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"Chokeslam Hillbilly (Rox Hard Records)"

Chokeslam Hillbilly (Rox Hard Records) Rating: 3.5 out of 5 For the most part, Chokeslam is a pretty definitive band name. If you have to label them, call them modern heavy metal...without the “radio” sound. On Hillbilly, their sophomore album, the band has evolved—both lyrically and musically—since their 2001 self-titled debut. Like the seasoned vets they are, they just keep getting better and rocking harder. This bone-jarring record begins with the hard-hitting title track—a blunt and to-the-point metal song about being a country boy. “Roll On You (Brainscar)” uses more than a few riffs to thump your eardrums. Hillbilly also features a cover of Charlie Daniels’ “The Legend of Wooley Swamp” on steroids. Rounding out the album is “Cigarette Pack,” a deliciously heavy song that I grew to like at Chokeslam shows before this disc was released, and loved even more after hearing it recorded. CD Review by Eric Turner- Pulse magazine
- Eric Turner

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

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
- Bobby

"Chokeslam could so easily be the opening act for Mudvayne and the like"

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-
- Upchuck Undergrind-

"I got my money's worth on this one."

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 Lucky 13.


"Chokeslam – The name says it all"

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

""rebel metal,""

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 - Dave Weinthal from Enigma magazine

"Chokeslam tend to strike quick."

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

- Brett VanPut from Transcending the Mundane



CHOKESLAM- THE KILLER (1997) - Rox Hard Records

CHOKESLAM- SELF-TITLED DEBUT (2001) - Rox Hard Records

CHOKESLAM-HILLBILLY (2005) - Rox Hard Records


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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. Chokeslam is the reigning Best Metal Band in 2003 and 2004 by CIA Music Awards.


Chokeslam consists of four members:

Troy Gray on Vocals, El Jefe' on Guitar, Tim Gray on Drums, and Frank Robinson on Bass.


Chokeslam's audience is mainly made up of both male and female fans ages 13-50. If your tastes in music include Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Black Label Society, Metallica, Shadows Fall, Overkill, Classic Rock, and Heavy Metal you will love Chokeslam.


CHOKESLAM- THE KILLER (1997) - Rox Hard Records

CHOKESLAM- SELF-TITLED DEBUT (2001) - Rox Hard Records audio sample

CHOKESLAM- HILLBILLY (2005) - Rox Hard Records audio sample

Chokeslam merchandise is available at Cat's Music, Target, and Grumpy's. Also available in The Orchard, Baker and Taylor, Alliance Entertainment, and Super D catalogs. Chokeslam merchandise is also available on the web at


CSDVD (2005) - Cold Throat Music

Chokeslam has over 15 years of footage documented on videotape in association with Digital Video Minds.

Radio Airplay:

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
----- Knoxville, TN
----- Birmingham, AL
----- Chattanooga, TN
----- Nashville, TN
EMS- Karlesruhe, Germany
Chokeslam can be heard on 90% of all College Radio Stations throughout America.


· Dave Weinthal- Enigma Magazine- (423) 267-6072, Fax- (423) 265-0120

· Jim Stryker- The Bay, Buck Wild- Chattanooga, TN (423) 756-1919

· Jon Philips- Digital Video Minds- (423) 503-1316

· Chris Braly- CIA Music- (423) 296-9903,


Winner- Best Heavy Metal Band - 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
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
Best Bass Player Nominee- Frank Robinson- 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
TalkRadio 102.3 FM- Backstage Chattanooga- Featured Guest and Performer
WAWL 91.5Fm- "The Battle" Chokeslam - winner for four weeks
Performing Artist - 2002, 2003, 2004 CIA Music Awards
Performing Artist- Milwaukee Metalfest XVI
Performing Artist- Riverbend 2004

For booking information contact management at: or (423) 842- 5829