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Intensity Music Festival
The Devil Wears Prada, Demon Hunter, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, The Word Alive, MyChildren MyBride, Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, I, The Breather, Being As An Ocean, Hundredth, Jamie's Elsewhere, War Of Ages, Fit For A King, Wolves At The Gate, Conditions, The Great Commission, Becoming The Archetype, Serianna, Madison Apart
4493 Arlington Boulevard
Arlington, VA, 22203
Doors 1:30 PM / Show 2:00 PM
This event is all ages
Watch & Listen
The Devil Wears Prada
Fresh off a full US Tour with As I Lay Dying, For Today, The Color Morale, and The Chariot...
Forget everything you knew about The Devil Wears Prada.
The technically proficient, guitar-driven American metal that you’ll hear on the band’s fourth studio album Dead Throne is bigger and more balanced than what was contended with on 2009’s breakthrough offering With Roots Above And Branches Below and 2010‘s Zombie EP.
Dead Thronesignals a more evolved, more progressive The Devil Wears Prada that is not only larger sonically, but goes much deeper, lyrically. The album contains more than a dozen cutting-edge, razor-sharp, straight-ahead metal tracks that are utterly brilliant not only in their composition, but also in their flawless delivery.
“The songs are inspired by a lot of the things in my heart, per usual,” explains frontman Mike Hranica. “A lot of the subject matter was very specific for this record, which is something that has evolved for me. I’d call the album very ‘lyrically intentional.’”
Dead Thronewas expertly produced by Killswitch Engage mad genius Adam Dutkiewicz at his Massachusetts-based recording studio -- a collaboration born out of a mutual admiration first realized in early 2010, when The Devil Wears Prada supported Killswitch Engage on tour.
“We got along with Adam very well and he dropped some hints about how he was interested in working with The Devil Wears Prada,” Hranica said. “Like any heavy band, clearly we've always been curious about working with the dude, so when he was so cool with us, it really felt natural and right. His impact as far as sound and engineering is purely his ability to capture the rawness of our band and reduce the sterility of it; something I've wanted for a very long time. I couldn't be happier with Adam’s influence and I think it works really, really well for us.”
Rounded out by guitarist and clean vocalist Jeremy DePoyster, guitarist Chris Rubey, bassist Andy Trick and drummer Daniel Williams, The Devil Wears Prada wrote all of the songs that appear on Dead Throne before heading into the studio with Dutkiewicz, a man the band trusts and respects.
“Adam did have an impact as far as structure and pulling things out and reorganizing. He sped up a number of the songs, cut measures in half, and generally trimmed fat,” Rubey offered. “Usually, this would be something that we wouldn’t be into coming from a producer, but with Adam it totally worked for the best,” he added.
With Dead Throne, The Devil Wears Prada has turned a corner, by turning up the aggression and turning on the emotions. Dead Throne is the product of hard work and The Devil Wears Prada’s inevitable musical evolution, which tends to focus more on the band’s unique, punishing dual-vocal assault this time around.
“We aim to give listeners and fans something they can enjoy, but we’ll also always make songs we personally stand behind,” says Hranica. “We'd write differently if we were purely trying to sell albums: that’s just not how it works for us. No compromises.”
Dead Thronefinally takes hold of what the band has merely hinted at in the past, and fans both old and new will quickly see this album for what it is -- a brilliant, emotional, captivating and brutal journey brought forth from the heart of a band that won’t conform to the latest trends. Ultimately, Dead Throne tackles issues of failed relationships and perseverance of faith.
“The album has a number of love lost songs,” says Hranica. “It’s a poetic topic I’ve always touched upon in the songs, and exaggerated, but this time around it was a little bit different as far as where it was coming from. My biggest lyrical models for the album are also very ‘love lost’-generated writers, which have an influence on me. The record contains a lot of self-loathing and a lot of bitterness, which all has a spin on it to where the only thing that does not pass in our lives is our faith and our trust in God. Dead Throne takes a bitter perspective: the world is dead and the only thing we have is the Lord.” And as for the world, the The Devil Wears Prada set their sights on breaking territories around the world the same way they established their loyal following in the States, through non-stop touring. After touring throughout America, Europe, Australia and South America, the band will join Slipknot, Slayer, Motorhead and Anthrax on this summer's Mayhem Music Festival followed by a co-headlining UK Tour with August Burns Red and a co-headlining US Tour with As I Lay Dying.
Now a decade into their career, Demon Hunter have continued to inspire and captivate with their body of work and live show. The World is a Thorn produced “Collapsing,” with well over 1 million views online, as well as the new video for “LifeWar,” which has been watched over 100,000 times in the past month. The World is a Thorn followed previous albums Storm the Gates of Hell (2007), The Triptych (2005), Summer of Darkness (2004) and Demon Hunter (2002), as well as the live album and three disc CD / DVD set 45 Days, which have sold close to a combined half a million copies. 2010 saw a tour with As I Lay Dying and their first trip to Europe.
