Mike Thrasher Presents

Friday, December 13, 2013 at Hawthorne Theatre
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Fate's Warning
Earth To Ashes
Never Awake

Friday, December 13, 2013
Hawthorne Theatre 503-233-7100
1507 SE 39th Ave, Portland, OR (MapQuest)
8pm (doors open at 7pm). All Ages.
$18.00 advance tix from Cascade Tickets.
$20.00 at the door.


When prog rock first reared its head during the early '70s, it contained elements of hard rock, but few bands crossed the line into heavy metal. This all changed during the '80s, when bands such as Dream Theater, Watchtower, and Fates Warning merged their love of Yes and Rush with their admiration for Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. Formed in Hartford, CT in 1983, Fates Warning has endured quite a few lineup changes since its inception, with the exception of guitarist Jim Matheos, who has been present through it all. Starting off as a straight-ahead metal band (their progressive side didn't show up until a few years later), Fates Warning built up a regional following, which soon led to a recording contract with metal indie label Metal Blade. With vocals being handled by John Arch, Fates Warning issued such titles as 1984's Night on Brocken, 1985's The Spectre Within, and 1986's Awaken the Guardian, the latter of which became the first record from the group to appear on the Billboard album charts. Wanting to break out of a somewhat one-dimensional metal sound, Arch was dismissed in 1987 and replaced with Ray Alder. The move immediately paid off for Fates Warning, as their music (and lyrics/subject matter) became much more complex and challenging. The band's first recording with Alder, 1988's No Exit, would go on to become their highest-charting album ever (peaking at number 111), and was followed up a year later with Perfect Symmetry, as well as an inaugural tour of Europe. The early '90s saw Fates Warning focus primarily on touring (only one album was issued during a several-year span, 1991's Parallels), although Matheos did issue a solo album in 1993, First Impressions. 1994 saw the group issue Inside Out, which was supported with a U.S. tour alongside Dream Theater (at a hometown gig in Connecticut, former frontman Arch joined the band on-stage). The band's first best-of compilation, Chasing Time, followed a year later, as did appearances on tribute albums for Rush (Working Man) and Judas Priest (Legends of Heavy Metal), which helped buy the band time as they began composing the most challenging album of their career. It was also around this time that former Armored Saint bassist Joey Vera joined the group (although he was originally thought to be a temporary replacement, Vera was still present several years later). Finally issued in 1997, Pleasant Shade of Gray took the extended suite style of 2112 and Tales from Topographic Oceans to a new extreme, as the album was comprised of a single, hour-long song (broken down into 12 different, untitled sections). The very first live release by Fates Warning, Still Life, was issued in 1998, while Matheos issued a solo releases the following year (Away with Words) and Alder, having formed a side project, Engine, recorded an eponymous CD. Fates Warning continues strong into the 21st century, as evidenced by 2000's studio album Disconnected, and further extensive touring -- including a set of summer dates in 2003 alongside prog metal comrades Queensr├┐che and Dream Theater. The band marked its 20th anniversary with the release of FWX in 2004.


Artizan is a five piece melodic power metal band from Jacksonville, Fl.

Founded by drummer Ty Tammeus in 2008, Artizan crafts powerful, melodic metal. Dynamic song structure, dominant rhythms and melodic hooks are key ingredients to the Artizan formula.

Singer Tom Braden's vocals have been described by Metal Maniacs magazine as "pure and towering." His distinctive tone, strength and range are fundamental elements that personify the Artizan sound. Hit Parader describes Tom as "a combination of Geoff Tate and John Arch."

Ty Tammeus is famous for his intense drumming. He applies a creative energy and is the driving impetus of Artizan .Ty has garnered favorable reviews in numerous publications including Modern Drummer and Metal Maniacs.

Guitarist Shamus McConney applies rhythms and transcending harmonies. Churning riffs, melodic phrases and searing solos are woven throughout the tapestry of Artizan.

Dangerdog.com states "Artizan's debut EP is substantial evidence that this band is onto something very good. The work is blessed by well-crafted compositions which blend melodic hooks with developed, but not overbearingly complex, progressive arrangements. Each of the three songs quickly piques your interest and pulls you in. Braden's vocals may be the highlight here as he soars with a strength uncommon in most modern metal vocals. Equally impressive is the vigorous fret work which, at times, mimics old school classic metal yet with renewed energy and passion. This is solid stuff: an easy and entertaining listen for all melodic metal fans, yet with enough twists to keep prog fans happy. Any label worth its melodic heavy metal salt should hook up with Artizan at the first opportunity."


Earth to Ashes is comprised of four individuals with very different styles and influences. The result is a style of progressive metal that stands apart from the mainstream


Hailing from rainy Portland, Oregon-Never Awake's members share the indescribable habitat for music that is the Pacific Northwest United States.

The result is the environment is the likes of Jimmy Hendrix, and bands like Soundgarden, Nirvana, Alice in Chains, and Pearl Jam just to name a few.

Although these gods of rock and grunge can be heard in Never Awake's unmistakable sound, their musical roots grow deeper, from the classical tones of Bach to the heavy hitting orchestrations of Megadeth.

Influenced at a young age by Led Zeppelin, Hendrix, and the Beatles, the members of Never Awake are now hooked on the likes of Dream Theater, Opeth, Porcupine Tree, and Symphony X, always pushing the limits of their instruments and themselves.

The year of 2012 has been a "Grand Opening" of sorts for Never Awake. Opening for none other than Uli Jon Roth of The Scorpions in February, releasing their debut EP on March 18th, and making their first online appearances on multiple stations.


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