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Beaten Back to Pure

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1998, amidst the sweltering heat and humidity of another intolerable Virginia summer, the foundation of the State’s most prolific southern-tinged metal band was being laid. Encouraged by the 3-B’s (Beer, Bongs and Boredom) Ben Hogg and Vince Burke began harvesting the fruits of what was to become the mighty Beaten Back To Pure. The lineup would change over the next couple of years, even losing the entire rhythm section, but by the time their 2000 demo (Double Barrel Blasphemy) was recorded and available as a limited release, the band had solidified. The group consisted of Ben Hogg (Vocals), Vince Burke (Guitar), Eric Sundt (Guitar), Tim “Slam” Jacobs (Bass) and Chuck Ember (Drums). Later that same year, the guys would find themselves recording their first “official” release with Steve Austin (Today Is The Day, Lamb Of God, Converge) that would later be entitled Southern Apocalypse. Retribute Records in the UK would officially release the album in 2001. Amongst much hype and rightfully earned of course, Beaten Back To Pure toured incessantly developing a name for themselves as one of the most intense live bands to dare witness throughout the Southern and East Coasts. In the midst of all the hoopla, Beaten Back To Pure found some time to write, record and release their second LP, again on Retribute entitled The Last Refuge of the Sons of Bitches. However, prior to the recording, Eric had left the band only to be replaced by a local guitar “hero” by the name of Richie Scharr.

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