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Reckless Fest II...Featuring Asking Alexandria
All That Remains, Sevendust, Emmure, For Today, Attila, Upon A Burning Body, Iwrestledabearonce, The Plot in You, Fit For A King, Gladiators, A Scent Like Wolves, Cyanide Sunrise, Land Lines, Our Waking Deception, Beneath The King, Bullet Method, No Reason, Breaking Falls, A Crowd Like You
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ASKING ALEXANDRIA are poised for worldwide domination in 2013 as they have a lengthy, headlining European tour in Jan/Feb, a new full-length album in the spring and a mainstage Download Festival performance.
To say that 2012 was a breakout year for the UK's ASKING ALEXANDRIA would be a massive understatement as the group headlined massive, six-week long sold-out European and North American tours, which was capped off with a slot on the Rockstar Mayhem Festival emerging as one of the fest's most talked about artists.
Amidst a slew of recent speculation regarding their stability, ASKING ALEXANDRIA, undoubtedly proved to all naysayers that they are one of the genre's most exciting, ground-breaking and heralded artists as their critically acclaimed new album, Reckless and Relentless, debuted at #9 on the Billboard Top 200 charts scanning an impressive 31,449 units. This monumental accomplishment also simultaneously marked the biggest first week sales for any artist in the history of Sumerian Records.
The album's stunning debut quickly caught the attention of mainstream media across the globe resulting in their national television debut on the ABC late-night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” They spent the summer of 2011 on the Warped Tour mainstage and emerged as one of the festival's most talk about performers. Throughout this timeframe they also graced the covers of such major publications as Alternative Press, Guitar World and Kerrang!
This is controversial, unapologetic hard rock at its very finest and you ain't seen nothing yet.
All That Remains
All That Remains have no choice but to be honest. Ever since their formation in 1998, they’ve stayed true to themselves with each successive record. There’s no pretense. There’s no posturing. There’s no pandering. Their seventh full-length effort, A War You Cannot Win [Razor & Tie], is no exception. The Massachusetts quintet—Philip Labonte [vocals], Oli Herbert [guitar], Mike Martin [guitar], Jeanne Sagan [bass], and Jason Costa [drums]—unabashedly unleash tight and taut heavy metal with arena-size hooks. Defying preconceived notions, the music is as genuine as it gets, and All That Remains wouldn’t have it any other way.
Going into A War You Cannot Win, the group didn’t tinker with their process much. Beginning in early 2011, they commenced writing in a Massachusetts practice space together between touring for their last offering, For We Are Many. Coming off the road, the musicians hit the studio with longtime producer Adam D [The Devil Wears Prada, As I Lay Dying, Killswitch Engage] to record. As they cut the album’s twelve tracks, one paramount goal loomed.
“We just want to write good songs,” admits Labonte. “We’re not trying to be the heaviest or most technical band in the world. We’re not trying to write math problems. We aim for balance. It’s not about pleasing anyone or fitting into a scene. For us, it’s always been about making music that’s memorable and we would actually enjoy listening to it. That’s the big point.”
That point becomes proven tenfold on the anthemic first single, “Stand Up”. From the scorching lead to the propulsive beat, it’s an incendiary and infectious introduction to the record that’s meant to be chanted along to.
“People can interpret it in many different ways,” Labonte reveals of the song. “It’s a little abstract. This band has never been about one style of music though. Any creative ideas are fair game, and everybody has input. We’ve always pushed the boundaries of what we are, and we’ll continue to do so.”
At moments, A War You Cannot Win retreats into the warmth of Herbert’s classically-infused acoustic instrumental “Calculating Loneliness” before reloading the thrash firepower of the politically-charged title track or the visceral stomp of “Down Through the Ages”. In other places like “What If I Was Nothing” and “Asking Too Much”—self-proclaimed “pining love songs”—the melody entwines with the lyrics, evincing tangible vulnerability. Most importantly, those vulnerable moments hit just as hard as the heavy ones in true All That Remains fashion.
“I’m fortunate to be in a band with people who have such incredible ability,” Labonte smiles. “Jason and Oli make everything musically interesting and complex. They’re phenomenal. Mike and I add the pop metal aspect.”
As far as the album title goes, it encapsulates a deeper meaning for the outspoken singer. “I drew from a political perspective,” he goes on. “It’s an election year and the record drops Election Day, but it doesn’t matter if you voted for one side or the other. It’s still the same crap. The idea that the government can control someone’s life is where A War You Cannot Win comes from. You can’t go ahead and tell individuals what they can and cannot do. There will always be people who fight that power.”
All That Remains has been fighting since day one. Granted, it hasn’t been easy, but they’ve had some very significant victories rising from the much-written about East Coast metal scene into an international phenomenon.
