40 Below Summer

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40 Below Summer
Origin New Jersey, United States
Genres Nu metal,[1][2] alternative metal,[3] hard rock[4][5]
Years active 1998–2005, 2006, 2010, 2011-present
Labels Crash Music Inc., Razor & Tie, London-Sire, Warner Bros., Super Massive Music Group
Website http://40belowsummer.tumblr.com/
Members Max Illidge
Joey D'Amico
David Mondragon
Derrick Klybish
Anthony Devizio

40 Below Summer is an American metal band from New Jersey.

Forming in 1998, the band broke up seven years later in 2005. After two small reunions in 2006 and 2010, they permanently reformed in 2011. Their latest album, Transmission Infrared, was released on iTunes on October 16, 2015.[6]


Beginnings (1998–2000)[edit]

40 Below Summer came together after drummer and Peruvian native Carlos Aguilar met singer Max Illidge in a band named Alien.[7] Joey D'Amico later joined the duo playing guitar. Pete Savad joined soon after playing bass at first, then moving to guitar with the addition of Jordan Plingos on bass. The self-released Side Show Freaks (1999) was recorded with these lineups at their rehearsal location in the Music Building, NYC. Savad left the band as they got close to signing their first record deal. Moving Plingos to guitar, the band added Steve Ferreira who was soon replaced by Puerto Rican-born Hector Graziani on bass. Soon after, Rain (2000) was self-released.

Invitation to the Dance (2001–2002)[edit]

Eventually, a deal was signed with London-Sire Records. Their debut major label album Invitation to the Dance was released on October 16, 2001 (some sources state September 11, 2001[5]), and was produced by GGGarth. Two months after its release, London-Sire went out of business due to a corporate merger. This led to the band being briefly signed to parent label Warner Bros. Records during 2002.[8] Warner subsequently re-issued Invitation to the Dance.[7]

After performing on the Jägermeister Music Tour with Drowning Pool, Coal Chamber and Ill Niño, and then again with Slipknot, Fear Factory, and Chimaira, but only on select dates, they started to write material for their second album. While the band started writing almost immediately after the release of their previous album, they threw out some fifteen songs before coming up with 21 that they reduced down to the final ten (plus a bonus track, "The Day I Died").

The Mourning After (2003–2005)[edit]

Unsigned at this point, Razor & Tie Records saw the band in February 2003 when they played in New York City with E.Town Concrete. A deal was signed in June just as the band entered the studio. The band would later strike a licensing deal with Roadrunner Records for the album's UK release.[9]

Their second album The Mourning After was released on October 28, 2003. Two singles were released from the album in "Self-Medicate" and "Taxi Cab Confession". The video for the former received a fair amount of airplay on MTV2's Headbanger's Ball. The band negotiated a release from their contract in 2004. Not long after this Jordan was temporarily replaced by Ty Fury. The band then recruited Ryan Juhrs (formerly of Flaw) to fill the spot officially and Carlos left soon after.[7]

The Last Dance (2006)[edit]

Despite breaking up, 40 Below Summer released The Last Dance on October 31, 2006 via Crash Music Inc.[7] The album features nine demo versions of songs intended for their third LP, as well as a bonus DVD featuring footage of the band's "last" performance at the Starland Ballroom (September 2005). The album sold 1,095 copies during its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.[10]

In October 2006, there was speculation that the band had reunited. This was later dismissed by guitarist Joey D'Amico who stated that the band was just going to do a few shows to promote the release of The Last Dance. However, D'Amico also stated that there was a possibility that 40 Below Summer would record a new album in the future.

The band filmed a music video for the single "Relapse" with director Frankie Nasso.[11] The song was originally written by 2005 guitarist Ty Fyhrie (Fury). Ty Fyhrie also played the 2nd guitar parts on "The Last Dance." Ty went on to work with the bands Murder Of Crows, Dirty Little Rabbits, FOMOFUIAB and Trapt.

In a radio interview with All Knowing Force, Illidge stated that he expected 40 Below Summer would tour and play 5-10 shows a year. Although his main priority is with his new project Black Market Hero, he didn't rule out the possibility of the band one day recording another album.

