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BY DEMONS BE DRIVEN
NEWS   -- APRIL 2009 --
*** 'BY DEMONS BE DRIVEN' SEEKING NEW MEMBERS! ***
We are in serious need of a permanent frontman! Our second album is already written but we need a vocalist! If you're interested in a PERMANENT position with 'BDBD', please get in contact with us through our Myspace (address below).

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Click to visit 'BDBD's Myspace page!
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'BDBD' performing our song, 'Scapegoat', at the Wheelie Bar in York,PA on March 3,2007.

Check out 'BY DEMONS BE DRIVEN' online at: http://www.Myspace.com/ByDemonsBeDrivenBand
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'BY DEMONS BE DRIVEN' hails from Martinsburg, in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. The band was formed in February of 2006 by guitarists Justin Catrow & Timmy Bennett. Our old jammin buddy, Josh Welch, joined as bassist right about the same time we met and persuaded drummer, Adam Miller, to quit the local band he was playing with to join 'BDBD' as well.

The four of us spent the summer of 2006 writing and rehearsing and trying to find a singer... but had no luck. With the end of summer fast approaching we decided to round up some bands and throw a Labor Day party (now our annual Labor Day Metalfest!) and perform our songs instrumentally in hopes of generating a buzz and word of mouth to help us find a singer... and our plan worked! After our performance we were approached by another local musician, Aaron Hess, who became the 5th and final original member of 'BY DEMONS BE DRIVEN'.

Within six weeks of completing our line-up we headed to a local studio, Twin M Productions, in Bunker Hill,WV to record our debut album, the "Through Dying Eyes" EP! It was a quickie job, a demo really, recorded live and in one take for the most part in about three days total. But despite the lack of time spent on it, the CD got great reviews and gained us a lot of fans! We were satisfied with the results for the time being, but we're REALLY anxious to see what we can do when we have the chance to relax, take our time, and get things just the way we want them. So, in the very near future we're planning to re-record all five tracks from our first EP as well as five brand new tracks and combine them to make our first full-length album!

'BY DEMONS BE DRIVEN' played TONS of shows in the local four-state area nearly every weekend between September 2006 and May 2007. One highlight being the "Headbang For The Highway" battle-of-the-bands at JAXX in March of 2007. 'BDBD' took 1st Runner-Up amongst some established area bands despite the fact that our line-up had been together for a mere six months!

Unfortunately, the band split up in June of 2007 for nearly a year. But, three of the original five members, guitarist Justin Catrow, drummer Adam Miller, and bassist Josh Welch, reunited in March of 2008 and welcomed a new guitarist, Stephen Spry, to the band shortly after in June. The final piece of the puzzle came in August of 2008 when our good friend Kris Buchman, lead singer of 'DARKNESS FORETOLD', joined the band.

After a 15-month absence from playing live, 'BY DEMONS BE DRIVEN' finally took the stage again for the first time on August 31,2008 at our 3rd annual 'Labor Day Metalfest'! Now that our line-up is complete once again, we're looking forward to starting work on our 2nd album and getting back to playing shows as often as we can!!! Stay tuned to our Myspace to find out when and where 'BDBD' will be rockin' a stage near you!

We'd like to thank everyone thats supported us this entire time!
Thanks,
~BY DEMONS BE DRIVEN~





Click to visit 'BDBD's Myspace page!
http://www.Myspace.com/ByDemonsBeDrivenBand
[*click banner to visit site]






BY DEMONS BE DRIVEN Are:
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[*click pictures to visit members Myspace pages!]


Click to visit Kris' Myspace page!
KRIS BUCHMAN (Vocals):
http://www.Myspace.com/KrisMB13


Click to visit Justin's Myspace page!
JUSTIN CATROW (Guitar):
http://www.Myspace.com/JMCatrow


Click to visit Adam's Myspace page!
ADAM MILLER (Drums):
http://www.Myspace.com/SacredHateDrummer


Click to visit Josh's Myspace page!
JOSH WELCH (Bass):
http://www.Myspace.com/Joshemoe


Click to visit Stephen's Myspace page!
STEPHEN SPRY (Guitar):
http://www.Myspace.com/StephenSpry



FORMER MEMBERS:
TIMMY BENNETT (Guitar):
http://www.Myspace.com/BDBDbenner

AARON HESS (Vocals):
http://www.Myspace.com/9110847




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*** We don't have flyers for these two gigs yet... but I'll post them as soon as we do!

