Avenged Sevenfold, Breaking Benjamin, Mastodon, Eagles of Death Metal, All That Remains and Escape The Fate

Avenged Sevenfold

Avenged Sevenfold is an American rock band from Huntington Beach, California, formed in 1999. The band consists of vocalist M. Shadows, lead guitarist Synyster Gates, rhythm guitarist Zacky Vengeance and bassist Johnny Christ.

Avenged Sevenfold emerged with a metalcore sound on their debut Sounding the Seventh Trumpet, which included primarily screamed vocals. The band changed their style on their third album and first major label release, City of Evil, which features more melodic vocals and power ballads. The band continued to explore new sounds with their self titled release and enjoyed continued mainstream success before their drummer, James "The Rev" Sullivan, died of heart disease and combined effect of drugs and alcohol in his body in 2009. Despite his death, the band continued on with help of then Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy and released their fifth album Nightmare in 2010 which debuted on the top spot of the Billboard 200, a first for the band.

To date, Avenged Sevenfold has released five studio albums, one live album/compilation/DVD, and fifteen singles. The band themselves have received much credit for their worldwide mainstream success and were most notably proclaimed as one of the leaders and key bands in the New Wave of American Heavy Metal and were featured as second place on Ultimate Guitar's Top Ten Bands of the Decade.

Breaking Benjamin

Breaking Benjamin is a rock band founded by guitarist/singer/songwriter Benjamin Burnley.

The band has released five studio albums to date: 'Saturate' (2002), 'We Are Not Alone' (2004), 'Phobia' (2006), 'Dear Agony' (2009), and their newest offering 'Dark Before Dawn' (2015).

Their discography harnessed a string of rock radio hits including "Failure", "Polyamorous", "So Cold", "Sooner or Later" "Breath", "Diary of Jane", & "I Will Not Bow", earning the band Platinum and Gold status & selling over 7 million units in the United States alone.

