G Pen Presents
Killswitch Engage, Asking Alexandria, As I Lay Dying, Black Veil Brides, Pierce The Veil, A Skylit Drive, The Acacia Strain, As Blood Runs Black, At The Skylines, Attila, Bleeding Through, blessthefall, Born Of Osiris, Chiodos, City In The Sea, Confide, The Contortionist, Darkest Hour, The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Faceless, For Today, The Great Commission, Heartist, Memphis May Fire, Obey The Brave, Of Mice & Men, Shadows Fall, Skip the Foreplay, Sleeping Giant, Suicide Silence, To Each His Own, Unearth, Upon A Burning Body, Veil of Maya, Volumes, Winds Of Plague, Wolves At The Gate
689 South E Street
San Bernardino, CA, 92408
This event is all ages
No shortcuts. No compromises. No BS. From their modest beginnings in New England's hardcore scene to their current status as one of the most influential and inspirational forces in modern music, Killswitch Engage have played by these three simple rules. With their new, fourth album, As Daylight Dies, KSE are proving that if you keep playing the game your way, you'll eventually change the rules for everyone else.
"We never consciously went out of our way to be different," guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz says from the band's home base in Westfield, Massachusetts. "When we started this band, we just wanted to play cool riffs and scream and sing. We liked many different sounds so we tried to incorporate all these rock and pop styles while keeping a good, solid metal mentality." Eleven songs strong, As Daylight Dies isn't just a testament to the band's original vision, it's also their strongest fusion of aggression, melody, rock and metal to date.
In hindsight, the potential for crossover success was there as early as 1998, when, after the breakup of his influential genre-crossing metal/hardcore unit Overcast, bassist Mike D'Antonio teamed up with Aftershock members Dutkiewicz (then on drums) and guitarist Joel Stroetzel, and singer Jesse Leach to form the earliest incarnation of KSE. With their Ferret Music debut album creating a major underground buzz, the group got the attention of Roadrunner Records, which signed KSE to a worldwide recording deal and released their 2002 sophomore full-length, Alive or Just Breathing.
Equal parts melody and brutality, Alive found Killswitch shooting to No. 37 on Billboard's Heatseeker Chart and storming metal radio while winning press accolades from publications as diverse as CMJ New Music Report and Alternative Press. And while the next year would see highs (breakout headlining tours) and lows (the departure of Leach in 2002 and drummer Tom Gomes in 2003), the eventual addition of Howard Jones (vocals) and Justin Foley (drums) from New England heavyweights Blood Has Been Shed would push KSE to the proverbial next level.
Released in 2004, debuting at #21 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums Chart, The End Of Heartache was the sound of a band reinvigorated, with Jones' powerful vocal dynamics and Foley's jazz-trained percussive skills only amplifying the rhythmic assault and melodic range at KSE's core. Fans and the media alike were floored. The album, which Rolling Stone described as "Stunning" and Spin declared "Badass" landed KSE their first-ever Grammy nomination. It is now currently pushing near-Gold-certified status in the U.S. "Out of all the attention we got from that record, the Grammy thing was the biggest mind-blower," Dutkiewicz recalls with a chuckle. "It's kind of like finally getting your diploma - or I guess in our case, almost getting your diploma."
As Killswitch Engage's profile increased, so did the band's reputation as a fearsome live act. Besides a plethora of headlining dates supporting Heartache, the band was main support for Slayer in 2004, made their second Ozzfest appearance as one of 2005's second-stage headliners, and that same year helped anchor the inaugural Taste of Chaos tour where they shattered musical barriers nightly alongside My Chemical Romance and The Used. Additionally, the band entered the late night TV world performing their hit singles "The End of Heartache" and "Rose of Sharyn" on Jimmy Kimmel Live and Last Call with Carson Daly respectively. Recently the band completed their latest round of major festival dates overseas, including a Main Stage performance alongside Pearl Jam at Reading Festival in the UK. Jokes Dutkiewicz, they "needed binoculars to see the front row." With As Daylight Dies completed, KSE are looking forward to getting up close and personal with fans during their upcoming headlining run. "Those [intimate] gigs are where we really come alive," Dutkiewicz says. "We love being right up there in kids' faces, where we can just reach out and kick 'em. We love connecting and a making a difference in their lives."
Killswitch Engage have been putting their stamp on the music world and inspiring bands for years. Bassist Mike D'Antonio is also a graphic artist, designing album covers, t-shirts and logos for bands, including All That Remains, Shadows Fall, Chimaira, Cannibal Corpse, and others. Singer Howard Jones manages a few up-and-coming bands such as 12 Tribes, Bury Your Dead and August Burns Red. Dutkiewicz's "other" job is that of a record producer. In addition to producing all four of KSE's albums, he recently produced Underoath's Define the Great Line as well as albums from the likes of Unearth and Every Time I Die. "I definitely see these side gigs as a situation where we're all sharing ideas," Dutkiewicz explains. "Personally, I get inspired by a lot of the bands I work with, and they get inspired by me barking orders at them." He laughs. "Seriously, though, I'm influenced by anything I hear as musical - to me, a broken car muffler can be as inspirational as a great band, as long as it's got a sick rhythm."
As Daylight Dies, which offers a bold new vision for hard rock music in 2006 and beyond, was once again recorded in Massachusetts' Zing Studios, and written relatively quickly in what Jones describes as a "total creative explosion."
The first single, "My Curse" is a contrast of light and dark emotions with one of the tastiest, most memorable riffs heard in years, accompanied by the emotive and anguished singing of Jones. "For You" is pure devastation, with Foley's off-time grooves and bass-drum work offsetting the song's staccato riffs and snarling vocals that dissolves into a moment of complete beauty. "The Arms Of Sorrow" sets Jones' soaring, melodic singing against a powerhouse backdrop of machine-gun guitar work and percussive brutality. "Desperate Times" unfolds in cascading waves of guitar texture, its slow rhythms crushing the listener like a tank column. And the title track, its squealing leads and twin-guitar harmonies giving way to a barrage of bass-drums and jagged riffs, buries itself in your skull via Jones' pleading, melodic chorus. It's at once the most melodic, harmonic, darkest, heaviest and most urgent-sounding set of tunes in Killswitch's arsenal - with Jones' lyrics in particular serving as inspirational statements on the world outside the band's window.