NOVEMBER 28,2008
COOKIE'S LOUNGE
1017 S.Queen Street - Martinsburg,WV

Featuring (in order of performance):
'AUTUMN IN RUINS'
'BY DEMONS BE DRIVEN'
'MONOLITH'




DECEMBER 13,2008
THE BROAD AXE
28 W.Franklin Street - Hagerstown,MD

Featuring (in no particular order):
'BY DEMONS BE DRIVEN'
'LIVE TO DIE'
'FEAST OF FLESH'







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This is the cover of BY DEMONS BE DRIVEN's debut album, the "Through Dying Eyes" EP



"THROUGH DYING EYES" EP (2007)
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1. Schitzo
2. Piss & Vinegar
3. Backwoods
4. Scapegoat
5. Through Dying Eyes


**You can stream the entire "Through Dying Eyes" EP on ANY of our websites!


You can purchase mp3 singles or the entire EP (and several other tracks!) here on SoundClick by visiting our "SoundClick Music Store". If you'd like to purchase a CD, send $10 (US cash only) to the address below. Please provide an email address so that I can let you know when your money arrives and when your CD is shipped out. CD's are also available at our live shows for $7.

BY DEMONS BE DRIVEN
c/o Justin Catrow
34 Waldeck Court
Inwood,WV 25428





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The "Through Dying Eyes" EP was produced by our friends, Joe Lowe & Bill Shepley, of TWIN M Productions. I'm not sure they're still in business, but you can try reaching them via the information below.



TWIN M PRODUCTIONS
PO Box 626
Bunker Hill, WV 25413

(304) 229-6208
(304) 676-9664 (leave msg.)
*Ask for Joe & tell em we sent ya!




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We'd also like to thank TIMOTHY LANTZ for his excellent work on the "Through Dying Eyes" album cover. Click the banner below to visit his website and check out more of his awesome artwork!

Click to check out Timothy Lantz's website!
http://www.StygianDarkness.com





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And last, but certainly not least, we'd like to thank my sister, SARAH CATROW, the model for the "Through Dying Eyes" album cover (she's also featured in Timothy Lantz's banner above!). She's also a talented graphic artist. She not only designs most of the bands logos/artwork, she also did the CD booklet for "Through Dying Eyes".

If you'd like to check out some of her photos and/or contact her for modeling/graphic art, click the banner below to visit her website:

Click to check out Sarah's modeling website!

Email: SCatrow@Hotmail.com
Web: http://www.Myspace.com/SarahCatrowModel or
http://www.Myspace.com/CecilStringbean





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'BDBD' CONTACT INFO, WEBSITES, ETC.
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If you'd like to contact 'BY DEMONS BE DRIVEN' about booking a show or purchasing a CD, you can do so at our Myspace or Email listed below. And if you'd like to check out more music, pics or videos, then check out any of the following sites:


Click to check out 'BY DEMONS BE DRIVEN's Myspace page!
http://www.Myspace.com/ByDemonsBeDrivenBand


Click to check out 'BY DEMONS BE DRIVEN's SoundClick page!
http://www.SoundClick.com/ByDemonsBeDriven


Click to check out 'BY DEMONS BE DRIVEN's PureVolume page!
http://www.PureVolume.com/ByDemonsBeDriven


Click to check out 'BY DEMONS BE DRIVEN's Virb page!
http://www.Virb.com/ByDemonsBeDriven


Click to check out live videos of 'BY DEMONS BE DRIVEN's on our YouTube page!
http://www.YouTube.com/ByDemonsBeDrivenTube


Click to check out 'BY DEMONS BE DRIVEN' Photos on our Flickr page!
http://www.Flickr.com/Photos/JMCatrow/Sets


BY EMAIL:
Stronger_Than_All_54@Yahoo.com





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Click to visit 'BDBD's Myspace page!
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Help get 'BY DEMONS BE DRIVEN's played on the radio!



Click to vote for


'BY DEMONS BE DRIVEN's music has been accepted to Clear Channel's New Artist competition. The band/song with the most plays will be played on the radio and featured on Clear Channel websites! Our song, "Backwoods", is ranked in the Top200 of nearly 5,000 songs! If you'd like to help out and vote for us, you can do so by clicking the link below! (Must listen to the entire song for vote to count!)


http://clearchannelmusic.com/cc-common/artist_submission/player.html?art=2517


Click to vote for





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Check out a review of our "Through Dying Eyes" EP and an interview with 'BDBD' guitarist, Justin Catrow at D-Day's Revenge! You can get the latest on tons of killer underground bands there as well!

Click to check out 'D-Day's Revenge.com'!
[*click logo to visit D-Day's Revenge.com]

You can also check out D-Day's Revenge on Myspace:
http://www.Myspace.com/DDays_Revenge





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Why this name?


