Thursday, March 29, 2012


Biography :

Vendetor is an homage to black band death metal from Surabaya Indonesia, founded in 2008 precisely at the time vendetor first appearance at the New Year January 1, 2008 in Surabaya. Vendetor Vendetta comes from the word meaning of revenge. Originally vendetor play black metal music with influences from Immortal, then through a maturing process vendetor musical genre began to metamorphose into the Black Death Metal band that many kinds terinfluence by the band Behemoth, Nile, and Job For A Cowboy Vendetor founded by Albert ex coffin on bass and Max ex mesmeric on guitar, who later assisted by ex Dollah sadister on vocals and assisted by UnChrist Tartanos (mesmeric) on drums. Four, vendetor began performing at various underground events in the Surabaya event. In mid-2008 vendetor decided to add new ammunition to fill the position of lead guitar aka Gendutch Razinheim officially joined vendetor Over time Dollah out as a vocalist and was replaced by ex Buckets Of Good War. And founder Albert vendetor also ruled out due to working in batam island which was then replaced by the Q-Benk as a bass player, as well as Christ also decided to vacuum from the world of music since married and followed by Good also decided to pull it off vendetor because of the work. During the early 2009 vendetor vacuum and look for replacement personnel to fill the drum position. So far only the remaining two personnel remain vendetor that Ivor and Razinheim. Vendetor began actively moving again in mid-2009 after discovering veteran drummer whose name is familiar in the ears head banger in East Java who are willing to assist the process of recording songs that vendetor Cacoponaz. It makes vendetor're excited to continue working. Vendetor in early 2010 mengebrak headbangers surabaya Surabaya event to appear in Extreme Metal Fest with a new formation in which the ex guitarist secte black, Vioza joined by bass player to fill the position and Razinheim fill the position of lead vocals & guitars VENDETOR In the year 2011 which changes the position of personnel position on the contents of the drum & bass Comenk Chatedral hast filled by HOD, and for the first time appeared within the past year at the Surabaya event Blackened Movement Vocals & Lead Guitar: Guitar Razinheim Eqy: Arief "Mak" Drummer: Comenk ... . .. .. .. .. .. .... .... .. .. .. .. .. .... .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .................... ...... ............ ......

Band Members :

* Eqy Razinheim - Vocal & Lead Guitar
* Arief "MAK" - Guitar
* Comenk - Drummer

Influences :

* Helloween
* Metallica
* Dimmu Borgir
* Immortal
* Behemoth
* Dark Funeral
* Suffocation
* Cradle of Filth
* Dying Fetus Read More...!!

Fear Epidemic

Biography :

FEAR EPIDEMIC is a "REGRESSIVE GRINDING DEATH METAL".. Formed in mid-2003 that was originally trying to carry the Pure Grind Core ... And now along with the development of personnel skills, ultimately committed carries "DEATH METAL" but still there is a little touch of "Grind Core" in each song's creation.

Band Members :

* Yanuar a.k.a. Tylun Killmore (growling voice and rawk destructive fourstrings)
* Anton a.k.a. Tome (holly sickstrings)
* Sandys (brutal destroyer of percussion kit)


* Dying Fetus
* Napalm Death
* Sepultura
* Psycroptic
* Divine Heresy
* Suffocation
* Slayer Read More...!!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012


Biography :


Band Members :

* Robby - Vocal
* Hafid - Guitarist
* Galih - Bassist
* Yudha - Drummers

Influences :

* Disavowed
* Disgorge
* Suffocation
* Dying Fetus Read More...!!

Fleshgod Apocalypse

Biography :

Fleshgod Apocalypse is an Italian technical death metal band.

History :

Fleshgod Apocalypse was formed in April 2007 and recorded their first demo, Promo '07, at 16th Cellar Studio with producer Stefano “Saul” Morabito, releasing it shortly after. The demo was re-released the following year on a split CD with fellow Italian bands Septycal Gorge, Modus Delicti and Onirik. Fleshgod Apocalypse then signed to Neurotic Records. In early 2008 the band toured Europe, supporting bands like Behemoth, Origin, Dying Fetus, Hate Eternal, Suffocation, Napalm Death and many more.

In May 2008, the band recorded its first full-length album, Oracles. In December of that year the band decided to part ways with Neurotic Records and signed with Willowtip Records, who released Oracles in 2009.

Shortly after the release of Oracles in 2009, the band had a lineup change, with a new member, Tommasso Ricardi taking over vocals and rhythm guitar, which were previously handled by Francesco Paoli, as Paoli took over the drums at this time.

In 2010, Fleshgod Apocalypse released a new EP entitled Mafia. It includes four new tracks and a cover of the track "Blinded by Fear" by At the Gates.

Until 2010, current Fleshgod Apocalypse drummer Francesco Paoli was simultaneously in his former band Hour of Penance doing vocals, as well as drumming in Fleshgod Apocalypse. Also in 2010, another new member, Francesco Ferrini, was added to the band to play keyboards. Ferrini had previously played session keyboards on Oracles and Mafia.

In May 2011, the band signed a worldwide deal with German record label Nuclear Blast Records. The band released their second album, Agony, on August 9, 2011 in North America and August 19, 2011 in Europe. The iTunes version of Agony also includes a cover of the track "Heartwork" by Carcass.

Fleshgod Apocalypse took part in the 2011 Summer Slaughter Tour in North America, alongside co-headliners Whitechapel and The Black Dahlia Murder. The band toured the US with Polish band Decapitated in late 2011. They are currently touring the UK with The Black Dahlia Murder and Skeletonwitch.

Band Members :

* Tommaso Riccardi - vocals, guitars (2009–present)
* Paolo Rossi - bass, clean vocals (2007–present)
* Cristiano Trionfera - guitars, vocals (2007–present)
* Francesco Paoli - drums, guitars, vocals (2007–present)
* Francesco Ferrini - piano (2010–present)

Discography :

Full-length albums :

* Fleshgod Apocalypse - Oracles (2009)
* Fleshgod Apocalypse - Agony (2011)

Demo :

* Fleshgod Apocalypse - Promo '07 (2007)

Split :

* Fleshgod Apocalypse - Da Vinci Death Code (2008)

EP :

* Fleshgod Apocalypse - Mafia (2010) Read More...!!


Biography :

Behemoth is a Polish blackened death metal band from Gdansk, formed in 1991. They are considered to have played an important role in establishing the Polish extreme metal underground, alongside bands such as Vader, Decapitated, Vesania and Hate.

Until the late 1990s, the band played a traditional black metal style with heathen lyrical content, but soon changed to that of occult and thelemic themes written by their lead vocalist Nergal and Krzysztof Azarewicz. With the 1999 release of Satanica, the band showed their presence in the blackened death metal scene, while retaining their own signature style characterized by the drum work of Inferno, multi-layered vocals and Middle-Eastern influences. Despite the fact that Behemoth has been labeled as death metal, black metal or thrash-influenced, Nergal has mentioned that he does not like the band to be labeled.

History :

Early career and first five albums (1991–2000)

Behemoth was formed in 1991 as a trio, with Nergal on guitar and vocals, Baal on the drums, and Desecrator on the guitar. They started with the demos Endless Damnation, and The Return of the Northern Moon. The most significant however, was the third demo—...From the Pagan Vastlands (1993). This tape was released by Polish label Pagan Records and later on by the American Wild Rags. Their next release was Sventevith (Storming Near the Baltic) in 1995. A year later, they recorded their second album Grom, which was released in 1996. Grom features many different influences and musical styles, using female vocals as well as acoustic guitars and synthesizers. At the same time, Behemoth finally got a chance to play live shows in its native country and finally tour around Europe, gaining stage experience. Two years later, the band recorded a third album, titled Pandemonic Incantations. The cumilation of their increasing presence and metal media set a new standard for them. However, due to a lack of promotion, the album was not well-publicized. After another extensive tour, Behemoth signed a two-album deal with Italy's Avantgarde Music in the fall of 1998. The first result of this new collaboration was the successful album Satanica, on which the black metal sound had evolved into blackened death metal.