“Fading Away,” “Carry Me Down,” “Undying,” “One Thousand Apologies,” “Not Ready to Die” and “Infected” — to name a few — have all been staples of Christian, college and speciality radio and featured continuously on MTV2′s Headbangers Ball and Fuse. Ryan Clark was featured on the cover of Revolver in 2006 as part of their “Christian Metal” cover story and they are regularly a huge draw at festivals.
The “Hunters” in the “Blessed Resistance,” as the band’s most devoted fans are known, have championed the cause since day one and are making their voices heard throughout the underground.
The new Demon Hunter album is tentatively scheduled for an April release through longtime label home Solid State.
Demon Hunter has grown beyond the boundaries of a traditional rock band to become something of incalculable value, profound meaning, and steadfast purpose to the people worldwide whose dedication to their music, artwork and vision is beyond compare.
True Defiance represents a rallying call to arms, both spiritually and artistically, to the legion of “hunters” the world over who cling to core principles and only the most authentic music against the tide of a materialist world that builds castles on shifting sands. We all stumble and fall, nobody on earth is perfect, but Demon Hunter will not apologize for who they aspire to be and their fans continue to be invigorated by each new anthem that seeks to empower us to conquer self-doubt and emptiness. This attitude of True Defiance against the obstacles of the world persists throughout every aspect of the band’s songwriting and overall presentation.
“This record is without a doubt our most aggressive,” promises vocalist, songwriter and band co-founder Ryan Clark. “Every Demon Hunter record must be a step-up from the last. I know that’s a goal for every band, but it seldom works that way—especially today, especially in metal. It seems like most bands’ prime years are long behind them. I refuse to let that be the case of us.”
An artist whose consumption and creation of music and illustration remains massive, Ryan Clark’s appetite for art ensures he has the widest palette of inspiration from the past and present to draw upon with each successive release. As much a student of darker avante garde rock as classic thrash metal and noisy / critically acclaimed underground acts, Clark’s dialed-in Demon Hunter sound represents something refreshingly broadminded for a generation of metalheads raised with iPods whose “shuffle” mode offer much variety.
Arriving exactly ten years after the group’s inception, Demon Hunter’s True Defiance emphasizes a variety of elements that have long been their strengths (particularly the juxtaposition of aggressive metal with intensely melodic flourishes) while ramping up various aspects beyond the point of previous acceleration. The band recorded the album at Compound Studios in Seattle with longtime collaborator Aaron Sprinkle (Anberlin, Emery) producing. Mixing duties were handled by Jason Suecof (All That Remains, Trivium), who worked with Demon Hunter on 2009’s The World is a Thorn, which included fan-favorite singles “Collapsing” and “LifeWar.”
“My Destiny,” “Crucifix,” “God Forsaken,” “Dead Flowers” and the rest of the songs that comprise True Defiance represent the strongest writing of Ryan Clark’s career and most ambitious, most aggressive performances from Demon Hunter.
“We’ve been extremely underwhelmed with metal for the last few years and that was the fuel to create this record,” Clark explains. “With an extreme over-saturation of false, fleeting, trend-hopping noise in today’s metal scene, we had to make something we’ve been longing to hear: something truly meaningful and artistic, something our fans would love and something that will turn the heads of those who have ignored us for the past decade.”
Black metal, thrash metal and speed metal of all stripes are present as lead guitarist Patrick Judge solos throughout with absolute abandon combined with precision technique. Longtime drummer Tim “Yogi” Watts continues to serve the song first, constantly driving the proceedings with taste, while reminding the metal community that his skills rival that of some of the genre’s top performers. Clark delves deeply into the well of his own psyche to summon forth vocals worthy of the intense dedication he puts into the lyrics, with bassist Jonathan Dunn ever remaining a consistent anchor for Demon Hunter. New guitarist Jeremiah Scott rounds out the lineup. An accomplished producer (Living Sacrifice) as well as player (The Showdown), Scott is a longtime member of the band’s family.
True Defiance features dual covers conceived by Clark, co-owner of Grammy nominated design firm Invisible Creature with his brother (and former Demon Hunter guitarist) Don Clark, and illustrated by Angryblue (Korn, Bleeding Through, Acacia Strain). Artwork and imagery has been paramount ever since the now iconic Demon Hunter symbol first appeared on t-shirts and stickers in 2002. A mysterious demon skull with a bullet hole through its forehead, representing the idea that it’s been destroyed, the Demon Hunter symbol has been tattooed; sculpted from wood, clay and metal; painted on the side of helmets and tanks by members of the military and of course, appeared on every Demon Hunter release, including the 45 Days documentary and Live in Nashville album.
