THE ALL STARS TOUR

Chelsea Grin

All of the members were born and raised in Salt Lake City, and they're already hitting it off with the heavy metal heads of Utah. Chelsea Grin started almost a year ago, (formerly known as "ahaziah") and they've already released their own five song length EP. The guitarist and vocalist of the band, Chris and Alex first started the band with just a simple dream. To make a ton of fans and have as much fun as they possibly can while performing their music. Then found their bassist, Austin, the other lead guitarist, Michael, and drummer Andrew.

The songs featuring on the EP are "Crewcabanger," "Anathema of the Sick," "Disgrace," "Cheyne Stokes," and "Lifeless." With a screaming vocalist and two guitars sweeping in sync, it's not too surprising they've gotten big in Utah. If you enjoy head-banging music and heavy beats from the drums, you should definitely check out this band.
The group of five boys have already toured California, Idaho, New Mexico, and the remaining states neighboring Utah. With just a small van and a low budget, Chelsea Grin was able to pull off their long road-trips successfully. Though sleeping in Wal-Mart parking lots isn't necessarily 'successful' they still did what they had to do in order to spread their music to the other states around us. Most of their shows have been played in Ogden, Provo, or Salt Lake City. Since the band is a local Utah band, they're more than willing to deliver their merchandise to your house if you live nearby. Along with their still-selling EP, they have many shirts and hoodies that are up and selling right now. So hurry up and buy one!

Veil of Maya

The Chicago based VEIL OF MAYA encompasses the good old American blue collar work ethic and have definitely taken the hard road to success grinding it out on the road through countless tours over the years, but now that backbreaking schedule is paying off tenfold. This quartet are one of the few very bands that can authentically mix elements of progressive metal, melodic death metal, thrash and hardcore brutality together effectively, all while keeping the listener constantly interested with baited breath wondering just what is coming next. This is exactly why they will have a career for years to come.

VEIL OF MAYA's dynamic second full-length album, id, was met with rave reviews and quickly caught the attention of the underground with it's refreshing and unique approach.

Iwrestledabearonce

iwrestledabearonce don't play by the rules.

If that's what you're expecting from the band's sophomore album, Ruining It For Everybody, perhaps you should go play in traffic. However, if you're down for a little danger, this will be your soundtrack.

The fearless five-some from Shreveport, LA still bludgeons with the best of them. In fact, their psychotic polyrhythmic groove fuels Ruining It For Everybody. Simultaneously, Iwrestledabearonce completely embrace their inner Radiohead, elegantly exorcising eerie emotion via singer Krysta Cameron. She's not Regan in The Exorcist, but she is letting the demons out to play.

Breakneck guitar battery subsides during a haunting chorus on the album's first single, "Karate Nipples." Elsewhere on "Next Visible Delicious," glitchy electronics derail into a vaudevillian death metal delirium. Closing track "Button It Up" ventures into raw, real darkness. Iwrestledabearonce have ruined heavy music, because no one can compete with them now.

Bradley encapsulates the band's sound this time around. "It's heavier, catchier, and better organized than anything we've done so far. We took a really spastic blend of genres and made it more cohesive."

Iwrestledabearonce dove headfirst into writing and recording Ruining It For Everybody after a marathon of touring in support of their 2009 Century Media Records debut It's All Happening. The album debuted at No. 121 on the Billboard Top 200, moving 4,300 copies during its first week and landing at No. 1 on the Heatseekers chart. In 2010, they followed it up with a CD/DVD entitled It's All Remixed, featuring remixes, videos, and so much more. No venue was safe when the band toured with the likes of everyone from Dillinger Escape Plan to August Burns Red and smashed through summer on the Vans Warped Tour.

All of that time on the road opened the door for the next phase of Iwrestledabearonce's burgeoning career. "The album is another story and chapter in my life," reveals Cameron. "A lot has happened since the release of our debut, and it means a lot to me that I get to express my thoughts, beliefs, and feelings through this album."

She and her bandmates don't hold anything back either. The band's spazzy fusion of metal, grindcore, jazz, electronica, and show-tunes has been consolidated into one violently vibrant assault on "Karate Nipples." For Cameron, the song's meaning is two-fold. "SLUGGO [producer] told us he wouldn't do any more remixes for us if we didn't title a song after the name he gave Ricky—'Karate Nipples.' So that's one reason. It's also a very personal story for me, and you can feel it in the lyrics."

Iwrestledabearonce don't shroud anything in mystery, and they're doing exactly what they want. For Bradley, the title serves as the ultimate middle finger to expectations, conventions, and the norm.

"We do whatever the fuck we want, and that normally ends up pissing people off," he declares. "We like to take elements from every style and genre and ruin them for everybody."

For Cameron, that deconstruction includes delving deeper than your average metal singer. On "Next Visible Delicious", she serves up a warning about the dangers of not thinking for oneself. "People believe anything fed to them if they are told by someone with power that it's truth. Your head will spin trying to rationalize religion, politics, and environment. The song references mother nature becoming fed up with our ways and swallowing us whole. It's a warning of our long-awaited Armageddon. No, not the movie…"

The intensity inherent within Ruining It For Everybody will undoubtedly be replicated on stages worldwide when the band hits the road. About their live show, Bradley comments, "We continue to break more stuff and have even more fun. Also, we have a pretty insane light show now that we always bring with us so that definitely makes it a much more entertaining show."