The label also secured two European tours for the band in support of Deicide and Satyricon respectively. During that period, Behemoth had to go through some line-up changes and had problems with their ex-Polish label. The new members then were Novy (formerly known from Devilyn, Vader and Dies Irae), who handled the bass duties, and Havok, who became the band's guitarist. After the line-up changes Behemoth signed with the Polish label Mystic. The follow-up release to Satanica was Thelema.6. Massive guitar parts and precise drumming, with influences from different sources, saw them progress further towards blackened death metal.

Thelema.6 was supported by the worldwide press and media, including official releases in Russia and Brazil for the first time. Continuing the support for Thelema.6, Behemoth appeared in several prestigious live events like Wacken Open Air, With Full Force, Inferno Metal Festival, Mystic Festival, and Mind Over Matter Autumn. They started first their headlining tour alongside with Carpathian Forest and Khold, followed by a festival tour in Poland (Thrash em All Fest. with Vader and Krisiun, among others).

Zos Kia Cultus (Here and Beyond), Demigod and The Apostasy (2001–2008)

In 2001, Behemoth focused on writing new material for a sixth studio album. Meantime, they completed their second headlining tour in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. Having completed the recording of their new songs, Behemoth entered Hendrix Studio for the second time, with help of their friend and sound engineer Arkadiusz Malczewski, and produced Zos Kia Cultus (Here and Beyond).

In February 2003, the band started their first tour in Norway, playing in cities such as Bergen, Oslo and Stavanger. On March 11, 2003, the American premiere, scheduled by Century Media Records, headlined Behemoth's first appearance in the American continent. The tour started on the 9th of March at the New Jersey's Metalfest and continued with a decent amount of shows across America and Canada, with the company of Deicide, Revenge, Vehemence and Amon Amarth. Shortly after doing their first US tour the band was invited to join the Blackest of the Black Tour by Glenn Danzig. The already legendary festival included acts like Danzig, Superjoint Ritual, Nile, and Opeth. In the fall of 2003, Behemoth flew over to US to complete their third tour with Six Feet Under, Skinless and Black Dahlia Murder. The band then played at the Tuska Festival in Finland with Ministry, Soulfly, among others. At that time, due to some line up difficulties, Nergal parted his ways with Havok and Novy, who decided to focus on activities with their own bands. Eventually, the band resumed touring in the UK and Europe.

In 2004, their seventh studio album, Demigod was released to good critical response. Recorded at the Hendrix Studios, the album debuted at number 15 on the national Polish album charts. Music videos for the songs "Conquer All" and "Slaves Shall Serve" were also shot. In fall 2005 the band headlined the Demigod supremacy Canadian tour 2005 with Necronomicon.

In 2007, the band toured Europe alongside Napalm Death, Moonspell and Dew-Scented. Behemoth released their eighth studio album The Apostasy in July of that year. It was recorded at Radio Gdansk studio in December, 2006. Shortly after the release of The Apostasy, the band was featured as one of Ozzfest 2007's second stage headliners, one of the four non-US bands playing that year. In October/November 2007, they played their first US headlining tour alongside Job for a Cowboy, Gojira, and Beneath the Massacre. In October/November 2007 the band toured Europe alongside Canadian death metal combo Kataklysm and Belgium's Aborted.

In February 2008 Behemoth began a headlining tour along with Suicide Silence. In April/May 2008 the band toured North America as part of "The Invaluable Darkness" tour with Keep of Kalessin and headliner Dimmu Borgir. Behemoth spent the summer playing a number of prominent festivals all over Europe.

In October 2008, Behemoth released their first live album, At the Arena ov Aion – Live Apostasy. Also, an EP called Ezkaton was released featuring a re-recorded version of Chant for Eschaton 2000, one new song, two covers, and three live songs. The EP has been released in North America on November 11.

Evangelion (2009–2010)

In March 2009, the band suggested that the new album, due in the summer, would be produced by British producer Colin Richardson. Behemoth released its 9th full length album entitled "Evangelion" on August 9 via Nuclear Blast in Europe and August 11 via Metal Blade in US. Shemhamforash, a track from this album was released in July 2009 on their MySpace profile.

In July and August 2009, Behemoth participated in the Rockstar Mayhem Festival alongside a variety of metal bands such as Slayer, Bullet for My Valentine, All That Remains, Trivium, Marilyn Manson, Cannibal Corpse and Job for a Cowboy. In September 2009 Behemoth headlined the "New Evangelion" Polish tour alongside Azarath, Black River and Hermh.

In January 2010 Behemoth toured North America during "Evangelia Amerika Tour". In March they toured Europe with shows in Scandinavia, Greece and Turkey. In April Behemoth toured Japan, Australia and New Zealand. In May they started European "Evangelion Summer Campaign 2010" with shows on open-air festivals in Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, Denmark and Poland. In June and July they toured France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Turkey, Serbia and Croatia with Decapitated and Ex Deo. In July and August they performed on next open-air festivals, in Czech Republic and Poland.

Nergal's illness, recovery and ninth studio album (2010–present)

In August 2010 Nergal was rushed to a hospital and was diagnosed with leukemia. It was reported that his leukemia was so advanced that chemotherapy couldn't help him, however, this has now been proven false. Doda, his girlfriend at that time, offered her bone marrow for a transplant but tests showed she wasn't a match. A donor has since been found. Behemoth have been forced to cancel all upcoming shows in August including Sonisphere Festival in Finland, concerts in Russia, Belarus and Baltic States in September and October, and their North American tour "Lawless States of Heretika" with Watain, Withered and Black Anvil in November and December.

Behemoth's live DVD "Evangelia Heretika" was released on November 9, 2010. The DVD package includes two DVDs featuring Live in Warsaw 2009, Live in Paris 2008, Documentaries, Bonus Material and an Audio CD.

On January 17th, 2011, Nergal left the hematology division of Uniwersyteckie Centrum Kliniczne, four weeks after he underwent a bone marrow transplant procedure. He says that he will now take several months of recovery while living in his flat in one of the Gdansk’s districts, in order to restore his physical condition. He also announces that he is eager to resume playing the guitar again having been six months since he last played. He also says that he has a huge motivation and desire to continue his work with the band, thanking all people who helped him.

According to Nergal, a new album and tour for 2012 are both in the works.

Band Members :

Current Members :

* Adam "Nergal" Darski – lead vocals, guitars (1991–present)
* Zbigniew Robert "Inferno" Prominski – drums (1997–present)
* Tomasz "Orion" Wróblewski – bass guitar, vocals (2003–present)
* Patryk "Seth" Sztyber – guitars, backing vocals (2004–present)

Former Members :

* Leszek "L.Kaos" Dziegielewski – guitars (1995–1996, 1998–1999)
* Adam "Desecrator" Malinowski – guitars (1991–1992)
* Mateusz "Havoc" Smierzchalski – guitars, backing vocals (2000–2004)
* Rafal "Frost" Brauer – bass guitar (1992–1993)
* Mefisto – bass guitar (1997–1999)
* Orcus – bass guitar (1993)
* Adam "Baal" Ravenlock" Muraszko – drums (1991–1997)

Session Members :

Obscure Perversion – bass guitar (1992)
Marcin "Novy" Nowak – bass guitar (2000–2003)
Istvan Lendvay – bass guitar (2003)
Patryk "Seth" Sztyber – guitars, backing vocals (2004–2011)

Discography :

Studio Albums :

* Behemoth - Sventevith (Storming Near the Baltic) (1995)
* Behemoth - Grom (1996)
* Behemoth - Pandemonic Incantations (1998)
* Behemoth - Satanica (1999)
* Behemoth - Thelema.6 (2000)
* Behemoth - Zos Kia Cultus (Here and Beyond) (2002)
* Behemoth - Demigod (2004)
* Behemoth - The Apostasy (2007)
* Behemoth - Evangelion (2009)

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Monday, March 26, 2012

The Black Dahlia Murder

Biography :

The Black Dahlia Murder is an American heavy metal band from Waterford, Michigan, formed in 2000. Their name is derived from the 1947 unsolved murder of Elizabeth Short, often referred to as Black Dahlia. The band comprises vocalist Trevor Strnad, guitarists Brian Eschbach and Ryan Knight, bassist Ryan "Bart" Williams and drummer Shannon Lucas. Out of their five studio albums, the latest four of them charted on the US Billboard 200, with 2009's Deflorate peaking at #43 and their latest album Ritual reaching #31.

