19.01.2010

INFANTRY ROCKERS SPECIAL OPS INVADE QUEBEC & ONTARIO TOUR DATES

Montreal's infantry rockers Special Ops will be invading the following Quebec & Ontario tour dates in promotion of their third studio release "Through The Heart of The Infidel" produced by award winning producer Glen Robinson (Voivod, The Ramones, ACDC, GWAR) and engineered by Kevin Jardine (Slaves on Dope, Monarchy).

Tour Dates:
Jan 24, 2010 - Dollar Cinema - Montreal, QC - (Haiti Benefit Concert)
Jan 27, 2010 - Dagobert - Quebec City, QC
Jan 30, 2010 - Bar Le Magog - Sherbrooke, QC
Feb 5, 2010 - Club Soda - Montreal, QC
Feb 12, 2010 - Bar Le Trash - St. Hyacinthe, QC
Feb 19, 2010 - Bar St. Laurent 2 (Blankfest Quebec - Blanket Fundraiser for Montreal's Homeless) - Montreal, QC
Feb 26, 2010 - Velvet Underground - Toronto, ON
Feb 27, 2010 - Bar Le Magog - Sherbrooke, QC
March 6, 2010 - Velvet Underground- Toronto, ON
March 7, 2010 - Rainbow - Ottawa, ON

13.01.2010

SPECIAL OPS REVEAL ROBOT NAMES, TOUR DATES, TEMA AWARD WIN

Infantry rockers Special Ops reveal some of the names submitted to their contest with PUREGRAINAUDIO.com for their robot mascot who appears on the album artwork for their latest release "Through The Heart of The Infidel".

"We've reviewed some of the submissions and love the names we got. Some of the names like Vulva the Mechanical, The Baroness of Annihilation and The Duchess of Destruction are just awesome." commented Akbar Johnson. "We loved them so much we want to hear even more names before we decide on the final one, because once she's named there's no going back!"

To submit names please email contest@puregrainaudio.com.

Contest Details:
ONE (1) grand prize winner will get a copy of the new album, Through The Heart of The Infidel, a copy of the previous record Phase 2: Amidst The Madness, a Special Ops t-shirt and guest list to an upcoming show in your area (upcoming tour to be announced). ONE (1) runner up will also win a copy of Through The Heart of The Infidel.special_ops_hot_robot_chick_1778_01

How to WIN:
Special Ops have a HOT chick as their mascot. But wait... they don't have a story for her. We need YOU to name her and give her a back story. All we need you to do is send us an email and submit your codename & storyline for the Special Ops Robot Chick! Max 5 lines.

To Enter:
http://puregrainaudio.com/contests/special-ops-contest

In additional news Special Ops' music video PRESSURE has recently won Best Rock Video at the Toronto Exclusive Magazine Awards. http://www.torontoexclusive.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=234&Itemid=131

"We're honoured to have won this award. We like thank the TEMA's and especially our director Angel Berrocal and crew for the creativity to the project and making a kick ass video for the world takeover of 2010." commented vocalist Abe Froman.

01.12.2009

ROBO CHICK NEEDS A NAME - PUREGRAINAUDIO.COM & SPECIAL OPS CONTEST

PureGrainAudio.com and Montreal infantry rockers Special Ops have announced a new contest to help find a name for thier female robot mascot that appears on the bands album art work for their third studio release "Through The Heart of The Infidel".

Contest Details:
ONE (1) grand prize winner will get a copy of the new album, Through The Heart of The Infidel, a copy of the previous record Phase 2: Amidst The Madness, a Special Ops t-shirt and guest list to an upcoming show in your area (upcoming tour to be announced). ONE (1) runner up will also win a copy of Through The Heart of The Infidel.

How to WIN:
Special Ops have a HOT chick as their mascot. But wait... they don't have a story for her. We need YOU to name her and give her a back story. All we need you to do is send us an email and submit your codename & storyline for the Special Ops Robot Chick! Max 5 lines.

To Enter:
http://puregrainaudio.com/contests/special-ops-contest

21.10.2009

Special Ops Ottawa Takeover Nov 7th & 27th

It's an Ottawa takeover for Montreal snipers Special Ops as they will be performing at Cafe Deckuf (221 Rideau) on Nov 7th and 27th in support of their latest release "Through The Heart of The Infidel" , produced by award winning producer & mixer Glen Robinson (Voivod, The Ramones, ACDC, Gwar, Queensryche, Nashville Pussy) along with the engineering and production talents of Kevin Jardine (Slaves on Dope, Monarchy).

