Chelsea Grin

A Chelsea Grin in soccer hooligan terminology is the act of cutting a rivals mouth with either a credit card or blade and then kicking them in the crotch so their mouth muscles split into a bloody grimace. Chelsea Grin, the band from Utah armed with THREE guitarists use a foundation of hardcore grit combined with death metal technicality and grind speed to produce as much aural harm as the back alley jaw split. The band is the premiere artist on Artery Recordings, a new imprint of Razor & Tie Entertainment, and are releasing their debut full-length Desolation Of Eden this February. The album will hit in the midst of the band's two month run with The Red Chord and My Children My Bride (dates on following page). Artery Recordings is the recording arm of The Artery Foundation who are the management team responsible for jumpstarting the careers of Whitechapel, The Devil Wears Prada, A Day To Remember, Attack Attack! and Impending Doom. Speaking on why Chelsea Grin get the Artery seal of approval, Eric Rushing, President of the company says "The first time I saw this band I was completely blown away and the crowd interaction was just as intense, it reminded me of the first time I saw Whitechapel. This band is very young and the kids are already loving them coast to coast. Very excited about their debut!"

Desolation Of Eden was tracked at Lambesis Studios owned by Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Dying and bares the hallmarks of Chelsea Grin's devastating live show. Songs like the title track and Sonnet Of The Wretched utilize the double bass drumming, three guitar attack, ultra low bass frequencies and wraith-like vocals into a wall of sound to devastating effect. Brutatlity aside what separates the band from many of their contemporaries according to Jaek (guitar) is "obviously our age, we are a very young band being mostly 18 and 19. I know a lot of people have an impression on metal bands is that they are big, burly dudes with beards and not very approachable. We pretty much are the opposite of that, we are always hanging out with the fans at shows because we are them! Teenagers that like heavy music and hanging out."

Age aside Chelsea Grin is made up of Alex (vocals), Michael (guitar), Andrew (drums), Dan (guitar), David (bass) and Jaek, and have completed feats that bands existing twice as long have not. Forming from the ashes of Ahaziah, Chelsea Grin got active in March 2008. "Right after we formed we recorded our first EP made up of five songs and started playing local shows. Soon after we signed to a small indie called Statik Factory and released a single called Recreant and did a small west coast tour in June of that year. The following month Statik Factory released our EP. Very quickly after that our Myspace page was getting hits from around the country and we found ourselves not only being established in Utah but kids all over were writing us and listening to us."

Speaking on the obvious development between the earlier songs and the audio crushing output of Desolation Of Eden Jaek comments "Lyrically we have matured quite a bit, when we wrote the EP a lot of our early lyrics dealt with betrayal by females that we didn't think very fondly of. A lot of younger males could relate those lyrics to ex-girlfriends, friends whatever. However after our experiences of freedom within this band, I find a lot of our songs are about breaking away from voices of authority and ultimately living life the way you want to live it. We also re-recorded our older songs Recreant and Cheyne Stokes so the brutal songs will still be there (laughs)."
Chelsea Grin has completed tours with Arsonists Get All The Girls, A Plea For Purging, American Me, Dr.Acula, Attila and Within The Ruins and shared stages with Suicide Silence, Parkway Drive, My Children My Bride.

Stick To Your Guns

Orange County’s influential melodic-hardcore band Stick To Your Guns will release their long-awaited, fifth studio album, Disobedient, on February 10th via Sumerian Records.

Produced by John Feldmann (The Used, We Came As Romans, Black Veil Brides), Disobedient is the latest release from one of the hardcore scene’s most vital and volatile bands around. The record follows the success of their critically heralded 2012 album Diamond, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart and blazed the way for the band’s meteoric rise to popularity over the last few years.

Known for their aggressive musical style and positive lyrics, Stick To Your Guns won’t disappoint with Disobedient. The hard-hitting record features the newly released track “Nobody,” which is a song for the outsiders who lack the confidence to believe in themselves.

"For as long as I can remember I hated myself and everyone around me because I never fit in,” says vocalist Jesse Barnett. “Everywhere I went and everything I did was wrong and uncool. I was truly a lost cause. I tried so hard to gain the attention of people who didn't deserve it and I lost a piece of myself every time I did. It wasn't until I embraced the fact that I was see through and the fact that no one wanted me and the fact everything I did was out of place, that I felt truly free. We live in an age where we do nothing but blame others for our insecurities and we loosely throw around the term "bully" because instead of realizing that there is something beautiful in the fact that you stand alone in a crowd, we have found a false comfort in playing the victim. Empower yourself. Know that it's the Nobodies that go the furthest, it's the Nobodies who have the biggest hearts and it's the Nobodies who will change the world."

After spending much of 2014 on the road, including the Vans Warped Tour in the U.S. and multiple European runs, Stick To Your Guns will make their return next year with their best record yet and one melodic-hardcore’s most anticipated albums of the year.

Upon This Dawning

Hailing from Verona, Italy, pulverizing sextet Upon This Dawning has been honing their melodically brand of metal. Touring incessantly in Italy, the band quickly attracted a rabid following in their home country, releasing EP "Count The Seconds Until Your Last Breath", and gained new fans in each city at their shows throughout Europe. The band has shared stages with some of the biggest names in the scene including Asking Alexandria, Underoath, Dance Gavin Dance, blessthefall, Piece the Veil, Motionless in White and In Fear and Faith, and is endorsed by Truth Custom Drums. Upon This Dawning is set to release their first album with Fearless Records in fall 2012.


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