Mass Punishment, Reigning Champs of The Break Contest, Gear up to Play Their Way to Skate & Surf Festival Again
The prizes are bigger this time around, but so is the talent!
Mass Punishment is back with a vengeance. At The Break Contest last year, they shredded their way to the great Skate & Surf Festival stage and played alongside bands like Alkaline Trio, New Found Glory and Circa Survive, bringing true, militant, and raw metal power into the mix.
This year, the stakes are higher, but Mass Punishment is rising to the challenge. The winners of GameLoud’s The Break Contest 2015 would share the festival stage with such talent as Dropkick Murphys, Manchester Orchestra, Terror, and Gideon. Finalists might even get the chance make Attila look bad.
First prize winners would also:
- Have their music featured in a Gameloud app
- Headline a showcase at New Jersey’s legendary venue GameChanger World
- Get an opening slot for an upcoming national act
- Studio recording package
- Video production package
- Artist merchandise package
You can catch Mass Punishment on March 1st at GameChanger World in Howell, New Jersey competing in the 1st round of The Break Contest!
More About Mass Punishment
American metal band Mass Punishment’s conception began after Chris Milos’ honorable discharge from the United States Army after crossing the Kuwait/Iraq international border with the 3rd Infantry Division for Operation Iraqi Freedom. Having wandered around desolate Baghdad and witnessing firsthand the horror and atrocities of war, Chris returned home with something to say. Using combat as the platform for his music, he started writing the heavy riffs and lyrics to set the stage and bring his message to life.
Chris was soon joined by drummer Brian Donat, a veteran of the Drum Corps who had qualified for the “World’s Fastest Drummer” competition. The frontman position was bestowed upon powerhouse Erick Laurino, whose voice is so scorching that it will sear through your flesh. Soon after came bassist Scott Ferguson, combining unparalleled stage presence with his precision and power as the bass gunner.
The band’s first full length offering, Proving Grounds Vol. 1, was released on the 4th of July, 2014. With it, Mass Punishment set out to prove their vast skill and bring the heavy ~ and they did both in spades. The album was produced by Eric Rachel, who has worked with metal icons including as Skid Row, Hatebreed, Dillinger Escape Plan, God Forbid, The Black Dahlia Murder, and many more. The album also features a guest appearance by Symphony X guitarist Michael Romeo, who was recently ranked in Guitar World’s 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarists of All Time.
2014 proved a monumental year for Mass Punishment. In the midst of dropping a colossal album, sharing the stage with GWAR, Decapitated and Unearth, and making their mark on the modern thrash scene, they won 1st place in Game Changer World’s The Break Contest, securing a spot at New Jersey’s legendary Skate and Surf Festival.
If these last few months are any indication (and we’ve got no doubt that they are!), Mass Punishment’s message will soon assault the ears and minds of metal fans everywhere.