Life is all about how quickly you get back up. In January 2015, everything changed for Asking Alexandria. The chart-topping, gold-selling UK hard rock outfit parted ways with singer and founding member Danny Worsnop. On the outside, the future mightve seemed uncertain—even grim—to some, but Ben Bruce [lead guitar, vocals], James Cassells [drums], Cameron Liddell [rhythm guitar], and Sam Bettley [bass] dusted themselves off, lifted their chins, and got right back up.
We hadnt reached our destination yet, and Danny had, admits Bruce. I think it was necessary. When it happened, I was devastated. I lost my best friend. We even started referring to this part of our career as The Black period. It was the darkest time, but we werent going to give up. If he hadnt left, I dont think we wouldve been as inspired as we were. I also dont think Asking Alexandria would still be around. Instead, were more excited than ever about this band.Bruce locked himself in his New Jersey home and immediately began writing ideas for what would become the groups fourth full-length album, The Black [Sumerian Records]. He studied their earlymaterial, focusing on capturing that initial magic and rekindling their groove-driven and electronic-laden metallic swing. In order to properly do that, the band actually turned to a fan. Ukrainian singer Denis Stoff gained notoriety posting Asking Alexandria covers on YouTube and consequentially inked a deal with Sumerian Records in his band Make Me Famous. Bruce shot him an email one night. The next day, a new Asking Alexandria song had vocals. When I first saw him on YouTube, I thought he sounded just like Danny, and it was so weird, recalls Bruce. So, I reached out. As soon as he sent me the first demo, it didnt feel like there was a new guy. Hes Asking Alexandrias singer. Its like it was always meant to be. He gave us a new lease on life.Denis made his live debut in front of 30,000 people when Asking Alexandria headlined the Czech Republics Rock for People Festival. In between sold out shows around the globe, they ventured back and forth to the Michigan studio of longtime producer Joey Sturgis in order to cut The Black. The sessions came together rapidly. Not only was it easier, but it was a lot more enjoyable, continues Bruce. Were all on the same page. There was this creative freedom with no limitations and restrictions. It felt like Reckless & Relentless on steroids.
The albums first single and title track, The Black, evinced that sentiment. With a sidewinder guitar riff, industrial-style slam, and hypnotically haunting refrain, the song sees the group evolve their patented sound with a more potent punch. I think everyone goes through this at some point or another, he sighs. Theres a time in your life where you feel like youre really trying to clutch onto anything, but nothings there for you to clutch onto. You feel completely hopeless and lost, but you get through it. The song is a reminder to keep on fighting and searching for the light at the end of the tunnel.Let It Sleep stands out as the quintets heaviest salvo ever. Exploding on impact, the track builds into a guttural chant thats immediately irresistible and impenetrable. You battle with voices inside your head, says Bruce. Everyone has those two sides. Youre torn between two different ideologies, trying to figure out which path to go down. It was appropriate to go so heavy.Meanwhile, Send Me Home sees the musicians flex their melodic muscle with a magnificent melody, highlighting Stoffs vocal prowess and range. That was the first thing he sang over, and it was when I knew it was going to work, smiles Bruce. Lyrically, it discusses being away on tour all the time and being far away from the people you love. Everyone thinks its a 24-hour party, but the reality is youre separated from everyone who cares about you.The Black reflects the apex of Asking Alexandrias singular style. However, that dynamic approach has defined them since day one. Its what made millions fall in love with them on 2009s Stand Up and Scream and turned The Final Episode (Lets Change the Channel) into an RIAA Gold-certified smash. The 2011 follow-up, Reckless & Relentless, would bow at #9 on the Billboard Top 200, while From Death to Destiny debuted at #5 in 2013. Along the way, theyve covered magazines such as Alternative Press, Guitar World, Revolver, Metal Hammer, Kerrang!, and more as well as touring alongside Guns N Roses, Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Slipknot, and many others. Now, The Black represents a new beginning and the commencement of their biggest, boldest, and best chapter yet.
