Saturday, December 8, 2012

BTW: Bands To Watch ~ Until The End


     Normally, I would be the one to tell you about a band. However, I think that Until The End rhythm guitarist/vocalist Joel Gauthier and vocalist/keyboardist Brian Burkheiser describe their band and their goals the best. Be sure to check out their cover of Justin Bieber's "Beauty and a Beat" below!


Front Paige Metal News: How do you describe Until The End's music? 

Joel: Until the End always aims to provide music that has a message. That being said, lyrics and therefore vocals, are put in the forefront of our music. As for what we sound like, we're an alternative/post-hardcore band who focuses on melody and movement over just aiming to be brutal like a lot of the bands in the scene right now. We try to include the heaviness without sacrificing musical depth.


FPMN: What inspires you as a performer and a musician? When did you first realize that music was a passion for you?

Joel Gauthier: What inspires me is knowing that I can use my music to help all those people who feel like they have nothing else. I was always one of those kids who, when I had problems, would go into my room and just throw on music and drift away. It kept me sane. That's what I want from this band. For people to identify with and understand what we're trying to say. I guess that kinda answers the second part of the question, too. My answer is always. I've always loved music, but I really decided that this is what I want to do with my life around 12 or 13. I had already taken a couple years of piano and guitar lessons, and I've always loved writing. I decided that I wanted to do it for the rest of my life. 


FPMN: What mark do you hope to leave on the music industry?  

Brian Burkheiser: We want to change the way the industry operates. (We want to) flip it on its head entirely, and since we started Until the End, we've been pretty successful at that. We want people to return to the days when "popular music" had a point and when it wasn't just random words being spouted to a beat. The fact that artists have no societal accountability is just unforgivable. That's why we've had so much success. We always try to be real with our fans. We market ourselves as what we are, not as what people want of us.


FPMN: What is coming up for Until The End?

Brian: Well, we just released a cover of Justin Bieber's new song "Beauty and a Beat". So far, the video has gotten about 40,000 views (now over 90,000) and it's only been online for a few days. We're also about to launch a Kickstarter to fund the recording of our upcoming album, Metanoia. We should be releasing that to the public around February. We're also getting ready for a big show on 12/21 called 'The End of the World Party'. We're quite excited about it.


FPMN: Are there any interesting or funny stories that you can tell about you or one of your band mates? Maybe a story from the studio or being on the road?

Brian: Well at one of our more recent shows, we had a fan run onto the stage. None of us knew this guy, but he jumped up there and while running across the stage, unplugged both our lead guitarist and bassist from the system. Jake, our lead guitarist, didn't know what was going on and freaked out because somebody was onstage. It took us about 45 seconds to get the whole band back on the same page and playing, but it was pretty awesome. Especially because of the band's reactions. 


FPMN: What is something that you would like my readers to know about your music?

Joel: Just that we're real. We aren't going to make music for the sake of money. We're not going to write lyrics just so we can market our songs. We're here to be real with people. We're here to connect with people. We're here to be your family. We want to be a voice for the voiceless. We want to be the group that stands out from the crowd and says "Everyone who doesn't belong, you're with us." We refuse to compromise our integrity. 

"Beauty and a Beat"


~Paige

Friday, November 30, 2012

BTW: Bands To Watch ~ Unparalleled Height


     "With music, no one is telling you what you can and cannot do. You are the only one limiting yourself." According to Unparalleled Height's lead vocalist, David Kelly, limiting themselves as musicians is not in their plans. Drummer Justin Welling adds, "I feel we put more types of sounds into our music than most people are likely to perceive. We aren’t focused on metal or heavy metal or mainstream or hard rock or progressive metal. We want to take our favorite aspects of each and fuse them together."
     The band released their debut EP, Bridges To Nowhere, back in June and are currently working on new material. "As of right now, we have all been writing new songs. We would tentatively like to do an album somewhat soon, but for right now, we are looking to get in the studio again and do a song or two. We want to show everyone the direction of the sound we are headed with. It by no means is drastically changing. It is just becoming more of our own sound," says Kelly. Once this new music is released, they hope to play local shows in their hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as well as other areas. 
     How do they want their music to come across to listeners? Lead guitarist/vocalist, CJ Masciantonio says, "Our music is here to make a statement and show what we are all about.  We want our music to just hit you in the face and have you bang your head, yet also being able to have you listen to the lyrics and hear our messages and meanings."
     Unparalleled Height has big plans for their future. "We want to leave a profound mark on the industry. We realize this takes years of hard work and focus, but we feel it would be incredibly rewarding," says Welling. "We want to be a band that has meaning in their lyrical content and can help people. We also want to be a band who is technical in our abilities individually while still being catchy and appealing to the ear. Leaving a mark on the music industry doesn't happen overnight or within a few years, but we are willing to grind it out and see it happen!"

"Breaking The Chain"

     Be sure to "Like" Unparalleled Height on Facebook and Follow them on Twitter! Also, make sure you pick up a copy of Bridges To Nowhere on iTunes here!

~Paige

Blog Updates Will Soon Be More Regular! Connect with FPMN & Submit Your Band's Music!


Hey Guys!

     I know that I haven't been updating as often as I'd like. However, I've got some cool, new bands that I will be introducing you to in the next couple of weeks. I'll also be posting a new BTW article later today.

