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Throwdown

Orange County, CA, has long been regarded for its contributions to the ever-expanding international hardcore scene, from the positive youth anthems of Insted to the fiery declarations of Inside Out. It's a tradition that has been carried on by Throwdown, a no-holds barred, mosh pit-conducting crew of straight-edge musicians whose lyrical self-determination is as uncompromising as their heavy music. Not afraid to attack in song those who have left their scene and its ideals behind, Throwdown isn't a band that writes "parts" intended to incite the dance floor: their songs are nothing but pure, unadulterated, stomping mosh from start to finish.

Throwdown formed in the summer of 1997, releasing their debut, self-titled 7" single that same year through Prime Directive Records. The lineup for that EP consisted of guitarist Tommy Love, bassist Dom Macaluso, singer Keith Barney, drummer Marc Jackson, and guitarist Javier Van Huss. 1998 saw the emergence of Throwdown's first full-length album, the blistering Beyond Repair, the product of a new partnership between the band and Orange County-based label Indecision Records. After the album's release, Van Huss was replaced by Brandan Schieppati. The following year, the band unleashed the Drive Me Dead 7"/CD EP, also through Indecision. Schieppati was next to leave the band (to concentrate full-time on his other band Bleeding Through), being replaced by Dave Peters.

In 2000, Throwdown put out their sophomore album, You Don't Have to Be Blood to Be Family. They also recorded a tongue-in-cheek metalcore version of Sir Mix-a-Lot's hit song "Baby Got Back" for Radical Records' Hardcore Takes the Rap compilation, which also featured Candiria, Stretch Arm Strong, and the Movielife. Drummer Jackson was then replaced by Eighteen Visions skinsman Ken Floyd. The special relationship between Throwdown and the far flashier metalcore act Eighteen Visions is worth noting. Not only have the bands shared stages together on many occasions, but they have often shared members as well. Van Huss, Schieppati, Peters, Barney, and Floyd have all at one point or another been a part of Eighteen Visions, a band that, while straight-edge like Throwdown, has a decidedly separate musical identity, persona, and agenda.

Next becoming a part of the reputable Trustkill family, Throwdown resurfaced in mid-2003 with Haymaker. The album saw the band's fan base noticeably expand, and earned them a second-stage spot at 2004's Ozzfest. 2004 also brought the release of the DVD Together. Foever. United. Guitarist Love amicably exited at the year's end, and the group soldiered on as a four-piece. Throwdown's follow-up, Vendetta, was issued in June 2005. They co-headlined nationwide dates with the Black Dahlia Murder in early 2006 before heading out as openers that spring for In Flames. A brief Warped Tour stint followed that summer. By this time, the band's lineup consisted of vocalist Peters, bassist Matt Mentley, drummer Ben Dussault, and guitarist Mark Choiniere. Venom & Tears arrived in summer 2007. ~ Ryan J. Downey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Intolerance (Explicit)

1. Fight Or Die

2. Borrowed Time

3. Avow

4. Hardened By Consequence

5. Defend With Violence

6. Suffer, Conquer.

7. Cut Away

8. Intolerance

9. Without Weakness

10. Born And Buried Alone

11. Condemned To Live

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Track List: Deathless

1. Scythe

2. This Continuum

3. Tombs

4. Blinding Light

5. Widowed

6. Headed South

7. Serpent Noose

8. Ouroboros Rising

9. Skeleton Vanguard

10. Pyre & Procession

11. Black Vatican

12. Burial At Sea

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Track List: Venom And Tears

1. Holy Roller

2. Day Of The Dog

3. S.C.U.M.

4. Americana

5. Weight Of The World

6. Cancer

7. Hellbent (On War)

8. No Love

9. Venom & Tears

10. I'll Never Die A Poisoned Death

11. I, Suicide

12. Godspeed

13. Venom And Tears_track_13

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Track List: Vendetta

1. We Will Rise

2. Speak The Truth

3. Vendetta

4. Burn

5. Discipline

6. To Live Is To Sacrifice

7. Give My Life

8. The World Behind

9. Shut You Down

10. Annihilation (N.W.D.)

11. This Is Where It Ends

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Track List: Haymaker

1. Intro (Never Back Down)

2. Walk Away

3. Nothing Left

4. You Can't Kill Integrity

5. Forever

6. Hopeless

7. Declare Your War

8. False Idols

9. Slip

10. Hate For The Weak

11. The Only Thing

12. Step It Up

13. Face The Mirror

14. Raise Your Fist

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Track List: You Don't Have To Be Blood To Be Family

