TILLY'S & Third String Productions 10 year Anniversary Presents:
Sat, Mar 15
Sun, Mar 16
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The Used, Taking Back Sunday, Bring Me The Horizon, Asking Alexandria, The Devil Wears Prada, The Story So Far, Of Mice & Men, Between The Buried And Me, August Burns Red, Chiodos, We Came As Romans, Motionless in White, Mindless Self Indulgence, FOR TODAY, Animals As Leaders, Emmure, Attila, Crown The Empire, I See Stars, Veil of Maya, issues, letlive., Fit For A King, Comeback Kid, Alpha & Omega, Backtrack, Barrier, Being As An Ocean, Betrayal, Counterparts, Cruel Hand, DOWNPRESSER, Expire, Gideon, Hundredth, Idlehands, Knuckle Puck, Kublai Khan, Light Years, My Iron Lung, Neck Deep, This Wild Life, To The Wind, Xibalba, Within The Ruins, Erra, I, The Mighty, We Butter the Bread With Butter, LIONS LIONS, REFLECTIONS, Chon
1600 Lone Star Parkway
Grand Prairie, TX, 75050
Watch & Listen
Bert McCracken – Vocals
Quinn Allman – Guitar
Jeph Howard – Bass
Dan Whitesides – Drums
Vulnerability is commonly defined as "the inability to withstand the effects of a hostile environment." It can be a time frame, when "defensive measures are reduced, compromised or lacking" or more personally, the soul-shaking moment when we stare in a mirror, finally seeing every last flaw. The answer is to somehow find the strength to heal, repair and improve, and for the Used, music is that salvation.
Turning personal adversity into art is the Used's trademark, and the band's fifth full-length, Vulnerable, was a record that simply had to be made. It marks a particular triumph for singer Bert McCracken, who is now reenergized after suffering a broken hand and elbow last year, falling from a stage in Orange County, Calif., and then spending four months getting surgery and recuperating. The experience partially birthed the title and concept of Vulnerable.
"Me feeling that vulnerability kind of sparked this creative fire inside of me," says McCracken. "This record's really about becoming more than just who you are, and allowing yourself that vulnerability to be a more powerful person. It's a lot more positive than a lot of records we've written in the past. I think everyone could use some positivity nowadays."
The Used—which also includes guitarist Quinn Allman, bassist Jeph Howard and drummer Dan Whitesides (who replaced original drummer Branden Steineckert in 2006)—formed in Orem, Utah in 2001, signing to Reprise Records that same year. Championed by producer and collaborator John Feldmann, the band issued their gold-certified Self-Titled debut in 2002, quickly cementing the Used as leaders among the post-hardcore elite, thanks in part to unforgettable singles like "Box Full of Sharp Objects," "The Taste of Ink" and "Buried Myself Alive." The band then released the CD/DVD combo Maybe Memories in 2003, now certified platinum, featuring B-sides, live cuts, demos and unreleased tracks, while still another gold record followed—2004's In Love And Death—spawning singles "Take It Away," "All That I've Got" and "I Caught Fire."
After Steineckert's 2006 departure, the band regrouped and issued 2007's Lies For The Liars, hitting #5 on the Billboard Top 200, later naming Whitesides as their permanent drummer. The retooled outfit's newfound solidarity led to 2009's Artwork, which peaked at #10 on the Billboard Top 200, and featured Whitesides on the recordings for the first time. As if that weren't enough to keep a band busy, since 2001 the Used has also destroyed countless stages the world over, touring with a who's who of modern rock and heavy music contemporaries, and have been featured acts at major festivals like Warped Tour, Taste of Chaos, Ozzfest, Projekt Revolution and the UK's Reading and Leeds festivals.
Still, after more than a decade's worth of relentless touring and recording, the Used's members recently needed to take some much-deserved time off. McCracken's longtime writing partner Allman tied the knot, while Whitesides also exchanged vows and welcomed a baby into the world. McCracken spent much of his recovery in a haze of painkillers, then "awoke" to a creative limbo, in an entirely unfamiliar emotional space. At this point 2 years had passed and the band had completed numerous writing sessions that would last for 2 months at a time and in the end came out with more then 60 songs ideas. Thus when McCracken's inspiration struck to record the songs, it came about in an entirely different fashion than the band's previous method; with his drummer and guitarist temporarily unavailable, McCracken and Howard teamed up with Feldmann to take on the initial writing on their own while incorporating the 60 ideas they had previously worked on.
"We went in with Feldmann and wrote 11 songs and recorded them in 11 days. It was pretty magical," says McCracken. "It was a bit more of the record I wanted to make. I think Quinn and Dan were stoked about that. I could go in one day and be like, 'I really like the vibe of 'Bombs Over Baghdad,' so let's start with a bass line and a drum beat like that.' It was the most amazing time; the most fun I've had making a record."
McCracken and Co. emerged from Feldmann's studio toting the 12 tracks that comprise Vulnerable, the band's first full-length since departing Warner Bros. Records. Without a label for the first time since their debut, the band opted to go indie, forming their Anger Music Group imprint, which will be distributed through Hopeless Records. The release of Vulnerable marks a new chapter in the band's enduring career, at a time when the Used's music is organically evolving, as well.
"I think [Vulnerable] is really new for us. There's a lot of hip-hop influence, beats and drum and bass kind of stuff, but it's also still a Used record, by all means," explains McCracken. "Just like any other Used record, it's a horse of many colors: There are a lot of soft and heavy sounds, there are a lot of brutal, sharp, bright sounds, and the tempos are anywhere from ultra-slow to super fast and heavy. There are a lot of different conceptual feelings on the record."
Opening track and leadoff single "I Come Alive" sets the tone for the record from the start, with the sort of "down, but not out" sentiment McCracken has always channeled into his lyrics. "The song, for me, is about falling down or hitting the ground; when things happen to you in life," says McCracken. "That's pretty much what 'Box Full of Sharp Objects' was about as well, on the first record. Taking a hit can be the most inspirational thing that can happen to you."
The drive to overcome all obstacles, whether physical or emotional, also informs "Put Me Out," which McCracken says centers on "the turmoil from a relationship you could have with anyone in your life; how people just kind of feel cheated and fucked over sometimes. Falling down and rising above that can make you a more powerful and stronger person."
Album closer "Together Burning Bright" ends the journey on a romantic, yet appropriately darkly tinged note. McCracken says the song was heavily inspired by the Chuck Palahniuk book Damned, as well as the film Melancholia.
"Maybe the end of everything, so long as you can be with the person you love, everything will be alright, no matter what," McCracken says. "It's kind of a sappy, end of the world song."
That may be true, but for now the Used's world is far from ending. With Vulnerable slated for a March 26th, 2012 release, a world tour behind the record will follow, including appearances at Warped Tour, Soundwave in Australia, dates in Asia and Europe, and full headlining runs through the U.S., not to mention a DVD in the works to commemorate their decade-plus anniversary. The Used may have spent recent years nursing wounds and taking honeymoons, but 2012 and beyond will be all about bringing Vulnerability, and its uplifting message, to the masses.
"This record is for all those people who weren't the coolest people around. We never were. This record's for kids like us, who just love music, because it saves their lives every day," McCracken says. "At the end of the day, I'm the only one who has to live and die with myself. I want to make it a good one for me. I only have one life to live."
