Tag Archives: Downset

Cypress Hill, Biohazard, ex-Fear Factory members form Powerflo; hear “Resistance”

Posted by on May 2, 2017

If anything was proven by Prophets of Rage’s formation last year, it’s that there’s still an appetite for rap-rock. A new band, Powerflo, has formed consisting of Cypress Hill’s Sen Dog, former Fear Factory bassist Christian Wolde Olbers, Biohazard’s Billy Graziadei, former downset. member Rogelio Lozano and Fernando Schaefer of Worst. And while Prophets of […]

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Amplified: Driven Mad are “Gripping the Third Rail”

Posted by on August 28, 2014

Amplified is a weekly column focusing on new and emerging artists. Got a band that fits the bill? Email [email protected] When Metal Insider took a trip to Queens to see Downset a few weeks ago, we had no idea what we were in for. The borough has a healthy metal underground, and we were completely surprised to […]

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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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New and Noteworthy, 7/22: Drop the Hammer Down

Posted by on July 22, 2014

This list is jam-packed with recognizable talent that will attract attention from all over the metal spectrum. But can we just take a moment to appreciate the fact that Overkill have released some of the best material of their career during what many bands would consider the twilight years? Both Ironbound and The Electric Age […]

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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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Downset. (not that one, the other one) state ‘there will not willingly be 2 versions of downset.’

Posted by on April 4, 2014

Yesterday, a rather confusing story ran about the band(s) Downset. and how there are two versions of the band. The version of the band that is not playing Philadelphia’s This Is Hardcore Fest posted the following to Facebook yesterday in an attempt to clear up confusion: The rumors you have heard are true, the somewhat original downset. lineup […]

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There are now two different bands called Downset.

Posted by on April 3, 2014

In a situation similar to Queensrÿche, there are now two different bands called Downset. The original confusion began when the lineup for This Is Hardcore Fest was posted with Downset. listed among the bands….except there is also a band called Downset. scheduled to tour Europe in the summer. Eventually, it the confusion was (mostly) settled with […]

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This Is Hardcore Fest 2014’s lineup includes Killswitch Engage, Converge, Unearth and more

Posted by on April 1, 2014

We’ll probably have to clarify this more than once today but no, this is not an April Fools joke. This Is Hardcore Fest has revealed the lineup for its four day festival set for July 24-27 at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA. Hope your scrolling finger is in good shape because here’s the full […]

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Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Slayer, Aerosmith And More Added To France’s Hellfest

Posted by on December 3, 2013

Thought the initial lineup to France’s Hellfest was already looking awesome? Well the 2014 edition of the festival just got better, as Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and Aerosmith have been announced as headliners. Along with the headliners, Hellfest also announced the additions of Slayer, Avenged Sevenfold, Deep Purple, Soundgarden, Megadeth, Sepultura, Queensryche and a crap […]

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