To date, they’ve sold more than a million albums worldwide and 1.5 Million tracks over the course of Behind Silence and Solitude , This Darkened Heart , The Fall of Ideals , Overcome , and For We Are Many . For We Are Many actually debuted at #10 on the Billboard Top 200 and has moved over 180,000 copies. At Active Rock Radio, they’ve become a mainstay. “The Waiting One” hit Top 5 on the Active Rock Radio chart, becoming their first-ever Top 5 single and fifth consecutive hit for the format. “Hold On” and “The Last Time” spent over a year charting as well. They’ve destroyed stages worldwide with everyone from Asking Alexandria and Buckcherry to Hollywood Undead and Five Finger Death Punch as well as giving unforgettable performances at OZZfest and Download.
Ultimately though, it circles back to the fans for Labonte. “The most important thing is people can pull from the music what they want,” he concludes of A War You Cannot Win. “Do the songs reflect on you? Do they affect you? Do they inspire you somehow? Do they make you think? It’s not about the person who wrote the song. The listener is the most important. If people are entertained by it and they think a little bit, we couldn’t ask for anything more.”
All That Remains definitely accomplish that mission on A War You Cannot Win.
Sevendust is an American alternative metal band from Atlanta, Georgia. Formed in 1994 by bassist Vince Hornsby, drummer Morgan Rose and guitarist John Connolly. After their first demo, lead vocalist Lajon Witherspoon and guitarist Clint Lowery joined the group. Following a few name changes, the members settled on the name Sevendust and released their self-titled debut album on April 15, 1997.
self-titled album sold 311 copies its first week. However, through touring and TVT support, the album gained charting success through Billboard and earned gold certification. Since formation, Sevendust has released eight studio albums, earned additional charting success and gold sales certifications. Their eighth studio album, titled Cold Day Memory, was released on April 20, 2010. They have also re-released their self-titled album as Sevendust: Definitive Edition which contains five new tracks and a DVD.
1.1 Early years and Sevendust (1994–1998)
1.2 Home and Animosity (1999–2001)
1.3 Seasons and the departure of Clint Lowery (2003–2005)
1.4 Next and financial troubles (2005–2007)
1.5 Alpha (2007)
1.6 Chapter VII: Hope & Sorrow and Clint Lowery's return (2008)
1.7 Cold Day Memory (2009 onward)
2 Style and lyrical themes
3 Band members
6 External links
Early years and Sevendust (1994–1998)
Clint Lowery performing live in 1997
Bassist Vince Hornsby joined drummer Morgan Rose in 1994, in a band called Snake Nation. John Connolly, a drummer, left his current band and joined Snake Nation as a guitarist. They recorded their first demo. Not happy with vocals, however, Snake Nation spent a year searching for a new singer before finding Lajon Witherspoon. Six months passed, Clint Lowery joined the band and they renamed themselves Rumblefish.
Rumblefish was short-lived, however, because they found another band with the same name. They renamed themselves Crawlspace, and released My Ruin on the Mortal Kombat soundtrack album entitled More Kombat through TVT Records in 1996. Shortly after, another band named Crawlspace sent notice that they wanted $50,000 for the rights to their name. Rather than purchase the rights, the band members chose to rename themselves Sevendust.
Sevendust released their self-titled debut on April 15, 1997, known for its heavy riffs, angry vocals and thrash-like drumming, as the songs Black and Bitch. Black was the opening song for nearly every Sevendust concert until 2004. The debut album also contains the song My Ruin, from the Mortal Kombat soundtrack. Sevendust appeared on the Billboard 200, remained there for sixteen weeks and peaked at 165 on April 4, 1998. The album went gold on May 19, 1999.
In 1998, Sevendust performed at Dynamo Open Air (May 29–31) and Ozzfest 1998 (July through August). In the same year they released a compilation called Live and Loud which featured live footage of the bands September 16, 1998 performance at Chicago's Metro.
Home and Animosity (1999–2001)
On August 24, 1999, they released their second album, Home. The album peaked at 19 on the Billboard 200 and featured Skin from Skunk Anansie and Chino Moreno from Deftones as guest vocalists. The two singles from the album, "Denial" and "Waffle", gave the band moderate chart success, and the latter of which was played on the Late Night with Conan O'Brien show. They appeared in Woodstock 1999 and have toured with many bands such as Korn, Staind, Nonpoint, Reveille, Godsmack, Mudvayne, Mushroomhead, Powerman 5000, Creed, Kid Rock, Machine Head, Limp Bizkit, Disturbed, and Metallica. In 1999, they gained European exposure by opening for Skunk Anansie at various shows in Germany. They also opened with Kid Rock and Ted Nugent for Metallica on New Year's Eve in 1999 at the Pontiac Silverdome near Detroit, Michigan. They also joined Slipknot, Coal Chamber and other bands on the Tattoo the Earth Tour in June 2000.