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     Thanks and keep checking back for more updates!
   

~Paige

Adler Vocalist Jacob Bunton Discusses New Album and Working with Steven Adler


     Twenty-five years since the release of the album that made Steven Adler a rock n' roll icon, he's back with his first full length studio album since then, Back From The Dead. The band Adler, consists of Adler himself, vocalist Jacob Bunton (Lynam, Mars Electric), guitarist Lonny Paul (Adler's Appetite), and bassist Johnny Martin (Chelsea Smiles). With their debut, they have managed to deliver an album which will please not only fans of Steven's previous band but also new fans. Steven's former GnR bandmate Slash and Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 make appearances on the album.
      I recently spoke to Jacob Bunton about the writing and recording process, and also what it has been like for him to work with Steven Adler.


Front Paige Metal News: What was the writing and recording of Back From The Dead like?

Jacob Bunton: We would send ideas back and forth through email. When I would go out to LA, me and Lonny would get together at his house and write songs and collaborate on ideas. Then, of course, we would take them to Steven, and he'd listen and figure out what songs he wanted to do and what songs he didn't want to do. The main thing that we said when we first started is that we would throw our egos to the side and just do what's best for the song. If a song could be made better, we would listen to each other on how to make the song better, the ideas. As far as the recording process goes, we had a great producer, Jeff Pilson, who was kind of like the fifth member of the band. He definitely brought out the best in us and kind of put all the pieces together for this. We recorded in Santa Clarita, California, and used a lot of old, vintage gear. It was really cool.


FPMN: Going into the writing process, what were your biggest influences both musically and lyrically?

Jacob: Musically, we didn't want too veer to far away from good, heavy, modern rock n' roll with the classic sound infused. We didn't want people to listen to the record and be like,
"Oh, this is an 80s throwback", but we didn't want to veer so far away from it that the people that love the 80s music and the Guns N' Roses stuff would be alienated either. We tried to keep it an equal balance. As far as the lyrical themes, a lot of it was based on stories that Steven would tell us about his life that he went through and also experiences that I went through or that Lonny went through or people that we know, our surroundings. Really, we draw inspiration from each other, and what I mean by each other is whatever situation you're in.


FPMN: What was it like to have Slash and John 5 featured on the album?

Jacob: Amazing! Those guys are incredible musicians. For me personally, to be on a record that has Steven and Slash, both key, core members of Guns N' Roses, it was very surreal and very cool. John 5 is one of the greatest guitar players out and he's also one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet. More than anything, it was just really cool hanging out and hearing everybody's stories. That's always my favorite thing in the world, just listening to people's stories.


FPMN: That had to be a cool experience for you as a fan.

Jacob: Oh yeah, because at the end of the day, that's what we all are is music fans. Even Steven and Slash, they're in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and recorded one of the biggest selling rock albums of all time but are such fans of music that they'll sit there all day telling you about Aerosmith or KISS and Queen and the bands that they grew up with. Music is what unites us all. It brings us all together.


FPMN: Will Adler be touring to support this album?

Jacob: Yeah, absolutely. We just finished our first shows ever with KISS on The KISS Kruise, and the shows went great. We definitely have excellent chemistry in the band, and we plan on touring a lot in 2013. We're going to Japan with Duff, and we plan on doing a lot of stuff, going all over the place.


FPMN: Earlier this year, the band, of course, released the music video for "The One That You Hated". What has the fan reaction been?

Jacob: The fan reaction has been great. Anytime that you are associated with any of the guys from Guns N' Roses, there's always comparisons. You can ask the guys in Slash's band. You can ask the guys in Duff's band. People always wanna compare it to Guns N' Roses, ya know Appetite For Destruction. They wanna compare the guitar players to Slash. They wanna compare the singers to Axl. We've been very honest from the very beginning. If you're looking for the next Appetite For Destruction, this is not it. This is Adler. This is where we are in our lives now. This is the first project that Steven's done since Guns N' Roses as far as the first (full length) album he's released since Appetite For Destruction. We tell people that it's absolutely not Appetite For Destruction. It's Adler. We have our own sound, our own vibe, our own thing. The fan reaction has been great. People seem to really get that, and everybody's saying nothing but positive things. The reaction to the video was great as well. That was the first bit of original music that people had heard from Steven in a long time. To him, just to have the fan acceptance and the media acceptance is all he's ever wanted. It's always number one. He's grinning ear to ear. He's so happy.


FPMN: For you personally, what has it been like working with Steven?

Jacob: It's been amazing! He's one of the sweetest guys in the world. He's got a huge heart, and he's just a bundle of energy to be around. Now that he's clean and sober, he actually goes over to Lonny's house every morning around 7AM, and those two work out together. He's healthy, and he's playing better than he ever has. He's always been one of my favorite drummers of all time.  So, to be in a band with him is, I keep using the word amazing, but there's just no other way to put it. It's amazing.


FPMN: What do you hope to accomplish with this band? What are you most looking forward to?

Jacob: I've already accomplished everything I want to accomplish in the band. The only thing I was looking to accomplish was to make a great rock n' roll record, or something that we felt was a great rock n' roll record, that we were proud of. With Steven, he really wanted the fans to like it and accept it, because he had a lot to prove. With me, just being a part of it, I've already accomplished everything I wanted to accomplish- just being apart of a great project and making a great record that I'm proud of. Even if nothing else happens from this point on, I'm happy I've accomplished what I've always wanted, and what I've always set out to do, to make great records.


