Animals As Leaders, Periphery, Norma Jean

Animals As Leaders

When Tosin Abasi released his debut solo album under the moniker ANIMALS AS LEADERS in 2009, few would have predicted the band's meteoric rise over the next two years. Although Abasi earned acclaim as the lead guitarist in the Washington, D.C.-based metalcore act Reflux, it was still a long-shot that an instrumental album of progressive metal with jazz, electronic and ambient flourishes would develop anything more than a cult following.

Fast-forward two-plus years to "Weightless," the group's sophomore effort, and ANIMALS AS LEADERS is revered worldwide as a trailblazing pioneer of modern heavy music. The group's genre-defying compositions have earned extensive praise — Steve Vai called the band "the future of creative, heavy virtuoso guitar playing," and MetalSucks recently ranked Abasi #2 on their list of modern metal's top guitarists — and the diversity of their music has enabled them to tour with a wide variety of acts, including Deftones, Underoath, Circa Survive, BTBAM, The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Faceless, Thursday, Dredg and, on the 2010 Summer Slaughter tour, even Decapitated.

Whereas the group's self-titled debut was a collaboration between Abasi and Periphery's Misha Mansoor, "Weightless" features the recording debut of ANIMALS AS LEADERS, the true band — that is, Abasi (guitars), Javier Reyes (guitars) and Navene Koperweis (drums). After nearly two years of touring together, the trio wrote and recorded "Weightless" together in mid-2011, with Koperweis producing and Reyes mixing. The group debuted a new track, "Isolated Incidents," during their inaugural headlining tour this summer, which included sellout shows from coast-to-coast — a sign that as quickly as ANIMALS AS LEADERS have risen, the best is yet to come.

Periphery

Hailing from Washington DC, Periphery is one of the freshest progressive metal acts on the scene today. With their signature blend of polymetric grooves and soaring melodies, the band continues to push the envelope of modern metal music. The Band released their first full length album 'Periphery' on April 20th in 2010. It debuted at #128 on the Billboard Top 200, as well as #2 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.

Periphery formed in 2005 and currently consists of Misha 'Bulb' Mansoor, Jake Bowen and Mark Holcomb on guitars, Matt Halpern on drums, and Spencer Sotelo on vocals. Since its inception, the band has been relentless its effort to have their music be heard. Allowing free access to almost their entire catalog, including over one hundred and thirty download-able songs, this self produced band is seeking to redefine the way music is experienced.

Periphery has toured extensively since 2008, supporting artists including DevilDriver, Emmure, Veil of Maya, Animals as Leaders, God Forbid, The Dillinger Escape Plan, A Life Once Lost, This Time Its War, Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza, Fear Factory, Darkest Hour, Fair To Midland, The Human Abstract, Textures, The Contortionist and Stray From The Path. The band's first European headline tour in early 2011 titled 'The League of Extraordinary Djentlemen' with TesseracT, Monuments and The Safety Fire was a huge success. They released their 'Icarus EP' on April 19th, 2011. Make sure to catch them on their current European tour supporting prog-metal legend Dream Theater!

With their fifth full length studio disc and first for Razor & Tie, Atlanta's post-hardcore giants Norma Jean have delivered what many will come to regard as the heavy music album of 2010. Building on the sonic bedlam that has already earned the group an ever-swelling and tremendously loyal global following, Meridional is the aggressive, artful follow up to 2008's widely acclaimed studio effort The Anti Mother.

Launched by the walloping opening track and advance digital single "Leaderless and Self-Enlisted," Meridional isn't your typical blasting material. It's a seamless song cycle – and a loose acknowledgement of the heralded quintet's Southern roots – that incorporates an array of dramatic, melodic and experimental surprises.

If the ferocity, velocity and weaving melody that steers that aforementioned leading number incites and inspires, it's perhaps the ideal representation of what Norma Jean has become known for – unrelenting, innovative and exceptionally good songs. When pressed to explain how the band keeps managing to up its game with each successive studio effort, longtime lead vocalist and guitarist Cory Brandan modestly addresses the peerless end product that is Meridional.

