THE HARDRIVE LIVE TOUR
All That Remains & We Came As Romans
Devour the Day, Failure Anthem, 2nd Stage: HANDS LIKE HOUSES, I The Mighty, Lower Than Atlantis, Brigades, To Close To Touch
261 Main Street
Worcester, MA, 01608
Doors 5:00 PM
This event is all ages
All That Remains
“People have a certain idea of what this band is, and when they hear the new stuff...it’s a new approach to our style,” vocalist Phil Labonte says. “It’s almost like a new way to look at an old friend."
With a desire to continually evolve, yet retain the trademark heavy and technically-skilled sound that
All That Remains has established with the band’s breakthrough album, 2004’s This Darkened Heart,
Labonte and company have done just that with The Fall of Ideals. Where the last record found the band intertwining heavy music, virtuoso solos, and unmatchable melody, All That Remains’ current collective goal is to build on elements that the last album only hinted at. “Everything we did on This Darkened Heart, we are turning up a notch,” Labonte says. “This disc will have some of the most aggressive, and some of the most friendly, pieces of music All That Remains has ever written.”
After initially forming in 1998 as a side project for Labonte and guitarist Oli Herbert, the band left a stamp on the underground metal scene with its debut album, 2002’s Behind Silence and Solitude. After bringing in guitarist Mike Martin and releasing This Darkened Heart to rave reviews in 2004, All That Remains landed high-profile tours and shows alongside the likes of Gwar, The Crown, Arch Enemy, Darkest Hour, Shadows Fall, Lamb of God, and Slipknot and toured virtually non-stop, only
taking a break in late 2005 to write new material.
The Fall of Ideals is the culmination of the original ideals, ideas, and elements that All That Remains was initially founded upon.
Combining the grinding riffs and unrelenting rhythms of death metal legends and the tandem fluidity of Martin and Herbert’s shredding, alongside Labonte’s everexpanding
vocal repertoire of soaring notes and guttural growls, the band has now become everything it has been striving for since its inception. “We’re now at the point where we're the band I always wanted to us to be," Labonte says.
“Musically, we’re capable of doing what I originally wanted to do. As musicians, we can all live up to that goal.”
With producer Adam Dutkiewicz (Killswitch Engage) and engineer Peter Wichers (ex-Soilwork) in tow, and artwork by Travis Smith (Iced Earth, Opeth, Soilwork), All That Remains doesn’t simply possess flashy production, engaging artwork, or memorable songs. Instead, All That Remains has all three integral elements wrapped up in an undeniably heavy and aggressive, yet irrefutably memorable, package.
All That Remains has an already busy 2009.
We Came As Romans
David Stephens vocals Kyle Pavone vocals Joshua Moore guitar/lyrics Lou Cotton guitar Andy Glass bass Eric Choi drums
"Though we've grown as individuals, musicians, and as a band over the years, we have never changed the meaning behind what our band is, and if anything, on this record we found greater meaning and purpose in the message we are trying to send to listeners," explains We Came As Romans' lyricist and guitarist Joshua Moore, in regards to the band's musical evolution. "I think our fans will really understand and see that once they hear the album."
On July 23, We Came As Romans released their third full-length album, Tracing Back Roots, which debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, No. 1 on the Independent Albums Chart, No. 1 on the Internet Albums Chart, No. 1 on the Hard Rock Albums Chart, and No. 2 on the Top Rock Chart.
The new album pushes We Came As Romans into new musical territory for the six-piece, by showcasing co- vocalist Dave Stephens in a new light, with the incorporation of his clean singing for the first time ever. In addition to his powerful, yet articulate, screams, Stephens now also displays rich melodic tones and gritty textures, that perfectly balances the soaring, smooth croons of co-vocalist Kyle Pavone. Musically the album expands on the band's signature anthemic sound and inspirational themes, offering sweeping guitars interlaced with delicate synth interludes and explosive percussive elements. The resulting album is their catchiest and most universally relatable music to date.
Tracing Back Roots has received rave reviews from fans and press alike, with Alternative Press stating, "We Came As Romans come out remarkably strong on their third full-length...'Never Let Me Go' has a surging, anthemic power (and a killer chorus) that makes it a prime candidate for radio airplay-and plenty of tearful sing-alongs at gigs," Rock Sound declaring, "We Came As Romans have boldly and brilliantly hit their stride, and designed the melodic metalcore blueprint for years to come," and Kerrang! concluding, "Tracing Back Roots will ensure that We Came As Romans continue to rise to the top. And deservedly so."
