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Self Titled

by The Ground Beneath

With soaring vocal melodies, crunchy guitars and brutal drumming, The Ground Beneath is bringing back the power groove.
Genre: Metal/Punk: Heavy Metal
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Choke
5:49 $0.99
2. Say It
5:10 $0.99
3. Signs
5:42 $0.99
4. It's You
1:35 $0.99
5. Blame
7:18 $0.99
6. The Passing
1:01 $0.99
7. Lost In Me
5:09 $0.99
8. Blind
2:51 $0.99
9. Memphis
4:54 $0.99
10. RLS
5:02 $0.99
11. Back Door Alley Girl
5:14 $0.99
12. Disappear
4:48 $0.99
13. Mine
3:53 $0.99
14. Flounder Piano
4:18 $0.99
15. Burjay
4:52 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Ground Beneath is the premiere touring three-piece southern metal band from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Brutal drumming, soaring melodies and crunchy guitar riffs all come together in a massively catchy power groove. Being the hardest working band in the state is no picnic, however. TGB is constantly on the road out of state and recently opened for Army of Anyone in front of 800 rabid rockers and has done a couple of nights with Hellyeah in front of anywhere from 700 to 1,200 vicious metalheads. OK maybe it is a picnic. The debut album from The Ground Beneath got picked up for distribution and is available on iTunes,,, Spotify, Pandora, and more. The Ground Beneath came together in July 2004 and played their first show two days later. Following that was a full color picture with article in the local newspaper along with hundreds of local gigs in just a few short years, and now TGB is one of the most well known local acts in their hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and the entire Southwest region of the USA. "I'd be lying if I didn't tell you these twenty-somethings weren't residents of talent city", proclaimed local columnist, Simon McCormack of “The Albuquerque Alibi”. After being included on the nationally distributed "Rock Outside the Box Vol. 2" Compilation CD set, The Ground Beneath released their own debut self-titled LP and the CD immediately skyrocketed on the sales charts for Armed with a lineup, complete with Steve Civerolo on guitar and vocals, Mykey Garcia on bass and vocals and new drummer Brian Scott, TGB tore into the national scene. The Ground Beneath has been getting nothing but the highest acclaim for their regional shows and musical talent, and recently they played a sold-out show in their hometown at The Launchpad. Their unforgettable stage presence leaves many an old fan's jaw on the floor and brings them new fans and friends by the hordes. Their debut recording has sold out regularly on and sells nicely on iTunes. Recently they released a live album that has already received more distribution than the first one. Following that release, Dirtbag Music signed them to a development deal. The Ground Beneath will continue to tour and turn a profit on its own. The high demand of out of state crowds keeps them on the road for most of the year. There is no question who the hardest working and most popular band out of Albuquerque is. Record label interest from Dirtbag Music has reps working with the band towards an album deal that would extend distribution into Europe and beyond. More recently, The Ground Beneath landed opening slots for several metal favorites including Soulfly, Trainwreck, Nick Oliveri, Soilwork, Slough Feg, Darkane, Warbringer, and Swallow the Sun as well as going on the road with Black Stone Cherry, The Damned Things, Drowning Pool and Powerman 5000 and headlining sold-out weekend shows on invitation at the world famous Viper Room in Hollywood. A new album begam production in late 2011. After trying to align schedules with legendary Guns N' Roses/Faith No More producer Mike Clink having offered his services in Hollywood, CA, TGB opted to track the album in Albuquerque and then mix it on the coast in the summer of 2013. Having just headlined the Sunshine Theater on Saturday, June 15, 2013, in Albuquerque, TGB has also finished tracking at Red Tag Studios in New Mexico and plan to mix the record on the coast with Evan Rodaniche of Powerman 5000/Cage9 fame. Averaging over 80 shows a year, The Ground Beneath has garnered much stage and road experience, effectively conquering 13 states surrounding New Mexico and playing three show cases at Hyperfest two years in a row and playing the SXSW festival unofficially four times.
Steve Civerolo was born on June 10, 1983, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Right from the beginning he was brought up to the soundtrack of eighties metal bands such as Van Halen, Dokken, Def Leppard & Bon Jovi. Steve's dad also taught his two sons a respect for the classics such as Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Kiss, Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath, The Who, Dio, The Scorpions, U2 and Pink Floyd. Steve's dad, Paul, had just come off the road w/his own band splitting up in 1982. Guitars, amps, pedals and vinyls were in no short supply around the Civerolo household. Steve was five years old when he was taken to his first concert in the late eighties by his dad. It was Whitesnake. Seeing Tommy Aldridge, David Coverdale, Steve Vai and Vivian Campbell in action is a memory that he still referrences to this day. Being brought up in a private school was a breeding ground for a natural leader and a rebel and Steve soon learned how to turn heads with outrageous behavior. Steve received his first guitar (an acoustic half-size Gremlin brand) for Christmas in 1993 from his dad and Aunt Lynda. At 10 years old Steve began to seek out all knowledge for his new found instrument. Although he had played piano already for several years, the guitar held a new ease of expression and it would only be a matter of months before he had formed a band and saved up for an electric guitar rig of his own. Steve was drawn to 90's grunge bands and attended a church service on the day Kurt Cobain's body was found and continued to follow the Seattle bands from that scene. These bands not only featured guitar parts that were easy to learn but also vocals that Steve could teach himself, espcially once he had his own car to practice in while driving. Several high school bands ended up morphing into a 6 piece band that, after a summer of successful gigs, parted ways shortly before Steve graduated high school. A few years later, some of those members would re-unite and start gigging again only to be plagued by problems with substance abuse. That split up coupled with several upcoming gigs prompted Steve to form The Ground Beneath in the summer of 2004. Remembering the soap opera like drama of his previous six piece band, Steve opted for a three piece setup to keep things simple. After a year of being together, Steve financed The Ground Beneath's first album in 2005 and had more than 200 people paying at the door of the CD Release show at the Launchpad on Decemeber 23, 2005.