"We have all become very comfortable as a team of writers and musicians," Brandan explains. "More and more as we continue to create we become less of a band and more of an artistic collaborative."

"We started to write this one well over a year ago, which really gave us time to sit with certain songs and ideas," adds drummer Chris Raines. "We really took our time and so much was able to happen. Songs got better, relationships got better, ideas came faster – it really went great."

That creative preparedness was essential in rendering what can only be regarded Norma Jean's most diverse and cohesive disc yet. From the sinister, percussion-driven standout "Deathbed Athiest" – which highlights Raines' pummeling wares – to the amazing, alluring hard rock anthem "Falling From The Sky: Day Seven" Meridional reflects Norma Jean at its most accomplished and adventurous.

"We wanted to make something different, but something that really flowed together," Raines says. "We didn't want to have our record sound like 10 different bands."

Although "Falling From The Sky" and the stirring, memorable bruiser "High Noise Low Output" build slightly on the melodic touches first surfaced on The Anti Mother, these Ozzfest and Warped Tour vets are by no means pondering a radical reinvention.

"We all like different kinds of music and that is always going to come through," Cory explains. "Besides they're hardly what I would call hits – that wasn't the intention – but they are songs that we feel are very important to keeping the record from being boring and monotonous."

On Meridional Norma Jean also sidestepped the same-old, same-old by opting to work with producer Jeremy Griffith (a veteran of records by Saosin and The Cartel) after two acclaimed discs (2006's Redeemer and 2008's The Anti Mother) with esteemed metal guru Ross Robinson. At Raines' suggestion – he has known Jeremy for a number of years – the band and the rising producer tested the waters on a demo of the song "Kill More Presidents."

Although that track was ultimately left off the album, the drummer says, "We loved the way Jeremy worked and the sounds that he got. He is really picky about who he works with and I really liked that about him. He totally gets the idea of a "dark" record and he helped us accomplish that."

"He's a really laid back guy," Brandan interjects. "He jumped right into our vibe of writing and recording." In fact, Griffith – an accomplished singer who also added backing vocals to Meridional – brought a number of unique ideas to the table. Jeremy challenged Cory, Scottie Henry and Chris Day track their guitar parts before Jake Schultz did his bass parts in the studio – an unconventional idea that paid huge dividends.

"It made it a lot easier to change notes during tracking without having to follow what was already tracked by bass," Cory says of the fresh method. "It worked really well and it left the record open to lots of different perspectives as we tracked."

Such innovations elevate Meridional to a new level in post-hardcore. Balancing the haunting interlude of "Septentrional" against the brutal, careening mayhem of "Blood Burner" the band offers an unexpected break from the intensity, setting a distinct mood on Meridional that is rarely achieved in the genre. "There are a few instances like that on the record and we tried to keep them separated to keep a certain flow going," Cory says. "Those tracks have something very special about them that will be a fun discovery for fans."

On the ferocious and unforgettable anthem "The People That Surround You On A Regular Basis," Norma Jean asserts it can craft music that is equally infectious and maniacal. Another highlight is "Anthem of the Angry Brides." With its frantic guitar noodling, skull thrashing rhythms and bark psychosis vocal delivery, the band knew it had a keeper. "We basically just wanted the song to be ridiculous the entire way through," Cory says. "It was a fun song to write."

If its predecessor was a bona fide concept record, Meridional takes a less stringent stance. Teaming with provocative, renowned Starving Eyes artist Jason Oda – who nailed the layout for Meridional – Norma Jean aspired to integrate the theme of the record. Although this time out, the band is hesitant to disclose the premise of the project, which developed during the course of writing and recording.

"We really can't wait for our fans to get the record and see the artwork that goes with the theme and the title and interpret it on their own," Cory explains. "Any concept is usually applied rather than calculated. We feel like it all comes down to the listener. Just as one person may interpret a painting differently than another person, we like that our fans may get something different than what we originally intended."

