February 23, 2005


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Taking nothing to the extreme
Nothingface will make you scream with pain
By Richie Victorino  rvictorino@hippopress.com

The members of Nothingface, a hardcore band out of Washington, D.C., have more ink on their skin than they have, well, skin.

They are hardcore to the bone, having been a part of Ozzfest 2003 and having toured with Pantera, Disturbed, Mudvayne and Ministry. They’re hardcore with songs such as “Murder is Masturbation.”

Their lyrics are dark, raw and, of course, hardcore: “I saw hell in your eyes, God screamed with Hate, said ‘Let them bleed out’” sings frontman Matt Holt in “Walking on Bodies.”

Their Web site (www.officialnothingface.com) represents them well. Even if you don’t like their music, tooling around their site can keep you entertained for a few minutes while you’re bored at work.

The band formed in the mid-’90s but didn’t make their major label debut until 2000, with the release of Violence on TVT Records.

Some of the faces of Nothingface have changed over the years (including the addition of former Deadlights/Danzig bassist Jerry Montano). Since these changes — and a much-needed hiatus in 2003 — Nothingface has worked hard to evolve into something more than just hardcore rock: extreme rock.

“Writing, sweating, suffering, living and bleeding for this band over the years is something many may never know, but they will feel it and hear it in the music, be it pure f--king hate or blissful pain,” wrote Montano on the band’s Web site. “That to me is what this band is all about, and that’s honesty.”

The band is back with a new energy and a slew of tour dates in 2006, performing with Silent Civilian all over the East and Midwest. They have dedicated themselves to wowing the crowd with loud, hard music and energy every night.

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HThe band: Nothingface is made up of Matt Holt, vocals; Tommy Sickles, drums; Tom Maxwell, guitar; Jerry Montano, bass.
See them live: You have two chances to see Nothingface this week. Check them out on Tuesday, Feb. 28, and Wednesday, March 1 at Mark’s Showplace. Mark’s Showplace is located at 390 South River Road, Bedford, (877) 668-7444.
Learn them, hear them: Check out Nothingface’s creepy Web site at www.officialnothingface.com and hear four of their songs at www.myspace.com/nothingface1.