Mar 5, 2010
PLUG’D IN The Hard-Rock'n Bi-Weekly Magazine Our Sponsors can kick your Sponsors Ass! Inside this Issue: Profiling the boys of B.N.R. Rivers Of Nihil CD Review Matt Byrne Interview Jason Hook Interview Embedded Within CD Review
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Hatebreed needs no introduction. As one of the largest hardcore bands in the world, their name rings bells throughout. We got a chance to sit down with Drummer Matt Byrne and talk about music, money, and education. In our opinion, not only is Matt an amazing drummer, but he’s also got a great head on his shoulders. PI: Matt do you think music has anything to with the violence in today’s society? MB: I don’t think music does directly. I think TV has more of an influence than music. It’s more of what the kids see, rather than they hear. When the kids see the bands on TV they see how things really are. Take a harder band like us, our music is brutal, its fast, there’s a lot of breakdowns, and yet it’s so positive for the kids. Our lyrics are cut and dry, its real positive stuff. We’ve been pigeon-holed before as being a negative band, but if you take 5 minutes and read the lyrics, you can see that it’s really positive. PI: You guys really do have a positive message. What about other bands that isn’t so positive? Should they take personal responsibility for their message, or is that up to the kids? MB: This is America and you can’t tell someone what to do. America was founded on freedom of speech and expression and it’s a free country. In my opinion there is some shitty stuff out there, but ultimately it is up to the parents to know what’s going on with their kid’s. The people have a right to produce what they want, but as responsible parents its up to us interact with our kids and talk to them about the music they’re listening to. PI: Lots of young people look up to you guys as role models. How important is education and graduating high in a young persons life? MB: It’s completely important. High School is a frustrating thing and it can be easy to be deterred, but it’s important that they stick with it. I think education is completely important. I was going to school myself to be a Special Education/Elementary Teacher until 2001 and I have about 3 months to go to finish it. Obviously with the success of the band and our touring schedule it becomes hard to keep up with it, but it is something I’m looking forward
to finishing. Education has always been important in my life. It’s always important to have a plan B. Playing music is great, but it’s always good to have something to fall back on. PI: Americas going through a tough time with the economy right now. What do you think about what’s going on? MB: If you look back in history Americas been through tough times before. Factories close, schools close, people loose jobs. It’s easy to say hang in there, but that’s not always realistic. We were just out on tour and you see it affecting the shows. It affects show counts and some areas get affected more than others. You just got to ride it out. You got to decide what’s important to you and budget accordingly. I’m not an economist or anything, but that’s what I’m doing personally. Just riding it out and trying to be smart about it. PI: Matt, thanks for stopping by and for the energy. MB: No problem and thanks to you guys for the interview.
You just got to respect Chuck Norris. Seriously, if you don't its your ass. Here’s some funny reasons why Chuck Norris is the “Man”. Chuck Norris once ate an entire ream of rice paper and crapped out origami swans and Mister Miyagi from Karate Kid. Chuck Norris is ten feet tall, weighs two-tons, breathes fire, and could eat a hammer and take a shotgun blast standing. Chuck Norris is a man of few words. Chuck Norris is not a man of few roundhouse kicks to the face. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse actually live in Chuck Norris's nut sack. Chuck Norris put humpty dumpty back together again, only to roundhouse kick him in the face. Later Chuck dined on scrambled eggs. Chuck Norris made Ellen DeGeneres straight. Chuck Norris kicked Neo out of Zion , now Neo is "The Two" Chuck Norris' iPod came with a real charger instead of just a USB cord Chuck Norris knows where Carmen Sandiego is. Rudolph has a red nose because he got lippy and Chuck Norris roundhouse kicked him across the face several times Chuck Norris reads Plug’d In Magazine and will kick your ass if you don't. China was once bordering the United States, until Chuck Norris roundhouse kicked it all the way through the Earth.
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Truly reigning upon the local metal scene is veteran act Throdl. Pretty much the only way you haven't heard of this band is if you’re dead or live under a rock. But that’s no excuse. These guys reach far. Currently awaiting release of their 3rd studio album “No Honour In Exile”, Throdl anticipates this to be the hardest hitter to date. With a slew of upcoming shows this year, B.N.R. will get their fuel for the Revolution and everyone else will get exactly what they’re looking for...a good old-fashioned metal ass-whooping.