"There's definitely some urgency in the album, and a lot of that comes from my feeling there's so little time to do all the stuff we can to make a difference," Jones explains. "tJust look at the way the world is - it's just hard to fathom some of the stuff that's happening out there, some of the atrocities. As for whether this is a 'political' record, it's there in black and white - I'll let people judge for themselves but I think if there's any kind of statement to this record, it's in the album title: Whether in some large or small way, it's the idea of just trying to make a difference in your world before the day is over."
With the members of Killswitch Engage once again raising the bar with their new release, both lyrically and musically, they prepare to tour and initiate the unitiated to their brand of music. "We've really gone beyond metal with this record," says Jones. "We've obviously got metal influences, as we always have, but there's so much melody, and so much diversity, this time around-this is just a weird, amazing little mutt of music we're making today."
Asking Alexandria. They have risen from nothing to greatness in little over a year. 2009 saw the boys from England release their debut album 'Stand Up and Scream' to an audience just begging for something slightly different, and the 5 english lads delivered. 'Stand up and Scream' has done better than anyone could have hoped for. 2009 was spent touring with many great bands across the United States..., including, Enter Shikari, A Static Lullaby, Alesana and many more. 2010 has the boys touring relentlessly world over and writing the next chapter in their lives. With a hectic year ahead of them Asking Alexandria look set to take the world by storm. If you didn't hear of them in 2009 or 2010 2011 is the year everyone will be talking about Asking Alexandria.
As I Lay Dying
It's hard to believe that a veteran metal band like San Diego's As I Lay Dying could be just hitting their stride now, some 10 years and five full-lengths into an already stellar career. Still, even after just one listen to the quintet's latest, The Powerless Rise, you can't ignore the obvious: One of modern metal's best just got better.
Similar to their approach on 2007′s Grammy-nominated An Ocean Between Us, the band chose to employ the production prowess of Adam D. and record a majority of the album at singer Tim Lambesis' own private studio. The end result is The Powerless Rise; the first true collaborative effort between the current AILD lineup.
Although they didn't know it at first, the band's creative potential kicked into overdrive with the introduction of bassist/singer Josh Gilbert in 2007, who played on Ocean but was not involved with the writing. For the previous two albums, the brunt of the instrumental development was spearheaded by guitarist Phil Sgrosso, whose penchant for melody and riff-conjuring suited the notoriously powerful drum stylings of drummer Jordan Mancino, complimented the lead guitar work of Nick Hipa, and exacted Lambesis's vision for the bands' overall intensity. The aforementioned format remained the same on Powerless but with the addition of Gilbert's musical contribution, added yet another facet to an already established creative dynamic. The result is an album built upon the strength of its parts and the remarkable ways in which those parts become a cohesive whole.
For this current round of lyrics, Lambesis gravitated toward a concept centrally represented in the song "Upside Down Kingdom," which posits that the suffering of the world stems from the broken, upside-down nature of society. In addition to providing the line that became the album's title, the song lays out the guiding premise behind many of The Powerless Rise's ideological excursions—the notion that if we do the opposite of what the modern world tells us, many of the problems this current world causes will no longer exist. Lambesis stresses that rather than fill an album with bitter ranting, he's attempting to offer a solution with Powerless.
So yes, it may come as a surprise to some that AILD would attain an entirely new level of artistry and urgency with their fifth release Powerless when many others might consider phoning it in, but once you appreciate all the various ingredients essential to the album, it's no shock at all. By taking the trademark AILD sound then adding a band-wide effort and Lambesis' novel approach to writing lyrics, the group has truly outdone themselves on The Powerless Rise, at least for now.
Black Veil Brides
"LA's up-and-coming dark rock sensation, Black Veil Brides, has set a July 20th release date for their highly anticipated debut full-length album, 'We Stitch These Wounds', to be released on Standby Records. Black Veil Brides will hit the road in support of 'We Stitch These Wounds', headlining the Hot Topic Presents: The Sacred Ceremony Tour, along with Vampires Everywhere!, Modern Day Escape, and Get Scared. The six-week trek is set to kick off in San Diego on July 2nd.
Riding the success of "Knives and Pens", and a brief headlining tour, the band promptly headed into the studio with their manager-turned-producer, Blasko, to begin recording 'We Stitch These Wounds', before hitting the road again as part of the Royal Family Tour, alongside From First to Last, Eyes Set to Kill, and Confide.
The band's continued success earned them shelf-space in Hot Topic stores nation-wide, where their merchandise has ranked as high as number two in sales. With a thriving and dedicated following of fans (The Bridesmaids), and a highly trafficked MySpace profile (averaging over 10,000 plays a day, peaking in the 9th spot on MySpace's Top Music Charts in the 'Metal' category), Black Veil Brides stand out as LA's lone breath of fresh air."
Pierce The Veil
A lot has happened in the three years since Pierce The Veil released their debut A Flair
For The Dramatic in 2007. The band have toured the world including Warped Tour in
2008 and Taste Of Chaos in 2009; converted countless fans to their unique brand of
progressive post-hardcore; and, most notably, grown as both people and musicians from
these cumulative experiences. All of this figures into the group's long-awaited
sophomore release Selfish Machines, an album that sees the band—frontman Vic
Fuentes, drummer Mike Fuentes, guitarist Tony Perry and bassist Jaime Preciado—
coming together to craft an inventive album that is certain to challenge people's
perception of the band.