Tracing Back Roots was recorded in Los Angeles with renowned producer John Feldmann [The Used, Black Veil Brides, All Time Low] "It was a true joy to be included in Tracing Back Roots," notes Feldmann. "We Came As Romans push the boundaries of what modern alternative music should be, while staying authentic to their roots. One of the few new bands to keep true to their vision while developing as artists."
Moore adds, "It was honestly a dream come true for the band to be working with John Feldmann, with him being so well-respected and having produced some of our favorite CDs growing up. He brought this amazing new perspective to our group and really pushed me to step outside the box as a writer. I truly believe that this next
record is all of the best elements of what we have done so far in music, combined with where we want to go and the music we want to play going forward."
The haunting, intricate album artwork for Tracing Back Roots was illustrated by the incredibly talented Paul Romano [Chiodos, Mastodon], who also created the covers for the band's two previous full-lengths. Romano and We Came As Romans' bassist Andrew Glass collaborated on the artistic direction of each cover, with the newest one incorporating and elaborating on elements within the first two covers. Glass explains, "The imagery is based on the idea of moving forward with the knowledge that we have learned about ourselves throughout the years, from the darkest to brightest times in life. It represents our continuous work towards transforming into the people we want to be, while always remembering our roots that made us who we are."
Tracing Back Roots is available worldwide, through partnerships with Nuclear Blast [Europe, South Africa, Russia], We Are Unified [Australia, New Zealand], Triple Vision Records [Japan] and through Equal Vision Records for North America and all remaining territories.
The eleven-track album follows Understanding What We've Grown To Be, which was released in September 2011 and debuted at No. 20 on the Billboard Current Top 200. To date, Understanding What We've Grown To Be and the band's debut-full-length, To Plant A Seed, have sold nearly 200,000 copies combined. Additional Billboard Chart debut placements for Understanding What We've Grown To Be included: #5 on Top Hard Music, #7 Independent, #10 Top Current Rock, #15 Current Digital, and #21 on the Top 200 Album Chart.
We Came As Romans formed in 2005 and is comprised of Dave Stephens [vocals], Kyle Pavone [vocals], Joshua Moore [lyrics/guitar], Eric Choi [drums], Lou Cotton [guitar] and Andrew Glass [bass]. The band members' average age stands at just 23 years old.
The Detroit-based band has appeared on the covers of Alternative Press (twice) andSubstream Music Press magazines, on the front pages of the NJ Star-Ledger, Asbury Park Press, The Aquarian Weekly, and The Metro (Detroit) newspapers, in exclusive features in Journeys stores and in Hot Topic's back-to-school campaign, and appeared on RollingStone.com, Nikon.com, MTV Buzzworthy Blog, Axe Body Spray Sites, and Sirius XM Liquid Metal.
In addition to their unique sound and positive message, We Came As Romans has become well known for their impressive commitment to touring. The band has charged through extensive worldwide touring, including performances in the UK/Europe, Australia, the Philippines, Japan, Russia, North and South America and more, with the likes of The Used, Megadeth, NOFX, Parkway Drive, GWAR, Suicide Silence, August Burns Red, A Day To Remember and Pierce The Veil.
This past summer, We Came As Romans performed on the entirety of the 2013 Vans Warped Tour as a Main Stage artist – their second time on the full tour – and also on the 2013 UK/Europe and Australian legs of Warped Tour and the Vans Off The Wall Music Night Tour. We Came As Romans will next embark on a UK headliner, the Rock Sound Impericon Exposure Tour, with support from Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!, The Color Morale and Palm Reader.
Devour the Day
Formed in 2012, DEVOUR THE DAY is born from the brain trust of Joey Chicago (Bass, Vocals, Songwriter) and Blake Allison (Lead singer, Guitar, Songwriter and Producer). Having much success with the band Egypt Central, Blake and Joey sought to break out on their own, writing and producing music without compromise.
Joey explains, "Our lives got to a point that we had lost trust, we lost our
compassion, feeling and our way." The water was so murky we didn't know which way was up." What we did know is that we should keep writing and keep fighting because that was the truth and our center."
What transpired is a new album scheduled for release May 7, 2013.
