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"

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Personal FB
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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 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"

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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!


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"


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"