History :

Formation, Unhallowed and Miasma (2001–2006)

The Black Dahlia Murder began its inception during late 2000 and gained the final band line-up in January 2001. The group released their demo entitled What a Horrible Night to Have a Curse, and a four-track EP, A Cold-Blooded Epitaph, the latter of which the group released on Lovelost Records. After appearing in concerts such as the Milwaukee Metal Fest, The Black Dahlia Murder signed to Metal Blade Records in 2003.

Current bassist Ryan "Bart" Williams left his former band, Detroit's Today I Wait, to tour with the Black Dahlia Murder. After touring with the band on their co-headlining gig with Throwdown and their European dates with Liar, he joined the group full-time, replacing former bassist David Lock. Frontman Trevor Strnad said that Lock was fired for incompetency. Williams was one of two engineers (the other being Walls of Jericho's Mike Hasty) on the band's first full-length album, Unhallowed.

The band's second album Miasma was released on July 12, 2005 and peaked at #118 on the Billboard 200. After touring for Miasma, drummer Zach Gibson left the band along with Pierre Langlois. While Gibson went on to join Abigail Williams, Langlois left the band for a more secure lifestyle, and the band finished their search for a replacement drummer when they found former All That Remains drummer, Shannon Lucas. The group played at Ozzfest 2005.

Nocturnal and Deflorate (2006–2010)

Their third album, entitled Nocturnal, was released on September 18, 2007. The album debuted at #72 on the Billboard 200. The Black Dahlia Murder announced via their MySpace profile that they were going on a U.S. tour with Cannibal Corpse to promote their new album Nocturnal and celebrate the 25 years that Metal Blade Records had been in business. They were joined by label-mates The Red Chord, Aeon, The Absence, and Goatwhore.

In January/February 2008, the band embarked on a U.S. headlining tour with 3 Inches of Blood, Hate Eternal, and Decrepit Birth, followed by another alongside Brain Drill and Animosity. They were on Hot Topic's "Summer Slaughter Tour" with Kataklysm, Cryptopsy, Vader, Whitechapel, and Despised Icon.

Their long-time guitarist, John K has left the band and was replaced by Ryan Knight during the beginning of 2009. In May 2009, The Black Dahlia Murder released their first DVD, "Majesty". The DVD contains a documentary and live footage from the Summer Slaughter tour and their tour supporting Children of Bodom in late 2008. The DVD also contains all of their music videos and behind the scenes footage.

The Black Dahlia Murder released Deflorate on September 15, 2009 via Metal Blade Records. The album sold 12,000 copies in the United States in the first week of the release, debuted at position #43 Billboard's Top 200 charts, #5 on Billboard's Independent Albums chart, #4 on Billboard's Top Hard Music Albums chart, and #50 on HITS Top 50 Albums chart. They toured with Children of Bodom and Skeletonwitch in support of the album. After their 2010 headlining tour with Goatwhore and Arkaik, the band began writing and recording their next full-length album.

Ritual (2011–present)

In February 2011, The Black Dahlia Murder completed the songwriting process for the their fifth studio album, entitled Ritual. It was released on June 21, 2011 in North America. The band supported Amon Amarth on their May 2011 European tour, as well as headlined the 2011 Summer Slaughter tour, both in support of Ritual. Before the record's release, the track "Moonlight Equilibrium" was posted to the Metal Blade Records website on April 29, 2011 to critical and fan acclaim. A music video for "Moonlight Equilibrium" was released on February 20, 2012.

Tours :

The Black Dahlia Murder headlined the 2008 Summer Slaughter Tour with Kataklysm, Vader, Cryptopsy, The Faceless, Despised Icon, Aborted, Born of Osiris, Psycroptic, and Whitechapel. In late 2008, they joined a US tour with Finland's Children of Bodom and Raleigh, NC's Between the Buried and Me. They were initially announced as "...with special guests" at the start of the tour, though it has since been confirmed by Revolver Magazine that they are on tour. They appeared on the Hot Topic Stage in the 2009 Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival. In late 2009, they embarked on a US tour with Finland's Children of Bodom and Skeletonwitch. The band headlined the Bonecrusher Fest tour of Europe in Spring 2010 alongside 3 Inches of Blood, Necrophobic, Obscura, The Faceless, Carnifex and Ingested. In August 2010 they played at the Hevy Music Festival near Folkestone, UK.

Band Members :

Current Members :

Brian Eschbach – rhythm guitar (since 2001)
Trevor Strnad – vocals (since 2001)
Ryan Williams – bass guitar (since 2005)
Shannon Lucas – drums (since 2007)
Ryan Knight – lead guitar (since 2009)

Former Members :

John Deering – lead guitar (2001–2002)
John Kempainen – lead guitar (2002–2008)
Mike Schepman – bass guitar (2001)
Sean Gauvreau – bass guitar (2001–2002)
David Lock – bass guitar (2002–2005)
Cory Grady – drums (2001–2004)
Zach Gibson – drums (2005)
Pierre Langlois – drums (2006)

Discography :

* The Black Dahlia Murder - Unhallowed 2003
* The Black Dahlia Murder - Miasma 2005
* The Black Dahlia Murder - Nocturnal 2007
* The Black Dahlia Murder - Deflorate 2009
* The Black Dahlia Murder - Ritual 2011 Read More...!!

Sunday, March 25, 2012


Biography :

A new biography….a new site. With this new biography I have tried to make it a little more involved then the old ones, more detail, more insight and some might say who know me, more self involved waffle and useless information. However paying heed to detractors never was one of my strong points, so let us start at the start…right at the start...

1987 - Yep, 1987. At this time Metal was pretty damn popular in Ireland and in the town of Skerries (some 20 miles outside Dublin) several young teenagers (just) were about to take up arms in the name of Metal. Paul (bass) and his brother, let's call him D (for drums) started learning to play, caught in the thrash metal buzz. Obviously influenced by Slayer, Metallica and Megadeth. In the end of the year of '87 a young man by the name of Ciaran arrived, armed with six strings and ready to burn…ahem, well perhaps not quite but the three intrepid young man set out on a quest and with all bands this started by playing covers... Suicidal Tendencies, Metallica, Dead Kennedys, Slayer, S.O.D. etc. Somewhere the seeds had been sown.

1988 - With various singers coming and going, Paul attempted to sing…or rather belch for most of this year and sometime in '88 the band as a three piece recorded a four track demo with a cover of Death "Born Dead" and Sepultura "Screams Behind The Shadows" and one or two original tracks. One which incidentally contained a variation of the riff that became the first piece of the song "Journey's End" from the same album! Moving more into the realms of extreme thrash and early death metal as their technical level improved all the time, bands like Sepultura and Death were fast becoming their new mentors.

1989 - Not really sure what to report from the year 1989, the band with a mixture of singers were now playing some local gigs in their town, apparently one on top of a bank? What the band were called at this stage and even before is shrouded in mystery and a clandestine occult haze. Although someone did mention the Sticky Clits… the mystery runs deeper.

1990 - Still the hardcore of the two brothers and Ciaran. Seems as if things were getting a little more serious now as the logos were becoming increasingly difficult to read and the pentagrams and inverted crosses more profound. Of course by this stage and to some degree the previous year bands like Morbid Angel, Obituary, Autopsy and Pestilence were having a massive influence on our three intrepid Metal Warriors.

