SOUND RINK PRESENTS: AUGUST BURNS RED
Fit For A King, Miss May I, Crystal Lake
31 Webster St.
Hartford, CT, 06114
Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:00 PM
This event is all ages
August Burns Red
The most rewarding challenges come from within. By personally aiming beyond your perceived potential, you can truly grow. That’s been the case every time August Burns Red record an album, and it’s quietly turned the Pennsylvania quintet—John “JB” Brubaker [lead guitar], Brent Rambler [rhythm guitar], Matt Greiner [drums], Jake Luhrs [lead vocals], and Dustin Davidson [bass]—into a GRAMMY® Award-nominated heavy music torchbearer. Their journey began back in 2003 with marathon jam sessions on a farm belonging to Greiner’s family in the egg refrigerator. Embracing a diehard Rust Belt work ethic, they tirelessly pushed towards the top of heavy music with a series of critically acclaimed albums and countless gigs. A hard-earned high watermark, 2015’s Found In Far Away Placesmarked their second consecutive Top10 debut on the BillboardTop 200. The single “Identity” notched a GRAMMY® Award nod in the category of “Best Metal Performance.” A streaming juggernaut, both “Identity” and “Ghosts” [feat. Jeremy McKinnon] crossed the 3-million mark on Spotify. When it came time to record their eighth full-length Phantom Anthem[Fearless Records] with longtime producers Carson Slovak and Grant McFarland, the game didn’t change. The musicians put their heads down and rallied around the same shared goal.“The goal has always been to just write the best songs that we can write and put out the best album possible,” exclaims JB. “You want to keep raising the bar on yourself. It’s the start of something new.”It shows... Uncorking a barrage of infectious intensity, the boys augmented and amplified the touchstones of their signature style on Phantom Anthem. The musical equivalent of a clenched fist haymaker, the grooves hit harder, the hooks blaze brighter, and the instrumentation ignites even more intricacy.“It’s the most technical thing we’ve ever done,” adds JB. “There’s some pretty ridiculous shred stuff going on, which is awesome. Things just came out more heavy and tight.”After two months, they emerged with the 11 tracks comprising Phantom Anthem. A subtle string pluck announces the arrival of the first single “Invisible Enemy.” In a blink, polyrhythmic pummeling and entrancing fret fireworks spiral headfirst towards an onslaught of screams, chugging bridge, searing solo, and arena-size chant, “Pain is surrounding, surrounding us.”The follow-up single “The Frost” whisks from icy clean strumming and tambourine into a blizzard of blistering screams and metallic majesty. Spearheaded by the thrash waltz of “King of Sorrow,” unpredictability drives the overall flow. “Coordinates” climaxes on a hauntingly gorgeous chorus as “Lifeline” and “Carbon Copy”—both penned by Davidson—up the visceral and vibrant virtuosity that August Burns Red remains synonymous with. The album title hints at the band’s pronounced evolution.JB recalls, “Phantom Anthemis a song or a sound that creates deep roots in the heart of a person, resonating through every bone in that person’s body and naturally giving he or she purpose and value. It’s often something silent—a quiet song that isn’t noticed and is often overlooked.” Brent goes on, “Many of the songs discuss being the one who grabs the reins, plants the seeds, makes them grow, and takes control. You may not see that thought or idea, but it brings value to the world.”
Ultimately, August Burns Red push themselves harder than ever on Phantom Anthem, destroy expectations, and reach a new level by simply being who they are.“We never thought we’d get here,” echoes Brent. “We’re eight albums in. It seems like it’s bigger and better than ever. It’s everything to us. That won’t ever change.” —Rick Florino, July 2017 SHORT BIO –AUGUST BURNS REDEvery time August Burns Red record an album, the GRAMMY® Award-nominated Pennsylvania quintet—John “JB” Brubaker [lead guitar], Brent Rambler [rhythm guitar], Matt Greiner [drums], Jake Luhrs [lead vocals], and Dustin Davidson [bass]—push themselves harder, raze expectations, and reach a new level. It’s why they’ve become a heavy music torchbearer. In 2015,Found In Far Away Placesmarked their second consecutive Top 10 debut on the BillboardTop 200. The single “Identity” notched a GRAMMY® Award nod in the category of “Best Metal Performance.” A streaming juggernaut, both “Identity” and “Ghosts” [feat. Jeremy McKinnon] crossed the 3-million mark on Spotify. When it came time to record their eighth full-length Phantom Anthem, the game didn’t change. The musicians put their heads down and rallied around the same shared goal, upping the ante across the board. The musical equivalent of a clenched fist haymaker, the grooves hit harder, the hooks blaze brighter, and the instrumentation ignites even more intricacy as evidenced by lead singles “Invisible Enemy” and “The Frost.” BLURB -AUGUST BURNS RED -By personally aiming beyond your perceived potential, you can truly grow. That's been the case every time August Burns Red record an album, and it's quietly turned the Pennsylvania quintet-John "JB" Brubaker [lead guitar], Brent Rambler [rhythm guitar], Matt Greiner [drums], Jake Luhrs [lead vocals], and Dustin Davidson [bass]-into a GRAMMY® Award-nominated heavy music torchbearer. Their journey began back in 2003 with marathon jam sessions on a farm belonging to Greiner’s family in the egg refrigerator. Embracing a diehard Rust Belt work ethic, they tirelessly pushed towards the top of heavy music with a series of critically acclaimed albums and countless gigs. A hard-earned high watermark, 2015's Found In Far Away Placesmarked their second consecutive Top 10 debut on the Billboard Top 200. The single "Identity" notched a GRAMMY® Award nod in the category of "Best Metal Performance." A streaming juggernaut, both "Identity" and "Ghosts" [feat. Jeremy McKinnon] crossed the 3-million mark on Spotify. When it came time to record their eighth full-length Phantom Anthem[Fearless Records] with longtime producers Carson Slovak and Grant McFarland, the game didn't change. The musicians put their heads down and rallied around the same shared goal, uncorking a barrage of infectious intensity, the boysaugmented and amplified the touchstones of their signature style on Phantom Anthem. The musical equivalent of a clenched fist haymaker, the grooves hit harder, the hooks blaze brighter, and the instrumentation ignites even more intricacy.
