Nothing can stop Nonpoint. The band continues to deliver unique, uncompromising, and undeniable hard rock on its self-titled ninth studio album and first for Razor & Tie. Weathering lineup changes, label shifts, and other trials and tribulations, founding members Elias Soriano [vocals] and Robb Rivera [drums] regrouped with fresh blood—Dave Lizzio [guitar], Adam Wolosyzn [bass], and Rasheed Thomas [guitar]—and captured pure fire this time around. Now, you might just get burned if you’re in their way. Over the course of their nine previous releases, Nonpoint sold over 750,000 albums in North America alone. In addition to fan favorites like “What a Day” and “Circles”, their biggest radio hit to date “Bullet With a Name” reached #22 on the Mainstream Rock Charts and was featured in the hit video game WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2007 as well as the 2007 film The Condemned. Meanwhile, their cover of Phil Collins’s “In the Air Tonight” was the theme song for the film Miami Vice and hit the Mainstream Rock Charts. Soriano concludes, “It doesn’t feel like we have some kind of goal. It feels like we have a purpose, which is to put out hopeful music. When this process started, a fuse got lit. We’re not stopping until it all burns.” Their flame will only rise higher.
| CITY IN THE SEA
CITY IN THE SEA intriguingly pulls its moniker from a grim Edgar Allan Poe poem. It's a vivid, visceral rumination upon death that's quite appropriate for this quintet. On its first full-length for Sumerian Records, the group—Todd Christopher [vocals], Jeffrey Christian [vocals, guitar], Nick Rossi [guitar], Dan Marinaro [bass], and Conor White [drums]—strikes a poetic balance between murderous melody and metallic madness that'd undoubtedly put a grin on Poe's face—and any metal fan in search of something elegantly destructive for that matter. Formed while its members were still in high school, the band immediately bonded on one goal. To create "epic heavy metal", as Nick puts it. However, this is a whole new kind of epic. As a result of tapping into a singular sound and building a fervent local following, Sumerian quickly signed CITY IN THE SEA in 2012 and the groundwork for their debut effort, Below The Noise, was now in place. In the summer of 2013, CITY IN THE SEA makes a huge move into the spotlight. headlining the Sumerian Records stage at the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival alongside the likes of Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Mastodon, Amon Amarth, Children of Bodom, and more.
|VISION OF DISORDER
One of the most innovative and widely admired bands to emerge from the never-ending collision between hardcore and metal, Vision Of Disorder exploded from the streets of Long Island, NYC, with their self-titled debut album in 1996. Rapidly established as one of the hottest heavy bands on the planet, they were merely reaping the rewards of several years of hard slog as they honed their daring crossover sound across a series of gritty and groundbreaking demos prior to signing with Roadrunner Records. Finally, over a decade on from their last album, VOD are back. Newly signed with revered underground label Candlelight Records, the Long Island destroyers are set to wreak havoc and incite wild pits across the globe when their brand new yet untitled full-length drops later in 2012. Reliably one step ahead of the game, the new record takes the best from past VOD releases and adds plenty of new ideas and vitality to an already heady brew of savage riffing and fearless proclamations. Let disorder reign!
Scar City hailing from the dark depths of Biggleswade, have only one goal in their music career, to bring nothing but mind blowing rock to it's heaviest level. A unique sound that is set to keep casual rock fans hooked with the clever melodies and hook filled choruses, whilst also delivering the goods to the truest of metal fans as aggressive riffs and chaotic verses swarm throughout. The review from bloodstock festival after playing with Lamb Of God, Slayer and Gojira. "As things go, new bands are, as mentioned a pleasure to find, Bloodstock provides ample opportunity to find said new bands with its policy of promoting unsigned and up and coming bands and this was no different when viewing the sensational Scar City on the New Blood Stage. You tend to perk up interest when you see singers of other bands watching on too and in the case here it was Stormbringer’s Mike Stockley looking on at the Biggleswade quintet. The heavy rock/metalcore tsunami of joyous screams, growls and harmonies hit us like a tidal wave of bliss, the technical chords of the guitars alongside the bass line pulls and thumps really got the engine revving as well. This was astonishing stuff, no wonder Mike took a look as the drumming really spiced up the whole performance. This was sensational and with a crowd in full swing of being enveloped by the boy’s grandioso sound, it was truly memorable. What we had here was a beacon of brilliance in the noise of ambiguity; Scar City were something special alright."