FPMN: Anything else you'd like to say?

Jacob: Everybody, go check out the record!


"The One That You Hated"


     Back From The Dead is streaming in full on Rolling Stone's website here. Don't forget to pick up your copy on iTunes here. Also, make sure you connect with Adler on their Official Site, Facebook, and Twitter!

~Paige

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Motionless In White Releases Infamous & New Video


   
     Motionless In White has just released their sophomore album, Infamous, which is already receiving rave reviews from fans and the media alike. MIW is a band that always manages to evolve while still remaining true to who they are as artists. They have most definitely outdone themselves this time! They really expanded on their sound from their debut album, Creatures, and did a lot more experimenting.
     MIW also released a music video for "Devil's Night", the first single off of Infamous. Personally, I think that this is one of their best videos. They successfully managed to combine horror movie-esque imagery with the passionate message that fans love to hear them deliver. Check it out here! Don't forget to buy the album on iTunes here!

Track Listing:
1. Black Damask (The Fog)
                                               2. Devil's Night
                                               3. A-M-E-R-I-C-A
                                               4. Burned At Both Ends
                                               5. The Divine Infection
                                               6. Puppets 2 (The Rain) (Ft. Bjorn Speed Strid)
                                               7. Sinematic
                                               8. If It's Dead, We'll Kill It (Ft. Brandan Schieppati)
                                               9. Synthetic Love
                                              10. Hatefuck
                                              11. Underdog
                                              12. Infamous

     Also, make sure you check out the dates for Motionless In White's The Infamous Tour going on now! All of the dates are listed on MIW's Facebook page here.

~Paige
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Sunday, November 11, 2012

BatAAr Releases Owls and Snakes EP


     I know that I'm a few days late with this; I apologize. However, former BTW BatAAr has officially released their EP, Owls and Snakes! It sounds great so be sure to get it here.

Track Listing:
1. Owls and Snakes
                                                     2. Calamity Moon
                                                     3. Tertius Bestia (Studio Live)


"Owls and Snakes"

~Paige

Friday, October 26, 2012

BTW: Bands To Watch ~ Esylium


     Creating music that has a message is the main goal for Brazilian metal band, Esylium. The band creates their own sound by incorporating their influences of modern heavy metal, grunge, and alternative rock with lots of melody and engaging lyrics. Esylium released their first album last year entitled, Antihero. They hope to have their music reach audiences worldwide and to inspire people much like bands have inspired them. Be sure to check out their single "What You've Become" below! Also, don't forget to connect with the band on their Facebook and Twitter.

"What You've Become"


~Paige
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Check It Out! ~ Wayland


      Listen to their song "Welcome To My Head" just once, and you'll be hooked. Wayland, who is currently on tour with Another Lost Year, is a band for the people that inspire them most...their fans. I recently had the opportunity to speak with lead vocalist Mitch Arnold about Wayland's dedication to their fans, what he wants to be remembered for, and what happens when a certain band member gets sick on the road...


Front Paige Metal News: How do you describe Wayland's music?

Mitch Arnold: Wayland's sound is hard hitting, melodic, modern, blues based rock n' roll music. When people ask, I tell them it's an even split between Shinedown and Led Zeppelin.


FPMN: What inspires you as a performer and a musician? When did you first realize that music was a passion for you?

Mitch: I've been inspired by music since I can remember. I knew I was going to perform for the rest of my life when I was 5 years old when I played Superman in the school play. My parents knew as well. I was always drawn to the stage and have always known that's where I belong. There is no limit to what inspires me. I get inspired by other music, movies, sadness, happiness, being in and out of love, my family, the road, the stage, other shows, theater, different cities. Everything.


FPMN: What mark do you hope to leave on the music industry?

Mitch: I hope when people look back at my career, they are inspired to live their lives better. I hope that our music becomes timeless and that they say, "The Wayland guys are the nicest, most genuine guys I've ever met, and they have always been the hardest working band in the world. And they are a great influence for my kids." I hope the entire world celebrates this music.


FPMN: I know that the band is gearing up for a tour with Another Lost Year. What are you most looking forward to on the tour? Will you be taking time to hang out with fans at the shows?

Mitch: We always take time to hang out with the fans. I would say that's what I look forward to the most as well. After the show, we hang out until the fans leave and will always be available for the people that have brought us to where we are, which is the fans. We're not in the record business. We're in the fan business. They mean the world to us, and they are the most important thing about this band. That's who we play for. That's who we write for. That's who Wayland will always be for...the fans.


FPMN: What else is coming up for Wayland?

Mitch: We are working on a full length album right now which will be released sometime next year. This week our new single will be released which is "On My Knees." Other than that, we are so excited about the shows coming up and finishing the year touring. I'll be blogging which people can read on our website www.waylandtheband.com and releasing tour videos on Facebook. We have a really exciting schedule!


FPMN: Are there any interesting or funny stories that you can tell about you or one of your band members? Maybe a story from the studio or being on the road?

