27.50 to 39.50
A Day To Remember:
A Day to Remember took a while to reach acclaim and headlining tour dates, mostly because the band is a true DIY success story. The band worked tirelessly to promote themselves and beg to play concert dates before hitting it big, but all the hard work paid off for this metalcore/pop punk band. "Metalcore slash pop punk?" you may cry. While many bands blend elements of the two into their music, A Day to Remember has both hard, screaming metal songs as well as melodic pop punk songs, all on the same album! After years of playing small concert dates that they painstakingly set up themselves, A Day to Remember is headlining a number of tour dates in 2011, including concert dates with Bring Me the Horizon and a headlining spot on Warped Tour dates in 2011.
The band was formed in 2003 in Ocala, Florida, by Neil Westfall (rhythm guitar), Tom Denney (lead guitar), Joshua Woodard (bass), and Bobby Scruggs (drums), after all being in separate local bands. The group scraped together some songs and embarked on a 200-concert date DIY tour. The band was soon signed to Indianola Records and their debut album, And Their Name Was Treason, was released in 2005.
Shortly after signing with Victory, the band replaced drummer Bobby Scruggs with Alex Shellnutt and headed to the studios to record For Those Who Have Heart. The album was released in January 2007 and broke into indie and newcomer charts almost immediately. With the success of the album, A Day to Remember embarked on a number of mainstream tour dates, including performances at Bamboozle Left and Right in 2008 and concert dates on the 2008 Warped Tour. In 2008, A Day to Remember embarked on a series of concert dates across Australia with Parkway Drive, both bands enjoying the success that hardcore music was bringing them. Even with constant concert dates, the group found time to record their third album, Homesick, released at the end of 2008.
In June 2009, lead guitarist Tom Denney left the band to focus on his family and his burgeoning recording career. Despite being replaced by Kevin Skaff (formerly of label-mate Four Letter Lie), Denney has contributed to A Day to Remember's new material as a writer. Following Denney's departure, A Day to Remember played their first headlining tour dates in September, 2009, joining up with Parkway Drive again on The Pulling Your Pud Tour. A Day to Remember's latest album is What Separates Me From You, released in 2010, which has brought the band even more mainstream success.
After extensively touring in promotion of the album, A Day to Remember performed even more tour dates in 2011 for their What Separates Me From You Tour. A Day to Remember also has a number of concert dates planned for South America starting June 7 and ending on June 12, right before they head back stateside. A Day to Remember will canvass the US with concert dates yet again before ending their 2011 tour dates. With so many chances to catch A Day to Remember with other great metal acts, fans should check Eventful's schedule to see when the band is coming to their area.
“We have something to prove and we are ready to do it,” states Chiodos keyboardist Bradley Bell. With a new lineup and a new outlook on life, Chiodos will release their third full-length album, Illuminaudio, on October 5th, 2010.
The album is the follow up to the band’s sophomore release, Bone Palace Ballet, which debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200 Chart and topped the Independent Chart. The critically acclaimed album has gone on to sell over 215k copies, while the debut album, All’s Well That Ends Well, has sold over 244k units since its 2005 release.
Illuminaudio is the debut Chiodos recording for new lead vocalist Brandon Bolmer (formerly of Yesterday’s Rising) and drummer Tanner Wayne (formerly of Underminded and Scary Kids Scaring Kids). Alongside Bolmer and Wayne are established Chiodos members Bradley Bell (keys), Jason Hale (guitar), Pat McManaman (guitar), and Matt Goddard (bass).
Seamlessly intertwined with the band’s signature haunting melodies and grandiose vocals, is a bolder, more striking contrast between delicate piano-work and intense, bellowing screams. With the core composers of the music still at the heart of Chiodos, fans can be reassured that they will hear the sound that they have grown familiar with over the years. Bell explains, “Even if the lineup had stayed the same, I feel that the direction of sound would've turned out similar. We don’t feel like our vision was lost or compromised in any way throughout the writing process.”
The album was recorded at The Machine Shop in Weehawken, New Jersey with producer Machine [Lamb Of God, Every Time I Die, Cobra Starship]. “Recording with Machine was incredible,” says Bell. “We didn't really know what to expect, but right away we could tell that he believed in us as musicians.”