Painting a picture in listeners imagination is what this songwriting duo does best. Joey continues, "While our songs are very personal to our experiences we are very aware to keep it open for interpretation. There is nothing more gratifying when a fan explains how our songs help them in their lives. It's humbling."
Giving perspective Blake states, "the process of writing this record is something totally different than what we had done before. The pressure was enormous and we felt that every decision we made needed to be perfect. There was no room for mistakes. We needed to make choices that were sometimes very difficult but once made it felt like the weight we had been carrying got lighter brick by brick."
Look for DEVOUR THE DAY to hit the road in early 2013 in support of their new album.
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I The Mighty
"We don't want people to just listen to our music on a surface level. We want people to dive into the songs and dissect them and to really feel them," explains Brent Walsh, vocalist for the San Francisco Bay Area band known as I the Mighty.
Since their 2007 inception, I the Mighty has melded together effortlessly and has already built up an impressive following of fans nationwide, seeing regular rotation on local modern rock station Live 105, and sharing stages with the likes of Deftones, The Dear Hunter, letlive., and more. The band has also just wrapped up a summer tour with Say Anything, Eisley and HRVRD and will soon hit the road with Coheed And Cambria.
On June 11, just prior to their aforementioned Summer tour with Say Anything, I the Mighty released their debut full-length album: Satori. Of the new album, Walsh explains, "When the writing process for the new record began, I was going through a pretty rough break up. After the initial heartbreak, I did some soul searching and that's where a lot of the song conceptions for Satori came from. The word 'Satori' is actually a Japanese Buddhist term for "awakening" or "enlightenment" which, when we stumbled upon it, just felt right. Not only because it embodies sort of what I went through during the writing process, but because it also carries the message of what the more politically themed songs on the record are all about. Not to mention, it's our debut full length and this album feels more "us" than we have ever felt."
I the Mighty released Karma Never Sleeps EP, their Equal Vision Records debut and sophomore EP, in March of 2012. The EP showcased a new side of the band, offering a heavier, darker sound and moodier ambience. The ambitious and captivating EP, which - like Satori - was produced by Erik Ron [Panic! At The Disco, VersaEmerge, Foxy Shazam], features six sweeping tracks filled with intense vocals, catchy hooks, charging guitars and explosive instrumentations that make for a mesmerizing whirlwind of cinematic soundscapes.
While Karma Never Sleeps envelops the listener into dramatic, dreamlike imagery of tales of political corruption, desperation and despair, lyrically infused with powerful and poignant storylines woven around a theme of Karma; The new full-length album shows a more personalized, intimate look into the mind and experiences of Walsh. "This is definitely the most straightforward and honest effort lyrically that I've done, and I'm very proud of that. Much of our older material, I hid behind the facade of a story or character. The only song on the record that holds true to that older I the Mighty style is "The Frame II: Keep Breathing", which is the prequel to "The Frame III: Sirocco" on Karma Never Sleeps. With the exception of that, the album is almost an open book, self-lead therapy session for myself; sprinkled with the typical politically charged songs of frustration."
Musically, the album follows the foreshadowing of the EP, with soaring choruses, intricate layerings of guitarwork and most notably - a vastly wide array of vocal dynamics ranging from Walsh's naturally sultry R&B croon to a delicately dreamy falsetto and even incorporates some of his most intense vocals to date with the incorporation of a deep, passionate scream in moments of utmost sincerity and emotional fury. The diverse deliveries of vocals are further highlighted with exceptional framing of gang vocals, impressive multi-layered harmonies and dramatic yet balanced instrumentations.
I the Mighty has officially come into their own with Satori and are prepared to tour non-stop in support of it - hoping to leave a lasting and meaningful impression with each and every audience.
"We want to tour the world. We want to continuously put out records that mean a lot to us. We want to put our own stamp on the music scene by developing our own sound. We want to continuously set and reach goals throughout our career so that we can better ourselves as musicians and people," Walsh concludes. "And the thing we hope for most...is that our music means something to someone, the way that other artists have meant so much to us in our lives."
Lower Than Atlantis
South Carolina I Pure Noise Records
$20.00 - $69.34
2nd Stage: 5:00pm Doors / Main Stage: 6pm Doors
Tickets Originally Purchased For Hands Like Houses, Will Be Honored At The Door For This Event!
Plenty of Tickets Available at The Door!!!