1. Unite

2. Trust

3. Family

4. Accept The Change

5. The Perfect Story

6. Together Rising

7. Program

8. Lost In Time

9. No More Hate

10. Too Little, Too Late

11. The Edge Is Strong

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Nicely done
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There pretty damn good!
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Not even close to dimebag guitar riffs. I mean, yeah they're good. Can't be compared to pantera. Imo
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Boogieman, No Love sounds like Pantera because that's how they shaped the song.... several of the lyrics, including the title itself.
Nothing wrong with giving props to a band that inspired you.
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I like Pantera more, but they have the same sound. \m/
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Such a tasty band. Oh the breakdowns!
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I agree.....sh u t it!!!!!! Lol
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shut it dumbass
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Anyone?.... Anyone?..... Beuler?....B e u l e r ? . .
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Can this song No Love sound anymore like Pantera/Lamb of God Lmfao smh?
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One of the best \m/
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xvSTRAIGHT EDGEvx
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THIS IS A VENDETTA!!!
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Throwdown Dance Crew WHAT!
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I worry that these guys are starting to sound like Disturbed, and thats quite disturbing.. .
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Awesome
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You guys F**KIN JAM!!!! My 4yr old son loves you guy. All your music KICKS A**......
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F**king Badass...2 thumbs up
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very heavy with just the right amount of groove
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Another win for you and me
THROWDOWN
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F**k yeah
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Too little, Too late is their best song. Heaviest riffs I've ever heard!
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On the cover of Deathless the reaper is seen in the pupil of the eye.
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Right on!
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BADASS FER SURE. !!//__
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Blast from the past! My combat hat and camo shorts are stoked.
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I f**king love this band specially this track for them long solo bike rides......! !
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throwdown awesome band
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I used to love seeing these guys at the Showcase, but they need to put Keith back on vocals and stop trying to suck Pantera's nuts.
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Pantera meets Hatebreed, what's not to love about Throwdown?
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Loved the first 3 albums, but the last couple have too much singing. Go back to the hardcore, angry vocals. Sound like a generic Pantera now, and there is only one Pantera.
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I bought Vendetta back in 05 and kicked my A** album front to back awesome heavy and hardcore at its finest right there
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And y did SO many people comment on these dudes? Like 100 comments, maybe more. They're cool but they ain't that great...
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Singer sounds a bit like sully from godsmack. But the band sounds way better.
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The most rock & metal stations on Pandora Radio!
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Wow awrsome
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They just now sounded like Pantera to me... But with palm trees. I must investigate these lads more...
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They ran out of straight edge lyrics. Now they have upgraded their lyrics.
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Golly gee beaver, why we fightin'?... Right in my neighborhood and I've never heard of them. They seem to shred. Why would u not like this?
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I WISH GODDAMN IT THIS BAND SHOULD CONT. IN MORE HARDCORE PUNK LIFE LIKE THE LATE 70S WITH A TWIST OF HATEBREED OR SLAER J.H R.I.P
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They definitely don't suck.

Appreciate good music!
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How have they sold out? Nobody knows who the f**k they are unless you listen to good underground music, so you can all shut your f**king mouths about TD, they are one of the best bands out there and they motivated me to be straight edge myself, they are pure and true, all of you people don't know s**t about respecting an amazing band
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Throwdown kicks a**. U all suck
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Sold the F**k out.
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Throwdown along with Hatebreed. R true hardcore, rage n roll.
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I was going to write something about how they totally sounded like Pantera, but now I realize how unoriginal it would be to say that. Well, umm... yeah. Nevermind.
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Look..all the smack talking about them being PanterA rip offs.

Not every band out there (or metalhead) wants a completely new, untapped sound all the time......no t everyband can be groundbreaki n g and unique.

Some bands do unapologetic a l l y take up another bands sound, throwdown isnt the only.

Its not a bad thing, in fact its an honor for any true PanterA fan. They deserve to be copied, thats flattery.

Throwdown rocks. Thats simply all that matters.
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Excellent Thrash metal band, I like it. They perfectly occupy the empty space left by PANTERA, Hellyeah!!!
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So they went from being a hatebreed cover band to a pantera cover band?
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