In November 2001, the band released their third album, Animosity. This album went gold and gained the band commercial success thanks to the success of singles "Praise" and "Angel's Son", which peaked at 15 and 11, respectively, on the Mainstream Rock Tracks. "Angel's Son" was a tribute to Lynn Strait, the lead singer of the band Snot, whom the members of Sevendust were friends with. Strait had died in a car accident in 1998. In addition to being included on Animosity, the song was included on the compilation album Strait Up. The band made an appearance on Late Night with David Letterman playing an acoustic version of "Angel's Son" featuring Paul Shaffer on keyboards.
In the same year Sevendust was seen in the Chris Rock movie Down to Earth as a partial clip of "Waffle" is played.
Another friend of the band, Dave Williams the lead singer of Drowning Pool, died in 2002. Tragedy would strike again when Lajon Witherspoon's younger brother was shot and killed later that year. Due to his death, Sevendust went on hiatus in 2002.
Seasons and the departure of Clint Lowery (2003–2005)
In 2003, Sevendust returned with their fourth album, Seasons. The album debuted at #14 in the US, selling around 68,000 copies in its first week. This was one of the band's best received albums and to date features their highest charting single (tied with "Driven"), "Enemy", which peaked at #10 on the Mainstream Rock Chart. "Enemy" was made the official theme song for WWE Unforgiven 2003. Other singles released from the album, "Broken Down" and "Face to Face", met with more moderate success charting at 20 and 22, respectively.
In 2004, for the first time in the band's career, they released a live album on a CD/DVD double disk package titled Southside Double-Wide: Acoustic Live. Both the CD and the DVD include a cover of "Hurt" by Nine Inch Nails which is dedicated to Johnny Cash.
On December 11, 2004, after playing a show in Columbus, Ohio, it was announced that Clint Lowery had left the band mid-tour, because he wanted to play with his brother Corey Lowery in his new band Dark New Day, who had reportedly just signed with Warner Bros. Records. A replacement was found for the rest of the dates and was eventually replaced by Sonny Mayo (from Snot and Amen). At roughly the same time, Sevendust and TVT Records parted ways.
Next and financial troubles (2005–2007)
On October 11, 2005, Sevendust joined forces with good friend Producer/Engineer Shawn Grove and released their fifth studio album, Next, on the WineDark Records label, distributed by Universal Music. In the process, Sevendust also created their own record label, 7Bros Records. The first radio single off "Next" was the track "Ugly", released to radio August 9, 2005 followed by the music video. The track "Pieces" appeared on the soundtrack for the film Saw II. Next debuted at #20 in the US, selling around 37,000 copies in its first week. Not much longer after the release of Next, Sevendust's former label TVT Records released a greatest hits package for Sevendust, titled Best of (Chapter One 1997–2004), the label's final Sevendust release. Also, an unofficial video for "Hero" was released showing footage of Bruce Lee in many of his famous film roles.
A few months after the October 2005 release date of Next, though, it became clear that WineDark would not live up to the band's expectations. "I had people come up to me and say, 'When is the record coming out?' And it had already been out for five months", Rose grumbles. "Basically, the main person that was in charge of the whole thing fell off the face of the earth. There were no more cheques coming in, and the money had not been paid in full."
In early 2006, the band themselves were considered bankrupt. WineDark Records had imploded, leaving them without distribution, tour support, or promised advance payments. The band owed money to crew members and other staffers and had a mounting credit card debt. In April, they expected that a tax return from the US government would help ease the burden. Then, they found out their accountant hadn't paid their taxes and they owed $120,000 to the government. "We were beyond broke", says drummer and lyricist Morgan Rose. "We had a debt load close to a million dollars, and we were in a position where, no matter how much money we thought we were making, we were still having to pay and pay."
Sevendust (with Shawn Grove again serving as Producer/Engineer), released their sixth full-length studio album, entitled Alpha, on March 6, 2007. The album debuted at #14 in the US, the band's highest chart position yet, selling over 42,000 copies of the album in its first week of sale. The disc contained the album's preceding internet track "Deathstar", the Hot Mainstream Rock top 10 smash "Driven" and a further Active Rock radio top 40 hit in the form of "Beg to Differ". Alpha is the band's second album featuring Sonny Mayo on rhythm guitar and the first with him as part of the writing process. Alpha is also the first album by the band to be released under the Warner-affiliated Asylum Records, making Sevendust the first rock band on that label. The band also headlined a 57-date tour from February 8, 2007 to April 28, 2007. Boston heavy metal band Diecast, supergroup Invitro, and modern rock Red accompanied Sevendust on the tour.
Retrospective 2, a CD/DVD combo including two previously un-released studio tracks, live concert footage never before seen, as well as the new music videos for the songs "Beg To Differ", "Ugly", "Pieces", and "Driven", was released on December 11, 2007. The song "The Rim" was released on the Alpha CD but only sold in Target retails stores as exclusive 13th track on the Alpha CD. "Feed" and "Driven" were used in the soundtrack to WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008.
