Kornspace.com that his [Munky's] father had fallen ill and that Munky was not leaving the band, but a recent article on Kornspace announced that Munky is returning to the tour in Milan on February 23rd. The rumor was finalized as a video of Munky playing "Falling Away From Me" surfaced on Kornspace on Feb. 24th, filmed the night before. Due to Munky's return, Rob Patterson is no longer touring with Korn.

An interview with Fieldy was posted on Kornspace.com in which he stated that Korn would be recording a new album sometime this year, and that it would be a return to their heavy roots. He stated in the same interview that he would also be releasing a solo album of funk and jazz fusion pieces, as well as releasing his own book.

A Korn Locker article announced that Korn would be releasing a new DVD, Korn: Live in Montreux 2004, one of their performances with former guitarist Brian Welch on May 12th, 2008.

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PostSubject: Re: OFFICIAL ROCK/METAL MUSIC THREAD   Sat Apr 19, 2008 9:58 pm

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King Ly Chee is a hardcore band in Hong Kong.
Contents


* 1 Music
* 2 Band history
* 3 Current Band Members
* 4 Past Band Members
* 5 Discography
* 6 References
* 7 External links

Music

The band's sound is characterized by hardcore, punk, and metal influences, usually with shouted verses, interspersed with melodic flourishes.

Band history

Riz Farooqi founded the band not long after his return to his native Hong Kong, in 1999. His explicit objective was to make the musical sensibilities and DIY ethic of punk rock accessible to new listeners from outside the insular expat-oriented rock scene in which it had previously flourished. In particular, he made a concerted effort to reach disenfranchised Cantonese youth who sought an outlet to vent their dissatisfaction with prefabricated Cantopop.

The group is often given credit for introducing the practice of Circle pits in Hong Kong.

In 2007, King Ly Chee appeared as a support band for NOFX's Asian Invasion Tour.

Current Band Members

* Riz - Vocal, Guitar
* G - Vocal
* Chi - Guitar
* Pong - Bass
* Man - Drums

Past Band Members

* Alex - Vocals, Bass
* Andy - Guitar
* Kevin - Drums
* Ming - Drums

Discography

Studio Albums

* We Are Who We Are (2000)

01. Everlasting
02. Masterpiece
03. Do Something
04. Scarred
05. EDP
06. Hopeless
07. Gotta Go See
08. In Check
09. Been Missing This

* Stand Strong (2003)

01. Stand Strong
02. Sickened eyes
03. Masterpiece
04. Frail Hands
05. Refuse
06. Dialogue
07. A Useless Gift
08. Dialogue
09. Chaos Of Thoughts And Actions
10. I Belong
11. Instrumental
12. Charcoal
13. Thank you
14. Untitled
15. Our Life’s Blood

* Under One Flag (2006) with Good Reason

01. Skinless
02. Terror
03. Sisters
04. End of Suffering

* Unite Asia (2008) Free digitally released ep.

01. Promise
02. Unite Asia
03. Skinless
04. Queens Pier
05. Work
06. Refuse
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