KISW 99.9 FM Metal Shop & El Corazon Present:


Flotsam And Jetsam, Skelator, Convergence, Down The Scope

Sun Jun 10 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

El Corazon

$12.50 - $70.00

This event is all ages

Formed in Göteborg, Sweden, in 1993 by guitarist Oscar Dronjak. Early line-ups included members from In Flames and Dark Tranquillity, most notably Jesper Strömblad, who continued to write songs together with Oscar and singer Joacim Cans despite leaving before the first album was released. "Glory To The Brave" (1997) and "Legacy Of Kings" (1998) cemented the band as the pioneers of modern Eighties heavy metal.

Often credited with bringing back the melodies and honesty in music, the world-wide crusade continued with "Renegade" (2000), an album that generated a breakthrough for HammerFall and metal music in general in the mainstream media in Sweden.

The line-up was now complete with drummer Anders Johansson, formerly of Rising Force fame, Stefan Elmgren on guitar and Magnus Rosén on bass guitar. The latter two joined HF before the release of the inaugural record, with Stefan even being a session player on "Glory To The Brave".

"Crimson Thunder" (2002) was next, followed by a live album and DVD - "One Crimson Night" (2003) - recorded in their home town in front of a capacity crowd. The fifth album, aptly titled "Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken" (2005) further planted the name HammerFall in the minds of households in Sweden, as well as metal fans all over the world. The band's fourth world tour on as many albums was an even bigger success than before, headlining the U.S. for the first time (after supporting Death and Dio in 1998 and 2002 respectively).

Two sportsrelated videos were recorded in 2006, a remake of "Hearts On Fire" for the Swedish Olympic Women's Curling Team and a brand new song specifically written for Kajsa Bergqvist, Robert Kronberg and a couple of other Swedish track & field superstars, culminating in a performance at the opening ceremony at the European Athletics Championships in August, bringing HammerFall into the home of 250 million people around the world. Threshold (2006) saw the light of day at the end of the year, and virtually the entire 2007 was spent on the road promoting it.

Magnus Rosén left the band in March. Without skipping a beat, original basist Fredrik Larsson was brought back into the fold, elevating the musical side with his steady brilliance. Celebrating its ten year anniversary as a record-releasing artist, HammerFall released "Steel Meets Steel - Ten Years of Glory" (2007). The album features two brand new tracks, a re-recording of an old classic plus some bonus material for the true fans.

Surprising to all, Stefan got a job as an airline pilot in the spring of 2008, and after careful consideration decided to pursue that dream instead. Pontus Norgren of The Poodles fame replaced Stefan and made his on stage debut with the band at the Heavy MTL Festival in Montréal, Canada.

Out of this sprung the very successful album "No Sacrifice, No Victory" (2009), and the world tour took the band to as remote locations as India, as well as the regular sold-out shows in Scandinavia, continental and Eastern Europe and USA.

The strain known as "Infected" (2011) spread throughout the world in 2011, and was followed by an extensive tour over the next two years. The concert at Dalhalla in July was captured by Patric Ullaeus and released as the Gates To Dalhalla DVD/Bluray. Shortly after, the band took a time out, after fifteen years of non-stop recording and touring. In order to be able to bring the fans another fifteen years of Templar steel this was a necessary move, to recharge the batteries and return with a fresh energy.

This 18-month break resulted in an invigorated and hungry band, as HammerFall once again reunited with producer Fredrik Nordström, merging his experience with the band members' own for a hard-hitting, in-your-face album. Recorded in Oscar's own Castle Black Studios, the drums, guitar and bass has gotten back that raw energy that hasn't been duplicated since the first album. The vocals were recorded by James Michael, who somehow got Joacim to perform even better than last time. For the mix, Fredrik Nordström spent 3 weeks in his own Studio Fredman to give the production the crisp and powerful polish it has.

(r)Evolution (2014) was released on August 29 and stormed the charts worldwide, debuting on #1 in Sweden and on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart, as well as reaching Top 5 in several other countries. The subsequent tour, dubbed the World Wide (r)Evolution 2014-15, will see HammerFall return to Latin America together with Edguy and Gotthard, followed by a full European assasult in the beginning of 2015. Unfortunately, the band was decimated when drummer Anders Johansson left shortly after the release of (r)Evolution, but David Wallin (Pain) was brought in as a temporary replacement to ensure that the show would go on.