1991 - This year can be seen as a big change for the band, not least because this is the year I joined the band (ahem), but now a little older and with more playing ability the band sought to find a singer by placing one fateful add in Dublin's main Metal shop, an act that displayed a in itself a willingness to take this further than what it had been. Living indeed in what was a relatively isolated part of the county of Dublin (Skerries), or rather not at the hub of the city's underground the guys were not privy to the sounds of Samael, Master's Hammer, Impaled Nazarene, Rotting Christ, Necromantia or Mayhem for example… which is more where I came in, being the only person who answered the add and indeed being awful at the first rehersal, but what I did bring was a knowledge of the underground scene, having been writing around the world at this stage for some years and having done my first fanzine. It seemed like a good marriage, my talentless enthusiasm and underground savvy and their burgeoning playing ability. That October we played our first gig in Skerries community hall with a Metallica cover-band and we played covers by Sodom, Sepultura, Death and Massacre among others… And the first tentative steps at aping our heroes was beginning… we started to try and write songs.

1992 - This was the year that we started to play some gigs in Dublin, the little underground Death/Black enclave in Ireland was burgeoning. Back then we really knew fuck all about fuck all but it was to be honest exciting. There was also a compilation tape released that Summer with a rehersal version of "The Darkest Flame" on there. For Primordial completists if such people exist I guess this is truly the rarest thing there is. It was the first compilation of it's kind in Ireland and in retrospect one of the most important turning points. Our first two original tracks "Nefarious Affliction" (yep I know!) and "Prince of The Sky" contained many Satanic (albeit naïve) and Occult references and this began to see us at odds with the rest of the Irish scene. We saw ourselves as having more in common with a band like Rotting Christ or Varathron then many of the eco-friendly hardcore "death" metallers in the Irish scene. Black Metal polarisation lay around the corner… the impetuosity of youth my friends! That year we also wrote "To Enter Pagan" which is now a staple in the live set still, and most of "To The Ends of The Earth", things were indeed changing and that December we changed the name of the band to...Primordial.

1993 - I must be honest, at this stage we were writing songs but doing a demo did not seem a tangible reality, what with school work, money, travel and equipment taken into account. Over the previous year we had been finding our sound and found ourselves looking back to bands like Bathory, Celtic Frost, Sabbat and Candlemass for inspiration, and feeling far more part of the burgeoning Black Metal scene over the previous year and with the death metal scene becoming for the most part staid and boring…it was obvious that if we could do a demo it would most defintely be rooted firmly within the second wave Black Metal movement. And indeed in June of 1993 what had seemed previously impossible was achieved. We recorded our first and only demo "Dark Romanticism", recorded for about £50 in the lads home town of Skerries in a converted front room studio on eight tracks. Considering the equipment and the time and our experience we were quite shocked at how well it came out. "Dark Romanticism" went on to sell over 1 100 copies and is still heralded by many as a classic second wave Black Metal demo. At the time we left the politics of labels and categories to others but it was clearly obvious in retrospect it was Black Metal. We played our first gig painted up and ready for War in August of that year, times were indeed changing and I think underneath the greasepaint and leather we knew these were special songs and being signed and actually recording a CD was perhaps going to happen?! And slowly but surely the offers started to come in…1993…some year that was my friends!

1994 - Peaceville weren't interested… however Jonny from Deaf the Peaceville imprint was and with names like Eucharist, At The Gates and Dissection being thrown around we were more than impressed. The Deaf Metal sampler came out and we were being pencilled in as one of the first bands to be on the Deaf roster. Then nothing? Candlelight called… Necromantic Gallery, Unisound, Hellspawn, more and more really underground labels were contacting us. At this point in time Candlelight seemed to be at the centre of our dealings. We helped organise some shows for then Candlelight bands Decomposed and Korpse hoping Candlelight would come over and sort it all out, they never appeared and neither did the contract. A young Dani Filth had been pestering their fledgling label Cacophonous to sign us, yet they wanted to hear more songs. The answer came in the form of the live tape we recorded that night we played with Decomposed, Korpse and The Fifth Dominion (now Arcane Sun), containing five new tracks that was the tape that got us the deal with Cacophonous Records. And the tape that has been refered to by some people as "An Infernal Summers Night", although it was never really heavily traded... some people did indeed have it, there was no cover though! In November without any idea of the machinations of recording an album we went into where we recorded our demo, spent a lot of money hiring equipment and desks and this and that, after 12 days we were left with a sub standard album (demo!)… not awful but not fit for release. The saga had just begun.

1995 - We had to wait until May to remix the album. Not knowing our arse from our elbow we had recorded the album on one inch reel tape (which for anyone not familiar with recording, probably the least professional and least used size!) so Nihil and myself from Cacophonous had to haul a one inch reel machine around London and then all the way to Yorkshire… to Dewsbury and Academy to transfer reels and remix "Imrama". We found channels with nothing on them that should have been drums, things recorded in mono… you get the picture. That "Imrama" is at all listenable is down to Mags at Academy. That was the beginning of a long friendship between the band and him. "Imrama" was remixed in three days and finally released in September of 1995, just shy of one year after it was recorded. That year also saw us play our first gig outside of Ireland at a Devils church festival in London together with Occult, Gomorrah and Bal-Sagoth among others. A very important step for the Irish scene in general, not just the band. Following the release of the CD, without one single interview it sold by all accounts quite well in the not as yet saturated market. Talk of tours with everyone from Gehenna and Bal-Sagoth to Samael and Cradle of Filth went around but nothing transpired. Relationships between us all were very strained and it was four young men very at odds with each other who went over to play with Cradle of Filth and Gorgoroth in late 1995 at the Metal Hammer fourplay night in London at the Astoria 1. 1995 closed out with us just having done our biggest ever gig, the album being received well and the future looking well… well it should have been, instead it closed with tempers fraying and blood boiling…

1996 - Quite easily the worst year for the band, it stands out in my memory as being shockingly bad. Absolutely nothing happened of any note other than one gig in Athy, Co. Kildare in a massive GAA hall with The Fifth Dominion and Thy Sinister Bloom that was stopped halfway through our set. Having a gig stopped by the police, cool eh? It in fact sucked… as did 1996.

1997 - If one productive thing came from 1997 it was the long overdue exit of the malignant cancer within the band, i.e. the drummer. For various legal reasons and much wrangling Cacophonous released into the arms of those sapphic splendours... Misanthropy Records. An album seemed a long way off when we inked some sort of deal so we recorded in about six hours a version of "To Enter Pagan" from our demo for a split 10" with Katatonia from Sweden. The recording proved somewhat of an abortion and also marked the last appearance of the drummer. Now we were drummerless, however a guy who I had known since 1989 who I had linked up with Geasa sprung to mind, it seemed at the time we didn't really have a choice. With pressure from Misanthropy looming and some shows with the reformed Mayhem in the UK looming that Winter, in September Simon O'Laoghaire joined the band on the drums. And these very Mayhem gigs marked the appearance guesting on the bass of our now new second guitar player Fergal from Arcane Sun. The gig turned out ok, what surrounded them was indeed a nightmare what with our new drummer doing his best Shane McGowan impression and all manner of other things. 1997 finished with the knowledge that in February of the following year we were going to record our second album in Academy studios in Yorkshire… we also knew we weren't prepared! An understatement!

1998 - Looking back "Journeys End" was and is a very dark album, obscure and obtuse in many ways and somewhat hesitant in affirming any uplifting qualities. In retrospect I think the previous two years of bitterness and frustration helped mould the sound. Yet once it was recorded it was like a weight from around our necks, with relationships improving and a unified focus becoming apparent we could move on ahead. My biggest regret at this time is the changing of the cover from the one on the promo of the CD or on the now vinyl to the brown non-descript album cover… basically we were blackmailed, Tiziana hated it and wanted it changed, yet it was advertised in many places with the other cover, bullshit of course. Needless to say the album was released to critical acclaim but due to that change and the impaired German distribution it remained that, a critics choice. However what had one time seemed impossible, i.e recording a new album had been achieved, we could move onward and upward. It was becoming clear that things were not as they had been at Misanthropy Records and before the years end it became clear that we were going to have to move on and find a new label. Misanthropy was ceasing operations, Tiziana tired of the music industry in all it's forms basically wanted out and rather than flog a dead horse she decided to end it all, a decision I still totally respect. It was at this time that our ill fated tour with Menhir from Germany and Thyrfing from Sweden was falling apart… it in fact never did happen, but Mr. Guido from Hammerheart was first to offer the band a contract upon discovering Misanthropy was to end, we decided as we knew him from the old Bifrost underground days and looking at Hammerheart as a fast growing company to go with them… so I booked the studio for March 1999, we were going to record a new long mini-CD... force ourselves to work with deadlines and prove to some people, most of all ourselves that we were not going to disappear without trace again...