Ryan and Don Clark conceived the concept behind Demon Hunter together in Seattle, where they both work and reside. The first Demon Hunter album (featuring both Clarks backed by a still shadowy and enigmatic lineup) was unleashed in 2002, featuring tracks like “Through the Black” and “Infected” that have remained important songs to their fans. Summer of Darkness blew the doors open, placing the band on Christian Rock Radio, on the soundtrack for a “Resident Evil” movie and on MTV2 with “Not Ready to Die.” Many couples count “My Heartstrings Come Undone,” which Ryan wrote for his wife, as a landmark song in their own relationships.
The Triptych achieved the band’s highest commercial success to that point. While the record sold close to 150,000 copies in the United States and saw major airplay for songs like “Undying” and “One Thousand Apologies,” Demon Hunter has steadfastly remained a part of the fabric of subculture. A staple at major festivals whose relevance continues despite various trends in metal both above ground and beneath, Demon Hunter remains tightly protected by a loyal group of fans who will always be a part of the extended family. Storm the Gates of Hell included “Fading Away” and “Carry Me Down” and continued the band’s tradition of handpicking support bands on their headlining tours, which have included August Burns Red, Haste The Day, Sleeping Giant and Living Sacrifice.
The World is a Thorn marked a number of firsts in Demon Hunter’s career. It was the first album to officially feature Judge on lead guitar. “Collapsing” was their highest charting song at Christian Rock Radio. Demon Hunter went to Europe for the first time, playing festivals and clubs as a headlining act. The group also supported the album on a nationwide US tour with As I Lay Dying.
The men who comprise the band honor and respect the responsibility bestowed on them by placing the utmost value on the finest details of what Demon Hunter has come to represent: as musicians, as artists and as brothers on the road. They recognize that Demon Hunter is as much their own as it belongs to a diverse group of supporters around the globe who have connected with the execution of their sound, their overall aesthetic and the myriad array of deeply personal topics covered by the lyrics. There are over 300 (and counting) Demon Hunter related tattoos on the band’s websites and an arsenal of fan created imagery inspired by the group’s work.
Whether that landscape is the spiritual battle for the souls of humankind, or as simple as the mediocrity of much of modern music, Demon Hunter defies. True Defiance stands proudly as a flag of hope and perseverance planted above the fires of a world in turmoil.
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
Over 100 million myspace plays. Just one indicator of how The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus has brought national attention to the Post-Hardcore scene. The band has toured with artists such as 30 Seconds to Mars, Seether, Boys Like Girls, My Chemical Romance, Taking Back Sunday, and Rise Against. There album titled "Don't You Fake It" has been certified GOLD by RIAA and produced smash hit singles such as "Face Down" and "Your Guardian Angel", both of which have over 30 million views on Youtube.
Their objective is simple. Writing straight forward rock songs about topics that are REAL and you can relate to. There's no hidden meaning. We want you to understand and we want to share it with you. RJA is a family and we want you to be a part of it.
About Us: Well, to make it short and sweet, We're five poor country boys from florida that gave up everything to share our music with people. But if you'd like to read into it more...feel free...
What's in a name? Well, it depends who came up with it. In the case of Middleburg, Florida quintet The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, it might mean anything. Jumpsuits can be sleek and fashionable, tight and revealing. Or they can be loose and homogeneous, suggesting redundancy and confinement befitting a jailbird. Red is often flashy and easily noticeable, but it's also the color of blood. And an apparatus allows a jumpsuit to be used for a specific purpose, such as leaping from an airplane - or it could be something sexual. After all, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus are ballsy and emotional, pulsing with vibrancy and tenacity. They're strong, yet vulnerable, and they shift between musical styles with the confidence of superstars.
Strange then that The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus means absolutely nothing. "It's 100 percent completely arbitrary," laughs singer Ronnie Winter. "When we started the band, we only cared about having a good time and writing good songs far more than coming up with some symbolic, incredibly intelligent name."
"I think its funny when bands scramble their brains to try and come up with some unique, untouchable band name," adds guitarist Elias Reidy. "Why waste time thinking of something when we could be concentrating on music instead? The locals loved it, so we went with it."
A brief listen to The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus debut and its obvious that these boys have spent a lot of time concentrating on their music. Their songs are flush with the determination, hunger and energy of youth (the average age in the band is 21). And while they tap into elements of pop-punk, pop, screamo, and metal, they combine them in a way that's both surprising and invigorating. "In a time when everything's labeled and categorized, you kind of have to try your best to step outside the box and be as unpredictable as possible to separate yourself," explains Reidy.
"Yeah, but we like to mix unpredictability with the comfort and melody people want to feel when they hear a song," clarifies Winter. "You can't just be crazy, ridiculous. You have to stick to the point musically and make the song catchy to the listener."