Recorded with Mike Green (Paramore, Set Your Goals) in Los Angeles, the album ended
up being more involved than initially planned—but that ended up being a blessing in
disguise. "It was actually a pretty intense process," Vic explains, adding that the band
didn't finish the album in the time allotted which forced him to stay in LA for an extra
two months working on vocals and bouncing between recording studios working on new
ideas. "It was definitely necessary to take the extra time with this recording," he
continues. "We're not settling on anything with this record."
From the soaring pop sensibility of songs like "Bulletproof Love" to the upbeat
aggression of "Caraphernelia", the album shows how versatile Pierce The Veil have
become, whether they're screaming their hearts out or gently bearing their souls. There
are also plenty of sonic surprises on Selfish Machines, most notably the emotive, piano-
driven ballad "Stay Away From My Friends" which displays the band's growth as
songwriters. "That song was my first crack at writing on piano," Vic explains. "I've got a
piano in my house now so I'd been messing around on it and ended up writing some
riffs, which I think definitely gave the album a different feel," he continues, adding that
he hopes to eventually implement keyboards into the band's live performances.
Although Pierce The Veil have toured incessantly for the past three years, they made
some time late last year to write these tracks and instantly threw themselves into the
songwriting process. "It's pretty hard for us to write on the road because we're touring in
an RV most of the time with tight quarters, which doesn't bode well for creativity," Vic
acknowledges with a laugh. "We have a studio at home that I like to hang out in, so I
basically just shut myself out from the world for three or four months and spent all day
and night writing," he continues. "Every song is super personal; they're all very real
about our lives and I think once people read them they can probably see a little bit about
what's going on with us."
"We are all in one way or another selfish machines," Vic explains when asked about the
album's title. "In no way is this a negative thing, it's human nature.We all have natural
tendencies to want, love, and take.When it comes down to it, humans have animal like
qualities that we keep inside and even try to deny—but no matter how morally good
someone may think they are or try to be, we are still humans," he continues. "One
example of this is how we are all constantly searching for someone to love, or even more
desperately, someone to love you.It is human nature broken down to its bare bones, no
bullshit, just rock bottom honest feelings and desire.No trying to be nice, shy, or
respectable, it's about the 'evil' thing inside of us that is really not evil at all, it's just
there and always will be inside of us all."
Having played with bands in nearly every subgenre, Pierce The Veil have always prided
themselves on not confining their band to one particular scene or genre—and the
harmony-rich songs like "I Don't Care If You're Contagious" are guaranteed to expose
them to entirely new crowds of followers with Selfish Machines. "Every band that I've
ever loved and admired has constantly grown and each record is a little different in their
own way and I think that's how it should be because it keeps you setting new goals and
trying to change for the better," Vic explains. "This record is definitely going to take us
new places and after this we'll keep writing and try to make the next one even better," he
summarizes. "We're always looking ahead."
Pierce The Veil recently signed with Fearless Records, and continues their live attack
this fall in support of Selfish Machines, with a tour of South America this September
with Sum 41, Four Year Strong and Attack Attack!. The band then heads to
Europe with labelmates blessthefall and Motionless In White, before kicking off
the "No Guts, No Glory" Tour this November with Miss May I, Woe, Is Me, LetLive
and The Amity Affliction. Pierce The Veil will head back into the studio early next
year to record album three, set for release later 2012.
A Skylit Drive
It takes great vision for a band to refuse to rest on their previous successes and instead focus on what they need to become. That's exactly what Lodi, California's A Skylit Drive achieved with the sextet's third full-length album, Identity On Fire.
Marrying the defining, intrinsic elements of A Skylit Drive's signature sound with a bold new palette of tones, textures and song structures, the aptly named Identity On Fire serves up a double meaning, not only standing apart from the band's prior works but also defining the band from this point forward.
"This record has everything to do with setting fire to the things that you don't want and don't need, and are only slowing you down," notes Michael "Jag" Jagmin. "It's about creating your own identity, and being who you want to be. We feel like that's what we've done with this album."
A Skylit Drive — comprised of vocalist Jagmin, guitarists Nick Miller and Joey Wilson, bassist/screamer Brian White, drummer Cory La Quay and keyboardist Kyle Simmons — officially burst onto the scene in 2007 with the She Watched The Sky EP, followed by 2008's Wires And The Concept Of Breathing. The band then joined the Fearless Records family, with their label debut coming in the form of 2009's Adelphia, which peaked at #64 on the Billboard 200.
With the sophomore pressure behind them, ASD re-entered the studio in the fall of 2010, after a summer of 10-hour days spent writing new material in a blistering warehouse, to record Identity On Fire. All the sweat clearly paid off: Identity captures the group truly coming into their own, at a pivotal stage in their career. The album debuted on the U.S. Billboard 200 at #89 and #16 on the Alternative Albums chart.
It's tough to dispute the fruits of that partnership: Identity On Fire has all the makings of a breakout release from a band just hitting their stride. From its richly layered guitars and keys to its bombastic beats and scorching vocals, the album is a take-no-prisoners shot across the bow of contemporary post-hardcore, instantly raising the bar. "We wanted to have more energy, keep the tempo up and have a lot of crowd participation," adds guitarist Nick Miller. "We wanted the contrast—a good balance of heavy and poppy—and I think on this album we've definitely found a good balance."
The combination of inspired lyrics and powerful new music translates into a milestone release for A Skylit Drive; fresh cuts like single "Too Little, Too Late", "XO Skeleton" and "Ex Marks The Spot" promise to grab listeners by the eardrums and not let go. Jagmin and Miller say they're particularly proud of "Ex," which has become a band favorite. With a straight-up melodic hardcore vibe, fist-pumping gang vocals and surprisingly well-honed hooks, it is just one of Identity's many dazzlers.