As for its creative expansion, Norma Jean – who will head out this summer on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival with Korn, Rob Zombie, Lamb of God and Atreyu – continues to dig deeper and go further, a practice which first started with 2005's O God, The Aftermath. But if Meridional sounds like a game changer in the metalcore realm, it didn't come without concern for its audience.

"With this record we asked ourselves 'What can we give?'" says Cory. "We just wanted to give something back to our older fans that have stuck with us through the years. But we didn't repeat ourselves."

When it came time for the members of Norma Jean to hear the final, completed sequence of Meridional, Raines says the band was elated. "Honestly, we felt proud," the drummer says. "Proud of this band and everything we have gone through in the last few years. We really did what we wanted to do and it showed."

"It's a very different Norma Jean on this record," Brandan decrees. "We definitely kept it heavy, but it's a new kind of "Norma Jean" heavy."

Cattle Decapitation

Well over a decade since its inception, CATTLE DECAPITATION has forged its not-so-humble beginnings in veggie gore-grind into one of extreme metal's most relentless forces, encompassing a sound as schizophrenic as their record collections but with a determined lyrical stance resolutely damning the ills of humanity.

With 5 full-lengths and countless tours under their belt as well as having influenced the majority of today's rapidly-growing-in-popularity death/grind hopefuls, CATTLE DECAPITATION continue their own brand of spastic gore-drenched grinding death with their 4th Metal Blade release, "The Harvest Floor" for release on January 20th, 2009. This marks the first release featuring the latest addition to the fold, drummer David McGraw. Fusing 2006's "Karma.Bloody.Karma" writing style with a much anticipated update in technicality, production and brutality, "The Harvest Floor" will undoubtedly be a milestone in the ever-diversifying metal scene that is now dominating the globe. The enhanced portion of the CD version sports an I-pod ready documentary titled "Pandemic: The Damnation Epic – The Making of "The Harvest Floor" and the layout reveals the true carnage that the cover art by Wes Benscoter, in it's over the top yet highly conceptual glory, only hints at. "The Harvest Floor" is simply put, an apocalyptic multimedia epic!

No strangers to guest appearances, CATTLE DECAPITATION have enlisted some old friends for guest vocals including Ross Sewage (Impaled/Ludicra) and Dino Sommese (Dystopia/Asunder). The band is also very pleased to announce there is a special appearance by Jarboe (Swans), lending her beautifully haunting voice to the epic death dirge "The Harvest Floor". Jackie Perez Gratz (Grayceon/Amber Asylum) graces a couple tracks with her electric cello and Los Angeles noisician John Wiese also lends his electronic/atmospheric expertise to the album further separating the band from the typical "cookie-cutter" approach applied all too often by today's extreme acts.

The Harvest Floor shows a return to the engineering and production skills of Billy Anderson (Mr. Bungle, Melvins, Swans) with a combination of drum recording by Zach Ohren (All Shall Perish, Decrepit Birth) to create a modern but unique sound that is disturbingly pummeling. Holed up in Sharkbite studios in Oakland, CA for nearly a month away from the punishing light of day, CATTLE DECAPITATION hid in the depths and have sprouted new hell with the masterpiece that is… The Harvest Floor.

Revocation returns with a new album of masterful modern metal in Chaos of Forms. Unforgettable songs bend, stop, twist, and shred at virtuosic levels while exploding with frenetic energy. As future classics "Cradle Robber", "Dissolution Ritual", "No Funeral", "Cretin" and more show, each aspect of the band has been honed to deadly perfection and brings to fruition the promise that (the previous full-length) Existence Is Futile hinted at. Chaos of Forms proves beyond doubt that REVOCATION are masters of their craft and metal's finest new band.

