Throwdown (1997-present): a Metalcore band from Orange County, California, USA.
hrowdown are a relatively new act on the scene of heavy metal but they have exploded onto the US scene being featured at Ozzfest in 2005, followed by, in 2006, with the Warped Tour, Sounds Of The Underground, and a co-headlining tour with Black Dahlia Murder. Throwdown was dubbed the "new Pantera" by some eager members of the press. In 2006 their album, Vendetta was released, an album expected follow in the footsteps of their 2004 debut Haymaker with spots on such covited shows as Headbangers Ball on MTV.
Throwdown was formed in 1997 by vocalist Keith Barney (of Adamantium and Eighteen Visions), guitarists Tommy Love and Javier Van Huss, bassist Dom Macaluso, and drummer Marc Jackson. The group took on the title Throwdown as a "wry irony on their collective stature," at the time no band member being more than 5 feet 8 inches (1.73 m).
The band released their first studio album Beyond Repair the following year. In 1999, Barney also relinquished his role in Death by Stereo to prioritize Throwdown. Schieppati left the band to concentrate full-time on his other band, Bleeding Through, being replaced by Dave Peters. The following year, the new line-up released the Drive Me Dead EP.
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In 2001, the band released their second studio 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 single Baby Got Back for 'Radical Records'' Too Legit for the Pit: Hardcore Takes the Rap compilation.
The following year, Barney expressed a desire to switch to guitar because he would often lose his voice on tour. Peters took over on vocals. Fill-in guitarist Matt Mentley would fill in whenever Barney had shows with Eighteen Visions. Lacking a permanent drummer after the departure of Jackson, 18V drummer Ken Floyd regularly filled in around this time as well. 2002 saw Throwdown release their next album, Face the Mirror EP with Ken Floyd on drums.
Haymaker, proved to be a breakthrough album featuring straight-edge anthem Forever for the 'Trustkill' label, with Jarred Alexander as session drummer.
In 2004 Barney was asked to step-down to make Mentley his official replacement.
When Vendetta arrived in 2005, Mark Choiniere had joined the band, but did not appear in the video for Burn as it was produced before his arrival and featured the band as a four-piece, with Mentley as the only guitar player.
Venom & Tears came in 2007, with a cover of Sepultura's Propaganda recorded during the same session. They then spent the summer headlining the Ernie Ball stage on the Vans Warped Tour.
In March 2008 the band fulfilled their contract obligations and were no longer signed to 'Trustkill', trading them for 'Koch Records' to begin working on their sixth album. Jarrod Alexander, who worked with the band on Haymaker, would be returning on drums for the new album.
On November 10, 2009, the band released Deathless.
Intolerance arrived on January 21, 2014 with the membership of Dave Peters (vocals), Dave Nassie (guitar), Jarrod Alexander (drums) and the return of bass guitarist Matt Mentley.
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