Taking Back Sunday
Similar to: Brand New, The Used, Blink 182, Story Of The Year
Formed in 1999 in Amityville, New York, Taking Back Sunday modeled their interpretation of melodic hardcore after bands like Lifetime, Endpoint, and Sunny Day Real Estate. After the release of a five-song demo and a year's worth of touring, Taking Back Sunday signed to Victory Records. The result, Tell All Your Friends, layered Adam Lazzara's emotional vocals and the dual-guitar assault of Reyes and John Nolan, fashioning a classic hardcore sound with pop songwriting components. The group spent most of 2003 touring, when Nolan and bassist Shaun Cooper left the band. They were rounded out by drummer Mark O'Connell, guitarist/vocalist Fred Masherino, and bassist Matt Rubano. Their next album, Where You Want To Be, arrived in summer 2004 and debuted at number three on Billboards Top 200. After touring and hitting the usual Warped Tour stops, Taking Back Sunday debuted their third album Louder Now. This was a darker, more aggressive effort that tapped into the band's live energy. In October 2007, Fred Mascherino exited the lineup and several months later Matt Fazzi was announced as his replacement. New Again was released in summer 2009, and later in 2010 the band announced that the lineup from their first album would be reuniting in the studio for their fifth album. This was released the following year entitled Taking Back Sunday. They are about to being their fall tour playing some new songs along with some old favorites.
Bring Me The Horizon
When Bring Me The Horizon finally returned home from their last world tour in December 2011, they'd been on the road for two whole years.
Their third album There Is A Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It. There Is A Heaven, Let's Keep It A Secret had proved both a critical smash and their worldwide breakthrough, smashing into the Top 20 on both sides of the Atlantic and going to Number 1 in Australia. They'd sold out shows across Europe, Asia, Australasia and North and South America. Played astonishing, show-stealing gigs everywhere from the Vans Warped Tour to Reading & Leeds Festivals. Inspired an obsessed army of devotees, not to mention an almost-as-vociferous band of haters.
Now that they had to do the hardest thing for any band in their position – essentially, the hottest breakthrough metal band on the planet – to do: nothing.
For frontman Oli Sykes, the band's first proper downtime since they formed in Sheffield in 2004 was a much-needed chance to take care of business, both of the commercial (Bring Me The Horizon signed to RCA after three albums on indie Visible Noise) and personal variety ("writing became my passion again".
Consequently, when the time came to begin work on their fourth album, Sempiternal (an old English word meaning "everlasting"), Oli found himself in a "better position and clearer mindframe than ever before – I was working at 110% whereas before it was always 50%, because there was stuff going on that was hindering me".
But he also knew that a clear head alone would not be enough to craft a truly game-changing modern rock record. This time around, Bring Me The Horizon were determined to deliver an album that – in the words of guitarist Lee Malia – was "as close to perfect as we could make it". Before, BMTH albums had often been put together on the hoof between tours, but for Sempiternal they had plenty of time and a license to experiment. It was time to rip up the rulebook and start again.
Previous BMTH albums were no strangers to electronic sounds, but this time around Oli brought in Jordan Fish, formerly of atmospheric electronic-rockers Worship, to help integrate keyboards and programming into the band's sound from the very start of the process. Initially, he was supposed to play a support role, but soon he was writing with Oli, and bouncing ideas off Lee, and slowly-but-surely he became an integral member of the band.
Jordan jokes about falling on his feet by joining BMTH just as they look likely to become one of the biggest rock bands in the world, though he's certainly paid his dues ("I've done all the shit bits of being in a band, just without anyone knowing about it…") and he also played a vital role in overhauling BMTH's sound, his electronic soundscapes adding depth and space to their raw rock power.
"We've never wanted to just be beholden to the metalcore thing," says Oli, who as boss of his own, wildly successful clothing line Drop Dead, has long defied the metal stereotype. "We always said we want to push boundaries, but this time we pulled it off. Jordan opened up a lot of stuff that we've always wanted to do, but couldn't."
"Before, we used to build up and then go into something super-heavy," says Lee. "But we've moved on a bit from that: it can still sound massive but it's not just based around a breakdown."
But they didn't stop there. Oli also changed up the way he worked, taking singing lessons, spending hours crafting perfect lyrical soundbites and even studying the science of "what makes a melody catchy".
"The idea behind Sempiternal is that we wanted every song to have a different theme musically and lyrically," says Oli. "And that whatever song you listen to, you should know what it's about, at a certain level, straight away."
And the results of Bring Me The Horizon's new approach, and the hugely intense recording sessions at Angelic Studios in Banbury ("Whenever we took a break, I could tell it was killing Oli," says Jordan, "He'd be itching to get back to work") are splattered all over Sempiternal. An album of astonishing versatility, it ranges from the controlled menace of Seen It All Before to the naked aggression of Anti-Vist; from the bubbling electronica of Can You Feel My Heart? to the metallic attack of The House Of Wolves; from the irresistibly anthemic chorus of Shadow Moses to the uncompromising fury of Go To Hell.
Meanwhile, Oli's newly-bolstered voice is a revelation, swooping from heartfelt croon to cathartic scream and all points in-between, while his lyrics grapple with both his own personal issues and wider concerns, from the attack on religion in The House Of Wolves ("I had stuff to deal with and there were a lot of people pushing me towards religion," says Oli, "But I couldn't stomach it") to giving a verbal smackdown to keyboard warriors on Anti-Vist ("The whole internet generation drives me insane," he says, "People think they've got a platform to spout any old shit").
In short, Sempiternal is here to reclaim the word "epic" from the people who save you money on your car insurance. No wonder the band is already attracting unprecedented levels of buzz, not just from the hard rock enclaves where Bring Me The Horizon have long been superstars, but from the mainstream.
Already, since their return, they've proved their unique versatility by playing – and conquering – everything from a small Sheffield Leadmill show for hardcore fans to a headline slot at Vans Warped UK to a Maida Vale set for Radio 1's Rock Week (quite a baptism of fire for new-boy Jordan).
Then, with broadsheets and music magazines alike electing BMTH as poster boys for the UK's new wave of hard rock, Radio 1 premiered Shadow Moses on daytime radio, not once but twice, lighting up Twitter and providing a rallying point for the whole rock scene in the process. It was no one-off either: weeks later, Bring Me The Horizon are still staples of the playlist.
"What must builders be thinking when they listen?" ponders Lee. "It must be weird for people who never listen to that sort of music… It's still weird for us!"
They'd better get used to it, because Lee, Oli, Jordan, bassist Matt Kean and drummer Matt Nicholls are poised to become THE rock success story of 2013. And Oli Sykes, for one, is ready for it.
"Everyone starts off listening to pop music but they get hungry for something a bit more exciting," says Oli, who was converted to the rock cause as a teenager by Linkin Park. "A whole lot of people want that – there just hasn't been a band that have done it for a while, there hasn't been that band to get people into better music. I would love Bring Me The Horizon to be that band for this generation."
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.
The Devil Wears Prada
Forget everything you knew about The Devil Wears Prada.