"BY DEMONS BE DRIVEN" is of course the name of a PANTERA song and was chosen by Justin upon first deciding to start the band. It was not chosen solely as a nod to PANTERA, though. Judging from their lyrics, the PANTERA song seems to be referring to evil or religious demons... where as the meaning I liked refers to personal demons and being motivated by them instead of consumed and/or brought down by them. But, of course it also doubles as a nod to PANTERA and the late, great, DIMEBAG DARRELL!

It's always fun to watch a religious nut or non-metal fan try and pull his foot out of his mouth upon finding out he was completely wrong in assuming that our name had anything to do with religion or satan or any stupid sh*** like that! At one point early on we were actually denied shows at a local church-owned facility solely because of our name haha! They eventually changed their minds though and we rocked the joint!



Do you play live?


OF COURSE and we friggin love it... thats what its all about! So far we've played a ton of shows in the 4-state region of West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. We're trying our best to get our name out there and build a fan base using both the strength of our live show and the internet.

My favorite events to play are our annual 'Labor Day Metalfest' which is held at my (Justin) father's house in Gerrardstown,WV. 'LDM1' was 'BDBD's very first live show ever and this year 'LDM3' will be our first show back after last year's break-up!

As for special moments... the most special moment so far, for me anyway, would have to be our 1st Runner-Up winning performance at JAXX in the "Headbang For The Highway" battle-of-the-bands. Not because it gives us another chance to continue on in the Wild Card round... but because we got to play on the same stage (Jaxx in Sprinfield,VA) that I've seen so many of my idols perform on. People like Phil Anselmo, Jimmy Bower, Angela Gossow, Michael Amott, Hank Williams III, Exodus, Testament... the list goes on and on. That really was a f***in amazing night!!!!!

Playing The Cliffside Tavern was special too, but not in a good way. Our band played its second live show there and our first show with original singer, Aaron, who performed one song with us that night less than a week after joining 'BY DEMONS BE DRIVEN'. Tragedy struck just a lil' over a month later when the bartender/owner of the establishment, Mike Mihalik, was gunned down and killed right there in his very own bar. We can't claim to know Mike as well as a lot of the other bands in the area did, but we still appreciated him giving a brand new local band the opportunity to play at his bar and doing his part to support the local music scene. R.I.P. Mike.



How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?


It's definitely a good thing for bands like us that are just starting out. We actually found our drummer through the internet and its great for interacting with fans all across the world. How else would a band from West Virginia have solf several of our self-released albums to folks in Europe without ever having toured or been featured in a single magazine there? Thats friggin amazing to me!

Of course the lost revenues for bands is a problem. I couldn't care less about record labels getting screwed... they've screwed bands & fans alike for YEARS... so they're just getting whats coming to them, in my opinion. But hopefully in the future something will happen where bands will be able to make money off their albums again.

It's great for the DIY'ers as well. If you wanted to you could write, record, upload & sell something you just created just an hour earlier. There are of course downsides to that... like the fact that a lot of no-talent having people with the money & know-how, but no skills, can flood the market with utter shit.



Would you sign a record contract with a major label?


Im sure we would if we found the right label. But it would have to be one that feels, like we do, that in metal (or any genre really) more importance should be placed on maintaining an artists integrity, credibility, and just letting them be themselves rather than doing all you can to manufacture that next "hit" single. Especially since metal is universally ignored on most mainstream mediums anyway. Some folks are starting to come around though. Most larger cities have metal stations and satellite radio has plenty of good metal shows on it.

Back to the major label thing... It's pretty common to hear metal bands (and fans) talk sh*** and say they're happy where they're at and "screw the major labels" and all that. But the truth is that I'm sure that, like us, a lot of them would be happy to not have to struggle and/or work day jobs anymore. It's pretty pathetic when kids/fans first hear a band and they run and tell all their friends and anyone who will listen to check out said band... but then when that same band actually starts getting recognized everywhere, signs with a major label, or whatever else... they're instantly branded "sell-outs" by those same kids/fans. Pretty stupid if you ask me. Criticize them for a lack of integrity IF they show that... but not for trying to better themselves and the band.

I'm definitely not against bands signing with major labels... they're just trying to advance, ya know? My problem is with the labels themselves and the fact that they'd rather destroy an artists reputation and credibility (and usually fanbase along with it) by trying to force them to follow some shitty formula and create a "hit" right now, and then dumping them if they don't... instead of allowing them to just do their thing and build an audience of dedicated people, REAL fans. They're lazy in wanting to use a formula instead of actually trying to come up with new and interesting marketing ideas and campaigns or just flat out allowing bands to build a following over time. If ya don't sell immediately, they f***in drop ya or discontinue your "push" and marketing... its completely unfair and ridiculous and is exactly why they're a dieing breed.