"Ottawa has been nothing but good times for us, we love rockin' that town." says Special Ops vocalist Abe Froman "It's always been at the top of our touring hit list ."

Special Ops have been rampaging the eastern part of Canada for the last few months hitting up Toronto at the beginning of October for Indie Week to catapulting down the 401 to Fredericton, NB and exploding on every rock scene in between.

"We love hitting the road, it's the best part of being a musician." comments Abe Froman. "Every town is different but every night is a rocking time."

Check out Special Ops as more tour dates will be announced.

18.09.2009

SPECIAL OPS INVADE - INDIE WEEK 2009, WIN NEW MUSIC AWARD, NEW VIDEO

Releasing their third studio album "Through The Heart of the Infidel", Special Ops have released their first music video in support of its first single "Pressure".

"Pressure is an anthem, a song for everyone that knows literally what it is to deal with the grind everyday. This song and video is for the people." commented Special Ops guitarist Akbar Johnson.

"Filming the video was a great part of putting this third album together and I hope the fans and viewers enjoy this one. I know I did."

"Pressure" can be viewed via Special Ops' official website, myspace or youtube channel: OpsMission.

In addition to Special Ops' new video, they have won the Best Metal Song for "Anger is Creeping" at the NEW MUSIC AWARDS and will be performing at this years Indie Week 2009 in Toronto at the Velvet Underground on Friday October 9th, 8pm - Tickets available at www.ticketscene.ca - $8 or entry with wristband / VIP pass.

05.08.2009

CABARET - SEPT. 12th - SPECIAL OPS LAUNCH "THROUGH THE HEART OF THE INFIDEL"

Brace yourselves and save the date – September 12th at 8:00pm at The Cabaret (2111 Boulevard Saint-Laurent) international collective and metal-rock extraordinaires, Special Ops, will be officially releasing their third album “Through the Heart of the Infidel.” Preparing for what is bound to be a powerful and explosive album launch, the band is excited to finally bring their greatest work of music to date, to the masses.

23.04.2009

IT'S ALL ABOUT “Pressure” at CAFÉ Campus May 9th - Special Ops Release Party

With their new single "Pressure" ready to launch, Special Ops are set to unleash their live assault in support of a new two song sneak peak sampler / USB dubbed “Arterial Motives” on May 9th at Cafe Campus (2nd Floor), 57 Prince Arthur, with local Montreal Rockers Plight and Ashtray. Doors open at 6pm - Show at 7pm “Arterial Motives” features their new single "Pressure" along with an extra bonus track "HM" from their latest studio effort. Special Ops' upcoming third album “Through The Heart of The Infidel” was produced with Montreal native and award winning producer/engineer Glen Robinson (Voivod, GrimSkunk, Bionic, Branvan 3000) and is set to be released later this fall.


16.04.2009

NEW SINGLE ON MYSPACE! Special Ops In The Barracks w/ Producer Glen Robinson

Bombs Away!!! Special Ops return to the barracks for their third upcoming album "Through The Heart of The Infidel" with award winning producer/mixer/engineer Glen Robinson (Voivod, Ramones, AC/DC, Gwar, Queensryche, Nashville Pussy). After releasing their award nominated "Phase 2: Amidst The Madness" and successful single "Anger is Creeping", which was chosen as the TV theme song and soundtrack for the "Sid Cycle Show" (Global / Men TV) in 2007. Special Ops are igniting the dynamite and previewing the first single "Pressure" via their myspace page. The anticipation to see Montreal's Special Ops live, has been a long way coming. With their third studio album still in recording, Special Ops got plenty of sneak peak music for their fans before they return to the barracks.

"We've been in studio recording with Glen Robinson (Dave Grohl with Probot, Voivod, AC/DC etc...) for the upcoming third album and what a ride this album is going to take people." Says bassist Waldo Thornhill. "With all the unfortunate events that's going on, plus the stuff we suffered through tour cancellations last summer and just a run of bad luck to follow. We're ready to turn that bad luck into barrage of great music."

