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"The music world has been needing this for awhile."

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The music world has been needing this for awhile. Chokeslam brings forth some great groove, thrash-style metal on this release. Not a generic offspring like so many others but a fresh batch of metal. An excellent live band with scream-style and growling vocals. Voted Best Heavy Metal Act at the 2003 CIA Music Awards, Chokeslam also performed at Milwaukee Metalfest XVI. The disc has all you need to rock out - heavy guitars, powerful drums and best at full volume.I have no favorites because all the songs are so damn good. I will say that the first track, The Reaper Man, has a great slow groove intro that sets the mood for the up tempo smack-in-the-face you get about one minute into the song. And Moten Gator, along with the last track, CS420, are quite infectious. This is a must-own for metal fans. Chug beer and display the sign proudly. Bobby - Boggob magazine
- Boggob magazine


"Upchuck Undergrind"

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These guys land on the hard side of the nu metal scene. As they state in their press materials, they have been compared to the likes of Mudvayne and Slipknot and I think there's a reason for that. Infecting grooves, growling vocals, enough forward drive to overdose a mosh pit and you are chokeslammed. Chokeslam could so easily be the opening act for Mudvayne and the like. They would fit right in. They've got the talent, the love for the music, the ability to crank out crunchy grooves and catchy percussion. The vocalist will lead you into his rage and surprise you with some versatility. In at least one spot he adds, dare I say it, almost a slightest little tad of musicalness to his cough drop vocals. At any rate, this metal act reaches out to the aggressor while maintaining accessibility. Good job. CD Review by Upchuck Undergrind- Fishcomcollective.net
- Fishcomcollective


"Lucky 13"

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I have to tell you. I got my money's worth on this one. These guys have the raw energy that makes a great band and the technical skills to back it up. Props to the boys on a great effort. 5 f'ing stars to ya! -Customer review from Amazon.com- Lucky 13.
- Amazon.com


"Riverbend Festival-2004"

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Chokeslam ? The name says it all. They?re about as heavy as it gets! (This is not your Daddy?s rock ?n? roll). - Riverbend Festival-2004
- Riverbend Festival-2004


"Dave Weinthal"

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Playing what they call "rebel metal," the band puts on a full furious assault on their audience, taking no prisoners. -Dave Weinthal from Enigma magazine
- Enigma magazine


"Chokeslam tend to strike quick."

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Chokeslam tend to strike quick. Generally, a short intro will lead into Gray's intense screaming. The first few tracks ("The Reaper Man", "Bluh", and "FRVP") are the best. -Brett VanPut from Transcending the Mundane
- Transcending the Mundane


Discography

Discography:

CHOKESLAM- THE KILLER (1997) - ep soon to be available

CHOKESLAM- SELF-TITLED DEBUT (2001) - independently released

CHOKESLAM- HILLBILLY (2005)

Buy the Chokeslam debut now. You will love all ten heavy songs. Pick it up now at Cat's Music and Grumpy's. Available in The Orchard, Baker and Taylor, Alliance Entertainment, and Super D catalogs. Chokeslam merchandise is available on the web at www.chokeslam.biz.

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Bio

Chokeslam is a Heavy Metal Band from Chattanooga, TN. Expect in your face, down your throat stomping tunes and high-energy live shows. Extra Tasty Spine cracking Guitar, Double- Bass Grooves, Thunderous Running Bass, and Throat- Crushing Vocals set Chokeslam above the rest.

Lineup:
Chokeslam consists of four members: Troy Gray on Vocals, El Jefe' on Guitar, Tim Gray on Drums, and Frank Robinson on Bass.

Biography:
Chokeslam formed in 1997. The lineup consisted of Cris Kines and El Jefe’ on Guitars, Jody Swygert on Bass, Tim Gray on Drums, and Troy Gray on Vocals. Due to conflicting work schedules, Jody left to join Pistol Whip. Tim, Troy, Cris, and Jefe’ kept the core together and moved on with Chokeslam with El Jefe’ filling in on Bass.

In 1999, Chokeslam released their first EP entitled The Killer at Richie Norton’s Digital Underground in Chattanooga, TN. Chattanooga radio immediately put Chokeslam on the air with tunes such as 180 Grit and I’m Gonna Be Your Killer. Chokeslam started building a huge following in Chattanooga and throughout Tennessee.

