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Since 2001, Iowa based FACECAGE have been sowing the seeds of a Midwestern rebellion. Through relentless touring and promotion, FACECAGE have succeeded in creating one of the largest fan bases in the Midwest and receiving critical accolades from their peers and the press. After touring the region and promoting their independent releases ‘FACECAGE’ (2002) and ‘II’ (2004), the band developed a live resume that included opening for national acts like: STAIND, STATIC X, NONPOINT, POWERMAN 5000, HED PE, RA, ADEMA, UNLOCO, DOUBLE DRIVE, LO PRO, SPINESHANK, GENITORTURERS, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and PRONG. Through their focus and independent promotion, FACECAGE built a touring network that spanned IOWA, MINNESOTA, WISCONSIN, ILLINOIS, NEBRASKA, TEXAS, LOUISIANA, TENNESSEE, MISSOURI, SOUTH DAKOTA, KANSAS and COLORADO. In January 2003, FACECAGE was invited to perform at the legendary SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST (SXSW) MUSIC AND INTERACTIVE FESTIVAL in Austin, Texas, as well as being added to the SXSW 2003 COMPILATION CD. Named ‘BEST INDEPENDENTLY RELEASED CD OF 2002’ by the METAL POST OF SAN FRANCISCO, and “ONE OF THE TOP 20 UNSIGNED BANDS” by XM Radio’s ‘LIQUID METAL’, FACECAGE can be heard in regular rotation on XM RADIO. As of 2005, no less than five tracks off of ‘FACECAGE II’ were in rotation on any given day. In the summer of 2005, after solidifying their base in the Midwest and touring the southern regions of the U.S., longtime friend and confidant COREY TAYLOR (SLIPKNOT, STONE SOUR) came on board to produce their most ambitious album yet… Taylor said of the band, “I’ve seen them work very hard, go through various changes, pay their dues and become a great band over the years. I’m very proud of them. Success doesn’t come without sweat.” He describes the band as, “The heaviness of SEPULTURA, the groove of (BLACK) SABBATH, the dark melodies of the Midwest and the drive of one hundred bands from either coast.” Recorded in Taylor’s hometown of Des Moines, Iowa, though-out the Fall and Winter of 2005, '‘FACECAGE III'’ marks the evolution of the band and the growth of their songwriting. When asked about the final results, Taylor commented: "I think it’s the perfect result of a tremendous band’s evolution from being in the basement with dreams to expanding, learning and honing their craft as an organic musical entity. In layman’s terms, they kick ass like never before on this album.” Taylor adds, "There are so many great moments on this album that it’s hard to pick out a single track. ‘'Weakness Inside You’' has that epic feeling from top to bottom, ‘'Drill Bits'’ makes you want to drive your car into a fucking wall, and let’s not even DISCUSS what '‘Nothing But Contempt’' makes me want to do!” In 2006, the band joined forces with Taylor to form an independent Iowa based label, GREAT BIG MOUTH RECORDS. In an unusual move for the industry, it partnered the band and Taylor with the focus on grass roots promotion and artist development. When asked why he and the band decided to release the album via GREAT BIG MOUTH, and base the label in the Midwest, Taylor replies: “Because it’s FROM the Midwest. It was born here, it grew here, it has thrived here, the fans have carried it here and it has spread from here. Nobody in the so called ‘industry’ had the fuckin’ balls to do it, so it’s going to take someone with Midwestern balls to release it.” Taylor added, “If I’ve learned anything, it’s that the industry has to be led by the fucking hand to what kind of music people want. And, that’s what we’re trying to do.” When asked why he and the band decided to release the album via GREAT BIG MOUTH, and base the label in the Midwest, Taylor replies: "“Because it’s FROM the Midwest. It was born here, it grew here, it has thrived here, the fans have carried it here and it has spread from here. Nobody in the so called ‘industry’ had the fuckin’ balls to do it, so it’s going to take someone with Midwestern balls to release it.”" Taylor added, “If I’ve learned anything, it’s that the industry has to be led by the fucking hand to what kind of music people want. And, that’s what we’re trying to do.” Taylor offers a blunt description of where the band is headed in the coming year, “Anywhere they want. Not anywhere they NEED, any fucking where they want. The sky’s the limit, the time is now and god help anyone who gets in their fucking way.” Taylor adds, “July 15th – write it down. The day the Midwest took over again.” Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.