Trapt

Trapt is an alternative band from Los Gatos, California. The band formed in 1995, after meeting in high school, with members: Chris Taylor Brown (vocalist), Simon Ormandy (guitarist), Peter Charrell (bassist) and David Stege (drummer) and recorded the albums 'Amalgamation' and 'Glimpse' to sell at local shows. After several rehearsal absences and negative feedback the band decided to let David go. While attempting to find a suitable replacement, the band signed to Warner Bros. Records and began recording their debut self-titled album. The band enlisted Robin Diaz, to perform drums on the record, and in turn Robin, helped the band find their permanent drummer, Aaron Montgomery.

On November 22nd, 2002, the band released Trapt, along with the single "Headstrong". "Headstrong" became a fantastic hit, reaching #1 on alternative charts and #16 on pop. Follow-up singles "Still Frame" and "Echo" (with a video featuring Michelle Trachtenberg) did respectably, although they never reached the heights of "Headstrong". "Headstrong" became the official theme song of WWE Bad Blood for June 2003. Trapt eventually hit platinum. After more than one year an EP followed on March 30th, 2004, that included a new song called "Promise" along with live versions of "Made Of Glass" and "Echo".

On September 13th, 2005, the band released their sophomore album "Someone In Control" along with the single "Stand Up". "Stand Up" failed to do as well as any of their previous singles, although it still made an excellent run on active rock stations. "Waiting" and "Disconnected (Out Of Touch)", were also released as singles, and have yet to repeat the success of any of Trapt's self-titled radio hits. The band spent the first half of 2006 co-headlining with Shinedown as part of the Equinox Tour.

A live album was released in September, 2007, containing live tracks from both previous albums with new studio tracks "Stay Alive" and "Everything to Lose".

Trapt hit the studio in July 2007 to begin recording their 3rd album, which was released on 5th August 2008 named "Only Through the Pain…".

Trapt announced in late fall/early winter 2009 they were working on a new album for summer or fall release in 2010. On July 20, 2010, Trapt released their first single "Sound Off," for the upcoming album "No Apologies," due out in stores October 12, 2010. Updates, along with an EPK, for the upcoming album is available on their Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube (official trapt) accounts.

First Decree

Even though they hail from the bucolic setting of Cheyenne, Wyoming – not known as a “Hot Bed” for Modern Rock music - the members of First Decree have the talent, drive and determination to have their music reach a global audience. Their energy is abundant in their live shows and in the music from their forthcoming album “This Is Our Rise”, which is slated for an August 7th, 2015 release.

Their current single “Lost in the Crowd” is at Active Rock radio nationwide and climbing the Radio Contraband Under The Radar Chart. While this is their first single from “This Is Our Rise”, First Decree's debut track "Phoenix" peaked at #12 on the Under the Radar Chart and #28 on the BDS Indicator chart. First Decree is about to embark on a 30 day tour that crisscrosses the US with In This Moment, starting on June 23rd in Scottsdale, AZ.

Band members Dane, Isaac, and Zach Lopez-Smith are brothers while frontman Travis James is a family friend. They all grew up in Cheyenne and gravitated to music in their own ways: Dane played the trumpet in school before picking up the guitar; Isaac played the viola and violin before learning to play bass; Zach played piano early on and performed in school band ensembles on the drums; and Travis sang in choir and played the guitar. They came together as First Decree in 2012 and released their debut EP that same year. After extensive touring regionally throughout the Midwest, First Decree headed to the studio with Joel Wanasek to record their first full length album "Set in Stone" in August of 2013.

The band has become “Road Warriors” and has expanded its touring base by playing more than 200 dates in the last 2 years, including stops at SXSW, The Texas Showdown Festival, Gig It Festival, and Dirt Fest. In that span, First Decree has proudly shared the stage with: Smile Empty Soul, Alien Ant Farm, ACIDIC, Trapt, Sevendust, Thousand Foot Krutch, The Deftones, Saliva, Psychostick, Hed PE, and Righteous Vendetta, among others.

First Decree’s ultimate goal is to have their music reach as many people as possible around the world and for their music to inspire and encourage listeners. Becoming one of the biggest modern rock bands and a household name in the rock community drives them forward, and “This Is Our Rise” promises to set them on their way.

Meka Nism is a female fronted metal band that is comprised of exquisitely talented musicians that seamlessly work in unison to create some of the most elaborate, unique and eclectic music on the planet. Members include, Meka (vocalist), Reed Tyack (guitar), Alvin Bauer (bass), Bobby Keller (lead guitar), and Jeremy Mansfield (drums) who joined the band in 2014.

