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A little message from the boys:

Hey everyone , what 's up?!?! Despite the fact that we can't wait for all of you to hear the album, our label tried to push our CD back another couple of weeks... but we said NO WAY! We know that all of you have already been waiting way too long to hear this album, so as a thank you for all the support you've given us this summer we are going to make the album available for download on 8/7, a full two weeks before it hits stores. Hopefully, you'll like it enough to pick up two copies! Thanks for sticking with us through all this bullshit—and remember the release date is finally in sight!


So to repay their generosity, be sure you go out and buy two damn copies of this cd whenever it hits stores!!!!

Soulcrusher: A review

My review of the album:

Operator is:
Johnny Strong: Vocals
Rikki Lixx: Guitars
Paul Phillips: Guitars
Dorman Pantfoeder: Drums
Wade Carpenter: Bass

I’ve had Soulcrusher for about a month now and every time I try to sit down and write this review, I can’t seem to find the right words. The right phrases to explain just what comes out of this album. There are so many different emotions and such a diverse experience that happens from start to finish that its hard to find a place to start and finish. This is my best attempt. Hopefully you won’t be disappointed.

I consider myself to be a music connoisseur of sorts. I love music. Music is the backbone of my life. I live and breathe to hear good music. I don’t go anywhere without my iPod and the only time I don’t have music on is if I’m watching television. Yes, I even sleep with music on. That being said, I won’t listen to just anything. I will give everything a try once, but I’m very selective about what actually goes into my collection. Now, for some years I haven’t actually picked up a rock album. Not because I choose not to listen to it, but more because I didn’t find anything that was being put out to be worth listening to. Actually, I found this to be true of most music these days. Recently, the industry seems to be filled with anyone wanting to make it in the business. The pre-requisite of actually haven’t talent seemed to have gone by the wayside and substituted for another pretty face. If you looked good, but didn’t necessarily have a good sound then by all means, let’s give you a deal.
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Sorry it was so long, but there was a lot to say!

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Operator Article

New Operator
L.A. hard rock outfit recalls an old Seattle favorite
by Mike Gibson


Maybe you've heard the galvanizing new single on rock radio—the one with the huge, inexorable riff and the oh-so-powerfully-familiar vocal track, the lead singer wailing like a banshee in the throes of some berserker madness. The name of the song is “Soulcrusher,” and no, it's not a lost track from Seattle-era superheavies Soundgarden, nor is it a fresh cut from ex-'garden frontman Chris Cornell's new solo album.

The band's name is Operator, a Los Angeles-based five-piece rock outfit fronted by Johnny Strong, a young mixed martial arts enthusiast possessed of a distinctly Cornellian set of pipes.

A group of mostly unknown SoCal-area up-and-comers, Operator also features one established rocker in the person of former Floridian Paul Phillips, ex-guitarist for the poor-man's-Nirvana Nu-metal outfit Puddle of Mudd. The band is currently touring, playing a series of free and low-cost radio-sponsored shows in support of its forthcoming Atlantic Records debut Soulcrusher .

“Chris Cornell is one of the greatest rock singers of all time, so I think it could be worse,” Phillips says of the comparisons, which have followed the band ever since the release of the “Soulcrusher” single.

“You could be compared to way worse,” he continues. “It is what it is. He opens his mouth and that's what he sounds like, so it's not like he's going, ‘oh, I've got to sound like Cornell.' It's just what happens. Luckily, Johnny's got an amazing voice and he nails it every night. So we certainly don't take the comparison as a criticism, and we're not complaining about it.”

Phillips joined the roughly four-year-old band two years ago. A Jacksonville ex-pat, he'd been living in Los Angeles since 1999, when he journeyed westward to enlist in Puddle of Mudd. He stayed with the band through two successful major label releases before quitting in 2004, a move motivated by both musical and personal differences.

“It came a time where I had to leave [Puddle of Mudd] to maintain my sanity and my integrity,” Phillips says. “I had to jump ship. I put out a bunch of calls, and got a call back from a friend who said, ‘hey, there's a guy in L.A. who sings with this band called Operator, and you should really check them out.'

“So I went over to Johnny's house and we started writing and demo-ing songs. We got the demos to Atlantic and Atlantic liked them. Since then, everything's been great.”

Strong's is the band's dominant personality—its principle songwriter, its stellar vocal talent, and its most striking visual presence with his shirtless, carved physique, honed through years of martial arts training.

Phillips says Strong no longer competes—at least not regularly—in mixed martial arts tournaments, as he did prior to the band's signing with Atlantic. “It's not as serious anymore, just because we can't have him showing up with a broken nose or something,” Phillips says. “We try to limit the competitions. You can't go busting out a knee when you have to go on stage and rock.”

But he says Strong still trains fanatically, cleaving to a diet of mostly organic foods, even on the road with a collection of bandmates still prone to rock-star excess. “There's the healthy side of the band and the crazy side of the band,” Phillips laughs. “There's definitely a lot of partying going on, especially where I'm concerned. Johnny, definitely no, but with the rest of the band… we go from one end of the spectrum to the complete opposite.”

It remains to be seen whether the rest of Operator's Atlantic debut, due out July 10, will fulfill the promise of the band's crushing first single—though an early Penthouse review gave the Soulcrusher album five stars, calling it a must-have for rock fans still misty-eyed for the heyday of Grunge. “I think we turned in a true album,” Phillips says, “not like one of those bands that just has one song.

“I think I hear a little bit of the spirit of rock coming back in music now, that spirit from the time when rock was dangerous and had substance. When rock wasn't just a faceless song that sounded good on the radio. It seems like there's more straight up rock'n'roll. People just want to play the guitar and turn it up loud. Play it like it's meant to be played.”

Source: Metro Pulse

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Soulcrusher and Transformers

As if I didn't want to see this movie enough, someone has to go and put Soulcrusher to the trailer of it. It's not an official trailer, but Johnny loves it and why not, it's fuckin' badass man...

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Ask Operator!

Have a question that you've always wanted to ask the band? Now you have your chance! We are pleased to bring you the opportunity to get your questions answered! Please submit your questions (you can submit more than one) to me at ujsfcinfo at gmail dot com for the chance to get your questions asked and answered! There will be a deadline and it's likely it will be June 22nd so get submitting your questions!!

Operator: Webisode 2

Getting to know the band..
And the song choice for this video: Live Your Way... made of awesome.

PRIZES!

UJSFC has teamed up with Atlantic for cool shit!

I want all of you to go here and utilize the album promo & the youtube banner on your websites, your blogs, your myspace, and the icons on your AIM, wherever you can post this shit, do it! Now you might be wondering what you get out of it.. well first, the satisfaction of spreading the word on the hottest band ever, and second you get prizes. Yes, you heard me, PRIZES. Who doesn't love prizes? Some of the prizes include tickets to a show, a chance to meet the band, autographed merchandise and more!

Use these tools, hit me up with screen shots of them in action (send the screenshots to me please: ujsfcinfo (at) gmail [dot] com) and you can also utilize the AIM icon by sending me a quick message on aim at ujsfcmistress. All the tools are worth points and the points are worth prizes. You only get points for unique pages so please make sure and include where you've put the banners and such so we can keep track.

Now go forth, take the internet by storm and conquer the world with Operator swag and get the word out! I'll be looking forward to your emails and messages!

And one quick note, yes, we realize that the links for the wallpapers are backwards, that will be corrected in short. If you want the album art, you need the links below the collage and if you want the collage you need the links below the album art.