"absolutely godlike death/thrash." - Decibel

"a whirlwind of methodical metal in its highest form; aggressive, heavy, challenging, melodic and oftentimes, dare I say, fun as fuck to listen to." - Metal Maniacs

"Taking the excellent dynamics of Pestilence with the visceral intensity of Sepultura and the technical prowess of Carcass combined with shredding extensive leads and solos Revocation are a band that is going places." - Masterful-Magazine.com

During the summer of 1999 the four members: Tommy Dahlström, Zeb Nilsson, Johan Hjelm and Arttu Malkki of the newly broken up band Defaced Creation decided to form a new death-metal band that would try to create a more pioneering and interesting style, instead of doing the usual “old-school” death-metal, (even though the roots was in the “old-school” death-metal). Morgan Nordbakk joins as fill in guitarist and during the Fall of that year, Aeon recorded their first demo, which included the songs “Return of Apolluon”, “Eternal Hate”, “With Blood they Pay”, “The Awakening”, “Bloodlust” and “Hell Unleashed”. In May of 2001, the 6-track demo was released as a MCD – entitled Dark Order – thru Necropolis Records. Dark Order sold out very quickly and is still in high demand.

Later in 2001, Morgan Nordbakk leaves Aeon, to be replaced by Daniel Dlimi (ex-Equinox ov the Gods). Daniel is an experienced song-writer in Aeon’s style of death metal, so the transition was smooth and easy. In the summer of 2002, drummer Arttu Malkki leaves the band to be replaced by Nils Fjellström followed by work on their first album.

In the fall of 2003, Aeon began recording Bleeding the False, which was released on September 20th, 2005 through Unique Leader. The album was received well in the metal underground with both fans and press.

In April 2006, Aeon hit the road in Europe with Cannibal Corpse and were met with an overwhelming response by the fans. Later that summer, Aeon parted ways with longtime bass player Johan Hjelm (replaced by Max Carlberg), and in July, they signed a deal with Metal Blade Records.

In April 2007 the band recorded the album Rise to Dominate and in September it was released by Metal Blade Records. Much like the previous album, this one received very good response from both media and fans and demand for the band to tour in the North America continued to grow.

In January 2009, the band hits the European roads with Hate Eternal, Misery Index and See You Next Tuesday and after that they continued working on the new album. In September,Aeon parted ways with bass player Max Carlberg, who was replaced by former Satyricon bass player Victor Brandt, and the band recorded the album Path of Fire. In November, Aeonsupported Mayhem on their Swedish dates on their “25 Years of Chaos” tour. In January 2010, bass player Victor leaves Aeon and was replaced by Marcus Edvardsson.

In May 2010, Aeon released their third full-lenght album, Path Of Fire thru Metal Blade Records, which was mixed by multi-talent Erik Rutan at Mana Studio in Florida and mastered by Alan Douches for West West Side Music. Once more the band was met with high praise from the death metal community and press alike with Metal Review saying the album “excels in every department required for a stellar death metal record” and About.com calling the album “a juicy slab of prime-cut blasphemous death metal.” In September of the same year, drummer Nils Fjellström left Aeon and by November the band re-recruits original / founding member, Arttu Mallki, to once again be the force behind the drums. In April 2011Aeon headlined a shorter UK / EU tour with Cerebral Bore and Flyed Disciple

Enter 2012: By the 1st of June Aeon began recording their 4th full-length album and third release for Metal Blade, Aeons Black, with engineer/producer Ronnie Björnström (Garageland Studios). During this recording a 20 minutes documentary was also made, which will be premiered to the masses before the album drops on November 20, 2012.Aeon is already confirmed for a UK tour which will take place in January 2013 with more dates for Europe and North America in the works.
Band Interests
Schecter Guitars
Lundgren Guitar Pickups
Soultone
Fitzpatrick
Hamm & Nilsson
ESP

