In Flames

Ventura Theater Presents

In Flames

Demon Hunter, All Shall Perish, Battlecross

Fri, February 15, 2013

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm


This event is all ages

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In Flames
In Flames
In Flames was formed by Jesper Strömblad back in 1990. The band as it was at the time consisted of Jesper, Johan Larsson and Glenn Ljungström. A demo was recorded and soon after the band got a record deal and released "Lunar Strain" and it did not take long before the album was a classic in the fast growing Scandinavian death metal scene.

With a new line up consisting of Jesper, Johan & Glenn along with two new additions: Anders Fridén on vocals and Björn Gelotte on drums, In Flames signed a license deal with Nuclear Blast Records and soon started recording the follow up: "The Jester Race".

"The Jester Race" quickly became a big hit all across Europe and Japan. After the recording of "Whoracle" in 1997 Johan and Glenn decided to leave the band and Peter Iwers (bass) joined. Niklas Engelin (Gardenian, Engel) was temporarily in the band filling in on guitars.

With a fresh line up the band set sails and headed out on tour. Short after a very successful European tour Niklas had to focus on his other projects, and Björn switched from drums to guitar and Daniel Svensson joined the band, and this is the In Flames as we know it today. With the completion of the line up "Colony" was recorded and released in 1999.

"Colony" took In Flames to a new level and the band sold out venues across Europe, USA and Japan and quickly became one of the biggest and most popular Melodic Death Metal acts around.

"Clayman" which was released in 2000 even topped its predecessor and the awards started pouring in and the band kept growing in popularity. In 2001 "The Tokyo Showdown", In Flames first live album was released, and gave the public and insight to the band's live competence.

Modern and more mature "Reroute To Remain" (2002) again confirmed the status of In Flames and marked another milestone in their career. Two years later and it was time to take In Flames to a new level. "Soundtrack To Your Escape" did just that and was the logical continuation after "Reroute To Remain". In Flames continued to tour the world and documented these escapades, which resulted in the release of the phenomenal DVD/CD package "Used And Abused – In Live We Trust" in 2005.

With an incredibly successful world tour behind them, In Flames recorded the masterpiece "Come Clarity" which was released in March 2006. "Come Clarity" got an amazing reception in the media and has today sold over 400.000 copies worldwide. The song "Take This Life" from the album is featured on the new "Guitar Hero III" game. A game which has been deemed the bestselling video game of all times and has today sold six million copies.

In Flames have sold over 2 million albums worldwide to date!!!

In January 2010, Jesper Srömblad quit the band.
Today the band consists of Anders,Björn,Peter and Daniel.

To be continued..
Demon Hunter
Demon Hunter
Demon Hunter has grown beyond the boundaries of a traditional rock band to become something of incalculable value, profound meaning, and steadfast purpose to the people worldwide whose dedication to their music, artwork and vision is beyond compare.

True Defiance represents a rallying call to arms, both spiritually and artistically, to the legion of "hunters" the world over who cling to core principles and only the most authentic music against the tide of a materialist world that builds castles on shifting sands. We all stumble and fall, nobody on earth is perfect, but Demon Hunter will not apologize for who they aspire to be and their fans continue to be invigorated by each new anthem that seeks to empower us to conquer self-doubt and emptiness. This attitude of True Defiance against the obstacles of the world persists throughout every aspect of the band's songwriting and overall presentation.

"This record is without a doubt our most aggressive," promises vocalist, songwriter and band co-founder Ryan Clark. "Every Demon Hunter record must be a step-up from the last. I know that's a goal for every band, but it seldom works that way -- especially today, especially in metal. It seems like most bands' prime years are long behind them. I refuse to let that be the case of us."

An artist whose consumption and creation of music and illustration remains massive, Ryan Clark's appetite for art ensures he has the widest palette of inspiration from the past and present to draw upon with each successive release. As much a student of darker avante garde rock as classic thrash metal and noisy / critically acclaimed underground acts, Clark's dialed-in Demon Hunter sound represents something refreshingly broadminded for a generation of metalheads raised with iPods whose "shuffle" mode offer much variety.

