SOUND RINK PRESENTS:
August Burns Red
Fit For A King, Miss May I, Crystal Lake
200 W. Second St
Pomona, CA, 91766
Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:00 PM
This event is all ages
Watch & Listen
August Burns Red
The most rewarding challenges come from within. By personally aiming beyond your perceived potential, you can truly grow. That’s been the case every time August Burns Red record an album, and it’s quietly turned the Pennsylvania quintet—John “JB” Brubaker [lead guitar], Brent Rambler [rhythm guitar], Matt Greiner [drums], Jake Luhrs [lead vocals], and Dustin Davidson [bass]—into a GRAMMY® Award-nominated heavy music torchbearer. Their journey began back in 2003 with marathon jam sessions on a farm belonging to Greiner’s family in the egg refrigerator. Embracing a diehard Rust Belt work ethic, they tirelessly pushed towards the top of heavy music with a series of critically acclaimed albums and countless gigs. A hard-earned high watermark, 2015’s Found In Far Away Placesmarked their second consecutive Top10 debut on the BillboardTop 200. The single “Identity” notched a GRAMMY® Award nod in the category of “Best Metal Performance.” A streaming juggernaut, both “Identity” and “Ghosts” [feat. Jeremy McKinnon] crossed the 3-million mark on Spotify. When it came time to record their eighth full-length Phantom Anthem[Fearless Records] with longtime producers Carson Slovak and Grant McFarland, the game didn’t change. The musicians put their heads down and rallied around the same shared goal.“The goal has always been to just write the best songs that we can write and put out the best album possible,” exclaims JB. “You want to keep raising the bar on yourself. It’s the start of something new.”It shows... Uncorking a barrage of infectious intensity, the boys augmented and amplified the touchstones of their signature style on Phantom Anthem. The musical equivalent of a clenched fist haymaker, the grooves hit harder, the hooks blaze brighter, and the instrumentation ignites even more intricacy.“It’s the most technical thing we’ve ever done,” adds JB. “There’s some pretty ridiculous shred stuff going on, which is awesome. Things just came out more heavy and tight.”After two months, they emerged with the 11 tracks comprising Phantom Anthem. A subtle string pluck announces the arrival of the first single “Invisible Enemy.” In a blink, polyrhythmic pummeling and entrancing fret fireworks spiral headfirst towards an onslaught of screams, chugging bridge, searing solo, and arena-size chant, “Pain is surrounding, surrounding us.”The follow-up single “The Frost” whisks from icy clean strumming and tambourine into a blizzard of blistering screams and metallic majesty. Spearheaded by the thrash waltz of “King of Sorrow,” unpredictability drives the overall flow. “Coordinates” climaxes on a hauntingly gorgeous chorus as “Lifeline” and “Carbon Copy”—both penned by Davidson—up the visceral and vibrant virtuosity that August Burns Red remains synonymous with. The album title hints at the band’s pronounced evolution.JB recalls, “Phantom Anthemis a song or a sound that creates deep roots in the heart of a person, resonating through every bone in that person’s body and naturally giving he or she purpose and value. It’s often something silent—a quiet song that isn’t noticed and is often overlooked.” Brent goes on, “Many of the songs discuss being the one who grabs the reins, plants the seeds, makes them grow, and takes control. You may not see that thought or idea, but it brings value to the world.”
Ultimately, August Burns Red push themselves harder than ever on Phantom Anthem, destroy expectations, and reach a new level by simply being who they are.“We never thought we’d get here,” echoes Brent. “We’re eight albums in. It seems like it’s bigger and better than ever. It’s everything to us. That won’t ever change.” —Rick Florino, July 2017
Fit For A King
Fit For A Kingis a metalcore outfit from Dallas, TX. The band is signed to Solid State Records, and has released 3 full length albums through the label and 1 independently. Their most recent release, Deathgrip, was their most successful yet. With more than 1.5m streams in it's first week, they also sold justshy of 8,000 copies. Their flexibly is showcased in their ability to tour with a wide scope of acts, from metalcore, to metal, to hardcore. Highlights include supporting acts such as August Burns Red, Beartooth, and participating three times on the Vans Warped Tour. The result of their agenda is not only a catalogue of commanding metal music, but a compelling and well-built voice, one that rests on the willing shoulders of a band set on being open handed.Fit For A King iscomposed of Ryan Kirby (vocals), Bobby Lynge (guitar), Jared Easterling (drums) and Ryan O’Leary (bass/clean vocals).
