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Velocity Engine

Velocity Engine

Velocity Engine


Velocity Engine was formed in 2001 by guitarist Jason Johnson (Fragment (USA)) and vocalist/guitarist Bill Cole (Holdstrong, Pindrop Records), soon after adding drummer Jeff Wheeler and bassist Chris Bloom (both also formerly of Fragment). With influences that ran the gamut from Face To Face to Blink 182 to Foo Fighters to Slayer, they often described their sound as pop punk with overtones of hardcore and metalcore. They recorded their first EP, Version. Read more on Last.fm
Velocity Engine was formed in 2001 by guitarist Jason Johnson (Fragment (USA)) and vocalist/guitarist Bill Cole (Holdstrong, Pindrop Records), soon after adding drummer Jeff Wheeler and bassist Chris Bloom (both also formerly of Fragment). With influences that ran the gamut from Face To Face to Blink 182 to Foo Fighters to Slayer, they often described their sound as pop punk with overtones of hardcore and metalcore. They recorded their first EP, Version.1, in the first half of 2002 at Zing Studios with engineer/guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz (Killswitch Engage). To help round out their live sound, VE began recruiting for a 2nd guitarist, which would also allow Bill to focus on vocals. Allan Arakelian (another former Fragment member) came on board that fall.

Soon afterward it was announced that the band had struck a distro deal with the Life Recording Company, whose previous releases included Bane, Cataract and Embrace Today. Version.1 would be Life Records' 8th release, and both the band and the label set to work to promote the album. As a result, many positive pre-release reviews started to pour in and some large retail and mail-order distribution deals were signed. A release date for the album was announced for early Spring of 2003 In the meantime, Allan was growing restless and decided to leave the band after a few short months to pursue other projects.

With the release date looming near, the band immediately began courting Aaron Dalbec (Life Records, Bane, Converge, Only Crime) as a replacement, with Aaron signing on just before the release of the CD. The band played their first show in June 2003 at the Palladium in Worcester, MA, with Death By Stereo, Hotrod and None More Black. They continued to play sporadic shows across New England between Aaron's touring schedules with his other bands, all the while receiving many rave reviews of their CD. By the end of 2003 much had changed in the lives of the members of VE. Since forming, one member got married, two members formed businesses of their own and two kids were born. All of this, plus the infrequency of shows and the halted momentum began taking their toll.

Jay left in December of that year, with Chris following a few months later. The band would go through four more members in the next 3-years (Chris Hill, Jay Banks, Chris Veau and A. J. Greguoli) before slowing to a stop in early 2006.

Though the band is not officially broken up, it is no longer active in writing or performing. 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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