The technically proficient, guitar-driven American metal that you'll hear on the band's fourth studio album Dead Throne is bigger and more balanced than what was contended with on 2009's breakthrough offering With Roots Above And Branches Below and 2010's Zombie EP.
Dead Thronesignals a more evolved, more progressive The Devil Wears Prada that is not only larger sonically, but goes much deeper, lyrically. The album contains more than a dozen cutting-edge, razor-sharp, straight-ahead metal tracks that are utterly brilliant not only in their composition, but also in their flawless delivery.
"The songs are inspired by a lot of the things in my heart, per usual," explains frontman Mike Hranica. "A lot of the subject matter was very specific for this record, which is something that has evolved for me. I'd call the album very 'lyrically intentional.'"
Dead Thronewas expertly produced by Killswitch Engage mad genius Adam Dutkiewicz at his Massachusetts-based recording studio -- a collaboration born out of a mutual admiration first realized in early 2010, when The Devil Wears Prada supported Killswitch Engage on tour.
"We got along with Adam very well and he dropped some hints about how he was interested in working with The Devil Wears Prada," Hranica said. "Like any heavy band, clearly we've always been curious about working with the dude, so when he was so cool with us, it really felt natural and right. His impact as far as sound and engineering is purely his ability to capture the rawness of our band and reduce the sterility of it; something I've wanted for a very long time. I couldn't be happier with Adam's influence and I think it works really, really well for us."
Rounded out by guitarist and clean vocalist Jeremy DePoyster, guitarist Chris Rubey, bassist Andy Trick and drummer Daniel Williams, The Devil Wears Prada wrote all of the songs that appear on Dead Throne before heading into the studio with Dutkiewicz, a man the band trusts and respects.
"Adam did have an impact as far as structure and pulling things out and reorganizing. He sped up a number of the songs, cut measures in half, and generally trimmed fat," Rubey offered. "Usually, this would be something that we wouldn't be into coming from a producer, but with Adam it totally worked for the best," he added.
With Dead Throne, The Devil Wears Prada has turned a corner, by turning up the aggression and turning on the emotions. Dead Throne is the product of hard work and The Devil Wears Prada's inevitable musical evolution, which tends to focus more on the band's unique, punishing dual-vocal assault this time around.
"We aim to give listeners and fans something they can enjoy, but we'll also always make songs we personally stand behind," says Hranica. "We'd write differently if we were purely trying to sell albums: that's just not how it works for us. No compromises."
Dead Thronefinally takes hold of what the band has merely hinted at in the past, and fans both old and new will quickly see this album for what it is -- a brilliant, emotional, captivating and brutal journey brought forth from the heart of a band that won't conform to the latest trends. Ultimately, Dead Throne tackles issues of failed relationships and perseverance of faith.
"The album has a number of love lost songs," says Hranica. "It's a poetic topic I've always touched upon in the songs, and exaggerated, but this time around it was a little bit different as far as where it was coming from. My biggest lyrical models for the album are also very 'love lost'-generated writers, which have an influence on me. The record contains a lot of self-loathing and a lot of bitterness, which all has a spin on it to where the only thing that does not pass in our lives is our faith and our trust in God. Dead Throne takes a bitter perspective: the world is dead and the only thing we have is the Lord." And as for the world, the The Devil Wears Prada set their sights on breaking territories around the world the same way they established their loyal following in the States, through non-stop touring. After touring throughout America, Europe, Australia and South America, the band will join Slipknot, Slayer, Motorhead and Anthrax on this summer's Mayhem Music Festival followed by a co-headlining UK Tour with August Burns Red and a co-headlining US Tour with As I Lay Dying.
The Story So Far
The Story So Far is a five piece pop punk band from Walnut Creek, CA formed in 2007. The lineup consists of Parker Cannon on vocals, Will Levy on guitar, Kevin Geyer on guitar, Kelen Capener on bass and backup vocals, and Ryan Torf on drums. Their debut full length "Under Soil And Dirt" was released on June 21, 2011 and is now available on Pure Noise Records
Of Mice & Men
Austin Carlile - Vocals
Alan Ashby - Guitar
Valentino Arteaga - Drums
Phil Manasala - Guitar
Of Mice & Men is on a mission.
Tastemaker publications like Alternative Press, Outburn and the
UK's Big Cheese have put them on the cover. Kerrang! placed singer
Austin Carlile amongst the Top 25 living rock stars. Of Mice & Men
continuously dominates the stage, whether they're on the Vans
Warped Tour, headlining, supporting veteran bands like As I Lay Dying
or leading sing-alongs at festivals around the world. The group's
ampersand ("&") symbol is as ubiquitous as it is synonymous with the
group's charismatic passion, unique creativity and pulsating energy.
What's the secret? And what is the Of Mice & Men mission,
exactly? The answer to both questions is in one word: Inspiration.
"I hope that anyone that hears our band can walk away from the
experience thinking, 'I've been through something similar. I know
where they are coming from and listening to this music has helped
me,'" Carlile explains. "Our music is heavy and angry, but we have
learned that the sheer emotion of the things we write about have
helped people get through hard times. We want to help people channel
their emotions into something positive. That is 100 percent of the
reason why this band is here. This is why I'm doing what I'm doing, to
inspire. If you're not helping others, or at least contributing to
someone's benefit, then I don't understand why you'd even be alive."
The unstoppable momentum that has fueled the young frontman
since he left Attack Attack! and formed Of Mice & Men in Orange
County, California has propelled the group's songs across two
incredible records, each of them steeped in the life experiences of an
intensely hard-working artist who has lived in at least eight states.
The 1936 literary classic from Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck,
from which the band takes its name, contains the phrase "the best laid
plans of mice and men often go awry." This bit of wisdom has defined
the band's spirit: Of Mice & Men battles down obstacles with strength
and perseverance, no matter what is thrown their way.
"I'm here, alive, and I'm relentless, I'm relentless, I'm
relentless," Carlile screams in "Ohioisonfire" with nothing less than the
utmost conviction. "I'm not going anywhere," the singer once told
AltPress.com. "It's going to take more than a little open heart surgery
[or] a fork in the road to stop myself and Of Mice & Men."
The band's screamo / metalcore-redefining self-titled debut laid
the foundation for the album that was to follow, The Flood, which
remerged in a brand new Deluxe Edition packed with four new tracks
produced by Cameron Webb (30 Seconds To Mars, Flyleaf) and mixed
by Joey Sturgis (Asking Alexandria, We Came As Romans).
The Flood added the nu-metal bounce of genre defining bands
like Linkin Park, Chevelle and Papa Roach that once dominated the
radio airwaves to the group's signature style, all while maintaining a
sound that is distinctly original and purely Of Mice & Men through-andthrough.
Guitarists Alan Ashby and Phil Mansala name-check guys like
Slash to Guitar World with good reason, as there are several moments
of guitar bombast throughout their accomplished music. Drummer
Valentino Arteaga holds up the bottom end with tasteful fills, driving
rhythms and a commitment to intensity to match the band's ever
growing exploration of song-structure and broadminded accessibility.