No worries there. On just their first record, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus already have mastered the difficult art of ensnaring the listener, whatever particular style theyre delving into. Face Down blends propulsive, chugging guitars, a steady beat and yearning pop vocals and climaxes in a detonation of dissonance and a volley of screams. In Fate's Hands (the name of Reidy and bassist Joey Westwoods' former metal band) starts with plangent acoustic strumming then abruptly shifts into overdrive with start-stop guitars, tumbling drums and a chorus as angry as it is infectious. And Cat and Mouse is a melancholy ballad anchored by a repeating delicate piano line that surfaced as if by magic.
"We were at a showcase for a record label, and we were pretty sure we weren't ready, so everyone was on edge," recalls Winter. "So, to calm his nerves, [guitarist] Duke [Kitchens] sat down with his guitar and just started playing. I walked up to him and said, Dude what is that? And he said, I just came up with it. So I said, Keep playing it. Dont stop. And I made him play for two hours straight while we wrote the entire song all the way through."
In addition to being musically adventurous, Winter doesn't shy away from confessional, confrontational lyrics. The cantankerous Seventeen Ain't So Sweet addresses a female friend who has an amazing voice but has been unable to make a dent in the music industry because she doesnt look like a plastic pop idol, and the reflective, flowing Your Guardian Angel shows Winters letting down his guard and trying to express what it really feels like to be in love. But its Face Down, a scathing indictment of domestic abuse, which hits hardest.
"Where I come from, you see it when you go to the store, you see it when you stop for a smoke, you see it all the time," Winter says. It's something everybody sees and doesn't do anything about because they're just so accustomed to it. I was the same way and I was a victim of it. So the best way I could think of to get people to not make the same mistake I did was to write about it."
Winter and Kitchens, the only original members left in the band, formed The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus in 2003 just for kicks. For 18 months they wrote and rehearsed with no real intention of playing shows or recording an album. When some friends who heard them jam suggested they play out, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus started booking gigs and were immediately embraced by the local scene. "We played this place called The Art Bar twice, and the second time we played it, we sold it out," Winter says.
Encouraged by the response, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus contacted the owner of a local studio to see if they were ready to start recording. When the response was a resounding yes, they recorded their first EP, using it to promote themselves wherever they could - online and at local concerts, high schools, colleges, malls, beaches and other locations across Florida. Although the reaction was undeniable, the industry wheels didn't start turning right away. The band showcased for several labels to no avail, leading to discouragement between members, some of which left or were removed from the band.
Determined not to give up, the remaining members posted ads around town looking for new members with the same level of dedication and motivation. After auditioning several dozen guitarists, Winter accidentally returned Reidys' phone call about the opening one night at 2 AM and the conversation eventually led him to meet up with the guys an hour later. The group clicked immediately - Reidys' playing style complimented Winters while providing a fresh perspective on the bands sound, and by the morning, the band had taught Reidy five songs.
Their fan base continued to build to an almost unheard-of level for a local band, in-turn attracting New York-based management. Winter then added drummer Jon Wilkes (whom he met years ago when his old band jammed with Wilkes' group), and the current lineup was then completed when Elias brought in his childhood friend and former band mate Joey Westwood. "The whole situation was solely based on fate," recalls Reidy. "Originally, Ronnie randomly approached Joey in a record store and told him they needed another guitarist. After joining the band I re-introduced them to Joey who became the new bass player. It only made sense." Just a few months later, following a flurry of industry attention, the band signed with Virgin Records.
With their line up in place, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus entered the studio last year with producer David Bendeth, who has previously worked with Hawthorne Heights and Breaking Benjamin. "We were blown away with the sonic-quality of the Breaking Benjamin album, so we were really excited to work with him," Reidy says. "Plus, he really understood our vision."
"He really challenged us to make us a better band," Winter adds. "It wasn't always easy, and when we did something he wasn't happy with, he'd say, 'That's not good enough. You can do better and you're going to do better.' And you know what? We did."
From the chugging riffs and serpentine guitars of Atrophy to the steely rage of Justify to the tender lament of Cat and Mouse, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus are determined to get their music across to the masses. There may have been a time when they didn't know if they were ready to be heard, but those days are gone, and now they're eager to tour the world and beyond with the conviction that, when your music speaks so eloquently, who cares what's in a name.
The Word Alive
A full-length debut is a pivotal moment for most bands, but for Phoenix, AZ natives the Word Alive, it's a battle-tested triumph. Considering the countless miles the band has traveled since their 2009 EP release, Empire, and the obstacles the six-piece has had to overcome along the way, every track of Deceiver pulsates with the passion and fury of a conquering army, and is the very definition of "shock and awe."
After traveling to Ocala, FL to record with up-and-coming producer Andrew Wade (A Day To Remember, VersaEmerge), The Word Alive resurfaced from the studio armed with debut album Deceiver, a challenging, genre-bending opus that fully showcases the considerable abilities of one of heavy music's true rising talents. Mastered by Alan Douches and featuring guest performances by Dave Stephens from We Came As Romans and Levi Benton of Miss May I, the album offers fans all that they love about The Word Alive and so much more.