Mitch: There is something funny that just happened yesterday, actually. We've all been really sick the last week and had to cancel a couple of shows due to illness which never happens. Phil and I caught it first and just as I was getting over this vicious cold, Dean Pizzazz caught it. He was getting ready to get some work done yesterday but wanted to take a bath before he started. He said he was going to take some DayQuil and push his reset button and be back in the game. I go into the bathroom to make fun of him for taking a bath, and he was falling asleep. He woke up in kind of a haze as I was poking fun. On the counter beside the bath, there was a half bottle of NyQuil sitting there. I asked, "Are you drinking NyQuil?" He said, "No, I drank some DayQuil so I could get my shit done!" "Is this the bottle you drank?" I responded, "Because this is NyQuil." He looked confused and then said, "Oh shit! That is NyQuil!" I laughed so hard. He slept for the entire afternoon because he was so messed up on nighttime cold medicine.


FPMN: What is something that you would like my readers to know about your music?

Mitch: Our parents were all blue collar, hard working Americans. Their values were passed on to each one of us. I think our music reflects these principles, and people can see this in how we work. Rock n' roll was built on the hard working man and woman and more than anyone, that is who we write and play music for. A hard working person gets the most out of this life, and we believe that wholeheartedly. We promise to keep working hard and pushing it. For our families, for our fans, for all those people out there busting their ass to make a living and support a family.

"Welcome To My Head"
 

For more info on Wayland, Like them on Facebook and Follow them on Twitter

~Paige

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Interview with Set It Off!


     Set It Off is a band on the rise and with great reason! A couple of weeks ago, I introduced you to them when they released their debut full length album, Cinematics. Since the album's release, the band has reached #4 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart. SIO will be heading out across the U.S. on their first headlining tour from November 1st through December 2nd. They will also be heading to Europe next year as an opening act for Yellowcard. I recently had the opportunity to speak with Set It Off's lead vocalist, Cody Carson, and guitarist, Dan Clermont, while they were on tour with Divided By Friday and There For Tomorrow. Check out the interview below!


     For more info on Set It Off, check out their Facebook and Twitter. Don't forget to pick up your copy of Cinematics on iTunes!

~Paige

Friday, October 12, 2012

BTW: Bands To Watch ~ Camisado


     Baltimore-based "post-metalcore" band, Camisado, is definitely a group that you should keep your eye on. Infusing heavy riffs and metalcore breakdowns with post-hardcore hooks and vocals, as well as string sections, Camisado is creating their own sound. The follow up to last year's EP Pulse, the band just released their album Faceless this week, and fans have already been giving it loads of positive feedback!
     They recorded the album with Life On Repeat guitarist Andrew Baylis. "It was definitely a very unique experience," says Camisado lead vocalist Joe Deak. "We knew we had to top Pulse, so there was some pressure for sure. We were trying stuff we hadn't done before, and we kind of had to break out of our shell to get the best possible product."
     Topping Pulse? That they did. Faceless is even heavier and grander than the aforementioned EP. "We want to be known as a band that is always growing and evolving while sticking to our signature 'Camisado' sound," says Deak.  The album also features a guest appearance by Orion Stephens from In Dying Arms on the track "I Am Alive Tonight".
     Deak continues, "We play music that we enjoy, and we encourage anyone and everyone to do exactly what they enjoy doing.  Listen to us like you've never heard anyone before. Don't try to compare us. Just listen to the music. If it's something you enjoy, that's all that matters."
     The band hopes to tour either late this year or early next year to promote the new material. Be sure to keep up to date with Camisado on their Facebook and Twitter. Don't forget to buy Faceless here!

"I Am Alive Tonight"

~Paige

Friday, October 5, 2012

BTW: Bands To Watch ~ BatAAr


     Having their own unique sound is something that is extremely important to Swedish metal band BatAAr. "We've gotten labeled in many different ways. After hearing that we're everything from "electronic punk" to "deathcore" to "Swedish J-Rock" to "pop metal", we just decided to come up with our own genre label. Art Metal. Since we put a lot of thought into every detail of what we do, we thought it was the most fitting term!" says the band's guitarist, Patrik.
     When asked about what type of impression they'd like to leave on the music industry itself, lead vocalist Seb simply says, "Destruction". Guitarist Simon adds, "Hopefully we can usher in some kind of era of free creation not bound by corporate peer pressure or demands!"
     The band recently released a trailer entitled "The Next Step For Art Metal" in which they announced the release of "Owls and Snakes" which will feature 3 new songs. It is set to be released on November 7th.
     What do they want my readers to know? "We try to constantly surprise both ourselves and all potential listeners. I want the readers to be ready for anything when they listen to our music," says Patrik. "I remember a comment a while ago where a person said, "BatAAr have changed" like it was a bad thing. I was like, "Yeah, but that's the whole point of this band." Tobias, the band's drummer, adds, "There's a thought behind every little detail in what we do. I'd love to see people speculate in the future."
     Be sure to "Like" BatAAr on Facebook, Follow them on Twitter, and Subscribe to their YouTube channel!

"Vain Structures"

~Paige

Friday, September 28, 2012

BTW: Bands To Watch ~ Overworld

   
     A couple of weeks ago, I introduced you to the self-proclaimed "adrenaline rock n' roll metal" band, Overworld. (Check out their full interview here) The band recently released their first music video for the song "Until We're Dead" off of their debut EP, Perfect Anomaly. Lead vocalist Endigo says, "It was my first time filming a music video. I was actually really nervous before, but the film team were extremely professional. I eased into it quickly. In the end, it turned out great!" The band's drummer, Andie, continues to say, "It was a great but tiresome experience. Shooting took literally all day with us being on set extremely early to get our makeup on. Also, we had to build the set from scratch with gear and stuff, so there was a lot of logistics involved. I think all in all we played the damn song over 20 times! (Laughs) I crashed like a baby when I got home. But yeah, it was really fun!"
     Check out the video below, and don't forget to "Like" Overworld on Facebook and Follow them on Twitter!