Fit For A King
Ryan Kirby – Vocals
Bobby Lynge – Guitar
Jared Easterling – Drums
Ryan “Tuck” O’Leary – Bass/Vocals
FIT FOR A KING use the tools of heavy music and melodic hooks to honestly
explore the dark side of the human experience, ultimately wrenching timeless
hope from the jaws of anxiety, depression, and seemingly certain despair.
No matter the pristine picture of self-worth we project, in the unquenchable
pursuit of recognition and affirmation, the gnawing anxiousness of guilt and
brokenness chews away at our spirits, uncovering new pain and vulnerability.
Dark Skies is FIT FOR A KING’s evocative declaration of a hard won victory.
“This album is far from happy. It’s about personal struggles,” explains singer
Ryan Kirby. “It touches on many subjects relevant to all of our daily lives.”
The music and message of FIT FOR A KING is a battle cry against the
darkness. This is a sound that stands in defiance of the mounting pressure of
modern life, not through dismissiveness or easy answers, but with earnest
struggle. The four young men of FIT FOR A KING are just like the rest of us.
They hurt, they bleed, and in that raw transparent authenticity, they offer true
solidarity. Beneath the most vicious downpour, they cling to unrelenting grace.
Like trailblazing metalcore giants Underoath and As I Lay Dying before them,
FIT FOR A KING skillfully mine the varying extremes of this music, building a
catalog that sees them at home on tours with hard rock and deathcore bands
alike. The band has traveled the United States and Europe with Vans Warped
Tour, Beartooth, Every Time I Die, August Burns Red, The Amity Affliction,
Whitechapel, For Today, After The Burial, and Attila to name a few.
Kirby, guitarist Bobby Lynge, drummer Jared Easterling, and bassist/vocalist
Ryan “Tuck” O’Leary are easygoing and affable on the road, effortlessly
maneuvering within the various social circles with goodwill and charm, without
sacrificing an ounce of what they believe or who they are. It’s something the
Texas band’s growing following respects. Simply put, FIT FOR A KING is real.
FIT FOR A KING was built with bootstrap ethics and do-it-yourself vigor. On
the strength of self-released material, the group joined Solid State for a string
of successful albums that connected with the downtrodden and dispossessed.
Creation/Destruction (2013) debuted at Number 6 on the Hard Rock chart.
Slave to Nothing (2014) cracked the Top 50 of Billboard’s Top Current
Albums. Deathgrip (2016) climbed to Number 5 among Hard Rock Albums.
Recorded with celebrated producer/mixer Drew Fulk (I Prevail, Motionless In
White, Memphis May Fire), Dark Skies is a collection of diverse anthems
powered by the undeniable weight of truth-telling emotional vulnerability.
“Tower of Pain” takes unbridled heaviness to breathtaking heights. “Shattered
Glass” is a killer throwback to the band’s most aggressive earlier work. Songs
like “Price of Agony” see the quartet soaring to new melodic heights with
unrestrained urgency. “Anthem of the Defeated” veers in yet another
direction, evoking the percussive power of Slipknot or Mudvayne. Yet all of it
is anchored in FIT FOR A KING’s signature sound, one their fans trust.
“Debts of the Soul” is an examination of the sleeplessness that comes with
ruminations on the nature of death. “When Everything Means Nothing” is a
challenge to unplug from the vapid desperation of putting on a front online.
“Oblivion” is one of the most faith-based songs the band has released. The
song’s narrator pleads in the chorus, “Tell me I won’t be forgotten.” It’s a
reminder of the grace of God and the power of true forgiveness without end.
No matter the political divisions, the staggering alienation arising from our
paradoxical and increasingly “connected” world, or the mistakes we all make,
FIT FOR A KING offer a foundation of open-mindedness and compassion.