The music still shines the most, especially on songs like album finale, "Button It Up." It's an expansive hymn of destruction catapulted to transcendent heights by Cameron's vocals. "It's a dark song," the singer reveals. "It tells the tale of a girl who has her life taken from her. I'd read about young girls exploiting their bodies on the Internet and lying about their ages. The next thing you know, they go missing, are raped, and found dead. It's terrifying."

However, Iwrestledabearonce continue to offer a release and reprieve from all of the world's madness. They've created something that listeners can clench onto tightly. Cameron concludes, "I want fans to feel like they can find something to relate to and that this is music to get them through a bad day or situation in their lives. I also hope they find something new about us that they like."

Every rule will be broken in the process…

For All Those Sleeping

"Storming out of St Cloud, MN, armed with a blend of pop, hardcore and a killer live show, For All Those Sleeping is ready to give the scene a serious wake up call. Mike Champa (vocals), Jerad Pierskalla (guitar/vocals), David Volgman-Stevens (guitar) and Ethan Trekell (drums) met in high school, and formed For All Those Sleeping in 2007 after gaining London Snetsinger on bass. The band has already wowed audiences on tour throughout the Midwest, and is now ready to take their sound global, having just signed a deal with Fearless Records.

It is unusual for a band to be equally influenced by hard-hitting groups like He Is Legend and Diecast, as well as the epic balladry of musicals like Les Miserables and Phantom. Yet, on Ice Nine Kills' debut album, Last Chance to Make Amends (Out Now), the sound of earth-shattering double bass drums and lacerating guitar riffs on a song like Last Words, share space with ballads like Chapter Two that gently move the listener with little more than a soft piano and a clean guitar.

Ice Nine Kills, The band, named after the ultimate weapon of mass destruction- the Ice Nine isotope from Kurt Vonneguts novel, Cats Cradle -will, like its namesake, awe you. The group seamlessly weaves the soaring melodies of punk rock and emo with the raw emotion and aggression of post hardcore and metal, creating in the process a refreshing sound that both soothes and knocks-over the listener.

Even in their most aggressive of moments, Ice Nine Kills, unlike many bands in todays scene, does not rely on unnecessary screaming to make up for lack of depth or meaning. The whole screaming thing seems really played out these days, everyone is doing it excessively. We try to only use an aggressive vocal style when it fits the part, and when it truly intensifies the song, says Jeremy.

The band provides the listener with multi textured guitar hooks, a dual vocal attack, and a pummeling rhythm section which takes the listener by the throat, and refuses to let go We try and tell our stories not only with our lyrics but with our music as well, says Jeremy, who pens the lyrics for INK. Every song I write comes from either personal experience or that of a close friend. Of course some of the stories are exaggerated, but they are all based on things that I have been through, I think thats why kids can relate to our band.


THE PAST
Ice Nine Kills was founded by Jeremy and Spencer in 2002, in a small town on the Massachusetts coast. After several member changes, the band got lucky in the winter of 2003 when drummer Grant Newsted, a highly skilled and technical drummer from Petoskey Michigan, responded to a flier the band had posted at Berklee College of music. The line up was finalized in fall 2004 when long-time friend Hobie Boeschenstein, a skilled guitarist, took over bass and back up vocal duties.


THE PRESENT
The self-produced new album explodes from the very first track Last Words, a socially relevant song that deals with the excessive pressure that many parents put on their kids to achieve unreasonable goals, and the consequences that can ensue. The band also showcases its dark sense of humor with the song, Murders and Acquisitions, a tongue-and-cheek tale of a jealous ex boyfriend who takes revenge to a level you dont want to know about, but cant help listening to. This track owes its macabre theme, no doubt, to the bands love of horror movies, which influence not only the musical expression but sometimes, the bands hair color.

As energy charged as their new album is, Ice Nine Kills cannot be fully appreciated until they are seen in a live evironment. The band not only writes enthralling music, but their live show crackles with an explosive energy. Yet, with this band, energy is not an excuse for out of time, unfocused amateurism. They are always playing extremely tight and on time. I think a lot of bands these days either lack energy when they play live in order to concentrate more on playing tight, or some bands just go nuts on stage and dont play competently. With a lot of hard work, I think we have found the perfect middle ground, says Jeremy.

Unlike most groups, the band members try to reply to each and every email they receive, allowing them to forge an unusually strong bond with their fans and create an incredibly loyal following. Our fans are really supportive of what we do, and we consider them as much a part of this band as we are, says Spencer.


THE FUTURE…
Its obvious from their intensity and dedication that these boys are in this for the long haul. As Spencer said in a recent interview, Were not going to stop until every person that might enjoy our music gets a chance to hear us. There are so many great bands out there that never get discovered. We dont believe in just being lucky. We'll make our own luck.

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