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    Element Eighty

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    Genre:Alternative, Metal, Rock
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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1Pancake Land lyrics
    2Dummy Block lyrics
    3Guntruck lyrics
    The Sacrifice lyrics
    5Spite lyrics
    6Price to Pay lyrics
    7Scars (The Echo Song) lyrics
    8Rubbertooth lyrics
    9Painmaker lyrics
    10Ego lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1Mercuric [2001]
    2The Bear [2005]
    3Element Eighty [2003]


    There probably isn't an up-and-coming hard-rock act in the world that,
    to some degree, has not been influenced by Metallica. element±eighty is no
    exception, but, as guitarist Matt Woods explains, the impact of Metallica
    on his band isn't quite as obvious as listeners might assume. "I was in a
    physical science class in the ninth grade, and was trying to think of a name
    for the group," recalls the 23-year-old musician. "I remembered that
    Metallica got their name from the periodic table, so I started scanning
    through it and saw that mercury was the eightieth element. It's also the
    heaviest liquid metal, which I thought was kind of cool and went along
    with the whole heavy-metal vibe."

    Formed in Tyler, Texas, Woods and the other members of the
    group--vocalist Dave Galloway, drummer Ryan Carroll and Roon, the bass
    player--have fashioned a unique musical chemistry that's altogether
    electrifying. Blending brilliant hooks with head-banging harmonies,
    element±eighty unites the finest...what else?...elements from the metal
    and mainstream rock realms into a compositional concoction that'll soon
    be exploding from speakers around the globe.

    "We like heavy riffs, but we also try to bring in a good deal of melody,"
    says Galloway. "A lot of people seem to think that, to be heavy, you have
    to play just as fast as you can. That's totally untrue. We work on playing
    really tight together, because playing tight makes you heavier, but we also
    work to write songs that have lots of emotion; that is, songs that people
    can relate to and understand. We want something they can sing along to,
    but at the same time, halfway through they can slam into their best friend.
    So we try to be heavy, but offer plenty of hooks and memorable parts,

    That mix of heaviness and hooks clearly comes through on the band's
    self-titled debut Republic/Universal Records CD. The effort, set for release
    on October 28th, was produced by Scott Humphrey (Rob Zombie, Powerman 5000). In fact, according to Woods, the first single from that recording, "Broken Promises," encapsulates everything that element±eighty is striving to achieve through their music. "It feels like the entire album in one song," he claims. "It has both the heaviness and the melodiousness we're looking for. It really hits every genre that we touch upon on the CD."

    A key constituent in successfully delivering those sentiments is
    Galloway's versatile voice. His mind-blowing delivery, which can instantly
    morph from a smooth whisper to an earsplitting wail, is downright dramatic. Coupled with Carroll's authoritative drumming and Roon's deep bass beats, it's an amazing attribute that is at times harrowing but invariably harmonious.

    "There weren't really any rock stations around where I was growing up,"
    explains Galloway. "All I got to listen to was pop, so I learned about hooks
    and vocal melodies and things like that. But later on I got introduced to
    heavier music and liked it. I liked the screaming and the singing, and I
    wanted to do both, especially when we started Element Eighty, because
    the music called for it." "Dave could milk girls with a ballad on his acoustic
    guitar and that would just piss us off," adds Woods, offering a more
    detailed--and humorous--reason for Galloway's burgeoning interest in
    hard-rock music. "We'd go to a party, he'd bring out the guitar and the
    chicks would be all over him. He'd steal all the attention, but then I was
    like, 'Dude, get with it...' I started trying to get him to listen to heavy stuff,
    and he started to learn how to get that rasp in his voice. Now he offers the
    best of both worlds."

    Whether performing hard-as-nails noise or radio-rock riffs --oftentimes
    within the same song- element±eighty truly does intertwine, in a thoroughly
    original manner, sounds and ideas from throughout the musical spectrum.
    With influences that range from Smashing Pumpkins and Tool to Led
    Zeppelin and, Pantera, their sound is altogether fresh and yet, somehow,
    familiar. "We're striving to be the tightest band in the world," proclaims
    Woods. "All respect to other bands, but every time we go on stage we're
    out to kill. We're out for blood. We really want to steal the show every

    With that do-or-die performance attitude, coupled with music that's both
    innovative and important, there's little question that element±eighty has the
    right chemistry for success.

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