“We're a very transparent band. We aren’t pretending to be something we're
not,” says Kirby. “We don't want to act like rock stars and we also don't want
to act like we're poor musicians that can barely eat everyday. We don’t
portray a false image. We want people to know exactly who we are.”
FIT FOR A KING cherishes unwavering honesty. Even under Dark Skies.
Miss May I
Levi Benton – Vocals
Ryan Neff – Bass/Vocals
BJ Stead – Gutiar
Justin Aufdemkampe – Guitar
Jerod Boyd – Drums
The sound and fury of MISS MAY I is deeply embedded in the hearts and minds of a legion of fans. These are people from different backgrounds, of different ages, with diverse life experience, who all come together and connect with MISS MAY I’s combination of brutal proficiency and impassioned delivery. The five-piece powerhouse, from the fertile metalcore grounds of America’s heartland, have become an integral part of the worldwide heavy music community, transcending boundaries and limitations, galvanizing crowds, and energizing each person they encounter.
Not only have the young Warped Tour and Rockstar Mayhem veterans proven to be one of the most exciting bands in the genre, they’ve managed the near-impossible task of maintaining their original lineup along the way.
These are the same guys who formed Miss May I as teenagers in 2007 – inspired by New Wave Of American Metalcore heroes like Lamb Of God, Underoath, and Bleeding Through, as well as hard rock and metal legends like Pantera and White Zombie – now grown men. And in the eight-year span between studio albums from Metallica, Miss May I cranked out five slabs of metal: Apologies Are for the Weak (2009), Monument (2010), At Heart (2012), Rise of the Lion (2014), and Deathless (2015). All three of their most recent albums debuted in the Top 5 on Billboard’s Hard Music chart.
The band’s brand new album, Shadows Inside, doubles as monster riff-fest and forcefully vocal driven statement shaped by changes both within and without. Make no mistake this isn’t an about-face album full of contrived sentiment or glossy emptiness. It’s a record where the band challenged each other to work from outside of their comfort zone, to really hone in on what makes Miss May I vital, and deliver something fully authentic and raw.
On the road with friends and peers like August Burns Red, Parkway Drive, Blessthefall, Memphis May Fire, We Came As Romans, and Whitechapel, Miss May I bring devastating fury onstage and good natured charm offstage. They’ve held their own as support for rock radio hitmakers Five Finger Death Punch and as headliners on the Alternative Press Tour. This is a band with diverse appeal; they fine-tune their punishing metallic assault with an almost “pop” sensibility when it comes to catchy memorability.
The official music videos for Miss May I singles including “Deathless,” “Echoes,” “Relentless Chaos,” “Forgive and Forget,” “Hey Mister,” “Masses of a Dying Breed,” and “Day By Day” account for roughly 50 million views on YouTube, to say nothing of the fan made videos, live clips, cover versions, and audio streams. Those same anthems have been played millions of times more across streaming services and social media, embedded in the musical DNA of a generation of contemporaries and fans.
Early on, vocalist Levi Benton, bassist/vocalist Ryan Neff, guitarists BJ Stead and Justin Aufdemkampe, drummer Jerod Boyd and made two albums with scene kingmaker Joey Sturgis, positioning themselves among titans of the burgeoning modern metalcore genre like Of Mice & Men and their fellow Ohio natives in The Devil Wears Prada. At Heart, made with producer Machine (Lamb Of God, Eighteen Visions) was something of a graduation, demonstrated by the massive sound of immediate anthem “Hey Mister,” an AltPress cover feature, and main stage validation on the Vans Warped Tour.
The slickly savage Rise of the Lion, made with legendary producer Terry Date (Pantera, Deftones, Limp Bizkit), was ample evidence that Miss May I could hang with the big dogs. The band championed the circle pits and sleeveless denim they grew up seeing at Ozzfest, inspired by groups that had assembled in the DIY scene, like them, and went on to climb the heights of the metal mountains. The defiant mission statement that was Deathless followed, reuniting them with Sturgis in the throes of behind-the-scenes hardshipa that saw the band nearly dissolve, but ultimately triumph.
Nick Sampson (Asking Alexandria, Born Of Osiris, In Fear and Faith), who worked alongside Sturgis on Deathless, took the reigns of the instrumental section of Miss May I’s new album with the instrumental members in the Midwest. Benton collaborated with producer Drew Fulk (Motionless In White, Emmure, Crown The Empire), who brought out the best vocal performances of the young singer’s career thus far. Working in California, the pair was able to communicate ideas to the band back in their Michigan studio, where they’d reshape and refine the songs, until they were perfect.
This process, unlike anything Miss May I had attempted before, resulted in their most fully realized album yet. Mixed by Andrew Wade (A Day To Remember, The Word Alive, Neck Deep), the band’s first record for SharpTone is truly the best of everything before, with new ambition and confidence. Shadows Inside is a monster of an album and a longtime coming.
Miss May I celebrates a decade of savage metalcore and soaring melodic refrains, newly revitalized, and poised for an insurgent career renaissance; armed with unmistakable power, road hardened experience, a steadily building catalog, and unrelenting spirit, supported by a diehard community.
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