Profile Where scars once Rested on Dead Lies is now finally Tomorrow's Hope, DRP Records proudly presents THRODL. An anxious and driven progressive metal band that for years, stands atop an ever growing mountain of loyal, rabid fans they call THE BRAND NEW ROME. Based out of the viral spread of Reading, Pennsylvania, THRODL is locked and loaded to attack North America and beyond. On the foundation of two previous full-length releases, THRODL now looks to the future with fresh new eyes and a reason, as if they really needed one, to stay angrier and more brutal than ever for their upcoming 2009 release, "No Honour In Exile." What you will find here is a three-dimensional experience of heavy, rhythm riddled, viciously angry songwriting that fuels an energetic, "what next?", unrelenting stage show. Clinched fist tight, razor sharp and sometimes insanely complex songs leave the listener putting the pieces together to find a beautiful anger. The live shows beg but just one question ... Where does the pit end and stage begin? Some say choreography or sweet unpredictable mayhem on-stage make THRODL a must see live show, leaving those in attendance to wonder who gets the bandages. As quoted by Pennsylvania Musician â€œTHRODL has a sound/ live show which can be compared to a landslide hitting a village." The only match to their energy on-stage is their humbled, approachability off-stage. Leaving a real sense of unity, THRODL urges everyone to raise their horns high and become a part of the movement. Check them out now before you are left in the wake wondering ... How they put the laughter in slaughter?
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Local CD Of the Week The Economy Sucks, but you should still drop a couple bucks on this. If there is such a thing as pre-car accident music, “Hierarchy” by Rivers of Nihil is that. The last seconds before a disastrous impact and impending doom is beautifully captured on this 4 song EP. Recorded by Carson Slovak @ Century Studios in Lancaster, Pa. Hierarchy is thunderous yet melodic, deviant yet somehow enchanting. Put simply, this CD will crush you. Hailing from Reading, Pa, this death metal 5 piece has done an amazing job with Hierarchy. The guitars are screaming and thunderous and do a great job of flowing with the bass and drums. Vocalist Jake has amazing and gut wrenching growls. Even though Rivers of Nihil have only been together a year, they have an extremely polished and professional sound. Be sure to hit these guys up for upcoming shows. We will be looking forward to hearing more from Rivers of Nihil.
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Interview with Jason Hook of Five Finger Death PI: How has the Tour been going so far? JH: What can I say? This tour has been great. Most of the trips we have been on in the USA have been. PI: What’s your favorite city that you’ve played so far? JH: I would have to say Dallas was a highlight and Vegas definitely. PI: Are you guys working on any new material? JH: We're always working on new material. We know that when it comes time to record the 3rd record, that it will be better to have logged some ideas along the way then to have to force it all out in a month. PI: You guys had 3 singles off the album “Way of the Fist” hit Billboard. How did that feel? JH: It feels exactly how you would expect it to feel...success and recognition feels good. PI: Five Finger Death Punch won Head banger’s Ball Top 5 Video of the Year for “The Bleeding”. How did that feel? JH: Well I wasn't in that video but I'm sure it all felt good. Awards mean your ideas and vision have connected with the public. That’s the objective. PI: War is the Answer hit #7 on Billboard. How does it feel to have such a major album? JH: War being number 7 is awesome. We busted our asses to make the best record possible. The fact that it
debuted at number 7 meant a lot. We really feel like the public is behind us. There's definitely something happening here. I meet people every day that say they have driven hours to come to the show and they have a 5FDP tattooâ€Ś its rad. PI: Five Finger Death Punch is playing Download and Metal hammer Fests again this year. How has the European response been? JH: I can't wait for Download again. It was a highlight of last year. The UK has seemed to make us one of their favorites. The fans there are rabid and Download is complete chaos, but we love it! PI: Thanks for talking to us Jason. JH: Thank you guys.
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Into the Pit w/ Dan Hailing from Horsham Pennsylvania, Embedded Within set out in the summer of 2008 to create a new wave of the newly popular death-core scene and take as many fans as they can with them. Embedded Within’s debut EP titled “Breeding and Screaming” brings a newer sound to the death-core scene that has been taking the nation by storm over the past year. The band journeyed to 1021 studios located in Bristol, PA to record four of the songs in one six hour session. Recording was completed a couple of weeks later at the same studio The EP was released independently in September of 2009 and can be bought at shows. The EP shows off each member’s individual talent and their knowledge of metal by throwing in a combination of fast death metal riffs as well as hard hitting breakdowns.
