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Washington, D.C. based Alt-Metal band created as a quartet of frontman Matt Holt, guitarist Tom Maxwell, bassist Bill Gaal and drummer Chris Houck. Maxwell's dues had been paid as a member of eighties Thrashers HAVE MERCY and MARY'S SUICIDE. The band distinguished themselves by avoiding the then prevalent Rap-Metal bandwagon, offering Hardcore laced, aggressive modern Metal. NOTHINGFACE debuted with a brace of albums, 1997's 'Pacifier' on the Dcide label and follow up 'An Audio Guide To Everyday Atrocity' released by Mayhem in September 1998.

Switching to the TVT label NOTHINGFACE gained enhanced exposure through the Drew Mazurek produced 2000 album 'Violence'. However, the band's stability fractured and Houck, suffering from high blood pressure, made way for Tommy Sickles. Gaal departed too, opting to pursue a career on the other side of the mixing desk and the band pulled in erstwhile DEADLIGHTS man Jerry Montano as substitute. However, Montano - subsequently joining DANZIG's touring line up - was forced out to make space for a returning Gaal.

Following a decade of activity, NOTHINGFACE folded in February 2004. Guitarist Tom Maxwell and drummer Tommy Sickles rapidly announced the formation of COLDWHITECHRIST, a new band formation in league with the DEADLIGHTS and DANZIG credited bassist Jerry Montano. Subsequently, this project added ex-SKRAPE frontman Billy Keeton and switched names to SEVER, then to BLESSED IN BLACK. Meantime, bassist Bill Gaal issued a statement unveiling the formation of his new project, PERFECT ENEMY, which also featured ex-NOTHINGFACE vocalist Matt Holt. This unit subsequently evolved into KINGDOM OF SNAKES.

Word arrived in November 2005 that NOTHINGFACE had reformed and would tour as support to DISTURBED in early 2006. The new look band comprised vocalist Matt Holt, guitarist Tom Maxwell, drummer Tommy Sickles and Jerry Montano, of DANZIG and DEADLIGHTS, on bass guitar. In February 2006 the group joined SILENT CIVILIAN and CROSSBREED for a J├Ągermeister sponsored US tour.

During August 2006 it was revealed that guitarist Tom Maxwell and bass player Jerry Montano had teamed up with a brand new project. This studio unit involved MUDVAYNE's vocalist Chad Gray and guitarist Greg Tribbett plus PANTERA and DAMAGEPLAN drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott. In October this unit, having commenced recording for its debut, was branded HELLYEAH. In December it was learned that Bill Gaal had forge LOVERS REVOLT in alliance with ex-PRONG guitarist Mike Longworth.

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