Chapter VII: Hope & Sorrow and Clint Lowery's return (2008)
Sevendust joined Shawn Grove again, and returned to the studio at the end of November 2007 to finish their 7th studio album, titled Chapter VII: Hope & Sorrow. The record was originally slated for a release of March 4, 2008, but was later pushed back to April 1. The album debuted at #19 on the Billboard 200 and has appearances from Daughtry frontman Chris Daughtry, Alter Bridge members Myles Kennedy and Mark Tremonti. The first single from Chapter VII was "Prodigal Son", which peaked at #19 on the mainstream rock chart. The second single was "The Past" and the third "Inside."
On March 26, 2008, Sevendust announced that Lowery had quit his duties as guitarist for Dark New Day and would be returning to the Sevendust lineup in place of Mayo. On Lowery's return, Rose stated "This was extremely tough considering Sonny is our brother and has been amazing to work with. [Sonny] didn't do anything wrong at all; we just owe it to ourselves and all the folks that grew up with us to put our original band back together."
In December 2008 Sevendust toured with Black Stone Cherry for a while and then in January 2009, Sevendust geared up to hit the road with Disturbed, as well as multiple shows for US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan in the spring. Sevendust released a very limited-edition box set in November 2008 entitled Packaged Goods. Each five-disc set is personally autographed by the entire band. The box set includes Sevendust's 2005 release Next, 2007's Alpha, 2007's Retrospective 2 (CD + DVD), and 2008's Chapter VII: Hope and Sorrow. Before heading into the studio to record their 8th studio album, the band headlined the End of Summer Scorcher held & sponsored by 98KUPD in Phoenix, Arizona on September 26, 2009. Along with Sevendust, other notable acts such as Corey Taylor, Five Finger Death Punch, Shadows Fall & Otep performed as well.
Cold Day Memory (2009 onward)
October 2009, Sevendust started recording Cold Day Memory in Chicago with producer Johnny K, who has produced other successful rock acts such as Disturbed, Staind, Finger Eleven, and 3 Doors Down. The band launched a newly designed website, promoting the new album. During the recording process the band posted daily videos on their official site and their YouTube channel; with updates on the new album, recording sessions in the studio and recording sessions from their new house. Stepping out of the box from regular recording sessions, they are showing the fans how the album process is done, and every step in the intricate process.
Each of the band members provided their own recording sessions to be shown on the official website. On December 22, 2009, the band announced that the tracking for the album was complete, and it is currently in the mixing process for an April 2010 release. They are taking a break and doing a few concerts in late December and early to late January and planning for the release of first single of the album in early February. On February 6, 2010, the band leaked the song "Forever Dead" on their website. Also "Unraveling" was released through iTunes on March 2. On March 17, the band streamed "Last Breath" on the radio. The following day, "Confessions (Without Faith)" received play time on the radio, as did "The End is Coming." The band released its eighth album, "Cold Day Memory", in April 20, 2010; the 12-song disc marked Sevendust's first studio recording with the band's original line-up since 2003's Seasons. The first official single, "Unraveling", hit #29 on The Rock Songs chart while the CD rocketed to #12 on The Billboard 200. The album includes two more singles, "Forever" and "Last Breath", both of which were welcomed by Active Rock radio.
Sevendust toured with Chevelle, Shinedown, Puddle of Mudd, and 10 Years on the Carnival of Madness Tour during the summer of 2010. The band also re-released their self-titled debut album called Sevendust: Definitive Edition. The re-release contains five new songs.
On September 16, Sevendust filmed a video for "Falcons On Top", the official theme song of the Atlanta Falcons football team. The video shoot took place at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta and included an appearance by the Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders.
In November 2010, it was announced that Sevendust would play alongside Disturbed, Korn and In This Moment in the "Music As A Weapon 5" tour.
In February and March 2011, Sevendust toured in Australia with Iron Maiden, Slayer, Ill Niño and Stone Sour for the Soundwave Festival The band has recently said they are working on some "HEAVY" new music, and hinted that this new album and tour may be their last.
On October 16th, 2011, the band headlined the second stage on the second day of the inaugural 48 Hours Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Clint Lowery and Morgan Rose have titled their new project Call Me No One. Their debut album will be released in the spring of 2012. Sevendust will spend the summer of 2012 writing a new album with an early 2013 release planned. Recently John Connolly and bassist Vinnie Hornsby have joined forces with Alter Bridge and Creed drummer Scott Phillips and former Submersed guitarist Eric "Erock" Friedman to form a new project called Projected.
Style and lyrical themes
Influenced by Living Colour, Sepultura, and Faith No More, Sevendust has been labeled as heavy metal, alternative metal, industrial metal and nu metal.
John Connolly, guitarist for the group was asked what the band defined their genre as;
I don't know. I've been trying to figure that out. It was back in the day. People, for five minutes called us progressive, and then it was nu-metal. Then, all of a sudden, we were playing alternative metal. We are some kind of heavy and some kind of rock and some kind of metal.
