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"As a band we refuse to compromise or conform to anything other than what we believe in. You won't see us playing cover sets full of radio friendly garbage or doing the things other bands do to bring halfhearted fans in the door in order to get a paycheck," he said. "We do what we do because we love doing it, the fact that other people like it is just a bonus."
“Winner of the "Best Live Act" category for the 717 Music Awards 2012.”
"Williamsport metalheads 44Mag led up to White Witch with a ferocious performance; showcasing tenacious, thrashy originals that combine melody, brutality and detail. This group quickly took control and had a mass of metal fans gathered in front of the stage to get throttled by numbers such as “50 Miles,” “Heroes of the New Aeon,” “Hands of Misery,” “D.U.I.” and more."
“With this showcase finishing early, I had enough time to return to the Drinkin’ Bone and see the final band of that venue’s showcase, Williamsport’s 44Mag. Having seen this quintet several times before, I expected to experience blistering heavy metal sounds from 44 Mag, and the group answered those expectations convincingly. With roots firmly planted in the traditions of Metallica, Pantera, Slayer and Black Sabbath, 44 Mag showcased numerous scathing original songs from their arsenal. Their emphasis was on newer material, including the songs “50 Miles” and “Heroes of the New Aeon” from their most recent 3-song EP, and compositions from their forthcoming release such as “D.U.I.” and “Overdose.” 44Mag’s intense and brutal set appropriately slammed the lid on my 16th Millennium Music Conference experience.”
"Love This Song [50 Miles]. It's like a Sunday Afternoon Tour through Hell with Tony Iommi at the Wheel and Pepper Keenan as Tour Guide. The Evil comes through my speakers and reminds me that DAMN I need a smoke or at least some Blackberry Brandy. Satan Himself must be proud, Which makes me ask the Question: Who Loves Satan? I believe the Answer is 44MAG."
“JS: If you could pick just three words that sum up the band and its sound, what would they be? JM: "Original" would definitely be the first word I would use to describe 44MAG. Every band has influences that you can pick out in their music, but we strive to make our influences our own. With this in mind, our sound becomes a unique melting pot of our influences, producing something fresh and original for the listener. Next, I would say "longevity." The core of the band has been together for more than 11 years and has lasted countless lineup changes, as well as many changes in the "metal scene" and music scene as a whole. Third, I would say "creative" - this band loves to write new music and explore new musical areas, and is never short on creative ideas for new songs.”
"With astonishing original material, a great cover selection, tremendous musicianship, and an unmatched live performance, 44MAG is a band not to be missed."
“Defending the faith of traditional classic and thrash metal, Williamsport’s 44Mag hones their hard-hitting attack on their second full length CD, Outlaw Psychosis. Through the disc’s 10 tracks, 44Mag carries the torch of forefathers like classic Pantera, Slayer and Metallica with no-nonsense power metal; featuring scorching guitars, battering ram rhythms and caustic vocals. The dual-guitar tandem of Josh Welteroth and Pat Cioffi lights things up on the frets with searing leads and attacking chords, driven by the aggressive beats of drummer Jesse Roedts and Jason Miller’s taut bass lines. This sonic aggression sets the backdrop for frontman Jared Mondell, who blends rage, acidity, sarcasm and a touch of humor into his feral howl.”
“The production and mix by the band and Ben Rosato enables 44Mag to bare their teeth here, letting their metal do the talking with minimal studio bells and whistles. Outlaw Psychosis is a clear step forward for 44Mag, showing a band that has achieved a focused attack, sound and insanity. Fans of old-school heavy metal aggression will find this disc well worth cranking on the stereo. (The CD can be obtained through the group’s website, www.44magmetalband.com.)”
“On the sarcastic side, Mondell ponders the misadventures of today’s youth on the boisterous disc opener “Brain Douche,” taunts society and law enforcement on “D.U.I.” with its gang shout choruses, and vents against a drugged-out society on the disc closer “Rock Smoker.” Mondell explores the self-destructive mind on “Die Tonight,” stands tall after life’s hard journey on the Sabbathy “50 Miles,” and dresses down manufactured rock stars on the high-octane assault “Mr. Rock’N’Roll.” 44Mag yields a metal epic with the multi-tiered “Heroes of the New Aeon,” and offers socio-political commentary on the Slayer-ish speed burner “Hands of Misery.” The songs are stronger and more concise than on the group’s 2007 Past Sins debut, and their instrumental intensity plus Mondell’s authority and presence makes this a more cohesive set.”