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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Check It Out! ~ Throwing Gravity


     Having already worked with some of the biggest names in the business including Josh Abraham (Velvet Revolver, Linkin Park), Throwing Gravity are making a name for themselves. Their latest album, It's Not The End, was released at the end of last year. The band's single "Here We Go Again" has been played at NHL and MLB games, as well as TNA Wrestling. I recently spoke with Sam Hindmarsh, Throwing Gravity's bassist/vocalist, and we talked about his influences and what he hopes to achieve with the band.


Front Paige Metal News: How do you describe Throwing Gravity's music?

Sam: It's just catchy, hook laden, in-your-face rock that rides the razor's edge between harder rock and more laid-back, ballad type songs.


FPMN: What inspires you as a performer and a musician? When did you first realize that music was a passion for you?

Sam: For me, it all goes back to me being a super young kid around like age 4 or 5.  My mom used to have this huge vinyl collection of all the great classical composers.  I remember that when she would be working around the house, she would open up all the doors and windows, put on some Tchaikovsky or Mozart, and just crank the volume. I really learned how powerful music could be, and how it could make you feel from those experiences.  Fast forward several years, and I'm going to rock shows and hiding explicit lyrics records under my bed so my parents wouldn't know I was listening to them. Everything from Zeppelin, the Beatles, Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots, Rage Against The Machine, Edwin McCain; Hell, even John Denver had a hand in influencing the musician/songwriter I am today.  As far as inspiration goes, all the music I mentioned obviously inspired me, but once I got out there and was performing in front of people it really became the fans who drove me to keep doing it.  Knowing that I was maybe helping people in some aspect of their lives, and that we were connecting live and in person... there is just something completely awesome about that experience.  Keeps ya going.


FPMN: What mark do you hope to leave on the music industry?

Sam: It would be cool to have at least one song that just becomes one of those songs that gets embedded in our culture. It just gets so widely known and liked that years down the road people are going to be drunkenly singing it a karaoke bar somewhere.


FPMN: What is coming up for Throwing Gravity?

Sam: Touring, touring, touring, then shooting a music video somewhere in there, tour some more, and then drop a new record next year sometime.


FPMN: Are there any interesting or funny stories that you can tell about you or one of your band members? Maybe a story from the studio or being on the road?

Sam: (Laughs) Yeah, when we were in the studio, and our singer Nick was tracking his vocals, Jon, our producer,would save all the little bobbles, swears, and idiosyncrasies of Nick that would obviously come out vocally.  He would make a little comp at the end of the song/track, and it would just be freaking hilarious to hear it all going together!  One of these little vocal clips actually is at the beginning or at the end of a lot of our YouTube videos because we made a short intro clip to tack on our videos you know with our logo on it etc.  We added this vocal clip of Nick talking to Jon over the top of it as a joke and just ended up sticking with it.


FPMN: What is something that you would like my readers to know about your music?

Sam: We always try to find a way to express the story of each song we do.  At the end of the day, we are really just story tellers who jump around on stage with loud guitars and drums. So, why not pull up a chair, "Like" us on Facebook, sit back, and enjoy the show?!

"Here We Go Again"


Check out Throwing Gravity's Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube!

~Paige

Friday, September 21, 2012

BTW: Bands To Watch ~ DANTE


     Bringing audiences a visual presentation, in addition to awesome songs, is Colombian rock band DANTE's main goal. "The music and the visual side aren't independent from each other in this band's affairs," says lead vocalist Kami Rayne. "In our live shows, we strive to create a mystical atmosphere that borders on the chaotic at the same time. There's few bands that are interested in that nowadays. At least we know you'll remember us by the time you leave the show."
     When describing their sound, DANTE's drummer, The Jester, says that the environment of their home in Bogota often influences the sound of their music adding "some heavy distorted riffs, very profound bass, and stomping drums, led by some dark vocals which help reassure the mood of what we see, feel, and understand."
     The band is currently in the process of working on their next music video, "Swamp Thing", as well as working on songs for their second album. Lead guitarist Tank says that "DANTE is basically a rock n' roll band. We just put everything we like from punk, metal, blues, and hard rock into it making it a weird and hopefully unique blend. It's half mystical and half harsh reality." The Jester continues to say, "We prefer that everyone and anyone that listens to it forms their own opinion about it. Hopefully you'll like it."
Be sure to check out DANTE's Facebook and Twitter

"Liquid Cocaine"

~Paige

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Set It Off ~ Cinematics album review

   
     Today marks the release of Set It Off's debut full length, Cinematics. Undoubtedly one of the most original and experimental bands I've heard recently, SIO is giving it all they've got on this record. The combination of their self-proclaimed "orchestral pop rock" sound and honest, heartfelt lyrics equals an album that keeps the listener's attention from start to finish.
     Cinematics opens with a 27 second orchestral piece which leads right into one of the album's strongest tracks, "Nightmare", both of which provide a great sense of what is to come. Other stand outs are the singles "Swan Song", which deals with having people you care about walk out of your life, and "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead". In the latter, vocalist Cody Carson talks about his battle with insomnia. Carson's vocals in this song are both haunting and powerful.
     The track that seems to have fans talking the most right now is "Dream Catcher". Inspired by a dream that guitarist Dan Clermont had, it's message is to encourage people to reach for their goals, as was documented in the bands "Track By Track" YouTube videos. Also a talked about song, "Dad's Song" is without a doubt the most emotional track on the album in which Carson sings about the loss of his father.
     Whether it's unclean vocals (which are rare for Set It Off) or the the addition of a clarinet, this album will no doubt have you hooked. Check out Cinematics here!