1999 - Definitely a new beginning, the newer songs had a greater sense of urgency and there was a new confidence and energy in the band, this can be heard on the "The Burning Season" MCD released around September on our new label Hammerheart! And in May of that year we went over to play with Hades Almighty and Mayhem in the "Annihilation of the Lowlands" mini tour of Belgium and Holland, our first gigs in the continent and a real learning experience and two very good gigs from our point of view, the energy and urgency was becoming barely controllable, we knew we had to deliver a real fist in the face with the next album. There was talk of us being on that Decembers No Mercy Festival, but with only a MCD to promote it seemed we were destined to miss out on yet another opportunity. However rather than accept that we would be doing nothing a seed had been planted by a friend for us in Portugal and after much wrangling seven straight days in Portugal and Spain were organised in December together with Sacred Sin and Masque of Innocence, a truly memorable experience and one I don't think any of us will ever forget ever… and for once we were rounding out the year with new songs, the studio booked for the following year (February) and a great positive experience to take us into the millenium…
The Dawn of Satan's Millenium huh?
Hasta Satana 99

2000 - Slightly more prepared then for "A Journey's End" we went into the studio in February to record "Spirit The Earth Aflame" in Dublin with Mags, just as we had done "The Burning Season". This time with better preparation, better equipment and a better attitude we came out with the songs we are the most satisfied. It had been a long search! The album came out and right now is the fastest selling album ever on Hammerheart Records... the band is growing, the label is growing. An eight day tour with our Metal brethren Thyrfing from Sweden and Shadowbreed from Holland passed by, several festivals, noticeably With Full Force, Windorock and the Wave Gothik Treffen. We signed a new publishing deal with Edition Wolffackel/Warner and Sure Shot Worx, a new second guitar player as well I may add… enter Lucifergal. Things were and are looking up, and we are stronger and more focused than ever on the task in hand. The press has been unanimous in it's praise of Spirit and for once things are going in the right direction. Upon writing this 2000 is more that half way to it's end, the album is released domestically in the States in August and there are tours to confirm… seems like the work may just be about to pay off?

2001 - The band don’t play many shows in 2001 and Fergal’s tenure within the band is short lived. Replaced by M. O Floinn. The band start work on writing their 4th album. Problems begin to emerge with Hammerheart Records. The bands first two albums “Imrama” and “Journeys End” are re-released by HHR.

2002 - The band begin recording as a 4 piece in Yorkshire together with Mags. Through much stress, financial and legal problems “Storm Before Calm” is recorded. The band play a few Irish shows, a few festivals and a mini tour with Mercenary and Callenish Circle. Hammerheart are in financial trouble and drop the ball with “Storm”, the press is again excellent but the promotion and artwork somewhat lacking.

2003 - The band head out on a European tour together with Rotting Christ and Enthroned. The promotion for the tour is poor to non existent but the band perform well. The band realise they have to try and find another label. They tour once again with Ancient Rites, Thyrfing and Septic Flesh among others and visit both Romania and Bulgaria with Negura Bunget and play Greece for the first time. The band goes into hibernation ovdr the Winter spending most of the time involved in legal matters.

2004 - The band play a couple of shows here and there and finally agree a deal with Metal Blade records from Germany. HHR essentially dissolves with the re-release of “Dark Romanticism” as a parting gift. The band record their fifth album “The Gathering Wilderness” in Dublin together with Billy Anderson. The band attempt to head in a rawer more live sound. The press receive the album again incredibly and sales improve in a dwindling marketplace. It also marks M O Floinns first creative contribution to the band, breaking with tradition.

2005 - The Majority of 2005 is spent doing mini tours and playing festivals. The band play in some new territories like Finland and most of the Summer seems to be spent sitting around in Fields all over Europe waiting to play or staggering around causing trouble after playing…Again however the big tour eludes the band after not only the Xmass festival collapses then a festival tour with Morbid Angel disappears….

2006 - The band play their first show in America, a festival entitled “The Heathen Crusade”. They decide to bring the idea to Europe and do a small headlining tour of Europe together with Moonsorrow and Mourning Beloveth. They play a handful more festivals around Europe and their biggest show in Ireland supporting Opeth also. The slow and painful process of songwriting also begins.

2007 - While writing songs the band play a handful of shows mainly in Germany before entering Foel Studios in North Wales during the monsoon summer. Over 2 weeks the bands 6th album and second for Metal Blade is recorded. “To the Nameless Dead” is released in Europe on November 16th and in America on November 27th.

Band Members :

A.A. Nemtheanga (Vocals)
Ciáran MacUiliam (Guitars)
Michael O'Floinn (Guitars)
Pól MacAmlaigh (Bass)
Simon O'Laoghaire (Drums)

Discography :

* Primordial - Dark Romanticism (Demo) 1993
* Primordial - Imrama 1995
* Primordial - Split 10" EP with Katatonia 1996
* Primordial - A Journey's End 1998
* Primordial - The Burning Season 1999
* Primordial - Spirit the Earth Aflame 2000
* Primordial - Storm Before Calm 2002
* Primordial - The Gathering Wilderness 2005
* Primordial - To The Nameless Dead 2007
* Primordial - Redemption at the Puritan's Hand 2011

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Misery Index

Biography :

Misery Index is an American deathgrind band formed in 2001 in Baltimore, Maryland, United States, by Jason Netherton on vocals and bass guitar, Mike Harrison on vocals and guitar, and Kevin Talley on drums. From 2006-2010, its line-up consisted of Netherton on vocals and bass guitar, Sparky Voyles on guitar, Mark Kloeppel on vocals and guitar, and Adam Jarvis on drums. In 2010, Voyles left the band and was replaced by Darin Morris.

Background :

Misery Index's music is best described as death metal with strong hardcore punk and grindcore influences. Their vein of music is often said to resemble their fellow Maryland death metal outfit Dying Fetus, as Netherton, Voyles, ex-guitarist Greig and ex-drummer Talley are all former members of that band. Misery Index's lyrical subject matter is left-wing, often coinciding with radical and anarchic aesthetics and focusing mostly on the ills of modern society. Their band name is derived from the economic indicator of the same name, which was also the namesake of the last album by Assück, from whom Misery Index draw a significant influence.

The band runs its own record label, Anarchos Records, on which it has released a few EPs. They signed to Relapse Records in January, 2006, and released their second album Discordia in May 2006. Their third album Traitors was released in September 2008. Their fourth album, Heirs To Thievery was released May 11, 2010. In June 2011, the band signed to Season of Mist Records.

Band Members :

Current Members :

* Jason Netherton – bass guitar, vocals (2001–present)
* Mark Kloeppel – guitar, vocals (2005–present)
* Adam Jarvis – drums (2004–present)
* Darin Morris – lead guitar (2010–present)

Former Members :

* Kevin Talley – drums (2001–2002, 2004)
* Mike Harrison – guitar, vocals (2001–2002, 2004)
* Matt Byers – drums (2002–2004)
* Bruce Greig – guitar (2003–2004)
* John "Sparky" Voyles – guitar (2002–2010)

Discography :

Albums :

* Misery Index - Retaliate (2003)
* Misery Index - Discordia (2006)
* Misery Index - Traitors (2008)
* Misery Index - Heirs To Thievery (2010)

EPs :

* Misery Index - Overthrow CD/12" (2001)
* Misery Index - Split w/ Commit Suicide CD (2002)
* Misery Index - Split w/ Structure of Lies CD (2003)
* Misery Index - Dissent CD/12" (2004)
* Misery Index - Split w/ Bathub Shitter 7" (2006)
* Misery Index - Hang Em High 7" (2007)
* Misery Index - Split w/ Mumakil CD/7" (2007)
* Misery Index - Split w/ Lock Up 7" (2011)

Compilations :

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Friday, March 23, 2012

August Burns Red

Biography :

August Burns Red is an American metalcore band, from Manheim, Pennsylvania. Formed in 2003, the group began their first performances while a majority of the members were attending their senior year of high school, and soon began playing shows around Lancaster, before being signed to CI Records, and afterward, Solid State. The group is primarily known for their heavy breakdowns and odd-meter riffs. They state Between the Buried and Me, Misery Signals and Hopesfall as their main influences.