Now that Identity On Fire has dropped, A Skylit Drive will be taking what's arguably their best record yet to an audience that grows larger by the day. They supplemented the album's release with a supporting spot on tour with Thursday and Underoath, gaining fans and respect with every show. Followed by the band's second shot at Warped Tour, tackling the 2011 tour in its entirety.
The Acacia Strain
The Acacia Strain is an American deathcore band from Chicopee, Massachusetts
As Blood Runs Black
"Based out of Los Angeles, CA, As Blood Runs Black melds several extreme metal subgenres (death, black, thrash, metalcore) into their own violent style. Formed in 2001 and comprising vocalist Chris Blair, guitarist Ernie Flores, bassist Nick Stewart, and drummer Lech(e), the band issued their first album, Allegiance, through Mediaskare Records in 2006." - Eduardo Rivadavia, AllMusicGuide
At The Skylines
"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
Bleeding Through is one of the most important bands to take the mixture of extreme metal and hardcore punk to international prominence, releasing landmark albums and touring the world with Slayer, Bullet For My Valentine, Machine Head, Marilyn Manson, AFI, Cradle Of Filth, HIM, MTV2's Headbangers Ball: The Tour and Ozzfest (twice).
The Orange County based band returns with their self-titled album on Rise / Roadrunner. Produced by Zeuss (Hatebreed, Shadows Fall, Throwdown), the album is the definitive work by the band, full of anthems mixing the best of black, thrash and death metal combined with shredding guitar solos, symphonic keyboards and angry vocals.
Bleeding Through was formed in 2000 by frontman Brandan Schieppati, best known at the time as the guitar player for bands like Eighteen Visions and Throwdown. Bleeding Through was his singular vision: an extreme band for extreme times.
"This is Love, This is Murderous," which introduced bass player Ryan Wombacher and fan-favorite keyboardist Marta, went on to sell over 150,000 copies in the US alone thanks to hard-touring that included an impressive slot on the Ozzfest festival in 2004. Tracks like "Revenge I Seek" and "Love Lost" remain staples of their live set.
"The Truth" followed in 2006, kicked off with a massive US headlining tour where Bleeding Through was supported by Every Time I Die and Between The Buried And Me. Touring continued for over two years before the band reconvened under a dark cloud of business-related frustrations to make "Declaration," their most aggressive album.
The new self-titled Bleeding Through album is their masterwork. Introducing new lead guitar player Dave Nassie (ex-No Use For A Name), the band has outdone themselves in sheer aggression, musicianship and songcraft. Schieppati's lyrics and vocals continue to lead the charge. Bleeding Through are a world apart from their peers and have set yet another standard for all of their many imitators to aspire to with this latest album.
The follow-up to The Truth (2006) and This is Love, This is Murderous (2003) was produced by Devin Townsend in Vancouver, British Columbia. Declaration is incredibly dense, layered and full of atmosphere, recalling the finest moments of classic death metal, black metal and hardcore. Bleeding Through's Declaration will not be stopped.
The band grew out of high school practice sessions between guitarist Mike and drummer Matt, filling out the roster with singer Craig and bassist Jared to form blessthefall in 2004. They released a three-track EP in mid-2005 and added guitarist Eric to form their current lineup. Phoenix-area gigs with Greeley Estates and an openly religious orientation got the band local press and a deal with Warner subsidiary, Record Collection. The band then toured with Alesana and Norma Jean across the United States and Canada. Their debut album, His Last Walk, was released on April 10, 2007, to mixed reviews. The band completed the entire 2007 Warped Tour circuit nationwide.
Blessthefall toured with Escape The Fate, LoveHateHero, and Dance Gavin Dance on the Black On Black tour during September and October of 2007.
Blessthefall is apart of From First To Last's fall headlining tour, entitled "RATHER BE SLAYIN' N00BZ" starting November 1st with A Skylit Drive, and Vanna. Then after they'll be going on tour with Silverstein, this tour is their first ever UK and European Tour, with their first UK show at the Colchester Arts Centre on Novemeber 16th 2007.
Born Of Osiris
"We have something to prove and we are ready to do it," states Chiodos keyboardist Bradley Bell. With a new lineup and a new outlook on life, Chiodos will release their third full-length album, Illuminaudio, on October 5th, 2010. The album is the follow up to the band's sophomore release, Bone Palace Ballet, which debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200 Chart and topped the Independent Chart. The critically acclaimed album has gone on to sell over 215k copies, while the debut album, All's Well That Ends Well, has sold over 244k units since its 2005 release.
Illuminaudio is the debut Chiodos recording for new lead vocalist Brandon Bolmer (formerly of Yesterday's Rising) and drummer Tanner Wayne. Alongside Bolmer and Wayne are established Chiodos members Bradley Bell (keys), Jason Hale (guitar), Pat McManaman (guitar), and Matt Goddard (bass).
Seamlessly intertwined with the band's signature haunting melodies and grandiose vocals, is a bolder, more striking contrast between delicate piano-work and intense, bellowing screams. With the core composers of the music still at the heart of Chiodos, fans can be reassured that they will hear the sound that they have grown familiar with over the years. Bell explains, "Even if the lineup had stayed the same, I feel that the direction of sound would've turned out similar. We don't feel like our vision was lost or compromised in any way throughout the writing process."
The album was recorded at The Machine Shop in Weehawken, New Jersey with producer Machine [Lamb Of God, Every Time I Die, Cobra Starship]. "Recording with Machine was incredible," says Bell. "We didn't really know what to expect, but right away we could tell that he believed in us as musicians."
With positive vibes flowing between the band and producer, the studio was transformed into a creative sanctuary. Away from the pressures of daily life and touring, the band was able to hone in on their skills and emotions to create a sound that truly represents who Chiodos is today. "He was truly inspiring in a lot of ways…from pushing us in our writing to digging deep inside of us to helping us realize what our true sound is," Bell describes of the experience. "And to really bring it out of us, he would get up and start break dancing and shouting at us to make us that much more excited. We've never had the opportunity to work with a producer like that and we feel it was key in this transitional process."