"I'll Sleep When I'm Dead"

"Swan Song"

~Paige

Friday, September 14, 2012

BTW: Bands To Watch ~ TOXIN


     TOXIN is this generation's source of party rock. Combining their love of 80s hair metal with a "new, pop twist", the band is creating a sound much different than what many young bands are doing. They're already gaining attention and respect from artists they've opened for including Bret Michaels, Twisted Sister, and Sebastian Bach. In 2011, the band released their debut album Skindependence, which features their latest single, "I Am". They are currently working on new material. "We have been constantly writing and working on new music. We have been playing a few of the tunes at our past shows, and it feels great to be sharing our new music with everyone," says lead vocalist Jason Kloos.
     Kloos also says that the band has other projects in the works including new videos and more shows. Speaking of TOXIN's shows, the band's fan base is very dedicated. This support is something that TOXIN doesn't take lightheartedly. "We have such an amazing, loyal fan base, and we want to thank them so much for always sticking with us and believing in what we do. We can't wait for everyone to hear our new music!"
     Be sure to check out TOXIN's Facebook and Twitter, and watch their video for "I Am"!

"I Am":


~Paige

Friday, September 7, 2012

BTW: Bands To Watch ~ Haunted By Heroes

Nick Hero- Lead Vocals/Bass; Chris Hero- Drums; Charley Haunted: Rhythm Guitar; Max Haunted- Lead Guitar

     Having already performed at legendary venues such as The Whisky, on TV shows such as The Today Show, and, as of last night, making a guest appearance on America's Got Talent where they performed "We're Not Gonna Take It" with Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider, Haunted By Heroes are not your average 12 year olds. Referred to as "The World's Youngest Rock Band", HxH has released the songs "Rock Me Roxy", and a cover of The Four Horsemen's "Rockin' Is Ma Business". They also recorded a cover of Aerosmith and Run DMC's "Walk This Way" with Lil' P-Nut which was played on Cartoon Network. "Playing rock n' roll is my dream, and sometimes dreams come true," lead guitarist Max Haunted says. Speaking of last night's AGT performance, lead vocalist/bassist Nick Hero says, "NBC and AGT are totally cool. We appreciate all the exciting times." The band is currently working with producer Sylvia Massy (Tool, System Of A Down) on new material. Be sure to "Like" Haunted By Heroes on Facebook and Follow them on Twitter to stay updated!
        
Haunted By Heroes on America's Got Talent:


Monday, September 3, 2012

Check It Out! ~ Overworld


     One of the coolest things about technology has got to be sharing music with people that are on the other side of the world and being able to connect with that fan base just as easily as with fans in your hometown. Swedish quintet Overworld knows just how to do that. Their music, which they've dubbed "adrenaline rock n' roll metal" is continually gaining them a dedicated fan base not only in Sweden but around the world. The really amazing thing? They're not even signed yet. Although, if record labels see in them what the rest of their fan base and I see in them, it won't be long! I've had the opportunity to talk with vocalist Endigo and drummer Andie about their EP Perfect Anomaly which they released in May, their love of their fans, and some funny tour stories!


Front Paige Metal News: How do you describe Overworld's music?

Endigo: Catchy, yet fresh. Melodic, yet aggressive. We are simply humans filled with different experiences, and we're sort of channeling this through our music.

Andie: A perfect marriage between everything that's awesome. Oh, and there's also quite a bit of rock, metal, and catchy melodies.


FPMN: What inspires you as a performer and a musician? When did you first realize that music was a passion for you?

Endigo: Anything and everything inspires me. Music has always been my main outlet for whatever I feel I need to express. I can't remember a time not working with music.

Andie: What inspires me the most is the fact that the only time I truly feel alive is on stage. I know I was born to entertain people, and the rush of adrenaline I always get when doing so is my main motivation to push on! I realized my passion for music quite early, but it only really came to fruition when I saw a live DVD of a band called X-Japan back in my teens. The way the drummer acted and went absolutely crazy hit me like an unexpected explosion! Instantly, I was like "that's what I'm gonna do", and I did.


FPMN: Of course, in May, Overworld released the debut EP, Perfect Anomaly. What kind of reaction had it been getting from fans? Is it what you were expecting or hoping for?

Endigo: The response from the release has been nothing short of amazing! We receive many mails every day from people who say they love our music. For me, that's what makes it all worth it.

Andie: The reaction so far has been overwhelming. Occasionally, it even makes me anxious. I'm like, "When are people going to say bad things about it?" (Laughs) I guess that's a good "problem" to have. But seriously, we're extremely proud of our first effort, and we're so happy to see that people enjoy it as much as we do.