The band did however re-issue their independently released EP Rain on July 31, 2007 via Crash Music. In addition to the five songs originally released, seven demo tracks were also included,[7] as well as all new cover artwork. Sideshow Freaks was also re-released on July 15, 2008 by ex-Korn guitarist Brian "Head" Welch's record label Driven Music Group.[12]

Break-up (2006–2010)[edit]

Ali Nassar replaced Carlos, and after playing two shows under the 40 Below Summer moniker, they decided to rename the project Black Market Hero.[13] They were soon joined by 2 members of Flaw, drummer Micah Havertape and Ryan Jurhs.[14] In January 2006, Graziani was forced to leave the band due to severe hearing loss he had suffered after years of performing.[13] Former Confliction bassist Matt Fortin joined in August 2006. In 2008, guitar virtuoso Angel Vivaldi replaced Ryan as their permanent lead guitarist and quickly began to write fresh material for a full-length record.[15] Black Market Hero's first single, "Freedom Dealer," was released in summer 2007.[13]

With Daggers Drawn was the newest project consisting of former members of 40 Below Summer. Angel Vivaldi performed live in With Daggers Drawn while actively in Black Market Hero during most of 2009. This was before the addition of Joey D'Amico and Max Illidge at which point he delved further into his solo instrumental career. With Daggers Drawn consisted of Max Illidge, Joey D'Amico, Ed Schiro, Tommy Costello, and Greg Telfeian.[16]

Despite 40 Below Summer's status of being broken up at this time, Max would occasionally reunite the band to play shows at the Starland Ballroom. These shows were done as a way to draw attention to his other projects, as well as projects by friends and significant others of his (all of whom would open these "one-off" shows).

Reformation and Fire at Zero Gravity (2011–2014)[edit]

On July 12, 2010 it was announced that 40 Below Summer would play a reunion show on Saturday, October 2, 2010 at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey. God Forbid and With Daggers Drawn played support. 40 Below played "Invitation to the Dance" from cover-to-cover.[17]

On February 27, 2012 it was announced that Max and Joey had parted ways with the project: With Daggers Drawn.[18] Soon after, the group disbanded to form rock band Pralaya[19]

On April 3, 2012 Max Illidge posted a track list for an upcoming album entitled "Fire at Zero Gravity" on the band's Facebook. He also stated that "this album will f**k you sideways". It was announced June 12, 2012 that Joey D'Amico would play drums instead of Carlos Aguilar. Prior to the release of the album, the band released 2 songs, "Bottom Feeder" and "My Name Is Vengeance" for free download.[20] On December 1, 2012 40 Below Summer was scheduled to perform an album release show at Starland Ballroom, although it was canceled due to damage to the venue from Hurricane Sandy.[21] Fire at Zero Gravity was officially released on April 30, 2013 via Super Massive Music Group.[22] In 2013, Illidge stated "Our goal is to just make music. We have fans. Because you don't need a record label anymore, we can keep making music for a long time."[23]

Transmission Infrared (2015)[edit]

In February 2015, the band announced on Facebook that they were recording a new album.[24] The production of the album was mostly funded by a crowdfunding campaign.[25] On August 31, 2016 the band premiered a music video for the song "Snake Charmer," which is included on Transmission Infrared and is one of the three songs streamed prior to the album's release.


In an interview in 2005, singer Max Illidge firmly stated that 40 Below Summer are "not a nu-metal band" but an "aggressive rock band" who "explores a little bit of everything."[26] 40 Below Summer's influences include Tool, Incubus, The Smashing Pumpkins, Deftones, Led Zeppelin and Soundgarden.[27]


  • Max Illidge – vocals (1998-2005, 2006, 2010, 2011-present)
  • Joey D'Amico – rhythm guitar (1998-2005, 2006, 2010, 2011-present)
  • Derrick Klybish – bass guitar (2012–present)
  • Anthony Devizio – drums (2012–present)
  • David Mondragon – lead guitar (2014–present)
  • Peter Savad – bass guitar (1998) guitar (1998–2000)
  • Carlos Aguilar – drums (1998-2005, 2006, 2010)
  • Steve Ferreira – bass guitar (2000)
  • Jordan Plingos – lead guitar (2000–2004, 2006, 2010, 2011–2014), bass guitar (1998–2000)
  • Hector Graziani – bass guitar (2000–2005, 2006, 2010)
  • Ty Fury – lead guitar (2004–2005)
  • Ryan Jurhs – lead guitar (2005, 2006, 2010)
  • Ali Nassar – drums (2005)


Music videos[edit]

Year Song
2002 "Rope" (live)
2003 "Self Medicate"
2003 "Taxi Cab Confession"
2007 "Relapse"
2016 "Snake Charmer"


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