Sevendust jamming in May 2010.
Lajon Witherspoon – lead vocals (1994–present)
Clint Lowery – lead guitar, backing vocals (1994–2004, 2008–present)
John Connolly – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (1994–present)
Vince Hornsby – bass (1994–present)
Morgan Rose – drums, percussion, backing vocals (1994–present)
Sonny Mayo – guitar (2005–2008)
Main article: Sevendust discography
Chapter VII: Hope & Sorrow (2008)
Cold Day Memory (2010)
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It's a respect issue; growing up in Queens, NY you either have to kill or be killed. Embracing this ideology, EMMURE has taken no prisoners and risen to the top of the metal scene. However, instead of taking out their aggressions in negative ways, they channeled their collective angst into their music to create a propulsive blend of unabashed aggression and intensity that the youth across the world embrace with open arms. They keep it simple and straight-forward. This straightforwardness, coupled with vocalist Frankie Palmeri's brutal openness and honesty creates a connection to fans on a level that few other bands can accomplish.
Everyone has demons and dark sides to their lives, but this group shows that everyone deals with these types of issues and that there are productive ways to let it all out. EMMURE have gained the loyalty of the metal community and legions of rabid fans, but make no mistake- if you disrespect them, you will be left sleeping with the fishes. EMMURE's fourth full-length release was produced by the acclaimed Joey Sturgis (The Devil Wears Prada, Asking Alexandria). This new effort promises to be their most cohesive, dynamic and utterly violent offering yet. Frankie Palmeri (vocals) states: "The new EMMURE record is definitely a major stepping stone for the band and our fans. We're entering a new realm of collective consciousness and we are trying to enter this new era of music and life with the people that support us. This is more than just a collection of songs; this is a message to the world." Few bands around today are able to deliver a memorable and entertaining live show, but the performance is where EMMURE excels as they always aim to set a very high standard for themselves. It would suffice to say that the band experiences a transformation upon stepping on stage; they turn into a dominant beast that is out for blood, unleashing a frenzy of energy on the masses that cannot be contained. This is exactly why the band emerged from the Warped Tour 2010 as one of the festivals's most talked about acts. If you are a fan of heavy music and haven't seen a live EMMURE show, you are truly missing out. EMMURE sets the standard for bringing together an emotionally unhinged blend of blistering hardcore and punishing death metal that appeals to a wide array of fans ranging from THE ACACIA STRAIN and SUICIDE SILENCE to DEFTONES and label-mates A DAY TO REMEMBER. They released Goodbye To The Gallows (2007) and The Respect Issue (2008) on Victory Records, but it was Felony (2009) that blew things wide open for the band as they truly began to hone their definitive sound that really connected with a worldwide audience. Motivated, EMMURE released their fifth full-length project, Slave to the Game, released April 10th, 2012, only one year after releasing Speaker of the Dead (2011). Delivering unapologetic lyrics that could make your mother cry, Slave to the Game embraced the video-game-loving side of the band, incorporating references to old school arcade favorites such as Street Fighter II, while still maintaining their rage-infused metal roots. Between powerfully low chugging, technical riffs and bone crushing drum work, the album provided metal fans with classic EMMURE sounds, while still able to openly experiment with tune and pitch effects. Overtime, one thing has become overwhelmingly clear; you are either with EMMURE or against them. Frankie Palmeri has made a conscious effort to push as many buttons in the industry as possible and for some, his sarcastic, ironic humor is anything but charming. Never one to bite his tongue, Palmeri has made EMMURE a band that is as impossible to ignore as they are to forget.
While we may never know what goes on inside of their heads, we do know that they won't rest until they have everyone's attention. Touring with the likes of PARKWAY DRIVE, WE CAME AS ROMANS, THE WORD ALIVE, HATEBREED and STATIC X and label-mates GOD FORBID, along with FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, 2012 has proven to be a very busy year for the band, gaining thousands upon thousands of new followers with each set. 2013 has begun and EMMURE remains busy as ever, on the road, prepping to headline the Mosh Lives 2013 tour presented by Metal Hammer Germany, which begins April 5th. With fists balled, knuckles white and heads down, EMMURE promises to remain pissed off as ever, summoning all of their hate for the next record. Not for the faint of heart, EMMURE has secured their spot as one of the heaviest metal bands to ever hit the scene and they have only just begun.
“We don’t do this band because it’s fun or to become popular, we do it because we have to. This is all about sharing our beliefs and our devotion through our music. That’s one hundred % why this band exists.” says For Today frontman Mattie Montgomery.
That kind of conviction has served him and the band well. Formed in 2005, the Christian group from Sioux City, Iowa is one of the metalcore movement’s most popular acts. They have found a passionate audience with their blend of face-ripping vocals, tech-heavy guitar parts, towering choruses and fervent lyrics. Sure, other groups are trying to pull off a similar formula, but no one is doing it better than For Today.