Art is a cyclical beast. The same can easily be said of Grammy Award nominated hard rock juggernaut Mastodon. The group's four members recognize the importance of life's omnipresent cycles on their sixth full-length album, Once More 'Round the Sun. The band orbits around themes of loss and rebirth, twirling a sonic spiral of its signature robust riffing, hypnotically haunting soundscapes, triage of dynamic voices, and thundering seismic grooves. At the same time, this particular collection proves personal for Brann Dailor, Brent Hinds, Bill Kelliher, and Troy Sanders. The very title says something slightly different for each member.
"Quite literally, Once More 'Round the Sun means a year-in-the-life," explains Dailor. "Lyrically, we were discussing things that happened to us recently, whereas in the past we looked further back for inspiration. It's about 365 days in this band. It was a tough and strange journey. We happened to be in the middle of completing a full rotation musically as everything else was going on."
"It's about being a man and trying to survive in the world. You're facing all of the crazy shit that goes along with it," adds Hinds. "You've got to just keep rolling. It's the daily grind everybody deals with. It's grinding and rewarding."
Kelliher concurs, "A lot of crazy and epic things have happened in the nutshell of the past year. For me, I had recently gotten sober. I really focused my time on writing music instead of drinking and being hung-over. We were in a different space here. Another year has gone by, and we wrote this record."
Sanders smiles, "The title itself deals with a cycle. Writing, recording, and touring are kickass experiences that we get to relive over and over again. We've got the ability to strap it on and go out another time. I look forward to riding this out once more with my three friends."
Mastodon's own collective cycle encompasses a staggering string of accolades. Whether it's the public endorsement of peers as diverse as Metallica, Pearl Jam, Queens of the Stone Age, CeeLo Green, and Feist or unanimous praise from the likes of Time and Rolling Stone, the band continue to make an impression at every turn. 2011's The Hunter saw them achieve their highest chart debut yet, reaching #10 on the Billboard Top 200, while the single "Curl of the Burl" notched their second Grammy Award nomination in the category of "Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance". In between scorching stages everywhere from Sonisphere and Download to Bonnaroo and Coachella, they scored the Josh Brolin sci-fi western Jonah Hex and have been sought out for soundtracks including Pixar's box office smash Monsters University. As far as rock 'n' roll goes, their legacy irrefutably stands alone. However, that legacy expands yet again with Once More 'Round the Sun.
In order to uphold a modus operandi of experimentation and evolution, the boys enlisted the talents of super producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Rush, Alice In Chains, Deftones, etc.) for the very first time. They holed up in his Falcon Rock studio in Nashville throughout the fall of 2013, cutting what would become Once More 'Round the Sun. Given his passion for the band, Raskulinecz immediately clicked with the musicians.
"He was very hands-on," says Sanders. "We were fans of the Deftones and Alice In Chains records he'd done, and we initially met him during the BlackDiamondSkye tour. He literally called Brann every six months reminding us that he was on the hunt to work with us when we were ready. This was the right time." "He was like a coach," Kelliher goes on. "He brought some energy to the band. I remember he was like, 'You guys are Mastodon. You're one of the biggest bands in metal. Give me some of those chunky and thick riffs!' He let us be who we are." It's indisputable that Once More 'Round the Sun is Mastodon through and through. Kelliher's twelve-string acoustic guitar ominously heralds the record's onset during album opener "Tread Lightly" just before crashing into an unmistakable roar from Sanders. Hinds churns out a psychedelic slide guitar solo during the title track that entwines with Dailor's drums in entrancing, yet enigmatic union. The Kelliher-penned first single "High Road" pummels with an intense polyrhythmic guitar groove before snapping into another unshakable refrain from Dailor. Kelliher explains, "I wrote that on a day off while we were on tour in Luxembourg. I was sitting in this rainy city on a Sunday. Nothing was open. I felt like I needed to write something to reflect how I was feeling. I started banging on a guitar. I was thinking Neurosis and The Melvins low-tuned with a little more pop sensibility for the chorus." "You can headbang to that one for days," grins the drummer. "I love the simplicity of it. Lyrically, it's an angry number where you want to see someone destroyed. It's heavy-handed in that sense, but it's the fantasy I felt at the time." Then, there's "The Motherload". Sharring vocal duties between Dailor and Sanders the track cruises from a propulsive six-string onslaught into an riveting chorus—one of the band's biggest to date. "That one is personal for me," Dailor admits. "It's not wanting to lose someone and the powers-that-be are trying to take that person away, or the world is just against it. You're doing everything you can and scrambling to hold on and salvage it." Nodding to their roots, "Chimes At Midnight" sees Sanders call out the words "Hearts Alive", making a connection to the centerpiece of the band's critically acclaimed 2004 breakout Leviathan. He reveals, "I never repeated a line on purpose, but I felt like it was time to!" On the other end of the spectrum, Hinds delivers a raucous and raw departure in the form of "Halloween". Wielding a thrashed-up punk riff, the song eventually explodes into incendiary soloing from the axeman in homage to his favorite holiday. However, the biggest surprise comes during "Aunt Lisa", an anthemic send-off to Brann's late aunt featuring Atlanta femme punks The Coathangers on a rousing gang vocal. "This one came out pretty effortlessly. It's about Brann's Aunt Lisa, her wild spirit, and free personality. I love what The Coathangers did. They're good friends of mine, and they owed me a favor because I got the Mastodon guys to dance around like girls in their video," chuckles Hinds. Brann continues, "My aunt liked anything I did. She definitely lived life to the fullest. If she walked in the room, all eyes were on her. I loved it. I don't think I've ever come across energy like that before, and I don't know that I will. You never knew what was going to happen when she was around. She had a huge impact on my life. I didn't get to say goodbye to her properly. This is me trying to say goodbye." Everything culminates on the expansive finale "Diamond in the Witch House". Boasting a vocal call-and-response between Sanders and Neurosis's Scott Kelly, on his fourth Mastodon collaboration, the track unfolds in cinematic fashion over eight minutes punctuated by Kelliher's hulking riffs. "It's about the fragility of taking responsibility," admits Sanders. "That's what happens when you have kids. Precious
lives are in your hands and dependent upon your actions. The idea spun from that. It's about proving your worth and prevailing." Mastodon continue to prevail artistically, and this particular rotation, Once More 'Round the Sun, upholds that tradition of progression. "We've built a band that's been able to morph, evolve, and change," Dailor concludes. "Our fan base expects greatness, but they also expect things to be weird and different. I feel confident that we've risen to that challenge." Hinds leaves off, "It would be nice if people walk away enjoying the listening experience. That's the ultimate goal. It's interesting to see. One thing I know for sure.they can't walk away and say it's not original."
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For further information contact Rick Gershon at Warner Bros. Records Publicity:
818-953-3473 / rick.gershon@wbr.com
MASTODON: Troy Sanders -- Bass Guitar / Vocals Brent Hinds -- Guitars / Vocals Bill Kelliher -- Guitars Brann Dailor -- Drums / Vocals
www.mastodonrocks.com

Eagles of Death Metal

Just when you thought it was safe to take your ladyfriends out again, Eagles of Death Metal are perched and ready to swoop in. The band has already toured their mustaches off, but the road once more beckons and the people have spoken... there will be more Eagles for the masses soon!