FPMN: What is coming up next for Overworld?

Endigo: First off, we're gonna finish touring! Then, of course, there's the music video release which will be a huge thing for us.

Andie: A lot of things. We're always up to stuff. Some of it might not be visible to the general public, but trust us, things are brewing! Of course the biggest thing coming up is the music video for "Until We're Dead", and after that a bunch of shows to promote it and finish off our Perfect Anomaly Tour. We're also intending to release more behind-the-scenes videos such as tour diaries and the works. Stay tuned!


FPMN: Do you have any plans to tour? Possibly some US dates?

Endigo: There's been a huge demand from all over the world. We've started booking some international dates for 2013 already, but we can't really say much more than that right now. If there's demand somewhere, we want to go there!

Andie: We're currently on tour actually, although the tour is limited to Sweden (except the final dates which takes place in Riga, Latvia). No US dates yet, but we're hoping to hit the states as soon as humanly possible. We know that there's a demand for us over there, and we really want to live up to everyone's expectations.


FPMN: Are there any interesting or funny stories that you can tell about you or one of your band members? Maybe a story from the studio or being on the road?

Endigo: There's so much craziness all the time so selecting just one story is really hard! (Laughs) Although, there was this one stupid thing once. Before a show, me and Andie were about to go to the backstage area to prepare for hitting the stage. Now, our dressing rooms were upstairs one floor. Naturally, being the modern people we were, we chose to take the elevator up rather than using the stairs. When we were almost at the top, however, the elevator got stuck. With only minutes to go before entering the stage, we didn't have the time to call for help! So what did we do? We actually climbed up out of the elevator and into the elevator shaft. From there, we made it up onto the next floor. Andie had quite a fall and hurt his back though, poor guy! In the end, though, all went well!

Andie: This is a really hard one. So many to choose from. But a personal funny experience would have to be this. After one of our shows, I was hanging out with a friend of mine, just walking around minding our own business. And she asks me, "Do you often get recognized around town?". And I was like "Nah, not really. Happened maybe once or twice". And just when I said that, I hear someone yelling "Andie", and this girl and her 4 friends come up to me, asking me to take a photo with them and stuff. I remember distinctly that my friend thought I had arranged the whole thing since the timing was so good. (Laughs) Still cracks me up just thinking about it.


FPMN: What is something that you would like my readers to know about your music?

Endigo: Our music will raise your pulse and heat up your blood. Dance until you die!

Andie: They should know that we're a relentless, crazy, and overall awesome force of nature that will rock the hell out of the world or die trying! In other words, check us out. You won't regret it.


For more info, check out Overworld's Facebook and Twitter!

~Paige

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Get Scared To Release New EP + Joel Faviere Interview

 
     As you might remember, Get Scared announced the addition of their new vocalist, Joel Faviere, after the departure of original vocalist, Nicholas Matthews. Since Faviere joined the band, Get Scared has premiered 3 songs, "Cynical Skin", "Built For Blame", and most recently (on AP Magazine's website), "Problematic". The band will be releasing their new EP Built For Blame, Laced With Shame on August 28th. The band really seems to be developing their sound with the new material. Faviere's vocals are definitely bringing a fresh, new approach to Get Scared's music.  I spoke with Faviere earlier this week when we discussed his joining the band, the new EP, tour plans, and why his efforts to connect with GS's fanbase are so important to him.

 

"Built For Blame" Lyric Video:
      
     What do you think of Get Scared's new music? Comment below! Don't forget that you can pre-order Built For Blame, Laced With Shame here (Bundles are also available!). For more info on Get Scared, check them out on Facebook and Twitter!

~Paige
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Our Last Night Releases Age of Ignorance album!


     Today, Our Last Night releases their third album, Age of Ignorance. For the past week, Hot Topic has been streaming the full album on their website, and it's been receiving nothing but positive comments! Our Last Night is definitely expanding their horizons with this album and taking more risks. One of the major changes is the addition of vocalist Trevor Wentworth's clean vocals. On the band's 2 previous albums, The Ghosts Among Us and We Will All Evolve, guitarist/vocalist Matt Wentworth provided the clean vocals. Our Last Night has released two lyric videos as well as a teaser for the official music video for the title track. Check it out and comment below! What are your thoughts on Age of Ignorance?

"Age of Ignorance" Lyric Video

"Liberate Me" Lyric Video

"Age of Ignorance" Music Video Teaser

~Paige

Monday, August 13, 2012

Interview with In The Name Of

   
     The brainchild of Asking Alexandria's Danny Worsnop, In The Name Of is building a following so dedicated that they've already been nominated for Best Post-Hardcore Band by Vegas Rocks! Magazine...and they haven't even released an album yet! With vocalist Tyler Small; guitarist Chris Hollywood, whom you'll remember from Black Veil Brides' "Knives and Pens" video; bassist Andy Price; guitarist Mike Sahm; and drummer Farahn Gaiter, ITNO is quickly becoming a must-know act. I was recently able to talk with Chris Hollywood and Andy Price about the band's formation, their fans, and what they're hoping to achieve as artists.



 Lyric Video for "Portrait of Gray":



For more info on In The Name Of, check out their Facebook and Twitter.

~Paige

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Another Lost Year Talks New Album, "Better Days"!