History :

Formation and Thrill Seeker (2003–2006)

August Burns Red was founded in March 2003 when all the members were attending high school. The original practice sessions of the band began in drummer, Matt Greiner's old egg house and basement on the Greiner family's farmland. After playing many local shows within Lancaster, they recorded their first EP, titled Looks Fragile After All with label CI Records in 2004.

Vocalist Jon Hershey eventually quit the band during the same year, which lead to Josh McManness to take on the position as lead singer, and after several months of playing with McManness, August Burns Red signed to Solid State Records in 2005. Hershey would later go on to form instrumental post-rock band Bells. August Burns Red released Thrill Seeker, their first full-length album, on November 8, 2005. In 2006, drummer Matt Greiner was endorsed by Truth Custom Drums following the release of the album.

Messengers (2006–2009)

McManness departed from the band in 2006, exhausted by the band's constant touring. He was replaced with Columbia, SC resident, Jake Luhrs during the same year. Bassist Jordan Tuscan also left the band in 2006 for similar reasons as McManness. He was replaced by bassist Dustin Davidson, a friend of the band. The band's second album, Messengers, was released on June 19, 2007. Marking the debut for Luhrs fronting the group, it managed to become the band's breakthrough album, reaching number 81 on the Billboard 200. The album has sold a total of 108,000 copies as of May 2011.

Throughout 2008, August Burns Red toured with several acts across North America and Europe to promote Messengers. From April to May they toured with As I Lay Dying and Misery Signals across the United States and Canada. In September and October of that same year, they headlined a tour with A Skylit Drive, Sky Eats Airplane, Greeley Estates, and This or the Apocalypse in the United States. The band also visited Europe for a month-long headlining tour in November, playing in Germany, Finland, Norway, Sweden, The United Kingdom, Republic Of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Italy, Belgium, The Netherlands, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and France.

After this series of tours, the band recorded two covers of popular songs. They recorded an instrumental version of the classic song, "Carol of the Bells" for the X Christmas compilation album, which was featured in trailers for the film, The Spirit, released Christmas Day 2008. They also recorded a cover of "...Baby One More Time" by pop singer Britney Spears for the Punk Goes Pop 2 compilation album, released in March 2009.

On February 24, 2009, the band released an EP, entitled Lost Messengers: The Outtakes. It contains material that is related or was decided not to be included in the final, mastered version of Messengers. August Burns Reds' first trip to the Middle East took place on March 6, 2009 with the band playing at the Dubai Desert Rock Festival. The band's last tour before their next album release took place in the United States, where they toured with metalcore band All That Remains throughout April and May.

Constellations (2009–2011)

To promote their upcoming album, August Burns Red released several new tracks and a music video during June 2009. The tracks Thirty and Seven, Existence, and Ocean of Apathy were all released on the 15th, 21st, and 29th, respectively. A music video for the song Meddler was also released during this month. On July 7, a week before the album's release, August Burns Red began streaming the full album on their Myspace profile for a limited time. August Burns Red released their third full-length album, Constellations, on July 14, 2009. During the week of August 1, 2009, the album charted at spot 24 on the Billboard 200. Another United States tour was organized with August Burns Red headlining and support from Blessthefall, Enter Shikari, All Shall Perish, and Iwrestledabearonce. After this tour, the band joined a short tour in Australia with Architects in support of Australian band Parkway Drive. August Burns Red toured alongside Underoath and Emery in November and December 2009 as well.

The band released their first live CD/DVD, Home, on September 28, 2010. The group co-headlined an Alternative Press tour throughout November. On February 23, 2010, Constellations was nominated for the Dove Award for "Best Rock Album".

August Burns Red toured Australia and New Zealand in December 2010 on the No Sleep Til Festival. The band played alongside Parkway Drive, A Day to Remember, NOFX, Dropkick Murphys, Suicide Silence, Megadeth, Descendents, Gwar and many others.

Leveler (2011–present)

On July 27, 2010, lead guitarist, Brubaker stated that the band would be taking time off tour to write their next record, On February 12, 2011, the band announced via their official Facebook page that they had completely finished writing their new record and that they would be entering the studio on Valentine's Day. which, following into March of the next year, the band announced that the record was finished, and that it was (at that point) time for mixing. On the 5th of April, August Burns Red revealed the name of this upcoming record as Leveler. On May 16, 2011, the band released the song "Empire" as a preview before its release. They also later premiered three other songs: "Internal Cannon", "Divisions", and "Poor Millionaire", on May 31, June 6, and June 14, respectively.

Leveler was released on June 21, 2011 in two forms; standard and deluxe. The deluxe version of Leveler contains four extra songs, including an acoustic version of the song "Internal Cannon". The album sold particularly well compared to their other*releases, with 29,000 of its opening first week-copies being sold in the United States alone. These sales had the record land at position 11 on The Billboard 200 chart. After the release, August Burns Red took part on the main stage of the 2011 Vans Warped Tour.

August Burns Red headlined their own "Leveler" tour on the first quarter of 2012 with Silverstein, Texas In July, I, The Breather and Letlive.

Band Members :

Current Members :

* JB Brubaker − lead guitar (since 2003)
* Brent Rambler − rhythm guitar (since 2003)
* Matt Greiner − drums, piano (since 2003)
* Dustin Davidson − bass guitar, backing vocals (since 2006)
* Jake Luhrs − lead vocals (since 2006)

Former Members :

* Jordan Tuscan − bass guitar (2003–2005)
* Jon Hershey − lead vocals (2003–2004)
* Josh McManness − lead vocals (2005–2006)

Discography :

* August Burns Red - Thrill Seeker 2005
* August Burns Red - Messengers 2007
* August Burns Red - Constellations 2009
* August Burns Red - Leveler 2011

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

A Day To Remember

Biography :

A Day to Remember is an American rock band from Ocala, Florida.
Founded in 2003 by guitarist Tom Denny and drummer Bobby Scruggs, the band has released four studio albums, nine singles and eight music videos. They are mainly known for their unusual amalgamation of metalcore and pop punk as a musical style.

History :

Early years and debut album (2003–2006)

After all playing in different groups in the Ocala music scene, singer Jeremy McKinnon, guitarists Neil Westfall and Tom Denney, bassist Joshua Woodard, and drummer Bobby Scruggs came together in 2003. Soon after, the band embarked on a "DIY" tour, playing well over 200 shows, making a name for themselves. They were signed to Indianola Records, from which they recorded their debut full-length debut album, titled And Their Name Was Treason in May 2005. The album sold 8,690 copies but the band felt that bigger and better things were to come. "A friend of mine said he had the AIM screenname of someone at Victory Records,” Woodard said. "I didn’t believe him, but I still started communicating with the guy. We IM’ed back and forth for about six months, and it happened that we were playing with the band On the Last Day in a town outside of Chicago—and this guy was going to be there filming it. It was our first time we ever played in Illinois, yet the 50-60 kids there were singing along to our tunes like they’d been fans all their lives."
Victory Records and For Those Who Have Heart (2006–2008)
Soon after signing with Victory Records, the band with their new drummer Alex Shellnutt went into Zing Studios to record their second full-length.
The album, titled For Those Who Have Heart was released in January 2007 on Victory Records and peaked at #17 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart and #43 on the Top Independent Albums chart. On September 24, 2007, they put a cover of Kelly Clarkson's hit single, "Since U Been Gone" on their MySpace. This was later featured on the re-release of For Those Who Have Heart, released in February 2008.
A Day to Remember toured the United Kingdom for the first time ever in January 2008, and were later nominated for "Best International Newcomer" at the 2008 Kerrang! Awards, but lost to Black Tide. Afterwards, the band had a lengthy tour opening for Silverstein along with The Devil Wears Prada, and Protest the Hero (who dropped off the tour and were replaced by A Static Lullaby). They then played The Bamboozle Left on April 6 at the Verizon Amphitheater in Irvine, California, one of the two days at the 2008 Bamboozle Festival in East Rutherford, New Jersey on May 3 and 4, as well as the Download Festival in June, and the 2008 Vans Warped Tour. Before playing the Download Festival, they toured the UK with The Devil Wears Prada and Alesana on the Road To Download Tour. In mid 2008, the band played all the U.S. dates of the "Easycore Tour" along with New Found Glory, Four Year Strong, Crime in Stereo and International Superheroes of Hardcore.

