blessthefall

Phoenix, AZ's blessthefall stormed to the forefront of the new evolution of the post-hardcore/metalcore genre with the release of critically-acclaimed second album "Witness", produced by Michael "Elvis" Baskette (Incubus, Escape The Fate, Story Of The Year). Upon release, the album debuted in the Billboard Top 200 at #56 and the Independent Chart at #6. Having played dates in 16 countries in 2010 ...in support of Witness with the likes of As I Lay Dying, Underoath, Atreyu, and August Burns Red, blessthefall stormed into 2011 as part of Soundwave festival in Australia. After returning from the Outback, the band went into writing mode for their third full-length album "Awakening", and started recording in May 2011. The album has already been named by Alternative Press as one of 2011's Most Anticipated Albums. Trying to win over new fans while appeasing the old may be a difficult task for some bands, but blessthefall accept it eagerly as a challenge that they'll work toward with their forthcoming tours and releases. "There is a lot more drive since Beau has joined the band," Lambert said. "We know we have a lot to prove and we are all hungry for it."

A Skylit Drive

It takes great vision for a band to refuse to rest on their previous successes and instead focus on what they need to become. That's exactly what Lodi, California's A Skylit Drive achieved with the sextet's third full-length album, Identity On Fire.

Marrying the defining, intrinsic elements of A Skylit Drive's signature sound with a bold new palette of tones, textures and song structures, the aptly named Identity On Fire serves up a double meaning, not only standing apart from the band's prior works but also defining the band from this point forward.

"This record has everything to do with setting fire to the things that you don't want and don't need, and are only slowing you down," notes Michael "Jag" Jagmin. "It's about creating your own identity, and being who you want to be. We feel like that's what we've done with this album."

A Skylit Drive — comprised of vocalist Jagmin, guitarists Nick Miller and Joey Wilson, bassist/screamer Brian White, drummer Cory La Quay and keyboardist Kyle Simmons — officially burst onto the scene in 2007 with the She Watched The Sky EP, followed by 2008's Wires And The Concept Of Breathing. The band then joined the Fearless Records family, with their label debut coming in the form of 2009's Adelphia, which peaked at #64 on the Billboard 200.

With the sophomore pressure behind them, ASD re-entered the studio in the fall of 2010, after a summer of 10-hour days spent writing new material in a blistering warehouse, to record Identity On Fire. All the sweat clearly paid off: Identity captures the group truly coming into their own, at a pivotal stage in their career. The album debuted on the U.S. Billboard 200 at #89 and #16 on the Alternative Albums chart.

It's tough to dispute the fruits of that partnership: Identity On Fire has all the makings of a breakout release from a band just hitting their stride. From its richly layered guitars and keys to its bombastic beats and scorching vocals, the album is a take-no-prisoners shot across the bow of contemporary post-hardcore, instantly raising the bar. "We wanted to have more energy, keep the tempo up and have a lot of crowd participation," adds guitarist Nick Miller. "We wanted the contrast—a good balance of heavy and poppy—and I think on this album we've definitely found a good balance."

The combination of inspired lyrics and powerful new music translates into a milestone release for A Skylit Drive; fresh cuts like single "Too Little, Too Late", "XO Skeleton" and "Ex Marks The Spot" promise to grab listeners by the eardrums and not let go. Jagmin and Miller say they're particularly proud of "Ex," which has become a band favorite. With a straight-up melodic hardcore vibe, fist-pumping gang vocals and surprisingly well-honed hooks, it is just one of Identity's many dazzlers.

Now that Identity On Fire has dropped, A Skylit Drive will be taking what's arguably their best record yet to an audience that grows larger by the day. They supplemented the album's release with a supporting spot on tour with Thursday and Underoath, gaining fans and respect with every show. Followed by the band's second shot at Warped Tour, tackling the 2011 tour in its entirety.

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Skip the Foreplay

Epitaph Records is thrilled to announce the signing of Skip The Foreplay. Known for their distinct musical style, which mashes up elements of dubstep and house with pop and metal-core, the ground-breaking Montreal - based band has been electrifying audiences with their intoxicating blend of hardcore heaviness and dance floor energy since 2010. Skip The Foreplay will be releasing their anticipated full length Epitaph debut this spring."Aside from having one of the greatest names in history, Skip The Foreplay are simply Satan's delivery system for music of mass destruction," offers Epitaph founder and President Brett Gurewitz.Skip The Foreplay made a serious impression on audiences while appearing with the likes of Hollywood Undead, Lamb Of God, NOFX, Alesana and more. The band will be joining up with rock n' roll heavy hitter Ronnie Radke and Falling In Reverse for a tour this January and February before spending the summer on the road.Skip The Foreplay singer Marc-Andre Fillion proclaims, "We're extremely happy to now be a part of the Epitaph family. Our first record is finally done! We can't wait to share it with you guys and will keep you posted on the release date. We've also just been confirmed on our first US tour with Falling In Reverse in January/February 2012. So come hang out and join the party!"The band recently created an internet sensation with their stunning and delightfully seditious cover of the song "Champagne Showers" by the popular electro pop duo LMFAO. The new version retains all the seductive dance floor hooks of the track, while adding some serious heaviness that includes massive bass drops, breakdowns, and cerebral electronic remixes.

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