Meka Nism was formed back in 2006 and originated as Meka Nism and Her Rusty Tears. Meka was the former guitar player for Orlando punk legends Dirty Barby and Angel Autopsy, who enchanted audiences for years. Florida based Hidden Records quickly noticed her as being a unique talent and put her on their independent label. In 2006, “Mad to Love” was the first album recorded by Meka Nism and her Rusty Tears. The album was recognized as an exceptional artistic achievement of great beauty and passion. "Break," the second track from the album was the WINNER of the Songwriter's Showcase of America's (SSA) Best Experimental Song of the Year – 2006. Meka was also SSA's Solo Artist of the Month - January 2007. Explosive with enthusiasm, Meka made a scorching impact on the Central Florida music scene. She has a strong, loyal fan base, not only in Florida, but around the United States, in areas like Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and many more.

In 2010, with the return of Meka from touring in Japan with over 150 shows, Reed Tyack, Alvin Bauer, and Bobby Keller, all mutual friends, were added to the group in an effort to try and grow the immense power that Meka unleashes both sonically and visually. The movement to solidify the group as “Meka Nism” began and in March of 2013, the debut EP “The Dance at the End of the World” was released as the band’s first collaborative collection of songs as a unit. The theme behind the EP was based off of a world that was destroyed, desolate and in dismay. It was meant to uplift spirits to a higher potential out of negative situations and to bring them to light. The idea of playing their music as the world came to an end was the ultimate triumph, which was based on 2012’s prediction of the world coming to an end. The band also released their first music video for the single “Bring the Sun Back” in October of 2013. Meka Nism’s debut EP “Dance at the End of the World” was proof that new sounds, new excitement and new frontiers have not only been explored but have been claimed as their own unique voice in the music industry.

After touring and playing numerous amounts of shows in Florida and in the South East, opening for Mastodon at the Kink Festival, and a headlining House of Blues show, Meka Nism began the journey to start “The Shift”. “The Shift” was not only the next EP, but the physical shift of Reed Tyack from drums to guitar and the acquisition of Jeremy Mansfield as the new drummer. The EP was successfully funded by a Kickstarter campaign back in 2014. Brett Hestla, former bass player for Creed and vocals for Dark New Day, was chosen as the producer and recording began back in October of 2014. “The Shift” was released on May 1st with a massive CD Release show at the House of Blues in Orlando, Florida.

The Hard Rock & Metal music scene of Dallas, Texas has a long and storied history of spawning some powerful and innovative acts: Pantera, Drowning Pool, and more recently Hell Yeah, among others. With the release of hard hitting first single “Hey Girl” on Sept. 11th the Dallas born members of Adakain are ready to carry on that tradition. Their first National album release “Never Coming Home”, produced by Sahaj Ticotin (RA), is slated for release on November 6th, 2015.

These proud sons of the Lone Star state came together as a band after having known each other while crossing paths with bands they played in across North Texas. Magnetized by their shared musical influences of heavy innovators like Metallica, Pantera, Slipknot and Tool - One by one, they were all drawn into the Adakain family. Lead vocalist & Guitarist Ryan Ray is the defacto leader of the band who originally joined Adakain in 2012 after the previous singer decided to step down and start a family. Drummer Ryan Carroll is the only original member of the band and has been the steady beat throughout the past 3 years. Guitarist Corey Goodwin and Ryan Ray have a history together, having played in a few Dallas bands over the years. When the band needed a new guitarist in 2014, Ryan approached Corey about filling in for a tour. Corey went on tour with the band, and after playing with Adakain for a few months was asked to join. Bassist Anthony Morel jammed together with Ryan Ray in the JC Allstars cover group. When the band’s bassist decided to move on, Ryan asked Anthony if he was interested. He tried out, and the band’s current lineup was solidified.

Ryan Ray puts their core philosophy in a nutshell: “Our band goal is to play Heavy music that is unconventional yet recognizable, that gives a message of fun, individuality, and encourages people to do what they love in a positive environment. We want to inspire people to be better to one another, and to themselves, and to remember that we are all one and the same, and should treat each other with dignity and respect. That's what we like about being part of the Hard Rock community.
The band has earned a reputation as energetic and intense live performers on the Texas and Southwest US Music circuit opening for RA, Taproot, Crossfade, Pop Evil, Korn, Slayer, Marilyn Manson, Killswitch Engage, Hellyeah, Drowning Pool, Trapt, and Trivium.
Adakain’s first single release “Hey Girl” from “Never Coming Home” is a scathing indictment of a rich girl acting like a fool and “slumming” with Rock bands. The song goes to Active Rock radio on September 17th. A video for the song will be released in early October.

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