Skateboard Marketing’s CMJ Showcase & Fear Factory @ Don Hills (9/15/2005)

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Event: Skateboard Marketing 14th Anniversary Industry Showcase
Venue: Don Hills (New York, NY)
Band: Fear Factory
Date: 9/15/2005
Label: Calvin Records

The CMJ Music Marathon is a musical force plain and simple. Short for The College Music Journal, this magazine is the industry resource for College Radio and Retail people. This year the event would be no different as it brings together artists and all sorts of industry personnel as it has done for the past 20 years. In addition to the great music there are often fantastic gatherings spread out across the City. had the pleasure of attending one of the many killer parties that come along with it being the CMJ. This particular party would be the 14th Anniversary Party of Skateboard Marketing; Host Munsey Ricci was on hand to make sure everyone in attendance had a great time. This party was not only held in the popular NYC Club Don Hills, but would feature a special musical performance by the one and only Fear Factory. The band just completed a successful appearance as one of the Main Stage bands for Megadeth’s Gigantour and being able to see them knock out some tunes in a small venue like this would be very intense indeed. The band was also celebrating their release of the new CD “Trangression” on Calvin Records. That evening the bar was sponsored by both Budweiser and Jagermeister so you can imagine that a lot of drinking got done.

As a journalist for Heavy Metal music I enjoyed getting to mingle with a lot of the people who get us the products that drive the site. It’s also a nice way to relax and toast the mutual successes of the Artist and labels and discuss the going forward aspects of everyone. Ricci has been an industry staple for many years and as a result his guest list was a veritable who’s who in Music Media. Representatives from SPV Records, Earsplit PR and Chipster PR were all in the mix and it was indeed great to see the faces on the opposite side of the emails. I even ran into Kory Clarke (Warrior Soul/Dirty Rig) and Russell Allen (Symphony X) and that made it ever more interesting. When the time came for Fear Factory to perform the room was packed and everyone had their attention glued to the band. On their new album “Transgression” the band had modified their style yet again and showing just how progressive this group can be. Among the many tunes they played in this just over an hour set were “Transgression”, “Demanufacture”, “Edgecrusher”, “Shock”, “Replica” & “540,000 Fahrenheit”. If you have not seen this group yet I advise you to do so as shows are coming up that partner them with Soilwork and Strapping Young Lad. That is going to be one killer show. I snared a few good pictures from the crowd and since this band is making so much news I wanted to share them with you all.

Thanks to Munsey Ricci of Skateboard Marketing for allowing us to share in the good time. Rock on!!!

Setlist: (Partial)
1. Transgression
2. Demanufacture
3. Edgecrusher
4. Shock
5. Replica
6. 540,000 Fahrenheit

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