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Heavy Rocking for a Good Cause!

December 7, 2007 - Jim Price

If you’re a fan of heavy, hard-hitting rock and need to get into the Christmas spirit, Aldo’s Place in Juniata is the place to be this Saturday night, Dec. 8. 

It’s the third annual Toys for Tots benefit show at Aldo’s, presented by Altoona-based indie recording label Heartless Mockery Records.  The donation at the door is either a $5 cash donation, or a new, unopened toy of equal or greater value.  All toys and proceeds help out the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program, and will help to brighten the holidays for needy area families.

Onstage, four hard-hitting area bands will be in action: Choking Faith, Chapter 5, Twisted and Used, and the debut of new Altoona metal band Naildriver.

Both members of the Heartless Mockery recording family, Choking Faith and Chapter 5 should both be familiar to local heavy rock fans.  Choking Faith – lead howler Jason Mittan, guitarist Dan Miller, bassist Steve Seymore and drummer Joey Richards – is expected to introduce several new songs during their performance.  Their style is intense and aggressive heavy metal, with frontman Jason delivering one of the most savage vocal roars you’re likely to hear anywhere.  Chapter 5 – singer/bassist Tim Mort, guitarists Tom Noel and Shaun Barr, and drummer Bill Mort – will again provide their brand of rampaging, metal/hardcore-infused punk, as they showcase songs from their recently-released CD A Great Day to Die.  Fans of all-out velocity, fast-firing rhythms and gang-shout choruses should savor what Chapter 5 will bring to the stage.

From Cambria County, Twisted and Used offers a different slant; coed-fronted, dark hardcore-flavored modern metal.  Formed under the name 1,000 Suicides in early 2006, the present edition of Twisted and Used features vocalists Drew Baney and Mandy Mesaros, bassist Eric Smay, guitarists Casey Surap and Mike McDannell, and drummer Bret Berkhimer.  The group has played numerous local shows, and has opened for national names such as Dope, Flaw, Marc Rizzo (Soulfly, Ill Nino), Bobaflex, Soil, Rikets and more.

Making their debut, Naildriver features several familiar local names; former Saucemonster frontman Floyd Hunter, former The Grimm guitarist Scott Botteicher, former Hexhed bassist Dan Mullan, and drummer Randy Sciarrillo.  The group will be introducing a number of original songs.  Scott and Dan are both known as finesse players on their respective instruments, so it will be interesting to witness what this new collaboration brings to the stage.

It should be a fun, hard-rocking night, and provide suitable therapy to unwind after a day of dealing with crowded malls and long checkout lines.  And it’s all for a good cause!

Aldo’s is located at 623 N. 4th Avenue in Juniata.  For more information, call 943-9907.

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Tim Mort of Chapter 5, during last year's Toys for Tots benefit show at Aldo's.


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