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“...This band is fairly new to the scene but is already creating a huge buzz with their energetic
live performances in the Pacific Northwest area. I love that they are mixing some old school
thrash sounds with more modern metal and East Coast hardcore. The whole package has a
definite East Coast sound but the band never forgets their West Coast metal roots, this is a
welcomed break from most of the genre confused new bands that have crossed my desk so far
this year. This is metal at its finest, see for yourself at: Http://
Robin Steeley
Editor In Chief
Crave Magazine August, 2006 - Crave Magazine

“... The addition of an opening metal band is a great idea and their pick of this events band was a very
fitting choice. Proven is a fairly new Portland based band with "roundhouse to the face" guitar
riffs and "fist to the gut" vocals (puns are intended). Be sure to check them out at
Http:// “
Tim Halverson
Crave Magazine August, 2006 - Crave Magazine-Tim Halverson

I truly believe that they have a really big chance to make their own history. The more and more Proven tattoos of the die-hard fans alone show that. They have the musical potential and the hard work mentality to bring their dreams alive. This is DOWN FOR LIFE music. -

...The band stands on its own two feet in regard to quality and I am eagerly looking forward to sponging the new disc off of them. But if you need references, Proven is notably DFL and their debut EP was produced by Billy Graziadei of Biohazard/Suicide City Jan.10, 2007 -

...PROVEN out of Portland, Oregon formed late in the summer of 2005. They have begun to quickly build a strong fan following throughout the Pacific Northwest, showing all very quickly that they are embraced on a nationwide audience as well by way of the attention garnered via traditional and XM radio satellite broadcasting. The band is now at its most pivotal juncture as they begin to record their debut full-length album with producer/engineer Billy Graziadei of Biohazard and Suicide City fame. Couple this with the fact that this act understands the furthering legacy of hardcore music rests in their very hands, Proven is a heavy music act to keep your eyes and ears open for. I am absolutely thrilled to have gotten this opportunity to conduct a Q&A session with the band's guitarist/vocalist, Randy Ross.

Jan. 29, 2007 -

I love hearing from hardcore metal bands, mostly because it's the music I listen to the most these days, but it's also rare to find one that sucks. This band here, coming from Portland, Oregon, hasn't been around too long, (since middle of 2005), but their music sounds like they have been playing together for many years. Really good band. Mostly hardcore, but definitely metal tendencies. Vocals remind me of Hatebreed, old school Madball and even a little bit of Biohazard. At time they have the yelling of some piece of the song, and it reminds me of the Tales from the Hardside...HARDSIDE yell. Guitars are really metal sounding, lots of cool sounding technical riffs. Reminds me of the kind of riffs I hear on a Shadows Fall album. Looking forward to hearing more tracks from them. - JensMetalPage.Com Sick Of It All's Call to Arms, Proven's approach on Truth Reign Supreme is not whiny, melodic hardcore but melodic hardcore that remains loyal to the tradition of what classic Hardcore is all about. The brutal opener, “Heaven,” sets the tone immediately with its old school gang chorus and impressive breakdowns. You won't be disappointed to hear Billy Graziadei himself making a guest vocal appearance on "The Compromise" or the bouncing call-and-answer shouts and double-bass assault on "This War" & "Bond". But it's clearly the thunderous "Pack It Up" that will leave the most lasting impression on the listener with its undeniable recognition of what came before them as they now step up with devil horns raised high in the air, more than ready to dominate. -

Portland, Oregon's PROVEN is a hardcore metal band to sit up and really watchout for. The band is on a literal shooting star ride through the system on their way to worldwide recogniton, all in a matter of literal moments it seems since I first discovered them several months back on MySpace. The band is comprised of vocalist, Marc Halverson, Randy Ross on guitars/vocals, Sam Boggess on guitars, Josh Dixon on drums and Keith Fitzgerald on bass. I actually fell head over heals in love with their straight ahead, non-over produced hardcore sound when I first heard their demo tracks, but then obviously when I noticed they were being mentored along very closely by Billy Graziadei of Biohazard fame, I'm not going to lie, that really caught my fascination. - Rocket


Proven-Self Titled EP
Truth Reign Supreme
The Black Comp. Vol. 2
Skate Rock Vol. 1
Project Independent Comp.
8 Piece Records Troop Support Comp.
Operation: United Forces Hardcore Comp.

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August of 2005 saw the arrival of Proven, when Randy Ross and Marc Halverson made a pact to do whatever it took to give hardcore metal back the respect that had been stripped from it by all the recent crossover bands populating the industry. Proven started churning out brutal hook laden riffs that mixed the ferocity of Pantera, Biohazard, Soilwork and early '80s Thrash, pummeling the Pacific Northwest with their unique style of brute force metal.

Old friendships were rekindled when Marc contacted Billy Graziadei of the legendary New York hardcore metal group Biohazard, and asked him to produce Proven's first studio album. Billy was so impressed with the demo that he asked Proven to fly out to New Jersey to record their debut EP at his Underground Sound Studios, co-owned by Danny Schuler (Biohazard/Bloodclot) and Mike Turner (Vulture).

The album was completed in only four days of tracking, with drums being laid down in one eight hour session by former Proven drummer John Gagne, who had relocated to the East Coast several months earlier.

Not long after the release in May of 2006, Proven began receiving regular rotation on 101.5 KFLY's Sunday night heavy music program, as well as obtaining features on XM radio and college radio across the nation, and have distributed over 1100 copies of the album to date, without any label assistance.

The five song EP deals with self respect, brotherhood and overcoming hardships and has received stellar reviews, garnering worldwide attention from noted heavy music journal, as well as shining stateside reviews that have gone so far as to mention that the fate of hardcore metal lay in Proven's hands.

Proven has shared the stage with national acts such as Sworn Enemy, Full Blown Chaos, Scars of Tomorrow and Nights Like These among many others.

In February of 2007, Billy Graziadei boarded a plane bound for Portland Oregon to record Proven's second album Truth Reign Supreme, at Jackpot Recording Studios. With this new release the band hopes to achieve new levels of success, they intend to tour the world and infect the masses with their brand of metal brutality.