Arriving exactly ten years after the group's inception, Demon Hunter's True Defiance emphasizes a variety of elements that have long been their strengths (particularly the juxtaposition of aggressive metal with intensely melodic flourishes) while ramping up various aspects beyond the point of previous acceleration. The band recorded the album at Compound Studios in Seattle with longtime collaborator Aaron Sprinkle (Anberlin, Emery) producing. Mixing duties were handled by Jason Suecof (All That Remains, Trivium), who worked with Demon Hunter on 2009's The World is a Thorn, which included fan-favorite singles "Collapsing" and "LifeWar."

"My Destiny," "Crucifix," "God Forsaken," "Dead Flowers" and the rest of the songs that comprise True Defiance represent the strongest writing of Ryan Clark's career and most ambitious, most aggressive performances from Demon Hunter.

"We've been extremely underwhelmed with metal for the last few years and that was the fuel to create this record," Clark explains. "With an extreme over-saturation of false, fleeting, trend-hopping noise in today's metal scene, we had to make something we've been longing to hear: something truly meaningful and artistic, something our fans would love and something that will turn the heads of those who have ignored us for the past decade."

Black metal, thrash metal and speed metal of all stripes are present as lead guitarist Patrick Judge solos throughout with absolute abandon combined with precision technique. Longtime drummer Tim "Yogi" Watts continues to serve the song first, constantly driving the proceedings with taste, while reminding the metal community that his skills rival that of some of the genre's top performers. Clark delves deeply into the well of his own psyche to summon forth vocals worthy of the intense dedication he puts into the lyrics, with bassist Jonathan Dunn ever remaining a consistent anchor for Demon Hunter. New guitarist Jeremiah Scott rounds out the lineup. An accomplished producer (Living Sacrifice) as well as player (The Showdown), Scott is a longtime member of the band's family.

True Defiance features dual covers conceived by Clark, co-owner of Grammy nominated design firm Invisible Creature with his brother (and former Demon Hunter guitarist) Don Clark, and illustrated by Angryblue (Korn, Bleeding Through, Acacia Strain). Artwork and imagery has been paramount ever since the now iconic Demon Hunter symbol first appeared on t-shirts and stickers in 2002. A mysterious demon skull with a bullet hole through its forehead, representing the idea that it's been destroyed, the Demon Hunter symbol has been tattooed; sculpted from wood, clay and metal; painted on the side of helmets and tanks by members of the military and of course, appeared on every Demon Hunter release, including the 45 Days documentary and Live in Nashville album.

Ryan and Don Clark conceived the concept behind Demon Hunter together in Seattle, where they both work and reside. The first Demon Hunter album (featuring both Clarks backed by a still shadowy and enigmatic lineup) was unleashed in 2002, featuring tracks like "Through the Black" and "Infected" that have remained important songs to their fans. Summer of Darkness blew the doors open, placing the band on Christian Rock Radio, on the soundtrack for a "Resident Evil" movie and on MTV2 with "Not Ready to Die." Many couples count "My Heartstrings Come Undone," which Ryan wrote for his wife, as a landmark song in their own relationships.

The Triptych achieved the band's highest commercial success to that point. While the record sold close to 150,000 copies in the United States and saw major airplay for songs like "Undying" and "One Thousand Apologies," Demon Hunter has steadfastly remained a part of the fabric of subculture. A staple at major festivals whose relevance continues despite various trends in metal both above ground and beneath, Demon Hunter remains tightly protected by a loyal group of fans who will always be a part of the extended family. Storm the Gates of Hell included "Fading Away" and "Carry Me Down" and continued the band's tradition of handpicking support bands on their headlining tours, which have included August Burns Red, Haste The Day, Sleeping Giant and Living Sacrifice.