Whether listeners are dealing with broken families or broken
homes, trouble with the people around them or thoughts of suicide, Of
Mice & Men put their hearts on their sleeves and throw down a mixture
of aggressive anthems and melodic melodrama that creates an instant
connection. The video for Carlile's tribute to his late mother, "Second
and Sebring" (from the first album), has amassed over 3.2 million
views on YouTube. Songs like "Still YDG'N" are messages to anyone
who has ever felt the ground ripped from beneath their feet to stay
planted and to stay strong.
The new tracks on the two-disc Deluxe Edition of The Flood --
"The Calm," "The Storm," "The Flood" and "The Death" - form their
own conceptual EP. "The songs really tell a story," Carlile explains. "If
you really pay attention to the lyrics, it takes the listener on a small
Of Mice & Men's obsessive attention to detail -- which
encompasses everything from the artwork to the band's constant
interaction with their fans through social media -- is precisely why the
group has built such a strong connection with the audience. Their
authenticity is palpable and their shared struggles relatable.
"Everything, from the music to our performance, from the lyrics to the
fact that we don't have backtracks, is real," emphasizes Carlile.
Even with a groundswell of positive support beneath them all
around the world, Of Mice & Men remain hungry for new experiences,
new relationships, new challenges and have their eyes set on the
always moving horizon in front of them. "I want to skydive onto stage.
I want to have pyrotechnics. I want to say, 'Up next is Linkin Park' and
'up next is Slipknot,'" proclaims the singer and band co-founder. "I
always want to be the best at whatever I do. And if I'm not the best,
I'm going to work my ass off until I can get as damn close as I can.
"My family and my dad taught me that under no circumstances
do you give up or stop," he adds. "He taught me how to work hard and
he taught me that if you want something, you have to work for it. You
have to give 100 percent of what you are or who you are or you're not
going to get anything out of it. I've seen what hard work does and
what heart does. If you're passionate about something and you have
just a sliver of talent, the rest is hard work. A lot of bands don't work
as hard as we do. We're going to keep pushing for more. We're not
going to stop until we're satisfied... And for me, that will be never!"
Between The Buried And Me
The men of BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME have once again charted an expedition into undiscovered country. Colors, BTBAM's fifth and newest release, is a continuous, sonic labyrinth of savage metal, lush prog-rock and uninhibited emotion. "It's the ultimate BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME record," says vocalist Tommy Rogers. "It's definitely the most musical thing we have ever written. It goes through so many shifts and moods but still feels very organic and comfortable."
"Comfortable" is exactly where BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME should be right now. After countless tours, nearly 250,000 records sold, and recording four of the decade's most celebrated albums, BTBAM have every right to feel invigorated. BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME began in 2000 when Tommy Rogers met Paul Waggoner and agreed to craft a style of hard rock that would defy categorization. Their impressive, self-titled debut was a widely heralded collection of stomping, progressive metal and hardcore filled with brutal breakdowns mixed with intricate musicianship and shifts in mood.
The band signed with VICTORY RECORDS shortly after and followed suit with another pivotal release within the metal/hardcore underworld entitled The Silent Circus. This album was another chapter in the ever-evolving band and put them on the map of today's modern wave of forward-thinking American metal. After several line-up changes, the band finally found their footing with 2005's Alaska. New members Dan Briggs, Dustie Waring and Blake Richardson immediately clicked with Rogers and Waggoner and gave BTBAM the kind of foundation that would allow them to take their unique brand of rock to the masses.
"Alaska was written together and it was really us, with the newer members, Blake, Dustie and Dan just finding our sound," explains Rogers of the new family members and their third full-length release. "After that record, we really felt that we found our niche."
"I had just joined the band and they had the title track already written," says bassist Dan Briggs. "We didn't know each other and we all had new ideas in writing more for that record. We went on tour right after it was completed." The touring went non-stop and brought them face to face with the heavy metal summer camp known as Ozzfest. The Anatomy Of…, their fourth release, contained renditions of classics by Metallica, Queen, Depeche Mode and Faith No More and was released just as Ozzfest kicked off that summer. The response was phenomenal and helped open BTBAM up to an even wider audience, giving the world a closer idea of the broad creativity that resides in them. But it was hardly an indication of what was yet to come. The demanding summer and fall of 2006 was the catalyst for the band to begin work on what would become Colors. They felt inspired and enthused by the challenge ahead of them.
"This is the best that the band has been since day one," says vocalist Tommy Rogers. "We wanted a much more epic feel to the record and make it clear that this would be a complete album, not just a collection of songs," Rogers explains. "You have to listen to this all the way through to really get it. Today, music is all about singles and videos and the other songs are just filler. We really did something that we are all very proud of and feel this is opening a whole new chapter for us"
Colors is not just an ambitious piece of music, it is a monolithic step forward in the advancement of hard rock. This record affirms that the music of BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME is as emotionally engaging and beautiful as it is brutally empowering and complex. So it seems only fitting that such a groundbreaking studio album would be just as good, if not better, live. In October of 2008, Colors Live was released to the public. The two disc CD/DVD set offers live footage of a performance in Nashville, as well as special features.
August Burns Red
There are a galaxy's worth of metal bands active today. But stare at all of those stars long enough and some lines start to
form; everything starts to take shape. The Constellations begin to bloom.
Just two years ago, Lancaster, PA's AUGUST BURNS RED were, to the naked eye, just another young band jockeying for position in the modern metal scene. Then came Messengers, the band's 2007 full-length release for Solid State Records, and a new frontrunner emerged. Without hype, devoid of any smoke and mirrors, the album debuted at #81 on the Billboard charts, going on to ever-so-quietly sell more than 80,000 copies. Fueled only by the honesty and dynamism of the music, fans multiplied exponentially, driving ABR's MySpace plays well past the 17 million mark and flocking to the band's 2008 headlining tour – which included sold-out venues across the country.
Meanwhile, AUGUST BURNS RED kept their heads down, conquering fans at Warped Tour, on the Take Action tour and at destinations from Dubai to Dallas, and increased their profile through placement of their beloved take on "Carol of the Bells" on the movie trailer for "The Spirit." The band also packed up their Phillies T-shirts and ever-present flip-flops and headed overseas for a tour of 12 countries throughout the UK and Europe. The star was shining bright. "It's extremely encouraging to see your band growing," says guitarist and primary songwriter JB Brubaker with characteristic modesty. "It helps keep you motivated and forces you to set the bar higher so that you can continue to grow and put out the best music you're capable of writing."
To that end – the band returned to the studio this past February to record its hotly anticipated follow-up with lauded producer Jason Suecof (SEVENDUST, ALL THAT REMAINS, TRIVIUM). Fans flocked to the band's in-studio Stickam site by the tens of thousands to observe the band recording the album in real time. The result was Constellations, the third full-length offering from AUGUST BURNS RED, set for release on July 14. A crushing metal tour de force, the album pushes ABR's trademark aural blitz into directions previously unexplored by the band. "We spread our creative wings a bit on Constellations," says JB. "But I can say for sure that this record will definitely be as unrelenting as our previous ones." Accenting the blistering guitar work and syncopated breakdowns that AUGUST BURNS RED fans have grown to love are dynamics previously unexplored by the band. Constellations features more diverse tempos and cohesive song compositions than on previous ABR records, as well as the band's maiden voyage to the land of guitar solos.