Miss May I
The sound and fury of MISS MAY I is deeply embedded in the hearts and minds of a legion of fans. These are people from different backgrounds, of different ages, with diverse life experience, who all come together and connect with MISS MAY I’s combination of brutal proficiency and impassioned delivery. The five-piece powerhouse, from the fertile metalcore grounds of America’s heartland, have become an integral part ofthe worldwide heavy music community, transcending boundaries and limitations, galvanizing crowds, and energizing each person they encounter. Not only have the young Warped Tour and Rockstar Mayhem veterans proven to beone of the most exciting bands in the genre, they’ve managed the near-impossible task of maintaining their original lineup along the way. These are the same guys who formed Miss May I as teenagers in 2007 –inspired by New Wave Of American Metalcore heroes like Lamb Of God, Underoath, and Bleeding Through, as well as hard rock and metal legends like Pantera and White Zombie –now grown men. And in the eight-year span between studio albums from Metallica, Miss May I cranked out five
slabs of metal: Apologies Are for the Weak(2009), Monument (2010), At Heart(2012), Rise of the Lion(2014), and Deathless(2015). All three of their most recent albums debuted in the Top 5 on Billboard’s Hard Music chart.The band’s brand new album, Shadows Inside,doubles as monster riff-fest and forcefully vocal driven statementshaped by changes both within and without. Make no mistake this isn’t an about-face album full of contrived sentiment or glossy emptiness. It’s a record where the band challenged each other towork from outside of their comfort zone, to really hone in on what makes Miss May I vital, and deliver something fully authentic and raw. On the road with friends and peers like August Burns Red, Parkway Drive, Blessthefall, Memphis May Fire, We Came AsRomans, and Whitechapel, Miss May I bring devastating fury onstage and good natured charm offstage. They’ve held their own as support for rock radio hitmakers Five Finger Death Punch and as headliners on the Alternative Press Tour. Thisis a band with diverse appeal; they fine-tunetheir punishing metallic assault with an almost “pop” sensibility when it comes to catchy memorability. The official music videos for Miss May I singles including “Deathless,” “Echoes,” “Relentless Chaos,” “Forgive and Forget,” “Hey Mister,” “Masses of a Dying Breed,” and “Day By Day” account for roughly 50 million views on YouTube, to say nothing of the fan made videos, live clips, cover versions, and audio streams. Those same anthems have been played millions of times more across streaming services and social media, embedded in the musical DNA of a generation of contemporaries and fans. Early on, vocalist Levi Benton, bassist/vocalist Ryan Neff, guitarists BJ Stead and Justin Aufdemkampe, drummer Jerod Boyd and made twoalbums with scene kingmaker Joey Sturgis, positioning themselves among titans of the burgeoning modern metalcore genre like Of Mice & Men and their fellow Ohio natives in The Devil Wears Prada. At Heart, made with producer Machine (Lamb Of God, Eighteen Visions) was something of a graduation, demonstrated by the massive sound of immediate anthem “Hey Mister,” an AltPress cover feature,and main stage validationon the Vans Warped Tour.
The slickly savage Rise of the Lion, made with legendary producer Terry Date (Pantera, Deftones, Limp Bizkit), was ample evidence that Miss May I could hang with the big dogs. The band championed the circle pits and sleeveless denim they grew up seeing at Ozzfest, inspired by groupsthathad assembled in the DIY scene, likethem,and went on to climb the heights of the metal mountains. The defiant mission statement that was Deathlessfollowed, reuniting them with Sturgis in the throes of behind-the-scenes hardshipathat saw the band nearly dissolve, but ultimately triumph. Nick Sampson (Asking Alexandria, Born Of Osiris, In Fear and Faith), who worked alongside Sturgis on Deathless, took the reigns of the instrumental section of Miss May I’snew album with the instrumental members in the Midwest. Benton collaboratedwith producer Drew Fulk (Motionless In White, Emmure, Crown The Empire), who brought out the best vocal performances of the young singer’s career thus far. Working in California, the pair was able to communicate ideas to the band back in their Michigan studio, where they’d reshape and refine the songs,until they were perfect.This process, unlike anything Miss May I had attempted before, resulted in their most fully realized album yet. Mixed by Andrew Wade (A Day To Remember, The Word Alive, Neck Deep), the band’s first record for SharpTone is truly the best of everything before, with new ambition and confidence. Shadows Insideis a monster of an album and a longtime coming. Miss May I celebrates a decade of savage metalcore and soaring melodic refrains,newly revitalized,and poised for an insurgent career renaissance;armed with unmistakable power, road hardened experience, a steadily building catalog, and unrelenting spirit, supported by a diehard community.