City In The Sea
With members from different parts of the world, Confide reside in California during the little time they spend home from tour. "We pride ourselves on our live show" says vocalist, Ross Kenyon who was born and raised in England but moved to California to join Confide in May 2007. "We love being out on the road and meeting new people so we try our best to be out on tour as much as possible" adds dru...mmer, Joel Piper.
After releasing their debut album, "Shout the truth" in 2008, Confide has passed levels of expectations of eventheir ownband members. Guitarist, Jeff Helberg says "We didn't expect "Shout the truth" to do as well as it did. We'd be playing shows 3000 miles away from home and people would be singing our lyrics. It's just surreal to us."
Shortly after releasing their debut album, Confide landed a spot on the 2008 Vans Warped Tour on the smart punk stage which took the band to new heights.
In their touring career, Confide has toured with the likes of Bring Me The Horizon, Blessthefall, Maylene & The Sons of Disaster, Attack Attack, A Static Lullaby & From First to Last as well as a handful of headline tours.
After months of excessive touring in support of "Shout the truth", Confide headed into the studio to record their sophomore release, "Recover". "We spent around six months writing our second album in between touring and we actually did some co-writing with Tom Denney (ex guitarist of A Day to Remember). We then spent five weeks in the studio with producer, Joey Sturgis in December 2009" says guitarist, Joshua Paul. "Recover" is due out in May 2010 and the band couldn't be happier with how the record came out. "We decided to call the album Recover because we feel every person is recovering from something, wether that be losing a family member or friend, an addiction, a break up, divorce or anything you're going through in life. Lyrically, the album is about things I've been through in my life and how God has helped me recover from those things. This album is to offer hope to those people who are recovering and to show them that there is a way out of what you're going through" says Kenyon.
Confide is set to tour UK and Europe this spring and play the whole Vans Warped Tour 2010 again this summer. Bassist, Trevor Vickers says "We can't wait to head back out on Warped Tour this summer. It's one of those tours I went to when I was younger so actually playing it is an awesome experience".
Expect something new and fresh from Confide this spring when "Recover" hits stores. "It's nothing like our first album" says Piper, "We feel it's going to surprise a lot of people. It's heavy, it's catchy and it's passionate. It's going to blow people away"
Bottom heavy open chords that resonate strong enough to shake the core of the earth. Skyrocketing bursts of oscillating guitar leads layer an ominous and dark undercurrent of rhythm. While hardcore punk may be the sound that rules the day in The Contortionist hometown of Indianapolis, it is the band's signature brand of forward thinking heavy metal that has made them stick out as hometown favorites. The band worked hard to amass a following beyond Indiana though consistent regional shows, coastal touring, and two self-released EPs. They clearly began to define their sound and grow as musicians on their EP titled "Apparition".
The songwriting and progression on "Apparition" smacks of a group of musicians who are locked deeply into a remarkable place of expression and creativity that is usually reserved for bands with multiple albums under their belt. While it is not uncommon lately for bands in the world of metal to experiment with melody and progression, many times these breaks from the brutal end up sounding forced, too contrived, or way too over the top in shred. What could have been an opportunity for the listener to settle into some depth, winds up missing the mark. When The Contortionist venture into the realm of ambiance it actually raises the level of the song above the crushing breakdowns and demands the listener stay put for the ride. More impressive than their ability to write and record such material, is how big it all plays live. The room seems to expand and fill with spacious tones just in time to be leveled with ferocity. The band is razor sharp while nailing every bit of nuance their ambitious songwriting offers. It is this ability to dole out their sounds in epic proportions through a live performance that piqued the interest of record label Good Fight Music. The band had already distinguished themselves to Good Fight with a penchant for creating a distinct style of heavy music that has plenty of room for the listener to breathe and settle into. So in early 2010, shortly after the staff had caught them live, a deal had become imminent.
Some metal bands barely last 10 years, much less 15 years. If a band does get to the decade-and-a-half mark, they're usually sputtering out or are teetering on their last, diseased and ready-to-give out legs. Rare is the case where an aggressive band mutates, growing stronger, more unstoppable and more menacing with every passing riff, scream and album. Darkest Hour are such a case.
Darkest Hour are notorious for on-stage ferocity, taut guitar interplay and enraged vocals that outline the hypocrisy and casual brutality of politics and society. Their prior releases on Victory Records set benchmarks in the genre as the band embraced the DIY ethics of the hardcore scene and the technical skill of metal, galvanizing their own path and earning fans from both sides of the fence. While Hidden Hands of a Sadist Nation (2003) attacked the duplicity of government, So Sedated, So Secure (2001) skewered organized religion and rampant commercialism. On Undoing Ruin, the latest chapter in the Darkest Hour story, themes of healing and moving forward are prevalent. "It's our fi rst album that isn't overtly political, though we did record "District Divided" which deals with the rapid gentrification in our hometown, Washington, D.C.," commented guitarist Mike Schleibaum, "The album is about change, personal and musical. The name, Undoing Ruin, fit the concept – it's about making life worth living again."
The Dillinger Escape Plan
Incomparable musical visionaries The Dillinger Escape Plan have returned! The legendary band instantly reclaims their place at the forefront of the modern music world with their brand-new full-length Ire Works. From the instantly memorable Fix Your Face & Horse Hunter (signature examples of the band's innovative, high-energy rock), through the scintillating pop immediacy of Black Bubblegum, The Dillinger Escape Plan simultaneously amaze and remind why their musical exploits are the stuff of legend.
Jeff Ventimiglia - vocals
Michael Keene - guitar
Steve Jones - guitar
Brandon Giffin - bass
Brett Batdorf - drums
Michael Sherer - keyboards
The Faceless are a technical metal band from the Los Angeles area who have formed to astonish their live audiences with dizzying guitar work, lightning fast drumming and unmatched brutality. Formed by guitarist Michael Keene and bassist Brandon Giffin, the band quickly found the perfect mix of dedicated musicians to complete the line up.