With positive vibes flowing between the band and producer, the studio was transformed into a creative sanctuary. Away from the pressures of daily life and touring, the band was able to hone in on their skills and emotions to create a sound that truly represents who Chiodos is today. “He was truly inspiring in a lot of ways…from pushing us in our writing to digging deep inside of us to helping us realize what our true sound is,” Bell describes of the experience. “And to really bring it out of us, he would get up and start break dancing and shouting at us to make us that much more excited. We've never had the opportunity to work with a producer like that and we feel it was key in this transitional process.”
A theme of transitions and growth is evident throughout the album, with a focus on moving forward and starting over. Illuminaudio “means a new chapter, it means change, and a fresh start. Some of the songs are very personal, and I’m happy to have that,” expounds Bolmer. “There is a meaning and point to each song, and when put together, it creates something that I will remember for the rest of my life.”
Reflecting on the personal nature of the album’s content, Bell adds, “I hope that people can use Illuminaudio as an escape from their problems and see a light at the end of the tunnel no matter what their situation…There is so much poison and negativity in this world that in order to not let it effect us and the chemistry of our brotherhood, we just have to accept the fact that everybody has their own problems and opinions and hope the best for everyone in any situation.” He concludes, “Music isn't meant to be a competition or an open forum for people to destroy; those who treat it is as such simply don't deserve to be graced with it.”
Regardless of member changes, the rising pressure of the band’s past success, or life’s constant obstacles redirecting their path, Chiodos has once again created an album that pushes boundaries and allows the music to speak for itself. Illuminaudio is an honest, raw representation of hope, strength and optimism. “We put an incredible amount of thought, time, sacrifice, emotion, and stress into the process of making this beautiful monster,” states Bell. “I believe all of that will shine through the music as soon as people press play.
Bring Me The Horizon:
With countries like Norway and Germany known for the unique brutality and darkness of their metal bands, some people are finding it hard to believe that one of the most popular and heavy metal bands around is from England. Their style is one that has only emerged in recent years called deathcore, which is a combination of death metal and metalcore that leads to a lightning fast speed and a harder sound than mere metalcore. The band's latest album, There is a Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It. There Is a Heaven, Let's Keep It a Secret, has done impressively in the mainstream music scene, with many critics praising the record. Fresh off a winter tour with Architects, both bands have announced more European tour dates in 2011, beginning this summer.
Bring Me the Horizon formed in Sheffield, Yorkshire, UK circa 2004 and currently consists of Oliver Sykes (lead vocals, keyboards), Lee Malia (lead guitar), Matt Kean (bass), Jona Weinhofen (rhythm guitar), and Matt Nicholls (drums). The group played local shows for years and gained a small following before becoming the first band signed to Thirty Days of Night Records. The label released their debut EP, This Is What the Edge of Your Seat Was Made For, in 2004 to positive feedback. The album did well enough for BTMH to play tour dates more extensively around England. Frequent concert dates combined with MySpace exposure began to spread word of Bring Me the Horizon across the UK, and did so with a repertoire of only four songs.
In 2006, Bring Me the Horizon's debut LP, Count Your Blessings, hit stores in the UK. The album received mostly favorable reviews and is considered BMTH's heaviest album to date. The success of the album allowed the group to play tour dates in parts of Europe beyond the UK and, with the new album in tow, Bring Me the Horizon was making themselves even more well known. The exposure was nothing compared to the success they'd experience upon the release of their 2008 album, Suicide Season. The album flushed out BMTH's now hugely popular deathcore sound that has been applauded by critics as well as gaining the group more exposure on major tour dates.
While Suicide Season brought Bring Me the Horizon slight fame overseas, it's their latest album that has most of the world talking. Suicide Season achieved a popular sound that is expanded upon in There is a Hell, featuring more elaborate song structures and a melodic, classical sound. Critics have praised the album for the bold yet improved evolution of BMTH's sound, while most fans have embraced the band's new direction. Projects for 2012 include the Vans Warped Tour and some quality time back in the studio in summer to work on their fourth album. Make sure to demand them and check Eventful to see if they're coming to your area!