"We've managed to push ourselves as musicians, as lyricists and performers," says drummer Matt Greiner. "As a whole, I feel like we're expanding, reinterpreting and refining our sound." That kind of sonic wanderlust has pushed AUGUST BURNS RED since the members first united in 2003 while still in high school. Armed with fearless innovation, uncanny technical ability and an innate near-classical songwriting style, the band started turning heads immediately upon the release of its 2005 Solid State debut, Thrill Seeker. The band's 2007 sleeper hit, Messengers, minted ABR as one of the pacesetters of the next generation of metal bands. The band has already proven to be the type that gets kids to put down Guitar Hero and pick up an actual guitar – look no further than the number of bands on MySpace that list ABR as an influence. With Constellations, that swelling army of fans will make sure that there's a racket from day one. "I am probably as excited for Constellations to come out as our most diehard fans," Brubaker exclaims. "I'd like to think there is something for everyone on the new album."
Already one of the year's most anticipated metal albums, Constellations will make good on the promise of the past two years, and will serve as proof-positive that AUGUST BURNS RED's success is no mere solar flare-up. This supernova's here to stay.
Recently reunited with original vocalist Craig Owens and drummer Derrick Frost, Chiodos are reinvigorated and hitting the road this Fall.
Look for them on the cover of Alternative Press' September issue!
We Came As Romans
Recorded with up-and-coming producer Joey Sturgis (The Devil Wears Prada, Emarosa, Attack Attack) at his Foundation Recording Studio, the 10-song follow-up to their breakout EP, Dreams, finds the band expanding their blend of pop-infused metal.
Although recorded with the same producer, there is still an intentional difference between the two albums. We Came As Romans didn't let the fact that they are only a six-piece hold them back from achieving a more symphonic sound on To Plant A Seed. "I played the trombone from Elementary school until I graduated high school and I always took the sound of a symphonic band or an orchestra with me," explains Moore of their decision to add orchestral elements to the album such as the violins, brass, and piano interlaced throughout the album's dynamic layers.
Not unlike the EP, the lyrics on To Plant A Seed reflect We Came As Romans' goal of spreading a positive message through their music. The band hopes, "when people hear the album, they might not change the way they think or the way they act right now, but hopefully we've planted that 'seed', that thought of love, and it can grow."
The theme of the album is carried through to the artwork. Painted by acclaimed artist Paul Romano (Mastodon, Chiodos), the album cover depicts a "very innocent looking boy in which the 'seed' has been planted in his mind and it grows to his heart, out of his palms and becomes branches," describes Moore.
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Motionless in White
One of the strongest parts of Motionless In White's success story is their dedication to their fans. The band doesn't take their following's dedication lightly. The band named their full-length after their devoted fan base, which they affectionately call "Creatures", to remind their supporters that despite their differences, they are bonded by music. "I only ever wanted to be in a band because music changed my life so much, and all I wanted to be able to do the same for someone else in my own way," Chris adds. "To see all these people that are interested in this band and see them singing the words to our songs, like I used to dream would happen while I would be in a pit, screaming along to my favorite bands, is seriously mind-blowing." The band even allowed their "Creatures" to contribute to the album, creating the title track entirely of fan lyrics. "I really couldn't think of a better way to say thank you than to have our fans literally be part of this album, and to name our record after the people that are keeping us alive."
Gaining early support from all corners of the media has also been a key element in aiding Motionless In White's ascension through the ranks of the new wave of dark rock bands. The band was named as one of Alternative Press' Bands You Need To Know, is one of Revolver Magazine's Bands To Watch in the November/December 2010 issue, and has upcoming features in U.S. and international music press outlets including AOL Noisecreep, Ultimate-Guitar, AMP, Substream, Rock Sound and Kerrang!, plus horror publications Rue Morgue, Fangoria, Bloody-Disgusting and FEARnet.
The band has already toured the U.S. with the likes of Asking Alexandria, Bleeding Through, In This Moment and Drop Dead, Gorgeous, and looks forward to taking their show on the road this fall, including tours with Black Veil Brides and A Skylit Drive. "Expect to see a very honest and passionate performance every day," notes Chris. "We put a lot of time in trying to make our live show express the intensity and energy that we posses across to the crowd. I've bled, and I've screamed till my last breath, and our future shows will be no exception."
With an incredible work ethic and a dedication to practicing their craft, Motionless In White has completed their line up with the addition of new bassist Ricky Horror, and emerged as a group of stunning musicians, with a firm hold on what they want to achieve. "This band is 100% bullshit free and we want to inspire kids to stand up for themselves and not be afraid to look the way they do or say the things that they want. If I can do for one person what my favorite bands and heroes have done for me then mission accomplished."
Armed with their jaw-dropping debut album, support from the media and an impressive live show ready to take to the masses, Motionless In White is poised at the center of a perfect storm, and ready to take fans by the throat this fall. Miss them at your peril!
Mindless Self Indulgence
Mindless Self Indulgence (MSI as they are known to their loyal fans) is a punk band in its truest form whose name manifests itself during their incendiary live shows. Their music is a hybrid of Atari driven electronics with a venomous splash of A.D.D Punk Rock. MSI is the breath of fresh air that is sure to offend your p.c. restrained, category demanding, humorless peers. Enjoy.
"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
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.
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.
"You should do whatever it takes to have fun and enjoy the music you're hearing. A party is whatever you make it out to be."
Party death metal rockers Attila formed in their hometown of Atlanta in 2005, meeting each other at their high school and through mutual friends. Their mutual love of music (and partying) brought the guys together to form what would eventually become the fourth imprint on the Artery Foundation/Razor & Tie joint venture, Artery Recordings.
When the guys set out to name their newly formed band, they knew they were looking for a simple, one word name that didn't imply the typical death metal cliché terms such as "blood, dying, and darkness." One day they found themselves in a bookstore passing around a book about Attila the Hun, and so Attila was born.
Over the years Attila has gone through a few lineup changes, but founding members Fronz and Sean have remained a constant staple. For the past two years, the band has consisted of Fronz (vocals), Nate (guitar), Chris (guitar), Sean (drums) and Paul (bass). This lineup really brought together Attila's sound and image that they are known for today. The band began touring full time and as of summer 2010, has been on the road almost non-stop for two years.
Attila released two prior albums, Fallacy and Soundtrack To A Party, on Statik Factory Records, and have previously toured with Arsonists Get All The Girls, See You Next Tuesday, Chelsea Grin, America Me, and We Are The End. RAGE, Attila's Artery Recording/Razor & Tie debut will be released May 11, 2010, and is a unique mix of heavy music infused with elements that make each song fun to listen to and put the listener in the mood to party. "The title can be perceived in many ways, one obviously being a state of extreme anger, and the other being the slang meaning – to party! I have always been a fan of play-on-words and double meanings, and that's what drew me to this title more than anything," Fronz commented.
While Attila certainly evokes thoughts of partying, the band is trying to expand the public's immediate thoughts about party metal through RAGE. They describe the album and their overall take on music as a way of letting loose and having fun, and allowing the listener to take away that message in whatever context they find fitting. As Fronz said, "All we want is for the listener to have a fun experience, and that is the main message behind RAGE."