 
     Voted 2011 North Carolina Rock Band of the Year, Another Lost Year is a band on the rise. Another Lost Year provides heartfelt, relatable lyrics and a sound that fans of Adelitas Way and Breaking Benjamin will fall in love with. The band has been prepping for the August 14th release of their first major album on Thermal/Megaforce Records, Better Days. I recently spoke with lead vocalist Clinton Cunanan about what their biggest inspirations are when writing, the recording process of Better Days, and how their amazing relationship with their fans is helping them grow as a band.


     Another Lost Year's latest single "The War On The Inside" has been receiving great responses from their growing fan base. It's definitely one of my favorite new releases.


     Don't forget to pick up your copy of Better Days on August 14th. For more info on Another Lost Year, check out their Official Site, Facebook, and Twitter!

~Paige
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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Interview with The Dirt Radicals

Photo Courtesy of Steven Tiller


     After recently finding out about The Dirt Radicals through a friend, I began listening to them and couldn't wait to talk with their bassist/vocalist Sam Cooper. Comprised of Cooper; his younger brother, drummer/vocalist Matt Cooper; and vocalist/guitarist Mas Kimura. Check out what Sam had to say about TDR!


Front Paige Metal News: Tell me a little bit about The Dirt Radicals. How do you describe your style? Who/What are you most influenced by?

Sam Cooper: We're a 3 piece punk rock band. We grew up on the So-Cal 90's punk sound, the Kung Fu and Fat Wreck bands, but now we listen to everything and anything. We were doing 'Wine & Wallflowers Wednesday' just the other day. Think Red Wine and The Wallflowers might be influencing our new sound quite a bit!


FPMN: You've been quoted as saying that being in the music industry "got too serious". What changes do you think need to be made in the industry? How do The Dirt Radicals play a role in making those changes?

Sam: I think we just meant that we need to stop trying to make our band into a business, just let it be what it is, and have fun. Mission accomplished! We love it more than ever. What needs to change? I'd personally like to see a few less "clipboard girls" and "backstage cockheads" floating around.


FPMN: What message do you hope fans can take away from your music?

Sam: If a fan takes anything away from our music or band, I hope it's that they truly appreciate how much of ourselves we put in to keep the band and the music alive. It ain't easy, and it's really all we're good at.


FPMN: What is coming up next for the band?

Sam: We just did our first headlining show in London on Friday night, which was killer. Since we're in the studio working on album #2 at the moment, it was nice to play some of the new stuff for an audience. Apart from working on the new record, we're doing a bit of touring on the other side of the world. We're heading over to Taiwan and China next week for festival and headlining shows, and after that, we're hitting Japan and South East Asia in October! Can't wait!


FPMN: What is something that my readers might be interested in hearing about? Are there any specific stories from being on the road that come to mind?

Sam: One time, our drummer Matt had his ass fondled by Chester from Linkin Park in Thailand. Our guitarist Mas drank a bottle of my piss in our hotel in Sydney, and I shat myself in a KFC in Indonesia before a show.


FPMN: Why should my readers check out The Dirt Radicals?

Sam: If you like bands who have poor bowel and liver functions, we are the guys for you. The music ain't bad either.


For more info on The Dirt Radicals, check out their Facebook and Twitter!

~Paige

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Interview with Kobra and The Lotus


     Kobra and The Lotus is definitely one of my favorite bands that is on the rise to fame. With a sound all their own and fronted by vocal powerhouse Kobra Paige, the band is gaining a large fan base. They have been playing festivals in Europe including last month's Download Festival. I was able to talk with Kobra Paige before the band's performance at Download, and I got to ask her about their experiences playing the European festivals. The band is still playing shows in Europe! A link for the tour dates is posted below.


Interview:

Front Paige Metal News:  Kobra and The Lotus has been playing a lot of shows in Europe. How have they been going?

Kobra Paige: They've been awesome! It's so cool, because we haven't done festivals before. So, this has been a new chapter for us completely. We haven't played in front of this many people. It's amazing! We were saying at the first festival we played how that probably was more people than we'd played to with all our shows combined until that point. That was quite an incredible feeling- just to be in front of so many people and have that outreach. Also, it's really cool to be back there with all the other artists that are playing the festivals. The people are really interesting; the cultures vary from every different city we played in. It's awesome. I definitely have to say that I love the energy at the shows we've been doing over here, because everyone is there just for the bands that are on the festivals, to have a good time, and nothing else. So, it's amazing!


FPMN: Have you been able to hang out with the other artists that are playing the festivals?

Kobra Paige: Yeah, for sure. We're all in the same dressing room areas. We all have the same lounge so whoever is on our stage, we have been eating with them and hanging with them and everything. The last festival we played, we were in the dressing room area with Mastodon. There were actually a bunch of different bands from all different backgrounds like Rival Sons and just new projects that I didn't know too well until then.


FPMN: Are you guys excited for Download?

Kobra Paige: So excited! I'm very excited. We've kind of focused on the UK for the last couple of years. It's kinda become a second home territory to us; we always love going back. They're always so good to us.  So, it will be great!


FPMN: Is there anything that you'd like to say to your fans?

Kobra Paige: We have a new album coming out on August 6th. So, go grab the album!


"Forever One":


     For more info on Kobra and The Lotus, check out their Official SiteFacebook, and Twitter. Don't forget to check out their upcoming tour dates here!

~Paige