Tag Archives: Brian Ares Schwager

Downset discuss 10 year wait between albums, their influence

Posted by on August 15, 2014

In the ’90s, Downset emerged from the Los Angeles underground, blending hardcore and hip hop influences. The band’s issue oriented songs about the Los Angeles riots (“Anger”) and graffiti (“Pocket Full of Fatcaps”) brought them airplay and plenty of touring opportunities. After two albums on Mercury, one on Epitaph and an independent, they took an […]

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Downset return with ‘One Blood’ video

Posted by on July 30, 2014

For those of you around during the early ’90s, Downset was inescapable. A band that mixed hardcore influences with metal and some rap, they were like a more hardcore Rage Against the Machine. For their first album in 10 years, the band have chosen to debut the video for the title track to “One Blood” […]

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Reunited Downset to release new album

Posted by on June 26, 2014

When we last heard from Downset, we heard from two Downsets. The ’90s hardcore/rap-metal band, who’d broken up in 2009, reformed with a version that featured former members and  toured in Europe. However, the band’s original singer and guitarist, Rey Oropeza and Brian Ares Schwager, respectively, had been working on a new album with longtime […]

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