Asking Alexandria

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 [2002], This Darkened Heart [2004], The Fall of Ideals [2006], Overcome [2008], and For We Are Many [2010]. 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.

A truly meaningful song will always stand the test of time. It won't ever age, and its impact will only grow stronger as the years go by. Moreover, its melody will spark the same kind of emotion regardless of the era. That sentiment holds true for Sevendust's tenth offering, Time Travelers & Bonfires [7Bros. Records/ADA Label Services].

For the album, the gold-selling hard rock stalwarts re-recorded six classic tracks acoustically and cut another six new acoustic numbers. Despite inception at different moments over nearly two decades, all twelve tracks converge upon one distinct journey.

It's a ride that the Atlanta outfit—Lajon Witherspoon [lead vocals], Clint lowery [lead guitar, backing vocals], John Connolly [rhythm guitar, backing vocals], Vince Hornsby [bass], and Morgan Rose [drums]—invited fans along for as well. Those same supporters have been urging Sevendust to cut an acoustic album since 2004's live CD/DVD, Southside Acoustic Double-Wide.

"For the last ten years, people have been talking about it," smiles Witherspoon. "They kept asking us to do a full record like that. So, we had to do something unique and very special for them."

For the first time, they engaged their diehards via PledgeMusic. In the midst of supporting their ninth effort, 2013's Black Out the Sun, which debuted at #1 on Billboard's Top Hard Music Albums chart and #18 of the Top 200 Albums chart, the boys initiated a PledgeMusic campaign to fund what would eventually become Time Travelers & Bonfires. The response proved overwhelming, to say the least.
Within 60 days of a planned 130-day campaign, the band exceeded 155% percent of its goal, offering incentives ranging from dinner with the members to a jam session at a pledger's home. The idea initially spawned from Connolly and Hornsby's experience utilizing the platform to successfully fund the 2012 debut from their side project, Projected.

"That was the first time I got familiar with the whole idea of fan-funding," recalls Connolly. "It worked out so well that it felt obvious to try for Sevendust. People get to buy in on the front end, and they get some killer exclusives in return. We were floored by the amount of support we received. At the end of the day, it's about the fans. This gives them more power. They make us. We cut out all of the middle men and went right to crowd."

"We're a people's band," adds Lowery. "We're very accessible. We've toured these same cities for almost twenty years, and we've become family with everyone who comes out to the shows. They have a tremendous amount of loyalty to us, and we wanted to bring them into the process of making the record."

Rose says, “We got to see firsthand how much the people who support us really care. We’ve never taken them for granted. It was amazing to be able to do this record together with them. This is their record.”

The audience actually had the opportunity to choose which songs Sevendust would re-record via a poll on Facebook. As a result, they chose the six "classics" from the catalog that would appear acoustically when they hit Architekt Music Studios in Butler, New Jersey last December. Among those, their signature anthem and the set's first single,"Black," takes on a whole new life. Preserving the original's intensity, the group transposes it into a hypnotic and haunting gem.

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"That was literally the first song I ever wrote in 1993," Connolly says. "It was demo number one before we were even Sevendust. It's amazing that everyone wanted to hear it in this form. As far as we've gone and as many things as we've done, that one is the epitome of what Sevendust is. That's the embryo and the nucleus. We built this from zero, and it's incredible to revisit where everything began."

Hornsby goes on, “It’s probably the song we’ve played the most out of our catalog. To do it acoustically shows the longevity and strength of it.”

Elsewhere on the record, "Come Down" begins with an ominous guitar before building into a soulful and soaring refrain from Witherspoon. The singer explains, "Everything came together easily. This one felt so natural. It's dedicated to those people we've seen past. We want to see them again. It says, 'Come on back until we're all done, and then we'll go back up together.’ Experience and live what we're going through now."

There's also an extremely heartfelt tribute to Connolly's recently deceased father within "The Wait.” It's a song that speaks loudly to all of the members and anybody else who's ever lost someone.

"I was thinking about my dad a lot," he sighs. "I decided I would just write, and whatever comes out comes out. I wanted to channel him without trying. I initially wanted to sing it, but I couldn't make it through. I showed it to the guys without telling them who it was about. They immediately loved it. Then, I told them the story after the fact. Lajon started crying when I said it was my dad's song. It's extremely personal, and my brothers hooked me up on it."

"It's such a heavy song," agrees Lowery. "My father had passed too, and John and I shared that. It means a lot to both of us. There's a therapeutic release that we shared."

“That one gives me chills,” Rose adds. “I have a hard time listening to it. It reminds me of my own Nana. I think it’s the deepest and most emotional song we’ve ever written.”

The album title itself reflects its two halves, with the Time Travelers being the old songs and the Bonfires representing the new ones. Witherspoon explains, "When you play those old songs, it puts you back in that time and place mentally. They're like Time Travelers. The Bonfires have that fresh and new fire. It's a great juxtaposition."

“We’re bringing the old songs into a new format,” claims Hornsby. “It’s like time traveling and breathing fresh life into something we’ve spent so much time with. Also, after all these years together, we are time travelers.”

Ultimately though, this is for that "family" who have been with Sevendust since day one. They gave the group three consecutive gold records starting with their self-titled 1997 debut and followed by 1999's Home and 2001's Animosity. They've packed sold-out shows around the globe, and they elevated the likes of their eighth offering Cold Day Memory in 2010 to a career-high chart position of #12 on the Billboard Top 200. Still, there's more road to travel.

"We're blessed to still be doing this," Witherspoon leaves off. "We wanted to give everybody something to hold on to. I hope they enjoy it. It feels like a magical experience to me, and I just want to say, 'Thank you.’"

— Rick Florino, March 2014

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

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.

Gladiators

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

Berks County PA's six piece outfit, A SCENT LIKE WOLVES has been making a huge impact in both the local scene and other crowds on the east coast. A SCENT LIKE WOLVES combines the intensity of the metalcore genre with the melody and song writing ability of an alternative band, allowing them to integrate flawlessly into numerous scenes. This interesting blend of polar opposite genres was masterfully recorded by Carson Slovak and Grant McFarland (August Burns Red, Texas In July, Affiance) in the form of '...And the Story Goes', A SCENT LIKE WOLVES' self-released LP. Using raw power and disciplined musicianship, the band has been picking up more and more momentum with every show they play, from basement shows to convention centers. A SCENT LIKE WOLVES are certain to be PA's newly discovered break out performers.

Cyanide Sunrise

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

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

Bullet Method

No Reason

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.

Breaking Falls

A Crowd Like You

$32.50 - $35.00

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Reckless Fest II...Featuring Asking Alexandria with All That Remains, Sevendust, Emmure, For Today, Attila, Upon A Burning Body, Iwrestledabearonce, The...

Saturday, November 2 · 1:00 PM at Freedom Hall / Lancaster Co. Convention