HAMMERFALL stands for powerful, majestic and melodic heavy metal. The memorable choruses, straight and heavy riffs, thundering drums, pounding bass power and outstanding vocals will without a doubt become metal hymns for eternity. Their unstoppable creations reigned in a time when none cared about classical Heavy Metal, and they have and will always deserve credit for bringing the melodies back to metal music.
Flotsam And Jetsam
Flotsam And Jetsam
Flotsam and Jetsam are an American thrash metal band, formed in Phoenix, Arizona in 1981.
We made our live debuts in local clubs and in California and had the opportunity to play with bands such as Megadeth, Armored Saint, Alcatraz, Malice, Exciter, Mercyful Fate, Riot, Autograph. Mark left and the 17 year old Michael Gilbert joined the band in 1985. Flotsam and Jetsam released two demo tapes in 1985, Iron Tears and Metal Shock. We created our own video "Hammerhead" from the Metal Shock demo in Jason's living room. We also recorded live video from the infamous club Bootleggers. Those combined with the demos made a good impression on Record labels and after we contributed to the Speed Metal Hell II and Metal Massacre VII compilations, we got a deal with Metal Blade Records.
Then we recorded our first album in Los Angeles with producer Brian Slagel. The release of "Doomsday for the Deceiver" was on July 19, 1986. Many considered this album as a milestone in the history of thrash metal and we were the first band in KERRANG's history to achieve the 6K rating. Bassist Jason Newsted, who was also the band's main lyric writer, departed soon after to join Metallica, replacing their bassist Cliff Burton who died in an accident. Flotsam and Jetsam had asked another local bassist Phil Rind, "Sacred Reich", to fill in Jason's place for a short time. We then acquired Mike Spencer from Sacramento band "Sentinel Beast". The band signed with Elektra Records before touring Europe with Megadeth in 1987.
..Gods of Metal, Gods of War, Gods of Glory, Gods of Honor... We call upon thee to reveal our true Master for we are in Peril surrounded by disaster. The Human Plague has reached it's peak, for Hypocrisy is all they speak. Truth has no meaning, why live anymore? We raise our swords high, we where our armor. We Declare war on Humanity, We Declare war on Christianity, We Declare war on all things False. But what is this? He is here. Our Savior, the King of Fear. Riding Panthor with his Staff held high. Lighting strikes, he yells his battle cry "Give Me Metal or Give Me Death." We The Warrior's of Genocide will do his every command, for those who Defy him they will die by his hand. He will defile, He will prevail! Behold his Red Omen, behold his prophecy, for once it is completed, good rid of Humanity... ALL PRAISE THE MIGHTY SKELATOR!!!!
The sound of progressive power metal act Convergence are what people are thirsty for. Why else would Convergence amass over twenty thousand views of their first release “Fight Another Day” video within a couple weeks and also have a track record of opening for national touring acts like Stabbing Westward, Sonata Arctica, Otep and Evergrey?

A breath of fresh air in the Seattle scene that scratches an itch for those who desire music and live performance that is dynamic, melodic, memorable and hard hitting; Convergence is the perfect merge and resonance of down-tuned aggression, empyreal keyboards, thundering drums and captivating vocals.

Guitarist Richard Chambliss is known regionally for his adept skill on 7-string guitars and epic solos inspired by guitarists like Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. Restless and driven, Richard formed Convergence to challenge his playing and song writing in ways that he never before had experienced. Richard plays with relentless precision and draws on decades of experience in live performance with bands that he has co-founded with his brother Clif Chambliss such as dark horse progressive metal acts Chiaroscuro and Dread Effect.

Drummer Tony DelVecchio drives Convergence with atomic accuracy. Tony has played in various progressive rock and metal acts for years and is known to spend half of his night at Convergence shows setting up and then tearing down his super sized kit after blasting the audience into sonic ecstasy. Convergence bassist Clif Chambliss likes to refer to Tony as a “rhythmic jungle gym” with whom to sonically explore and play upon Tony’s limber and refined cadences.

Vocalist Jeff Stark has enough energy, passion and talent to front different acts including Convergence. His dynamic vocal style is in demand as he frequently flies down to California to headline as the front man with grunge legends Malfunkshun who are signed to Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson’s label “EMP label group.” Jeff is an energizing front man who not only brandishes his signature powerful singing but whips up the crowd into a unison of fist pumping and shouting. Jeff also studied under renowned vocal instructor Pamela Moore who is best known for her guest vocals on Queensryche’s epic “Suite Sister Mary.”

Keyboardist Andy Mayor is a band veteran of working with the Chambliss brothers in former bands such as Dread Effect and a solo duo project with Convergence bassist Clif Chambliss. Classically trained along with the Chambliss brothers since the age of 13 in various instruments in symphonic bands, Andy brings unique aural textures and melodies to Convergence’s sound and doubles as the band’s second soloist.

Bassist Clif Chambliss, who is the twin of Convergence guitarist Richard Chambliss, holds down the low end of the ”wall of metal” that these brothers have been known to create. Clif is an aggressive and versatile bassist who doesn’t hold back when an opportunity to bring the bass up front presents itself. Clif also won an international bass solo competition and has played in various studio and live band projects over the years.

Convergence is currently finishing recording
of their initial material while working on new heights of dynamic composition for 2018. Expect to see Convergence opening up for more national acts on the months to come!
Down The Scope
Down The Scope
Formed in late 2016, Down The Scope blends melodic death metal and punk rock at ludicrous speed.
Venue Information:
El Corazon
109 Eastlake Ave East
Seattle, WA, 98109