“We joke around about this, but most metalcore bands play something that is in between metal and hardcore, but we play songs that are half metal and half hardcore,” Montgomery offers. “We have songs that are straight-up metal, with Cradle of Filth-type vocals, and then the next part will just be this slowed-down, Terror-inspired part. We just love playing both styles of music, and try our best to mesh those two worlds.”
You won’t find better evidence of For Today’s dynamic songwriting than on Immortal, the band’s new album. The 11-song collection finds the quintet pushing their sound into a new direction with a fresher sense of melodicism creeping into their music. But Montgomery explains that they also stayed true to what For Today’s legion of fans have come to know and love about the group’s sound: “Musically, the album’s title track has some stuff going on in it that is definitely new for us. It’s got a melodic thing happening that reminds me of Thrice and Shelter a bit. But when it comes down to it, our fans want the heavy stuff. They want that low end driving pulse and rhythmic thing that For Today is known for, and we deliver that on this record.”
Anyone who has ever been to a For Today show knows the special connection the band’s fans have with their lyrics. Whether they’re performing at a huge theater or a club, the entire room is singing – no – screaming along with every single word. On Immortal, Montgomery delivers more of life-affirming lyrics that For Today are known for. “Fearless,” the album’s first single, drives the group’s message home more than any other moment on the record, offering the line, “We are fearless ones/we will not be afraid.”
When asked which song on Immortal he thinks will surprise For Today fans the most, Montgomery hesitates for a moment, “That’s a tough question, but I’ll have to say a song called “Foundation.” That track actually features the most clean-singing we’ve ever had in one song. The song has a really anthemic feel that comes alive with Ryan’s [Leitru, also lead guitarist] vocal parts. “Foundation” is just a big-sounding song. I can’t wait for people to hear it!”
Immortal, For Today’s fourth album and first for Razor & Tie, was produced by Will Putney (Lamb of God, Suicide Silence) who also manned the boards on their 2010 Breaker album. “At this point, Will is almost like another member of the band. He knows our sound better than anyone else out there and doesn’t take any crap from us,” laughs Montgomery. The album also features three guest artists: Sonny Sandoval from P.O.D. on “The Only Name,” Jake Luhrs from August Burns Red on “Set Apart,” and Tommy Green from Sleeping Giant on “Under God.” For Today’s three previous albums – Ekklesia (2008), Portraits (2009) and the aforementioned Breaker – have sold more than 75,000 copies, combined.
Montgomery feels that For Today’s music needs to be more meaningful to their fans than just an outlet for teen angst. “I meet a lot of the kids that come to For Today shows and I’ve realized that a lot of them don’t have strong father figures in their lives,” says the singer, who is also a married father. “Whether it’s through divorce, death, or their fathers just being emotionally detached, they need someone to enter their lives and tell them, “I love you and I’m proud of you.” That’s something that is really important for me right now. I want to be someone in these kids’ lives that is an example worth following, and more importantly, let them know that I see the value in them and what they do.”
For Today has delivered their positive message to the masses, playing over 1,000 shows on five continents, since their formation in 2005. The band has shared the stage with everyone from The Devil Wears Prada and We Came As Romans to Emmure and August Burns Red. But as popular as For Today is poised to become, Montgomery’s heart remains in one place: “No matter how popular we become, we’ll never downplay our faith and relationship with God.”
“Across the earth, we stand as one. We are not dismayed by the darkness that surrounds us here, because we know that when all hell closes in, if we stand and fight, we are not alone. Though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we will fear no evil for you are near.” For Today
Heavy music has gotten so goddamn serious in the past decade.
Instead of cracking open a few beers, raising their fists, hollering at chicks, and having a good time, so many bands choose to whine about their hearts and their hair. Where's the fun in that? Thankfully, Atlanta's Attila haven't forgotten how to party on their fifth full-length album and third for Artery Recordings/Razor & Tie, About That Life. Boasting brutal grooves and a whole lot of bravado, this is metal at its most raw, raucous, and ratchet. The quintet—Chris "Fronz" Fronzak [lead vocals], Chris Link [guitar], Nate Salameh [guitar], Sean Heenan [drums], and Kalan Blehm [bass]—incorporate hip-hop flavor into head-crushing riffs for an intoxicating sonic brew. You can jump in the pit or shake your ass to it—at the same time.
When they hit the studio with producer Joey Sturgis [Asking Alexandria, The Devil Wears Prada] back at the helm in 2012, Attila had one goal.
"We just wanted to make a really raunchy album," says Fronz with a smirk. "Going into it, we knew that there would be a heavy hip-hop influence so we put ourselves into that mindset. I only listened to ignorant rap for the month leading up to the album. It's really heavy rap-influenced metal with some southern rock thrown in. It's the soundtrack for a badass."