The Word Alive truly made their impact in 2009 when they released their debut EP Empire, which sold more than 20,000 copies and spent time on Billboard's "Heatseekers" chart. Quickly winning over listeners with its scorching musicianship and singer Tyler "Telle" Smith's hyperkinetic vocals, the EP set the stage for an even deeper, more innovative full-length to follow.
"On Deceiver, we wanted to take everything that we did on the EP and boost it times ten," says Smith. "We got to do everything that we feel represents us on this album. In some parts it sounds like you could almost be listening to an ambient/indie band because of the electronic influences, in other parts it's dark and almost creepy. We spent a lot of time before writing the album thinking of how we could sample other instruments to really add depth—either keyboard parts that Dusty [Riach, keyboardist] would do, or cello, violins and different percussion instruments.
"One thing's for sure," Smith adds. "On this album, when we're heavy, we're way heavier."
A major difference to note among Deceiver's blistering instrumentation is the hefty contributions of new drummer Justin Salinas, formerly of My Children My Bride and Scars of Tomorrow. With Salinas now in the fold, TWA is ready to take on the world.
"Deceiver is not a concept album, but it's got a lot of heavy theme stuff that goes along with the title," explains Smith. "Over the past year, we've gone through some big changes, and we poured those experiences into this album."
The group kept the road ever-present in mind when writing much of Deceiver, knowing that massive touring would be in the immediate future. Their intense touring schedule in support of the album has included a summer run on Warped Tour 2010, as well as tours with Bleeding Through, A Day To Remember and Underoath. 2011 is poised to be their biggest yet, with U.S. and European tours with We Came As Romans and a full summer on Vans Warped Tour, followed by a slot on Soundwave Revolution in Australia and a U.S. run for the fall.
"We really wanted it to be an experience when you come to our show," says Smith. "What I think a lot of musicians forget is that people are paying to be entertained. With this album we definitely thought of the live show, and how we could make every fan, or even a person who's never heard of us, think, 'Man, it sounded like there were 15 people up there, and it was just awesome.'"
The Word Alive's debut album Deceiver is available now. The Deceiver: Deluxe Edition featuring two new tracks, remixes and videos is also now available digitally.
To say Madison, Alabama's MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE are a driving force in today's hardcore and metal scene would be the understatement of the year. With over thirty thousand copies of their Solid State Records debut "Unbreakable" sold in the US, countless tours under their belt and a brand new record in its final stages, MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE (Matthew Hasting - Vocals, Robert Bloomfield - Guitar, Dan Alvarado - Guitar, and Joe Lengson - Bass) are ready to keep the ball rolling.
Maylene and the Sons of Disaster
Maylene and the Sons of Disaster is a southern rock/metal band from Birmingham, Alabama. They were formed in 2004 by Dallas Taylor, founder and former lead singer of Underoath. In 2005, Maylene and the Sons of Disaster signed to Mono vs. Stereo and released their self-titled debut, Maylene and the Sons of Disaster.
Maylene and the Sons of Disaster's II was released on Ferret Records nationwide on March 20, 2007.
Maylene's third album, III, was released on June 23, 2009. The song Just A Shock was released to the band's MySpace page on May 11th, 2009. III debuted at #71 on the Billboard 200.
Dallas Taylor is the most notable member of Maylene and the Sons of Disaster. He was the original vocalist for the metalcore/post-hardcore band Underoath until late 2003.
The band name and concept are based on the legend of the criminal gang of Ma Barker and her sons, noting that evil lifestyles will be met with "divine justice".
I, The Breather
I, the Breather is an American Metal band from Baltimore, Maryland. Formed by Justin Huffman and Morgan Wright in late 2009, the group is currently signed to Sumerian Records and have released two albums through the label. Intensity Music Festival will be the band's only hometown show of the Summer.
Signing to Sumerian Records and "These Are My Sins" (2009-2010)
The band started off as a small project in guitarist Justin Huffman's basement which quickly evolved into a deal with a major label and management.As the bands initial line-up began to settle in, work on their first album began. On June 3, 2010, the band signed onto Sumerian Records. On April 15, 2010, it was announced that I, The Breather would be playing on the "Scream The Prayer" tour with supporting acts For Today, Blessed by a Broken Heart, A Plea for Purging, The Color Morale, The Crimson Armada, The Great Commission, In the Midst of Lions, and Hundredth (band).
On December 7, 2010, I, The Breather released its 1st studio album "These Are My Sins" on the Sumerian Records label. Following the release, the band premiered their first music video with the song "Forgiven" later that day.