Drummer Brett Batdorf having played a brief stint with Himsa and long time drummer of the acclaimed Los Angeles death metal band Tchildres complimented the group perfectly and was added to the line up soon after. The combination of blistering guitar work, complex and fast-paced rhythms, offset by haunting keyboards and brutal vocals from singer Jeff Ventimiglia set The Faceless in a class with the metal legends who have come before to change metal forever. The Faceless have developed a large following from their dead accurate live performance and the online success of 3 songs recorded and produced by guitarist Michael Keene. The band has already become a buzz in the metal scene drawing up to 300 kids at local shows. The Faceless is quickly rising to the top in a sea of mediocrity to claim their place in metal virtuosity.
In the past year The Faceless have been lucky enough to share the stage with such talented acts as: Cephalic Carnage, Vital Remains, Impaled, Through the Eyes of the Dead, Animosity, Ed Gein, The Number 12 Looks Like You, Into The Moat, Reflux, On Broken Wings, From A Second Story Window, Ion Dissonance, Crematorium, Phobia, Light This City, Neuraxis, Job For A Cowboy, Intronaut, Anal blast, All Shall Perish, Winter Solstice, Radiation 4, The Red Death, Embrace The End, Psyopus, Deadsoil, Glass Casket, and many others.
"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
Memphis May Fire
MEMPHIS MAY FIRE have consistently pushed the envelope to redefine both themselves and the various sub-genres they've made their mark within. 2009's "Sleepwalking" full-length yielded no exception as the band ventured into the territory of Post-Hardcore / Southern Rock with no reservations. Their fresh approach to an otherwise stale scene gathered critical acclaim and found "Ghost In The Mirror" f...eatured on the both the Saw VI Soundtrack and DVD/Blu-Ray releases. Subsequent touring with the likes of Asking Alexandria, From First To Last, and Alesana facilitated the delivery of their music to the masses and established a live precedent that the band continues to build on today.
Following well-received releases on both Trustkill & Bullet Tooth, domestic/international touring success (featuring the band's first visit to Japan) and a tag as one of Revolver Magazine's "Top 25 Under 25," we're left with only one certainty; members Matt Mullins (vocals), Kellen McGregor (guitar), Ryan Bentley (guitar), Cory Elder (bass), and Jake Garland (drums) are headed somewhere fast.
In fact, it's safe to say that MEMPHIS MAY FIRE are "Sleepwalking" no longer. Their latest effort, "Between The Lies," boasts an elevated aggression that tastefully combines elements of melodic metal, southern rock, and electronics amidst a platform of carefully crafted songwriting. Existing solely in the digital realm, this EP is clearly an indication of things to come in terms of its unique dynamics & cross-genre experimentation.
Fast forward to 2011 and MEMPHIS MAY FIRE have now partnered with Rise Records as an outlet for their musical creativity. This move continues to broaden the band's reach and welcomes a new world of possibilities within the scope of their burgeoning career. MMF's high-octane live show acts as a testament to their ever-increasing identity and always leaves the audience wanting more. Expect their RISE debut to enter your lives later this spring alongside a massive touring cycle that is sure to reach your doorstep. Critics beware; MEMPHIS MAY FIRE are not only here to stay, they're paving the way.
Of Mice & Men
"The main theme of [Of Mice and Men] is the American Dream [...] and being self sufficient [...] As a band, I was thinking about that when Austin and I were thinking about forming this band that we wanted this to be our American Dream, especially considering that I'm not from America [...] So this was to be our self sufficient thing that we could live off and make our own and achieve this dream. [...] So I looked at things that happened with [past relationships] and that everyone had the best intentions with things, and that they didn't quite work out the way we wanted it to."
On May 13, 2011 Of Mice & Men released a brand new single entitled, "Still YDG'N". Also, on May 24, 2011 they released a second song entitled, "Purified".
Their sophomore album "The Flood" was released June 14, 2011.
Before the so-called "New Wave of American Heavy Metal" was even a ripple, Shadows Fall were there. Emerging from Springfield, MA in 1995, this D.I.Y. band ultimately found legions of fans, worldwide fame, two Grammy nominations, and even a song on Guitar Hero. Of course, none of this came from luck. Instead, hard work and musical innovation have been the forces propelling Shadows Fall, continually revealing ever more of this band's greatness. They are beyond simply best-in-class; in so many ways, Shadows Fall – with their unmistakable, seamless blend of metal and hard rock - have grown to help define the very essence of modern aggressive music. With Retribution – the band's fifth full length and follow-up to 2007's critically acclaimed Threads of Life – it's no surprise to find Shadows Fall once again taking bold steps in their quest for constant evolution. It starts, of course, with the guts of Retribution – the sound. "With each album we've gotten a little more confidence to really let all of our influences show," says vocalist Brian Fair. "We're unapologetic about the old-school metal and the 80s influence, as well as the thrash and the melodic death metal." And Retribution – with music production by Zeuss and vocal production by Elvis Baskette - surely has that thrash-metal bedrock which has long served as the foundation of Shadows Fall – but there's more. "We've really taken some songs all the way," explains Fair. "The brutal parts are a complete, non-stop assault, and the rock-influenced songs go all the way within that rock direction. A song like 'Picture Perfect' - the chorus is more Journey or Def Leppard than it is death metal," laughs Fair. "There's really no holding back when it comes to our songwriting. Once the floodgates open, we go all the way." The result is Retribution - a collection of songs that showcase the versatility and vision of this band that only seems to get better over time. But the evolution of Shadows Fall is not limited to their music. Atop the shifting grounds of an unpredictable music industry, they've found even more opportunity to try new ideas. "We learned everything from the ground up," says Fair, reflecting on more than a decade of experience and lessons learned. "We've gone through the independent metal world to the major label world, and have come to realize that, given the way things are now, it's all about the band re-taking the control of everything: music, business, ownership, publishing. Everything."