Drinking, Smoking, Parties, Meeting new people, Meeting fans, we love to get wild and let the good times roll
Crown The Empire
Similar to: Woe is Me, In Fear and Faith, Get Scared
Offering up what feels like a metalcore on Linkin Park, Crown the Empire fuse electronic ambience with metal catharsis, creating a moody and dramaic sound that sets the Dallas, Texas band apart from their contemporaries. Featuring singers Andy Leo and David Escamilla, guitarists Brandon Hoover and Bennett Vogelman, bassist Hayden Tree, keyboard player Austin Duncan, and drummer Brent Taddle, the seven-piece band puts its massive ranks to good use, crafting a sound for themselves that's dense without being so busy that the message is lost in the noise. Crown the Empire made their debut in 2011 with the self-released EP, Limitless, followed by their first full-length, the Fallout, which arrived on Rise Records in 2012.
I See Stars
I SEE STARS captured the hearts of America's youth in 2010 on Warped Tour and a highly acclaimed run with A Day To Remember, but refusing to rest of their laurels the band quickly went back into the studio to start tracking the long awaited follow-up to their groundbreaking 3D release. That album strayed away from all the musical cliches blending all musical genres to set the bar for a new unique sound. Since there has been a surplus of "electronica/hardcore" music as of late, the pages will be turned once again, and new eyes will be opened, to bands and fans alike. The much anticipated new effort, The End of The World Party, is going to be one of 2011's most talked about albums within the rock genre and perfectly demonstrates the band's impressive depth, maturity and originality.
3D is currently over 30,000 units sold in North America mainly as a direct result of the band's relentless touring that also supported Attack Attack, Forever The Sickest Kids, We The Kids and Emarosa. The group's first headliner with We Came As Romans as direct support selling 500 - 1000 tickets in many markets. I SEE STARS also continues to be one of the top selling bands at retail in Hot Topic.
I SEE STARS is a band made up of lifelong friends and it's that exact dynamic that makes them so entertaining. All members; Devin Oliver (vocals), Andrew Oliver (drums), Brent Allen (guitars) and Jeff Valentine (bass) lived in the same neighborhood as kids. The friendship goes back as far as elementary school. Zach Johnson (keyboards, screaming vocals) later joined in middle school to help the band evolve adding in synth and samples. Jimmy Gregerson (guitars) then completed the six piece group taking Devin off guitar and making him the permanent lead vocalist. Over time as the album 3D was being created people all over the map were already starting to become familiar with the band. Sumerian Records quickly signed the band and released the debut album, 3D, on April 14th, 2009 to rave reviews.
I SEE STARS will be doing their first overseas tour in 2011 with We The Kings in the UK and will also be stopping in Indonesia before performing at the Soundwave Festival in Australia with such genre titans as 30 Seconds To Mars, Iron Maiden, Queens Of The Stone Age and Bring Me The Horizon. Their sophomore record, The End Of The World Party, could possibly be the heaviest pop album yet. This new offering has lots of substance and is very theatric in scope. There is literally something for everyone. The culmination of all this hard work pays off in the spring of 2011 as the band is featured on the Alternative Press tour with Black Veil Bride, D.R.U.G.S and Verse Emerge.
I SEE STARS states: "We are taking I SEE STARS to the next level. This new chapter is bringing mainstream pop to hardcore music alongside build ups that spawn from the core of techno/dub-step/electro music. Catchy and melodic vocals that illustrate a concept that we feel raises the bar. You're going to dance way more, you're going to want to throw your fists way more. When you put those two together, you have a whole different game. We didn't limit ourselves, and teaming up with 3D producer, our buddy Cameron Mizell and a balls to the wall producer like Joey Sturgis (The Devil Wears Prada, Attack Attack, Asking Alexandria), further proved that the sky is the limit to what we can do. The wait is over, and the end is near"
In 2011, I SEE STARS further cemented their status as visionaries of the genre and gain legions of new diehard followers.
Veil of Maya
The Chicago based VEIL OF MAYA encompasses the good old American blue collar work ethic and have definitely taken the hard road to success grinding it out on the road through countless tours over the years, but now that backbreaking schedule is paying off tenfold. This quartet are one of the few very bands that can authentically mix elements of progressive metal, melodic death metal, thrash and hardcore brutality together effectively, all while keeping the listener constantly interested with baited breath wondering just what is coming next. This is exactly why they will have a career for years to come.
VEIL OF MAYA's dynamic second full-length album, id, was met with rave reviews and quickly caught the attention of the underground with it's refreshing and unique approach.
featuring Tyler Carter and other former members of Woe, Is Me
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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.
In 2002, what started as a side project from Andrew Neufeld and Jeremy Hiebert's band Figure Four, became what Amp magazine called a "a wildly successful scene institution." Two critically acclaimed albums later and after tirelessly touring in the UK, Europe, Canada, USA, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and Iceland with bands such as Rise Against, Sick Of It All, Madball, Bad Religion, Dropkick Murphys, Gorilla Biscuits, Terror, and Bane, Comeback Kid have become one of the biggest names in hardcore today.
In 2003 Winnipeg, Manitoba's Comeback Kid put together a self-released six-song demo and signed to California hardcore label Face Down Records, who released Comeback Kid's debut album, Turn It Around, that spring. For their 2005 album Wake the Dead, they signed to Victory Records internationally, and to Smallman Records in Canada. Wake the Dead has now sold over 100,000 copies and was voted Alternative Press's 100 bands to know in 2005, Chart Magazine's top 100 albums of 2005, favorite CD in Uptown Magazine, and nominated for Best Hardcore Group at the Indie Awards at Canadian Music Week, and also for the CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award.
In 2006, lead singer Scott Wade left the band to pursue other interests and guitarist Andrew Neufeld took over lead vocals. The current tour line-up features Andrew Neufeld (vocals), Jeremy Hiebert (guitar), Kyle Profeta (drums), Kevin Call (bass), and Casey Hjelmberg (guitar).
On February 20, 2007, Comeback Kid released Broadcasting…(Victory / Smallman), their most diverse album yet. Recorded again with Bill Stevenson (All, Descendents) at The Blasting Room, the album encompasses both heavier and more melodic elements. As lead singer Andrew Neufeld explains, "We wanted to up the ante with this one. I think it's great to explore new things and push the envelope a bit."
Broadcasting…is a superbly crafted, hard-hitting tour de force. Described by Neufeld, "This is the darkest record we have ever written. We were going for a more epic, full sounding album. It has the classic CBK elements but everything is turned up a notch."
Alpha & Omega
From Los Angeles, California. Hardcore in the vein of Cro-Mags and Biohazard, influenced by bands like Pantera and Crowbar. For a modern comparison, think somewhere between mid-era Blacklisted and Trapped Under Ice. 6131 Records.
Coming from NY and naming your band after one of the best NYHC songs ever, you can figure out what to expect. These guys are around since the beginning of 2008 an already gained a lot of experience by sharing the stage with bands like Sick Of It All, SubZero, Merauder, Cro-Mags, Death Threat, Madball...
Here's a talk with them about the band, NYHC, Long Island and more. Check it out and support these guys.
