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Chokeslam is a Rebel Metal Band from Chattanooga, TN. Expect in your face, down your throat stomping tunes and high-energy live shows. Extra Tasty Spine crackin
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Chokeslam has been tearin' up the Southeast solid for the past ten years. With over twenty years experience each, writing, recording, touring, and performing, this Rebel Metal quartet is perfectly seasoned to taste. Chokeslam is a Rebel Metal Band from Rock City, TN. Expect in your face, down your throat stomping tunes from within our souls and high-energy, professional live shows. Extra Tasty Spinecracking Guitar, Double- Bass Power Grooves, Thunderous Running Bass, and Tonsil- Shredding Vocals set Chokeslam above the rest. Chokeslam has been recognized as Chattanooga's Best Metal Band in 2003, 2004, and 2005 by their fans at the CIA Music Awards. Lineup: Troy Gray on Vocals, El Jefe' on Guitar, Tim Gray on Drums, and Frank Robinson on Bass. Demographic: Chokeslam's audience is mainly made up of both male and female fans ages 13-50. If your tastes in music include Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Black Label Society, Metallica, Classic Rock, and Heavy Metal you will love Chokeslam. Discography: CHOKESLAM- THE KILLER (1997) - Rox Hard Records CHOKESLAM- SELF-TITLED DEBUT (2001) - Rox Hard Records CHOKESLAM- HILLBILLY (2005) - Rox Hard Records Videography: CSDVD (2007) - Cold Throat Music Chokeslam has over 15 years of footage documented on videotape. References: Dave Weinthal- Enigma Magazine- (423) 267-6072, www.enigmaonline.com. Fax- (423) 265-0120 Jim Stryker- The Bay, Buck Wild- Chattanooga, TN (423) 756-1919 Jon Philips- Digital Video Minds- (423) 503-1316 Chris Braly- CIA Music- (423) 296-9903, www.ciamusic.com
Band/artist history
Biography: Chokeslam formed in 1997. The lineup consisted of Cris Kines and El Jefe? on Guitars, Jody Swygert on Bass, Tim Gray on Drums, and Troy Gray on Vocals. Due to conflicting work schedules, Jody left to join Pistol Whip. Tim, Troy, Cris, and Jefe? kept the core together and moved on with Chokeslam with El Jefe? filling in on Bass. In 1999, Chokeslam released their first EP entitled The Killer at Richie Norton?s Digital Underground in Chattanooga, TN. Chattanooga radio immediately put Chokeslam on the air with tunes such as 180 Grit and I?m Gonna Be Your Killer. Chokeslam started building a huge following in Chattanooga and throughout Tennessee. By the year 2000, due to more conflict in work schedules, Chokeslam restructured with El Jefe? on Guitar where he belongs and Adam Evitt on Bass. Chokeslam then recorded their first full- length album entitled Chokeslam with Richie Norton. Chokeslam was released in May 2001. Once again, Chattanooga and surrounding areas radio immediately started playing Chokeslam. Fans have created anthems from songs such as Atom Bomb and CS 420. Shortly after the release, Chokeslam had some conflicts of interest. Adam Evitt was replaced with Frank Robinson- Bass extra ordinaire and long time friend. Thus, giving Chokeslam what is their most powerful team of friends, musicians, and writers to date. Chokeslam hit the road in support of the new album with great response including Milwaukee Metalfest XVI. While honing their skills on the road, Chokeslam continued to give 100% effort to please Chokeslam fans. Chokeslam?s fan base grows steadily month after month. In the midst of all this, long time friend, Jon Philips (Digital Video Minds) and Chokeslam have compiled hours and miles worth of video footage featuring Chokeslam. In the year 2003, after constant touring, writing, practicing, radio shows, and learning,, Chokeslam was awarded the trophy for Best Metal Band by CIA Music Awards. Each member was also nominated in their respective categories for their efforts. Throughout the year 2004, Chokeslam recorded their next album at Audio Alchemy with Brian McKutcheon. Constant legwork, touring, and ability gained Chokeslam a sponsorship