“I keep the vocals heavy throughout while the music alternates between melodic and heavy. I think you can express a different level of emotion by having heavy vocals over melodic music.” The current lineup, as heard on Moment Of Reckoning, comprises Ortiz, Mike Warren and Steve Pruett on guitar, Joseph Fontenot on bass and Josh Montano on drums. Citing such influences as Megadeth, Anthrax, Iron Maiden, Overkill and Meshuggah, this young band is well-schooled in the art of metal. Having been signed to Zero-Sum, a label founded by manager Paul Bassman, Jacknife is seeing quite an opportunity to excel. Paul has worked with Texas metal royalty, managing Damageplan and Drowning Pool.
“Paul has a name that carries itself,” says Ortiz. “Since we are the first band signed to his label, we’re getting lots of attention.” With a rabid Texas following, Jacknife has worked their way onto bills with some of the biggest names in metal and hardcore under the sun, including Slayer, Killswitch Engage, Lamb Of God, Agnostic Front and Machine Head. Now Jacknife is preparing to take their crusade to the next level by embarking on a national U.S. tour with It Dies Today, Sinai Beach, Still Remains and Bullet For My Valentine.
Is Jacknife looking forward to national exposure? “This is a great opportunity for us… we just want people to have an open mind when they listen to our music,” says Ortiz. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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