Solid, versatile, hard hitting, and professional.
Brian Scott, one of Hollywood's most well established and in demand drummers.
Originally from a small town in Northern Nevada,
Brian moved to Hollywood in 1995 to attend The Percussion Institute at The Musicians Institute of Technology.
From the moment he arrived at PIT, Brian had the attention of the students and teachers as someone to watch out for.
Studying privately for 2 years at MI with Ray Luzier (David Lee Roth, Army of Anyone, KORN)
Brian graduated with top honors including winning the award for "Best Rock Stylist"
Brian or "Bubba" as he became to be known by everyone, definitely left his mark on MI which still lingers the hallways and drum labs.
His band "Thunk" won a record 4 Battle of the Bands, and he received an additional year scholarship
to attend MI under the "Band Clinic" program.

During this time,Thunk recorded their self-titled debut album under legendary producer and songwriter,
Steve Dudas (Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, Ringo Starr)
as well as touring the southwestern United States and Japan.
After 4 years of touring and recording, Brian moved onto new horizons in the "Land of Enchantment" Albuquerque,NM.
He was courted by local Nu-Metal stars "86'ed" after their bass player saw Brian play drums at a local party.
Over the next 3 years "86'ed" recorded 2 albums and toured the U.S. as well as opening for such acts as
Disturbed, HedPe, Nickleback, Kottonmouth Kings, and Incubus.
Well, it didn't take long for LA to call Brian back...

In 2001 Brian relocated back to Hollywood and became not only a well known presence on the performing scene
but was a well established "Drum Technician" working as department manager for the drum department
at Guitar Center in South Bay,Ca and running the Hollywood Drum Shop for over 3 years.
While providing outstanding customer service to many of Southern California's top drummers.
Brian also managed to play and tour with "86'ed" until 2003.
At that time Brian began doing recording sessions and giving lessons with numerous acts all over LA.
Then, in 2006 Brian moved on from the retail sector to totally focus on performance and recording.
Over the years, Brian has toured and recorded with multiple acts and bands such as:
"Al-ce-mi" "Divine Era", the Slayer tribute band, "Angel of Death", "Outlett", and "Sil Shoda"
opening for Trapt, Steel Panther, Oleander, BuckCherry, and Queensryche.

Brian has done recording sessions with legendary producer,
Ryan Green
(NOFX, No Use For a Name, Vayden) .

And Grammy Winning Producer,
Toby Wright (Alice in Chains, KISS, Metallica, 3 Doors Down)

"There is no doubt that Brian is a powerhouse drummer with an amazing groove,
and energy that completely gets your attention from the first downbeat.
A pleasure to work with and extremely effective"
-Toby Wright, Grammy Winning Producer
Brian Scott Disography1992-Top 12 finalist, Nevada Percussive Arts Society
Drum Solo Competition
1993-Nevada State Honor Band.
1994-Winner "Outstanding Bandsman" Award.
Northern Arizona University summer Band Camp.
1995-Top 10 Northern Nevada High School Percussionists.
1995- Student, Percussion Institute of Technology at MI
1995- Winner, "Best Rock Stylist" PIT presented by Ray Luzier
1996-release "THUNK" Steve Dudas, Producer
1997-release "ERB" with Universal Records Recording Artist, Curtis Skelton (Speak no Evil)
1999-release "86'ed"
2001-release 86'ed "Planet Self Destruct"
2004-release "Al-CE-MI" Ryan Green, Producer.
2006-release "Divine Era"
2010-release Outlett "Full Circle" Toby Wright, Producer.