From Vancouver, BC, Wolfborne is a hard rock band born from the local scene's hardest working musicians. In the winter of 2012/13 Lanning Kann [guitar] and Ken Goode [singer] worked with Nick Rowe (Bloodsimple), Producer Garth Richardson, Engineer Ben Kaplan and Producer Josh Wilbur who are collectively responsible for some of the biggest albums in rock and metal to create what was to become Wolfborne. The self titled debut album is due to release early 2014 with touring soon to follow. When asked for his view about Esoterik Guitars, here is what Lanning had to say. "I first noticed Esoterik Guitars at NAMM 2012 and was immediately taken back by the amazing design and clean lines of their instruments. They looked like finely tuned F1 cars. Every part of the design looked as though it had a purpose and they were very aesthetically pleasing. They are like 3D works of art with their carved tops and concave backs. It wasn't until I held and played one that I realized they were more than beautiful instruments. They are indeed rocket science in a guitar! The guitars are effortless to play and the materials and construction and second to none. I immediately put an order in for one".
Dylan Furr began playing guitar at age 10 and wrote his own music from the first year. At age 12, he started producing and recording multiple instruments, as well as mixing them. Dylan formed one of his first bands, Mirrored, while at OCHSA. Dylan was the primary composer for Mirrored's music, which featured odd time signatures, fast tempos, strange keys (sometimes a-tonal), and other interesting attributes. Mirrored played at many venues including opening for MetalFest V. After a couple years, Dylan started his self-titled one-man-band to create original progressive music. The Dylan Furr band's debut album, Isolated, became an immediate sensation getting 9+ out of 10 by multiple reviewers and earning comments about his "full throttle" playing and "impressive originality." Following the release of his fast-tempo (300 BPM) single release, "Changing Realms," Dylan gained additional respect in the guitar community. Reviewers have called his work "utterly mesmerizing" and "mind-blowing." With only a few exceptions by invited guests, Dylan writes100% of the parts, plays all the instruments for recording (except drums which he programs), and performs all of the vocals, along with fully mixing and mastering all his own videos and albums.
Dave Reffett Produced “The Call Of The Flames” wrote and arranged the music along with fiancée Nancy Taylor. He performs the vocals, and with the exception of the guest solos, Dave plays all guitars including the bass parts on the record. Musical mastermind Mudrock, (Alice Cooper, Avenged Sevenfold, Godsmack) signed on to helm the mixing board for the project. While Grammy nominated engineer Jon Lammi recorded the album along with the help of the highly skilled engineers Joe Clapp, John Shipp, David Pierre, James Willets and Steve Catizone. Legendary engineer George Marino (Kiss, Metallica, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix) took charge of the final masters and the album was complete and was officially released on November 30th 2009 via Dave’s own company Standstill And Scream Music. Dave is now very busy working on many new projects including his ongoing guitar magazine contributions, celebrity interviews, an instructional DVD, writing columns for Guitar World, and several new records on the horizon.
Michael Hermes is a 13 year old guitar player and composer from Portland Oregon. He plays electric and classical guitar and keyboards. Listening to everything from Devon Townsend to Guthrie Govan to Andres Segovia gives Michaels playing a very powerful but sensitive feel. He's equally at home shattering 10,000 eardrums with a foot up on the monitor or in Orchestra hall playing classical guitar to 3,000 people. Michael uses Esoterik guitars, Ernie Ball strings and Seymour Duncan pickups and has plans for world domination.
|WE WERE SUPERHEROES
We Were Superheroes is an alternative rock band from San Luis Obispo, CA. They aren't trying to "save rock 'n roll", they just want to play upbeat, catchy, rock music that gets people moving. Matt Preston (Guitar/Vocals) and Jaxon Camaero (Lead Guitar) draw a lot of influence from 90's rock and contemporary indie bands, while Ben Erchul (Bass) and Anthony Shanahan (Drums) come from progressive rock roots. Since forming in 2012, they have released a full length and an EP that have received strong critical acclaim earning them spots on SLO & Dysfunctional two years in a row, an Independent Music Award Nomination, and 2 Newties. They have recently been signed to Hella Good Records and are getting ready to head into the studio to record their second full length album due out sometime next spring. They also have picked up endorsements from Esoterik Guitars and Salvage Audio which has helped propel their music and put a lot more power behind their live sound. "I have always played cheap guitars, but once I plugged in my DR3 and heard what it can do, I was hooked! It's incredible craftsman ship and design always gets people asking me about it at shows. Plus the sound is incredible! So much growl and clarity from the pickups, not to mention it's perfect intonation. I recommend these guitars to anybody of any genre." -Matt Preston (Guitar/Vocals).