"Badass" is the most a propos description of the entire collection. Somehow, Fronz and his cohorts tapped into the crunk energy their native Atlanta is known for, crafting the ultimate 21st century hybrid of rap and rock. They're not making any apologies for it either. The first taste of the album came with the fiery "Middle Fingers Up". Snapping from a slippery rhyme into a bruising beat, it's an irresistible anthem doused in gasoline.
"It's our intro," he goes on, "It sets the pace for the whole album. It's about using ignorance to your advantage. Either you get it, or you don't."
The same could be said for the title track where Fronz renounces material trappings with a shit-eating grin and a "bad bitch" on his arm. "People revolve their lives around money only to be let down," he explains. "I poke fun at that by saying, 'I had diamonds but I threw them away'. Money doesn't matter at the end of the day. This is a fun track about living in the moment."
In many ways, Attila tap into the carefree spirit that rock music has been about since its inception. That's what really makes them stand out amongst a scene that doesn't know how to cut loose and have a good time.
"We just truly don't give a fuck," he declares. "We do what we love and we embrace the hate that comes with it. People have this pre-conceived notion that music has to have some positive message and really deep uplifting lyrics. That's totally bullshit. Not everybody in the world listens to music because they're depressed. We make happy music for happy people who want to have a good time. If you're looking for a message, go read The Bible. If you want to party, you've come to the right place."
Attila definitely know how to party. After forming in 2005, they rose through the ranks to solidify their status as the ultimate purveyors of "party metal". Their explosive live presence made them a fan favorite worldwide as they've shared the stage with everyone from Asking Alexandria and As I Lay Dying to Suicide Silence and Iwrestledabearonce. Their fourth effort, 2011's Outlawed, hit #7 on the Billboard Independent Albums Chart, #8 on the Hard Music Chart, and #87 on the Billboard Top 200 upon its debut. Overall, they've sold over 60,000 records so far. However, they're primed for much bigger things to come now.
Ultimately, it's about everybody having a good time along with them. "I want people to smile and enjoy the music," concludes Fronz. "Music can get you through anything. If you're having a bad day, play our album and head bang. Start a party. Live life!"
Upon A Burning Body
Some say it’s not who did it first, but who does it the best. Sumerian Records’ newest recruits in Upon a Burning Body aren’t breaking ground, they’re shaking the ground.
Hailing from San Antonio, Texas, the five piece metal/hardcore hybrid juggernaut has been turning heads in the underground DIY circuit for years now. Paying their dues as a hardworking independent band have definitely paid off. They were hand-picked to be the special guests for all of Texas on the Thrash and Burn 2009 Tour w/ DevilDriver, Emmure, Despised Icon & Veil of Maya and now 2010 has the band poised to explode.
With a clear vision for their identity and an immeasurable level of determination, Upon a Burning Body are now touring full time throughout North America spreading their message of dedication, self-belief and relentless competitive greatness. Sumerian founder Ash Avildsen commented “Upon a Burning Body frontman Danny Leal has one of the most distinguishable and decipherable voices I have heard in years. With the perfect soundtrack of riffs and beats backing him and an explosive live show, there is no question what the very near future will hold for this band.”
Carrying an infectious theme to their new record, the band is drawing in listeners all over the world through the use of creative lyrics portraying the characters of Al Pacino played in timeless films such as The Devil’s Advocate, Donnie Brasco, The Godfather and more. Their debut album, “The World is Ours” is slated to hit stores everywhere in March 2010. The band kicks off the new decade on tour alongside their label mates ABACABB. Shortly after that, the band is rumored to be special guests on select dates with Bleeding Through and Born of Osiris. Welcome to the family.
Iwrestledabearonce is an American heavy metal band formed in 2007 in Shreveport, Louisiana, and currently based in Birmingham, Alabama. They have released one EP and one full-length album, and have toured with acts such as August Burns Red, The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Human Abstract, Blessthefall, Fact, Greeley Estates, Sea of Treachery, Enter Shikari, Winds of Plague, All Shall Perish, Vanna and Horse the Band.
The Plot in You
What started as a side-project of former Before Their Eyes (Rise Records) guitarist/vocalist, Landon Tewers, quickly became his main focus.
After parting ways with BTE, a solid line-up for the band was formed and work on their debut EP was underway. "Wife Beater" (InVogue Records) was both heavy as well as haunting, where lyrically Tewers gives you a look inside the lives of people he has come into contact with over the years.
After signing to Rise Records in 2010, the band has been steadily writing for the first full length, which will be released in early 2011.
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.
Rising from Lancaster, Pennsylvania is a band known as GLADIATORS. Lancaster is a cultural hub located amongst five major U.S. cities known for bringing audiences together in the vibrant music scene exclusive to the region. GLADIATORS work tirelessly to set themselves apart and establish a new frontier in the genre of metal. They bring a fresh perspective and direction to a scene that has developed a specific sound.
