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Hellyeah + Nonpoint at The Van Buren
December 19, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Heavy metal “supergroup” Hellyeah formed in 2006 in Dallas, Texas around the talents of Mudvayne’s Chad Gray (vocals) and Greg Tribbett (guitar), Nothingface’s Tom Maxwell (guitar), and Jerry Montano (bass) — the latter also played with Danzig — and Pantera/Damageplan drummer Vinnie Paul. The group’s self-titled debut was released in April 2007 on Epic Records. Shortly after the album was released, Montano left the band and was replaced by Damageplan bassist Bob Zilla. With a new bassist in place, Hellyeah began to work on new material, and in 2010 released their sophomore album, Stampede. Released in 2012, the Eleven Seven Music-issued Band of Brothers found success on the strength of the singles “War in Me” and the propulsive title cut, and 2014’s Blood for Blood saw the band part ways with Tribett and Zilla, the latter of whom was replaced by Bloodsimple bass player Kyle Sanders. In 2016, the band issued its fifth studio long-player, the brooding and savage Unden!able, which included a blistering cover of Phil Collins’ “I Don’t Care Anymore” that featured guitar parts from late Pantera shredder Dimebag Darrell. The album peaked at number 25 on the Billboard 200. Sadly, drummer Paul died in Las Vegas in June 2018 while Hellyeah were recording a new album there. He was 54 years old. Released in September 2019, the completed album, Welcome Home, was the last to feature Paul on drums. Hellyeah subsequently announced Stone Sour sticksman, Roy Mayorga, as his touring replacement. ~ James Christopher Monger, Rovi
Emerging from the booming South Florida metal scene of the mid- to late ’90s, Miami’s Nonpoint traffic in a dynamic mix of styles incorporating elements of hard rock, rap, and alternative and nu metal. The group’s neck-snapping riffs and groove-heavy flow found mainstream success in the early 2000s via chart-topping albums like Statement (2000), Development (2002), and Recoil (2004), the latter of which included a muscular rendering of Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight,” which was featured in the 2006 film Miami Vice. The group maintained a respectable level of popularity over the ensuing years, pairing emotionally charged lyrics with uncompromising sonic heft, returning to the charts in 2010 with The Miracle. In 2018 the group issued its tenth studio effort, the aptly named X, celebrating two decades together.
Founded in Miami in 1997 by drummer Robb Rivera and vocalist Elias Soriano — the bilingual Soriano sings and raps in Spanish, although the vast majority of Nonpoint’s lyrics are in English — the group released its debut album, Separate Yourself, independently. They moved to now defunct spotify:search:label%3A%22Jugular+Records%22 for 1999’s Struggle, which caught the attention of spotify:search:label%3A%22MCA%22 , who signed the band the following year. Their major-label debut, Statement, arrived in 2000, and cracked the Billboard 200 on the strength of the single “What a Day.” Tours alongside contemporaries like Sevendust, Linkin Park, and Staind preceded the release of their next studio effort, the more streamlined and melodic Development, which yielded the singles “Your Signs” and “Circles,” the latter of which appeared in the EA Sports video game Nascar Thunder 2003. They returned to the hard-hitting attack of prior outings on Recoil in 2004, a 13-track collection of raw power that included a hit cover of Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight.”
Nonpoint signed on with producer Jason Bieler’s spotify:search:label%3A%22Bieler+Bros.+Records%22 for their next effort, 2005’s To the Pain — the singles “Bullet with a Name” and “Alive and Kicking” were used in the pro wrestling game WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2007. A concert LP, Live and Kicking, arrived the following year, with the studio LP Vengeance dropping in 2007. The band’s sixth full-length effort, Miracle, was issued in 2010 via their own 954 Records, debuting at number 59 on the Billboard 200 chart and landing at number five on the Rock Albums chart. The Johnny K-produced eponymous Nonpoint, which was released through spotify:search:label%3A%22Razor+%26+Tie%22 in 2012, saw the band adding a dash of post-grunge to the mix. Arriving in 2014, The Return would be the group’s highest-charting LP to date, debuting at number 38 on the Top 200. In early 2016 Nonpoint released the single “Generation Idiot” in anticipation of their ninth studio long-player, The Poison Red, which dropped later that summer — it debuted at number two on the Billboard Hard Rock Albums chart and number seven on the Alternative and Top Rock Albums charts. Two years later they released the punishing X, which coincided with their 20th anniversary as a band. ~ James Christopher Monger, Rovi
DEEPFALL conjures an enveloping storm of carefully crafted hard rock that strikes the soul with stinging honesty.
Cutting to the bone with soaring instrumental passages, spirited choruses, and precisely placed breakdowns, the band thrives in the expanse of rock ’n’ roll’s vast sub-genres.
Masterfully capturing thematic darkness, the band leaves a sonic trail of scorched post-apocalyptic earth behind its musical machine, blazing a path through the heaviness of life with an equally heavy response.
Situated in Greenville, Michigan, the group’s current lineup, which began to take shape in 2015, is comprised of Rich Hopkins (vocals/guitar), Nick Gray (drums), Tim King (keyboards), Anthony Battista (lead guitar 1), Max Carrillo (lead guitar 2), and Taylor Brandt (bass).
In a short time, DEEPFALL has carved its place in the American rock scene with broad, muscular soundscapes forged in the studio and resurrected onstage. The band’s latest release, Broken, employs a signature brand of soulful songwriting rounded out by an unapologetic combination of surging guitars, rattling bass, mesmerizing keyboards, heavy drums and Hopkins’ roaring lead vocals.
Behind the veil of these ferocious soundscapes, DEEPFALL emerges as an outfit of determined musicians with a deep love for their craft and a hope to connect with listeners through engaging story-driven rock.
DEEPFALL has supported national acts such as Hinder, SOiL, Tantric, Smile Empty Soul, Saving Abel, The Iron Maidens, Texas Hippie Coalition, and Wayland, while having performed at venues such as The Intersection, The Stache, and The Music Factory. The band continues to play regionally, write new music, and keep its collective foot pressed down on the gas pedal towards endless possibility.