The World is a Thorn marked a number of firsts in Demon Hunter's career. It was the first album to officially feature Judge on lead guitar. "Collapsing" was their highest charting song at Christian Rock Radio. Demon Hunter went to Europe for the first time, playing festivals and clubs as a headlining act. The group also supported the album on a nationwide US tour with As I Lay Dying.

The men who comprise the band honor and respect the responsibility bestowed on them by placing the utmost value on the finest details of what Demon Hunter has come to represent: as musicians, as artists and as brothers on the road. They recognize that Demon Hunter is as much their own as it belongs to a diverse group of supporters around the globe who have connected with the execution of their sound, their overall aesthetic and the myriad array of deeply personal topics covered by the lyrics. There are over 300 (and counting) Demon Hunter related tattoos on the band's websites and an arsenal of fan created imagery inspired by the group's work.

Whether that landscape is the spiritual battle for the souls of humankind, or as simple as the mediocrity of much of modern music, Demon Hunter defies. True Defiance stands proudly as a flag of hope and perseverance planted above the fires of a world in turmoil.

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All Shall Perish
All Shall Perish
Death metal and technical grind have an interesting way of co-existing. While each genre shares characteristics with the other it would seem that many bands would rather stay narrow in scope and keep the two as oil and water. However some outstanding young acts in the last few years have managed to rejuvenate the underground by encompassing more of extreme metal's tangents and delivering some very impacting and fresh ideas into a seemingly over-cooked stew. Despised Icon, Beneath The Massacre, Leng Tch'e and others have thrown all caution (and rules) into the wind and are re-defining the death and grind genres with vibrant ideas and unrelenting delivery. Oakland's ALL SHALL PERISH are cut from that same jib; delivering brutal music that possesses a natural need to experiment and push the boundaries of the extreme underground. Their second offering, The Price Of Existence, will turn the death metal and underground hordes on their collective ear, and when all is said and done the band is sure to be touted as one of the best young extreme acts from the West Coast in this new millennium.

Finding common ground with a taste for such bands as Dying Fetus, Opeth, Cannibal Corpse, Hatebreed, Blood Has Been Shed and At The Gates, ALL SHALL PERISH formed with the intent of not being labeled with the restricting monikers of "death metal", "hardcore" or "metalcore", rather they simply wanted to brutalize audiences and get people moving. The band's 2005 Nuclear Blast debut Hate, Malice, Revenge proved that they were capable of blending various styles while delivering memorable and intelligent songs to all fans of metal and hardcore. Their live show brought the band's vicious attack from coast to coast with such known acts like Six Feet Under, Agnostic Front, As I Lay Dying, Bleeding Through, Brujeria, Dying Fetus, Diecast and Hate Eternal, and before anyone knew it ALL SHALL PERISH had racked up almost 10,000 units via Soundscan.

Change is inevitable, and when you're 100% committed to your art it's imperative that only the best people be involved. ASP took the necessary steps to outfit themselves with the best line-up available for The Price Of Existence. New vocalist Hernan "Eddie" Hermida's delivery adds more depth and clarity to the band's overall impact, while the technical skills of guitarist Ben Orum and new axesmith Chris Storey are as top-notch as those of the most seasoned players in underground metal ("Prisoner Of War" and "There Is No Business To Be Done On A Dead Planet" are perfect examples). Powerhouse drummer Matt Kuykendall gives a heart stopping performance, immediately ranking him just under such elite players as Flo Mounier (Cryptopsy) and Derek Roddy (Hate Eternal). Tracks like "Eradication", "We Hold These Truths" and the ever-so-catchy "Wage Slaves" are brutal and would knock a gorilla on its backside, while "The Last Relapse" and the moody instrumental "Interlude" show a melodic side to the band which proves that ALL SHALL PERISH have forged ahead light years and have delivered a regal metal gem. The Price Of Existence is demanding indeed!
Venue Information:
Ventura Theater
26 S. Chestnut St.
Ventura, CA, 93001