Guitarist, Josh Krantz, emphasized, "I've spent too many years playing in bands that had nothing to say with a vision that was cloudy. Now the group is solidified with a clear path of where we are going and what message we want people to hear. We are loud. We are aggressive. And we most certainly have a brand of honesty that countless can relate to." GLADIATORS worked meticulously for the better part of a year to establish their release and make sure that the tone was set right from the get-go.
GLADIATORS debut record, “One Tooth at a Time”, was produced by Rick Armellino of This or the Apocalypse. Listeners can expect to find songs that consist of spiraling melodies, fast-paced riffs, and devastating breakdowns on the release. “One Tooth at a Time” delivers a unique blend of sounds for fans of metal, hardcore, and progressive music. The band is setting out to inspire its audiences with an intense amount of energy along with a blue-collar work ethic . Vocalist, Mike Hart stated, “This upcoming release has really pushed all of us as musicians and as people. I hope that our fans will get as much from our music as we in the band do.”
Prepare for the onslaught that is GLADIATORS.
A Scent Like Wolves
Before the formation of the metalcore/melodic group A Scent Like Wolves, vocalist Al Boltz and guitarist Jeff Brown performed in separate basement rock acts. Together they had a strong desire to assemble a heavier project and their idea came into fruition in March of 2010. The band first emerged out of a small, rural high school in Bernville, Pennsylvania and is comprised of Al Boltz, Jeff Brown, Emilio Valle, Billy Hoier and 17-year-old "ladies man" Derek Sattazahn. Each handles vocals, guitar, bass, and drums, respectively. The group's main influences consist of Silverstein, Bring Me the Horizon, I Killed the Prom Queen, and Evergreen Terrace.
Since their establishment, the band has self-released a debut album, 'Holding Hands with Fake Reality', which was recorded with Vince Ratti (The Wonder Years, August Burns Red, Dr. Acula). Also, the quintet has performed at numerous venues across central Pennsylvania with other notable bands such as Asking Alexandria, We Came As Romans, and D.R.U.G.S. A Scent Like Wolves have recently released their EP, 'Just Trying to Be Happy', which was produced by Carson Slovak (Texas in July, August Burns Red, Century). In the following months, the band hopes to find a label that suits their interests. They also have aspirations to play a greater amount of gigs, around the state, in order to showcase their experimental qualities and energetic stage presence.
Formed in 2005 Cyanide Sunrise is a Metal/Hard Rock band from Pottsville PA. The members of Cyanide Sunrise are Andy Strausser (Bass/Vocals), Jason Zaharick (Guitar/Vocals), Dave Cantwell (Drums), Jeff Alfiero (Guitar) Jason Dembinsky (Lead Vocals).
In 2008 the band released their first album "A Deadly Day". Over the next two years Cyanide Sunrise concentrated on their live show sharing the stage with various acts including: The Misfits, Cartel, Firewind, Parkway Drive, Misery Signals, Stick To Your Guns, Winds of Plague.
In 2009 they released a music video for the song "Violence in the Bedroom".
In 2011 Cyanide was a main stage act at Rockapalooza in Jackson, MI which involved a special guest appearance from The Weasel, Pauly Shore. They shared the stage with acts such as Mushroomhead, Pop Evil, Crossfade, Chiodos, and Hawthorne Heights.
2013 looks to be another big year. New EP, new members, new tours, and an appearance at Reckless Fest 2.
Land Lines came together with new direction and a serious approach on the music scene. Being previously called Endless, Land Lines was reformed with members from Masons and Afflictions to bring a new pace to the music scene. Be on the lookout for us at your local hardcore/metal show.
Beneath The King
Started in April of 2013 by founding members Angel Ortiz and Zach Seiger we decided to start a project with heavy and very catch melodic/thrash type of sound. In Late April we were proud to bring aboard three other members which were Lauren Lohr on Rhythm Guitar and Zach Daigle on Bass and Kiel Ortiz on Lead Guitar.
ngel Ortiz - Vocals/Scream
Zach Seiger - Drummer
Matt Leedy - Rhythm Guitar
Zach Daigle - Bass
Kiel Ortiz - Lead Guitar
Since forming in early 2011 to strictly play covers at a birthday party, the band has evolved into something more than simply covering songs.
No Reason (formerly known as A Cover Story), are out to create something that sounds totally original. With a wide range of influences and playing styles that differ from member to member, the band aims to make a Punk/Metal fusion that will please not just a specific group of people with a derived taste, but a diverse musical audience by combining different musical elements.
They have been privileged to play a stop on the 2013 All Stars Tour as well as play with such bands as Circa Survive, 12 Stones, Minus The Bear, The Letter Black, Ashland High (feat. Trace Cyrus), Smile Empty Soul, Hurt, I Am King as well as play with so many other talented musicians.
They self book all of their shows and are always down for playing shows so if you have a show that needs to be filled, let them know.