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Chokehold share “Profit Over People,” touring with For The Love Of & others

Chokehold
photo by JC Boudreau

Chokehold have shared a second single off With This Thread I Hold On, their anticipated first album in nearly 25 years. Compared to lead single “2.0,” the new “Profit Over People” is more in slower, sludgier metalcore territory, and it’s just as furious in its own way. Here’s what vocalist Chris Logan says about it:

It seems like every other month we are hearing about another friend, family member or acquaintance gone from substance addiction. The alarming thing that a lot of these people had in common is being prescribed opioids to deal with what may have been a simple pain relief issue at the time. Without the much-needed education and resources, it can feel like a helpless battle for those addicted and those around them.

The pharmaceutical companies responsible for the opioid crisis know precisely what they are doing, running their business like a criminal empire with prizes going to the pushers. No one should expect to transition to drug addiction after seeking pain relief from someone they are supposed to trust. Sounds unbelievable but over 80% of Heroin users reported that their first opioid was a prescription drug. Our addictions are their profits and what is even more sickening is that some of these same people are trying to profit again with medications to treat the same addictions they caused.

Our governments are being bought and controlled by these companies, and this keeps recovery programs and education severely underfunded and alternatives to pain relief illegal. Addiction is not a weakness or lack of willpower; this is about the vulnerable being taken advantage of at their most desperate time.

How many more close to us are we going to let be victims of this vicious cycle?

What can we do to change the outcome?

Listen below. The new album drops on April 19 via Good Fight Music.

Chokehold have also announced tour dates, including Canada shows with Destroy the Machine (a new band with members of veteran Montreal metalcore band A Perfect Murder) and US shows with back-in-action New Brunswick band For the Love Of and the comparatively newer Buffalo band Juggernaut.

The US run includes Brooklyn show on June 16 at Knitting Factory (tickets). All dates are listed, with music from Chokehold’s tourmates, below.

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Chokehold — 2019 Tour Dates
6/8 The Ritz Montreal, QC*
6/9 La Source de la Martiniere Quebec City, WC*
6/14 Sugar City Buffalo, NY^
6/15 The Raven Baltimore, MD^
6/16 Knitting Factory Brooklyn, NY^

* – w/ Destroy the Machine
^ – w/ For The Love Of, Juggernaut

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