Furnace Fest, the iconic metal hardcore festival renowned for attracting the heavyweights of the metalcore genre, has just made a colossal announcement. After an eight-year-long hiatus, Throwdown, the titans of the American metal scene, are all set for a much-anticipated reunion on September 22nd, 2023. This live performance at the Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Alabama, marks the band’s first appearance on stage since 2015 and their first in the United States in over a decade.
The reunion will feature the familiar faces of vocalist Dave Peters, guitarist Mark Choiniere, bassist Matt Mentley, and drummer Ben Dissault – the line-up from their 2007’s album, “Venom & Tears”. This marks Choiniere’s first appearance with the band since 2009, and Dussault’s first since 2008.
Not only are fans thrilled about the band’s return to the live scene, but there is also much excitement about the band’s 20th-anniversary edition of the album “Haymaker“. Released originally on July 1, 2003, “Haymaker” became synonymous with the metalcore genre, producing classics like “Forever” and “Never Back Down”.
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The new edition of “Haymaker” will be remastered by Chris “Zeuss” Harris, a longtime collaborator renowned for his work with artists such as Hatebreed, Rob Zombie, and Demon Hunter. The reissue will arrive later this year on CD (packaged in long-box format), cassette, and limited colored vinyl LPs.
Throwdown’s much-awaited performance will be their third at Furnace Fest, with previous shows in 2002 and 2003. The festival shared its excitement with the following statement: “@throwdownmusic x @furnacefest, Friday, Sept. 22nd = out of control! Furnace Fest family, this one was worth making you wait for. First THROWDOWN show anywhere since 2015, first THROWDOWN show in America since 2011, only THROWDOWN show planned for 2023.”
The band’s most recent album, “Intolerance“, was released in 2014 under the label MNRK Heavy.