Being As An Ocean
Being As An Ocean is an American Post-Hardcore band from Alpine, California. The band was founded by its current members in January 2012, and works with producer Brian Hood in Nashville, Tennessee. They are signed with InVogue Records and distributed by Warner Music Group. Their debut record "Dear G-d…" charted at #27 on Billboard Heatseekers, supported by tours both in the US and the UK.
Betrayal have been igniting the metal-core scene over the past four years starting with their first EP The People's Fallacy in 2008. Hard to believe the entire band is currently between the ages of 19 and 20. With a more mature mindset gained from relentless touring and playing, the band return with their debut full-length album Abandonment. The album delivers downtuned riff attacks as thick as scud missles with the dark commanding vocals of Brendan Foley and frequent forays into some of the most savage breakdowns in modern times. Loosely themed, guitarist Sean Chamilian says that the album "reflects Brendan's mind-set that he feels alone in this world at times surrounded by shitty people and left alone to fight against what he feels is wrong."
Counterparts have come quite a long way since their formation in 2007. With a fan base that has progressively expanded beyond their home province, the young artists have toured Canada relentlessly since March 2009. The band's upward trajectory truly took off after the release of their debut full-length, Prophets, in February 2010. The Verona Records release turned heads across the country, as well as past its borders. The record proved to be an immediate hit among fans of the hardcore genre, simultaneously garnering praise from scene luminaries and newcomers. Its impact was bold and far-reaching, going so far as to earn the band several award nominations throughout Ontario. The positive response caused the band's touring regimen to quickly increase in intensity, with a slew of tours taking place both at home and in the United States alongside prominent hardcore acts such as Shai Hulud and It Prevails. At a point when most bands would take time off to relax, Counterparts proved themselves once again to be as hardworking as they come. In November 2010, the band released a split EP alongside Ontario-based hardcore unit Exalt. The EP was another instant hit among fans, and proved that the band still had plenty left to offer, both musically and lyrically, that had not been showcased on their debut.
In October 2011, Counterparts released The Current Will Carry Us via influential independent label Victory Records. The sophomore LP saw the band pursuing a more raw, straightforward sound, and achieving a new level of honesty through their lyrics. Tossing any idealistic rhetoric aside, TCWCU offers listeners an extremely introspective listening experience that depicts the band in their most sincere, vulnerable state. While the album marks a clear thematic departure from its predecessor, its unrestrained aggression makes an emotional impact that's even more genuine. The record's reception easily exceeded the expectations of the band members, landing them a selection as one of Alternative Press' "100 Bands You Need To Know In 2012" and solidifying plans for the group's first ever expedition into Europe, in which they would bring their unforgettable live presence to listeners who'd spent years anxiously awaiting the opportunity.
If there's one thing that's abundantly clear about Counterparts' career, it's that none of the success – the building of an incredibly passionate and supportive fan base – has come about without a great deal of struggle and sacrifice. Like many bands who strive to do things on their own terms, Counterparts have had to face adversity in many different forms, including being stricken down by legal sanctions, having their touring vehicle obliterated, and having to cope with the ill-fated return of a founding member. Counterparts' story, while perhaps still in its infancy, has been one of a constant battle to find stability in an increasingly unpredictable music landscape. Nonetheless, the band have consistently proven themselves to be steadfast in the face of any impediment that comes their way. After years of dutiful exertion, the band are finally entering an era in which the future looks bright, and they've been able to reach this plateau without once compromising any aspect of their art. Through sheer hard work and dedication, Counterparts have been able to overcome innumerable obstacles in order to hold on to their elusive dream. Armed with heart and hope, Counterparts plan on spreading their music and message as far and wide as humanly possible in the coming years.
Heavy music is alive and well. Cruel Hand moves on forward unscarred and unaffected by the trends.
"Six tracks of down-tuned, head cracking, thick skulled hardcore in the vein of early Merauder or any other band that you wouldn't be surprised supporting thick hair braids, bandannas, and stomach tattoos. Age of Ignorance toes the "Slayer-line," an imaginary line in which a band straddles being a hardcore band or a metal act. However, Downpresser are thankfully fast enough to keep hardcore kids happy, but also have enough blistering solos to have even the most inept air guitar player swinging a mean imaginary axe. In a hardcore world filled to the brim with crappy "deathcore" bands singing about rape and partying, it's good to see bands like Downpresser keeping metallic hardcore, well, hardcore." - Age of Ignorance review, http://www.scenepointblank.com/, December 2009
Mid-Western heaviness combining the groove of NYHC and west coast styled fast parts, a band that would have felt right at home during the 07/08 California explosion that brought us Violation, Downpresser, Creatures, etc. New 7 inch out soon on Six Feet Under Records.
Tuscaloosa, Alabama brings us Gideon, an aggressive, melodic hardcore band with an already impressive repertoire. Well-placed gang vocals and a powerful front man set Gideon apart from many of their peers, while the band as a whole, whose members have been playing together only since 2008, come off sounding like seasoned pros. Gideon have self-released two EPs and full length Volition since 2008 with the help of Brian Hood at 456 Recordings. Their newest album Milestone is the highly anticipated follow-up to last year's release.
Hundredth is one of the most intense and emotionally-driven bands you will see in 2010. Their debut record "When Will We Surrender" features 13 tracks of desperation, each song melodically driven and packaged with pure honesty. Injustice fuels their righteous anger and that is apparent in the album's opening lyrics. Delivering a message of hope to those suffering, Hundredth aims to spread positivity through a scene that's been darkened by violence and negativity. After experiencing many obstacles in 2009, their heads are held high and they are moving forward steadfast. Raw honesty and authenticity are craftily woven into their debut, which releases on Mediaskare Records on March 30th, 2010.
Dad shorts. Taco bell. Pizza. Skateboards. JAIL.
Energetic, aggressive, and passionate music. A four piece metalcore band based in north Texas. We say whats on our hearts to express how we feel, who we are, what we stand for, and wont stand for, as well as the problems of our generation. In hopes of tapping into the underground and revealing the unseen lives and feelings of the youth in modern American society. We are fighting to make an impact in a music scape bogged down with meaningless lyrics and recycled with mindless music. Trying to push messages that often get overlooked or ignored in the nation today, hoping to use our music as a vessel to relate with people and emit hope.
Light Years is a pop punk band from the cleveland and North East Ohio area. Influenced by Blink 182, The Get Up Kids, and (old) Saves the Day. They just signed to Paper & Plastick Records, which will be releasing their debut full length LP June 16th.
My Iron Lung
Full U.S. Tour this spring with Vales.
We are a band. We play songs and travel.
Some honest, down to earth pop punk from the UK. We write songs that we like, and talk about things that mean something to us.
This Wild Life
This Wild Life is an acoustic duo from Long Beach, CA. Writing songs that hail to the past emotions of Dashboard Confessional and the new feelings of City and Colour, they have created a sound, vibe, and presence that sets them apart from their stripped down acoustic peers.
Oddly enough, both Kevin Jordan (Vocalist) and Anthony Del Grosso (Guitar) were raised as drummers from a very young age. Anthony moved out to Long Beach from his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to pursue a career in drums. After meeting Kevin and starting a pop punk band, they realized that their true talent laid in their acoustic renditions and performances. Between Kevin's melodic vocals and Anthony's beautiful fingerpicking, they discovered a sound that began to find it's way to fans worldwide through organic and viral promotion. Releasing two EP's and several singles independently, their fans have been instrumental in spreading the music and creating a buzz anticipating a full length record.