All That Remains

The Order of Things – February 24, 2015 Given the world's unpredictability, survival requires reaction. With so many factors beyond our control, the focus of life often becomes about how we respond to these outside forces. The same can be said for music. Regardless of how trends ebb and flow, artists must react appropriately in order to thrive and survive. Since 1998, All That Remains continue to progress, while clenching steadfast to the principals that etched their place at the forefront of 21st century hard rock. On their seventh full-length album, The Order of Things [Razor & Tie], the Massachusetts outfit—Phil Labonte [vocals], Oli Herbert [guitar], Mike Martin [guitar], Jeanne Sagan [bass], and Jason Costa [drums]—preserve an ethos of evolution. "You have to adapt to the world around you as opposed to expecting everything to adapt to your perspective," claims Labonte. "You can't really control what goes on in your life, you can only control your reaction. I've gotten a certain amount of peace from embracing this truth. That's the way things go. This is literally The Order of Things." It's been quite a ride for All That Remains. The group reached another landmark with 2012's A War You Cannot Win. It debuted at #13 on the Billboard Top 200 and yielded two hit singles. "Stand Up" ascended to #1 at Active Rock radio, a first for the band, while "What If I Was Nothing" landed at #2. The group hit the road for sold out shows alongside Volbeat and In This Moment in between incendiary festival appearances at Rock on the Range, Welcome to Rockville, Rocklahoma, and more. It would've been easy to simply repeat themselves creatively. However, they decided to bulldoze a new path for The Order of Things. For the first time, the band tapped Josh Wilbur [Lamb of God, Gojira] for production, cutting the bulk of the record in Massachusetts and fine-tuning vocals in Los Angeles. After four albums with Killswitch Engage's Adam D behind the board, Wilbur offered not just a breath, but a gust of fresh air. "It was a good time to try something different with someone new," affirms Mike. "It was helpful to have a completely new perspective. We had a crazy chemistry working together right away. He made a gigantic difference across the board. I'd love to do more records with him." "It was a massive benefit," Phil agrees. "We didn't have any expectations about what we were supposed to do other than write quality music. Moreover, Josh brought his own angle on what All That Remains sounds like and could sound like. It's a mixture of these two elements. That's what this record is." As a result, the group burst out of the gate with their heads held high once more. Commencing with an entrancing piano intro, album opener "This Probably Won't End Well" tempers an arena-ready beat with an unshakable riff just before Labonte delivers a soaring refrain. "It just seemed like the obvious opening track," says Labonte. "The piano bookends the album, and it just fell into place. It's a strong song, and it flows. The subject matter is self-explanatory and really honest. It's all in there."
The infectious "Divide"sees Labonte and Sagan's voices entwine in a hypnotic harmony, but not before "No Knock" unleashes a brutal and bludgeoning stomp punctuated by searing guitars and the singer's unmistakable growl. "In our entire history as a band, this is the first time I ever swore on a song," Labonte chuckles. "I dropped the F-bomb twice, and the track needed that. I've never been the kind of guy who throws swears in to fill syllables. It fit the vibe for 'No Knock' though. I had to do it." "It came together by accident like some of the coolest things we've done," Mike goes on. "We can do anything in this band. Whether it's a ballad or brutality, it fits within who we are." At the same time, "For You" delivers one of the band's most poignant, potent, and poetic hooks. Augmented by acoustic guitars and a bombastic energy, it's yet another side of All That Remains. "That's a personal song," adds Phil. "It's pretty straightforward. We were thinking of it a little differently." Jeanne's voice adds another dimension to The Order of Things standouts like "Bite My Tongue." "We didn't even know she could sing like that," admits Mike. "Josh made her comfortable enough to try it, and she delivered. It makes for something very special." After the hyper-charged thrashing of "Tru-Kvlt-Metal," everything ends where it began with a piano during "Criticism and Self-Realization." It creates a cohesive journey from beginning to end that beckons full attention. Those dynamics have defined All That Remains since day one. It's why they've not only persevered while the musical landscape morphed and changed, but also why they've become veritable hard rock leaders, shaping the scene and then skyrocketing past its confines. Their worldwide album sales exceed over one million, while track sales surpass 1.5 million. Their position at the top of Active Rock radio remains indisputable with six singles going Top 10 at the format, three of which went Top 5 or higher. However, All That Remains continue reacting at every turn, igniting a personal revolution in the process. "There's something for everybody," concludes Mike. "It's just about writing solid songs. It's our philosophy and approach." "To be flat out honest, all I want is for people to walk away from our shows or records feeling better," Phil leaves off. "If they're bummed out, they come to a show, and they leave feeling good, that's great. I hope someone hears a song and feels even better than they did before it started. That's who we are."

Escape The Fate

Notorious Sin City rockers, Escape The Fate, resume their battle to the top in 2010 by unleashing a deluxe edition of their fan coveted breakout album This War Is Ours on April 27.

Fans will get a virtual all access pass to rock's hottest band with new music and never-before-seen video footage. The two disc collection will include the standard album with two new unreleased tracks, "Bad Blood" and "Behind The Mask," an acoustic version of "Harder Than You Know" and an unreleased remix, "This War Is Mine," by Clown of Slipknot, as well as a DVD containing an explosive new music video for "This War Is Ours (Guillotine Part II)," fan favorite videos for "Something," "10 Miles Wide" and "The Flood," a world tour documentary and a behind the music feature.

The deluxe edition of This War Is Ours is only the beginning for Escape The Fate in 2010, as the band has already begun writing music for their face-melting follow-up which is due out in the fall.

Catch Escape The Fate at Extreme Thing, Bamboozle and Rock On The Range this spring!

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