Skip the Foreplay
Epitaph Records is thrilled to announce the signing of Skip The Foreplay. Known for their distinct musical style, which mashes up elements of dubstep and house with pop and metal-core, the ground-breaking Montreal - based band has been electrifying audiences with their intoxicating blend of hardcore heaviness and dance floor energy since 2010. Skip The Foreplay will be releasing their anticipated full length Epitaph debut this spring."Aside from having one of the greatest names in history, Skip The Foreplay are simply Satan's delivery system for music of mass destruction," offers Epitaph founder and President Brett Gurewitz.Skip The Foreplay made a serious impression on audiences while appearing with the likes of Hollywood Undead, Lamb Of God, NOFX, Alesana and more. The band will be joining up with rock n' roll heavy hitter Ronnie Radke and Falling In Reverse for a tour this January and February before spending the summer on the road.Skip The Foreplay singer Marc-Andre Fillion proclaims, "We're extremely happy to now be a part of the Epitaph family. Our first record is finally done! We can't wait to share it with you guys and will keep you posted on the release date. We've also just been confirmed on our first US tour with Falling In Reverse in January/February 2012. So come hang out and join the party!"The band recently created an internet sensation with their stunning and delightfully seditious cover of the song "Champagne Showers" by the popular electro pop duo LMFAO. The new version retains all the seductive dance floor hooks of the track, while adding some serious heaviness that includes massive bass drops, breakdowns, and cerebral electronic remixes.
Sleeping Giant represent a great and terrible day when all living things will return to dust; and their sound is as formidable as one might suspect the apocalypse should be. Sleeping Giant charged onto the Redlands, CA scene in 2006 with their bold and powerful live show, where in addition to being entranced by ominous guitars, crowds are met with burning passion from articulate front man Thom Green. The sincerity behind the words that pour out from Greens mouth is deeply rooted in the bands unwavering love for The Lord.
Sleeping Giant are resolute in their goal to reach as many people as possible with their message of repentance; but their music is anything but single-minded. The diversity of sound on their debut Dread Champions of the Last Days is striking, and listeners will find the bands ability to morph seamlessly from one track to the next to be unforgettable.
We are called Sleeping Giant because Christians in the world today are just that, in the world. And they need to wake up!!! They are sleeping giants of war in this world over-run by people who do not see the enormity of their sin and don't realize they live there lives day by day forsaking a just and amazing God who deserves everything.
Suicide Silence is an American deathcore band from Riverside, California. The band consists of vocalist Mitch Lucker, guitarists Chris Garza and Mark Heylmun, drummer Alex Lopez and bassist Dan Kenny. Formed in 2002, the band has released two full-length studio albums, three EPs, five music videos and have won two awards.
If you're searching for brutal and aggressive metal, you've met your match with UNEARTH. Combining elements of hardcore, thrash, and extreme metal - while also never overlooking the importance of thought-provoking lyrical ideas and concepts - UNEARTH has steadily become one of the leading lights in heavy metal.
Look at the careers of all great metal bands, and there is a certain album that pushed the respective group to the next level. The March, the forthcoming fourth full-length from UNEARTH is bound to be that album for the band, as it contains all the expected elements from earlier UNEARTH classics, while also managing to drive their sound forward.
Hailing from just north of Boston, UNEARTH originally formed in 1998 with a three-man core - singer Trevor Phipps, guitarists Buz McGrath and Ken Susi – and were subsequently joined by bassist John "Slo" Maggard. Derek Kerswill's union with the band marks UNEARTH's latest addition, resulting in what many consider to be the band's most potent line-up of all.
Over the years, UNEARTH has issued a steady stream of modern metal classics, including such full-lengths as 2001's The Stings of Conscience, before signing with Metal Blade, and issuing 2004's The Oncoming Storm. All the while, UNEARTH continuously crisscrossed the globe, becoming one of the hardest – and most consistent – touring bands in all of hard rock. Over the years the quintet has played in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, South America, Mexico, Japan, Europe including the Netherlands and their first ever headlining trip to Russia, and has appeared not once, but two times each on such renowned metal fests as Ozzfest and Download. They have also appeared on International festivals such as Rock Am Park, Rock Am Ring, Loud Park, Wacken and others. In the process, UNEARTH has toured alongside some of rock's top names, including Slayer, Slipknot, Killswitch Engage, Hatebreed, Lamb of God, and many others.
But with the arrival of 2006's III: In the Eyes of Fire, UNEARTH scored their most worldwide successful album yet. Produced by Terry Date (who has worked with Pantera, The Deftones, and Soundgarden), the album debuted at 35 on the Billboard Top 200 Charts. And according to Phipps, the album's purpose was a simple one. "It seemed like a lot of bands were falling in that trend, where more of the harder hitting bands wanted to gain more fame, and put more pop-oriented sounds into their metal and hardcore. That record was a statement for us – to show people you could still write a heavy, mean record and continue a solid level of success."
The album instantly earned unanimous glowing reviews, as Blender.com hailed it as "Easily a front running candidate for Metal Album of the Year," while Revolver Magazine called it "A stunning accomplishment, one that repeatedly pushes the boundaries of heaviness, yet contains enough sonic and lyrical layers to give the songs depth and staying power." One of the highest compliments came in Rolling Stone Magazine, from Slipknot frontman, Corey Taylor. "It's like Anthrax and Megadeth rolled into one. It's everything you want in a great metal song."
After wrapping up an extensive tour in support of III (including some of their biggest headlining shows ever) and seeing their first-ever DVD, Alive from the Apocalypse reach gold status in Canada shortly after its release in early 2008, UNEARTH got to work on their latest offering. Back on board was the producer of their earlier albums, Adam Dutkiewicz. The end result is an album that includes such metallic gems as "Grave of Opportunity", "Crow Killer", "My Will Be Done", "Hail the Shrine," and "We Are Not Anonymous." The lyrical content has once again stepped into a challenging realm as they range from overcoming personal hardships to questioning government, politics and organized religion.