Metal band hammers out its own path

By Nathalie Baret / For the Journal on Fri, Aug 12, 2011

Frontman and guitarist Steve Civerolo of the Albuquerque Southern metal band The Ground Beneath is a do-it-yourself kind of guy. Regardless of obstacles that may cross his path, he gets the job done.

For starters, The Ground Beneath has played the music festival South by Southwest four times unofficially.

“We’ve applied for it but haven’t gotten accepted,” Civerolo, 28, said by phone. “So I call promoters of clubs that are part of the festival and figure out if there is a spot to open up for someone last minute. And what usually happens is we get told to ‘show up.’ Even if we’re not ‘official,’ it’s still cool because all the people and industry folk from the festival are walking around. Truth is, if you’re an unsigned band and you’re looking to move up in the industry, it’s worth going out there to play.”

Another DIY project Civerolo has taken on is producing his new album.

“Right now, I’m the guy behind the sound desk that’s yelling ‘Again!’ to the band members when we need to redo a song or part,” he said, laughing.

The band, which released a self-titled record in 2005 and then followed up with a live recording dubbed “Live at the Launchpad” in 2007, has enough new songs for three albums.

“We’ve been in the studio for a few weeks so we expect to have the record out by Christmas. I may even put a second one out in spring 2012,” he said.

Though the trio has a development deal with the San Diego-based Dirtbag Music, Civerolo & Co. hope to take it to the next level and get signed.

“They’re not going to financially back us until they feel they have something song-wise that can break into Active Rock radio,” he said.

“That’s something that I’ve definitely tried with my songwriting-for every 10 songs I write, three or four of them have to be radio-friendly. So last month, I visited Dirtbag and dropped them a pile of new songs.”

It’s been three years since The Ground Beneath has been working with the music company, and Civerolo agrees things may or may not pan out.

“I let them know that the band is making an album right now. If they’re interested they can jump on board and if not, that’s fine, too. At this point, I’m not really counting on anybody except for myself.”



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Arthur Sampson

Par excellant
Seriously??? Only two reviews including one from me? Steve and his Ground beneath's new cd '' Self titled'' is one of the best cd's of the year. I am 57 and a professional musician composer for guitars and piano and keyboards and know my music well. Already have heard Self Titled over 80 times or more. Maybe people will see this new review of mine and those of you who buy the cd or download to mp3 you should leave feedback as well. Rock and Metal to all !!!

Arthur AKA Tony Iommi JR

Outstanding/ A must listen
Where do i start. Ok, 1st of all 8 years ago ( 5 years before recording my cd ) i was told about CD Baby. I did a rock search and found The Ground beneath' 1st cd. Loved it and gave it away long ago and recently bought out the last 2 of that 2005 cd 2 months ago to give to a friend and one for me. Today i received this new cd and just finnished listening to it. I have become facebook friends with Steve and hopefully someday my wife and i will get to see them in concert. Don't know why The Ground Beneath is not playing big shows because they are that awesome. Self Titled blew me away. At 56 years young i have owned so many lp's cassettes and cds and have seen almost everyone in concert that you can immangine. My point is I KNOW MY MUSIC AND THE GROUND BENEATH'S MUSIC IS OFF THE CHARTS.. I still listen to their 1st cd from 2005 but now i get to enjoy this new cd time and time and time and time and time again. I Highly recommend every rocker to buy this cd or download.... Again, i know my music and i know what i'm talking about. Congrats to the band for an Outstanding CD!!!!!!!


Chunk of musical genius
This album covers so many facets of emotional high and lows. This is a rollercoaster ride that needs to be taken over and over to understand the complexity and nuances that make this album the incredible chunk of musical genius that it is. I'm mesmerized by the swelling of "It's You/Blame", the ferocity of "Say It", "Disappear", "RLS" & "Choke". This also includes some built-in "soon to be classics" such as "Blame", "Memphis" and the anthemic "Mine". You want some humor too? Check out "Burjay". It's hilarious and it deserves a few listens to catch it all. There are MANY peaks and valleys on here which encompass the human element. I wasn't disappointed with any of these tracks whatsoever. It's classic from head-to-toe and it deserves a lot of attention.