Homesick and Denney's departure (2008–2010)

A remixed and remastered version of their first album, And Their Name Was Treason, titled Old Record, was released on October 28, 2008 through Victory Records. In December 2008, A Day to Remember toured across Australia with Parkway Drive, Suicide Silence, The Acacia Strain and Confession. A Day to Remember played sold out*shows across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide in support of Parkway Drive's "Sweatfest" 2008 Australian tour. Later that month, the band also finished recording their third studio album, Homesick. It was released on February 2, 2009 in Europe and February 3, 2009 in the United States and placed at #21 on Billboard's Top 200 Listings and at #1 on Top Independent Albums. It was additionally featured in Rolling Stone's "Top 40 Albums" that month, hitting number 21, and as of July 2010 has sold over 200,000 copies. Following two sold-out UK tours, A Day to Remember went on a European tour in February 2009, with the leg of the tour that took the band to Germany for the first time supported by For The Fallen Dreams and Kenai.
A Day to Remember toured the United States from March to May 2009 with The Devil Wears Prada, Sky Eats Airplane and Emarosa. Prior to the tour, Tom Denney broke his wrist; filling in for him was Kevin Skaff formerly of Four Letter Lie. They also toured the UK with For the Fallen Dreams and Azriel. They also toured as part of the Warped Tour 2009, played at the Download Festival 2009 and toured Asia, Australia and New Zealand in August and September. The band also contributed a track to Punk Goes Pop 2 record from Fearless Records, covering The Fray's "Over My Head (Cable Car)".
On June 2, 2009, the band announced that Tom Denney had left the band. The band stated that Denney left because he wants to focus on his marriage, a family, and his recording studio. Denney has been noted for recording such bands as The Starlight Getaway, Dang! We're on Fire, We Are Defiance as well as a number of solo acts. Regardless of his departure from the band, he will still remain a part of the writing process of new material. His replacement is Kevin Skaff, formerly of Four Letter Lie.
"The Downfall of Us All" was released as downloadable content for the Rock Band series of video games, whilst "NJ Legion Iced Tea" was released as a download for Guitar Hero World Tour on July 9, 2009.
A Day to Remember were set to play Reading & Leeds Festival in 2009 but pulled out due to Neil Westfall having to have surgery. They did their first headlining tour called The Pulling Your Pud Tour, along with Parkway Drive, In Fear and Faith, and I See Stars starting in September 2009. The band then supported Bring Me the Horizon, with guest August Burns Red, on their tour of the UK and Europe in October–November 2009.
On December 16, 2009, A Day to Remember released a holiday-oriented song as a single entitled "Right Where You Want Me to Be". A video was also made for the song and released through
What Separates Me from You (2010–2011)
A Day to Remember performed at the 2010 Soundwave Australian music festival. They toured across the UK in March 2010 with support from Architects and Your Demise followed by "Toursick" in North America with August Burns Red, Silverstein, Enter Shikari, Veara, and Go Radio from March 31 to May 18, 2010. On July 14, 2010, posted the music video for the band's latest single from Homesick - "Have Faith in Me", on their website.
According to Victory Records, it was claimed that the band will set to release their fourth studio album titled "What Separates Me From You" on October 26, 2010. The album was recorded in Ocala, Florida, with producer Chad Gilbert who has also produced Homesick, with the tracking being done on July 23, 2010.
On September 20, 2010, A Day to Remember announced in a live video through Victory Records' website the name of their new album being What Separates Me from You. They also then revealed the cover art for the album. The album was delayed a few weeks for release until November 16, 2010. On November 16, 2010, it was announced that A Day to Remember will play the 2011 edition of the Vans Warped Tour. Prior to Vans Warped Tour 2011, A Day To Remember headlined the "Game Changers Tour" (March - April 2011) with support from Bring Me The Horizon, Pierce The Veil, and We Came as Romans.
On January 6, 2011, the band showcased the official music video for the first single taken from the album, "All I Want" through an MTV premiere. The music video features several musicians from many different musical groups such as A Day to Remember's former lead guitarist Tom Denney, as well as Vic Fuentes, Pete Wentz, Dallas Taylor, Tim Lambesis and others. On January 11, 2011, the band made their national TV debut, while performing the songs "All I Want" and "Better Off This Way" on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. On June 7, 2011, the band released the music video for the second single off the album - "All Signs Point to Lauderdale".
On December 15, 2011, it was announced that the band have plans of pressing charges against Victory due to breach of contract. Legal action was reportedly initiated on May 31 of that year, in which the band claims that Victory owes them over $75,000 in royalties. Victory Records has said, on their behalf, that the lawsuit is actually about the band's refusal to fulfill their 5 album contractual commitment to Victory and their newfound desire to move to a major label, and that Victory Records did not seek attention with this lawsuit trying to find middle ground with the band. The lawsuit came soon after A Day To Remember has started working with new management, and it is speculated that management has pressured the band to go to court.
Upcoming fifth studio album (2012–present)
After the band's recent tour in the US and UK throughout the months of November and December 2011, the band had written new material that is to be included on their fifth studio album. In preparation for the new album, the band would be heading into the studio later in the upcoming months, most likely in March 2012, as stated by frontman Jeremy.
The lead single from the band's new, untitled album will be "This Is Not What We're Supposed to Be" as confirmed by the band members in a live streaming webcam chat. It was also revealed to be a song that didn't make the cut for their previous album, What Separates Me from You, and thus would be included on the new record. No official release date has been announced yet.
Beginning in January 2012, the band went on tour supporting Rise Against, with the tour spreading over two legs and the band performing in Australia and New Zealand between tour two parts.
Jeremy also announced on December 30, 2011, that the band's previous lead guitarist Tom Denney would set to provide vocals on the new record. "As for if he would be screaming, chumming tunes, whistling or rapping on the track, we have not decided yet. It's totally a game changer for Tom to be in this set.", Jeremy reported to an exclusive Kerrang! podcast.

Band Members :

Current Members :

* Jeremy McKinnon - lead vocals (since 2003)
* Neil Westfall - rhythm gtitar, backing vocals (since 2003)
* Joshua Woodard - bass guitar (since 2003)
* Alex Shelnutt - drums (since 2006)
* Kevin Skaff - lead guitar, backing vocals (since 2009)

Former Members :

* Tom Denney - lead guitar, backing vocals (2003–2009)
* Bobby Scruggs - drums (2003–2006)
* Brandon Roberts - drums (2003)

Discography :

Albums :

* A Day To Remember - And Their Name Was Treason 2005
* A Day To Remember - For Those Who Have Heart 2007
* A Day To Remember - Homesick 2009
* A Day To Remember - What Separates Me from You 2010

Music Video :

* A Day To Remember - A Second Glance
* A Day To Remember - The Plot to Bomb the Panhandle
* A Day To Remember - The Danger in Starting a Fire
* A Day To Remember - Since U Been Gone
* A Day To Remember - The Downfall of Us All
* A Day To Remember - Right Where You Want Me to Be
* A Day To Remember - I'm Made of Wax, Larry, What Are You Made Of?
* A Day To Remember - Have Faith in Me
* A Day To Remember - All I Want
* A Day To Remember - All Signs Point to Lauderdale
* A Day To Remember - 2nd Sucks
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Monday, March 19, 2012

Asking Alexandria

Biography :

Asking Alexandria are a British metalcore band from York, North Yorkshire. Founded in 2008 when Ben Bruce (lead guitar) contacted his old companions upon returning to the UK after residing in Dubai. The current line-up of the group consists of Ben Bruce (lead guitar), Danny Worsnop (vocals), Cameron Liddell (rhythm guitar), Sam Bettley (bass guitar) and James Cassells (drums).