Phipps claims "This is our most crushing record to date. We pulled back some of the speed on this album just a bit so we could make the tunes more pummeling." He added, "The record has everything we have brought to the table in the past, the thrash, stomp, groove, melody and classic metal elements, but the song writing continues to improve. We are all proud as fuck of this album."
Upon A Burning Body
Some say it's not who did it first, but who does it the best. Sumerian Records' newest recruits in Upon a Burning Body aren't breaking ground, they're shaking the ground.
Hailing from San Antonio, Texas, the five piece metal/hardcore hybrid juggernaut has been turning heads in the underground DIY circuit for years now. Paying their dues as a hardworking independent band have definitely paid off. They were hand-picked to be the special guests for all of Texas on the Thrash and Burn 2009 Tour w/ DevilDriver, Emmure, Despised Icon & Veil of Maya and now 2010 has the band poised to explode.
With a clear vision for their identity and an immeasurable level of determination, Upon a Burning Body are now touring full time throughout North America spreading their message of dedication, self-belief and relentless competitive greatness. Sumerian founder Ash Avildsen commented "Upon a Burning Body frontman Danny Leal has one of the most distinguishable and decipherable voices I have heard in years. With the perfect soundtrack of riffs and beats backing him and an explosive live show, there is no question what the very near future will hold for this band."
Carrying an infectious theme to their new record, the band is drawing in listeners all over the world through the use of creative lyrics portraying the characters of Al Pacino played in timeless films such as The Devil's Advocate, Donnie Brasco, The Godfather and more. Their debut album, "The World is Ours" is slated to hit stores everywhere in March 2010. The band kicks off the new decade on tour alongside their label mates ABACABB. Shortly after that, the band is rumored to be special guests on select dates with Bleeding Through and Born of Osiris. Welcome to the family.
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.
Rhythmic, Groove, Technical, Brutal, Captivating, Face Melting are all adjectives that do not even come close to touching the tip of the iceberg when it comes to describing the sound, image and movement exploding right now out of Southern California. The source of this decibel shattering, mind-numbing, captivating phenomenon? Los Angeles metal outfit, VOLUMES.
VOLUMES are a collection of five young musicians coming from a wide array of musical backgrounds, ranging from jazz, classical, post-rock to rap and of course metal. VOLUMES eclectic tastes blend together to forge a creative bond between several types of genres that are worlds apart. The combination of their efforts results in fusions between intricate patterns, melodies, and progressive.. yet-not-to-be-overlooked-aggressive, straight to the point, metal. This particular blend of musical styles strives to find a balance between chaos and tranquility. Standing out in their genre is the fact that VOLUMES have two lead-vocalists who utilize their different ranges to create a layered, charismatic volatile sound which leave all listeners begging for more.
Having just signed on with MEDIASKARE RECORDS & OUTERLOOP MANAGEMENT, VOLUMES quickly released their unforgettable fan favorite EP titled: 'The Concept Of Dreaming'. Wasting no time, VOLUMES immediately begin work on their currently entitled debut full length "VIA" that hit #1 on iTunes Metal the first day. With their whole career starting to unfold, and the world ahead of them VOLUMES are not a band you want to overlook.. be forewarned.
Winds Of Plague
From the shadows of Los Angeles, Winds of Plague has been hitting the West Coast indie music scene for the last three years. They offer up fast and heavy hardcore melodies served with an attitude that gets your attention every time. This young band brings energy, emotion, and mayhem to the stage. Their dark blend of eerie keyboards, insane drumming, and snarling vocals, which flow into slow, brutal breakdowns are their signature sound. Winds of Plague is built on principles, both musically and lyrically. Musically they stretch beyond the boundaries of the cookie-cutter metal found on CD racks today. Their fresh approach to the use of keyboards as the backbone for their songs ensures that they will not be confused with the overwhelming metal-mania emerging lately into the hardcore scene. Lyrically they go beyond complaints of broken hearts and being swallowed by the cold darkness, exploring themes of human nature which transcend the adolescent tales of love lost and mistaken identity, which are found as so many anthems for bands today.
With their first CD "A Cold Day in Hell" on Life Sentence Records, Winds of Plague is ready to bring their unique sound to the table and break all boundaries. Scheduled for a summer release, the CD will be the kick-off for a full US tour. Winds of Plague is an enthusiastic touring band, and is easily recognized in cities throughout the western US. A tour across the country will bring them further recognition and no doubt push them through the ranks to receive the acclaim that they deserve.
Wolves At The Gate
Wolves At The Gate is made up of four individuals who live to create passionate music for passionate people. After forming in the tiny town of Cedarville, Ohio in April of 2008, the guys have played countless shows in the Tri-State area, performing with bands such as Oh, Sleeper, Emarosa, Greeley Estates and Oceana, among others. They have won several major contests, earning them the rights to play with Bring Me The Horizon, Thursday, Four Year Strong and others during the 2009 Taste Of Chaos Tour stop in Cincinnati, OH, as well as sharing the stage with Saosin, Innerparty System, P.O.S. and others during the Columbus, OH date of the 2009 PacTour. The band was also hand-picked to play the 2010 Cornerstone Festival in Bushnell, Illinois. After releasing several demos in 2008 and 2009, the band is poised to release their debut EP in early 2011, which was engineered, mixed and mastered by Tyler Smyth of the Fearless Records band Let's Get It. Through their mission to "show the incredible love of God to every person we come in contact with", WATG strongly believes that "the salvation message of the Gospel is free to everyone, and our primary purpose on this earth is to spread that message to everyone we meet." Needless to say, WATG is gearing up for an exciting and action-packed 2011!