Raineys Revenge

Raineys Revenge is a 4-piece metal band from Pensacola, Florida. Formed in early 2011 and featuring ex-members of Drayton Sawyer, Pillar Of Autumn, and Netherborn, Raineys Revenge plays an aggressive blend of technical death metal, hardcore, and old school thrash metal.
Rainey's Revenge first came in to motion when guitarist Chris Johns and drummer Mike Turpin began jamming as a side project many years ago but never was able to give the project the time it deserved until the early months of 2011 when the two finally decided to make the project a full time gig bringing in vocalist John Schreiber and eventually bassist Greg Hammac (who joined the band in October 2012 replacing the bands original bassist).
In the March 2012 the band released there first ep (self-titled) which they recorded at Burn It Records Studio with producer Christopher Tate. The band has spent the better part of a year since performing to numerous crowds through out the Gulf Coast in support of the ep while also writing new material which the bands plans to unleash on a new record in 2014!
Rainey's Revenge has faced adversity several times through out there career and came out on top every time and now that the new year is upon us expect great things once again to come from Rainey's Revenge.
Since forming in 2011 the band has shared the stage with a large number great acts including: Trivium, Hatebreed, Periphery, Suicide Silence, Norma Jean, Goatwhore, 3 Inches Of Blood, Intronaut, Abigail Williams, All Shall Perish, Fit For An Autopsy, Ovids Withering, My Bitter End, and many otheres

Drayton Sawyer

Keeping your head above water in a scene already so deep can sometimes be too much for bands, and they quickly give up and drown. Such is not the case with Floridian metal standouts Drayton Sawyer. While some may try to lump Drayton Sawyer into any number of genres or categories, the band considers their music to be something that certainly may fit well with other bands, but ultimately stands on i
t’s own in terms of originality and passion.

Formed in late 2007, from the ashes of another project, Nick Cote (Drums), Casey Shuler (Bass/Vocals) and Adam McFall (Guitar/Vocals) looked to put together a more solid band that focused not on just one certain style and direction, but rather on displaying the wide range of influences that led the musicians to write and play music in the fist place. Adding Cote’s younger brother David to the lead guitar spot, the core of Drayton Sawyer has remained intact since the bands inception. Drayton Sawyer quickly rose up the ranks of Florida’s elite heavy acts throughout 2008, and up to 2010, by presenting an unmatchable intensity when playing live, and a tightness that can only be found in bands that have members which are truly on the same page. Several self-funded tours and hometown shows with acts such as August Burns Red, War of Ages, Sworn Enemy and many more, as well as some killer demo tracks on the bands networking pages helped to propel Drayton Sawyer to right where they needed to be to take the next step in their career. However, differences between the band and long time front man John Schrieber, who later left the band, led to a short hiatus in early 2010 while new recruit and old friend Shane Mapoles took hold of the helm.

With Mapoles on vocals, Drayton Sawyer have found the perfect ingredient that they have been searching for. Shane’s gruff and snarling growls emit the kind of hardcore influence that makes up the backbone of the band, while the dual guitar attack of Dave and Adam add yet more ferocity, as well as an abundance of melody and intricacy. Mix it all in with the pummeling backup of Nick and Casey, and you have yet another reason to love heavy music. You can pick up hints of influences anywhere from Megadeth and Metallica to Parkway Drive and Haste the Day within Drayton Sawyer’s music, although it retains a personal touch that can only be found in one place. A distinct southern flavor can also be picked up on in Drayton Sawyer’s sound, and that is every bit intentional. There’s a certain dirty rawness that can be found in music from the south, and this band welcomes it with open arms.

All skilled tradesmen, the members of Drayton Sawyer understand the value of hard work and dedicating themselves to their craft. This mindset led the band to enter Echelon Studios in Birmingham, Alabama to work with producer Joseph McQueen (As I lay Dying, This Day Will Tell) on recording four songs for their 2011 EP 5000lbs. of Respect. The EP, which is comprised of two older songs and two brand new tracks, features As I lay Dying bassist and backup vocalist Josh Gilbert on the seminal track “Machetes Vs. Machine Guns”, and is expected to be available through the band via the web and live appearances in March of 2011.

The sky is the limit, and Drayton Sawyer are out for all they can get, but they understand that nobody is going to hand them anything. With heads high and hearts hopeful, this band of good ‘ol boys from Milton, Florida plan on working tirelessly to make sure that they earn and receive their 5000lbs. of Respect.

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Animals As Leaders, Periphery, Norma Jean with Cattle Decapitation, Revocation, Aeon, Raineys Revenge, Drayton Sawyer

Sunday, July 28 · Doors 4:30 PM at Vinyl Music Hall