Band History:


[***Bio taken from our Myspace page***]


'BY DEMONS BE DRIVEN' hails from Martinsburg, in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. The band was formed in February of 2006 by guitarists Justin Catrow & Timmy Bennett. Our old jammin buddy, Josh Welch, joined as bassist right about the same time we met and persuaded drummer, Adam Miller, to quit the local band he was playing with to join 'BDBD' as well.

The four of us spent the summer of 2006 writing and rehearsing and trying to find a singer... but had no luck. With the end of summer fast approaching we decided to round up some bands and throw a Labor Day party (now our annual Labor Day Metalfest!) and perform our songs instrumentally in hopes of generating a buzz and word of mouth to help us find a singer... and our plan worked! After our performance we were approached by another local musician, Aaron Hess, who became the 5th and final original member of 'BY DEMONS BE DRIVEN'.

Within six weeks of completing our line-up we headed to a local studio, Twin M Productions, in Bunker Hill,WV to record our debut album, the "Through Dying Eyes" EP! It was a quickie job, a demo really, recorded live and in one take for the most part in about three days total. But despite the lack of time spent on it, the CD got great reviews and gained us a lot of fans! We were satisfied with the results for the time being, but we're REALLY anxious to see what we can do when we have the chance to relax, take our time, and get things just the way we want them. So, in the very near future we're planning to re-record all five tracks from our first EP as well as five brand new tracks and combine them to make our first full-length album!

'BY DEMONS BE DRIVEN' played TONS of shows in the local four-state area nearly every weekend between September 2006 and May 2007. One highlight being the "Headbang For The Highway" battle-of-the-bands at JAXX in March of 2007. 'BDBD' took 1st Runner-Up amongst some established area bands despite the fact that our line-up had been together for a mere six months!

Unfortunately, the band split up in June of 2007 for nearly a year. But, three of the original five members, guitarist Justin Catrow, drummer Adam Miller, and bassist Josh Welch, reunited in March of 2008 and welcomed a new guitarist, Stephen Spry, to the band shortly after in June. The final piece of the puzzle came in August of 2008 when our good friend Kris Buchman, lead singer of 'DARKNESS FORETOLD', joined the band.

After a 15-month absence from playing live, 'BY DEMONS BE DRIVEN' finally took the stage again for the first time on August 31,2008 at our 3rd annual 'Labor Day Metalfest'! Now that our line-up is complete once again, we're looking forward to starting work on our 2nd album and getting back to playing shows as often as we can!!! Stay tuned to our Myspace to find out when and where 'BDBD' will be rockin' a stage near you!

Thanks,
~BY DEMONS BE DRIVEN~






Your influences?


Everything from black metal to bluegrass, from BEHEMOTH to BEETHOVEN! Pretty much anything with attitude & heaviness or just plain good musicianship.

My (Justin) first exposure to rock n roll was my Mother playing AEROSMITH and DEF LEPPARD in the car and my Dad playing LED ZEPPELIN records at home. The first band that I really discovered on my own and that really influenced me was GUNS N ROSES when I was in the 3rd grade. I remember someone bringing "Appetite For Destruction" to class and all of us flippin out over how badass the album cover was haha. But I was even more blown away once I heard it. So SLASH was definitely what/who attracted me to guitar.

So, I've always loved rock and then soon after discovered metal. And then, like most kids at the time, I conned Columbia House into believing I was 18 and sending me 12 CD's for a penny! I remember ordering METALLICA's "Ride The Lightning", IRON MAIDEN's self-titled first album, "Killers", and "7th Son of a 7th Son", MEGADETH's "Rust In Peace", "Peace Sells...", and "So Far, So Good, So What". I don't remember what else I got that first time, but I clearly remember all of those.

Then two more watershed moments for me musically was the first time I heard STEVIE RAY VAUGHN's version of "Little Wing" and the first time I heard DIMEBAG DARRELL and PANTERA. I knew from the intro to "Cowboys From Hell" that that was the kind of music I wanted to make. Me & my buddy Nick put that song on repeat all night while we slept haha... we didn't even hear the rest of the album until the next day hahaha.