from Jagermeister and an invitation to perform at Chattanooga?s 2004 Riverbend Festival. Then to close out the year, Chokeslam was awarded their second straight Best Metal Band trophy by CIA Music Awards. In 2005, Chokeslam has put the finishing touches on their long- awaited follow- up album entitled Hillbilly. The album contains eleven strong offerings including an excellent cover of Charlie Daniels? The Legend of Wooley Swamp. Chokeslam's Third New Album and the CSDVD will be released in late 2007. Chokeslam has been compared to such acts as Mudvayne, Slipknot, Black Label Society, Anthrax, Flotsam and Jetsam, and Rob Zombie. Honors: Best Heavy Metal Act - 2003, 2004 CIA Music Awards Best Metal Nominee - 2002,2003, 2004 CIA Awards Best Live Act Nominee - 2003, 2004 CIA Music Awards Best New Artist Nominee- 2002 CIA Music Awards Performing Artist - 2002, 2003, 2004 CIA Music Awards Enigma magazine - Cover and Interview - March 21, 2002 Metro Mania magazine - Full Page Bio - April 2001 Metro Mania magazine - CD Review - May 2001 Performing Artist- Milwaukee Metalfest XVI Performing Artist- Riverbend 2004 Best Bass Player Nominee- Frank Robinson- 2003, 2004 CIA Music Awards Best Drummer Nominee- Tim Gray- 2003, 2004 CIA Awards Best Guitarist Nominee- Jeff Campbell- 2003, 2004 CIA Awards Best Vocalist Nominee- Troy Gray- 2004 CIA Awards TalkRadio 102.3 FM- Backstage Chattanooga- Featured Guest and Performer WAWL 91.5Fm- "The Battle" Chokeslam - winner for four weeks Radio Airplay: Call and request CHOKESLAM! WRXR- Rock 105.5 FM Chattanooga, TN (423) 642-0105 WAWL- 91.5 FM Chattanooga, TN (423) 697-4406 WREK- 91.1 FM Atlanta, GA (404) 894-2468 Discography: CHOKESLAM- THE KILLER (1999) - ep soon to be available CHOKESLAM- SELF-TITLED DEBUT (2001) - independently released CHOKESLAM- HILLBILLY (2005) ? COMING SOON Buy the ten-song Chokeslam debut now. Pick it up now at Cat's Music and Grumpy's. Available in The Orchard, Baker and Taylor, Alliance Entertainment, and Super D catalogs. The Chokeslam disc is available on the web at all internet music providers and www.chokeslam.biz. Performances: Live shows include 2002 Milwaukee Metalfest XVI, Riverbend 2004, The Bay, The Cricket Pavilion, Chattanooga Trade and Convention Center, Masquerade, and many others throughout the Southeast. Chokeslam has played with such bands as Beautiful Creatures, Nile, Arch Enemy, Hate Eternal, Seven Witches, October 31, Scar Culture, Macabre, Bongzilla, Jag Panzer, Anal Blast, Withered Earth, Cephalic Carnage, Kataklysm, Incantation, Brick Bath, Disarray, Pistol Whip, Open Blind, IZOPN, The Unsatisfied, Thumpgun, C.H.A., Soulbread, Best Fist Forward, Cain, Double Dick Slick, Random Conflict, Soulrust, A.F.C., All Things Green, Krystye Wilson, Flannery, Sex Head Loosey, Forces of Nature, Madhatter, Ruztid, Quazimojo, Minivoid, Dieselhum, Covered in Scars, John Paul Williams, Michael Curtis, Emerson Biggins, Pighut, Driven, Project 40, Section, Sickhed, Little House, Niceguy, Oktober, Leaderdog, At Gunpoint, Thousand Foot Krutch, Hellstomper, Grayson Manor, River Chicken, Noisecult, Monoliath, and Not Worth Trusting. Shows list included. For booking information contact management at: POSSEMARSHAL@COMCAST.NET or (423) 842- 5829 WWW.CHOKESLAM.BIZ
Have you performed in front of an audience?
We play in the Southeast often. We love it. We played Milwaukee Metalfest XVI and Riverbend 2004. Check our website for show dates. www.chokeslam.biz
Your musical influences
Chokeslam have a wide variety of influences ranging from Elvis Presley, Black Sabbath, Overkill, King Diamond, and Black Label Society to Lynyrd Skynyrd, Charlie Daniels Band, Nitro, Waylon Jennings, and Led Zeppelin. Chokeslam music is Heavy Metal with Southern Attitude.
What equipment do you use?
Drums, Guitar, Bass, and Vocals. Chokeslam should be sponsored by companies like Tama, Paiste, Gibson, Peavey, Ampeg, Nike, Oakley, and Pro-Mark.
Anything else?
Go see Chokeslam in concert and buy the CDs.
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