"Truth and Purpose" (2011-Present)
After extensive summer touring to support "These Are My Sins" It was announced on September 16, 2011 that the band had entered the studio and was working on their 2nd studio album with Sumerian Records. "So here it is, Its official! Were recording our 2nd album in November! We will be announcing our producer this coming week. Who would like to see what all of our lives are like at home?! I was thinking it would be an awesome addition to studio footage! Throughout early 2012, the band toured with fellow acts, August Burns Red, Silverstein, Texas In July, and Letlive. On February 28th 2012, I, The Breather released its second studio album titled "Truth and Purpose" through Sumerian Records. On May 4, 2012, a music video for the song, "False Profit" was released. The band also toured on 2012 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival 2012 featuring Slipknot, Slayer, Anthrax, Motörhead, As I Lay Dying, The Devil Wears Prada, Asking Alexandria, Whitechapel, Upon a Burning Body, Betraying the Martyrs and Dirtfedd. After Mayhem Festival, the band went on a US Tour alongside Born of Osiris, The Word Alive, Norma Jean, and Crown the Empire.
Being As An Ocean
Being As An Ocean is an American Post-Hardcore band from Alpine, California. The band was founded by its current members in January 2012, and works with producer Brian Hood in Nashville, Tennessee. They are signed with InVogue Records and distributed by Warner Music Group. Their debut record “Dear G-d…” charted at #27 on Billboard Heatseekers, supported by tours both in the US and the UK.
New Album out 3/9/13!
HUNDREDTH is an American Metal Band from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The band is signed to Mediaskare Records. Though the band was just formed in 2008, Hundredth has quickly risen to one of the top up and coming metal bands in the scene today. They have been a cornerstone on tours like Scream The Prayer. In just a short time, the band has toured all over the world, touring with bands like For Today, Every Time I Die, Demon Hunter, The Acacia Strain, Stick To Your Guns, Maylene & The Sons of Disaster, The Color Morale, The Ghost Inside, A Loss for Words, Vanna, Texas in July, and many many more.
In the world today, many people are held in esteem for the mistakes they have made, rather than the efforts they make to correct them. In the case of Sacramento's JAMIES ELSEWHERE, a rare band of six are determined to make a name for themselves in the right. A Guidebook for Sinners Turned Saints, their Victory Records debut, is a true tale of lessons learned, told through melodic and incredibly detailed rock.
JAMIES ELSEWHERE began with roots in family, with brothers Matthew (guitar) and Anthony Scarpelli (drums) writing songs together throughout their youth. In December 2005, they set a goal to make a career out of their love for music, and went forward with a search for the perfect mesh. Anthony Carioscia (guitar) flew over 2000 miles to audition, and was welcomed along with locals Mike Spearman (keys) and Nick Rodriguez (bass) shortly thereafter. The five came together under the name JAMIES ELSEWHERE, taken from an 80's Chicago area venue that
held warm memories for the Scarpelli's father. A year and a half long writing process began while continuously looking for the missing piece: a vocalist. Chris Patterson, who had missed an original audition due to an auto accident, happened to be playing acoustically at a party attended by a few band members. His voice was what the band needed; JAMIES ELSEWHERE entered the studio the next day.
The self released EP that was the result of that studio session would go on to put JAMIES ELSEWHERE on the map. They began touring the entire west coast throughout the next year, speaking to every individual they could about their goal at hand. Over 5000 copies were sold entirely D.I.Y. style, an incredible fete for any band. This mantra of hard work is what caught the eye of Victory Records; JAMIES ELSEWHERE was welcomed to the family at the end of 2007.
Carefully picking a producer to compliment their intricate sound, the band selected Casey Bates (Chiodos, Fear Before the March of Flames) to light up every harmony and scream. They joined him in the studio for the month of February. "Working with Casey was really an amazing experience, we all learned a lot and grew as a band," says Matt Scarpelli. "All of our songs tell a story, a story of life, regrets, love, hate, happiness and forgiveness. Our vocalist is a talented writer and put the songs together in a way that anyone can relate to." Hence, the name A Guidebook for Sinners Turned Saints was chosen. "We called the album A Guidebook, because it is a tale of personal experiences. We are all human, we all make mistakes. The key is to learn from them."
That intimacy can be heard this spring when A Guidebook for Sinners Turned Saints hits shelves everywhere. JAMIES ELSEWHERE's unique blend of singing and screaming, as well as their gift for blending the heavy with a beautiful sonic quality, comes through on every single track. The lyrics flow smoothly with an urgency to reach to the heart of those who hear them, which is exactly the mission this band was trying to accomplish. A Guidebook for Sinners Turned Saints, the Victory Records debut from JAMIES ELSEWHERE, is in stores May 27th.
War Of Ages
WAR OF AGES draws a definitive line in the sand against fear and frailty with Arise and Conquer, their brand new album produced by As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis and his production partner, Daniel Castleman.
The band’s convictions are as deeply rooted in strength through spirit as their music is based in intensely heavy but melodic and catchy metal and hardcore. Their burgeoning and relentless concern for the human condition has blossomed on Arise and Conquer, an album full of positive metalcore that furthers their message of victory.