History :

Inception and Stand Up and Scream (2008–2009)

Asking Alexandria have their roots in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, wherein guitarist Ben Bruce started a band and released one full-length album (titled The Irony of Your Perfection) with the group under the name Asking Alexandria. The band shortly afterwards broke-up and Bruce made a statement at a later date that the band known as Asking Alexandria from Dubai only had the name for about a month before leading to their disbandment, hence the band never embarked on a tour.

In 2008, Bruce moved back to the UK, leaving behind his former bandmates. However, Bruce had no plans on putting his musical career on hold and not long after the move he started fresh with new members, though deciding to carry on the name Asking Alexandria. Bruce has stated that he was the one that created this title, that he still liked it and the meaning/reason behind the name still remained, and therefore decided to continue it in the new project. He also made an emphasised statement in the same blog post that the current Asking Alexandria is not the same band that wrote The Irony of Your Perfection, in style nor members, hence they are two different bands, despite their links. The same statement has been emphasised in interviews and is known to still be a confusion to many fans.

Asking Alexandria, since their formation in 2008, has had some member changes, including going from a six-piece to a five-piece, with the departure of synthesist Ryan Binns. The last known change was bassist Sam Bettley, who replaced Joe Lancaster in January 2009. Lancaster played his final show at Fibbers in their hometown York on 4 January. The band left for the United States the day after the show to promote their music through shows, as well as to prepare for the recording of their debut album.

After spending 2008 and the first months of 2009 touring, the band recorded their debut studio album between 19 May and 16 June 2009 at The Foundation Recording Studios in Connersville, Indiana, United States with producer Joey Sturgis. They announced their signing with Sumerian Records shortly after finishing the recording and released their debut album, Stand Up and Scream, on 15 September 2009 through their new label. The band spent 2009 focusing on gaining success in the United States, touring with well known bands such as Alesana, Enter Shikari, The Bled and Evergreen Terrace, amongst others.

Reckless & Relentless (2010–present)

On 22 December 2009, Asking Alexandria announced that they were to start the works on a second album in January. They informed that they were to be streaming parts of the writing process through a web cam feed via the service Stickam. It was also announced that they will be entering the studio on 1 September, again with producer Joey Sturgis. Then they later announced that they will be able to get into the studio 22 June 2010 on their official twitter. The band has later confirmed through an interview with Shred News that the album is scheduled for release in early 2011 and is planned to contain 12 new songs. In the same interview, the band informed that a title was not yet established. In a later interview they stated that the album will probably be able to pre order in November 2010, and available in early 2011. One song, "Breathless" has been played live already and can be found on YouTube. Danny has also released lyrics from the new album onto his Twitter account, although he did not state what songs they were from.

In March, Asking Alexandria are heading out on their first tour of the new year, yet again making their way through North America, this time with Attack Attack!, Breathe Carolina, label mates I See Stars, and the up-and-coming British metalcore act Bury Tomorrow. The tour carries through to April, ending ten days before heading off for their debut European tour with Dance Gavin Dance and In Fear and Faith, which includes an appearance at the annual Groezrock festival. They are however scheduled to discontinue the European tour two days before it originally ends to make an appearance at The Bamboozle festival in New Jersey.

Asking Alexandria announced their first ever headlining tour on 2 March 2010, taking place in North America through May to the start of June. We Came as Romans, From First to Last, Our Last Night and A Bullet for Pretty Boy were announced as supporting bands for the tour. Bruce has also confirmed through an interview with Inside Heavy that the band will be making an appearance at the Thrash and Burn summer festival tour as a main support act, though not revealing details on which other bands that will be participating. It was later revealed that Asking Alexandria would co-headline the Thrash and Burn Tour 2010 alongside Born of Osiris.

Asking Alexandria has sincd then embarked on The Thrash and Burn Tour performed a new song entitled "Breathless", which is featured on their then upcoming second studio album Reckless & Relentless. The band as well recorded a cover of "Right Now (Na Na Na)" by Akon which was released on Punk Goes Pop 3 in November 2010.

During a show in Las Cruces, New Mexico, on the Short But Sweet Tour that took place in early October, Asking Alexandria was asked about the release of their upcoming album and future music videos. Bruce responded with great detail about their plans. Reckless & Relentless will be available for pre-order in December and will be released in February. He also stated that in November 2010 they will be releasing a reissue of Stand Up and Scream, the reissue album is said to contain more of a "dubstep feel" to the content. Bruce also mentioned that it will contain a bonus DVD that will have a live music video of "If You Can't Ride Two Horses at Once... Then You Should Get Out of the Circus." They are also preparing a music video for "A Prophecy" that will be included on the bonus DVD if finished in time.

On 23 November 2010, Asking Alexandria added a new EP entitled Life Gone Wild for pre-order, set to be released on 21 December 2010. The EP contained the new song "Breathless", dubstep remixes of "A Single Moment of Sincerity" and "Not the American Average," two Skid Row covers of "18 and Life" and "Youth Gone Wild", and an unreleased demo version of "I Was Once, Possibly, Maybe, Perhaps a Cowboy King".

It has been announced that the reissue album of Stand Up and Scream, that was originally supposed to be released on 16 November then 21 December then 22 March has been pushed back to sometime in the summer of 2011 and will be titled Stepped Up and Scratched. It will be a completely remixed electro/dubstep version of their debut album including all the songs, new artwork, and new packaging. It has been announced at most UK tour shows in December that support for the UK April shows will come from Of Mice & Men and Chelsea Grin.

On 5 April 2011, Reckless & Relentless was released as planned. On 11 April 2011, the band made their national TV debut, while performing the songs "Someone, Somewhere", and "Closure" on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.

On 5 July 2011, the band released the music video for "Closure", the first single off Reckless & Relentless, directed by Thunder Down Country. On 15 July 2011, the band released a music video for the second single "To the Stage", directed by Frankie Nasso. On 4 September 2011, vocalist Danny Worsnop has announced in a video on his personal YouTube channel that he will be recording a solo album in the near future, with the album being more of a rock record, rather than Asking Alexandria's heavy metal style. He released a preview of a new solo song he recorded, entitled "Photograph." Asking Alexandria released the music video for Not The American Average on VIA Facebook on 10/17/11 which was a song on their debut album Stand Up And Scream. On 17 November 2011, the band was selected as sole direct support to Guns N' Roses at the Izod Center.

The band also announced on their Facebook on 22 December 2011 that they are shooting a prequel video to their song "To the Stage" the music video will be for their song "Reckless & Relentless". They also announced the sequel to the video will be for the song "Dear Insanity". Both are currently in post-production. Fans can go to the Sumerian Records Facebook wall and tell them which video they would prefer the band release first.

Band Members :

Current Members :

* Ben Bruce – lead guitar, programming, backing vocals (since 2008)
* James Cassells – drums (since 2008)
* Cameron Liddell – rhythm guitar (since 2008)
* Danny Worsnop – lead vocals, keyboards, programming (since 2008)
* Sam Bettley – bass guitar (since 2009)

Former Members :

* Ryan Binns – keyboards, synthesizers, programming (2008)
* Joe Lancaster – bass guitar (2008–2009)

Discography :

Studio Albums :

* Asking Alexandria - Stand Up and Scream 2009
* Asking Alexandria - Reckless and Relentless 2011

Extended plays :

* Asking Alexandria - Life Gone Wild 2010

Remix albums :

* Asking Alexandria - Stepped Up and Scratched 2011

Music Videos :

* Asking Alexandria - Final Episode (Let's Change the Channel)
* Asking Alexandria - A Prophecy
* Asking Alexandria - If You Can't Ride Two Horses at Once... You Should Get Out of the Circus
* Asking Alexandria - Closure
* Asking Alexandria - To the Stage
* Asking Alexandria - Not the American Average Read More...!!