Some other influential bands for me (Justin) are: Black Sabbath / Metallica / Slayer / Pantera, Down, Superjoint Ritual, Damageplan, Rebel Meets Rebel / Machine Head / Lamb Of God / Guns N Roses & Slash / Bolt Thrower / Megadeth / Dying Fetus / Iron Maiden / Celtic Frost / Johnny Cash / Vehemence / Clutch / Led Zeppelin / Destruction / Martyr A.D. / Abrahams Meat Plow / Exodus / Overkill / DragonForce / Sepultura & Nailbomb / Testament / Pink Floyd / Judas Priest / Skeletonwitch / David Allan Coe / Nirvana / Mayhem / Tool / SoundGarden / Zakk Wylde, Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society / Hank Sr, Jr, and III / Aerosmith / Alice In Chains & Mad Season / Amoral / Kreator / Arch Enemy / Behemoth / C.O.C. / Thin Lizzy / Diamond Head / C.C.R. / Jag Panzer / Motorhead / At The Gates ... just to name a few!!!!!


Favorite spot?


I dont think we have a favorite... but I can tell you we've had a good time at the Wheelie Bar in York,PA and JAXX in Springfield,VA. Playing at home is always great too but going somewhere else or that you've never played before is always cool. We love our local metal spot, Cookies Lounge, and had a good time in Harper's Ferry,WV at the Cliffside Tavern too. Our annual 'Labor Day Metalfest's are another of my favorite shows to play!



Equipment used:


JUSTIN CATROW (Guitar):
I play a 1982 Gibson Les Paul XR-1 Guitar that my Father bought me. He paid $500 for when I was a kid and it's still my main guitar today. It's a tobacco sunburst with zebra-stripe pickups and in addition to the usual bridge/tremolo pick-up selector, it also has another selector switch to toggle your pickups between single coil and humbucker. I guess its kind of a rare model cause the only other one Ive ever seen is in the DEF LEPPARD video "Rock of Ages".

I use Dunlop Tortex Guitar Picks. The yellow (.73mm) and green (.88mm) ones depending on the situation. I use Ernie Ball Guitar Strings... usually 10's but sometimes my own hybrid mix of 11's on the low E,A (and sometimes D) strings and 10's on the high G, B, and E strings. Another guitar accessory I have is an Audio-Technica 200 Series ATW-201/G Wireless System.

At the moment I have a low-end solidstate Marshall amp. It's the Marshall MG100 HDFX Amp through a Marshall MG412A Cabinet. Overall it's a great lil' amp, but the distortion is pathetic. I also have a vintage 1968 Airline Model #62-9058 Tube Amp that I use sometimes too. And then for home practice I have a Crate GX-212 Combo Amp that we sometimes use as a monitor for Adam, our drummer, to hear my guitar.

My main source of distortion is a Digitech Metal Master Stompbox. And I also have a Digitech RP2000 FX Processor. I've also got a Dunlop Crybaby Wah Pedal.


JOSH WELCH (Bass):
Josh, our bassist, plays a 2006 Austin 5-string Bass guitar. He uses Dunlop Nylon Guitar Picks... I'm not sure what strings he uses.

He uses an Ampeg B2R Amp with a BBE Maxie Sonic Maximizer played through Crate BX-410E Cabinet and Ampeg SVT210HE Enclosure.


ADAM MILLER (Drums):
Adam has a Pearl Export Series Drum Set... though I don't know what particular model or kit it is other than that. I can't remember what type of sticks he uses at the moment either haha.


STEPHEN SPRY (Guitar):
I'll have to get back to ya with exact models... but Stephen uses a Fender Stratocaster guitar and a Marshall half-stack.


OTHER GEAR:
We use a few other pieces of equipment in addition to those mentioned above. In our rehearsal space we have Adam's kick drums mic'd and run into our mixing console, which is a Peavey Unity Series 2000 Mixer, powered by a Fender M-300 Monitor Amp. That all runs out to a Peavey 65watt Monitor for Adam to hear, and a Sunn 212LH Monitor for me, Josh & Stephen to hear. We also have an Ashly XR1000 Crossover, which isn't in use at the moment.

We also use a Fostex MR-8 Digital Recorder for recording ideas, demos, and rehearsals. It's one of the best purchases I ever made. No more forgotten ideas! It's really easy to use and awesome for all the things I mentioned above. I'd definitely recommend it to all guitar players and/or bands.


Anything else...?


Please vote for 'BY DEMONS BE DRIVEN' in the Clear Channel New Artist contest mentioned above! Getting our songs played on the radio would be great exposure and it would be nice to finally hear some f***in metal on mainstream radio!

And don't forget to check out our other websites where you can check out music, videos, and tons of pictures:

Band: http://www.Myspace.com/ByDemonsBeDrivenBand
Videos: http://www.YouTube.com/ByDemonsBeDrivenTube
Pictures: http://www.Flickr.com/Photos/JMCatrow/Sets/


You can also stream & find purchase info. for "Through Dying Eyes" EP on all of our websites!

Click to visit 'BDBD's Myspace page!