Special Ops last release Phase 2: Amidst the Madness was nominated for a TEMA Award for Best Rock Song "Anger Is Creeping"

 

05.02.2009

ADMISSION IS A BLANKET - BLANKFEST QUEBEC HELPS HOMELESS IN MONTREAL GET WARM – BLANKETS DONATED TO OLD MISSION BREWERY

The 1st annual BlankFest Quebec will cover the city of Montreal with a blanket fundraiser on Saturday, February 21st at the city's landmark venue Bar St. Laurent 2, located at 5550 St. Laurent (corner St. Viateur).
Blankfest Quebec’s goal is to collect as many Blankets for the homeless this year as possible and is asking guests to bring new and used blankets or comforters in good condition (minimum one per person) as the price of admission to the event. In addition to the announcement of Blankfest Quebec blanket fundraiser, Blankfest Quebec is proud to announce that all blankets raised will be donated to Montreal’s well loved Old Mission Brewery in aiding the homeless they so generously aid every winter season. Since we can't deny that the winter season and below zero temperatures are always creeping around the corner. Those left with out a home and sleeping in the streets are vulnerable to frostbite and death. BlankFest Quebec stresses the importance in saving lives and keeps those less fortunate than others to stay warm over the winter. Blank-Fest Quebec in co-operation with the Old Mission Brewery, has been organized by Jon Asher after reading about his friend New York City indie rock veteran Kenn Rowell of The Baghdaddios founding BlankFest in 1997 and organizing an annual blanket fundraiser in New York City. In the past, Rowell says, Blank-Fest NYC has raised more than 4,000 total donations that have been distributed to the homeless in the New York City area, and has inspired similar efforts in New Jersey, Manhattan, and Nottingham, UK. Among the many distinguished artists who have performed at past international Blank-Fests are: Rothberg (EMI), Buddy Cage (Grateful Dead), Marc Rizzo (Soulfly) and Meg Griffin (Sirius Radio). Tickets or reservations are not required. Simply bring one or more blankets to the event.

 

06.10.2008

MONTREAL’S SPECIAL OPS DOUBLE ATTACK TORONTO’S PHOENIX & TORONTO EXCLUSIVE MAGAZINE AWARDS

Montreal’s infantry rockers Special Ops are preparing to invade Toronto for a double assault on Friday, October 10th at the Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne Street 8pm by Awsum Ink Ent. & Wednesday, October 22nd at Smiling Buddha Lounge, 961 College St. West for a performance at the 2nd Annual Toronto Exclusive Magazine Awards Recognition Night. This is quite an achievement for Special Ops after returning to touring dates after the unfortunate news that Bassist Waldo Thornhill was diagnosed with colon cancer earlier in spring 2008. “We are so honoured to be returning back to Toronto, this city has always been great to us, all the recruits for the Special Ops infantry have just been amazing.” Says Special Ops guitarist Akbar Johnson. “I can’t wait to shoot off our rockets again, it’s been awhile since we’ve played Toronto and to return to the trenches here in Toronto is continuing the uphill battle.”



29.04.2008

CANCER CANCELS SPECIAL OPS INVASION OF CANADIAN TOUR DATES!

Due to the unfortunate event of Special Ops bassist Waldo Thornhill being diagnosed with colon cancer just days before the Special Ops “Bringin The Madness” cross Canada tour was to kick off on May 2nd in Ottawa. The decision to cancel all May tour dates has been made.

“This is really a difficult moment for me, I really wanted to do this tour, but on the advice of my doctors I must remain in Montreal and do treatment. Says Thornhill. “It was a life or death choice for me and I want to thanks the fans for understanding and I look forward to my return to the stage.”

The dates that will be performed from the scheduled tour are the following:


June 7, 2008, - The Underground, 41 Catharine St., Hamilton, Ontario
June 28, 2008 - Club Social, 810 East Main Street, Welland, Ontario
July 19, 2008 - Bar St Laurent, 5550 St. Laurent. Montreal, Quebec

“It’s a difficult choice for the band as a whole, were so close like a family and have this happen to one of us it just shocking, but I know the music will heal us all.” Says SO guitarist Akbar Johnson.

Bassist Waldo Thornhill will be entering treatment and is thanking the support of family, friends and fans for this difficult time.
“ I’m going kick the ass out of this cancer, who does it think it is creeping into my bum.” Says Thornhill.

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DRINK!
Myrtle Beach, SC

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Zakk's Coffeehouse
Murfreesboro, NC

2010/05/05
The Stage
Pulaski, VA

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Blue Rock Tavern
Cincinnati, OH

2010/04/30
I Rock
Detroit, MI