Listeners have identified with the band on an emotional and personal level, connecting with the self reflective and sincere lyrics touching on topics such as regret, unconditional love, being raised by a single parent, and hope in tough times. Without gimmicks or advertising, the band has been able to accrue tens of thousands of fans, millions of video views, and over 20,000 digital downloads to date. More impressive is the relationship they have built with their fans by constant interaction by means of social networks and touring. Making themselves constantly available to fans is something the band has taken pride in, and it shows in all of the platforms the band participates in.
Due to overwhelming support for the band, This Wild Life just entered the Vanguard Room in Lakeland, Florida to begin recording their debut full length with Aaron Marsh of Copeland. Enlisting Aaron was an important decision for the band as they aimed to create a record that captured the tone, color, and raw emotion of the new material the band has been creating. Coinciding with this release is an ambitious video effort to enhance the delivery and experience of each and every song, so be sure to keep up to date with the band by subscribing to their YouTube channel and Email List.
This Wild Life is a breath of fresh air to the scene, yet hearkens to familiar sounds of past acoustic songwriters. Aiming to up their tour schedule by the end of 2013, they are sure to find more and more support as they release new music and earn the respect and loyalty of fans far and wide.
To The Wind
Emerging from Seattle,Wa in 2008 TO THE WIND is bringing energy and passion to any stage they can land their feet on. Always pushing to reach the next level no matter what stands in their way.
est. Pomona, Ca. Xibalba is influenced by Disembodied, Morbid Angel, Martyr A.D., Santa Sangre, Bloodlet, Obituary, Crowbar, Unbroken, Earth Crisis, Downset, Overcast, and Sepultura.
Within The Ruins
"Recognizing the talent and passion of Massachusetts natives, WITHIN THE RUINS, it's no wonder Victory Records added them to its growing roster. This quintet is armed with a unique take on blending technology and metal together to write music that sets their band apart from the numerous metal bands today. WITHIN THE RUINS have mastered their technique of bringing breakdowns, riffs, tempo and a dash of personality together in order to form one cohesive entity. The development of WITHIN THE RUINS first began in 2002. That was when founding members Joe Cocchi (Guitar) and Drummer (Drums) began taking a more serious approach and started heading out on the road, doing DIY tours from 2006-2009. At that point in time the lineup was comprised of Tim Goergen (Vocals), Mike Beaujean (Bass), and Kyle Marcoux (Guitar), in addition to Cocchi and Drummer. As things progressed for the band, January of 2010 brought change when Jay Van Schelt (Guitar) was brought in to replace Marcoux; this change refueled the band to write their best record to date entitled INVADE." - last.fm
I, The Mighty
We Butter the Bread With Butter
German musical hybrid, We Butter The Bread With Butter (WBTBWB) have announced a North American headline tour for 2014. The 25 date trek (to happen in Feb and March) will find the band hitting both coasts and comes on the heels of their highly successful U.S. tour which just wrapped this fall. Joining them on the upcoming dates is Lions Lions (Century Media Records) and Honour Crest (Rise Records). Among the stops is an appearance at the highly-anticipated South By So What?! festival in Texas.
The band is touring in support of their latest full-length offering (and first official album release in North America) Goldkinder. The album, which boasts mixing assistance by the legendary Stefan Glaumann (Rammstein, Apocalyptica), takes WBTBWB's distinct heavy rock sound interjected with elements of metal and electro-pop to new heights. It's a sound that has won over U.S. heavy music tastemakers like Metal Sucks, HeavyMetal.About.com, Revolver Magazine, Metal Underground, Metal Insider, Guitar World, and CraveOnline, with the latter two premiering music videos in support of the album.
A true testament to the band's appeal in North America, though, was made evident when the full-length Der Tag an dem die Welt unterging cracked the iTunes Top 50 upon its digital release in 2010. This result is even more impressive when considering that this feat was accomplished without a domestic label, English lyrics or any U.S. appearance by the band.
For decades, "hardcore" and "post-hardcore" have become synonymous with dogma. For a scene that prides
itself on protesting society's perceived ills (e.g. racism, vice, commercialism), it ironically embodies another of
humanities least desirable traits: exclusivity. So it's quite refreshing when a band emerges from such a scene
singing the tune of open-mindedness and inclusivity and living a life that embraces both. "It's important to us, as
artists not to limit ourselves or our audience" states guitarist and founding member Brandon Davis. "Inspiration
can be found where you'd least expect it."
LIONS LIONS has lived this mission statement from Day One and have spread their message through relentless
touring, winning over fans one by one via their incendiary and acrobatic live show. Formed in 2008, when Davis
left his band Vanna, the lineup that would become LIONS LIONS began to take shape. Fueled by a desire to create
music of a different style, Davis reached out to a number of like-minded friends and artists and found that within
this intimate circle – Jon Kay on bass, Isaac Vigil on guitar and Danny Poulin on vocals – he had found his band. A
month into practicing, the band name was born. "Lions live together, hunt together, eat together – pretty much
do everything together. Needless to say, that's pretty much the way we are as friends, so when the word 'lions'
was brought up, it just stuck."
LIONS LIONS had the good fortune of playing a sold-out bill for their first show and have rarely looked back, self-
releasing their "Direction" EP and hitting the road for a slate of local and regional shows. Catching the eye of
indie Panic Records, LIONS LIONS released From What We Believe in 2010 and took to the road the following year,
touring the East Coast and then embarking on a full US tour. While in Reno, they met a guy named Joshua Herzer
who would prove invaluable; when the band's original singer Danny Poulin departed, Herzer tried out for the
position and became a part of the pride.
For LIONS LIONS' debut release on Hollywood Waste Records To Carve Our Names, Shep Goodman and Aaron
Accetta (Bayside, Forever The Sickest Kids, Get Scared) approached the band to produce. While To Carve Our
Names retains the relentless pace of their previous releases (which includes 2011's The Path We Take), it also
takes time to breathe. "Shep and Aaron helped us become better songwriters," states Davis adding. "They helped
us focus on the songs and really zone in on what aspects make a great song."
Although the Goodman and Accetta polish is apparent with songs like "The Rights Steps," "Grounded," and "Our
Colors," longtime fans need not worry about the band losing its edge: "Stable As Stone" and "Carry On" feature
some of the band's heaviest riffs to date. "Our record has a little bit of everything. We've always been open to
taking chances and exploring different genres so this album is no different," states Davis.
With To Carve Our Names in the can and the band out of the studio, LIONS LIONS goes back to what they do best:
hit the road. The band has toured North America with fellow road warriors For Today and We Came As Romans
and in 2011, they played Bamboozle and the Warped Tour. 2012 is already shaping up to be a banner year for the
band on the road, with full US runs with both Sleeping With Sirens and Comeback Kid on the books, LIONS LIONS
are prepared to work tirelessly to promote their new album and "carve their name" into the scene.
"The title of the record is about making your mark. Whether you're an artist, grocery store clerk, lawyer, or
gardener, it's important to leave an impression. Touring and recording music is our way of doing that."