DIAMOND PLATE formed in 2004 in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. DIAMOND PLATE unknowingly arrived at the right time, just as thrash-metal was beginning to make a huge comeback worldwide. Due to the ferocity of their music, coupled with a revived hunger for thrash, DIAMOND PLATE quickly established themselves as one of the top forces in the emerging U.S. thrash metal scene.
Hailing from the Chicagoland area with an “in your face band that will melt your face in the pit.” mentality. En Masse formed in 2010 to create an amalgamation of traditional thrash/death metal with old school hardcore and birthed a new beast. If you are a fan of Obituary, Cannibal Corpse, DRI, SOD, Decapitated, Slayer, Deicide, Pantera, Pestilence, Lamb of God, Possessed and Death. Then you with like the fast, hard hitting beats, riffs, and vocals that are produce. A hard working, regional touring band, in 2014 released Ultimum Tyrannum, which is the re-mastered debut album. Currently working on the sophomore album which is highly anticipated after the self -titled debut album from 2012 and Ultimum Tyrannum (re-master of debut album released 2012). With being comprised of former members Miscreants and Life In Shadow they have formed an old school sound with a new school mix. Hope to see you at a future show. Until then Stay brutal.
Vicious Attack is an extreme thrash metal band from the southside of Chicago, Illinois. Formed during the summer of 2007, the band immediately made their presence known playing shows through the city and suburbs. In January of 2008 Vicious Attack recorded a two track demo with Bob O’Connor of Creature Feature Studios and distributed it through the area. They continued to hammer out shows throughout Chicago-land, playing major venues like Reggie’s Rock Club and The Beat Kitchen, and continued to cement their reputation as a fierce, energetic live act. In March of 2009 Vicious Attack recorded their Blade of the Reaper EP. Engineered by Bob Pop and Mike at Gunpoint Studios and mastered by Joe Diliberto at Tonal Eclipse Studios, Blade of the Reaper showed the band progressing into a faster, more focused sound. Vicious Attack released their first full length album, Declaration Of War, on April 10th, 2021.
Vicious Attack has had the pleasure to share the stage with D.R.I., Evile, M.O.D., Havok, Hatchet, Jungle Rot, Degradation, Lair of the Minotaur, Merciless Death, Lazarus A.D., Bonded by Blood, Early Man, Exmortus, Diamond Plate and many others.
AIR RAID is a Heavy Metal act from Gothenburg, Sweden. They were originally formed in 2009 by guitarists Andreas Johansson & Johan Karlsson. After releasing the EP “Danger Ahead” & the Full-length album “Night Of The Axe” with former singer Michalis Rinakakis, AIR RAID appeared at the Keep It True-Festival in Germany, early 2013. This was followed by two smaller tours and festival gigs around Europe.
In the middle of all success, the personal differences between the band and Michalis had gotten too severe. As a result, AIR RAID decided to part ways with him.
Shortly after bringing in new vocalist Arthur W Andersson in July 2013, the band went on a 5-gig Southern European Tour, and also performed two very successful gigs on Japanese Assault Fest in Tokyo, Japan!
The current line-up, including Andreas Johansson (Guitars), Magnus Mild (Guitars), Robin Utbult (Bass), David Hermansson (Drums) and Arthur W Andersson (Vocals), are now working on a new album and will appear on many gigs throughout 2016. Catch them on the road and Raid On!