“Without pain, there could be no compassion. And without hurt, how would we learn to heal?” asks singer Leroy Hamp, his empathy with the hurting youth of the world clear. “These are the moments when men and women rise up and warriors are born.” Hamp and his brother, drummer Alex, certainly know about rising from pain.
In their life experience, they have dealt with kidnapping, abuse both physical and mental, and the violence that surrounded their criminal father and his backward beliefs. Through their faith in Jesus Christ as redeemer and savior, the brothers soldiered on and have forged a life of their own choosing.
War Of Ages is as much ministry as heavy music and that spirit shines throughout the new album. New guitarist Branon Bernatowicz adds his spice to main songwriter Steve Brown’s already well-known classic metal and New Wave Of Swedish Death Metal-inspired chops, which first came to light on the band’s prior Facedown releases Pride of the Wicked and Fire from the Tomb. Bass player T.J. Alford rounds out the band, helping them deliver a powerful live show that has enthralled audiences on tour with diverse bands like Bleeding Through, Throwdown and Soilwork.
Lambesis brought a determined focus to the band’s already solid songwriting. After a month of intensive recording in Southern California, the boys who call Erie, Pennsylvania home emerged with an album that has both absorbed and surpassed their previous output. With the kind of mastery that can only be born from fervent passion, Brown weaves melody with might, building a sound framework for Leroy’s inspired and crucial storytelling. Only years of collaboration and a thick friendship could produce the command and virtuosity heard on Arise and Conquer.
War of Ages' 5th Studio Album, "Return To Life", is in Stores Now.
Fit For A King
Fit For A King is a five-piece Metalcore outfit from Tyler, Texas. A driven attitude, creative minds and a "do it yourself" mentality has quickly set them apart among other bands on the independent circuit. Fit For A King is now touring full time in the U.S has been making a strong internet presence between the "MySpace era" and now. The band released their first full length record in September 2011 called "Descendants." Along with the album came the music video "Ancient Waters" which has broke out to 500,000 + view on YouTube. Fit For A King's Sophomore release will be out March 12, 2013, on Solid State Records. They will head out on tour with Oh, Sleeper following the release.
Wolves At The Gate
Wolves At The Gate is made up of four individuals who live to create passionate music for passionate people. After forming in the tiny town of Cedarville, Ohio in April of 2008, the guys have played countless shows in the Tri-State area, performing with bands such as Oh, Sleeper, Emarosa, Greeley Estates and Oceana, among others. They have won several major contests, earning them the rights to play with Bring Me The Horizon, Thursday, Four Year Strong and others during the 2009 Taste Of Chaos Tour stop in Cincinnati, OH, as well as sharing the stage with Saosin, Innerparty System, P.O.S. and others during the Columbus, OH date of the 2009 PacTour. The band was also hand-picked to play the 2010 Cornerstone Festival in Bushnell, Illinois. After releasing several demos in 2008 and 2009, the band is poised to release their debut EP in early 2011, which was engineered, mixed and mastered by Tyler Smyth of the Fearless Records band Let's Get It. Through their mission to "show the incredible love of God to every person we come in contact with", WATG strongly believes that "the salvation message of the Gospel is free to everyone, and our primary purpose on this earth is to spread that message to everyone we meet." Needless to say, WATG is gearing up for an exciting and action-packed 2011!
Making a claim of performing a countless number of shows, while on face value may seem noteworthy, does not necessarily speak to the impact a band is able to make while on the road. Seemingly, since the beginning of rock and roll a band could pack themselves in a van and stay out there as long as their heart and soul could endure countless trucks stops and sub par accommodations. So when it is noted that the band Conditions have played over 200 shows it is certainly a testament to their commitment. Perhaps more impressive though, is the tangible payoff and direct impact this band has been making worldwide while grinding it out show after show. Conditions have sold over 16,000 digital songs and over 3,000 CDs on their own as independent artists. They have shared stages in the US and Europe with the likes of Paramore, New Found Glory, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, and Good Charlotte. They have earned themselves spots on the Vans Warped Tour, Taste of Chaos, Bamboozle Festival, and SXSW Music Conference. This Richmond, Virginia band attributes much of their current success to experiences they all went through playing in previous bands dating back to their high school days. Touring at such a young age has provided invaluable lessons that are still carried with them to this day. While learning from past mistakes may be paying off in the present, all the wisdom in the world will not make up for a lack of quality songs.
It does not take but one listen to the music of Conditions to quickly understand why they have been able to make fast and lasting impressions on fans. They write songs that are instantly accessible to a listener without any dilution of heart or lack of hard cutting edge. Their commanding stage presence and airtight musicianship during live performances emits a vibrant and impassioned spirit. It is this rare mix of charisma and chops that has allowed Conditions to amass a loyal and supportive fan base from swooning teen pop fans to discerning older rock fans. Those fans purchased 4,000 songs off of their You Are Forgotten EP in the first month of its release. It is exactly that type of zealous fan reaction that has caught the eye of media outlets nationwide. The Alternative Press recently proclaimed the band as one of their "100 bands you need to know in 2010".
