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"Music Review"

Date: 05.24.07

ARTIST: Foundre

"1" Indicates the Lowest Score
"5" Indicates The Highest Score

Recording Quality/Production: 3.5

Lead Vocals: 4

Musicianship: 4.5 to 5 (Excellent, especially guitar)

Lyric Writing: 4

Music Composing: 4 to 4.5

Melodies: 4

Song Arrangement: 3 (Intros very long)

Thanks for submitting the material for the evaluation.

I enjoyed listening to the songs. It was nice to hear some serious musical chops!

To give you insight to the scoring scale above, the majority
of artists score in the 2.5 to 3.5 range in the various categories.

Whenever an artist sees a 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3 or 3.5 as a score in a certain category (or categories) it means that's an area I feel they need to improve and develop.

When someone sees 4, 4.5 or 5 as their score in a category, that tells them, to me, they are in the professional league and have strong potential. It's a validation from a pro, letting you know you are doing a fine job.

Every artist should work hard to earn 4.5 to 5 in every category.

It's a very competitive business and people averaging in the 3's (or less) will probably not get too far without a great deal of improvement and development.

I don't give out 4's and 5's easily, so any of those you see, you have earned. Well done!

Best wishes,

Eugene Foley - Eugene Foley

"Foundre cranks up contemporary metal"

July 27, 2007
By Stephanie Kohl Special to the Courier News

Foundre: an establishment that makes metal; also a band from the suburbs.

Foundre, made up of Bob Deal, 29, of Rockford on guitar and vocals; D.K., 23, of Elgin on drums; Mike Z, 26, of Elk Grove Village on guitar; Phil 13, 28, of Elk Grove Village on bass; and Junior D, 26, of St. Charles on vocals, have been rocking with the current lineup for about two and a half years. The band was started about nine years ago by Deal.

"Everything kind of plays off of (the name)," Deal said. "The name of the album is Dross, and dross, as a definition, are the impurities and all the stuff at the top of the vat of molten metal. So essentially, it's the scum of metal. So we thought that was kind of cool and that's kind of what we think of ourselves. The scum of metal, that rises to the top though."

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Foundre will perform at 9 p.m. tonight at Instant Replay, 72 N. Kennedy Drive in Carpentersville. Admission is 21 and older with a $5 cover charge. | COURTESY PHOTO

Foundre will perform at 9 p.m. tonight at Instant Replay, 72 N. Kennedy Drive in Carpentersville. Admission is 21 and older with a $5 cover charge.

A Foundre show is pure adrenaline and nonstop energy, said Junior D and Phil 13. Performances also offer original tunes with a throwback to rock shows of the '80s.

"What was huge back in the '80s is what we all grew up on," Deal said. "When Metallica came to town and Motley Crue came to town and Ozzy came to town, they left a building burning. It was motorcycles and explosions and girls and holograms and lasers and everything you could possibly imagine, and it was all there and all in one package."

"We're trying to bring what we fell in love with music about back to the people," added Phil 13, "the stuff that people used to go to rock shows for that you don't get anymore. We try and give them a stage show, lights, audio-visual experience, everything."

The band members all have been involved with music from a young age.

Phil 13's dad was a teamster for Chicago Fest, so at age 5 Phil 13 was running around backstage while Boston played.

Junior D's entire family was into music. His uncle used to tap out Led Zeppelin on his back to put him to sleep.

For Deal, watching Nikki Sixx banging his head in Motley Crue's Looks to Kill video did it.

"That guy just emits cool out his veins," Deal said. "He sweats cool."

D.K. grew up on music and learned at an early age the drums were a good way to vent frustration.

"It's kind of how, when you write a song, you're pouring your heart into it," he said.

And Mike Z just figured out one day that he could play and has been playing since.

"There was a change in the music and I couldn't get into anything, so it was like, 'If I can't get into anything, I'll just play what I like.'"

While Foundre fits under the umbrella of metal, they like to think they appeal to a wide range of people and are more than just one genre.

"That's something that keeps me going," Deal said. "Don't get me wrong, I love to hear a guy that likes our style of music that goes, 'Right!' But it's cool in a different way when someone you know you don't really stand a chance with says, 'You guys are doing the right thing.'"

LINK TO MEDIA:,3_5_EL27_BAND_S1.article - Courier News (Elgin IL)


Dross - Available Worldwide
Emergenza Pt. 1 DVD - In circulation
Live at the Clearwater DVD - In circulation

Streaming Audio available at



Breaking out from the stale Chicago cover band scene, Foundre is on the assault. Combining pounding, screaming, break your damn neck riffs with the kind of guitar work that REAL metal should have Foundre is out to take the music scene back by force.

This band is influenced by all the rock that made music what it is today. These include Motley Crue, Metallica, Slayer and Pantera. The contemporaries include Slipknot, Godsmack and Damage Plan.

The biggest thing that sets this band apart is the amount of energy and heart that is spilled onto the stage with every performance.