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Issue #1

by Randall Flagg

A seamless blend of hardcore and death metal that's unabashedly in-your-face, and yet melodic and carefully structured
Genre: Metal/Punk: Metalcore
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1. Walter
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2. Lightning of Gods
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3. Evolution
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Album Notes
The members of RANDALL FLAGG may look like your typical New Jersey guys, but once the band's vehement sound-a seamless blend of hardcore and death metal-begins blasting from the stage, it's apparent they're an extraordinary crew. Unabashedly in-your-face, and yet melodic, the band's heavy, carefully structured, technical songs deliver the emotional wallop and carnal assault that has been garnering raves from New York and New Jersey venues and a hearty, devoted fan base.

The multi-talented crew has continued to evolve since forming in 1999-not in only in its sound, but in its line-up. Consisting of high school pals Adam Browning (vocals), Ryan Fleming (guitar) and Babak "Bob" Davodian (bass), along with the drum mastermind JJ Hrubovcak, the band continues to push itself and its music further into the unconventional and unusual. Davodian who joined the band in the spring of 2005, and Hrubovcak in 2007, also were co-founders of the extreme death metal tech-fest Divine Rapture adding new thunderous textures.

"Our style is unique," says Browning. "A hybrid of insane, hardcore mixed with artistic and melodic metal." It is this amalgam that separates RANDALL FLAGG from most other heavy metal bands. "I think [that] musically, we walk a different path and try to mix new sounds and styles into a heavy metal context," adds Fleming. "Basically, there are no rules for what we write. If it sounds good and it's interesting, anything can become a song."

From forming in a Rockland County, NY garage to performing at New York City venues such as CBGBs, The Knitting Factory and Don Hill's, RANDALL FLAGG has evolved into something distinctly special in the heavy music scene. After a few personnel shifts, the Jersey City-based band has settled into a cohesive unit. Drawing from a wide array of individual backgrounds, interests and influences-including Nirvana, Persian folklore, Nine Inch Nails, Botch, film scoring, audio engineering, The Dillinger Escape Plan, graphic design, The Smashing Pumpkins and the Deftones-there's a rare and inherent depth in RANDALL FLAGG's music.

Concentrating on communicating an original sound-often thunderous, always compelling-rather than fitting into the heavy metal band stereotypes, RANDALL FLAGG leaves the metal to their music. "We are basically a bunch of geeks who like computers, video games and movies," says Fleming. "We're nice guys who say 'please' and 'thank you'. There's none of that macho/tough guy 'I'm metal!' attitude."

Like the writings of Stephen King-whose apocalyptic antagonist in The Stand is where the band grabs its name from-RANDALL FLAGG's music is intense, dark, thought-provoking, captivating, and enduring.

As they put it best, "RANDALL FLAGG is what's for breakfast. It stays crunchy, even in milk."




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you guys got something goin here, good work

Metal rulz

Good cd bad live band
Someone told me these guys were playing with Powerman5000 so I listened to the tracks here and liked them alot. But what I heard live was the same songs played with endless blastbeats on top of really bad vocals and poor musicianship. Its almost as if they were forcing metal to become death metal. The CD is excellent and I recommend you buy it. All 3 of these tracks sound good, but they do not sound like this live at all.


I saw these guys a few months ago and the cd although it's awesome it's nothing compared to seeing them live they are so fucking tight, great shit can't wait for more!


You guys are the sickest band I've ever heard! I have to get the CD.


Like breaking open a black hole to find God
These guys are some of the most ingenious musicians I've heard in quite sometime. They pull influences from rock to metal to hardcore to things I've never even heard before. This Cd is extremely well written and I only wish there was more. It's filled with sick time changes, gut wrenching screams and killer rifting. If you like brutality this is your music.


i have too get the cd i love randall flag they refresh my
brain from school the baddest coolest band i have ever heard i like slipknot too!


the coolest band of the gods
my name is sienna randall flag is the best band ever
i have too give them 5 stars that band rocks!

i love death metal


absolutely refreshing and alive!!!
this cd and any other future projects from this band need to be in every metal household. incredible how out of all the great musicians in the metal world how 4 of the absolute best ended up together. i have seen them live as well man you guys are relentless!!!! awesome job!!!!


very cool
Pretty awesome stuff. Checked out your myspace page, so when is the full length coming out?



Good cd bad reviewer
Sorry, but I'm going to have to disagree cold-heartedly with "Metal rulz". First of all, those same 3 songs they play now, don't have any blast beats except for lighting of gods, which is like literally a 3 second blast beat. Secondly, overall there aren't "endless" blast beats in their music dude. You obviously haven't heard enough music to make a dumb comment like that. They use it sparingly, and again it's not even in every song, so your comment has no merit. Thirdly, no offense to the drummer on the old 3 song EP, but the way these songs are played now kick way more ass. The old drums are fine and everything but they don't do anything. I've seen them at the Starland for the warped thing and they were tight as all hell. If you think death metal sounds like that you really don't belong critiqing music at all man.
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