Chicago-based metalcore outfit Born of Osiris (formerly known as Rosecrance) formed around the talents of Lee McKinney (guitar), Ronnie Canizaro (vocals), Joe Buras (keyboards/backing vocals), David Darocha (bass), Cameron Losch (drums), and Matt Pantelis (guitar) while still in high school.The band's signature blend of thrash and highly melodic progressive death metal caught the ear of Sumerian Records, which signed the band (all of whose members were only 18 at the time) and released its debut, New Reign, in 2007 and sophomore effort, Higher Place, in 2009, the latter of which found its way into the Billboard Top 100. ~ James Christopher Monger
I SEE STARS exploded into the mainstream in 2011 after making their national television debut on the ABC late-night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” This coupled with being featured on the covers of Alternative Press and Substream Magazine and touring all across North America with Black Veil Brides on the “AP Tour” helped them gain legions of devoted fans.
However, in 2012 the group had their most successful year yet with the release of digital_renegade, their third full-length album. This new effort was recorded with acclaimed producer Joey Sturgis (Asking Alexandria, Emmure) and the end result was a propulsive blend of aggressive music alongside build ups that spawn from the core of techno/dub-step/electro. This disc was highly regarded by fans and media alike as their best offering yet and yielded AMP and Outburn Magazine cover features.
An uninhibited eight-stringed dual barrage of frenetic riffs and dynamic chord progression is exactly what the crushing new AFTER THE BURIAL delivers with pinpoint precision. The highly acclaimed new album, In Dreams, is quickly going to raise the bar for all others within the metal genre as this group effectively unleashes a frenzy of jaw-dropping dual guitar dynamics that is backed by a captivating energy and groove resulting in an overall unrelenting output of punishment. This Minnesota quintet is hell-bent on forging their own unique path within the extreme metal genre and In Dreams proves that they are well on their way to that very goal.
Justin (guitars) states: "We've spent the last year putting all of our hard work into this album, and we can assure you that the intricate dynamics of In Dreams will satisfy your appetite for the crushing guitars, driving drums and powerful vocals you've come to expect from us."
AFTER THE BURIAL spent the winter of 2010 touring relentlessly across North America on the “December Decimation” tour. This group has something for everyone that pleases the tech nuts while providing an entertaining stage show that is sure to always get the metalcore kids into a violent frenzy. This is a band that thrives on the road and tours relentlessly across the world non-stop. This is an extreme metal hybrid that is a voracious assault on all the senses forcing your brain to fire on all cylinders in order to process the amount of material that is currently being pounded into your ears. This is thinking man's metal and it's not for the weak minded.
AFTER THE BURIAL's highly acclaimed sophomore album, Rareform, hinted at their true potential, but In Dreams brings all of their combined talents to fruition. The disc opens with a freight train of brutality and sheer brute force busting out at the seams and never lets up on the gas for a split second. Each track will keep you on your toes guessing what might possibly be next in this never-ending array of intensity. This is essentially a roller coaster of unconventionality, so strap yourself in tight and prepare for a wild ride.
In Dreams is going to redefine the genre and position AFTER THE BURIAL as the forerunners of the new extreme progressive movement.
Prepare yourself for a brutal, unrelenting array of unabashed aggression and sheer ferocity that will beat you
to oblivion. This is what UPON A BURNING BODY delivers each and every time. The San Antonio based
group’s debut offering, The World Is Ours, caught the metal scene by storm with its crushing Pantera-esque
grooves and dynamic riffing and captivating hooks. Then with the success of their sophomore album, Red.
White. Green., they continued to march the path of great metal taking the band to new, higher levels. Their
live performance is unmatched, which quickly had their name being spread by the masses throughout the
Their highly acclaimed new offering THE WORLD IS MY ENEMY NOW was tracked, mixed and mastered with
renowned producer Will Putney (For Today, Body Count) at The Machine Shop in NJ.
With a clear vision for their identity and an immeasurable level of determination, UPON A BURNING BODY
are touring full-time throughout the world 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.”
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