Escape The Fate
Formed in 2004, Las Vegas post-hardcore group Escape the Fate prided itself, above all else, on an energetic and visceral live show. Following the demise of their previous band, singer Ronnie Radke and bassist Max Green recruited keyboardist Carson Allen, guitarist Omar Espinoza, and drummer Robert Ortiz. Debuting live barely one month after forming, the band found early success via local radio outlets and quickly amassed a devoted hometown following.
There's No Sympathy for the Dead By September 2005, Escape the Fate had won a local radio contest judged by My Chemical Romance. The gig awarded them the opportunity to open a show on the band's headlining tour with Alkaline Trio and Reggie & the Full Effect, which subsequently led to a record deal with Epitaph. Their five-song EP, There's No Sympathy for the Dead, appeared in May 2006 with their full-length debut, Dying Is Your Latest Fashion, following in September of that year. Prior to both releases, keyboardist Allen left the band, with guitarist Espinoza also leaving amicably in 2007 after the two releases. The lineup shifts continued as singer Radke was ousted in 2008 due to continued drug problems and his involvement in an altercation that led to an indictment on a charge of battery. The remaining members recruited former blessthefall vocalist Craig Mabbitt to fill the vacant frontman position, and the revised lineup immediately hit the studio in mid-2008 to record their sophomore album, This War Is Ours, which subsequently reached number 35 on the Billboard charts that October. The album was a departure from Escape the Fate's earlier emo-inspired sound, and featured a more streamlined, hard rock approach. They immersed themselves in a heavy touring schedule and, in early 2010, began working with producer Don Gilmore (Linkin Park, Bullet for My Valentine) on their third LP. Released later that year, the self-titled album would be their first for DGC/Interscope and fared well commercially, entering the charts at number 25.
Ungrateful They continued to tour heavily, playing shows around the world before releasing their follow-up album, 2013's Ungrateful. Their ever-shifting lineup continued to evolve with founding member Green departing and his replacement TJ Bell taking over on bass. Brothers Monte and Michael Money manned the guitars and in addition to the lineup changes, Ungrateful also saw a shift to a different label, this time coming out on Universal imprint Eleven Seven Music. Arriving in late 2015, Escape the Fate's fifth album, Hate Me, was helmed by veteran producer Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, Bon Jovi, Daughtry).
Slaves is an American experimental rock group formed in Sacramento, California in 2014. The band consists of lead vocalist Jonny Craig formerly of Emarosa, Dance Gavin Dance and Isles & Glaciers, guitarists Alex Lyman and Christopher Kim of Hearts & Hands, and drummer Tai Wright of Four Letter Lie and Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows. The band released their debut album, Through Art We Are All Equals on June 24, 2014.
Famous Last Words
Famous Last Words" - A phrase reflecting the final articulated words of an individual before death, often to be immortalized as the centerpiece of a particular movement…. It's a pertinent name for a band whose lyrical concepts and themes revolve around life, death, hope and love.
Hailing from Petoskey, MI, Famous Last Words formed in 2009 and quickly began to make their mark within the scene. Utilizing heavy guitar riffs, catchy hooks, folly, and symphonic elements, the band took things a step further and introduced detailed stories into their lyrics and album structure; transforming their band into more of an art project. It was characteristics like this that lead the independent label InVogue records to sign the band in 2012.
The band released one EP and one early demo before recording their first full-length album Two-faced Charade with renowned producer Joey Sturgis, who later went on to say that Famous Last Words was in his top 10 favorite bands he'd ever worked with. Direct quote -"this record from beginning to end is one of the most exciting concept and storytelling records I've ever heard."
Two-faced Charade swiftly placed the band on the map. Lyrically, it depicts the story of a psychopath whose twisted idea of love drives him to the furthest point of insanity. The band released a music video for the song "The Show Must Go On," which quickly erupted on YouTube, reeling in millions of views. In light of the video's massive success, the band collectively decided to shoot a 30-minute short film depicting the entire story behind the album. The movie is due out March 2015.
After a heavy touring schedule, the band rode on the coattails of their own success, releasing their second full-length album in 2014 through InVogue records titled, Council of the Dead. Recorded by Nick Sampson, they again based the entire album around a single concept. But unlike their previous album, Council of the Dead tells not one, but eight individual narratives, each delineating a specific story. The stories cover a wide range of circumstances, each portraying an idiosyncratic account of a person's life nearing death. But each story bears a positive note in that it ruminates upon a person's life as if looking back from the afterlife. Overall the album is not only a collection stories, but also a tale of the preserving human spirit through the greatest trials and hardships that life has to offer.
Famous Last Words has no intention of slowing down as they push forward with plans to release their short film and are planning a tour through Europe. Always pushing the boundaries of what a band encompasses, expect great things in the future of this band.
Picturesque is a rock band from Lexington, Ky.
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Set To Stun
SET TO STUN is a three-piece sci-fi-post-hardcore band from Southern California. Without the limitations of genre, their unorthodox style of music and high energy live show has gathered a devoted cult following.
Signed to Tragic Hero Records and released their first full-length "SET TO STUN and The Desperado Undead in December 2015 to raving reviews from Alternative Press and Revolver Magazine. Throughout 2016 the band tour extensively and released music videos for "Dreamcatchers // Bodysnatchers" and "Mirror, Mirror" on YouTube before heading back into the studio to begin work on their second album.