Upon releasing the EP, the bands attracted the attention of Kit, the owner of newly founded independent label, BRKENNMIRRR Records and have started the New Year with label support. â€œBreeding and Screaming is only the beginning, Embedded Within show promise and with label support and more shows in the future, this band will only be getting better and better. Check out more of Dan and Into the Pit reviews @ www.myspace.com/intothepit121208
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Jokes A man and his wife go to their honeymoon hotel for their 50th anniversary. As the couple reflected on that magical evening 50 years ago, the wife asked the husband, "When you first saw my naked body in front of you, what was going through your mind?" The husband replied, "All I wanted to do was to f@*k your brains out, and suck your tits dry." Then, as the wife undressed, she asked, "What are you thinking now?" He replied, "It looks as if I did a pretty good job." As an airplane is about to crash, a female passenger jumps up frantically and announces, "If I'm going to die, I want to die feeling like a woman." She removes all her clothing and asks, "Is there someone on this plane who is man enough to make me feel like a woman?" A man stands up, removes his shirt and says, "Here, iron this!". The newlyweds are in their honeymoon room and the groom decides to let the bride know where she stands right from the start of the marriage. He proceeds to take off his trousers and throw them at her. He says, "Put those on." The bride replies, "I can't wear your trousers." He replies, "And don't forget that! I will always wear the pants in the family!" The bride takes off her panties and throws them at him with the same request, "Try those on!" He replies, "I can't get into your panties!" "And you never bloody will if you don't change your attitude." How are women and tornadoes alike? They both moan like hell when they come, and take the house when they leave A couple just got married and on the night of their honeymoon before passionate love, the wife tells the husband, "Please be gentile, I'm still a virgin." The husband being shocked, replied, "How's this possible? You've been married three times before." The wife responds, "Well, my first husband was a gynecologist and all he wanted to do was look at it. My second husband was a psychiatrist and all he wanted to do was talk about it. Finally, my third husband was a stamp collector and all he wanted to do was...oh, do I miss him!" Three guys go to a ski lodge, and there aren't enough rooms, so they have to share a bed. In the middle of the night, the guy on the right wakes up and says, "I had this wild, vivid dream of getting a hand job!" The guy on the left wakes up, and unbelievably, he's had the same dream, too. Then the guy in the middle wakes up and says, "That's funny, I dreamed I was skiing!"
This guy wakes up out of a deep sleep and, feeling real horny, nudges his wife awake and asks, "Why don't we get it on, eh?" She replies, "I have an appointment at the gynecologist tomorrow and you know I don't like to make love the night before." So the husband agrees and rolled back over and started to go back to sleep. A few minutes later, he nudges his wife again and asks, "You don't by any chance have a dentist's appointment tomorrow, do you?" A blind man was walking down the street with his dog. They stopped at the corner to wait for the passing traffic. The dog, at this point, started pissing on the mans leg. As the dog finished the man reached into his coat pocket and pulled out a doggie treat and started waving it at the dog. A passerby saw all the events happening and was shocked. He approached the blind man and asked how he could possibly reward the dog for such a nasty deed. The blind man replied "Oh I'm not rewarding him, I'm just trying to find his head so I can kick his ass." A guy goes to a doctor and says, "Doc, you've got to help me. My penis is orange." Doctor pauses to think and asks the guy to drop his pants so he can check. Damned if the guy's penis isn't orange. Doc tells the guy, "This is very strange. Sometimes things like this are caused by a lot of stress in a person's life." Probing as to the causes of possible stress, the doc asks the guy, "How are things going at work?" The guy responds that he was fired about six weeks ago. The doctor tells him that this must be the cause of the stress. Guy responds, "No. The boss was a real asshole, I had to work 20-30 hours of overtime every week and I had no say in anything that was happening. I found a new job a couple of weeks ago where I can set my own hours, I'm getting paid double what I got on the old job and the boss is a really great guy." So the doc figures this isn't the reason. He asks the guy, "How's your home life?" The guy says, "Well, I got divorced about eight months ago." The doc figures that this has got to be the reason for all of the guys stress. Guy says, "No. For years, all I listened to was nag, nag, nag. God, am I glad to be rid of that old bitch." So the doc takes a few minutes to think a little longer. He inquires, "Do you have any hobbies or a social life?" The guy replies, "No, not really. Most nights I sit home, watch some porno flicks and munch on Cheetos."
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