2010 is indeed looming large for Conditions. Their brand new full-length album, "Fluorescent Youth", is set to be released on September 14th through Good Fight Music. The songs are steeped in hard rock with an infusion of heart felt pop. Track after track finds towering hook laden choruses fit to reign on radio's airwaves. The vocal prowess of Conditions is on full display as engaging 3-part harmonies sing songs of life, love, and hope. The depth and substance of the lyrical content will assure these high powered pop rock anthems resonate with fans on an authentic and meaningful level. "Fluorescent Youth" is the sure fired vehicle that will skyrocket Conditions into the next strata of stardom.
The Great Commission
The Great Commission hails from Southern California. They have released 2 albums, “Every Knee Shall Bow” (Facedown Records) and “Heavy Worship” (ANGR/Century Media Records). They have done countless amounts of National Tours with such bands as Demon Hunter, Oceano, For Today, Maylene & The Sons of Disaster and more; as well as being regulars on many summer festivals such as: Cornerstone, California Metal Fest, Sonshine, Ichthus, and New England Metal & Hardcore Festival. They’ve made a name for themselves as one of the “Heaviest, Catchiest” bands out today.
With their relentless touring schedule and their incredible live show, they have been taking the nation by storm. They most recently caught the eye of Taylor Swift and were asked to be featured in her new music video “I Knew You Were Trouble” which can be seen here:
Becoming The Archetype
There are a lot of things one must understand about BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE in order to fully appreciate their music, and all of them can learned from the band's mascot: Clifton the Beardskull.
One, the Atlanta, GA quartet are metal through and through. Two, BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE take their music very seriously, but maintain a sense of humor. And three, they're not afraid to challenge listeners with new and complex ideas. (Example, how did that skull grow a beard? The world may never know.)
The only thing that can drive home those points better than Clifton the Beardskull is BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE's latest LP, Celestial Completion – a wildly ferocious, relentlessly creative and breathtakingly risky album that will redefine the band for fans, skeptics and critics alike. Like BTA, it, too, is uncompromisingly metal, it shows a sense of playfulness and it pushes the limits of heavy music to the very breaking point. There are horns. There is Middle Eastern sitar. There is a choir of sopranos. Needless
to say, paint-by-numbers metal this is not. But one bone-crushingly heavy, imaginative tour de force it certainly is.
"BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE has championed a great juxtaposition between heavy music and world music on Celestial Completion," explains guitarist, pianist and vocalist Count Seth. "Complete with BTA-patent keyboards, epic riffs and Jason Wisdom's incredible lead vocals, all the elements of great music are firing on all cylinders."
It's difficult to determine which is BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE's greater feat – championing the collision of blistering metal riffage and Indian tablas, or doing so without it sounding pretentious. For BTA, it was simply a matter of operating the way they always do: openly and honestly, with an ever-present sense of adventure.
"We love to make music that is not only aggressive, but is also beautiful and thought-provoking. There's not much to listen to right now that expands the sound in metal. We had the desire and the ability and the resources to make that happen," Count Seth explains. "We shot for the stars and struck gold!"
When it comes to shooting for the stars, Celestial Completion is unparallelled. Lyrically, the album addresses the apocalypse as a moment of promise, the beginning of a journey to the heavens that completes the spiritual journey begun on Earth. Musically, it extends the ferociously creative path BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE have forged in the course of their three previous albums for Solid State Records. Epitomizing Celestial Completion's sonic adventure is the "Requiem Aeternum" trilogy sandwiched in the middle of the album, a three-part concept that ranges from an aching piano interlude to an 8-minute epic rock song that
features vocoder vocals, savage riffages and a touch of jazz to a brutally aggressive mass of metal highlighted by church organ and operatic vocals.
Making an enormous impact on the record alongside Count Seth, Wisdom and drummer Duck are newly recruited 22-year-old guitarist Daniel Gailey (whom Seth describes as "an injection of nitro") and producer Matt Goldman (UNDER0ATH, THE CHARIOT, ANBERLIN), who helped to bring BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE's grand ambitions to life. And those ambitions don't stop with the writing and recording of an amazing album. They extend to the listening experience, and to the listeners themselves.
"We hope people connect with the songs on Celestial Completion on a deeply emotional and spiritual level," Count Seth says. "We want the guy or girl buying the CD to take it home and listen to it and connect in a way that helps define who they are and how they view the universe. We want people to feel excitement about what the world may hold for them and what they're capable of. We want people to experience hope."
With Celestial Completion, BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE are proving once again that they're not afraid to shoot for the stars. And with the help of their rabid fan base, they'll capture those stars once and for all.
Serianna continues to soar. With a viral cover of Eminem's "Lose Yourself" and a recent headlining tour with support from Onward To Olympas, My Heat to Fear, and In Directions, Serianna is poised to soar in 2013!