By the year 2000, due to more conflict in work schedules, Chokeslam restructured with El Jefe’ on Guitar where he belongs and Adam Evitt on Bass. Chokeslam then recorded their first full- length album entitled Chokeslam with Richie Norton. Chokeslam was released in May 2001. Once again, Chattanooga and surrounding areas radio immediately started playing Chokeslam. Fans have created anthems from songs such as Atom Bomb and CS 420.

Shortly after the release, Chokeslam had some conflicts of interest. Adam Evitt was replaced with Frank Robinson- Bass extra ordinaire and long time friend. Thus, giving Chokeslam what is their most powerful team of friends, musicians, and writers to date. Chokeslam hit the road in support of the new album with great response including Milwaukee Metalfest XVI.

While honing their skills on the road, Chokeslam continued to give 100% effort to please Chokeslam fans. Chokeslam’s fan base grows steadily month after month.

In the year 2003, after constant touring, writing, practicing, radio shows, and learning,, Chokeslam was awarded the trophy for Best Metal Band by CIA Music Awards. Each member was also nominated in their respective categories for their efforts.

Throughout the year 2004, Chokeslam recorded their next album at Audio Alchemy with Brian McKutcheon. Constant legwork, touring, and ability gained Chokeslam a sponsorship from Jagermeister and an invitation to perform at Chattanooga’s 2004 Riverbend Festival. Then to close out the year, Chokeslam was awarded their second straight Best Metal Band trophy by CIA Music Awards.

In 2005, Chokeslam has put the finishing touches on their long- awaited follow- up album entitled Hillbilly. The album contains eleven strong offerings including an excellent cover of Charlie Daniels’ The Legend of Wooley Swamp.

Chokeslam has been compared to such acts as Mudvayne, Slipknot, Black Label Society, Anthrax, Flotsam and Jetsam, and Rob Zombie.

Goals:
Chokeslam is heavily involved in writing, recording, and performing hard rock and heavy metal music. Music Supervisors and Ozzfest coordinators would be very interested in Chokeslam. Instead of having to work day jobs to support our music career, Chokeslam would like for our music to support us. We are interested in traveling throughout the Southeast and America to support our efforts.

References:
Dave Weinthal- Enigma Magazine- (423) 267-6072, www.enigmaonline.com. Fax- (423) 265-0120
Jim Stryker- The Bay, Buck Wild- Chattanooga, TN (423) 756-1919
John Phillips- Digital Video Minds- (423) 503-1316
Chris Braly- CIA Music- (423) 296-9903, www.ciamusic.com

Honors:
Best Heavy Metal Act - 2003, 2004 CIA Music Awards
Best Metal Nominee - 2002,2003, 2004 CIA Awards
Best Live Act Nominee - 2003, 2004 CIA Music Awards
Best New Artist Nominee- 2002 CIA Music Awards
Performing Artist - 2002, 2003, 2004 CIA Music Awards
Enigma magazine - Cover and Interview - March 21, 2002
Metro Mania magazine - Full Page Bio - April 2001
Metro Mania magazine - CD Review - May 2001
Performing Artist- Milwaukee Metalfest XVI
Performing Artist- Riverbend 2004
Best Bass Player Nominee- Frank Robinson- 2003, 2004 CIA Music Awards
Best Drummer Nominee- Tim Gray- 2003, 2004 CIA Awards
Best Guitarist Nominee- Jeff Campbell- 2003, 2004 CIA Awards
Best Vocalist Nominee- Troy Gray- 2004 CIA Awards
TalkRadio 102.3 FM- Backstage Chattanooga- Featured Guest and Performer
WAWL 91.5Fm- "The Battle" Chokeslam - winner for four weeks

Radio Airplay:
Call and request CHOKESLAM!
WRXR- Rock 105.5 FM Chattanooga, TN (423) 642-0105
WAWL- 91.5 FM Chattanooga, TN (423) 697-4406
WREK- 91.1 FM Atlanta, GA (404) 894-2468

Performances:
Live shows include 2002 Milwaukee Metalfest XVI, Riverbend 2004, The Bay, The Cricket Pavilion, Chattanooga Trade and Convention Center, Masquerade, and many others throughout the Southeast. Choke