Southern Californian Heavy Metalcore stalwarts Throwdown are set to release their first album in five years, ‘Intolerance’, a raging, no-holds-barred ambassador of resistance against oppression of all kinds, on Steamhammer / SPV on February 24th. ‘Intolerance’, Throwdown’s seventh studio album, is a brutish, groove driven brawler which combines the massive production punch of its predecessor, 2009’s ‘Deathless’, with the focused resolve of Throwdown’s genre-filled back catalogue.
Brutal missives such as ‘Fight or Die’, ‘Avow’, ‘Hardened by Consequence’ and ‘Defend with Violence’ are startlingly direct commands to take up arms against adversity, to find strength to carry on, while tracks like ‘Cut Away’ and ‘Avow’ unabashedly champion the straight edge lifestyle with considerable metallic heft. Band leader Dave Peters comments; “Completing this record felt great in so many respects, most important of which was the opportunity to finally give longtime supporters of the band this music that I’ve had swirling around in my head over the past four years. The variety of people from different places and scenes who have found the band through vastly different avenues over the past 15 or so years will each get into it for their own unique reasons, I think. And for those who think it’s junk, it’s only about 28 minutes they have to regret.”
A cornerstone of the New Wave Of American Heavy Metal, Throwdown, who formed in 1997, crashed on to rock’s main stage with 2003’s ‘Haymaker’ album, which propelled the band on to 2004’s US Ozzfest touring festival alongside Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Slayer, Slipknot et al. Following the release of 2005’s ‘Vendetta’ LP, Throwdown hit the road on the inaugural Sounds Of The Underground tour with Lamb of God, Clutch, Poison the Well, Opeth and many more. The band then toured with As I Lay Dying, In Flames and Soulfly, before co-headlining a US tour with The Black Dahlia Murder. In 2006 Throwdown debuted at Download Festival, along with Metallica and Guns ‘N’ Roses. After the release of 2007’s ‘Venom & Tears’, Throwdown headlined the Ernie Ball stage on the US Vans Warped Tour, before heading out on tour with Machine Head across the US. In 2008 the group toured with Korn in Australia and then Killswitch Engage in Canada, before returning to Europe to play the UK’s 2008 Download, as well as several other major European festivals.
The big sound developed on 2009’s moody, sludgy and powerful masterpiece ‘Deathless’ works magic upon the brutal missives found all over “Intolerance“, which was recorded at Hurley Recordings in Costa Mesa, California with rising producer Davey Warsop, and mixed at Planet Z, by long-time collaborator Chris “Zeuss” Harris (Hatebreed, Crowbar, Demon Hunter). ‘Intolerance’ features guitar solo contributions from Dave Nassie (Bleeding Through, No Use For A Name, Infectious Grooves), who joined Throwdown’s recent touring lineup alongside bassist Mark Mitchell. Drummer Jarrod Alexander (American Nightmare, Suicide File, My Chemical Romance) who made his first recorded appearance with Throwdown on 2003’s ‘Haymaker’, and subsequently ‘Deathless’ returned as a session player again for ‘Intolerance’.