The Absence, Dead To Fall
1812 17th St. N
Tampa, FL, 33605
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 7:30 PM
The Absence, throughout three releases for Metal Blade Records and several years of touring in support, have been carried by an enormous swell of ups and downs in the extreme. Those who remain to begin the next stage of this voyage have grown stronger both as a group, and individuals as they have ridden the ebb and flow. There is a new dawn on the horizon for The Absence, a chance to head in new directions with fresh philosophies, music, and a renewed commitment to cause a blinding wake that will cut through the storm, which threatens to capsize even the bravest of ships.
After laying waste to an unsuspecting metal community with From Your Grave in 2005, the band's debut full length for Metal Blade Records, Riders of The Plague followed two years later as their sophomore release on the same label and had critics hailing The Absence as "Testament for the 21st century, bound to begin another thrash revolution!" Enemy Unbound, released in 2010, is full of the band's signature brand of high flying guitar histrionics and melodies, while Jamie Stewart's vocals are more aggressive and punctuated than ever before. The band released a single, "Oceans" which featured Per Nilsson on guitar.
Now the Absence is prepared to unleash a brand new song, and new lineup to an unsuspecting world...
Dead To Fall
Formed in 1999, Dead To Fall has been a band of many changes. Their Victory debut, 'Everything I Touch Falls To Pieces', garnered rave reviews from regional and national press and was supported by tours with bands from The Red Chord to Malevolent Creation to Darkest Hour before the band suffered some serious blows. Their drummer, one of the main songwriters of the band, left. After losing one guitar player, the other decided that it was time to finish up school. Finding replacement after replacement, Dead To Fall was left weak and wounded, unsure of their future and not ready for an untimely demise. "There have definitely been some rough times in Dead To Fall", said Jon (vocals). "After Dan and Bryan left and we were finding fill-in members that would decide that they weren't ready for a full-time band, it was probably one of the lowest points in my life". The band finally pulled together a ready, willing, and able lineup for touring and recording and began writing 'Villainy & Virtue'. This new lineup includes original members Jon Hunt on vocals, Justin Jakimak on bass, and main songwriter Antone Jones returning to assist. Newcomers Matt Matera (formerly of Milwaukee hardcore band 7 Angels 7 Plagues) took over second guitar and Evan Kaplan was seated comfortably behind the drum set. Dead To Fall was back.
Dead To Fall headed to Trax East Studios with producer Eric Rachel (Atreyu, Dillinger Escape Plan, God Forbid) in February of 2004 to record "Villainy & Virtue". "The album is definitely more hardcore/death metal oriented than the last one which I think is great. Don't get me wrong, you'll still find some sweet Gothenburg style Swedish metal riffs on there, but I think our sound has definitely grown and evolved since the last time we were in the studio", said Jon Hunt. "Villainy & Virtue" has an obviously mature feel to it and is heavier and more organic sounding than the cleaner, more polished 'Everything I Touch Falls To Pieces'. Their influences shine through on this record, bands like Slayer, At The Gates, and Coalesce have helped Dead To Fall evolve into the brigade of audible turmoil that created 'Villainy & Virtue".
"Villainy & Virtue", an album dealing with the personal daily struggle between good and evil, can be compared to the legendary "Wolverine Blues" by Entombed, "Heartwork" from Carcass, and Meshuggah's "Nothing". Their combination of death metal, melodic metal, hardcore, and electronic interludes shows that Dead To Fall are one of 2005's heavy hitting contenders in the metalcore scene. "Villainy & Virtue", in stores September 7th, is a brutally heavy, honest, valiant, and introspective follow-up record that shows Dead To Fall, although at one time almost dead, did not fall.